Award of Merit - Scientific Understanding 2022

Professor Arno Ruckelshausen was presented with a EurAgEng Award of Merit for Scientific Understanding during the AgEng Land.technik 2022 in Berlin. Professor Arno Ruckelshausen is connected to the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences since 1991 and is considered a pioneer in Germany and Europe in the field of digitization of agricultural technology, especially in the areas of imaging sensor technologies and autonomous field robotics.

The field robot platform BoniRob was developed under his coordination, in cooperation with the company Bosch and awarded with the 2015 EURobotics Technology Transfer Award, and his team and students are involved in the international Field Robot Event.

He was a founding member of the cross-manufacturer "Competence Center ISOBUS e.V. (CCI) in 2009. Prof. Ruckelshausen advocates a stronger institutionalization of knowledge and technology transfer in the agricultural sector. As such, he is co-founder of the interdisciplinary research competence center COALA (Competence Centre of Applied Agricultural Engineering). COALA has developed into a synonym for innovative agricultural system technologies with international appeal.

He is a co-founder of the regional network AgritechNet Northwest, which is intended to promote cooperation between companies and scientific institutions and to promote networking with upstream and downstream sectors of agriculture and related economic and research areas. A corresponding association for institutionalization is currently being founded.

We should also not forget his commitment to the promotion of young scientists and his various expert and association activities. Prof. Ruckelshausen was awarded the Lower Saxony Science Prize 2019 in the category "Scientist at a Lower Saxony University of Applied Sciences".