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A step towards autonomous operations and machines in agriculture

PhD defence, Wednesday 16 September 2020. René Søndergaard Nilsson.

2020.09.16 | Sunitha Satkunam

René Søndergaard Nilsson

During his PhD studies, René Søndergaard Nilsson researched how operations research can be applied in the agricultural sector, in order to improve efficiency, productivity, and sustainability within arable farming in order to secure the future increasing food demand. René Søndergaard Nilsson studied how to optimise in-field route planning and field operations scheduling, and how to make these technologies readily available to the average farmer. The developed methods have been demonstrated on both traditional manned machines and future autonomous machine concepts.
The new research findings have let to the definition of commercial products, which have already been tested by farmers across Europe and will become commercially available soon.

The PhD study was completed at Department of Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Wednesday, 16 September 2020 at 13:00
Place: The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to René Søndergaard Nilsson, rn@eng.au.dk 
Title of PhD thesis: Operations research in arable farming – Towards autonomy
Contact information: René Søndergaard Nilsson, e-mail: rene.nilsson@agcocorp.com, tel.: +45 29447044
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Timo Oksanen, Agrimechatronics, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Professor David Pisinger, DTU Management, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Associate Professor Stefan Hallerstede (chairman), Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Peter Gorm Larsen, Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Manager, Morten Leth Bilde, Research & Advanced Engineering, AGCO A/S, Denmark
Professor Claus Aage Grøn Sørensen, Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, Aarhus University is physically closed. Therefore, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to  gradschool.tech@au.dk, and receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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