Programme Overview

The conference will focus on the development of Internet of Things for Food (IoT4F). Internet of Things is the interconnection of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data via the Internet. The conference will consider the full food chain from primary production to consumer. The plenary sessions will address industry, academic, regulation / NGO and investment interests in IoT4F, with a focus on (1) observation and characterization of objects (e.g. sensing farm and food and deriving quantitative measures) (2) robotic devices (in the widest possible sense, including smart kitchens and 3D food printing) (3) digitizing IoT4F data (sensors, data pipelines and subsequent computation) and (4) applications for food safety, sustainability and security (disruptive and transformative technologies that have been developed and are emerging). In addition, there will be specific academic sessions, commercial demonstrations and design activities.


The Internet of Things for Food, Dublin 2020 will take place over three days from 9th to 10th of March 2019, with demonstrations, hackathons and academic sessions (including poster presentations) each day, as well as the main keynote addresses. Each session will have a speaker who will discuss the Internet of Things for Food from an industry, academic, regulatory and investor perspective. A series of scoping workshops will also explore such topics as valuation, nutrition and food waste within the context of the Internet of Things for Food.

A welcome reception will be held in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science on the evening of 9th of March, allowing attendees the opportunity to network, and the conference dinner will be held in the Merry Ploughboy on the evening of the xxxx.

Confirmed speakers include:


  • Dolores O’Riordan (UCD)

  • Nick Holden (UCD)

  • Prof Tim Benton (Univ of Leeds)

  • Mark Keane (UCD)

  • Francis Butler

  • Nick Holden

  • Linda Doyle (TCD)

  • Prof Simon Pearson (Univ of Lincoln)

  • Prof Ram Anathan (Univ of Bedford)

  • Aifric O'Sullivan

  • Damian/Frankie Nutritics

  • Eileen Gibney (UCD)

  • Claire Timon (UCD)

Conference Programme at a Glance


11:00 - 12:30

Plenary session
Chair: Dolores O’Riordan, UCD Institute of Food and Health

Nicholas Holden
UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering

Welcome to UCD 
Orla Feely
UCD Vice-President for Research and Innovation

UCD Institute of Food and Health 
Dolores O’Riordan


Matthew Lange, UCD Davis
The vision of IC-Foods - Why the Internet of Food and IoT4F?

Edmond Harty, DairyMaster
oT and the digital transformation of the dairy industry


12:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:45

Session 1: Observation and characterization of objects
Chair: Tom Tomich, UC Davis, Agricultural Sustainability Institute

Jettie Hoonhout, Philips
Measuring things: the application of IoT by Philips


Gregory O’Hare, UCD
Sensor systems for crop production


Tomas Norton, KU Leuven
Sensor systems for animal production


Chiara Cecchini, Future Foods Institute
Hackers and Makers: innovation in food tech


Chris Horn, Atlantic Bridge
Which startup ideas are funded, and why?

15:45 - 16:15


16:15 - 17:45

Industry demonstrations
Chair: Aifric O’Sullivan, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
1. AgVis (livestock monitoring)
2. Food Choice at Work (healthy eating)
3. Think Biosolution Limited
4. BlightLink (integrating social networks with disease forecasting)
5. Living Offset (climate change) mitigation (blockchain)
6. Nutritics (personalized nutrition)
7. Keenan (the tech that feeds us)

15:45 - 16:15

Welcome reception and Networking



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