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Advancing Agri-Tech in Ireland

Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG)

Monday, 20 May 2019 from 08:30 to 14:00 (IST)

Advancing Agri-Tech in Ireland

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Advancing Agri-Tech in Ireland

 TSSG are delighted to invite you to Advancing Agri-Tech in Ireland: Celebrating International Success in the South East Region.

Monday, May 20th 8.30am – 2pm

Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny 

Special Address by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan

Waterford Institute of Technology’s, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group are linking up EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, and other major actors in the Agri-Tech space to celebrate the successes of Agri-Tech projects in the South East Region.

This event follows on from a series of events held over the latter number of years, bringing government officials, academic, policy makers, industry partners, start-ups and farmers together under one roof to generate sector wide interest in aligning our national strategy to real and appropriate ICT solutions for the agri-industry as a whole.

As part of the overall event, TSSG will host round table discussions in order to bring together interested parties from both ICT and the Agricultural sectors and develop common opportunities that can be identified and captured in order to feedback into the overall Smart Agri Hubs projects cascade funding structure.

Early registration for this event is essential, as spaces are very limited.

Agenda (subject to change)



Name and Title



Tea/Coffee & Registration






Dr. Aisling O'Neill

Manager of ArcLabs


Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam

Director of Research / PI VistaMilk


Ms. Hazel Williams

Cluster Lead for Smart Agri Hubs (PACE)


Mr. Kevin Doolin

Director of Innovation, TSSG / DEMETER, NIVA, AgROBOFood, MELD.


Patrick Barrett



Donagh Berry



Clare Hughes

CF Pharma






Arrival of EU Commissioner Phil Hogan




Sean Molloy / Rob O'Keefe (TBC)

Glanbia (PACE)


Willie Donnelly

President of WIT


EU Commissioner Phil Hogan Address



Round Table Discussions

Discussions will line up our National Strategy with Cascade funding from SAH.


Networking lunch





About TSSG

TSSG is growing its reputation as the experts in applying ICT in the vital agricultural industry. It has multiple ICT/Agri initiatives underway, including large scale R&D grants in the areas of Internet of things technologies for Dairy Farming (PrecisionDairy) and milk production forecasting with some of Ireland’s largest dairy processors (Glanbia and Dairygold).

A recently won project was the SFI Research Centre called VistaMilk, a €40m National Research Centre for Agri-Tech funded by both SFI and The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. This project sees TSSG partner with TEAGASC (national agricultural research and advisory service),  Tyndall (Research in sensor manufacturing) and Insight (data analytics research centre).

The goal of the SFI Research Centre, VistaMilk is to investigate and build technologies to advance precision agriculture in the dairy sector. In particular, they focus on improving the condition and efficiencies in the areas of pasture management, animal health and wellbeing, and food production.

PhD research underway include work on sensor networks for FOG computing/agri - compressed learning of smart datasets in smart agri - lameness detection with on-cow sensor networks. TSSG is also a partner in the SFI Research Centre, CONNECT and hosts their IoT Testbed, Pervasive Nation (, with an internal infrastructure team available to build testbeds for any possible Agri project. TSSG is located on a site of 175 acres, with pasture land, access to water ways, forestry and other natural habitats adding to the richness of work that can be done by both applied and basic researchers.

TSSG is also the Irish/UK Lead for a €20 million Pan-European Agri-Food Project, which hopes to connect the dots to unleash the innovation potential for digital transformation of the European Agri-Food Sector. This project will see a further 6 million euros secured in research funding over the next 4 years, as well as an economic impact across Europe of over €30 million.

Do you have questions about Advancing Agri-Tech in Ireland? Contact Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG)

When & Where

Lyrath Estate Hotel
Dublin Road
R95 F685 Kilkenny

Monday, 20 May 2019 from 08:30 to 14:00 (IST)

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Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG)

Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) research and innovation wing Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is a major driver in the emergence of a telecommunications industry in the South East of Ireland. In the last five years alone, TSSG has secured funding in excess of €100 million under EU Programmes, making it one of the most successful ICT research centres in Ireland.

TSSG has a proven track record in translating world class research into market ready products and services and has established an eco-system of mobile service companies in the South East of Ireland and beyond, creating several hundred jobs directly and indirectly in the last ten years.

TSSG, the ICT centre of excellence established 20 years ago, currently consists of over 80 research scientists and engineers, 25 postgraduate students to PhD level and manages an active international network in excess of 700 partners from industry, academic and research institutes spread across 35 countries worldwide. Together, they’re working on over 600 projects.

Through collaboration with industry, TSSG leverages funding to create real job opportunities in strategically important industries such as ICT, pharmaceutical and healthcare and energy. The aim of TSSG is to work closely with industry to create new jobs through the development of our core research, strong connectivity with indigenous industry as well as large multinationals, supporting high potential start-ups and partnerships with other institutes. TSSG has created a critical mass of ICT industries in the South East of Ireland and will continue to be a hub for telecommunications excellence both in Ireland and abroad. 

TSSG has expertise in the area of communications technologies, Artificial Intelligence and IoT systems, and so can bring expertise in terms of ontology development for example for inter-Agri-platform data models. TSSG has strong links with, and support from, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), and can draw on expertise from that organisation to support any standards activities related to data interoperability.

At a higher level, TSSG has over 20 years’ experience in large scale platform specification (architecturally) and development (e.g. of enabling technologies to ensure inter-system communication. It has years of experience in development of solutions from scenario to use case to implementation. Additionally, through its security research work in TSSG it has completed projects which require implementation of regulatory-compliant, secure, technologies. Note technology solutions developed by TSSG cover all aspects of the research lifecycle, from Basic Research through to Commercial Development.

In addition, TSSG has a dedicated software verification and validation group which can manage large scale integration and test from initial requirements through to final deployment.

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