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ARPA seminar: Test Platforms for Autonomous Systems

Visitor Centre Joki, Turku

What are the latest advancements concerning remotely operated and autonomous vessels? How can companies ensure the reliability and safety of autonomous vessels before they are introduced to the market?

The ARPA project (Applied Research Platform for Autonomous Systems) focuses on building a novel research platform that provides consistent information to developers, researchers and authorities alike.

In this seminar, keynote speakers from maritime industry and Sitra will describe the latest advancements within remotely operated and autonomous vessels as well as related data infrastructures and the data economy. In addition, the project partners Turku University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences will present some preliminary project findings with practical state-of-the-art demonstrations.

The event is hybrid (both in-person and online), but remote participation is available for the seminar part 9:00-11:00 only. Come and join our trailblazing keynote speakers in a discussion of autonomous systems!


8:30 Light breakfast available at JOKI

9:00 Opening words
Juhani Soini, Vice Rector, Turku University of Applied Sciences

9:10 Remote Operations Centre by KONGSBERG.
Anton Westerlund, Vice President, Remote Operation Solutions, KONGSBERG Maritime Finland Oy
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9:40 Gaia-X – empty promises or next big thing for data sharing ecosystems?
Jaana Sinipuro, Leading specialist, Fair data economy, Sitra
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10:10 NOVIMAR and SciPPPer – Results of two Projects regarding the Automation of Inland Navigation
Alexander Lutz, Founder and CEO at Argonics GmbH
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10:40 Initial results from the ARPA project
Jarkko Paavola & Jenny Lauronen, Project Managers of the ARPA project

11:00-12:00 Lunch offered by the ARPA project and project demonstrations


Health security

In line with the existing corona restrictions, we ask seminar participants to present their COVID-19 passport and ID if attending the event at Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki.

The Regional State Administrative Agency of Southwest Finland prohibits public events and general meetings of more than twenty (20) people indoors for the period 10.11.-31.12.2021. Business operators organising events indoors may introduce a COVID-19 passport as an option to existing corona restrictions, in which case the passport would allow access to different events.

For more information, see the press release, 09.11.2021 (in Finnish).