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Creating the Future in Smart Manufacturing

Joseph Walsh, Charlie McCarthy, Kieran O'Donoghue, Fiona Boyle, Anshul Awasthi, Krishna Panduru

What do the innovative autonomous systems for next generation manufacturing and products look like?

The digital transformation of businesses and industries is accelerating, presenting numerous opportunities to develop new products, processes and services. The ability of companies to innovate is greatly facilitated through collaborative networks. The IMaR Research Centre at Munster Technological University, Ireland has a long track record in researching and developing digital solutions for manufacturing companies, including Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems and augmented and virtual reality technologies. Much of this work has been done in collaboration with German companies, supported by Science Foundation Ireland. In this breakfast event, IMaR and its German partners in Ireland, Kostal Ireland GmbH and Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd, will share their experiences working together on Industry 4.0 and related technologies.

What does the future of manufacturing look like? What’s trending? What are the challenges? What does the future of Manufacturing Engineering Education look like? Professor Joseph Walsh from MTU, Kerry and the world-leading SFI Research Centre for Software, Lero, will discuss these questions in a keynote at the Embassy of Ireland in Berlin. This will be followed by case studies of collaborative developments between MTU and Lero’s German partners, Kostal and Liebherr. The session will conclude with a Q&A, where you will have the chance to ask questions about the future of software and manufacturing!

The language of this event is English. The target audience includes academics, young professionals, the manufacturing industry, venture capital, funding institutions, policy makers and anyone else in between who has an interest in future manufacturing.


This a digital event. If you would like to attend, please book your spot here. Access to the event will be provided after registration by the organiser.

Joseph Walsh

Munster Technological University, Ireland

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.

Charlie McCarthy


Charlie McCarthy is Managing Director of Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd., a leading supplier of state of the art container handling equipment worldwide.  Charlie has over 20 years professional experience having held various senior roles within the organisation since 2001. He is passionate about pioneering technologies in the areas of Automation and AI  to pursue increased efficiencies in container handling in ports and intermodal operations.  He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland. He holds various qualifications including an 1:1 degree in Mechanical Engineering  having started his career as a Mechanical Automotive and Maintenance Fitting apprentice.

Kieran O’Donoghue

Munster Technological University, Ireland

Kieran O’Donoghue is Manager of the AgriTech industry cluster, based in Munster Technological University and until recently, was the Test and Assembly Test Manager in Kostal. Kieran has worked for more than 20 years in a variety of engineering and management roles. During this time, he has gained a wealth of experience in all aspects of business, particularly with the leadership of teams to deliver critical business objectives in the areas of new product introduction, process & technology development, validation and continuous improvement.  He holds a Master’s degree in Project Management, a Bachelors degree in Electronics and a Six Sigma Black belt.

Fiona Boyle

Munster Technological University, Ireland

Dr Fiona Boyle is Head of Department- STEM (Director of REEdI) within the School of STEM at MTU- Kerry Campus. Fiona has a B.Sc. (Hons) and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from NUI Galway and a M.Sc. in Biomedical Science from University of Ulster Coleraine. Fiona’s recent experience focuses on agility and innovation in development and delivery of education ensuring the talent pipeline can meet the future skills needs of the manufacturing Industry. This involves the use of VR/AR technologies, eLearning, and the inclusion of significant work-based project centric learning in undergraduate programmes. Fiona’s early research centred on the topic of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens in clinical and environmental settings. Fiona’s Industry experience spans over 14 years in the MedTech and Pharma sectors, holding key roles in the areas of Terminal Sterilization (across Ethylene Oxide, Gamma, E-Beam and Gas Plasma modalities), Microbiological quality and Biocompatibility of medical devices and pharmaceutical products.

Anshul Awasthi

Munster Technological University, Ireland

Anshul Awasthi is a Research Fellow at the IMaR Research Centre in Munster Technological University, Ireland. Anshul has hands-on experience in Mobile and Industrial Robotics, Data mining, machine learning, Automation (PLC), image processing and embedded systems. Anshul received his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Nagpur University, India (2009) and a Masters in Intelligent Systems and Robotics from University Of Essex, UK (2011). Anshul is currently project manager on large Science Foundation Ireland co-funded projects in the areas of automation, autonomous systems and extended reality systems.

Krishna Panduru

Munster Technological University, Ireland

Krishna Panduru is a Senior Research Fellow at the IMaR Research Centre in Munster Technological University. Krishna has a Bachelor of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India and a Master’s degree in Intelligent Systems and Robotics from the University Of Essex. Krishna has over ten years experience collaborating with international and regional enterprises and start-up companies in the area of industrial internet of things, mechatronics, robotics and automation. Currently, he is managing an SFI-Lero funded project with Liebherr Container Cranes which focuses identifying novel methods and solutions in the area of Industry 4.0, Digital Twin, autonomous navigation and smart sensors. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MIEEE) and Engineers Ireland (MIEI).

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Embassy of Ireland, Germany
Jägerstraße 51
Berlin, 10117 Germany

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