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Digital Summit

Beyond the Hype – the Technologies Behind Digital Transformation

Digital Summit delves into the current technologies behind digital transformation: artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain and software robotics. The program provides a stage for discussing their impact.

The program will be organized again in 2019.

Agenda in 2018

Time: June 5, 2018 at 8.30-17.00
Place: Dipoli on the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus


Registration and breakfast


Opening words

Martti Mäntylä, Professor, Aalto University


Panel discussion: Artificial Intelligence, Business and Society – Three distinguished experts with three points of view

Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman, Nokia and F-Secure
Henry Tirri, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President, Interdigital Inc
Samuel Kaski, Professor, Aalto University




Keynote: How to build new opportunities by utilising Robotic process automation?

Merja Fischer, Director, Robotics & AI, Staria


Keynote: Digitalization in Finance

Aleksi Grym, Head of Digitalization, Bank of Finland


Keynote: Myths Behind Artificial Intelligence: Busted or Confirmed?

Teemu Roos, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki


Workshops: Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented reality, Robotic Process Automation, Blockchain

Facilitated by specialists from Aalto University

17.00 Closing remarks


The summit event is complemented by online modules which present the technologies and the impact for business and society.

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Speakers 2018

Risto Siilasmaa

Risto Siilasmaa is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia.

Under his tenure Nokia has successfully transformed from a mobile phone manufacturer to a leading communication technology company. Siilasmaa is the founder of F-Secure Corporation and an entrepreneur at heart. He is also an active contributor in many European and Asian industry associations and public debate. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries and the Vice Chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK). He is also a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT), the Tsinghua SEM Advisory Board at Tsinghua University and the International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Beijing.

Henry Tirri

Dr. Henry Tirri is specialized in technology research and digitalization. His personal research interests span Artificial Intelligence, information theory, search technologies and Programmable world/Internet of Things.

Dr. Tirri is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Technology officer of Nokia reporting to CEO. In that role he was responsible for setting Nokia’s technology agenda, owned all forward-looking R&D and drove Nokia’s core innovation.

Before joining Nokia, Dr. Tirri was a tenured Professor of Computer Science, Head of the Graduate School and the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Helsinki, leading a world-class research group in probabilistic modeling. Prior to that, he held various academic positions including Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin; Research Scientist at Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC); Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories; and Visiting Scientist at NASA AMES, where he contributed to the Mars Rover technology for the 2003 mission.

Dr. Tirri has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and most recently an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at University of California at Berkeley. He is the author and co-author of numerous academic papers in various fields of computer science, social sciences and statistics and holds many patents.

He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland and an Honorary Doctorate from University of Tampere, Finland.

Samuel Kaski

Dr. Samuel Kaski is an Academy Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University and Director of the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI).

Previously Dr. Kaski has been the director the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Computational Inference Research COIN and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT. His primary research interests are probabilistic machine learning methods and their multidisciplinary applications.

Merja Fischer

Dr. Merja Fischer has a wide leadership career in several global companies, such as ABB, NOKIA, Wärtsilä within Finance, Sourcing and IT, both in Finland and abroad.

Her PhD (2012) was on Customer experience and service productivity. Today she is leading the Robotics business area in Staria. Oyj. She is also a member of Finnish Government’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) advisory board.

Aleksi Grym

Aleksi Grym is Head of Digitalisation at the Bank of Finland.

He manages the digital programme of the bank as well as various projects related to the digital transformation of the financial industry, covering topics such as fintech, distributed ledger technologies, digital currencies, payment technologies, cyber security, and data analytics. Before joining the bank he worked in the consulting and technology investment industry for 15 years. Mr. Grym holds a double Master’s degree in economics and international business.

Teemu Roos

Teemu Roos is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki.

Roos' research interests include the theory and applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. He also teaches introductory courses on these topics with a total of up to 500 students annually. He has developed applications of AI in areas such as mobile computing, genomics, epidemiology, quantum physics, and digital humanities.

Teemu Roos received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Helsinki in 2007.

Online Modules 2018

The online modules introduce the technologies – artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, software robotics, and blockchain – in more depth. The modules consist of videos and a written script on each topic.



Dr. Timo Seppälä

Timo Seppälä works as Professor of Practice, Digital Operations at the Aalto University and as Research Associate at The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, ETLA. Seppälä’s research interest lie in contemporary global phenomena like digitalization, platform economy and global value chains as well as strategic management and internationalization of firms.

Seppälä's areas of expertise include Business Intelligence and Analyses, Global Business Unit and Account Management, Strategic and Operative Business Development, Supplier and Customer Relationship Management and Contract Negotiations. Dr. Seppälä has over 15 years of business experience in several Finnish and international companies for example Metso, OMG Kokkola Chemicals, Oracle, Elcoteq and SAP.

Dr. Liisa Välikangas

Liisa Välikangas is a Professor in Innovation Management at Aalto University School of Business and at Hanken School of Economics.

Professor Välikangas’ areas of expertise include strategic leadership, innovation and management, change and innovation capability, as well as the transformation of companies. Professor Välikangas has over 15 years of experience in working with leading international companies.

Previously, Liisa Välikangas has worked for e.g. Stanford University, London Business School, Keio University in Japan and IMD in Switzerland and cooperated actively with global leading companies. Currently Dr. Välikangas’ research interests are in the field of blockchain, strategic resilience and leadership innovation. 

The Academy of Management awarded her the Best Action Research Paper prize in 2009 in Organizational Change and Development division. She regularly gives talks to executive audiences about innovation management, organizational resilience and strategy development. She is the author of The Resilient Organization, How Adaptive Cultures Thrive Even When Strategy Fails, published 2010.

Liisa holds a PhD in Business Administration from University of Tampere.

Riitta Bekkhus

Riitta Bekkhus holds a PhD in Information Systems Science from Aalto University, School of Business.

In her thesis she studied software robotic implementations and created a step-by-step digital business transformation program for traditional companies to follow. Riitta has over 20 years work experience from major Nordic IT companies, such as, Nokia, Telenor (in Norway) and Tieto, in which she has worked as a Project Director, Quality Partner, Process Owner and Business Architect. She is currently a co-owner of Nordomus Oy, where she works as a Business Architect & Advisor for digital business transformations.

Arto Klami

Arto Klami is Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Academy Research Fellow at University of Helsinki, where he leads the Multi-Source Probabilistic Inference research group. He is also member of Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT and Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence.

He received his PhD in computer science from Aalto University in 2008. Arto has more than 15 years of experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning research, and he has published more than 50 scientific articles in the field. His primary research interests are in statistical machine learning, data integration and probabilistic programming, and he has worked on wide range of applications from computational biology and neuroscience to human-computer interaction and analysis of heterogeneous traces of human activity.

Janne M. Korhonen

Janne M. Korhonen (MSc (Tech), PhD) is a researcher and an author, who researches qualities, possibilities and limitations of different technologies in modern society.

Currently, he is working at Aalto University in the Recon project, which studies applications of blockchain technology. Prior to his research career, he was the founding partner in design and product development services at Seos Design.

Mikko Kytö

Mikko Kytö has researched augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) with a multidisciplinary approach for over 10 years.

He received his M.Sc. from Helsinki University of Technology in 2009, and D.Sc. from Aalto University in 2014.  From his research in Finland and international collaboration, he has been able to gain a comprehensive overall image of the field of AR and VR. Especially he has researched interaction and visualization techniques for AR and VR, as well as application contexts for AR and VR, such as using AR in social interaction. Kytö has published scientific articles in the best venues in the field, for example in ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.


The program is targeted for leaders and executives seeking new effective digital ways to improve business.

The program is suitable for business directors and executive board members.



The program presents the four hype technologies of artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain and software robotics. After the program you will understand the importance of digital development.

You will be familiar with the latest technologies and recognize the requirements for using them
You can plan for the future by taking account of the changes these technologies will bring
You will know how to apply your Digital Summit learning outcomes to your business
You will understand the impact the technologies can have on your business environment

Program Fee and Registration

Registration is closed for 2018. The program will be organized again in 2019. Contact us for further information.

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