Keynote speech 
Director Jaakko Kuusisaari, Tieto Corporation, Wood and Fibre Solutions
Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. Having a strong role in the ecosystems, Tieto helps customers to renew their businesses by capturing the opportunities of modernization, digitalization and innovation and to foster new opportunities based on openness, co-innovation and ecosystems.

Keynote speech
Research Professor Ali Harlin, VTT, Bioprocessing of Renewable Natural Materials 
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is one of the leading research and technology organisations in Europe. VTT has a national mandate in Finland. VTT uses research and knowledge to provide expert services for our domestic and international customers and partners.

Keynote speech
Nordic Robotics & Drones Ecosystem Director Patrick Halford, IBM Ltd, "Building ecosystems to drive economic growth across Forest & Photonics using examples from other Nordic industries & regions"
Building IBM's alliances across robotic, drone and healthcare ecosystems, helping clients, start-ups, system integrators and partners utilise IBM Watson and other technologies to solve complex challenges across agriculture, construction, transport, energy and healthcare industries.

Professor Markus Holopainen, University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences, "3D/4D Precision forestry"
The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.

The Department of Forest Sciences conducts internationally renowned research in forest sciences and provides highest level education based on the research. The aim of the department´s multidisciplinary activities is to promote the ecologically, economically and socially sustainable use of forests and peatland.

CTO Vesa Leppänen, Arbonaut Ltd, "LIDAR forest inventory data: application for optimizing road construction and wood procurement costs"
Twenty years ago, the Arbonaut team believed that the future of timberland inventory was in airborne and computer technologies, and the effectiveness of traditional ground based methods has been inadequate. Today, as a result of the company's innovations, many of the world's largest timber owners rely on Arbonaut's ArboLiDAR remote sensing technology for effective, efficient timberland management.

Senior researcher Eugene Lopatin, Luke - Natural Resources Institute Finland, “Operational low-cost tree-wise forest inventory using multispectral cameras mounted on drones"
Natural Resources Institute Finland promotes bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. Luke also carries out statutory government monitoring natural resources, certify plant production, inspect control agents, store genetic resources, produce data on greenhouse gases, support natural resource policies and produce Finland´s official food and natural resource statistics.

Sales Director Jussi Soukkamäki, Senop Oy, "Novel hyperspectral imaging for field use"
Leading precision optics manufacturer in Nordic countries including design and manufacturing from prototypes to large volumes. Manufacturer of hyperspectral cameras.

  • Professor Markku Keinänen, UEF, Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, "Assigning tree and wood quality for hyperspectral imaging"
  • Associate professor Mikko Linnolahti, UEF, Department of Chemistry, "High effiency LED lighting based on rotating molecule"
  • Senior researcher Roman Bednarik, UEF, School of Computing, "Improving effiency through gaze tracking"
  • Postdoctoral researcher Laura Tomppo, UEF, Department of Applied Physics, “Predicting inner quality of Scots pine logs during harvesting"

UEF is one of the largest universities in Finland, and home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,800 members of staff. Its key interdisciplinary research areas are built around four global challenges.

The Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences cover the fields of environmental science and biology, with a holistic focus on interactions between humans and the environment. 

The Department of Chemistry focuses on global questions that are of major importance to society and the economy.

School of Computing focuses on intelligent media computing, technologies for education, and development, and statistics applications in demography, economy and forest sciences.

Professor Marcos X. Álvarez Cid, Enterprise and Galician University Foundation – FEUGA, "Imaging for wood quality control" 
“FEUGA (Galician Enterprise-University Foundation) is a private, non-profit foundation located in Galicia (NW Spain), with more than 30 years of experience in fostering technology transfer between the university, industry and society. FEUGA acts as the Knowledge Transfer Office of the 3 Galician public universities (Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo) and thus works jointly with more than 600 research groups and 200 companies in the region.

FEUGA has a dedicated department of European Programmes, consisting of a team with more than 10 years of experience in EU projects. This department promotes the participation of research groups from the Galician universities, as well as from industry, in European and international research & innovation initiatives and actions through tailor-made advice.´

CEO Jere Heikkinen, Finnos Ltd, "Photonics measurement technologies for wood industry"  
In all areas of industry where raw material, semi-finished products or final products are conveyed in production lines, Finnos utilize several measurement technologies in the wavelength range stretching from x-rays to infra-red.

CTO Pasi Karppinen, ProtoRhino Ltd, "Future photonics measurement applications in Forest industry"
ProtoRhino focuses on solving the hardest measurement challenges. Company´s expertice is in demanding, high data rate, real-time data-analysis applications. To streamline company´s supply chain, they have developed an all-around FlexRHINO data acquisition and crunching unit, which also stands as a foundation for all company´s off-the-shelf products.

CEO Antti Sunnari, Dispelix Ltd, "Augmented reality in industry use" 
Dispelix´s optical see-through near-to-the-eye technology utilizes a lens-like lightguide for transferring the virtual image into the user´s field of view. The display has the capability of reflecting projected full color images as well as allowing the user to see through it.

CEO Markus Melander, Vionice Ltd, "Smartphone application and intuitive map-based web interface for Forest transportation"
Vionice provides services to simplify visual material management and automated data production. The service is tailored for infrastructure asset management, transport sector and maintenance.

Professor Arto Visala, Aalto University, CEO Mikko Miettinen, Argone Ltd, "Forest and tree measurements from forest machine" 
The new EEA-department at Aalto University, before 2010 Helsinki University of Technology, is an ecosystem where scientists and engineers from different fields interact and work together by crossing traditional boundaries to solve the most challenging scientific and technological problems, provide an excellent education and produce greater wellbeing for society in general.

Argone Ltd's core business is mobile work machine measurement and control systems, components and software product development, manufacturing and sales.

Technology Manager Tomi Virolainen, Plytec Ltd, "Needs for plywood manufacture: measurement of veneer surface quality"
Plytec has a lot of experience from many decades to design and manufacture the machinery for plywood veneer handling. Company provides dynamic veneer technology for dynamic plywood industry.

CEO Seppo Huurinainen, MHG Systems Oy Ltd, "DataBio forestry pilot component Wuudis Service interfaces with multiple big data sources making forestry management and data sharing easy"
MHG Systems Ltd is a pioneer in management solutions for forestry and bioenergy supply chain and logistics. Remote sensing services for forest asset management, mobile solutions and field work management are in the core of the services.

Key Account Manager Kimmo Solehmainen, VTT, "Photonics solutions for smart machines"
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is one of the leading research and technology organisations in Europe. VTT has a national mandate in Finland. VTT uses research and knowledge to provide expert services for our domestic and international customers and partners.

Development Manager Veikko Miettinen, Joensuu Science Park Ltd, "VR, AR and virtual forest"

Joensuu Science Park Business Incubator helps to implement the business ideas and guides companies through the challenging early years onto a path of growth. Game Business ideas in Joensuu Science Park are developed in an open Game studio called OASIS. The 150 sqm studio environment is located in the best premises Joensuu Science Park can provide.