About


Oxford has a strong and deserved history as a centre for science and research.

There is a wealth of local talent and proficiency in the development of cutting edge digital systems. The regions surrounding Oxford have considerable expertise in the design and development of hardware for the aviation, motor-sports, hydraulics, pharmaceuticals and auto industries.

Dynium Robot aims to turn this potential into commercial opportunities for the era of autonomous robotics.

We have secured government funding from Innovate UK and have research agreements with the country's leading Universities.

We have offices in Oxford and a test site at a Herefordshire farm.

If you would like to join our team please navigate to careers.

 

Robotics has a great potential to reduce costs, improve the environment and increase yields.

We are concerned that agri-robotics has been evolving in a disparate manner that does not suit farmers' real working practices. Each robotic implement manufacturer is developing their own mobility system with poor interoperability leading to hardware redundancy and high costs. The tractor has always been a platform to be used on a wide variety of tasks enabling farmers to maximise their return on capital.


We are developing a new type of tractor that has been re-designed from the ground up to be cost effective and optimised for fully autonomous operation. The vision is to enable farmers to use autonomous robotics on their farm without a need for technical knowledge or retro-fitting complex systems. We are making our autonomous tractor a platform for both traditional equipment (mowers, sprayers ploughs etc) and 3rd party robotics tools (dextrous hands, precision sprayers, smart sensors) enabling capital efficiency and a simplified user experience.


Team

CEO Charles Kirby

Charles has an Electronic Engineering degree from Warwick University, a degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a master’s from Imperial College Business School in Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Charles has worked on automotive networking protocols with a particular emphasis on robustness and suitability for drive-by-wire.

Whilst working at a motorsports engineering firm in Silverstone, Charles recognised a trend in rising agricultural wages coinciding with significant developments in autonomous robotics technology. The time was perfect to start a robotics company and the team has since grown.

When Charles is not dreaming of robots and tractors he enjoys walking, camping in Europe, motorsports, and reading about economics and the history of technology.

Charles has been invited to speak at the 2017 Financial Times Future of Agriculture Conference.

CTO Christopher Marshall

Dr Christopher Marshall has dedicated his life to robotics and software architecture development. Chris has a wide variety of experience working for startups and leading multinational engineering companies. Chris has a master's in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics from Newcastle University and Phd in Control Systems and Robotics. Chris has used his control system and software skills in diverse areas; including quantitative finance software development and nuclear industry robotics. Recently Chris has worked on academic agri-robotics platform projects. Chris leads the control system and autonomous robotics technical development at Dynium.

Chris likes travelling and playing the bass guitar.

Dave:

With over 700 citations, presentations at NASA, and an international best paper awared, Dave is a world leader in using Bayesian statistics for probabilistic estimation in robotics and autonomous navigation (particularly SLAM). Dave has a master's from Oxford University and was directly supervised by Prof Paul Newman of Oxbotica and Oxford University.

George

George has a degree in Computer Science, two master's in Robotics and a Phd in Computer Vision, Robotics Localisation and Mapping.

George has worked on software and robotics problems in Europe and the US for 20 years.

Arjun

Arjun has a master's in Embedded Systems and a degree in Electronics and Communications. Arjun has worked in the communications and Oil & Gas industry developing and testing commercial systems. Arjun is skilled in both hardware and software development, and integrating sensors into complex control systems.

Locations

Software Development Office

We are based in Oxford, the city that leads Europe in autonomous robotics development:

Workspace Oxford,

Unit 3, Kings Meadow,

Osney Mead,

Oxford

OX2 0DP

Test Farm

We have a secret test site at a Herefordshire farm that grows a variety of high value crops.

Registered Address

Dynium Robot is the trading name for Oxford Robotics Ltd.

23 Frenchay Road

Oxford

OX2 6TG