Jaco FourieMachine Vision Manager, Lincoln Agritech
Jaco has a Ph.D in computer vision from the University of Canterbury and a Masters in applied mathematics from the University of Stellenbosch. He joined Lincoln Agritech in July 2013. Prior to that, he worked at CropLogic as the modelling technology leader and as a researcher at Geospatial Research Centre (NZ). His background is in computer vision, image processing, software, and heuristic optimisation techniques. In 2016 he led the team in upgrading their skillset to include deep learning which has now become a major focus of the group’s research.
Humans rely on their vision system to collect information about their surroundings and then in turn base their decisions and actions on the processing of this information. Similarly, the field of computer vision aims to use camera technology and image processing algorithms to replicate this feat using computers, and with the help of machine learning hopes to make similarly informed and sensible decisions.
In the last 20 years precision agriculture has made extensive use of these technologies to automate and improve the accuracy of several common tasks in agriculture like yield estimation, disease detection, growth modelling, harvesting, weeding, etc. However, the pervasive use of this technology also highlighted the limitations that researchers must overcome to get practical, economically viable outputs to farmers.
This presentation will focus on identifying and addressing these limitations and to suggest some future research directions to move the industry to a point where the use of computer vision will be as impactful to the industry today as mechanisation was 100 years ago.
CEO / Founder, Trust Codes
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Chief of Storytelling and Other Stuff, Hectre
The fruit tech sector has become one of the most exciting spaces to be working in. As the global appetite for technology increases, the pressures of growing escalate, and the deep need for greater insights builds, the perfect storm is brewing.
Chief Sustainability Officer, CropX Ltd
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Head of Strategy, Trust Codes
The tech sector in New Zealand is in a prime position to deliver on consumer expectations for increased transparency, with brilliant data-driven stories of provenance that our global consumers are hungry for.
Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand
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Managing Director, Altrutec
Ian has spent 30+ years turning new technology into innovative, world-first products in diverse industry sectors including agtech, biotech, medtech, foodtech, renewable energy, defence and aerospace.
Agricultural Engineering Senior Lecturer, Harper Adams University
Kit's research focuses on sustainable future farming systems, with the most notable project to date being the award-winning Hands Free Hectare
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Gavin's focus is on furthering the potential of New Zealand pastoral agriculture through adoption of information technology, believing that transparency and collaboration among the agricultural service industry is long overdue and is key to unlocking that potential.
Director, Bodeker Scientific
Changes in the regulatory environment, and in consumer expectations, requires rapid deployment of digital technologies across New Zealand's agricultural sector. We must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures (thanks to Shakespeare).
Director, Open Parallel
Nicolás specialises in next-gen high-tech ecosystems and believes "we have to leverage the digital opportunity to become a data-driven industry while addressing climate change, regulations and optimising productivity in the value chain."