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.
Dr. Pat Doody holds a PhD in mathematics relating to artificial intelligence (AI), is a senior lecturer and researcher in The School of Science and Computing. Pat co-founded the centres for innovation in distributed systems and led the wireless and mobility research group (forerunners of IMaR). Areas of expertise include AutoID technologies, wireless technologies, intelligent knowledge discovery, data mining, and application of artificial intelligence based neural network algorithms and quality of voice systems. He directs RFID and Internet of Things research within IMaR, manages EU- and SFI-funded projects in related areas and in addition supervises several MSc/PhD candidates working in the area of AI.