AI Finland 2020 30.9.2020

International AI Finland virtual conference 30.9.2020

The AI ​​Finland 2020 event is an international virtual conference focusing on business research collaboration in AI. The aim is to create an AI Finland concept that brings together companies and top-level research instances in different themes and areas each year. The AI ​​Finland event starts in Tampere, the heart of Finnish industry scene, and focuses thus on sustainable smart production.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this event!

You can conveniently participate in the event virtually via Live Stream and with the Brella, networking is also possible through the video meetings online and program information is conveniently available to you. Follow the presentations via Live Stream and the message wall allows you to comment and ask our experts.

In Addition to the main program of the event the afternoon ETAIROS program starting at 13:00. Note: The ETAIROS program is in Finnish.  More information about the program can be found below.

Welcome to our networking event to find out what’s happening in the hottest Finnish AI startups, industry and research!

The event is in English and is free of charge but requires pre-registration.


Event begins

9.05 – 9.20
Opening speech
Ministry of Employment and the Economy Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs

9.20 – 9.40
Ministry for the Economy and Finance, France Renaud Vedel, Coordinator of France ‘s National AI Strategy
The French AI Strategy: an openness to close bilateral partnerships and a desire to tie in with the European Coordinated Plan, for a Stronger Digital Europe
Conceived in 2018, the French National AI Strategy is the subject of a first progress report. It will soon be adjusted to fully integrate the new European Priorities. It will comprise two important new components, serving the ecological transition and smarter education. Aware that both digital Europe and digital France must be strenghtened on value chains and aim for greater sovereignty on critical segments, France promotes the idea of close bilateral partnerships and supports the guidelines announced by the new Commission. In particular, franco-finnish cooperation within the field of AI deserves to be supported and deepened.

9.40 – 10.10
Keynote: Silo.AI – Tero Ojanperä
Improving society with the help of AI
How AI is already today helping societies to improve and to become more efficient and smarter. The presentation will showcase practical uses of AI that improve the life of a citizen, ranging from sewage pipes and district heating to customized digital pharmacy experience.

10.15 – 11.00
Panel discussion
Research to Business: How to transfer research knowledge / expertise to companies. Panelists: FCAIPetri Myllymäki, TAU/AI HUBHeikki Huttunen, Neuro Event LabsKaapo Annala, Nrich – Markus Ståhlberg

11.00 – 11.20
European CommissionJuha Heikkilä, Head of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence unit, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

11.20 – 11.40
MURC (Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting) – Senior Managing Executive Officer, Takehiko Nagumo
Digital New Deal in Japan
Mr Nagumo will talk about the most recent digitization policy development in Japan called the “Digital New Deal,” with special focus on digital government and smart cities in the age of with corona.

11.40 – 11.50
Academy of Finland: 3 x 3 minutes Research pitching (Projects of the Academy’s various programs: Eero Hyvönen, Nønne Prisle, Ilkka Pölönen)

12.00 – 13.00
Lunch break

13.00 – 13.20
Insta – Juha Latvala
Future-proof factory – What are the steps to turn the traditional operation into data-optimized production?
Industrial companies face ever-increasing challenges such as production efficiency and sustainability demands, price pressure, and the lack of know-how on how to utilize digital technology. Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence are technologies that promise optimized production, better sustainability, and ability to answer increasing customer demands. But how to get started? How to make progress in a systematic manner without getting stuck in an everlasting proof of concept phase? In his presentation, Juha Latvala explains how to determine the current digitalization maturity of a company, and how to make industrial AI a reality for you.

13.20 – 13.40
Glaston – Kai Knuutila
Bringing AI for intelligent glass processing
Glaston is a technology and innovation leader in the glass industry and thus also wants to lead in taking AI in the use. This speech will highlight with examples how Glaston uses data and AI for creating new products and services for our customers.

13.40 – 14.00
Cargotec – Juho Vihonen
On sustainable load handling
This speech will cover some recent advances in the domains of electrification, artificial intelligence and automation at Cargotec.

14.00 – 14.20
Sandvik – Olli Snellman
AI in Mining Automation
How we utilize now and near future AI in our offering.

14.20 – 14.40
Valmet – Arttu-Matti Matinlauri
Operator 4.0 – How AI is reshaping the role of the Manufacturing Workforce
Based on real life experiences: how is AI being dreamed about, how is AI actually being implemented and what can be seen as the upcoming research items to follow?

14.40 – 15.00
Unikie – Petri Kalske
AI on Wheels – Data driven automotive disruption

15.00 – 15.30
Coffee break

15.30 – 15.50
Upright – Toni Laitila
New era of value creation: How to measure net impact of companies with an AI-based model
Upright is building a new type of AI-based quantification model for the net impact of companies. Upright’s model utilizes scientific papers and machine learning to summarize how companies impact the environment, the health of people, the society, and the creation and distribution of knowledge. At the core of the model is a neural network that has been taught to classify causalities in natural language.

15.50 – 16.10
Aiforia Technologies Kari Pitkänen
Aiforia – Empowering Medical (and any other 2D) Image Analysis by Deep Learning AI
Kari shall introduce company Aiforia Technologies, main features of Aiforia deep learning AI platform and major applications in health and industry related image analysis.

16.10 – 16.30
FAIA, Finland’s AI Accelerator – Alexander Törnroth
State of AI Finland 2020
Presenting the “State of AI Finland”-report, the most comprehensive and deepest investigation into the domestic AI ecosystem. The report is conducted by FAIA, Technology Industries of Finland, FCAI, Silo AI, Business Finland, AI Hub Tampere, VTT, University of Helsinki, VAKE and Reaktor.

16.30 – 16.45
Closing speech
VTTRiikka Virkkunen

Note: program is in Finnish
Klo 13.00
AI Finland 2020 ETAIROS-iltapäivä
Mikä meitä ohjaa? – Tekoälyn hyödyntämisen eettiset kysymykset

Tervetuloa! Tilaisuuden avaus.
Iltapäivän puheenjohtajat Jaana Leikas, johtava tutkija, VTT ja Mika Nieminen, johtava tutkija, VTT

Missä etiikka tapahtuu?
Jyrki Nummenmaa, Professori, Tampereen yliopisto ja Kalle Piirainen, Senior Expert, 4FRONT

Kansallinen tekoälyohjelma AuroraAI: Hyvää ja sujuvaa arkea elämän eri tilanteissa ja tapahtumissa.
Ohjelman tahto, tavoitteet ja näkymä, Aleksi Kopponen erityisasiantuntija, Valtiovarainministeriö Kokemuksia esiselvitysvaiheesta ja matka kohti toimeenpanoa, Sanni Pöntinen, kehittämispäällikkö, Elinvoima ja kilpailukyky, Tampereen kaupunki Kommenttipuheenvuoro: Marko Latvanen, Erityisasiantuntija, Digi- ja väestötietovirasto

Alustajat vastaavat yleisön kysymyksiin, huomioihin, havaintoihin ja mahdollisiin huoliin.


Tulevaisuuden tieliikenne ja eettinen teknologian hyödyntäminen
Kirsi Miettinen, Lainsäädäntöneuvos, Liikenne- ja viestintäministeriö

Liikkeellä ihminen ja kone –yhdessä ja erikseen
Nina Rilla, Senior Scientist, VTT

alustajat vastaavat yleisön kysymyksiin, huomioihin, havaintoihin ja mahdollisiin huoliin.

Iltapäivän yhteenveto. Tilaisuus päättyy

Additional information

Minna Kinnunen
Senior Business Advisor
AI and Analytics
Business Tampere