Advisory Board


Sinikka Hartonen – Suomen varustamot
Sinikka Hartonen works as a Head of Environment and Technology at the Finnish Shipowners’ Association.  She has extensive experience in the field of transportation. She started her career at sea and worked several years on board cargo vessels before joining the Finnish Maritime Administration which later became part of the Finnish Transport Agency (FTA). In these organisations, Ms Hartonen held several managerial and director positions with diverse areas of responsibilities, the latest position being Deputy Director General at the FTA. She holds a master’s degree in economics, a bachelor’s degree in maritime studies (master mariner) and an eMBA from the Henley Business School.


Jukka Heikkilä – University of Turku
Jukka ’Jups’ Heikkilä is Professor of Information Systems Science at Turku School of Economics of the University of Turku.

Jups recent research interests are related with business modelling, enterprise architecture, consumer behavior in cyberspace, work informatics.


Kalevi Huhtala – Tampere University of Technology
Professor Kalevi Huhtala is currently Head of Laboratory of Automation and Hydraulic engineering in Tampere University of technology. Laboratory has eight professors and total staff of 100. His professorship is in Mobile hydraulics.

His main research interests are autonomous machines, diesel engine hydraulics and predictive analytics.


Hannu Karvonen – VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Hannu Karvonen works as a Senior Scientist and Ecosystem Lead for Autonomous Systems at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. He is currently the coordinator of the Research Alliance for Autonomous Systems (RAAS). He is a Master of  Economics and has a work background in usability/UX research and UI design both from the academia and industry. His research interests include human factors in complex systems, user experience in industrial environments and autonomous systems research.


Paavo Kojonen – Neste Oyj

Paavo Kojonen works as Head of Fleet Operations at Neste. He is currently globally responsible for all operations, performance and newbuilding matters.
He has seagoing background onboard tankers after which he worked in developing marine IT solutions in NAPA and ABB. Before current position he was heading marine asset management company Navidom.


Anne Miettinen – LVM
Anne Miettinen works as a Senior Ministerial Adviser in the Data Business Unit of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Finland. Her duties include maritime and logistics automation and digitalization, eg. EU and international cooperation in IMO. She is Master of Social Sciences and has a working background of information service and research and development coordination.


Ari Nissinen – Insta
Ari Nissinen (Dr. Tech) has a background in software engineering and control engineering. He has a long experience with different training simulators, both for manned and unmanned aircraft systems. Ari has been working in the field of unmanned aviation since 2005, contributing to FDF technology programs, technology transfer programs and RPAS simulation development. Currently he is working for Insta Oy as a development manager, responsible for the development and sales of RPAS training products and services.


Tero Ojanperä – Silo.AI
Tero Ojanperä is the CEO and Co-Founder of Silo.AI. The company creates AI services that bring competitive edge to its clients. Prior to Silo.AI, Tero Co-Founded Visionplus venture Fund and served at Nokia as CTO, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Research. Ojanperä is a well-known business influencer in the Nordics and has served in boards, including Veikkaus, Bittium, Tampere University of Technology and DNA. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and was listed as the 7th most creative person in business in 2009 by the Fast Company.


Tom Pippingsköld – Finnlines
Tom Pippingsköld is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and a member of the Executive Committee of Finnlines Group, managing the financial strategy and operations of a Company with more than 1,600 employees and total revenue close to EUR 500 million. He has been working in Finnlines since 2013. He has an extensive experience in financial management, risk management, treasury operations, strategy implementation and business development and he has previously been employed in energy sector, in project finance and in investment banking both in Finland and abroad.


Henrik Ringbom – Åbo Akademi
Dr Henrik Ringbom is Professor II (part-time) at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Oslo and Adjunct Professor at the Åbo Akademi University in Turku/Finland.

He participates in the AAWA and D4Value research projects. Member of the Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Shipping and the Comité Maritime International’s international working group on autonomous ships.


Jorma Timonen – Fintraffic Vessel Traffic Services Ltd
Jorma Timonen works as a manager (safety and security) at Fintraffic Vessel Traffic Services Ltd. Currently risk management processes and security management systems are main tasks within the Fintraffic Vessel Traffic Services Ltd’s domain. Before joining his current team he worked in the Finnish Hydrographic Office and has long experience with the hydrographic processes from bathymetric surveys to end-user chart products and services including navigation equipment on-board.


Mikko Viljainen – Puolustusvoimat


Kim Wikström – PBI
Kim Wikström is professor in Industrial Management at Åbo Akademi University. He is also founder and senior partner of PBI Research Institute. He was visiting professor at Stanford University in 2013.

His expertise are: 1) industrial logic and value creation 2) supra organizational strategies and 3) project financing in industrial investments in energy and transportation.


Arto Visala – Aalto

Arto Visala is professor in automation and robotics at Aalto University. He is the head of Autonomous Systems research group of Electrical Engineering and Automation (EEA) Department, ELEC School. His expertise covers methods in autonomous systems: 1) Machine perception, modelling of environment for control, 2) Estimation and sensor fusion, 3) Path planning and navigation, motion control, 4) Standard networks and control systems in vehicle automation, 4) Human-Machine Interface HMI