About


Dynium is developing driverless navigation software for farming with integrated crop analytics capabilities.

 

 The world will need to feed an additional 2 billion people in the next 20 years, whilst fighting the effects of climate change and increasing disease resistance.

 

Key to improving agricultural sustainability will be the use of digital technologies. Robotics and cloud connected AI analytics has the potential to reduce costs, improve the environmental footprint of farming, and increase yields. At Dynium, we beleive that autonomous smart vehicles will be the driver of farm digitization as the indespensible connection between crops and the digital cloud.


Dynium's systems have been developed to continuously collect crop data whilst they work. This enables live disease detection and yield forecasting information to be sent live to the farmer. Crop treatment insights can be converted into crop care plans for the driverless vehicles to autonomously perform.


Dynium's navigation system uses cameras and LiDAR sensors to build a rich digital 3D map of the farm. The system can automatically detect crop rows and hazards in the environment, making autonomous farm navigation truly intelligent. This also enables the system to continue functioning despite temperamental GPS reception, making it ideal for high value crop sectors such as orchards, polytunnels and hop yards.

 

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

Dynium is based in Oxford and has a test site at a Herefordshire farm.

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Team

Twelve PhD and Master's engineers with expertise in driverless, machine vision, LiDAR, and AI technologies.

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.


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.

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