School of Science & Computing - Dept of Science
Ultan is a lecturer in the Department of Science in WIT and is Joint programme leader for the Higher Diploma in Agri-Food Systems. He holds a Ph.D in Biosystems Engineering from University College Dublin. His dissertation investigated the feasibility of incorporating Ultra High Frequency Radio Frequency Identification (UHF RFID) as an Automatic ID Data Carrier for Item Level Food Supply Chain Traceability. Following this his MBA focused on UHF RFID and the EPCglobal Network as an Organisational Competitive Tool toward a Sustainable Competitive Advantage within the modern day organisation.
Prior to this his MSc in Engineering Technology from University College Dublin investigated Milk Coagulation Kinetics Using Near-Infra Red Spectroscopy as a process monitoring technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Food Technology from University College Cork.
Dr Mc Carthy spent a number of years as a post Doctoral researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering - RFID Center for Applied Research, at the University of South Florida, Florida, USA. On return to Ireland and prior to joining Waterford Institute of technology Dr. Mc Carthy was centre manager at the Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID Technology Gateway (IMaR).
Dr. Mc Carthy has secured research funding from a number of National, European and International funding bodies including
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: FIRM+ Initiative
Science Foundation Ireland: TIDA, Industrial Fellowship
Enterprise Ireland: Innovation Vouchers, Feasibility studies, Innovation Partnertships
EU Horizon 2020: Spire
EU FP7: Tempus cooperation Programme
Other funding sources include direct costed research with Industrial partners
IEEE RFID Patrons Chair: Patrons Chair of the IEEE RFID Confrenece.
EURIPIDES2 : Technical and Evaluation Committee (TEC) member: EURIPIDES2 (European Smart Electronic Systems) Technical and Evaluation Committee (TEC) member.
Waterford Institute of Technology Industry Board Member 2017 - Present
Member of the Industry board of the School of Science and Computing. The purpose of the board is to engage with Industri, local, national and International to promote academic, research and social engagement between Industry and the Institute.
Chairman – RFID in Europe 2014 – 2015
Acting Chairman of the Management board of RFID in Europe:
RFID in Europe is a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative designed to inform and engage the European RFID community in state of the art in research and latest trends and market needs in RFID Technology and applications. Members include end users, educators, Governments, R&D Establishments, SMEs and European Policy makers.
Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:
Mc Carthy, U., Uysal, I., Badia-Melis, R., Mercier, S., O’Donnell, C.P., Ktenioudaki, A. (2018) Global Food Security – Issues, Challenges and Technological Solutions. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 77, 11 - 20
Badia-Melis, R., Mc Carthy, U., Ruiz-Garcia, L., Garcia-Hierro, J., Robla Villalba, J.I. (2017) New trends in cold chain monitoring applications - A review. Food Control 86, 170 - 182
Badia-Melis, R., Mc Carthy, U., Uysal, I. (2016) Data Estimation Methods For Predicting Temperatures of Fruit in Refrigerated Containers. Biosystems Engineering, 151, 261 - 272
Jackman, P., Brennan, L., McCarthy, U., Corkery, G., Ward, S. (2015). Application of wireless technologies to forward predict crop yields in the poultry production chain. Agricultural Engineering International: V 17, No 2
Hertog, L.A.T.M., Uysal, I., Mc Carthy, U., Verlinden, B.M., Nicolai. (2014). Shelf life modelling for first-expired-first-out warehouse management. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences. 2014 372, 20130306.
Mc Carthy, U., Ayalew, G., Butler, F., McDonnell, K. & Ward, S. (2011). The case for RFID application in the meat supply chain in the Irish context. Agricultural Engineering International: the CIGR Ejournal 13(3).
Mc Carthy, U., Ayalew, G., Butler, F., McDonnell, K. & Ward, S. (2010). The Effect of increased interrogation zone, reader antenna polarisation and application factors in the performance of UHF RFID tag detection on modified atmosphere packaged meat. Packaging Technology and Science, 23 (6), 339 - 350.
Mc Carthy, U., Ayalew, G., Butler, F., McDonnell, K. & Ward, S. (2009). The effects of item composition, tag inlay design, reader antenna polarization, power and transponder orientation on the dynamic coupling efficiency of backscatter Ultra-High Frequency Radio Frequency Identification. Packaging Technology and Science, 22 (4), 241-248.
Mc Carthy, U., Ayalew, G., Butler, F., McDonnell, K. & Ward, S. (2009). Impact of reader antenna polarisation, distance, inlay design, conveyor speed, tag location and orientation on the coupling of UHF RFID as applied to modified atmosphere packaged meat. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 69 (2), 135-141.
Mc Carthy, U., Ayalew, G., Butler, F., McDonnell, K., Lyng, J. & Ward, S. (2009). Permittivity of meat fish and their components at UHF RFID frequencies and industry relevant temperatures. Agricultural Engineering International. The CIGR Ejournal. IX, 2009.
Ktenioudaki, A., Butler, F., Gonzales-Barron, U., Mc Carthy, U. & Gallagher, E. (2009) Monitoring the dynamic density of wheat dough during fermentation. Journal of Food Engineering, 95, 332-338.
Ayalew, G., Mc Carthy, U., Mc Donnell, K., Butler, F., Mc Nulty, P. B. & Ward, S. M. (2006). Electronic tracking and tracing in food and feed traceability. Logforum, 2(2).
Book Chapter Publications
Andrew Shields, Ultan Mc Carthy, Daniel Riordan, Pat Doody, Joseph Walsh, Ismail Uysal (2015). Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. DOI: 10.1002/047134608X.W8155
Corkery, G., Mc Carthy, U., Brennan, L., Hemmingway, P., Ward, S., (2014) Optimizing Poultry Production Systems Using Smart Sensing Technologies and Data Analytics. Encyclopedia of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering, Second Edition DOI: 10.1081/E-EAFE2-120050765, Copyright © 2014 by Taylor & Francis.
Mc Carthy, U., Laniel, M., Uysal, I., Corkery, G., Butler, F., McDonnell, K. & Ward, S. (2014). Sustainable Global Food Supply Networks. "Sustainable Food Processing". ISBN: 978-0-47067223-5.John Wiley & Sons Ltd. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/
Laniel, M., Mc Carthy, U., Uysal, I. (2013). Wave propagation: An RFID Perspective. Wave Propagation, ISBN 980-953-307-376-2. Under review. Academy Publish. http://www.academypublish.org/
Mc Carthy, U., Ayalew, G., Corkery, G., Laniel, M., Uysal, I., Butler, F., McDonnell, K. & Ward, S., Emond, JP. (2012). RFID and the EPCglobal Network as a pivotal tool in the development of a sustainable organisational competitive advantage. "Advances in Business and Management. Volume 5". ISBN: 978-1-62100-510-0. www.novapublishers.com.
Mc Carthy, U., Ayalew, G., Butler, F., McDonnell, K. & Ward, S. (2011). Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency Identification in food supply chain management applications. Supply-Chain Management: Theories, activities/functions and problems. ISBN: 978-1-61668-284-2. www.novapublishers.com.
European Parliament, Brussels, 4th to 8 th March 2013.
EU Science: Global challenges and global collaboration: Food Security: A Systems Approach.
Panel member of experts invited to speak on the development of global scale strategies for improved supply chain and food security. Panel membership at “EU Science: Global Challenges and Global Collaboration”.
GS1 Denmark: GS1 EPC animal eartag guideline
A report outlining the need for standardised animal tagging. Strategies on which to develop protocols for improved farm operations, automatic animal movement registration, as well as monitoring animal welfare and medicine/vaccination administration.
Hill, D., Ward, S., Mc Carthy, U., Corkery, G., Kernan, B., Bracken, J., Baadsgaard, N. P. & Uysal, I. 2012. GS1 EPC animal eartag guideline. Denmark: GS1 Denmark.