Cost-effectiveness of robotics technology in Australian horticulture

University of Sydney and Horticulture Innovation Australia

RMCG is working with the world-leading Australian Centre of Field Robotics at the University of Sydney to explore the commercialisation potential of automated robotics on vegetable farms. The work, for Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA), will run over five years in which a range of innovations associated with remote sensing will be developed, tested, and explored for commercialisation potential. Our work focuses on the financial business case to growers of different robotics service offerings, including automated weeding, crop intelligence, foreign body detection, precision irrigation and fertiliser application.


Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen


B.Env.Sci., B.Soc.Sci. (Env.), PG.Cert.CCPI.

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with 15 years’ experience in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He understands the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, research and development corporations, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, industry development, extension and practice change.