We, Dr. Peter Mooney and Dr. Liadh Kelly from the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University, are delighted to welcome you to the official webpage for the 1st National Workshop on Smart Farming and Data Analytics in Ireland (SFDAI 2019). We are the Co-Chairs of SFDAI 2019 and we hope that this webpage will provide you with all of the information you will need to know about what is planned for this really exciting workshop.
Smart Farming represents the application of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into agriculture. Smart Farming sees the combined application of ICT solutions such as precision equipment, the Internet of Things (IoT), sensors and actuators, geo-positioning systems, Big Data, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, drones), robotics, etc. Practically, Smart Farming should provide the farmer with added value in the form of better decision making, new knowledge about their farm or more efficient operations and management of the farm itself.
In Ireland, there is a growing awareness of Smart Farming. However, the understanding and focus of most ‘Smart Farming’ revolves around more efficient operations and management of the farm itself. There is much less emphasis on using data and information generated by the farm (machinery, collection of data from farm animals, farm sensors, etc.) to inform better decision making and new knowledge. In 2016 the OCED reported that 80% of data collected on farms is never “stored or accessed in a way that the data becomes actionable”.
This is where the 1st National Workshop on Smart Farming and Data Analytics in Ireland (SFDAI) comes into focus. The two primary goals of the workshop are to (1) highlight to farmers and the agricultural community the innovations possible in Ireland through an exploration of data analytics for Smart Farming, and (2) to interact and learn from the farming community so that researchers and scientist can develop a research agenda for Smart Farming data analytics in order to bring about the practical reality of Smart Farming and Data Analytics.
This workshop is supported by: Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University; Department of Geography, Maynooth University; the U-Flyte project and National Center for Geocomputation, Maynooth University; the School of Business, Maynooth University; The National Rural Network, and Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI).
The views, information, or opinions expressed on the SFDAI 2019 website are solely those of the Co-Chairs involved and do not necessarily represent those of Maynooth University, its employees or others who support the organisation of this workshop.
You can read short articles about SFDAI 2019 on media outlets: AgriLand, The Farmer's Journal and the National Rural Network Farm Viability Blog.
SFDAI 2019 welcomes farmers of all backgrounds: dairy, tillage, dry-stock, poultry, equine, contractors, forestry, etc. working on farms from 10 acres to 10,000. Your opinions, experiences, knowledge and ideas for SFDAI are vital to the success of the workshop. Don't worry if you're not using Smart Farming technologies yet. Every farmer can give input to SFDAI 2019. The workshop will give you a flavour of what Smart Farming can offer to the Irish farmer.
Are you a Farm Advisor in Ireland? The SFDAI 2019 workshop welcomes you - we want to hear your opinions, ideas and stories on what the current 'State of Play' is for Smart Farming in Ireland. What do you see as the barriers to Smart Farming uptake and what are the solutions? What are the feelings 'at the farm gate' about Smart Farming?
Are you a data scientist or analytics expert? Do you realise how much information and data is generated by agricultural machinery and associated sensors? SFDAI 2019 can introduce you to many exciting and challenging data analytics problems in Smart Farming in coverting data and information from the farm into actionable knoweldge.
The application of science and other disciplines (e.g. business, management) to the agricultural domain is now commonplace. As agricultural scientists you will be involved in a wide range of services provided to farmers and other food producers to ensure quality standards and profitable production systems. SFDAI 2019 will look for your input around how Smart Farming and Data Analytics can drive more profitable and efficient production systems while protecting the enviroment and ensuring quality standards in food production.
Thanks to the support of the Department of Computer Science here in Maynooth University we are delighted to announce that there is no registration or participation fee at SFDAI 2019. We are very grateful of this support. With this support we hope to encourage a large number of participants to join us at SFDAI 2019 with particular focus on participation from: the farming and rural communities, agricultural advisors and managers, agricultural policy makers, argicultural scientists and technologists.
How can I register for SFDAI 2019? There are two ways you can register for SFDAI 2019. These are outlined as follows:
What if I need to register multiple people for SFDAI 2019?. Please ensure that you have the consent of all persons whom you are registering for before providing their contact details to us in the registration process.
What if I am unable to attend SFDAI 2019?. We realise that for a multitude of reasons those who have registered may not be able to actually attend on the day. If you have registered for SFDAI 2019 and cannot make it please let us know by phoning (01) 708 3847 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be able to allocate your registration to another participant.
Is the data and personal information I provide for SFDAI 2019 kept safe? We will only use information that you provide us during registration for organising the SFDAI workshop, and will only contact you by email or telephone in direct relation to the necessary organisation of the SFDAI 2019 workshop.
Dr Peter Mooney is a lecturer in Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science in Maynooth University. Peter teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on topics such as Database Technologies, Spatial Data Analysis and Mobile Application Development. His main research interest lies in the generation, management, analysis and usage of all types of geographic data. In particular he is interested in how citizens’ lives can be improved with better usage and availability of geographical data and information. Peter was born and raised in County Meath and retains strong connections to his rural community and the countryside.
Peter can be contacted by email at email@example.com.
Dr Liadh Kelly is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University, teaching students on topics in the space of multimedia technologies and data access and retrieval. Her research interests revolve around intelligent search and multimodal information access and retrieval. She is particularly interested in understanding individuals’ information needs and developing digital systems which automatically respond to these needs, and which support understanding, task completion and decision making.
Liadh can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very exicted to introduce our two keynote speakers at SFDAI 2019. Our keynote speakers are very well known in the agricultural domain in Ireland (and beyond). Both speakers will give a keynote talk at the beginning of our workshop. In these talks both speakers will outline their thoughts and experiences on Smart Farming in Ireland, where they see challenges ahead, and what solutions are out there. Both speakers will participate fully in the entire workshop so you'll have plenty of time to ask them questions and seek their opinions/advice. We are delighted to have them both participate in SFDAI 2019.
We have a very exciting and stimulating programme lined up for SFDAI 2019. The programme is designed to be all inclusive of the different backgrounds of all of our participants. The core part of the workshop will be the breakout sessions in the morning and the expert lecture sessions in the afternoon. We have two excellent Keynote speakers to provide two thought provoking talks at the beginning of the workshop to set the tone for the day ahead. All activities will take place in Callan Building on the North Campus of Maynooth University. Lunch and coffee breaks are included in the free workshop registration for all participants.
|All sessions take place in the Callan Building. The specific rooms are outlined below.|
|08.45-9.30||[Venue: Callan Foyer, outside CB2] Registration Desk will open. Tea and Coffee will be available to participants who arrive during this time.|
|09.30-9.45||[Venue: CB2] Welcome and introduction to the workshop and scene setting.
SFDAI 2019 Closing Session Slides
|09.45-10.50||[Venue: CB2] SESSION #1: Invited Keynote Presentations: In our two talks both Darragh McCullough and Prof. Thia Hennessy will outline their thoughts and experiences on Smart Farming in Ireland, where they see challenges ahead, and what solutions are out there. There will be some time for a selection of questions from the audience|
|10.50 - 11.30||[Venue: Callan Foyer, outside CB2] Tea/Coffee break and networking|
|11.30 - 13.00|| SESSION #2: Breakout group discussions: Group forming will be explained on the day.
|13.00 - 14.10||Lunch and Networking. Lunch will be provided in the Phoenix Restaurant on the MU campus|
|14.10-16.15|| SESSION #3: Expert Lecture Sessions: There will be 3 lecture sessions, each of maximum 30 minute duration. Participants will be organised into three groups. We'll organise the order in which each group will attend each lecture. Group forming will be explained on the day. There will be a short break between each of the lectures. All lecture rooms are situated along the same corridor of the Callan Building. Sessions are described in more detail below.
|16.15-16.30|| [Venue: CB2] SESSION #4: Closing - wrapup, time to raise final points by attendees. |
There will be some time for additional networking and informal conversation after the workshop has ended.
SFDAI 2019 Closing Session Slides
We have three really exciting Expert Lecture Sessions lined up for you at SFDAI 2019. You will find details of these lecture sesions below. There is no need to sign up for these sessions as all participants will be able to attend all sessions. We'll provide a grouping of participants to attend each lecture session on the day of the workshop. We are very thankful to our facilators for offering their time and expertise to provide this excellent, informative, sessions to SFDAI 2019.
We will organise the lecture sessions such that every participant will be able to visit each of the lecture sessions. The lecture sessions will last at maximum 30 minutes and there will be a short break time for you to walk to the next lecture session. All lecture sessions will be held in the Callan Building of North Campus of Maynooth University.
Lecture Session #1: What can drones do?
Facilator: Aidan Magee, U-Flyte Project, National Center for Geocomputation, Maynooth University.
Within recent years drones, have seen rapid growth in popularity across a variety of industries including the agricultural. This session will discuss how drones can be used as a tool to enable precision agriculture. The session will also explore the practical and regulatory considerations needed when using drones, and examine the viability of their use within Ireland today.
Lecture Session #2: How to Make Sense of Your Data
Facilator: Dr. Christina O'Connor, School of Business, Maynooth University.
This session will discuss and explore the following areas: (1) What is Big Data? (2) What is the value of Big Data? (3) What is the process in making sense of Big Data? Christina has worked with farm businesses across the UK and Ireland over the last 10 years. The volume and variety of data deriving from everyday activity on the farm is an excellent source of insight to the direction of the farm, but this is largely based on making sense of this data and understanding where value can be added.
Lecture Session #3: Exploring Copernicus
Facilator: Dr. Conor Cahalane, Dept of Geography, Maynooth University.
Copernicus is the European Union's satellite mapping programme. In this lecture session you will see the benefits that satellites can bring to Agriculture - helping when assessing agricultural land use and trends, crop conditions and yield forecasts. Copernicus supports irrigation management, seasonal mapping of cultivated areas, water management and drought monitoring, as well as subsidy controls.
All of the activities for SFDAI 2019 will be held in the Callan Building on the North Campus of Maynooth University, Ireland. The image below will show you the location of the Callan Building on the North Campus. However, the links below will also give you specific information on how to reach the University and where the workshop will be held.
We are delighted to answer any questions you might have related to SFDAI 2019. If you cannot find the information you require from this website please let us know. You can contact both of the SFDAI 2019 Workshop Organisers by email as follows:
Peter Mooney: peter DOT mooney AT mu DOT ie
Liadh Kelly: liadh DOT kelly AT mu DOT ie.
Please contact us if you have specific questions about: