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Plenary Keynotes


We are proud to announce outstanding keynotes for our plenary session every morning. The keynotes are intended to bring a source of inspiration to all conference attendees in presenting/discussing specific hot topics in different areas related to Innovation, Engineering, and Technology

Monday 17/06/2019 (from 09:00 to 10:30)
  • 09:00 to 09:30 ICE Organizers
  • 09:30 to 10:00 Keynote 1: Thomas Messervey
  • 10:00 to 10:30 Keynote 2: Dr. Hans Schaffers
Tuesday 18/06/2019 (from 09:00 to 10:30) 
  • 09:00 to 09:30 ICE Organizers
  • 09:30 to 10:00 Keynote 3: Prof. Dr. Simon Richir
  • 10:00 to 10:30 Keynote 4: Dr. Mikko Kerttula
Tuesday 18/06/2019 evening
  • 20:30 to 21:00 ICE'2019 Awards
  • 21:00 to 21:30 Keynote 5: Prof. Petri Pulli Dr. Mikko Kerttula
Wednesday 19/06/2019 (from 09:30 to 10:30)
  • 09:30 to 09:40 ICE Organizers
  • 09:40 to 10:10 Keynote 6: Prof. Dr. Svetan Ratchev
  • 10:10 to 10:30 Keynote 7: Dr. Henri Samier

Keynote 1: Zero to One: Bootstrapping businesses and launching innovative products & services
Abstract: His talk will focus on lessons learned in starting R2M in various EU countries, the long haul to crack into the BIPV market in Italy and France, trailblazing digital construction, selling other people's software, developing and launching your own software, pricing, discounting, lobbying, investing, making business strategy and attempting to keep a healthy balance on everything. 
By Thomas Messervey, co-founder and CEO of R2M Solution (Research to Market)
R2M specializes in bringing technologies, products and services to the market for the first time in the sectors of buildings, sustainability, engineering, ICT and others and typically arriving from European or national research projects. A civil engineer by trade, he attained degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Stanford University and the University of Pavia, Italy. His professional experiences span military service in the US Army Corps of Engineers; teaching at West Point, work with the European Commission, industrial innovation with an Italian engineering company and now entrepreneurship with R2M.   

Keynote 2: Building and Governing Business Ecosystems: Opportunities and Limitations of Blockchain
Abstract: A wide variety of organizational forms exist such as markets, bureaucracies, clans, communities, networks, alliances and supply chains. The concept of Blockchain, based on shared secure digital ledger technology and distributed consensus of transactions, while still very new and uncertain in its impact, potentially enables extremely decentralized organizational forms such as peer-to-peer networks. In relation to Blockchain systems, the concept of governance seems to be one of the crucial adoption factors. In this context, governance includes two complementary though connected meanings: Blockchain systems as embodying new forms of governance, and governance of Blockchain initiatives as part of their business model. The presentation explores forms of governance in business ecosystems in general and Blockchain systems in particular, and elaborates on different instruments and implementation forms of Blockchain governance, also discussing the design principles of Blockchain systems.
By Dr. Hans Schaffers, Digital Transformation researcher at Adventure Research
Hans Schaffers’ professional activities focus on business and societal challenges of digital innovation. He has a wide experience in developing and leading research and innovation projects in European RTD Framework programmes, in topics such as collaborative organisations and collaborative working environments, open and user-centric innovation, smart cities and regions, future internet innovation ecosystems, transition of industrial innovation, and service innovation strategies. Hans received his PhD in engineering, specializing in water resources systems modelling and computer-assisted decision-making. His previous affiliations include assistant professor in finance at Erasmus University Rotterdam, senior researcher at TNO Strategy Technology and Policy, research director at the Telematica Instituut, visiting professor and research director at the Centre for Knowledge and Innovation Research at Aalto University, and research professor in digital business innovation at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. 

Keynote 3The Incredible Power of Immersive Technologies to Boost People Creativity and Innovation
Abstract:The “Presence & Innovation” team, located at the Laval Virtual Center, carries out research studies on the use of Immersive Technologies in different areas including Co-creation. Through scientific experiments and the facilitation of business ideation sessions, we develop methods and VR/AR tools as part of the "Time to Concept" Scientific Chair. This keynote will present the latest developments in our work in the form of a fairy tale leading to CrUX (Creativity User eXperience).
By Prof., Dr. Simon Richir, ENSAM Engineering School, Arts & Métiers ParisTech
Simon Richir, M. Eng., PhD, one of the pioneers and most recognized leaders in French Virtual Reality research and its practical applications. He is professor at the ENSAM renowned French School of Engineering. Simon is the head of “Laval Arts & Métiers Institute” and ”Presence & innovation” research team (LAMPA Lab, EA1427). His research and teaching activities concentrate on technological innovation, engineering design process, ideation, innovative projects, and innovative uses of new advanced technologies, such as: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. He is also the co-founder and the current scientific chair of one of the world’s most prestigious international events in Virtual Reality: the annual Laval Virtual International Exhibition & Conference.

Keynote 4From Game Development to Serious VR Applications
Abstract: Kajaani University of Applied Science, a CEMIS member, was the first university in Finland starting game design and technology education in Finland along 2006.  Dr. Mikko Kerttula introduces how this game education has evolved to top-class VR application development for various business sectors, and created successful education export and game business sector in the city of Kajaani. He also introduces several examples of VR applications developed within CEMIS cooperation.
By Dr. Mikko Kerttula, Director of the Centre for Measurement and Information System (CEMIS) 
Dr. Mikko Kerttula is the Director of CEMIS - Centre for Measurement and Information Systems, Kajaani, Finland. Before being back to the research sector in 2017 at CEMIS, Mikko spent 15 years in high-tech start-ups with an international focus. In the mid 90’s, he started his research career in virtual prototyping and virtual design at VTT, the Technical Research Center of Finland, and later on moved to industry after an IPR sale of virtual design technology from VTT to Cybelius Software. He finalized his doctoral thesis in 2006 in virtual design of user-centered electronics at the University of Oulu. Currently Dr. Kerttula is using his experience at CEMIS in a wide scale of research topics including VR, cleantech, health and sport technology, and in new business development.

Keynote 5Looking back to the early years of the ICE conference from Oulu, almost Polar Circle, perspective
Abstract: Let's move back to the early years of ICE conference, and bring up some memories from the Finnish ICE team. It was especially the city of Oulu, in the Northern Finland, that was heavily involved in ICE organization in the 90’s with the key operators of VTT, Nokia and the University of Oulu. Petri & Mikko looks back to the hot research topics at that time, and alongside also tells a story how Oulu, one of the home cities of Nokia, survived from the collapse of Nokia phone business, and raised again as one of leading high-tech cities in Finland.
By Prof. Petri Pulli, University of Oulu & Dr. Mikko Kerttula, CEMIS 
Prof. Petri Pulli, PhD in Computer Science at the University of Oulu, Department of Electrical Engineering in September 1991. He started his professional career in 1982 as a researcher at VTT Electronics, National Research Institute based in Oulu, Finland. Later on, he was promoted chief scientist and leaded a research team. Since August 1998, He is Full Professor at the University of Oulu, Dept. of Information Processing Science. His research areas are among the following topics: User-Centered Design, Blockchain, Design For All, Mobile Telecommunications, Virtual Reality, and Concurrent Engineering.

Keynote 6Manufacturing in the Digital Age - Challenges and Opportunities
Abstract: Our future prosperity will increasingly depend on maintaining a resilient and sustainable manufacturing sector based on sophisticated technologies, skills and manufacturing infrastructure with the ability to produce a high variety of complex products faster, better and cheaper. Technology developments such as big data analytics, autonomous machines and systems, smart devices and distributed sensing have been identified as key for re-conceptualizing future manufacturing systems. The keynote will address some of the key challenges in digitally enabled manufacturing and discuss the opportunities these technologies offer for improved competitiveness and productivity illustrated by current research programmes.
By Prof Svetan Ratchev, Cripps Chair of Production Engineering and founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham. 
He received his MEng degree from the Technical University of Varna and PhD from the Moscow state Technical University. He has established a strong international reputation for his work in informatics enabled manufacturing and automated assembly, as well as strategic and policy advice engagement. Svetan has a strong track record as a leader of large, multi-disciplinary research programmes and has a career project portfolio in excess of £36 million with current research project portfolio of £12 million. His publication record includes over 250 publications with over 100 in refereed international journals.  Svetan is widely networked, representing the UK academic community at national and international levels, and plays an active role in advising leading industries, and UK and European bodies and funding agencies.

Keynote 7Discovering in an original, creative and kinesthetic way, how far is it possible to feel your intuition?
Abstract: Henri Samier explores the scientific perspective on the concept of intuition, particularly in relation to vibration, music and emotion. Taking a multimedia approach, his book contains practical exercises that will help the reader to achieve greater intuition and develop their capacity for creativity and innovation. The exercises in this book come from over a hundred workshops worldwide in both business and higher education. They include, for example, the “Mind Map of Me”, an introspective exercise designed to develop trust and confidence in the self and the reader’s own intuition. Henri Samier, through his book, opens the field of possibilities to the reader, offering encouragement and motivation to explore new approaches and techniques. With these tools, intuition can become a valuable ally in everyday life.
By Dr. Henri Samier, Polytech Angers, Arts & Métiers ParisTech
Dr. Henri Samier, former director of ISTIA Innovation at the University of Angers, he actually still teaches Innovation & Technology Watch at Polytech Angers while carrying out research studies at Arts & Métiers ParisTech, France. He often leads workshops and seminars involving businesses on topics such as creative potential and management, rationality and intuition. He is also an auditor of the Institute of Advanced National Defense Studies, and co-author of several books on Innovation Engineering, Creativity, Internet Watch, Cyber-technology and the most recent one devoted to the role of Intuition in Creativity and Innovation.

25th ICE / IEEE ITMC Conference 2019
Dr. Marc Pallot
Presence & Innovation Team, Arts & Métiers ParisTech

Dr. Alain Zarli 
R2M Managing Partner