Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder
Jarkko Antila is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Spectral Engines, a high-tech company developing a novel material scanner technology. He received his M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in 2003. He has 15 years of experience on optical measurement technologies, and has been acting as an R&D manager in the private sector and as a team leader in a research organization. Antila has a proven track record in leading high-tech teams and contributing to technical development with more than 10 patents and applications.
European Project Manager
Bretagne Développement Innovation
Cécile Guyon, Master in Nutrition and Health at Pharmacy University of Rennes / Master in International marketing at the National Institute for perfume, cosmetics, and flavouring. Cécile Guyon has worked 4 years in nutrition and health sector on product marketing, and in marketing studies in a specialised institute of marketing studies named Cohesium études. She has managed product development, client satisfaction and visibility surveys. Back in Brittany, since 2011, she works in Bretagne Développement Innovation, the regional development and innovation agency of the region Bretagne. She has been working on regional development with several missions. Today she develops projects between regional and European stakeholders for a better collaboration at European level.
Physicist, Business Development Manager
M.Sc. Esko Herrala is Senior Business Development Manager at Specim Oy. His main field of expertise is in infrared spectroscopy and related optical instrumentation for industry. He is one of the founders of company Specim that concentrates on making hyperspectral cameras and systems for R&D, industrial and remote sensing applications.
Dr (Tech.) Eija Honkavaara, is a Research manager and leader of the drone remote sensing research center DroneFinland (www.dronefinland.fi; Twitter: @dronefinland) at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute in the National Land Survey. She is Docent at the Aalto University in the field “Automatic systems of Photogrammetry”. Her current research focuses drone-based geoinformation and AI technologies for precision agriculture, forestry, security and environmental remote sensing. She is chairing the Working Group “Hyperspectral Image Data Processing” of the International Society of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry (ISPRS).
Miel Hostens finished his PhD in Veterinary Medicine titled “”Health and fertility challenges in high yielding dairy cows during the transition period” at Ghent University in 2013. He currently holds a Post-doc assistant position on herd health management focusing on the optimization of productive and reproductive performances in small and large herds with an emphasis on nutrition at the Ambulatory Clinic of the Department of Reproduction, Obstetrics and Herd Health. He is currently finishing a Master in Computational Statistics at Ghent University. His research groups serves as workpackage leader for 3 work packages with a focus on data management in EU FP7 project GplusE. He is involved in the education of master students in Veterinary Medicine, statistical training of Ph.D. students in data management in the area of dairy cows and actively participates as post academic and extension services in the area of herd health management in dairy cows.
RDI Expert and Lecturer
Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, with the focus in animal health and welfare. Experienced in gathering information’s, preparing project proposals, having worked in international environment for many years. Skilled in teaching and training accumulated through teaching in University as well as training of farmers and agriculture advisors.
the Finnish State Forest Enterprise
Pentti Hyttinen is the Director General of Metsähallitus – the Finnish State Forest Enterprise. Formerly he worked as the Region Mayor in North Karelia, Finland. He has also worked for several years at the European Commission in Brussels as an Expert in Forest Sector. In the 1990s he served as the director of a regional Forestry Centre and held senior expert positions at the European Forest Institute and at the University of Joensuu, Finland. He serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Koli Forum Association. Pentti Hyttinen holds a PhD in forest management and economics from the University of Joensuu, Finland, and a Master’s degree in natural resources management from the Texas A&M University, USA.
Lighting Specialist ,MOB and a founder member of LED TAILOR INNOVA7ION
Jauhiainen have been working with new LED innovations over 8 years. As one of LED TAILOR INNOVA7ION founder member he have participated on development of many new awarded photonic technologies.
Tampere University of Technology
Project manager and a doctoral student at Tampere University of Technology. He is working on a number of development and research projects, including thematic topics such as safety, open data, education and agriculture. In all projects, technology plays a major role, including data analytics, mobile software, virtuality, open interfaces, ecosystems and machine learning. In the agricultural sector is undergoing MIKÄ DATA -project, which is implemented by the European Innovation Partnership (EIP). The project is developing a service where farmers can see, for example, soil variation and nutrition levels. The project collects data from various sources and by various means to develop the required service.
Liaison officer Internationalisation & funding
AgriFood Capital (Region Northeast-Brabant)
Simon Maas is liaison officer Internationalisation & funding for AgriFood Capital. With a background in land use planning & business administration and experience at local, regional and national government positions he currently is responsible for the international collaboration in the S3 Thematic Platforms, ERRIAF and ERRIN networks. He is also project manager for AgriFood Capital in EU-funded projects such as ACTTiVAte which aims at cross sector and cross border technology transfer between aerospace, agrifood, health and ICT. As coordinator of the regional SME innovation fund he has contacts which various SMEs in the agrifood chain.
Data Analysis Senior Developer
Mtech Digital Solutions Oy
Machine Learning researcher as a doctoral student at Tampere University of Technology and Data Analysis Senior Developer at Mtech Digital Solutions Oy. After finishing his Master’s thesis by the subject Machine Learning Method Comparison in Agricultural Data Analysis in TUT he was employed to Mtech Digital Solutions Oy as a Senior Developer and with responsibilities in analyzing existing data and developing predictive models. Soon after employment he was accepted as a post-graduate student in the research group of Data Analysis and Optimization. He is currently researching the feasibility of deep learning methods in predicting crop field yields and developing visual recognition sub-models for a larger time series composite model.
Copa and Cogeca
Mr Pekka Pesonen is the Secretary General of Copa, representing European farmers, and Cogeca, representing European agri-cooperatives, which together count more than 70 national farming organisations from across Europe. Previously, he worked as State Secretary for the Finnish Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry. In addition, Mr Pesonen has extensive professional experience in lobbying at EU level on behalf of Finnish farmers, forest owners (MTK and SLC) and agri-forestry cooperatives (Pellervo). In the 1990s, he worked in the sales and marketing department of Valio, a Finnish dairy company. Mr Pesonen has also been a member of several high level advisory groups concerning EU policy preparation. He is a qualified agronomist and is married with three teenage children.
Prof. emeritus, scientific advisor
Teadus ja Tegu OÜ, Estonia
Doctor of Food Science from the Estonian University of Life Sciences. His field of research is connected to the milk production, cows’ welfare and food technology. Skilled in teaching of these topics also. Main hobby is study and propagation of prehistoric art. Has published several books and over 300 articles. Since 2016 is dealing with colostrum powder production in Estonia.
Executive director, Photonics Finland association
He is also a development manager at Joensuu Science Park in Finland. With both scientific and business background, Juha has over 10 years’ experience in a variety of projects, e.g. development and sales experience from the wide global business sectors. Juha started his carrier as software engineer focused on cryptography solutions. Later on, he concentrated spectral color research and was spectral color researcher at University of Eastern Finland. Juha is a co-founder of SoftColor Ltd that won the president of Finland granted INNOFINLAND prize in 2005. He is responsible for the development of photonics and nanotechnology business and cluster activities. He is one of the co-founders of Photonics Finland Cluster. Juha has participated in several European projects and has a lot of experience in national development projects and supporting inter clustering and he regularly accompanies SMEs on international missions.
Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. M.Sc. (Agriculture)
Previously worked in agricultural advisory and insurance sectors. Currently working with projects focused on alternative feedstuffs and precision livestock farming. Co-runs family poultry farm on her free time.
Information Technology expert
Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia, Greece
Mr. Ioannis Spandos works for the Region of Central Macedonia and more specifically for the Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia (E.U. projects department).
He is an I.T. expert and an E.U. funded projects manager. He is a member of the Agri-Food advisory team of the Region and is dealing (among others) with the S3 Thematic Platforms, especially in Agri-Food. He is the Region’s contact point for ERIAFF and was also a member of the RIS3 committee of the Region of Central Macedonia.
Head of Food and Health Department
Biologist and Ph.D. in Medical Science by the Catholic University of Louvain-KUL, Belgium. She continued her research activity at the University of Oviedo, at the Cytological Institute of Valencia and at the Institute of Biomedicine of Valencia. Her work focused first on the biochemistry of membrane proteins, enzymology and molecular biology. At the end of 2004 she joined AZTI, turning her work towards food research, contributing with her biochemical knowledge and participating in national and European projects. As of 2006, she was awarded the responsibility of different departments in the organization, contributing not only to the strategy and organization of scientific lines but also to the transfer of assets to the market. In the last two years she has promoted a new strategic line at AZTI about personalized food and is currently responsible for the development of the new department of Food and Health. She also directs the mixed group of Health and Food at a regional level in the Basque Country, for the generation of joint projects between the two sectors and for the implementation of the Healthy Food Initiatives of the Basque Government.
HyacinthLux Oy / COO
Dr. Slava Vanyukov, Master in Engineering / Master in Management from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration / Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Eastern Finland. Dr. Vanyukov has been working in Academic research for 6 years and has published 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 1 patent for the invention. He has been performing joint experiments in leading research centers in France, Spain, Russia, and Ireland. For the last 2 years, he has been focused on managing the innovative projects in Finland including laser glass cutting and surface sterilization.
Agronomist, PhD. Full Professor
Agro-biosystem engineering sector at the University of Florence
President of the Farm Machinery Section of the Italian Association of Agricultural Engineering. Ordinary Academician of the Georgofili and member of the Italian Academy of Olives and Oil and of the Academy of Vine and Wine. Consultant for the Tuscany Region and Ministerial Departments including the Higher Institute for Human Health. Expert evaluator for the Agri-Food sector of National Ministry for University and Research. He is President of the Degree Course in Viticulture and Oenology of the University of Florence, and has held numerous institutional positions of the University he belongs to. Since the 1990s he has been responsible for over 50 research on: farm machinery and sustainable agriculture; engineering of viticulture and oli olive production; optimization and safety in the use of plant protection products; safety in the use of agricultural machines; recovery of biomass for energy purposes. Owner of 6 invention patents is the author of over 350 publications.
Co Founder and CEO
Villani Fausto is CEO and founder of TAB Consulting srl, a pioneer society in Web Application created in 2011. From 2011, he founded and became Board Chairmain of Exo, a Research Organization recognised by Italian Minister of Research. He was part, both as a coordinator and as a participant, of several projects. From 2017, he is developing projects in food traceability, cultural heritage and local and tourism strengthen, using ChatBot and BlockChain technologies. He undersigned the “Well done work Manifest”: what is nearly good, it’s not good!
DScTech, Senior Researcher
University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute
Dr. Gun Wirtanen has more than 25 years’ experience in process hygiene. From 2001 she is external lecturer (= docent) in process hygiene at the University of Helsinki and employed as senior researcher in food safety at the Ruralia Institute, which is a multidisciplinary expert institute at the University of Helsinki. Gun has been working at VTT 1988-2013 as Senior Research Scientist and at Technical University of Denmark (DTU), National Food Institute 2014-16 as Associate Professor in Hygienic Design and Cleaning in Food Processing. Projects Gun has been involved in have dealt with biofilms, cleaning and disinfection in lab and test rig scale, hygiene surveys in various food and packaging material factories. Gun has coordinated Finnish, Nordic and EU projects in process hygiene e.g. three Nordic dairy hygiene projects from 1994 to 2004 as well as a EU Specific Support Action -project aiming at improved process hygiene in the new EU countries. Gun has been board member of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) Executive Committee 1999 – 2013. She has been involved in several programme committees for R3Nordic symposia and in the EHEDG World Congress on Hygienic Engineering and Design 2016 held in Denmark.