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LightTALKS – Finland

2015-08-12 @ 10:00 - 14:00

International Year of Light 2015

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the UN has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.

The LIGHTtalks: The Power of Photonics will be aimed at and designed in collaboration with industry. In this LIGHTtalks event, industrial representatives will be asked to speak about specific industry priorities and opportunities within the particular regional environment where the LIGHTtalks event is taking place.

The talks will focus on the industrial applications of photonics, looking to awake the curiosity of companies that could benefit from photonics, but who do not currently employ photonic technologies yet.


10:00 – 11:45

Registration & Welcome – Finpro & Photonics Finland
– Arto Pussinen, Head of ICT industry team, Invest-in-Finland – Finpro
– Jyrki Huttunen, CEO – Oplatek Group Ltd, Photonics Finland – Chairman of the board

* Lighting the Future
professor Jyrki Saarinen, UEF – Institute of Photonics

Photonics Technology in Finland

* Optical sensing and imaging
Sales and Marketing Director Mikko Kannelsuo, Specim Ltd.

* Lasers and Fiber Optics
CEO Petteri Uusimaa, Modulight Inc.

* Micro- and nanophotonics
CEO Veli-Pekka Leppänen, Nanocomp Ltd.

11:45 – 12:30 Networking Buffet Lunch

12:30 – 14:00

* Importance of Photonics in Europe
Deputy Head of Unit Ronan Burgess, Photonics Unit in the European Commission

* Photonics for Digitalization
Dr. Timo Aalto, VTT – Silicon photonics: Key technology for future data centers and digitalization.
Piifotoniikka: Avainteknologia tulevaisuuden datakeskuksiin ja digitalisaatioon
Digitaalinen yhteiskuntamme perustuu lasereihin, optisiin kuituihin ja optisiin vahvistimiin. Niiden avulla siirretään valtavat määrät dataa, mikä on perusedellytys sekä internetille että langattomille verkoille ja kaikille niiden ympärille rakennetuille palveluille. Ne eivät kuitenkaan riitä yhteiskuntamme digitalisoinnin jatkamiseen. Tallennettavan ja siirrettävän tiedon määrä kasvaa nopeasti, erityisesti datakeskuksissa ja niissä optisissa verkoissa joilla ne kytkeytyvät toimistoihin, koteihin ja langattomiin tukiasemiin. Runkoverkoissa haasteena on etenkin bittien tiivis pakkaaminen rajatulle aallonpituusalueelle. Datakeskukset puolestaan tarvitsevat optisia lähettimiä, vastaanottimia ja kytkimiä joilla on suurempi siirtonopeus, pienempi hinta & koko sekä parempi energiatehokkuus kuin nykyisillä teknologioilla. Piifotoniikasta on nyt tulossa keskeinen teknologia jolla datakeskusten sisäisen tiedonsiirron pullonkaulaa puretaan ja jonka avulla pidetään yhteiskuntamme digitalisoituminen vauhdissa myös jatkossa.

* Printing the Future of Optics – a new era for optics manufacturing
President & Founder Richard van de Vrie, LUXEXCEL Group

* Round Table and Q&A session

Coffee and networking

Registration is needed! Clik to registration registration form


Jyrki Saarinen
Professor Jyrki Saarinen received his Doctor of Science in Technology degree from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) in 1995. He headed the Diffractive Optics and Micro-Optics research group at TKK. Since 1997 he has been Adjunct Professor of Micro-Optics at TKK, now Aalto University. In 1990’s he was Guest Research Fellow in École Polytechnique, Montreal, Canada; Osaka University, Osaka, Japan; and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; and Invited Professor in Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France. In 1998 he resigned from Junior Fellow in the Academy of Finland to become the first employee of Heptagon, which he co-founded in 1993. As CEO and later as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Member of the Board he was the driving force behind Heptagon’s growth from a one-man company to a world-leading developer and manufacturer of advanced micro-optics solutions with one thousand employees. He identified major breakthrough products and market segments as well as acquired high-profile customers. The last seven years, before taking the position at UEF, he lived in Silicon Valley establishing Heptagon’s US business.

His areas of research on photonics have been diffractive optics, ion exchange technology, micro optics, and optical scatterometry by applying neural networks. Prior photonics he was engaged in biomedical engineering and physiology. At Heptagon he was engaged in a wide range of novel photonics applications and their development projects with large corporations, SME’s, and start-ups from Europe, Asia, and Northern America. Besides continuing research on novel applications and manufacturing methods, his main responsibilities are improving photonics business as well as increasing international knowledge on photonics business opportunities.

Richard van de Vrie Richard van de Vrie is a visionary innovator with over 25 year experience in the lighting business and 6 year in the 3D printing industry. Richard has been a successful CEO for his previous innovative halogen and LED lighting manufacturing company and held various executive positions at stock market listed lighting manufacturers Sylvania Lighting and Lighting Science Group. In 2009 he founded and headed the LUXeXceL Group with a drive to effectively eliminate the massive inefficiencies that are present in the optics development and manufacturing processes! With success, as with Luxexcel’s novel base technology directly smooth and functional optical parts can be 3D Printed without post processing. Now Luxexcel is the forefront of the digitization of an old analogue industry and it is Richard’s expectation that the additive manufacturing of optics will enable the invention of novel optical functions and products for various products containing optics.

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10:00 - 14:00


Photonics Finland


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Helsinki, 00180 Finland
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