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Online 14.12.2021

AI in Manufacturing — Finnish-German collaboration initiatives

Business Finland and VDI/VDE Innovation + Technology are organizing a Finnish-German AI in Manufacturing event on December 14th. The event is streamed online and is targeted to Finnish and German companies and research organizations interested in co-developing AI solutions for manufacturing.

Further information

Business Finland, AI Business program

Outi Keski-Äijö
Head of AI Business Program
outi.keski-aijo (at)
+358 50 5577 663

Business Finland, Germany

Caroline Renker
Senior Advisor – ICT & Digitalization
caroline.renker (at)
+49 175 9725 678


Webinar practicalities and registration

Julia Reponen
Program Coordinator
julia.reponen (at)

Business Finland and VDI/VDE Innovation + Technology are organizing together a Finnish-German event to highlight the opportunities that artificial intelligence offers for manufacturing and present future collaboration proposals within the topic.

Presentation materials


The event is held online on Tuesday, December 14th from 9:00–11:00 German time and 10:00–12:00 Finnish time.

9:00 Welcome & Introduction to Finnish AI landscape, Ms. Outi Keski-Äijö, Program Director for AI Business, Business Finland Oy
9:05 Introduction to German AI Landscape and AI competition, Dr. Steffen Wischmann, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technology
9:10 FAMN – Finnish Advanced Manufacturing Network, Mr. Antti Karjaluoto, Disruptive Renewal Officer, Dimecc Oy
9:20 IIP-Ecosphere – An ecosystem for accelerating AI-Projects, Mr. Per Schreiber, Leibniz University Hannover
9:30 Cases and products (15 min each)

  • Case Brose: Weldseam Quality Assurance with AI & how to acquire customized AI solutions to midsized manufacturing companies, Mr Timo Heikkinen, CEO & Founder, TopDataScience
  • Industrial Data Science Platform and Applications in the Electronics and Manufacturing Industries, David Arnu, Lead Data Scientist and Ralf Klinkenberg, Head of Research, RapidMiner
  • Case Körber: Edge AI in Pharma Industrial Environment – learnings from Körber & Silo AI, Mr Niko Vuokko, Head of Technology, Silo AI Oy

10:15 Co-operation proposal for upcoming Horizon Europe Calls: Edge AI in Industrial Applications, Dr. Ville-Veikko Mattila, Head of Multimedia Technologies, Nokia Technologies
10:30 Other co-operation proposals and short introductions from all attendees, As we have reserved 30 min for this part, we would like to encourage all attendees to briefly present themselves and their company/research, the kind of R&D activities and collaborators they are interested in and what they can offer to others in about 1 min time. You can prepare a one slider and speak up, or you can describe the main topics and your contact information in the event chat.

11:00 Event ends

Moderator: Eeva Viinikka, Spinverse


Antti Karjaluoto is an experienced project, program and project management executive with more than 20 years of work experience. Antti has master´s degrees from Economics and Management. He is currently leading the Finnish Advanced Manufacturing Network (formerly Intelligent Industry ecosystem), which brings together the leading Finnish manufacturing and ICT companies in order to foster industrial data economy and digital transformation. Antti´s specific areas of strength include leadership, industry expertise from several areas (e.g. manufacturing, ICT, healthcare, financial sector) as well as digitalization consulting and research and analysis. Antti is well networked with leading Finnish companies, research institutes and public authorities locally and on EU level.

Per Schreiber works at the Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW) at Leibniz Universität Hannover and studied mechanical engineering at the TU Munich. Currently he is involved with the IIP-Ecosphere project as a project coordinator. Before that he was leader of the group “Process Monitoring and Control” at IFW. His research focus is the use of sensory and mechatronic systems in production, especially in ultra-precision machining.

Timo Heikkinen is the CEO and co-founder of Top Data Science. He has over 20 years experience in different business management roles in software and technology driven industries. Timo is passionate about working with innovative customers and helping them to gain benefits from applying AI and data in their business.

Ralf Klinkenberg, founder and head of research at RapidMiner, is a data-driven entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in machine learning and advanced data analytics research, software development, consulting, and applications in the automotive, aviation, chemical, finance, healthcare, insurance, internet, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, software, and telecom industries. He holds Master of Science degrees in computer science with focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics from Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, and Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST), Rolla, MO, USA. In 2001 he initiated the open source data mining software project RapidMiner and in 2007 he founded the predictive analytics software company RapidMiner with Dr. Ingo Mierswa.

David Arnu is the Lead Data Scientist at RapidMiner. He studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Dortmund (TU Dortmund) with a focus on statistics and machine learning. In the research department of RapidMiner, he works on projects about machine learning, predictive analytics, and big data analytics and their applications in the industry and, as Product Manager, he also supports the transfer from research results into the enterprise data science platform RapidMiner.

Niko Vuokko heads technology at Silo AI. He is focused on Silo AI's offering, competences, strategy, and M&A, with intense involvement in business development with growing and creating key accounts. Over time Niko has moved from a technical background through product management into business development and strategy, with experience in digital B2B business across a wide range of industries. He has earned an Olympic medal in mathematics, PhD in data science, and co-founded, advised, and sat on the board of several digital startups.

Steffen Wischmann is the head of the „AI and Emerging Technologies” section at VDI/VDE-IT GmbH. He is also the principal project manager for the accompanying research project for “AI competition”– Program of the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate. His academic background is in biometrics. Before he started to work as an innovation policy consultant in 2013, he conducted over ten years of research about evolutionary algorithms and AI at Fraunhofer, Max-Planck-Society and EPFL. He finished his PHD thesis about the coordination of robotic swarms by recurrent neural networks in 2008 at the University of Bonn.

Dr. Ville-Veikko Mattila is the Head of the Multimedia Technologies unit at Nokia Technologies. He has over 25 years of experience in developing breakthrough multimedia technologies through research, driving international collaborative standardization, and successfully productizing technologies at various Nokia units. He joined Nokia in 1994 and has held several management positions in the fields of multimedia technology, digital health technology, artificial intelligence, and user interfaces and interaction. Ville-Veikko received his doctoral degree from Tampere University (TAU) in 2001 and is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Signal Processing at TAU. He authors 50 scientific journal and conference papers, and he holds 70 patents and patent applications. Ville-Veikko’s been interviewed on his work by, e.g., MIT Technology Review, New Scientist, The Economist, and The New York Times. He currently lives in Tampere with his wife and three kids.

Outi Keski-Äijö is heading AI Business program in Business Finland Oy. AI Business program (total funding 250 M€) aims that Finnish companies create new and globally competitive digital services by funding and enhancing their capabilities to utilize data and AI. Furthermore, AI Business program promotes Finnish AI internationally and brings foreign companies to Finnish AI ecosystem. Outi Keski-Äijö has over 25 years of experience in ICT, change leadership and innovation management. Prior to Business Finland she has worked for Nokia Corporation, Okmetic Ltd and Tekes (Finnish Innovation Agency).


Business Finland

By accelerating companies’ sustainable growth, Business Finland generates prosperity and well-being for the Finnish society. We help our customer companies grow and succeed globally, develop solutions for the future and renew their business operations boldly. We promote collaboration between companies and research groups, so that new endeavors can develop into international business ecosystems. We are developing Finland into the most attractive and competitive innovation environment and the most enticing investment and travel destination in the world. More information.

VDI/VDE Innovation + Technology

VDi/VDE Innovation + Technology GmbH carries out the coordinated support action for the German national AI innovation competition. The company was founded in 1978, employs around 650 people and provides assistance and counselling for the analysis, funding, and organization of innovation and technology. As a project sponsor, the company is an interface between politics and administration, business and research. In its role, the VDI / VDE-IT supports and advises federal and state ministries as well as the European Commission in using public funds efficiently for innovations and technology. In 2020, VDI / VDE-IT managed around 1.26 billion euros in funding for its clients. More information.