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25th FRUCT Conference: IDEA19 workshop: industry track


The Second International Workshop on advances in Innovative Drone Enhanced Applications, Industry Track

We welcome you to take part in the Industry Track of Second International Workshop on Advances in Innovative Drone Enhanced Applications (IDEA19) that will be held in Helsinki (Finland) on 8 November 2019. The FRUCT25 and IDEA19 program is PDF.

Information about IDEA19 Research Track.


The IDEA19 workshop is organised by Arctic Drone Labs (Finland), Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University of Oulu (Finland), University of Helsinki (Finland), University of Bologna (Italy), and Research Alliance for Autonomous Systems (Finland) and Robots Expert (Finland) with the aim of bringing together people interested to discuss and enlighten the challenges, the opportunities and the long term ambitions of innovative drone applications and technologies. IDEA19 is addressed to researchers, stakeholders  and enterprises active in this domain.

The Industry Track of IDEA19 aims to discuss business potential, business and research needs, regulations, funding opportunities, and other topics of the community interests.

Participating in the event is free of charge. Registration is open until November 5, 2019 at the Registration page.


Keynote speakers

 Dr. Rune Storvold is the Research Director at Drones and Autonomous Systems Research Group in NORCE Technology Department, Adjunct Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Director in Arctic Center for Unmanned Aircraft. He has background in optics and atmospheric physics from the University of Bergen (MS, 1993) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (PhD, 2001). He started working at Norut in 2003 using synthetic aperture radar data for measurements of cryospheric properties and modeling microwave scattering and propagation in snow and ice. In 2005 established Unmanned Aircraft Group at Norut, merged with NORCE in 2019. The Drones and Autonomous Systems group involves 14 fulltime scientists, pilots and engineers in R&D on unmanned aircraft and sensor systems. He has been at the board of directors of UAS Norway since its founding in 2008.

 Patrick Halford is CEO of Gaoithe, based in Otaniemi, which helps develop Nordic consortiums between industry, startups, research, academia and institutions. He is on the faculty of Singularity University for mobility & drones, and a Senior Advisor to Gaia Consulting. He is on the board of a number of Nordic drone and space startups and a mentor at startup accelerators in Turku, Copenhagen, Reykjavik and the Basque Region. He has worked on ecosystem developments in Denmark, Iceland and Finland (Kotka/Cursor) and he is part of the Danish Drones4Energy consortium. He is also a conference moderator and speaker, and he teaches business model innovation at Hanken & SSE Executive Education.



09.00 – 09.30  Registration, networking and morning coffee, Lobby of Exactum building

09.30 - 11.30  Session: Innovative Drone Enhanced Applications (IDEA19): Industry track session I, Room: Exactum, CK112

09:30 - 10.10  Keynote talk: Drone Based Operation Support System for Ice Navigation, by Rune Storvold, NORCE, Norway

10:10 - 10.45  Workshop Keynote: Drone Consortium Development and Commercialisation Examples from Denmark & Iceland, by Patrick Halford, CEO, Gaoithe, Finland

10:45 - 11.00  How to boost your drone-based business with research?, by Hannu Karvonen, Lead of Research Alliance for Autonomous Systems, VTT, Finland

11:00 - 11.15  Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe opportunities, by Pekka Rantala, Horizon 2020 National Contact Point (ICT Sector), Business Finland, Finland

11:15 - 11.30  Is Urban Air Mobility ready for business?, by Tero Vuorenmaa, CEO at Robots Expert, Finland

11:30 - 12.30  Lunch

12.30 - 13.30  Session: Innovative Drone Enhanced Applications (IDEA19): Brainstorming and planning (group work), Room: Exactum, BK114

13:30 - 14.00  Coffee break

14.00 - 16.00  Session: Innovative Drone Enhanced Applications (IDEA19): Industry track session II, Room: Exactum, CK112

14:00 - 14.15  Regulations 2020 forward, Henri Hohtari, Senior Inspector, The Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, Finland

14:15 - 14.30  Innovative use of UAV in national weather service, by Anne Hirsikko, Head of Atmospheric and Environmental Research Group, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland

14:30 - 14.45  How Wind Lidar Technology can Support Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operations?, by Tapio Haarlaa, Head of Aviation, Strategy and Business Development Vaisala, Weather and Environment Business Area, Finland

14:45 - 15.00  Airborne Emission Monitoring, by Vesa-Pekka Murtovaara, COO at Aeromon, Finland

15:00 - 15.15  Autonomous Drones - Operational Risks and Safety Assessments, by Gokul Krishna Srinivasan, CTO at Third Space Auto, Finland

15:15 - 15.30  Business Finland funding opportunities, by Pekka Rantala, Horizon 2020 National Contact Point (ICT Sector), Business Finland, Finland

15:30 - 15.45  How IoT can Support UAS Applications?, by Pekka Jokitalo, Lead of SuperIoT, Finland-based IoT Alliance and Development Program, Finland

15:45 - 16.00  Arctic Drone Labs and the Arctic Challenges, by Vadim Kramar, Lead of International Activities and Collaboration of Arctic Drone Labs, Finnish drone expertise, Finland

16:00 - 16.05  Closing of the Industry Track of IDEA19 workshop, by Vadim Kramar

16:05 - 16.15  Closing of the 25th IEEE FRUCT conference, by Sergey Balandin



Kumpula Campus, University of Helsinki.

Address: Ernst Lindelöfin katu 1, 00560 Helsinki.

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Contact information

For more information please contact or Vadim Kramar,, +358443250770