As part of UK Robotics Week, and in conjunction with the TAROS (Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems) conference, Sheffield Robotics and the EPSRC UK-RAS network are hosting an agricultural field robotics hackathon challenge.

Date: 26-27 June 2016

Venue: High Bradfield, Sheffield


Student accommodation, transport from Sheffield city centre to the High Bradfield site will be provided


The challenge will run from the 26th-27th June 2016, in the two days preceding the TAROS conference, at the Sheffield Robotics High Bradfield outdoor robotics proving ground in the Peak District national park*. Successful applicants will be arranged into teams of 6/7 for the two days, and will compete against each other to complete a series of incremental robotics challenges.

The competition will reflect an agricultural scenario, played out on real world, challenging terrain*. Teams will develop software to control, as well as collect and process data from, air and ground robots provided by the organisers. Tasks will include high- and low- level surveying by fixed- and rotary-wing unmanned aerial systems, and ground-based sampling and intervention by wheeled rovers.

Participants will be encouraged to present their challenge solutions during a special session of the TAROS conference, with prizes awarded to the best teams.


The event is designed to bring together young researchers and developers working in robotics and agri-tech. It is well-suited to good final-year masters students, PhD students, early-career researchers, and anyone with similar relevant experience in areas including:

  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Control systems
  • Computer vision
  • Signal processing
  • Data acquisition
  • Co-operative or multi-robot systems
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Field Robotics
  • Agri-tech
  • Remote sensing


Our judges are nationally and internationally renowned robotics experts, and include


Applications are now closed, successful applicants have now been notified, and may register HERE. Some bursaries may be available, please enquire.

Sheffield Robotics Organisers:

James Law –
Jonathan Aitken –
Owen McAree
Felix Dawes

Press: Please contact organisers with any queries

Please note we intend to film sections of the challenge for future promotional use.

*In the event of bad weather, some or all of the challenge will re-locate to the Sheffield Robotics Indoor Field Robotics Facility (where the terrain will be slightly less realistic, but challenges will be comparable).