Cranfield University hosts a DEX Network Workshop exploring Digital Innovation for Sustainable Dairy

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Topic: Digital Innovation for Sustainable Dairy

Dairy products are an important source of nutrients that contributes to a healthy and nutritious diet. However, as a large GHG emitter, dairy industry also significantly affects the climate change. A big challenge for dairy industry today is how to reduce environmental impacts while continuing to meet social needs.

As a founding member of DEX Network, Cranfield University hosts a workshop to explore how digital technologies can be adopted to address this challenge and improve sustainability in dairy industry.

Workshop agenda

Time   Session
12:55-13:00   Arrival (online) 
13:00-13:05   Welcome and Introduction
Dr Miying Yang, Cranfield University
13:05-13:20   Speaker 1: Industrial digitalisation for sustainability: towards Net Zero
Professor Steve Evans, Director of Industrial Sustainability, University of Cambridge
13:20-13:35   Speaker 2: Digital technologies for dairy cow monitoring
Dr Andrew Peacock, CEO, Peacock Technology Ltd
13:35-13:55   Speaker 3: Integrating process digital twins into dairy manufacturing
to optimise material and energy usage

Dr Sam Wilkinson, Strategy Director of Food
Beverage and Consumer Goods, Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), Siemens
13:55-14:05   Speaker 4: Digital technologies for energy optimisation in dairy farming
Professor Jim Harkin, Head of the School of Computing
Engineering and Intelligent Systems, Ulster University
14:05-14:25   Panel discussion (Q&A)
14:25-14:30   Wrap up
Professor Barry Quinn, Business School, Ulster University


Professor Steve EvansProfessor Steve Evans

Director of Industrial Sustainability, University of Cambridge
Professor Steve Evans is Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability at University of Cambridge. He leads research that seeks to deliver knowledge concerning sustainable change at scale, including programmes in sustainable digitalisation, sustainable business model innovation, system transformation, the limits of efficiency and sustainable policy making in developing countries. He has over 30 years of academic experience which includes working collaboratively with leading industrial and academic institutions from around the globe. He has been Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee and is a serial clean-tech start-up founder.

Dr Andrew PeacockDr Andrew Peacock

Founder and CEO of Peacock Technology Ltd
Andrew is an Engineer who has worked on a wide range of AgriTech projects and is now focussed on applying Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to bring forward solutions helping Dairy Farmers reduce labour requirements and improve long term farm sustainability.

Dr Sam WilkinsonDr Sam Wilkinson

Strategy Director of Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods, Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), Siemens
Dr Sam Wilkinson is the Strategy Director for Food, Beverage and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FB-FMCG) based in the Formulated Products business unit at Siemens Process Systems Engineering Ltd (SPSE). He obtained his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering in 2009 and his EngD in reaction kinetics in formulated industrial catalysts in 2014, both at the University of Birmingham, with the latter sponsored by Johnson Matthey. Sam joined SPSE in 2017 and initially led the product development of reactors and separations unit operation models in the gPROMS FormulatedProducts software. In 2019 he began his current role where he focuses on strategic growth of SPSE business; developing and positioning industry solutions and building collaborations within the FB-FMCG industries.

Professor Jim HarkinProfessor Jim Harkin

Head of the School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems, Ulster University
Dr Jim Harkin is Professor of Intelligent Digital Systems at Ulster University and a member of the Computational Neuroscience and Neural Engineering research team in the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC). Dr Harkin leads research on the design of intelligent embedded systems and focuses on developing electronic computing systems that can self-repair under the presence of errors. He will talk about a feasibility project that uses digital technologies for real-time energy monitoring and optimising renewable energy supply and consumption in dairy farming.

Introduction to DEX Network

DEX (Dairy Evolution NeXt) is a unique community of researchers, industry and policy stakeholders across Ireland and the UK interested in exploring innovation, sustainability, value addition, and digitalisation across the dairy sector. The DEX Network acts as a platform that helps mitigate the dairy sector against market shocks through facilitating the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and the identification of skills and capability needs across the UK and Ireland.

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The DEX Network is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Irish Research Council (IRC).

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