Digi Breakfast: Process Automation in Transition

Date: 30.10.2017 at 8.30-11.30
Venue: Aalto Bioproduct Centre (ABio), Vuorimiehentie 1, Otaniemi, Espoo

The discipline of process control and automation has seen many changes over the years, with the advent of new technologies, theories and industrial practices. Whilst much attention is being paid to the underpinning technologies, the more interesting and challenging question is how the process industries will change and what the role of automation will become. Many commentators talk about being on the verge of a fourth industrial revolution. Automation will be at the heart of this change, information and data will drive it, but it won’t be automation in the form that we know it today.

With keynotes featuring the technology end user from the world’s leading forest industry, process automation manufacturer plus research and educational lecturers with demos, you’ll gain understanding on the most transformative technologies for improving process industries operation and staying ahead of the competition in the field. You will also have the opportunity to visit the labs, where 5G serves the factory of the future pilot.

8:30-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:10 Opening, Dean Janne Laine
9:10-9:20 Aalto Digi platform, Yrjö Neuvo
  What's up in process automation
9:25-9:45 Keynote speach: The Potential of Digitalisation in the Forest Products Industry, Jyrki Ovaska, Executive Vice President, UPM Kymmene Oyj
9:50-10:05 Keynote speach: Trends that are Shaping the Future of Process Automation, Prof. Ian Craig, IFAC Ex President
10:10-10:25 What Role 5G can play in Industrial and Energy Revolutions? How we are building the Smart Energy Systems and the Factories of the Future, Simo Säynevirta, Group Vice President, Platform Engineering, Digital ABB - you may request the presentation straight from the presenter: Simo.Saynevirta [at] fi [dot] abb [dot] com
10:30-10:45 Industrial Applications of 4G and 5G Machine Type Communications, Prof. Riku Jäntti, Aalto University
10:50-11:10 A Perspective on Future Automation Systems in Context of Process Systems Engineering, Prof. Sirkka-Liisa Jämsä-Jounela
Change Agents' pitches
Research group of Process Control and Automation, Aalto University
11:20- ABio center visit and demos


ovaska.png Keynote speaker Jyrki Ovaska has over 30 years of experience in the forest products industry after graduating from the Helsinki University of Technology. He has held several positions in UPM’s paper business over the years including 12 years at the helm of UPM’s large global paper businesses. He assumed his current responsibility as EVP, Technology four years ago. Technology at UPM covers areas like R&D, IPR, investment management together with innovation management, strategic partnerships towards the research, technology development communities, SMEs and start-ups. UPM’s rising new bio based businesses, biocomposites, nano cellulose and biochemicals, report to him. Jyrki is currently chairman of the Board of CLIC Innovation Oy, an open innovation cluster for bioeconomy and cleantech. He is also a member of the National Research and Innovation Council, a body that advises the Finnish government on matters related to research and innovations. He has served long on the board of AmCham Finland, a leading Nordic business hub. Currently he is Vice Chairman.

Keynote speaker Ian Craig received the B.Eng. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pretoria, the S.M. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Ph.D and M.B.A. degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. He heads the control systems group in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria. Previously he was part of the Measurement Control Division of Mintek where he was involved in the design, implementation and commercialisation of advanced controllers for the mineral processing industry. His research interests include model-based control and optimisation in the process industries, with a particular focus on mineral processing. Ian was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Control Engineering Practice from 2005-2010 and President of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) from 2011- 2014. He is an IFAC Advisor, a recipient of the IFAC outstanding service award, a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering, and a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa. He is the current Chair of the IFAC Publications Committee.

simo.png Simo Säynevirta graduated from Helsinki University of Technology (current Aalto University) in 1994. Since then, he has held various R&D, product management and business roles at ABB’s Industrial Automation division. Since 2016, he joined the ABB Group level Digital organization where he is heading globally the engineering for ABB Ability Industrial Internet of Things cloud platform.
jäntti.jpeg Riku Jäntti is an Associate Professor (tenured) in Communications Engineering and the head of the department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Finland. He received his M.Sc (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and D.Sc (with distinction) in Automation and Systems Technology in 2001, both from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). Prior to joining Aalto (formerly known as TKK) in August 2006, he was professor pro tem at the Department of Computer Science, University of Vaasa. Prof. Jäntti is a senior member of IEEE and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is also IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer (Class 2016). The research interests of Prof. Jäntti include radio resource control  and optimization for machine type communications, Cloud based Radio Access Networks,  spectrum and co-existence management and RF Inference.

After graduation from Helsinki University of Technology Sirkka-Liisa Jämsä-Jounela gained practical experience in working for a number of companies in the Finnish process industry. She joined Kemira Engineering and worked as a control engineer at the Siilinjärvi phosphate plant. She was later employed as a research scientist (industrial researcher) by the Academy of Finland and Kemira Oy and worked for her PhD as a visiting scholar at the Department of Metallurgical Engineer, University of Utah, USA.    After the PhD degree she joined the Outokumpu Group, where she worked as a senior consultant and received practical experience in international automation projects. Prof. Jämsä-Jounela has also made MBA studies at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, at Glasgow University, United Kingdom and at the European Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Currently Prof. Sirkka-Liisa Jämsä-Jounela heads the process control group at School of Chemical Engineering in Aalto University.  The laboratory provides education in process automation, mainly in the fields of Chemical Technology, Forest Products Technology and Materials Science and Rock Engineering. Prof. Jämsä-Jounela has supervised about 250 MSc exams and about 15 PhD students. She has published over 250 international conference and journal papers, mainly on process control and automation. She has given numerous invited lectures and plenaries in international conferences and workshops.

Prof. Jämsä-Jounela began her affiliation with IFAC as a member of the TC Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Processing, and was later appointed Chair of this Technical Committee. Prof. Jämsä-Jounela served as IFAC Vice President and Chair of the Technical Board. She has been the IPC chair in numerous events organized by IFAC and other international societies. She has also been the Chair of the Nordic Process Control Group and is the board member of the European Union Control Association.  Prof. Jämsä-Jounela has been the associate editor of the IEEE TCST and is a member of the Finnish Academy of Technologies. Currently Prof. Jämsä-Jounela is serving Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering as a Vice dean (Research) and is a Member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in Academy of Finland.

Participation is free of charge and you may distribute this invitation for your industrial and public sector collaborators.


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