Over the next 50 years, the global population’s relationship with food will see substantial change. This is not only driven by the rise in global population, but also changes in daily consumer consumption patterns and environmental conditions. The  Agri-tech area focuses on investigating novel paradigms of how technology will transform food production to meet humanity’s demands in future.  In particular  we will be focusing on novel communication paradigms that will derive and relay information about dairy farming to drive a precision agriculture impact.  For more information on our agritech project scroll down or visit YouTube. 


For a full and comprehensive guide to the Funding Roadmap for Agri-Tech in Ireland and Europe click here.

Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam

Director of Research and Principle Investigator for The SFI Research Centre, VistaMilk supported by Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. 

Hazel Williams

Senior Strategic Business Partner, Regional Cluster Lead for Smart Agri Hubs and AgROBOFood, Site Manager for VistaMilk

Dr. Stepan Ivanov

Research Fellow

Dr. Daniel Perez Martins

Postdoctoral Researcher 

Paul Malone

Researcher and Project Lead on MELD

Kevin Doolin

Director of Innovation & Coordinator of DEMETER

Dr. Steven Davy

PSES Research Unit Manager, Coordinator of Cybele 

Dr Mohit Taneja

Experienced Software Research Engineer / PhD Researcher

Dixon Vimalajeewa

Postdoctoral Researcher 


All TSSG projects related to Agri-tech







Smarter Aquaculture

MELD – Machine Learning for Early Lameness Detection

RE-SERVE: Renewables in a Stable Electric Grid

Smart Agri Hubs

Microfarm (NCAD)

Precision Dairy


ICT – Agricultural Conference
Kilkenny Castle
Agriculture 4.0 The Internet of Things boosting regional innovation
AgTech Symposium
Advancing AgriTech in Ireland
ASA Conference
DEMETER Kick Off Meeting
September 2019
Research Centres

SFI Vistamilk

Digital Innovation Hubs (Agri)  

Precision Agriculture Centre for Excellence (PACE)


Smart Agri Hubs



Kriti Bhargava, Stepan Ivanov, Diarmuid McSweeney, and William Donnelly. Leveraging fog analytics for context-aware sensing in cooperative wireless sensor networks. ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks 15(2):1 - 35, 2019.
Dixon Vimalajeewa, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, B. OBrien, Chamil Kulatunga, and D.P. Berry. Leveraging Social Network Analysis for Characterizing Cohesion of Human-Managed Animals. IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems 6(2):323-337, April 2019. (doi:
Mohit Taneja, Nikita Jalodia, and Alan Davy. Distributed Decomposed Data Analytics in Fog Enabled IoT Deployments. IEEE Access 7:40969-40981, 2019. (doi:
Mohit Taneja, Nikita Jalodia, John Byabazaire, Alan Davy, and Cristian Olariu. SmartHerd Management: A Microservices Based Fog Computing Assisted IoT Platform towards Data Driven Smart Dairy Farming (accepted for publication). Software: Practice and Experience , 2019. (doi:
Neil E. Coughlan, Diarmuid McSweeney, Paddy Halton, Ross Cuthbert, and Stepan Ivanov. Micro-sonic sensor technology enables enhanced grass height measurement by a Rising Plate Meter. accepted to Information Processing in Agriculture, Elsevier , 2018.
Zeeshan Kaleem, and Mubashir Husain Rehmani. Amateur Drone Monitoring: State-of-the-Art Architectures, Key Enabling Technologies, and Future Research Directions. IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine 25:150-159, 2018.
Dixon Vimalajeewa, Chamil Kulatunga, and D.P. Berry. Learning in the Compressed Data Domain: Application to Milk Quality Prediction. Information Sciences 459:149-167, May 2018. (doi:
Chamil Kulatunga, Kriti Bhargava, Dixon Vimalajeewa, and Stepan Ivanov. Cooperative in-network computation in energy harvesting device clouds. Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems 16:106 - 116, 2017. (doi:
Chamil Kulatunga, Laurence Shalloo, William Donnelly, Eric Robson, and Stepan Ivanov. Opportunistic Wireless Networking for Smart Dairy Farming. IEEE IT Professional Magazine 19(2), 2017.
Mohit Taneja, and Alan Davy. Resource Aware Placement of Data Analytics Platform in Fog Computing. Procedia Computer Science 97(-):153-156, October 2016. (doi:
Armita Afsharinejad, Alan Davy, and Brendan Jennings. Dynamic Channel Allocation in Electromagnetic Nano-Networks for High Resolution Monitoring of Plants. Nano Communication Networks 7(1):2-16, March 2016. (doi:
Armita Afsharinejad, Alan Davy, Brendan Jennings, and Conor Brennan. Performance Analysis of Plant Monitoring Nanosensor Networks at THz Frequencies. IEEE Internet of Things Journal 3(1):59-69, February 2016. (doi:
Stepan Ivanov, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Dmitri Botvich, and Ozgur B. Akan. Gravity gradient routing for information delivery in fog Wireless Sensor Networks. Ad Hoc Networks 46:61-74, 2016.
Stepan Ivanov, Kriti Bhargava, and Willie Donnelly. Precision Farming: Sensor Analytics. IEEE Intelligent Systems , 2015. (doi:
Christopher Brewster, Ioanna Roussaki, Nikos Kalatzis, Kevin Doolin, and Keith Ellis. IoT in agriculture: Designing a European-wide large scale pilot. IEEE Communications Magazine , 2017
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