Ibex Automation Ltd


Ibex Automation Ltd develops autonomous agricultural robot systems for farmers, including an autonomous precision weed detection and spraying system for use in grassland.   Ibex Automation Ltd was created from an InnovateUK project which prototyped this technology, and continues to develop it through collaborative R&D to bring it closer to real-world use.

We work closely with the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology. at the University of Lincoln, and the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. 

Please contact us if you are interested in using our systems when they become available, or if you are interested in partnering with us during their research and development, such as through H2020 R&D work.

MEDIA COVERAGE 

Radio4, Farming Today interview, 13 Jun 2018, https://youtu.be/eySY_f8n4Xo

Discovery ChannelDaily Planet E268, 6 Apr 2016.   

The Times. 11 March 2016. "Roaming robot hunts down weeds".  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/technology/article47...

Daily Mail. 10 March 2016.  "Hasta la vista weeds". http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-348...

Daily Mirror.   10 March 2016. "Terminator style robots being trained to kill invasive fern"  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/terminator-st...

Farmers Weekly.  24 Feb 2016. "Self-driving Ibex robot sprayer helps farms safety tackle hills." http://www.fwi.co.uk/machinery/self-driving-ibex-r...

CLA Land and Business magazine, June 2016. (CLA members only, https://www.cla.org.uk/members-area/land-business-...).

The Engineer.  23 Feb 2016.  "Agricultural robot starts UK trials".  http://www.theengineer.co.uk/agricultural-robot-st...

IMechE.   23 Feb 2016.  "Autonomous weed destroying robot to begin trials ." http://www.imeche.org/news/news-article/autonomous...

Yorkshire Post.  23 Feb 2016.  "Weed killing robot farmer tested in Peak District" http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/weed-killing-r...

IET Engineering and Technology magazine. 22 Feb 2016. "Farming robot autonomously roots out and destroys weeds".  http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2016/feb/agriculture-...

Gizmag.   22 Feb 2016.  "Ibex extreme mobility robot".  http://www.gizmag.com/ibex-robot-farm-extreme-terr...
NEWS

Oct 2014: Project launch press release.   Available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa...

Sep 2015: IBEX2 selected as exemplary by  UK Government.  In 2015, IBEX2 was selected by DEFRA as an "exemplary project" to illustrate the UK's AgriTech Catalyst programme.   IBEX2 has been personally promoted by government ministers George Eustice MP and Rory Stewart MP. http://www.rorystewart.co.uk/technology-key-to-unl...

June 2016: UK Field Robotics contest.  Ibex Automation teams up with Robot Wars' Noel Sharkey to judge the  EPSRC-RAS 2016 UK Field Robotics contest. http://www.sheffieldrobotics.ac.uk/conferences/fie...

October 2016: Ibex Automation keynote at the French Embassy, London. As part of the Franco-British symposium on Intelligent Transport Systems.

November 2-3 2016: Northern Powerhouse. IBEX2 static demo at Innovate 2016 show, G-MEX, Manchester.

March 31 2017: Digital Sheffield. IBEX2 talk/demo at Digital Sheffield "My Robot" https://www.evensi.uk/ai-from-bots-to-business-a-d...

June 01 2018: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles 3. Ibex Automation Ltd has been selected by InnovateUK to lead a 250k GBP consortium including Arup, Drive Daddy, Aimsun, and University of Leeds to develop software systems for vehicle automation around humans.

June 01 2018: EPIP LEADER support. Ibex Automation Ltd has received support from the European Commission's East Pennine Innovation Partnership LEADER programme to continue development of precision weed spraying technology.