New officers elected for 2019-2020

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IEEE Finland CSS/RAS/SMCS Joint Chapter held the officer election meeting on Thursday 20.12.2018 at 16:15-17:00 in Maarintie 8, Espoo, TUAS building, room 1023-1024 AS4. New officers have been elected for the year 2019-2020.

The new officers are:

Chair: Roel Pieters,
Vice Chair: Pasi Hurri,
Secretary: Kshitij Tiwari,
Treasurer: Peter Jakubik,
Publicity Chair: Simo Särkkä

Excursion to Nokia

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The event took place on December 13, 2018 at the NOKIA Executive Experience Center in Espoo, at the Karakallio Campus. The center, said to be the biggest demo facility of Nokia, is an impressive demonstration theater of series of halls, exhibiting all current products, a stage, a server room as well as a lobby with a buffet. Passing by the wall of fame with the Bell Labs’ Nobel laureates, we were welcomed by dedicated experts of their own fields ready to gave presentations. The presentations were focused on the current and future Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence works at the Nokia. First, after round of introductions, we heard Jari Lehtonen’s long and thorough slide presentation on ML based AI in Cellular Radio Networks. The presentation was met with lively discourse on this topic between the presenter and the audience which apparently composed of several expert of the field. After detailed 5G infrastructure presentation Vilho Räisänen of Nokia Bell Labs introduced us to the soft side of 5G, the AI/ML in Network Management and Orchestration. Following, we had opportunities to freely discuss any questions of our interest at various interactive presentation stops on Analytics services powered by AVA and 5G industrial automation and cooperative robots. We got a very enthusiastic presentations, all with lively interactions, questions and expert answers from the top experts straight from the Nokia offices. We wrapped up our visit in the actually operating server room, integrated all the concepts we discussed before. If anything were more impressive than the products and the future systems what we have seen, than those were our hosts with their admiring expertise. Thank you!

Reported by Peter Jakubik

Nokia Executive Experience center. Source: Nokia

Future or Robotics in Finland Seminar 2018

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The 6th Future of Robotics in Finland Seminar was successfully held on Friday 23.11.2018 at Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland, organized by the IEEE Finland Joint Chapter of the Control System Society, Robotics and Automation Society and Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society and in combination with the European Robotics week. This year the main theme was on Cognitive and Collaborative Robotics, which attracted near 100 participants from around 25 organizations and companies and key players such as VTT, Nokia, Ponsse, Epec, etc.

Opening of the seminar by prof. Roel Pieters

The morning session included keynote talks. Prof. Roel Pieters hosted the seminar and introduced the IEEE, the chapter and standing officers, followed by four keynote talks by Prof. Steve LaValle from the University of Oulu, Dr. Hamid Roozbahani from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Samuli Bergström from Omron Electronics, and Pravin Luthada from AddComposites Oy. on topics such as human perception engineering, tele-operated robots, collaborative robotics and additive manufacturing. There is a coffee break and a lunch break during the keynote talks, which are organized together with a poster session. The seminar is then followed by 3 pitch talks, one from industry and two from academia.

The seminar ended with a panel discussion, featuring panelists Prof. Steve Lavalle, Dr. Hamid Roozbahani, Pravin Luthada, Prof. Roel Pieters and moderator Mr. Pasi Hurri, on various aspects of the impact of collaborative and cognitve robotics. After the seminar a lab tour was organized demonstrating  ongoing activities in robotics in Tampere University of Technology and the TUTRobolab.

Panel discussion

The standing officers of IEEE Finland Joint Chapter of the Control System Society, Robotics and Automation Society and Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society organizing the event are Prof. Simo Särkkä, chair, Pasi Hurri, vice chair, Dr. Peter Jakubik, treasurer and Prof. Roel Pieters, secretary. Prof. Roel Pieters was responsible of the organization of the seminar in general, assisted by the other officers.

Reported by Roel Pieters, Email: roel.pieters@tut.fi
Secretary of IEEE Finland Joint Chapter of the Control System Society, Robotics and Automation Society and Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society

Cognitive and Collaborative Robotics – Future of Robotics in Finland Seminar 2018

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The Future of Robotics in Finland Seminar started in 2013 will be organized again this year on Friday 23.11.2018 in Kampusareena of Tampere University of Technology. To address the trends in robotics and human-robot interaction, the theme this year is Cognitive and Collaborative Robotics. The seminar will include keynote presentations, posters, and demonstrations from companies and researchers.

Registration for attending  the seminar is mandatory and can now be done here:

https://link.webropolsurveys.com/EP/9A82F49C55FBD55F
Deadline for registration is Friday 16.11.2018

Place, Tampere University of Technology, Kampusareena, Auditorium A223
A map can be found here (building: kampusareena).

9:00 Opening of the seminar, prof. Roel Pieters

9:15 Distinguished lecturer, Prof. Steve LaValle, Huawei, Uni. of Oulu, Uni. of. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Topic: ‘The Path to (Human) Perception Engineering’

10:00 Coffee break / poster session + demos

10:30 Keynote, Dr. Hamid Roozbahani, Lappeenranta Uni. of Tech., Wichita State University. Topic: ‘TIERA – Tele-Operated Mobile Robot Designed for Hazardous Area’

11:00 Keynote, Samuli Bergstrom, Omron Electronics Oy. Topic: ‘Cobots and the future of manufacturing’

11:30 lunch / poster session + demos

12:30 Keynote, Pravin Luthada, AddComposites Oy. Topic: ‘Cost-effective automation in Manufacturing’

13:00 Pitch talks

13:20 Panel discussion (moderator: Pasi Hurri, BaseN)

14:00 Closing + optional TUTRobolab tour

The attendance is free of charge for registered attendees, including coffee and lunch.

Organizers:

IEEE Finland Joint Chapter of Control System Society, Robotics and Automation Society and System, Man and Cybernetics Society (http://sites.ieee.org/finland-csrasmc/)

Officers: Prof. Simo Särkkä, Pasi Hurri, Dr. Peter Jakubik, Prof. Roel Pieters

Contact: Prof. Roel Pieters, secretary of the IEEE Finland Joint Chapter of CSS, RAS and SMCS;
Email: roel.pieters@tut.fi

Excursion to Trimble Solutions

The excursion to Trimble Solutions Oy in Espoo was organized in 27.11.2017 at 13-16. The starting point of the journey was at the TUAS building of Aalto University which can be conveniently accessed with the brand new Länsimetro. As can be seen in the photos below, the metro was not overly crowded around 12:30 on the Monday.

 

At TUAS building we gathered our group and headed towards Trimble premises. On the left below you can see some excited people waiting for the departure. On the right you can see the Trimble premises as seen from the bridge over Kehä I.

Kim Nyberg from Trimble welcomed us to the premises and started with a short general presentation about the company. Then we saw interesting demonstrations of 3D structure design software, augmented reality (AR) solutions as well as other solutions that Trimble has. In the end we also had the chance to try the AR glasses ourselves. The visit ended around 16 o’clock and we headed back to Otaniemi and some continued via the Länsimetro all the way to Helsinki.

Future of Robotics in Finland Seminar 2017

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The 5th Future of Robotics in Finland Seminar was successfully held on Friday 24.11.2017 at Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, organized by the IEEE Finland Joint Chapter of the Control System Society, Robotics and Automation Society and Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society. This year the main theme was on AI and Robotics in Health and Medical Technology, which attracted near 100 participants from around 25 organizations and companies and key players such as VTT, Nokia, Finpro, RemoteA, etc..

Attendees seminar

The morning session is organized by keynote talks and pitch talks. Prof. Simo Särkkä started the seminar at 9:00 and introduced the IEEE, the chapter and standing officers, followed by four keynote talks by IEEE RAS distinguished lecturer Prof. Xiaolan Xie from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, Saint-Etienne, France and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P.R. China, Dr. Hanna Viertiö-Oja, GE Healthcare, Dr. Kalle Karhu, Planmeca, and Prof. Lauri Parkkonen, Aalto University on topics such as healthcare systems engineering, AI for effective interventions and optimal patient flow, AI in X-ray imaging and brain-computer interfaces. There is a coffee break and a lunch break during the keynote talks, which are organized together with the industry demonstration and poster sessions. The seminar is then followed by 3 pitch talks, one from industry and two from academia.

GE Healthcare keynote

The seminar ended with a panel discussion, featuring panelists Prof. Xiaolan Xie,  Dr. Hanna Viertiö-Oja, Dr. Kalle Karhu, Prof. Lauri Parkkonen and Prof. Simo Särkkä and moderator Mr. Pasi Hurri, on various aspects of the impact of AI on healthcare, robotics and automation.

Panel discussion

The standing officers of IEEE Finland Joint Chapter of the Control System Society, Robotics and Automation Society and Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society organizing the event are Prof. Simo Särkkä, chair, Pasi Hurri, vice chair, Dr. Peter Jakubik, treasurer and Prof. Roel Pieters, secretary. Prof. Simo Särkkä was responsible of the organization of the seminar in general, assisted by other officers.

Reported by Roel Pieters, Email: roel.pieters@tut.fi
Secretary of IEEE Finland Joint Chapter of the Control System Society, Robotics and Automation Society and Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society