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About Roland Lenain

Roland Lenain is currently research director at INRAE (French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) in the unit TSCF (Technology and Information Systems) at Clermont-Ferrand. He received a mechanical engineer degree from the french institute for advanced mechanics in 2002. He obtained the same year a master’s degree in mechanical and civil engineering.


He defended is PhD in 2005 on the topic of automatic guidance of off-road mobile robots, at the University Clermont-Auvergne (UCA). After completing a post doctoral position in the department of Automatic Control in Lund University (Sweden), he joined INRAE in 2006 (previously named Irstea).

He supervised several projects and thesis on mobile robot control in harsh environments. He obtained the capability to conduct research in 2011, and currently lead the team Romea (Robotic and Mobility for Environment and Agriculture). He is also in charge of the scientific committee of RobAgri association. His research activities, focused on adaptive and predictive control of mobile robots in the context of natural environments, are deeply applied in the field of agricultural robots.

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