The first Helsinki Data Science Meetup of the fall was held at Wartsila headquarters in Hakaniemi, with nearly a hundred people attending.
Wartsila as a corporation is going through a bold transformation, as was explained by Chief Digital Officer Marco Ryan. They are on a journey for becoming a data led, insights driven technology and Marco for one would like to add data on their balance sheet – so critical it is to their businesses going forward.
The focus of the meetup was marine, as that is an industry being disrupted. Today’s ships are equipped with a multitude of sensors and cutting-edge systems that enable the crew to operate everything at peak efficiency. Wartsila is a leader in that sector and is thus in a unique position to drive tranformation. Wärtsilä/Eniram provides its customers with solutions that give highly accurate insights using naval architecture and state-of-the-art machine-learning algorithms. The next steps in bringing even more value for the customer is in partnerships: the more data Wartsila gets from the ecosystem, the value they can create.
In addition to a great overall presentation by Marco Ryan on the transformation process and Wartsila’s vision for the marine industry, we heard presentations from ex-CEO of Eniram, now VP Service 4.0 at Wartsila – Henrik Dahl, as well as from one of Eniram’s data scientists Antti Solonen.
Eniram has been developing smart solutions for marine industry, including sensors and analytics solutions, for more than a decade, and already since 2012 has been into predictive analytics, thus placing themselves ahead of the industry. Antti walked us through one specific model he has been working on, namely predicting of the vessel’s power consumption. The model is a grey box, ie based on physics principles with parameters refined by actual data. Several of the metrics involved, eg speed on water, are actually quite difficult to measure, so modeling is required to gain accurate estimates.
The presentations were again followed by a lively discussion and networking.
The next meetup was not yet announced, but will be in the near future, so stay tuned for more information to appear !
(Photos courtesy of Sami Virtanen and DAIN Studios team)
Our third meetup of the year was hosted by eCraft in Espoo. Tommi Vilkamo, Chief Data Scientist, eCraft spoke wiht the title "The Machine Goes Mainstream: how Finnish companies have started to use machine learning and advanced analytics to solve practical business problems". While most companies are still in the early stages in utilizing analytics (see picture), Tommi presented some fascinating cases the eCraft team has been working on eg in real estate, as well as some practical advice on how to make an analytics project succeed. His tips? Start by proper definition of the goals. Make the results easy to understand. Start small, new applications will come up.
The second speaker of the evening was Henri Kujala, Chief Privacy Officer at HERE Technologies. HERE is an innovator in location-driven solutions, and Henri started his presentation by showcasing some of the applications they have worked on with the auto industry. There are already 4M+ cars out there with sensors gathering data eg on the road condition, with numbers rapidly rising.
The hot topic of the day, and the one raising the busiest discussion of our events sofar, was privacy and the upcoming GDPR. This is Henri's special area of expertise, and obviously something crucial to take into account in location based services, so many practical examples and advice were shared.
Our 2nd Helsinki Data Science Meetup in 2017 was hosted by Finnair at their HQ next to the airport.
Annika Nordbo, Head of Data Science at Finnair, talked about Finnair’s journey of using data in their commercial operations and the company’s journey to be a data-driven airline.
She presented a wide range of data utilization cases including the methods used by the team for each of the cases. Super interesting and great inspiration for the audience.
As a 2n speaker we had the pleasure to have Matthew Evans, VP Digital Transformation at Airbus Group who came specifically for our meet up from the Airbus HQ in Toulouse to Helsinki. He shared how data and analytics is right in the core of the digital transformation of Airbus. We learned how Airbus approached the challenge of creating constant business value while sorting a siloed and fragmented data environment. Matthew also showed that future planes will have up to 250.000 sensors signals collected but to maximize the impact of those sensors the aviation ecosystem (Airbus, airline, airport, engine manufacturer,...) will need to work closely together. Again amazing insights, learnings and inspiration for the audience.
Thanks again to Annika and Matthew for speaking at our meet up! Special thanks to Annika and Finnair for hosting us!
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