Professor Joseph Walsh is Head of the School of STEM and Head of Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID (IMaR) Research Centre at MTU, Kerry. He has a PhD in Electronic Engineering from UL and an MSc in Bio‐engineering. Professor Walsh’s research experience encompasses the field of intelligent mechatronics and sensors, dairy technology, robotics and automation, autonomous systems, bio‐instrumentation and STEM education and is well published in these areas. He has over 20 years research experience in industry and academia, has (co-)authored over 100 scientific articles and has received Eur 10 million in research funding over the past 5 years. Professor Walsh was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FinstP), is a corporate member of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (MIEI) and has been awarded the titles of Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist. He currently leads a number of SFI co-funded (Lero and Confirm) projects with Dairymaster, Bons Secours Hospital Group, Liebherr and Kostal, where researchers are developing IoT, autonomous systems, sensing and cloud platforms and software/AI solutions for industrial partners. Prof. Walsh is co-founder and director of ACE – the AgriTech centre of excellence which is a non-for-profit organisation supporting AgriTech and SME’s in the adoption of immersive learning, AR and VR technologies.