Limited tickets to this Future Paddock event on August 18

NEW: The ABC's Catalyst program featured Swagbot, herding cattle and spraying weeds will be in Allynbrook.
NEW: The ABC's Catalyst program featured Swagbot, herding cattle and spraying weeds will be in Allynbrook.

The University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) has been developing a slew of agricultural robots recently.

Swagbot, and the people responsible for its development, will make an appearance at the Future Paddock Field Day.

The team will demonstrate the robot in action, including things it does well and things that are still works-in-progress, and answer questions about the future of farming.

Team leader Professor Salah Sukkarieh will be one of the presenters.

"My work involves developing robotic devices and intelligent systems that can operate 24/7 in outdoor environments," said Salah.

"These are devices that can perceive and understand their environment, make informed decisions about any actions required and then carry out those actions - all without direct human input."

That could be automatic ship-berthing machinery, pilotless weed-spraying aircraft or autonomous mining operations - all projects already at work, with many more on the way.

Salah is passionate about the transformational power of these innovations and will be happy to answer questions on their potential and challenges - and how they might affect people locally.

Future Paddock, a part of the Paterson Allyn Williams Festival of Science 2019, is on Sunday, August 18 from 10am-4pm in Allynbrook.

The event is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW and Australian Governments and will feature information on drones and regenerative agriculture.

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Book through the Science Hub's website where you can find more details about the Science festival.