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Introduction to Digital Transformation Technologies (online)

The World is Changing Rapidly, and the Change is Driven by Technology

Introduction to Digital Transformation Technologies online course introduces four hyped technologies driving digital transformation: artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, and software robotics.

Covered topics on the online course include, e.g., neural networks, computer vision, smart contracts, and different AR and VR applications. After the course, you know what these technologies are, where they came from and what is expected in the future.

The course contains five online modules. The online modules consist of efficient video lectures, covering the technologies from different perspectives, additional study materials, and company interviews. 

With an organizational license, you can distribute the content in your organization. The video lectures can also be embedded in most common learning management systems. Don't hesitate to contact us for further discussion and we will find a suitable solution for your company.

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By completing the course, the participant will get
an Aalto EE Introduction to Digital Transformation Technologies certificate worth 0.5 ECTS.

"I did not have much understanding about artificial intelligence nor other topics in this program, but the lecturers were very clear and interesting, telling me how they will change the game and how we need to start using these new things in our work. It opened my eyes!"

"If you are not that familiar with these topics, after this online crash course, you will be. Hear it from the scientist and the ones actually implementing these techs."

"Really good overview of the basic technologies and their technical status today and forecast of the future. Time and concentration are needed to understand some of the details. Well presented!"

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Introduction to Digital Transformation Technologies online course introduces you to artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, and software robotics. After the course, you know what these technologies are and understand their potential impact. Important topics and terminology are clearly described, and you get a comprehensive understanding of what is being discussed worldwide.

Develop your skills in digital development and will be able to contribute to discussions on different technologies
Understand the historical context of the technologies and why they are hyped right now
Become familiar with applications and use cases of the technologies
Learn what technologies are and master the key terms on which you can build deeper knowledge


The online course is targeted at companies seeking new effective digital ways to improve business. It also helps to build a consistent level of expertise within selected teams, groups, or departments.

The course is suitable for people who need to understand digital technologies and their impact. The online course is also suitable for anyone who wants to revisit and practice the basic concepts of technologies and their typical usage.



The five (5) online modules of the course introduce artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, software robotics, and blockchain.

The modules consist of video lectures, additional materials, and company interviews. The total duration of the course is approx. six (6) hours.


Riitta Bekkhus

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

She has over 20 years working experience from large Nordic IT companies. In her thesis, Riitta studied RPA implementations and created a step-by-step digital business transformation program for traditional companies to follow. Currently, she works as a Digi-Transformation Architect and Advisor at Nordomus. Riitta has taught the first Finnish “chatbot whisperers” in working with AI and has been active in the start-up scene.

Arto Klami

Arto Klami is an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki, and he belongs to the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) where he coordinates activities developing easier tools for building uncertainty-aware artificial intelligence.

Arto has been researching AI for more than 15 years, focusing in particular on probabilistic machine learning. His research group, Multi-source Probabilistic Inference, works on new machine learning models and algorithms, as well as a diverse range of applications from understanding human behavior to ultrasonic cleaning and spectral imaging.

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 Kurimo

Mikko Kurimo is an associate professor at Aalto University, where he leads the automatic speech recognition group.

He has more than 20 years of experience in speech and language. He is specialized in modeling speech and language using machine learning, as well as using speech recognition to transform speech to text, to assist in foreign language learning, and to produce descriptions of audiovisual data. Internationally, his group is best known for their work on modeling morphologically rich languages for speech recognition.

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.

Jaakko Lehtinen

Jaakko Lehtinen is an MSc (Tech) from Aalto University, School of Science.

He is an experienced business consultant and trainer in Intelligent Automation (IA), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and Knowledge Work Automation. Jaakko is currently working at Capgemini as Head of Nordic Intelligent Automation Center of Excellence. He has worked with RPA since 2014 and is a true technology enthusiast.

Esko Penttinen

Esko Penttinen is Professor of Practice in Information Systems at Aalto University School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems Science and an M.Sc. in Economics from Helsinki School of Economics.

Esko leads the Real-Time Economy Competence Center and is the co-founder and chairman of XBRL Finland. He studies the interplay between humans and machines, organizational implementation of artificial intelligence, and governance issues related to outsourcing and virtual organizing. His main practical expertise lies in the assimilation and economic implications of inter-organizational information systems, focusing on application areas such as electronic financial systems, government reporting, and electronic invoicing. Esko’s research has appeared in leading IS outlets such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, and Electronic Markets.

Mats Sjöberg

Mats Sjöberg is a Machine learning specialist at CSC - IT Center for Science, where he works with the machine learning environments on Finland's fastest supercomputers.

He holds a PhD in computer science from Aalto University. His scientific interests are in machine learning and computer vision, in particular deep learning methods for understanding and describing image and video content.

Tuukka Takala

Tuukka Takala is a postdoctoral researcher at Waseda University. He graduated from Aalto University, where he taught a VR course for 5 years.

Tuukka has worked full-time with augmented and virtual reality since 2007, his focus being in VR software development and full-body avatars.

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.

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