Internet of Things for Food (IOTF4) meeting

 21 - 23 March 2018


On behalf of the Organising Committee, I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2018. We are delighted to announce that we will host in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science in March, in collaboration with IC3Foods, the first Internet of Things for Food (IOTF4) meeting to be held in Europe. Under the theme Transforming Food Systems with Technology”, the conference will develop the concepts first discussed at the initial meetings of IC3-Foods held at the University of California, Davis in 2016 and 2017.

The vision of IC3Foods is to support the development of the global technological infrastructure for the Internet of Things for Food and in so doing, advance the burgeoning fields of Food Systems, Food and Health Informatics. The UCD conference will consider the full food chain from primary production to consumer, with plenary sessions addressing industry, academic, regulatory, NGO, and investment interests in IOT4F, with a specific focus on observation and characterisation of objects; robotic devices; digitising IOT4F data; and applications for food safety, sustainability and security. In addition, there will be specific academic sessions, commercial demonstrations and design activities.
Registration and a call for papers are now open and we welcome you to visit our website ( to learn more about the key dates, scientific and social programmes and the exceptional keynote speakers.
We would be delighted to see you here in UCD in March at the meeting, the first of its kind in Ireland to specifically focus on food and food systems in relation to the Internet of Things. 

Nick Holden (Chair)
University College Dublin



The conference programme will offer a platform for both new and established voices active in the Internet of Things for Food. The final programme will be confirmed at the end of January. The concept of an Internet of Food was proposed by Matt Lange (UC Davis) at the first IC3-Foods conference, and he will present his exciting vision for how IoF will transform food as we know it. Edmond Harty (Dairymaster, EY Entrepreneur of the year 2012) will present his ideas about how IoT4F is transforming the dairy industry and how companies will operate in this space in the future.
The four main programme session are:

  • Observation and Characterization of Objects
    • Jettie Hoonhout, Philips
    • Tom Norton, KU Leuven
    • Georgina Murphy, Atlantic Bridge (investment fund)
    • Greg O'Hare, UCD
  • Robotics and 3D printing of food
    • Matthais Kück, Biozoon
    • Conor McGinn, TCD
    • Chiara Cecchini, Future Foods Institute
    • Keiran Furlong, Finisterre Ventures
    • Alexander Leonessa, Virginia Tech
  • Digitizing IoT data
    • Scott Rickard, Citadel
    • Andre Laperriere, GODAN
    • Conall Laverty, Wia
  • Applications for food safety, sustainability and security
    • Keiran Kelly, Arc-Net
    • Seamus Fanning, UCD
    • Damian O'Kelly, Nutritics
    • Andrew Mullins, Bord Bia

In addition there will be oral and poster sessions for volunteered presentations and three focused workshops on:

  • Valuation (Steven Lord, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford)
  • Food waste (FoodCloud)
  • Nutrition (Aifric O'Sullivan, UCD)


The social programme includes a whiskey tasting event and gala dinner with Irish music and dancing in a pub on the side of the Dublin Mountains.





Registration: Open 

Early Registration Deadline: 23 February 2018
Call for Abstracts: Open 
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 26 January 2018
Allocation of Oral and Poster Presentations: 11 March at the latest for those selected



The conference will be held in the O’Brien Centre for Science in University College Dublin, located just four kilometres from the city centre.  This modern campus, surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens, is an ideal location for this conference.  The attractions of the city and main transport hubs are easily accessible with buses running constantly between the university and the city centre.  Wireless internet is available throughout the conference space in UCD.



As part of the IoT4F conference we will have a number of commercial opportunities for your company to foster partnerships with our community. These opportunities will allow your company, product and brand to be uniquely and actively showcased at this high calibre, innovation driven international forum.

Please clink on the link attached to review the options within or connect with our commercial manager Colm O Grady on 00 353 (0) 87 2233477 .




Dublin is a small but exciting European capital city with a rich cultural heritage strongly associated with food, drink, agriculture and the environment. It is also home for European operations for many global tech companies, making it the ideal melting pot for IoT4F. I believe that the conference we have planned for you will be an exceptional experience with networking opportunity for scientists, industry professionals, entrepreneurs and investors to meet and discover the future of food.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin in 2018.



We have negotiated special discounted rates for IoT4F delegates in a range of accommodation options close to the conference venue University College Dublin. To avail of these special discounted rates you will need to book your accommodation directly with the hotel using the information provided in the link below. Dublin can be particularly busy in March and delegates are advised to book as early as possible to ensure accommodation availability in their preferred hotel.



Additional information about the event:
Start date: 2018/03/21
End date: 2018/03/23
Location: Dublin, Ireland