NSF-TEKES CVDI Helsinki Leadership Seminar

Monday 22nd May 2017, 13.00-16.00

Scandic Grand Marina Hotel, Katajanokanlaituri 7, 00160 Helsinki

The purpose of the Seminar is to foster the transatlantic collaboration between Finland and USA and gather relevant stake holders around a common vision and a long-term commitment to sustain the win-win collaboration between academia and industry in both countries.

Finland joined the National Science Foundation funded Industry–University Cooperative Research Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI) in 2015 and created the program’s first international site in Finland with TEKES financial support. Within CVDI, academics and industry from the USA and Finland collaborate in high level joint research benefiting both countries. This collaboration is a direct, concrete and successful execution of the bilateral Agreement Relating to Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Finland, signed on the 16th of May, 1995[1].


 Agenda (tentative titles)

13.00 – 13.15 Opening by Site Director Moncef Gabbouj (TUT, Finland) and CVDI Director Vijay Raghavan (ULL, USA)

13.15 – 13.30 Dr. Ilona Lundström, General Director of Enterprise and Innovation Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Opening speech

13.30- 13.45 Ambassador of the United States of America in Helsinki (represented by Political and Economic Counselor Shawn Waddoups)

Bilateral Agreement Relating to Scientific and Technological Cooperation between USA and Finland.

13.45 – 14.00 Division Director, Dr. Kenneth Calvert, NSF,

Internationalization of NSF IUCRC and Finland

14.00 – 14.20 Director Pekka Sivonen, TEKES

TEKES Pivotal role in industry-academia and international collaboration

14.20 – 14.40 Professor Heikki Mannila, Academy of Finland President

Academy of Finland internationalization efforts and USA focus

14.40 – 14.50 Professor Jarmo Takala, Vice-President of Tampere University of Technology

TUT: Home of the first NSF IUCRC Center

14.50 – 15.15 CVDI Director Vijay Raghavan and Site Director Moncef Gabbouj,

CVDI Director’s Report

15.15- 15.30 Matti Vakkuri, CVDI Industry Advisory Board Vice-Chair, Tieto Finland

Industry and international collaboration

15.30 – 16.00 Discussion, reception and closing

[1] FINLAND and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Agreement Relating to Scientific and Technological Cooperation (with annexes), Signed at Washington on 16 May 1995 (also mentioned in the document “Finland and the United States of America A Hundred and One Ways to Develop Transatlantic Cooperation — Finland’s United States Action Plan,” MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF FINLAND (p. 55)).