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.


Day 1 - Monday 9th March 2020

Opening Address and Welcome

Professor Dolores O'Riordan, Director UCD Institute of Food and Health, UCD VP for Global Engagement. 

Plenary Address

Professor Tim Benton, Professor of Population Energy, University of Leeds and Director of Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House. 

IOT4F on the Farm

  • Martin O'Donnell, Chief Commercial Officer, Terra Nutri Tech. 

  • Dr Laurence Shalloo, Research Officer, Teagasc. 

IOT4F in the Food Factory

  • Dr Graham Finlay, UCD School of Politics and International Relations

  • Professor Andrea Zismann, Professor of Computing, Faculty Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, The Open University. 

Day 2 - Tuesday 10th March 2020


Plenary Address

Professor Linda Doyle, Professor of Engineering & the Arts, Computer Science and VP for Research, Trinity College Dublin. 

IOT4F in the Food Retail

  • Professor Simon Pearson, Professor of Agri-Food Technology, University of Lincoln. 

  • Donal Ryan, Investment Director, Finistere.

  • Brendan Rice, CEO, Senoptica Technologies Limited.

Day 3 - Wednesday 11th March 2020

IOT4F and the Consumer

  • Mr Damian O'Kelly, CEO Nutritics

  • Dr Claire Timon, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, UCD. 

  • Professor Michel W.F. Nielen, Chair on Analytical Chemistry, Wageningen University.

  • Professor Alison Eldridge, Nestlé Research Centre. 

IOT4F in Circularity

Prof Ram Anathan, Professor of Operations Management and Director, Business and Management Research Institute (BMRI), University of Bedford. 

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