First Japan-Chile Symposium in Field Robotics

Online Symposium - Universidad de O'Higgins, Chile

March 22, 23 & 24 2021

The official language of the event is English, but all talks will have simultaneous translation to Spanish.

El idioma oficial del evento es inglés, pero todas las charlas tendrán traducción simultánea en español.

With over 200 registered participants from 30 countries, 10 speakers from 4 countries, and an average peak audience of 130 persons per day, we had a very successful event. Out of all participants, 30% were students, 30% were from academia and 40% from industry, with 50% of all attendants coming from Chile. Thank you for joining us!

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The First Japan-Chile Symposium in Field Robotics aims to provide an overview of the current state of robotics, with a focus on field robotics. It will address various application areas from a technical point of view, while also promoting discussion on the economical, social and technical impacts of this technology.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium will be held online from March 22-24, 2021, and will have lectures of renown academics from Japan, Chile and abroad, with these researchers sharing their views with the audience on various topics, while also providing several opportunities for discussion.

Join us in Chile for this event!

Keynote Speakers - Japan

Robotics for Next-Generation Agriculture


Hokkaido University, Japan

Vice Dean, Research Faculty of Agriculture

SIP Program Director, Cabinet Office Japan

Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) “Technologies for Creating Next-Generation Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”


Agriculture automation, agricultural remote sensing, and IT agriculture.

Robotics Disaster Response


The University of Tokyo, Japan

Construction System Management for Innovation, School of Engineering


Tele-operated and autonomous robotic systems for disaster response; Construction System Management

Smart Agriculture System


Dr. Satoshi Iida

Kubota S.A., Japan

Senior Technical Advisor


Agriculture automation, agricultural remote sensing, and IT agriculture.

Invited International Speakers - Australia, Uruguay

Remote sensing (drones)


M.Sc. Matías Tailanian

Digital Sense Technologies S.A., Uruguay



Image processing, Machine learning, Pattern recognition, Signal processing and Optimization

Robotics in Australia


Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision (ACRV), Australia

Researcher, Leader of the Manipulation group


Robotics, Computer Vision and Machine Learning for robust grasping and manipulation in real-world scenarios

Precision Agriculture


Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay

Researcher at Facultad de Ingeniería

Digital Sense Technologies

Senior Researcher


Computer Vision and Image Processing Specialist

Invited National Speakers - Chile

Robot Platforms for Mining and Agriculture


Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

Electrical Engineering Department

Robotics and Automation Laboratory

Intelligent and Robotic Systems


Universidad de O'Higgins, Chile

Institute of Engineering Sciences

Intelligent and Robotics Systems Laboratory

Robotics & Precision Agriculture


Dr. Stanley Best

INIA, Chile

Precision Agriculture Director

Mobile Robotics in Agriculture


Prof. Fernando Auat

Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Chile

Principal Researcher at the Advanced Center of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


On the WWW - Universidad de O'Higgins


The registration is now open!

The participation is free, but the number of places is limited!


General Chair

Prof. Rodrigo Verschae, Universidad de O'Higgins



Time: Chile Summer Time (CLST) UTC -3

Day 1 (March 22nd 2021): Field Robot Applications

9:15 Inauguration

9:45 Keynote 1 “Next Generation Agriculture” (Tentative title)

    • Prof. Noboru Noguchi (Hokkaido University, Japan)

10:45 Talk 1a “Control and Estimation Challenges of Field Mobile Manipulator Robots”

    • Prof. Miguel Torres Torriti (Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile)

11:45 Talk 1b "Two Applications of Remote Sensing for Agriculture and Farming"

    • PhD. Javier Preciozzi (Universidad de la Republica and Digital Sense, Uruguay)

Day 2 (March 23rd 2021): Smart Agriculture Robotics

9:15 Keynote 2 Kubota Smart Agriculture System

    • PhD. Satoshi Iida (Kubota Corporation, Japan)

10:15 Talk 2a "Robots for packing in Agriculture & Horticulture"

    • PhD. Jurgen Leitner (Lyro & Australian Center for Robot Vision): (Tentative title)

11:15 Talk 2b "Advances of 4.0 Agriculture and Agriculture Robotics in Chile"

    • PhD. Stanley Best (INIA, Chile)

12:15 To be announced

Day 3 (March 24th 2021): Field Robot Platforms

9:15 Keynote 3 Robotics Disaster Response and Construction

    • Prof. Keiji Nagatani (University of Tokyo, Japan).

10:15 Talk 3a "Robotics & perception in the Chilean agriculture"

    • Prof. Fernando Auat (Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Chile)

11:15 Talk 3b "Computer Vision Applied to Weed Management"

    • M.Sc. Matías Tailanian (Digital Sense Technologies, Uruguay)

11:45 Talk 3c "Logmeter, an automatic measurement system for forestry industry"

    • Dr. Carlos Molina & M.Sc. Marie Gonzalez (Woodtech, Chile)

12:30 Closing


Universidad de O'Higgins



The Japan Foundation



Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional, Chile



Organizing Committee

General Chair

Prof. Rodrigo Verschae

Institute of Engineering Sciences

Universidad de O'Higgins

Web Chair

Ignacio Bugueño

Institute of Engineering Sciences

Universidad de O'Higgins

Local Chair

Prof. Daniel Casagrande

Institute of Engineering Sciences

Universidad de O'Higgins

Outreach Chair

Ms. Sofia Calvo

Asia Pacific Program

Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional

Dissemination Chair

Carla Gutierrez, PhD

Director of the International Affairs Office

Universidad de O'Higgins

Organizing Committee

  • Honorary General Chair: Noboru Noguchi, Hokkaido University, Japan.

  • General Chair: Rodrigo Verschae, Institute of Engineering Sciences, Universidad de O’Higgins, Chile.

  • Web Platform Chair: Ignacio Bugueño, Institute of Engineering Sciences, Universidad de O’Higgins, Chile.

  • Local Chair: Daniel Casagrande, Institute of Engineering Sciences, Universidad de O’Higgins, Chile.

  • Outreach Chair: Sofia Calvo, Asia-Pacific Program Coordinator, Library of the Chilean Congress, Chile.

  • Dissemination Chair: Carla Gutierrez, International Affairs Office, Universidad de O’Higgins, Chile.