HiDATA: Autonomous Systems and Drones

Autonomous Systems and Drones event by HiDATA

October 23 (Wednesday), 2019
13.00 - 15.00
Tiedekulma - Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4)

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What is the latest research in new transport and logistic systems? How are we making our transport systems to be more efficient and environmentally friendly? How safe is it? Come and join us at Think Corner to discuss what the future with drones and autonomous systems is going to look like!


Drones Navigating in Challenging Situations

Laura Ruotsalainen, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki

VTT drone activities

Timo Lind, Principal Scientist, VTT

UTM, Unmanned Traffic Management

Pasi Nikama, Senior Vice President, Air Navigation Services ANS Finland

Drones for maritime and offshore missions, opportunities and challenges

Markku Mylly, CEO/ Master Mariner / Principal Advisor, MyNavix OÜ

5G OASIS – Orchestrating UAS-based IoT Services on 5G and Beyond Systems

Tarik Taleb, Associate Professor, Aalto University

N.B. We have another event in the morning about Smart Cities. Find out more about the program here. Welcome!

Helsinki Centre for Data Science HiDATA is a world-class hub of Data Science in Helsinki. It builds on the pioneering scientific results of the community and paves way for new breakthrough results across disciplines. The overarching goal of HiDATA is to leverage the synergies of the network in solving significant societal and industrial challenges related to data analysis. HiDATA is a joint hub of the two participating universities, the University of Helsinki and Aalto University, and it is supported by the Academy of Finland. Find out more at www.helsinki.fi/hidata and join our mailing list.


Laura Ruotsalainen is Associate Professor of Spatiotemporal Data Analysis for Sustainability Science at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. Her current research interests include the development of computer vision, estimation and machine learning algorithms for creating and using accurate and reliable spatiotemporal data, namely navigation data, especially for the development of autonomous systems enabling sustainable smart cities.

Pasi Nikama is SVP marketing and customer relations in ANS Finland. He has worked in ATCO since 1994, as ATC instructor / chief instructor in Avia College from 1999 to 31.3.2007, as Traffic manager in Oulu Airport from 2007 to 2009. He has been appointed as Chief of ACC Finland (2009–2014), Vice president in ANS development (2015–2017) and since 2017 as Senior Vice President,  marketing and customer relations. He is still keeping his ATCO license valid as ACC controller and supervisor.

Markku Mylly started his maritime career in the Finnish Merchant Shipping 1973. He attended the Rauma Maritime College of the Satakunta University of Applied Science, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in maritime studies and qualifying as an Officer and Master Mariner in 1980. He sailed on Finnish ships until 1987 when he joined the Finnish Maritime Administration (FMA).  Mr. Mylly held various positions in the FMA between 1987 and 2009. Lastly he served as Director General in FMA from 2004 up to the end of 2009.  From the beginning of 2010 until September 2012 he served as CEO in The Finnish Port Association. He worked as Executive director of European Maritime Safety Agency, EMSA from 2012 to the end of 2018 when he retired.  Mr. Mylly is continuing to lecture in different European Maritime Universities as a guest lecturer.

Tarik Taleb is currently Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland. He is the founder and director of the MOSA!C Lab (www.mosaic-lab.org). He is also Professor at the Center of Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland. He is leading one of the four strategic research areas of the 6G Flagship Program, Mobile Edge Intelligence. Prior to his current academic position, he was working as Senior Researcher and 3GPP Standards Expert at NEC Europe Ltd, Heidelberg, Germany. Prof. Taleb’s research interests lie in the field of architectural enhancements to mobile core networks (particularly 3GPP’s), network softwarization & slicing, mobile cloud networking, network function virtualization, software defined networking, mobile multimedia streaming, inter-vehicular communications, and social media networking. 

Laura Ruotsalainen, Pasi Nikama and Markku Mylly