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Online 24.3.2022

France meets Finland: R&D workshop on artificial intelligence in industry

Thursday 24.03.2022
09:00-10:30 CET (10:00-11:30 EET)
Online, registration required


Further information

Business Finland:
Eureka Project Coordinator
+358 50 5577 839

BPI France:
International Program Manager
+33 6 07 60 0834

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the French–Finnish R&D Workshop under the theme AI in industry – a virtual meeting focused on knowledge and experience sharing in the field of AI applications and tools in manufacturing technologies. We invite SMEs and other innovation-oriented organizations from France and Finland, interested in long-term collaboration which will be supported by the two innovation agencies BPI France and Business Finland.

The workshop will be followed by an event in Paris on 17 May 2022. We will open a Call in order to find inspiring market-oriented joint projects between small and medium-sized enterprises in France and Finland: proposals are expected by 26 Sept 2022.

The AI sector in Finland has been in the forefront of adapting artificial intelligence to industrial processes. There are over 400 AI startups in Finland, offering artificial intelligence to create products and services that will become an important part of the global economy in the future.

Since March 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his ambition to make France a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI), thanks to a massive 2-phase recovery plan, for a total of 3.5 billion investment. With a first phase focused on R&D, the French objective is to create French and European champions from our networks of interdisciplinary artificial intelligence institutes (31A), but also from our entrepreunarial ecosystem, which includes more than 500 startups.

Collaboration through innovation projects is an opportunity offered by Eureka Network, supported by the national funding bodies BPI and BF in our countries. This allows enterprises to establish strategic long-term alliances and reach high-level results.

Join the workshop to learn about R&D cooperation possibilities and to find opportunities in the other country. The workshop is targeted to SMEs and other innovation-oriented organizations from France and Finland, as well as research organization involved in innovative applications of AI.


(Central European Time Zone, CET)

Opening session

9:00 Artificial Intelligence in industry – Why France and Finland?
Head of Sustainable Manufacturing program Toni Mattila and International Program  Manager Nolwenn Simonot open the event by introducing the planned promotion activities and the background to the Call.

9:10 Where is France heading to in AI
The topic is highlighted by Antoine Couret, President, Hub France IA.  

9:20 Where is Finland heading to in AI
The topic is highlighted by Heikki Ailisto, Professor Finnish Center for AI.

Three breakout sessions in parallel

9:30 Discussions in three groups FR-FI, 45 min in parallel
A. Supply chain and intra-factory logistics

  • Intelligent automation and robotics solutions
  • Production planning and execution

B. Edge computing

  • Imaging and machine vision
  • Quality control
  • Industrial IoT applications

C. Simulation in product and process design

  • High Performance Computing
  • Digital twins
Joint session on next steps

10:15 Planning next steps for 2022 – short info and guidance

  • Presentation of French-Finnish innovation call due in summer ‘22
  • Invitation to French-Finnish innovation event (Paris 17 May ‘22) including bilateral meetings
  • Visit to Global Industrie Expo, AI Village – a major event 16–20 May ’22 in Paris Villepinte
  • Support from BF and BPI to company collaboration and to planning of joint R&D projects

10:30 Closure of the event

The event is free of charge but requires registration. When registering you are asked to select which of the breakout sessions you wish to take part in. Each virtual breakout room will have French and Finnish participants, and if possible, everyone will be able to present their ideas.