EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS - Garry Clawson

Garry Clawson

  • University of Cambridge

Research Interests

Digital supply chains, manipulation, soft robotics, sensing and perception.

ORCiD: 0000-0003-0315-4147.


  • Rogers, H., Dawson, B., Clawson, G., and Fox., C. (2021) ‘Extending an Open Source Hardware Agri-Robot with Simulation and Plant Re-identification’, Oxford Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems Conference 2021read here.
  • Bennett, J., Moncur, B., Fogarty, K., Clawson, G., and Fox, C. (2022) ‘Towards Open Source Hardware Robotic Woodwind: an Internal Duct Flute Player’ International Computer Music Conference. Read here.

Other Activities and Outputs

  • Member of the AgriFoRwArdS CDT student blog team
  • Member of the AgriFoRwArdS CDT Advisory Board
  • Member of the AgriFoRwArdS CDT EDI Panel
  • Cohort 3 representative on AgriFoRwArdS CDT Student Panel
  • AgriFoRwArdS CDT Annual Conference 2021 Award for best question
  • Panel member for the November 2021 AgriFoRwArdS Seminar Series with Prof Dionysis Bochtis, watch here.
  • Panel member for the February 2022 AgriFoRwArdS Seminar Series with Dr Mark Ryan, watch here.
  • Represented the CDT at the school outreach University of Lincoln British Science Week event 2022
  • Chaired the March 2022 AgriFoRwArdS Seminar Series with Ayse Kucukyilmaz, watch here.
  • Represented the CDT at the Douglas Bomford Trust bi-annual meeting (Mar 2022)
  • Lead on the CDT/L-CAS submission for the UKRAS RoboLab Live 2022

About me

Prior to joining the CDT, I spent over two decades in the heavy manufacturing industry working in a variety of roles. My career began through a vocational route with a focus on production engineering. I then transitioned to mechanical then manufacturing engineering which involved developing new processes for automation.

Having recently graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Lincoln, I am excited about exploring robotics and autonomous systems in the unstructured and complex environment that agriculture presents. This is a challenging domain with lots of positive work to do. I will be completing my PhD research at the University of Cambridge where I am thrilled to join the fantastic Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) within the Industrial Resilience Research Group (IRRG).

MSc Project

Applications of Distributed Ledger Technologies in Robotics

Increasing digitisation driven by industry 4.0 has focused research in distributed ledger technology (DLT) to identify how trust in robotics and autonomous systems can be enabled through decentralised frameworks for decision making and consensus building. Applications in Industrial, embedded systems, multi-robot systems, and more, have seen growth in the adoption of DLTs. However, implementations are currently ad-hoc with limited middleware availability, nor is a recognised technology readiness available for DLT selection. This project aims to explore the development of a novel Blockchain Readiness Level (BRL) and develop and associative DLT bridge for ROS2.

PhD Project

Title to be confirmed