Strategic Research




Seminaari 22.11.2007 9.00-17.00 VTT, Kaitoväylä 1, Oulu


Juha-Pekka Tolvanen

Dr. Juha-Pekka Tolvanen is the CEO of MetaCase and co-founder of the DSM Forum. He has been involved in model-driven development and tools, notably method engineering and metamodeling since 1991. He has acted as a consultant world-wide for modeling language development and has written over 50 articles for software development magazines and conferences, such as Embedded Systems, JavaSpektrum, DevX, Journal of AIS and ObjektSpektrum.

Juha-Pekka is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences - most recently with a keynote at the ACM/IEEE Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems and panels at UML&Design World, Software Development West and OOP. Juha-Pekka co-started the OOPSLA workshops on Domain-Specific Modeling in 2001 and has been on the organizing committee since. He is also a member of IFIP WG8.1 Method Engineering task group and has co-edited a special Domain-Specific Modeling issue of the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing.

Juha-Pekka holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (best national dissertation award 1999). He received his Master's degree (econ.) in 1990 and Licentiate degree in 1994. He is also an adjunct professor (docent on software development methods) at the University of Jyväskylä.

Juha-Pekka's hobbies vary depending on the season of the year, and include primarily sailing or skiing.

Jari Still

Jari Still is F-Secure Oy's Oulu Office site manager and the head of Mobile R&D. Still has been working at F-Secure since 2000. Between the years from 1991 to 2000 Still was working as CEO of Modera Point Oy. Before 1991 Still had worked with e.g. Nokia Mobile Phones and Siemens. Still is one of the founders of the Oulu Software Forum, and currently acting as a Chairman of the Forum (www.swforum.net). Other posts are and have been e.g. Chairman of Oulu inspires project business group, Chairman of revontuliryhmä and member of the Board in several companies.

Related to Agile process and product development Still is acting as a leader in FLEXI-ITEA2 -project at F-Secure and he is also a member of the management group of FLEXI-VTT -project. Still started the Agile process piloting at F-Secure 2003, and the first big bang was the launch of a new company wide Agile software production framework called F-Lex on 2005.

Lasse Koskela

Methodology specialist at Reaktor Innovations, Lasse entered the IT industry 7 years ago and has since held roles varying from development to project management and training to consulting, dipping his toes to sales every once in a while. He started promoting agile methods in Finland in 2002, ramped up the local Agile Seminars in 2005, and authored a book on test-driven development for Manning Publications, released in 2007.

Mikko Kerttula

Dr. Mikko Kerttula is the Director of CCC Cybelius Maestro business at CCC Group. He has been working in international software business since 2001 at Cybelius Software and CCC Group. In 2006, he received a Doctor of Technology degree at the University of Oulu, Finland, with the thesis studying the virtual design of personal electronics. He has special interests in product development processes, virtual design, prototyping techniques, and international software business in general. Between 1996-2001 Dr. Kerttula was working as research scientist and group manager at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT). He received a Master's degree in computer engineering from the University of Oulu, the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1992.

Pekka Abrahamsson

Pekka Abrahamsson is research professor at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Currently, his current responsibilities include managing the FLEXI-ITEA2 project, which involves 37 organizations from 8 European countries. The project aims at developing agile innovations in the domain of global software development.

His research interests are centred on business and innovation agility, agile software production and empirical software engineering research. He leads the team who has designed an agile approach for mobile application development - the Mobile-D™. He has coached several agile software development projects in industry and authored 55+ scientific publications focusing on software process and quality improvement, agile software development and mobile software. His professional experience involves 5 years in industry as a software engineer and a quality manager.

Heikki Ailisto

Heikki Ailisto was born in Ii, Finland in 1959. He received MSc (Electronics Engineering) from University of Oulu, 1984; LicTech, University of Oulu, 1986; Dr.Tech, University of Oulu, 1997. Ailisto joined the Computer Vision Group at University of Oulu in 1983, working on real-time robot vision resulting in Diploma thesis, then studying 3D vision on which he made his Licentiate thesis. He conducted graduate studies on computer science, computer engineering and artificial intelligence.

Ailisto joined Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) in 1986 where he continued with machine vision research specializing in three-dimensional vision. He became Senior Research Scientist in 1992 and the leader (1995-99) of Machine Vision group, responsible of research and development work on image analysis and machine vision. His work on 3D vision resulted in doctoral dissertation in 1997.

In 2001 Ailisto was appointed as Research Professor in the field of Advanced Interactive Systems at VTT. Currently, his research interests include enabling technologies for new user interaction methods, context awareness, and bioidentification. His recent research projects include: Physical Browsing for Ambient Intelligence (PB-AmI), a project for developing novel Human Computer Interaction (HCI) methods for mobile domain. The key idea is to develop technology and methods for physical browsing, which is analogous to browsing in the web, but instead of pointing and choosing web links, physical objects augmented with tags are used as links and a mobile device offers the pointing, UI, processing and communication power. Adamos is a Franco-Finnish research project for defining the important design parameters for proactive services both from a theoretical and experimental point of view. Biometrics and Security (BioSec, www.biosec.org) 2003-2005, was a European project, where VTT led work package WP1 has produced 3D face recognition system, anti-spoofing fingerprint solutions, robust voice recognition methods, new replay resistant iris recognition method, multimodal methods as well as emerging biometric concepts of soft biometrics and accelerometer based gait recognition method for persons carrying mobile devices. Smarttouch is a large European EUREKA- ITEA project which develops and pilots the touch based human computer interaction paradigm employing near field communication (NFC) technology embedded in mobile devices. Currently Ailisto is the leader of Digital World research programme inside VTT.

Heikki Ailisto has authored and co-authored more than 75 journal and conference papers, holds three patents and he is a meber of IEEE, ACM and Pattern Recognition Society of Finland.

Janne Merilinna

Janne Merilinna has been working at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland since 2004. Merilinna is concentrated in model-driven software development where the emphasis is on quality-driven software architecture design and analysis, and software architecture and design patterns. As he value both the modeling and working software over comprehensive documentation, he constantly seeks opportunities to combine the both worlds. Thus, his ambition and current responsibilities include introducing domain-specific modeling languages as an alternative to that of more known, universal, modeling languages.





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