Simon Blackmore is a key figure in the development of Precision Farming and agricultural robotics, with a world-wide reputation. He worked for 12 years in Africa and Europe before starting his academic career. Simon is currently Professor and Head of Engineering at Harper Adams University, Director of the National Centre for Precision Farming and running the European FutureFarm project. Simon has extensive experience of multidisciplinary collaboration across universities, commercial partnerships and research projects, including design, building and running of laboratories and workshops. He lectures on topics including Precision Farming, biosystems instrumentation, mechatronics and Systems Analysis, and his personal research focuses on improving Precision Farming by developing more intelligent machines and processes, and making crop production more efficient and sustainable.