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Wednesday 15 Feb 2023
9.15am to 3.30pm AEDT


CSIRO’s food innovation centre
671 Sneydes Road, Werribee VIC


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Event date: Feb 2023

Wednesday 15 Feb 2023

CSIRO’s food innovation centre

9.15am to 3.30pm AEDT

671 Sneydes Road, Werribee VIC
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Debra Krause

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Australia's food and agriculture sector is focussing more on exporting high value sustainable, authentic, healthy, high quality and consistent products. Digital technology and other advanced technologies will be central to enabling this across the agri-food supply chain.

Industry 4.0 (I4.0) and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) are transforming farming and food manufacturing via highly interconnected and networked operations. Sensors, simulations, artificial intelligence–based autonomous systems, and cloud systems are some of the many technologies associated with IIoT and I4.0. The potential benefits include gains in efficiency, sustainability, flexibility, agility, and resilience along the whole supply chain.

The digital transformation of the food industry is here, so how can we find the pathway to increase our digital maturity?

You are invited

This seminar, run by CSIRO's Food Innovation Centre in collaboration with Agriculture Victoria, Food Innovation Australia Limited, LaTrobe University and Swinburne University of Technology, will provide a forum to -

  • explore current market trends
  • learn about Industry 4.0 and IIoT and their application in your business
  • connect with Industry 4.0 experts
  • find out how to access grants and funding opportunities
  • see demonstrations from industry and researchers
  • tour CSIRO's pilot manufacturing plant.

You will also learn about how to access and collaborate with CSIRO's end-to end food and nutrition capabilities and funding options available for your business.

Program outline

  • Global mega trends
  • Smart supply chains
  • Continuous assurance
  • Digital technology in food and drink manufacturing – what's happening in the UK
  • Sensors for industrial applications
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning applications
  • Track and trace applications
  • Implementation of Digital Readiness Assessment tool – case study
  • Panel session – Smart supply chains and applications in food manufacturing.

Demonstrations and trade displays

  • CSIRO's digital powerhouse, Data61
  • AgVic SmartFarm
  • Swinburne University's Factory of the Future and Digital Innovation Lab
  • Dassault Systemes
  • Digital Jobs for Manufacturing Program (DJPR)
  • Open IIoT
  • Siemens
  • Slimstock
  • CSIRO SME Connect
  • Other businesses to be confirmed

Who should attend?

Agrifood Industry professionals, including business owners and company executives, sales and marketing, procurement, technical, innovation, product development and quality assurance.

Australian food and agribusiness sector representatives from the government, universities, consulting, investment and retail.


Melbourne: 8 February 2023


Smart agri-food supply chain of the future (PDF, 172KB)


$99 (inc GST)

Morning tea, light lunch and refreshments are included

Trade display opportunities

There will be a limited number of trade display tables at the seminar. Display tables are $550.00 (inc GST) and include one registration. Please contact Debra.krause@csiro for further information.


Associate Professor Nicholas Watson

Associate Professor Nicholas Watson - University of Nottingham

Associate Professor Nik Watson has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and is currently Deputy Director of the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training at University of Nottingham, UK. Nik has expertise and research interests in Digital Manufacturing within the UK food and drink sector with projects exploring the use of data and digital technologies including robotics and the Industrial Internet of Things. Nik's main research is focussed on combing data-driven sensing with machine learning techniques to monitor processes and materials in challenging manufacturing environments. Nik has published over 50 journal articles and led projects funded by Innovate UK, EPSRC, STFC and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Dr Leif Lundin

Dr Leif Lundin - CSIRO

Dr Leif Lundin is Research Director of the Food program within CSIRO Agriculture and Food. Leif has more than 30 years of experience in food, nutrition and life sciences. Leif has previously held leadership roles at the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Unilever and achieved significant impact in the food industry across Europe, ASEAN and the developing world with the Bill Gates Foundation.


Dr Claire Naughtin

Dr Claire Naughtin - CSIRO's Data61

Dr Claire Naughtin is a Senior Research Consultant and leads the Digital Futures team in CSIRO's Data61. She is passionate about bridging the gap between research and application and uses data to tell stories about the future that can support leaders in making better long-term decisions. In her role at Data61, she leads future-focused, strategic foresight projects for government and industry, covering topics such as the future of employment, healthcare, transport, the public sector workforce, trade, emerging industries, youth wellbeing and intellectual property. Most recently, Claire co-led the delivery of CSIRO's once-in-a-decade Our Future World report, which identified seven emerging megatrends that will shape the next 20 years for Australia. Claire also delivers strategic foresight workshops to help organisations build resilience to uncertain futures and publishes strategic foresight approaches in scientific journals.

Anna Reid

Anna Reid - Amazon

Anna is passionate about innovation through systems thinking and growing todays and tomorrows leaders. Anna was born in regional NSW on a farm, which has led to her love for home grown produce and regenerative agriculture. In Anna's current job at Amazon Australia she supports teams to solve today's and tomorrow's problems - leading Innovation for Amazon Operations in Australia, including bringing technology, automation and robotic ideas to life that deliver value for customers. Prior to working at Amazon, Anna was GM of Operations and Supply Chain at Kinrise, and GM of Manufacturing at Asahi Beverages for Australia and New Zealand. In her spare time Anna chairs an Industry Engagement committee at the University of Melbourne and also chairs the Manufacturing Research Institute Industry Advisory group at Swinburne University.

Vikram Sachdeva

Vikram Sachdeva - Swinburne University of Technology

Vikram Sachdeva has 25 years of experience in manufacturing. His experience spans operations, industrial engineering, continuous improvement, and digital transformation. He defines and executes strategies that equip businesses for the future. A trained engineer and a natural problem solver, he uses Lean Six Sigma and Industry 4.0 to create process, people and technology solutions that address both ingrained and evolving manufacturing challenges.


Dr Robert Barlow

Dr Robert Barlow - CSIRO

Dr Robert (Bob) Barlow is Group Leader Food Quality & Safety within the Food Program of CSIRO Agriculture & Food. He has 25 years' experience conducting research projects on food safety, food quality, and market access scenarios that Australian agri-food supply chains must address to deliver safe and trusted products into domestic and global markets.

His current research efforts primarily focus on the application of sensors, rapid tools and technologies, and whole-of-supply chain initiatives which generate objective evidence that supports food safety and quality credentials of food products and their supply chains. These efforts are aimed at reducing the regulatory burden for agri-food supply chains via the development of analytical platforms to capture real-time data to automate the compliance process and enable food to be produced and processed in a continuously assured way.

Neil McSkimming

Neil McSkimming - Agriculture Victoria Export Development

Neil has more than 25 years' experience in the agriculture and food industries. This includes working in government and for industry across the supply chain in food manufacture, retail and export.

His role at Agriculture Victoria includes supporting export growth through traceability program development. Neil is also working on an eco-credentialling policy.

Before working at Agriculture Victoria, Neil developed the Coles supermarket brand standards and responsible sourcing program.

Kieran Murphy

Kieran Murphy - Agriculture Victoria Research

Kieran is currently leading a traceability foundations research program. His work focuses on tree crop systems using spatial technology and emerging sensors. This includes developing a traceability framework to support existing and new AgTech collaborations.


Hadi Ghaderi

Dr Hadi Ghaderi - Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Hadi Ghaderi is an Associate Professor of Digital Supply Chain and the Major Discipline Coordinator for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Swinburne School of Business and Entrepreneurship. Hadi is the Program Leader for Supply Chain Analytics at Swinburne Data Science Research Institute. The focus of this program is on building advanced supply chain capability by sensing various data sources and providing advanced analytics for smarter decision making. Hadi has led a number of industry-engaged research projects in the area of systems optimisation, sustainable freight transport and supply chain digitalisation.

Prem Prakash Jayaraman

Dr Prem Prakash Jayaraman - Swinburne University of Technology

Dr. Prem Prakash Jayaraman is a Professor of Internet of Things and Director of the Factory of Future and Digital Innovation Lab at Swinburne University of Technology. He leads industry-funded ground-breaking research in Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile and Cloud computing to co-create novel solutions underpinned by digital technologies solving industry problems and aiding their digital transformation journey. He has (co) authored 140+ journal, conference and book chapter in highly ranked venues the above research areas.


Simon Dunstall

Simon Dunstall - CSIRO's Data61

Simon Dunstall is presently a co-leader of the CSIRO "Future Digital Manufacturing Fund" (FDMF). FDMF is concerned with the integration of digital and manufacturing technologies to enable a more competitive, flexible and resilient manufacturing sector. Industry4.0 concepts are central to FDMF. He is also an active researcher in bushfire risk and firefighting, including the impacts of fire on forestry, food and electricity systems, and he is a fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.


Blair Keating

Blair Keating - CSIRO

Blair has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and is a commercially focused food industry professional with extensive experience across fruit processing, dairy, confectionery, food and beverage industries. Working as a Business Development Manager at CSIRO supporting the Food Program, Blair is committed to leveraging science and technology to solve challenges for a thriving and sustainable Australian food industry.


CSIRO logo

CSIRO's food innovation centre makes it easy for food and ingredient companies to access our extensive expertise, technologies and support in innovation, including our $50m world-class food manufacturing pilot plants. From adopting innovative technologies and improving process efficiency to creating high value products for new markets, we partner with industry every day.

Our national SME Connect team connects Australian small to medium sized businesses with Australia's research sector, facilitating and enabling innovation-driven partnerships through funding, support and resources.

Agriculture Victoria

Transforming traceability at Agriculture Victoria

Traceability is an emerging capability for the Australian agricultural sector. The ability to trace a product's journey from paddock to plate can showcase the quality and unique story of Australian produce and help protect brands against food fraud.

Agriculture Victoria is investing in proof-of-concept supply chain traceability research and pilot projects. This work helps produce use cases highlighting the value (or otherwise) to an industry when using specific systems. Learn more about the work currently underway at the event.


Food Innovation Australia Limited is an industry-led, not-for-profit organisation focused on growing the share of Australian food in the global marketplace. We work with the food and agribusiness industry by: sharing knowledge, building capability and creating connections.

Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne’s Factory of the Future and Digital Innovation Lab supports industries overcome challenges in design, development and adoption of digital manufacturing technologies that support addressing social, environmental and economical goals.

La Trobe University

La Trobe's Digital Innovation Hub will provide businesses with access to advanced facilities in Artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT), software development and data analytics. The facility co-locates 'Cisco Innovation Central Melbourne' and the 'Optus 5G Lab' as well as connecting industry to research expertise and student talent across La Trobe campuses.

Demonstrations and trade displays

Open IIoT

The corporate purpose of Dassault Systemes is to “harmonize Product, Nature & Life for a more sustainable world”. The exciting journey of digital transformation in the AgriFood sector fits right at the core of our corporate purpose. Dassault Systemes develops Virtual Twin technologies covering processes from R&D, Packaging, Supply Chain Planning, Manufacturing, Logistics Planning & Marketing. We believe the virtual world extends and improves the real world. We have over 20,000 employees, 72 R&D labs, and over 300,000 enterprise customers across 11 industries, with over 29 million end-users of our software.

Digital Jobs for Manufacturing | Victoria State Government

Digital Jobs for Manufacturing provides funding for employers to access free training to upskill existing employees. Courses are industry endorsed and delivered online over 12 weeks part-time. There are 13 digital disciplines to choose from including AI/machine learning, cybersecurity, digital marketing, data analytics and more. An additional 3 streams (additive manufacturing, robotic process automation and CAD/CAM) will be offered from May 2023, subject to demand.
The program is open to businesses with a manufacturing presence in Victoria who are seeking to upskill their existing workforce to apply digital technology to their operations.
Further information can be found here.

Open IIoT

Open IIoT is an initiative of some of Australia's most prominent automation companies – SMC Corporation ANZ, Beckhoff Automation, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS, Balluff, ZI-Argus and KUKA Robot Automation. Open IIoT industry experts break down the jargon and tackle real-world automation concerns to help unlock IIoT opportunities for commercial value – and advance Australia's economy through smart manufacturing.


Siemens Digital Industries Software helps organizations of all sizes digitally transform using software, hardware and services from the Siemens Xcelerator business platform. Siemens' software and the comprehensive digital twin enable companies to optimize their design, engineering and manufacturing processes to turn today's ideas into the sustainable products of the future. From chips to entire systems, from product to process, across all industries, Siemens Digital Industries Software is where today meets tomorrow.

Slimstock Inventory Optimisation

Slimstock is a world market leader in inventory optimisation, providing user-friendly yet sophisticated inventory solutions to customers across industries like eCommerce, Retail & Manufacturing. Headquartered in the Netherlands since 1993, Slimstock has offices in 22 countries including Australia & Singapore. Slim4 is designed and built to seamlessly integrate with any ERP system. Over 1200 organisations worldwide are backed by Slim4 to date, ensuring they have the right stock, at the right place, at the right time – giving customers the confidence to achieve operational excellence.


The CSIRO SME Connect team helps Australian start-ups and small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) connect to world-class research and development (R&D), whether within CSIRO or the Australian research ecosystem. The team can connect you to the right research expertise for your business, as well as access to funding support, world-class facilities, training, and links to other CSIRO opportunities, networks and the Australian research sector. Our key programs are Innovation Connections (R&D matched funding for SMEs), CSIRO Kick-Start (R&D matched funding for start-ups and small businesses), Innovate to Grow (free sector specific training and mentorship program to understand the value of R&D) and Generation STEM Links (NSW specific internship program for tertiary students into STEM businesses).

Australian Government Department of Industry Science and Resources | AusIndustry Entrepreneur's Programme. Delivered in partnership with CSIRO

Innovation Connections helps small to medium-sized businesses overcome some of the barriers commonly associated with research and development (R&D), such as a lack of technical expertise, funding or identifying the right R&D opportunity for your business. The program provides an end-to-end facilitation service, up to $50,000 matched funding to support project costs or expand the scope of R&D services. Our facilitators will guide you every step of the way and are happy to talk about your R&D needs and how you can work with the research sector to develop innovative solutions.


CSIRO does not issue refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of an event. You may wish to nominate an alternate delegate - please contact us to do so.