HiDATA: Smart Cities

Welcome to the Smart Cities event by HiDATA! The event will continue in the afternoon with Autonomous Systems and Drones. More information below.

October 23 (Wednesday) 2019

9.00 - 11.00 

Tiedekulma - Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4)

The registration is closed but you may watch a unitube video of the seminar.


Smart Cities are changing the world. For the better, we hope! Come and learn about smart cities solutions that will change the way we see our urban environment. What does the Internet of Things offer for cities? What are the latest research breakthroughs in energy and planet-scale en­vir­on­mental mon­it­or­ing?

Opening speech

Chancellor Kaarle Hämeri, University of Helsinki

Helsinki as an innovation platform through data and internet of things: Forum Virium Helsinki's IoT programme.

Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Director, Internet of Things, Forum Virium

5G - remarkable enabler of Smart City

Matti Keskinen, Nokia Internal Consultant, Nokia

Renewable Energy, Clouds and Networks

Jussi Kangasharju, professor, University of Helsinki

Demo: Measuring Air quality 

Samu Varjonen, postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki

In the afternoon, we will continue with Autonomous Systems and Drones. Detailed information on this event can be found here. You are most welcome to both events!


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.

Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts leads the Internet of things portfolio at the City of Helsinki’s innovation company Forum Virium Helsinki. For the past seven years, she has worked on opening up Smart Cities and engaging developers to turn machine-readable data into human usable services. She leads a team of 11 experts aiming for top-notch open, modular, silo-crossing IoT solutions that improve our quality of life, help us live in a more sustainable manner and enable new innovations. The program advances with 5G connectivity on a variety of projects such as UIA Hope and UrbanSense. During her years in Forum Virium Helsinki Hanna has been boosting the use of open data by launching the Helsinki Loves Developers program and data competence building for companies under the DataBusiness brand. Currently her team is working on consent management solutions to unleash the potential of personal data.

Matti Keskinen has worked at Nokia since 1982. Matti’s contributions have been mainly in the Mobile Core networks where the first touch with this was the Nordic Mobile Telephone (NMT) system in 1984. Since the NMT project, he has been involved in each 3GPP based Mobile Core Network project (GSM, UMTS, LTE) managing R&D organizations and business-related activities in these projects. From 2013 onwards Matti’s role has been consultative not only inside Nokia but also towards customers and research Institutes. In this role - in addition to core networks - he is also strongly contributing to Radio Networks (LTE evolution and 5G), IoT, and Telco Cloud technologies. 

Jussi Kangasharju received his MSc from Helsinki University of Technology in 1998. He received his Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) from the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Informatiques (ESSI) in Sophia Antipolis in 1998. In 2002 he received his PhD from University of Nice Sophia Antipolis/Institut Eurecom. In 2002 he joined Darmstadt University of Technology (TUD), first as post-doctoral researcher, and from 2004 onwards as assistant professor. Since June 2007 Jussi is a professor at the department of computer science at University of Helsinki. Between 2009 and 2012 he was the director of the Future Internet research program at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT). Jussi's research interests are information-centric networks, edge and cloud computing, content distribution, opportunistic networks, and green ICT. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.