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Speaker Paul Anciaux
Paul Anciaux

Policy Officer Defence Industry

European Commission

Find out more about the opportunities offered by the European Defence Fund and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) to innovative companies

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Paul Anciaux

Policy Officer Defence Industry
Company/Organisation

European Commission

Headline

Find out more about the opportunities offered by the European Defence Fund and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) to innovative companies

Biography

In 1990 Paul Anciaux became Master of Political and Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He completed his military service in 1991. He started his professional career in 1991 working for the Belgian branch of the multinational pay-television company, FilmNet (later: Canal+), where he was responsible for purchase management. In 1999 he continued his career as Purchase Manager, working for Intec, a company near Louvain which specialised in socio-medical software, and followed this with a brief period in 2001 with the pharmaceuticals company Nycomed-Christiaens in Brussels. In September 2001 he joined the European Commission, Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. Until 15 May 2012 he was the policy officer responsible for the EU non-energy extractive industries. Paul was a driving force behind the development of the EU’s raw material policy (i.e. the “EU Raw Materials Initiative”). During several years he also acted as Vice-President of the International Lead & Zinc Study Group and Chairman of the Environmental & Economics Committee of the International Nickel Study Group. Since 16 May 2012 Paul has become Policy Officer responsible for the Defence Industries. Within the area of the defence sector, Paul is covering, in particular, all actions in support of SMEs, clusters, regions as well as access to raw materials. He manages the activities of the European Network of Defence-related Regions.

Speaker Daniel Berckmans
Prof. Daniel Berckmans

Professor

Catholic University of Leuven and BioRICS NV

Algorithms for real-time monitoring of individuals by wearable technology to measure physical and mental energy use with recovery balance on moving people during full action.

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Prof. Daniel Berckmans

Professor
Company/Organisation

Catholic University of Leuven and BioRICS NV

Headline

Algorithms for real-time monitoring of individuals by wearable technology to measure physical and mental energy use with recovery balance on moving people during full action.

Biography

Professor Daniel Berckmans has a Master’s degree in Bio-Engineering and a Ph D in ‘Controlling Biological Systems’. He has worked at KU Leuven for 35 years as a full-professor, teaching and doing research. He was leading a big research team in ‘real-time modelling of individual living organisms: humans and animals’. He is recognized worldwide as the spiritual father of the field of Precision Livestock Farming: real-time monitoring of livestock. Since 2001, half of the research team worked on human applications: real-time monitoring in intensive care unit, stress monitoring, physical condition monitoring, etc. He is co-author in over 300 peer reviewed scientific publications and over 400 conference papers. Since 1981 he has experience in product development, the research team has co-developed 17 products with industrial partners, which went to the world market booth. He has coordinated several EU projects, the last one with a budget of 8 M€ and 20 partners in which 4 new spin-off companies were started as part of the project. Beside this, he co-started 2 spin-off companies on real-time monitoring of individuals. He is co-inventor of 20 patents. He is still teaching and supporting research at University for 1 day/week and is closer involved in BioRICS 4 days/week as CTO and Chairman of the Board.

Speaker Isabelle Desjeux
Isabelle Desjeux

European Affairs Manager

Safran Electronics & Defense

Safran will demonstrate how European fundings are opportunities to support identified industrial road-maps, technological projects and capability programmes and answering to Member state's needs.

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Isabelle Desjeux

European Affairs Manager
Company/Organisation

Safran Electronics & Defense

Headline

Safran will demonstrate how European fundings are opportunities to support identified industrial road-maps, technological projects and capability programmes and answering to Member state's needs.

Biography

Since November 2017, Isabelle Desjeux is the European Affairs manager at the Strategy, Innovation & Technologies Directorate of Safran Electronics & Defense. Prior, Isabelle has been working for 6 years as Coordinator for Industry Relations & Support and Principal Officer Market and Industry Policy at the European Defence Agency in Brussels, Belgium. Between 2003 and 2011 she has held the position of European project manager at R&T directorate of Division Optronics and Defense of Sagem DS. After a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, awarded in the US in 1995, she started a career in France at DGA (Ministry of Armies) in 1996 holding in several positions until 2003, all of them being European affairs related. At the same time, she graduated with a CNAM MBA in 2002.

Speaker Andreas Hedskog
Andreas Hedskog

Executive Chairman & Head of Products and Innovation

4C Strategies

LVC Technologies and Capability Development - Fill the Gap to save money and ensure Readiness!

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Andreas Hedskog

Executive Chairman & Head of Products and Innovation
Company/Organisation

4C Strategies

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LVC Technologies and Capability Development - Fill the Gap to save money and ensure Readiness!

Biography

Andreas Hedskog is the Founder, Executive Chairman and Head of Products and Innovation at 4C Strategies. Andreas founded 4C Strategies in 2000 after coming up with an idea on how to improve and digitize training and exercising in the Swedish Armed Forces. Andreas is a Cambridge and Harvard graduate and an active reserve officer (Maj) in the Swedish Armed Forces. For the past 17 years Andreas and his team has grown 4C Strategies into one of the world’s leading providers of technology to systematically build, verify, track and support Readiness in Armed Forces, Emergency Services and Critical Infrastructure Providers. With customers throughout the world, offices in the Nordics, United Kingdom and the United States and roughly 150 employees, 4C Strategies is considered thought leaders in how to efficiently and effectively ensure Readiness.

Speaker Jukka Juusti
Jukka Juusti

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Defence of Finland

Opening speech

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Jukka Juusti

Permanent Secretary
Company/Organisation

Ministry of Defence of Finland

Headline

Opening speech

Biography

Mr. Juusti has held various positions in the Finnish Defence Administration, especially at the Defence Command level. He has also served at the Mission of Finland to NATO and has held the NADREP (EU/NATO/WEAG) position in Brussels from 1999 to 2003. From January 2008 until the end of 2010, he also held the position of Armaments Director at the European Defence Agency (EDA). In February 2012, Major General Juusti retired from active service and from the Finnish Defence Command where he acted as Deputy Chief of Staff (Logistics and Armaments). From March 2012 until the end of 2015, Mr Juusti held the position of Director General of the Resource Policy Department and Finnish National Armaments Director (NAD). Mr. Juusti was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence of Finland 1st January 2016. He is also the Chair of the Security Committee

Speaker Tuija Karanko
Tuija Karanko

Secretary General

AFDA - Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries

Excellence in Defence Research and Industry

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Tuija Karanko

Secretary General
Company/Organisation

AFDA - Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries

Headline

Excellence in Defence Research and Industry

Biography

Ms. Tuija Karanko was appointed Secretary General of AFDA, the Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries in 2010. Before this, Ms. Karanko had a long career within the Finnish public administration working as the Ministerial Advisor at the Ministry of Defence and, previously, for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry where she mainly focused on international relations. She has held several positions at the Finnish Defence Forces Joint Command and other Defence Forces’ agencies dealing mostly with international relations and Finland’s participation in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. Ms Karanko has a degree in Political Science from the University of Jyväskylä where she majored in Political Science.

Jarmo Keskinen

Colonel, Deputy Commander Kainuu Brigade

Kainuu Brigade

Welcome Address

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Jarmo Keskinen

Colonel, Deputy Commander Kainuu Brigade
Company/Organisation

Kainuu Brigade

Headline

Welcome Address

Merle Maigre

Executive Vice President for Government Relations

CybExer Technologies Ltd

Visualising Cyber Defense Exercises

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Merle Maigre

Executive Vice President for Government Relations
Company/Organisation

CybExer Technologies Ltd

Headline

Visualising Cyber Defense Exercises

Biography

Merle Maigre is the Executive Vice President for Government Relations at CybExer Technologies, an Estonian firm that specializes in providing governments, international organizations and companies with cyber training environment and sophisticated, large-scale cyber security exercises. 2017- 2018 Merle Maigre served as the Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn. During 2012 to 2017, she worked as the Security Policy Adviser to Estonian Presidents Kersti Kaljulaid and Toomas Hendrik Ilves. In this capacity, she was the President’s chief advisor on domestic and international security issues, including cyber defence developments and challenges. From 2010-2012 Merle Maigre served at NATO HQ in the Policy Planning Unit of the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Merle Maigre has also worked as a researcher at the International Centre for Defense and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn (2007-2010). She has served as the Deputy Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Kyiv and at the NATO Department in the Ministry of Defence, Estonia, in support of the country’s NATO accession.

Speaker Pentti Malinen
Pentti Malinen

Regional Mayor of Kainuu

Regional Council of Kainuu

Welcome Address

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Pentti Malinen

Regional Mayor of Kainuu
Company/Organisation

Regional Council of Kainuu

Headline

Welcome Address

Biography

Responsible for the planning and efficient realisation of operative functions and the financial administration of the office of regional council. Supervising and developing the actions and reporting to the Regional Assembly and the Regional Board. Acting as the chairman of the executive board, the team for supervision of interests and the team of international affairs.

Dr. Marina Martinez-Garcia

Programme Officer

Spanish Office for Science and Technology (SOST), Centro de Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI)

Security and Defense: Parallel worlds and two opportunities for research

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Dr. Marina Martinez-Garcia

Programme Officer
Company/Organisation

Spanish Office for Science and Technology (SOST), Centro de Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI)

Headline

Security and Defense: Parallel worlds and two opportunities for research

Biography

Marina Martínez is Programme Officer of CDTI (Centro de Desarrollo Tecnológico e Industrial – Spanish Innovation Agency) in Brussels (Spanish Office for Science and Technology, SOST-CDTI office). She is National Contact Point of the Secure Societies Challenge in H2020 and she also has given support to the Ministry of Defense in the Preparatory Action for Defence Research of the European Union. Dr Martínez is conducting the activities of the SOST offices addressed to the Spanish regions as well to the Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) opportunities on R&D and Innovation. She is the coordinator of the capacity building and specialisation programme in H2020. These activities are addressed to all kind of Spanish participants in Framework Programme. Previously she has worked in the industry on Earth Observation applications and products and in Satellite navigation (GNSS and EGNOS). She has been permanent lecturer at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) during 12 years and, lately, she has been deputy director of the former Geomatics Research Institute in Barcelona (UPC-Catalonia Government). Marina Martínez holds a PhD in Physic Sciences, has been researcher at the Technical University of Delft and invited researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. She was been awarded by the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia because her works in Geomatics. She has worked in the private sector in applications of Earth Observation Satellite data and images. Before joining SOST-CDTI, she has been researcher and participant in more twenty R&D and Innovation projects at European and international level.

Speaker José Prieto Muñoz
José Prieto Muñoz

Director of Business Development and Institutional Affairs

GMV

An industrial view of C4ISR trends and technologies and its potential at EU Level

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José Prieto Muñoz

Director of Business Development and Institutional Affairs
Company/Organisation

GMV

Headline

An industrial view of C4ISR trends and technologies and its potential at EU Level

Biography

José Prieto is an Aerospace Engineer who graduated from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (1994). He started his professional career in GMV as a project engineer being mainly involved in ESA Guidance, Navigation and Control projects. After some time, relocated at ESA working for the Interplanetary Mission Support Section, he assumed the lead of the International Programs Division. Since 2004 he is responsible for the Defense & Security Business Development in GMV. He has participated in many projects and study groups dealing with C4ISR systems in different environments such as the Spanish MoD, the European External Action Service, the European Defence Agency and NATO.

Speaker Peeter Nieler
Peeter Nieler

CEO

Criffin R&D

Lessons Learned: Immersive Training for Tactical Units

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Peeter Nieler

CEO
Company/Organisation

Criffin R&D

Headline

Lessons Learned: Immersive Training for Tactical Units

Biography

Mr. Peeter Nieler has been an entrepreneur all his life with a broad range of areas such as publishing, film production, AI and electronics R&D. Mr. Nieler is also an active speaker, giving visiting lectures to students, talking at conferences (such as innovation conference “The Future Is Now”, Unity’s conference Unite Beijing, Opening speech at WVA2015 in Shanghai,FIVR in Helsinki, Latitude59, PowerSpeech at BNFF, ITEC in Rotterdam, Let’s CEE in Vienna, KVRF in Seoul, etc.) and various Virtual Reality meet-ups. He believes it is important to share experiences and to inspire others. He considers his strengths to be business development, team building and developing technology strategies. In particular, he feels inspired and valued in the creational Virtual Reality industry, in which he started to actively operate already in 2012, even before Oculus Rift started to popularize the field. Over the past few years he has led R&D in his startup Criffin, constantly pushing for new horizons in technology and science. During these years they have built prototypes for IMU based skeletal tracking, UltraSonic positional tracking and currently they are researching possibilities in haptic feedback solutions. Besides developing high tech embedded systems for VR, he is now delving into neuroscience and how the brain interacts with artificial realities.

Speaker Pasi Niemelä
Pasi Niemelä

Product Manager

Patria Land Oy

Panelist for "Excellence in Defence Research and Industry"

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Pasi Niemelä

Product Manager
Company/Organisation

Patria Land Oy

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Panelist for "Excellence in Defence Research and Industry"

Biography

Mr. Pasi Niemela works as a Product Manager at Patria Land, responsible for forming evolving customer expectations into product roadmaps. Pasi has been involved in software development and system integration of defense systems for over 25 years. The long period within defense domain has included projects for land, sea and air.

Speaker Veli-Matti Nurkkala
Veli-Matti Nurkkala

CEO

CSE Entertainment

Fitness and rehabilitation gaming to increase soldier's physical activity and cognitive skills

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Veli-Matti Nurkkala

CEO
Company/Organisation

CSE Entertainment

Headline

Fitness and rehabilitation gaming to increase soldier's physical activity and cognitive skills

Biography

Veli-Matti Nurkkala is an ex-professional cross-country skier and his passion is to create products to offer an alternative for boring cardio training, as well as inspire people of all ages to exercise and have fun using fitness gaming products. Veli-Matti has studied University degrees on Sport Sciences and computer engineering. After working for Polar Electro with heart rate monitors, he was a researcher and project manager at the University of Oulu and Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (2006-2016). In 2012 he founded CSE Entertainment, which is a University spin-off company from sport and driving simulator development projects. The company’s main focus is to develop world class virtual reality and interactive products for fitness, education and rehabilitation. CSE is a fast growing company and its products can be found in 31 different countries. The company also manufactures driving simulators for Finnish driving schools (e.g. 25% driving schools using it).

Antti Peltomäki

Head of Representation

European Commission Representation in Helsinki

Welcome Address

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Antti Peltomäki

Head of Representation
Company/Organisation

European Commission Representation in Helsinki

Headline

Welcome Address

Biography

Professional experience in the European Institutions:

  • Since 1 April 2019: Head of Representation – Helsinki – Finland
  • 01/02/2012 to 30/03/2019: Deputy Director-General responsible for Directorates dealing with “Sustainable Growth and EU 2020”, “Internal Market for the free movement of goods”, “Service industries” and “Resources Based, Manufacturing and Consumer Goods Industries” – Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s (GROW)
  • 01/10/2007 to 31/01/2012: Deputy Director-General – Directorate-General Information Society and Media (INFSO).
  • 01/07/2006 – 30/09/2007: Head of Representation in Finland, Directorate-General Communication (COMM).

Professional experience before joining the European Institutions:

  • May 2003 – June 2006: State Secretary for EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s office.
  • July 2000 – April 2003: State Under-Secretary for EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s office.
  • March 1997 – June 2000: State Under-Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office.
  • March 1996 – February 1997: Special Adviser, Ministry of Justice.
  • February 1994 – December 1994: Officer, EFTA Brussels office.
  • October 1991 – January 1994/January 1995 – February 1996: Counsellor, Foreign Affairs Committee, Finnish Parliament.
  • September 1988 – September 1991: Head of the International Office, National Coalition Party (Kansallinen Kokoomus), where he developed their European policies and maintained relations with the European People’s Party.
  • January 1986 – December 1987: Coordinator, centre for continuing Engineering Education, Helsinki University of Technology.
Speaker Jouni Ponnikas
Jouni Ponnikas

Director, Regional Development

Regional Council of Kainuu

Development projects - funding possibilities

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Jouni Ponnikas

Director, Regional Development
Company/Organisation

Regional Council of Kainuu

Headline

Development projects - funding possibilities

Biography

Jouni Ponnikas (Ph.D.) Director, Regional Development works at Regional Council of Kainuu. His responsibilities are the coordination of regional development programs including the smart specialization strategy (RIS3) of Kainuu as well as regional monitoring and foresight. Earlier he worked at the University of Oulu, Kajaani University Consortium, Adult and Continuing Education unit as a responsible researcher on evaluation and regional research. During 2005–2010 he was the director of Lönnrot Institute of Kajaani University Consortium. Ponnikas is specialized in program based regional developing, strategic planning, program and project evaluation and regional research. He has coordinated numerous national and international studies and projects on these fields and has been a member of several national and international regional research and evaluation networks and expert panels, like European Evaluation Network for Rural Development, EU Expert Committee on Evaluation of Rural Development Programmes Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) or Agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) or European Network for Rural Development.

Harri Romppainen

Vice President, Defense & Security

Bittium

Software defined battlefield communications - A recipe for successful battlefield digitization

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Harri Romppainen

Vice President, Defense & Security
Company/Organisation

Bittium

Headline

Software defined battlefield communications - A recipe for successful battlefield digitization

Biography

Harri Romppainen received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1997, and Executive MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Oulu in 2007. He has worked in Bittium since 1998, and has held several different positions in the company, including responsibilities in R&D, project management, competence center management, product management, product marketing management and sales. Major part of his work has focused on tactical communications and Software Defined Radio (SDR) based systems, capabilities and business. Currently he is leading business management in Bittium’s Defense and Security product and service area, which offers tactical communications and mobile security products and services to the global defense and security market.

Speaker Esa Suutari
Esa Suutari

Head of Sales and Marketing

SUNIT Oy

Virtual Battlefield - Moving to the Frontline?

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Esa Suutari

Head of Sales and Marketing
Company/Organisation

SUNIT Oy

Headline

Virtual Battlefield - Moving to the Frontline?

Biography

Today the Computer and Communication Capacities makes possible for proactive Battling. Force of Weapons could be analyzed at the front of acting’s. Such warfare will require computer technologies for battle-units that are extremely reliable and non-traceable serving multi-HMI. It’s about saving Defence-capacity and lives. SUNIT Oy has a long experience in Mission Critical Computing for increasing efficiency for Authority in Duty.

Jaanus Tamm

CEO

DefSecIntel Solutions

New technologies in the defense industry and defense forces

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Jaanus Tamm

CEO
Company/Organisation

DefSecIntel Solutions

Headline

New technologies in the defense industry and defense forces

Biography

Long term innovator from IT to defense industry. More than 10 years experiences developing and implementing new technologies in security and defense sector. Active Estonian Defense Industry Association Board member and Defense Cluster Board member. Last year’s actively operating in AI field and developing related products in his different companies and investing AI/cyber sector via CyberNorth Accelerator.

Speaker Elektra Tsigaridas
Elektra Tsigaridas

Policy Officer Defence Industry

European Commission

EU actions in support of the defence industry, funding opportunities and cooperation at EU level in particular in the area of skills

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Elektra Tsigaridas

Policy Officer Defence Industry
Company/Organisation

European Commission

Headline

EU actions in support of the defence industry, funding opportunities and cooperation at EU level in particular in the area of skills

Biography

Elektra Tsigaridas is Policy Officer at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Working on EU defence industrial policy, she covers Commission’s actions in support of skills in defence and of SMEs. She manages the European Defence Skills Partnership. Between 2012 and 2014 she worked on aeronautics industrial policy regulating civilian unmanned aircrafts at European level, in particular addressing the societal concerns of safety, security, and privacy. Elektra entered the Commission in 2010 at DG for International Cooperation and Development managing programmes in support of SMEs within the EU-Latin America economic cooperation framework. She holds Masters of Arts in Economics and in European Public Affairs and a degree in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Greek, Slovenian, Croatian and Italian.

Prof. Vesa Virtanen

Professor, Director

Kajaani University Consortium, Unit of Measurement Technology, MITY

Measurement and monitoring of mental and physical stress and fatigue and prevention of malnutrition.

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Prof. Vesa Virtanen

Professor, Director
Company/Organisation

Kajaani University Consortium, Unit of Measurement Technology, MITY

Headline

Measurement and monitoring of mental and physical stress and fatigue and prevention of malnutrition.

Biography

Professor Vesa Virtanen is the director at the Kajaani University Consortium, a department of the University of Oulu. He is also the director of the unit of measurement technology, MITY. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry. He has been visiting post-doctoral scientist at Universities in Germany and France and working as scientific officer at Joint Research Centre of European Commission in Belgium. He has vast experience in research work and has over 200 scientific publications. Research interests include: biosensor development for human physiological evaluation (well-being, sports and health care) and environmental research (natural waters and modern mining), bioanalytical methods for food processing and nutritional evaluation, modern instrumental analytical methods and measurement instruments.

Andri Rebane

Executive Project Manager

Estonian Ministry of Defence

Defence initiatives supporting defence industry

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Andri Rebane

Executive Project Manager
Company/Organisation

Estonian Ministry of Defence

Headline

Defence initiatives supporting defence industry

Biography

Mr Andri Rebane is working in the Estonian Ministry of Defence as the Executive Project Manager of the Cyber Range and Cyber Exercises being responsible for development of the capability and integrating the Cyber Range to the day-to-day cyber operations, education and training. He is leading the execution of Estonian CR14 concept and he is also working closely with EU’s Cyber Range’sand cybersecurity training and education initiatives.Mr Rebane started his career as a conscript and IT-specialist in Estonian Defence Forces and his previous positions include Chief Information Security Officer at the ministryand the deputy Chief of Cyber Incident Response Capability at the Defence Forces. Mr Rebane holds a master’s degree in Informatics from the Tallinn University of Technology.

José Manuel Ramos Fernandez

PhD

AITEX

Opportunities for the civil sector in the defence domain: RTO perspective.

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José Manuel Ramos Fernandez

PhD
Company/Organisation

AITEX

Headline

Opportunities for the civil sector in the defence domain: RTO perspective.

Biography

José Manuel Ramos has a PhD in material science. He started his professional career working on fundamental research (carbon materials) and gradually moved to more applied research. In 2013 José Manuel joined the international project division of AITEX. In particular, he was in charge of the business development on Defence domain.  Since 2013 AITEX is collaborating in several projects with European Defence Agency, moreover, AITEX is leading a project in the framework of the Preparatory Action for Defence Research (VestLife), José Manuel is the project manager. In parallel, he has worked in civil research projects at an international level, this fact has provided him a dual vision of the research.

Herkko Pirskanen

Head of Sales

Zaibatsu Interactive Inc.

Achieving cost effectiveness and immersion of hazardous conditions via VR-training

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Herkko Pirskanen

Head of Sales
Company/Organisation

Zaibatsu Interactive Inc.

Headline

Achieving cost effectiveness and immersion of hazardous conditions via VR-training

Biography

Mr. Herkko Pirskanen, Head of Sales at Zaibatsu Interactive Inc. Zaibatsu has been providing VR- and AR- solutions for military / rescue service use as well as for industrial use cases. TCCC VR demo, presented in NORDEFCO ADL Conference can be seen in exhibition area. Zaibatsu has been involved in H2020 in co-operation with VTT, POLAMK (Police University Collage) and University of Jyväskylä in Security and RRI related projects.

Lauri Kangas

Research Manager, Defence Solutions

Insta DefSec Oy

Future steps towards AI-empowered defence capabilities

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Lauri Kangas

Research Manager, Defence Solutions
Company/Organisation

Insta DefSec Oy

Headline

Future steps towards AI-empowered defence capabilities

Biography

Mr. Lauri Kangas is working as a Research Manager at Insta DefSec Oy – a strategic partner of the Finnish Defence Forces. He has over 15 years of experience in defence research and innovation and has participated in various research topics concerning autonomous systems, swarm technologies, C4ISR and analysis tools for military decision making. Mr. Kangas also has a background working within the Finnish Defence Research Agency earlier in his career conducting various research projects in the area of Electronic Warfare. He has a Master of Science degree from Helsinki University of Technology where he majored in Operations Research and Risk Assessment.