ICT Research and Entrepreneurship Conference “ICT Means Business”

November 4, 2021 - November 5, 2021

On November 4th-5th we will meet at the conference "ICT Means Business".

Presentation slides added to the programme!

Participants will get an overview of the “hot” frontier research areas and development trends of modern science and innovation and the state-of-the-art technologies being developed in Estonian universities, ideas for developing business processes and creating new business models, and the opportunity to meet researchers face-to-face.

Everyone for whom it is important to keep abreast of developments and future opportunities in the field of ICT is welcome to participate:
• business leaders, development managers, IT managers, entrepreneurs from both ICT and other sectors;
• representatives of business associations;
• representatives of the public sector – research and development advisers of ministries and heads of fields, development managers of local governments, representatives of funding organizations, etc.;
• academic staff and masters and doctoral students.

Conference presentations are in English.

The event takes place as a hybrid conference, which can be attended on-site at the University of Tartu Delta Centre (the event follows the current covid regulations). You can also follow presentations and participate in discussions online.
Participation is free of charge; organizational costs are covered by the IT Academy programme.

Online participation link: https://worksup.com/ictmeansbusiness


November 4th

Moderator: Mart Toots, Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL), R&D Manager

10.30 Opening

  • Katrin Pihor, Ministry of Education and Research, Head of Research and Development Policy Department
  • Ivo Lasn, ITL, Member of the Board; Playtech Estonia, Director

10.45 – 11.45

Data Science and Big Data
Jaak Vilo, University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science, Head of Chair of Data Science, Professor of Bioinformatics (presentation)

Why is the theory of constructed emotion relevant in computer science?
Kuldar Taveter
, University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science, Head of Chair of Software Engineering, Associate Professor in Information Systems (presentation)

The Next Big Thing in Big Data: Edge Intelligence
Feras Mahmoud Awaysheh, University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science, Lecturer of Edge Analytics (presentation)

Bridging Virtual and Physical
Ulrich Norbisrath
, University of Tartu, Chair of Distributed Systems, Associate Professor of Software Engineering (presentation)

11.45 – 12.45

Learning at Work for Change and Co-reaction
Merja Bauters, Tallinn University, School of Digital Technologies, Research Professor in Digital Transformation (presentation)

School-university-industry partnership for co-creating educational innovation: Lessons learnt’
Kairit Tammets, Tallinn University, School of Digital Technologies, Head of Centre for Educational Technology and Professor of Technology-enhanced Learning (presentation)

At the heart of the research are four central cores: a) Skills needed for continuous learning, b) various methods for creative and collaborative learning and working methods driving for work, culture and process changes in cross-sectoral ecosystems, which allow sharing and co-creating experiences and solutions to problems. We also focus on c) the development of indicators that should help companies assess their employees’ active participation in the construction of new knowledge and entrepreneurship and we d) co-create emergent tools with creative industries. We see the need to create and design learning opportunities that allow smooth knowledge transfer and skills between different sectors. It is crucial to achieving dynamic network-based cooperation to promote the economy based on mutual benefits. It means that we go beyond user-centric or human-centric design to see the system within which workers, citizens, companies, and the environment play equal roles.

12.45 Lunch Break

13.30 – 14.30

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Meelis Kull, University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science, Associate Professor in Machine Learning (presentation)

Let there be music: when AI learns to compose
Anna Aljanaki, University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science, Chair of Data Science, Lecturer in Informatics (presentation)

From natural to artificial intelligence
Jaan Aru, University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science, Chair of Data Science, Associate Professor in Computational Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence (presentation)

Long road towards AI in healtcare
Raivo Kolde, University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science, Associate Professor in Health Informatics (presentation)

14.30 Trustworthy Software Technologies

The talk will consist of a general introduction to the research area, followed by several short presentations by group members with highlights of our best papers over the last two years.
Paweł Soboćinski, TalTech, Department of Software Science, Laboratory for Compositional Systems and Methods, Programme Director (Information and Communication Technology), Tenured Full Professor (presentation)
Edward Morehouse, Amar Hadzihasanovic, Fosco Loregian, TalTech, Laboratory for Compositional Systems and Methods, Postdoctoral Researchers (presentation)
Mario Román, Diana-Maria Kessler, Nathan Haydon, TalTech, Laboratory for Compositional Systems and Methods, PhD Students / Early Stage Researchers

15.30 Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.30

The many face(t)s of cyber security
Rain Ottis, TalTech Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, Tenured Associate Professor (presentation)
The diverse and multi-disciplinary research group at Taltech explores the cyber security topics from very different angles, including formal methods, engineering, operations and legal aspects. The presentation will introduce some of the key researchers and research topics of the Centre

Applied Cyber Security
Arnis Paršovs, University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science, Research Fellow in Cyber Security (presentation)
Cyber Security helps us protect sensitive data in our everyday lives. As our data systems grow, we need better applied cyber security methods to defend all possible edge-cases in our systems. This is especially true for Estonia, where our digital signature (ID-card) is used to access most of the different government related services. In this presentation, Arnis will talk about future prospects in the field of applied cyber security and introduce some of the projects his research group is working on currently

16.30 Summary of the Day

19.00 Networking Dinner

November 5th

Moderator: Jorma Hiie, Project Lead at Auve Tech

9.00 Introduction of the Day

9.05 – 10.00

IoT is going intelligent, more intelligent
Uljana Reinsalu, TalTech, Department of Computer Systems, Embedded Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory, Researcher
Jürgen Soom, TalTech, Embedded Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory, Early Stage Researcher (presentation)
Konstantin Bilozor, TalTech, Industrial doctoral student of the School of IT (presentation)
Alar Kuusik, TalTech, Communication System Research Group, Senior Research Scientist (presentation)

Today there are billions of tiny Internet connected devices worldwide – monitoring weather and urban traffic conditions, counting people, animals, and so on. However, we all expect that IoT devices get smarter, will predict weather, recognize school buses in traffic flow, recognize people with high fever, separate pets from wild animals, block malicious attempts in smart homes, etc. This is what Internet of Intelligent Things applied research project is dealing with at TalTech’s IT School and will be introduced in short presentations.

10.00 – 11.00

Robot-human collaboration and the Internet of Things in industry processes
Karl Kruusamäe, University of Tartu, Institute of Technology, Associate Professor of Robotics Engineering (presentation)

Towards Deploying Robots in Highly Dynamic and Uncertain Environments
Arun Singh
, University of Tartu, Institute of Technology, Associate Professor of Collaborative Robotics (presentation)

Robots are gradually transitioning from carefully instrumented factory floors to unstructured outdoor worlds where they must operate in unstructured, dynamic, and uncertain environments. For the safe and reliable operation of robots in the real world, we need algorithms that can perform complex motion planning and controls in real-time. In this work, we will discuss the efforts of our group in this regard for applications like autonomous driving and object transportation with mobile robots in hospitals, malls, and crowded indoor spaces.

Motion prediction in autonomous driving
Naveed Muhammad, University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science, Lecturer of Autonomous Driving (presentation)
As human drivers we instinctively predict the motion of other road agents, be it manually driven vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists etc. This however is not a trivial task for an autonomous vehicle. In this presentation, I’ll talk about our on-going work on agent behaviour modeling and motion prediction in autonomous driving.

Foundations of Autonomous Pervasive Sensing Systems
Huber Flores
, University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science, Associate Professor of Pervasive Computing (presentation)

11.00 Coffee Break

11.30 Applied Hardware Security: we do it in silicon

Samuel Nascimiento Pagliarini, TalTech, Head of Centre for Hardware Security, Tenured Assistant Professor (presentation)
In this talk, Prof. Pagliarini will cover the achievements of the Centre for Hardware Security at TalTech. Created in 2019, it conducts research in several aspects at the intersection of circuit design and security, including Obfuscation, Cryptohardware, Hardware Trojan Horses, Side Channel Attacks, and others.

12.00 Panel Discussion – How to achieve collaboration and competitive advantage through innovation and science?

  • Maarja Kruusmaa, TalTech, Vice-Rector for Research, Head of Centre for Biorobotics
  • Dan Bogdanov, Cybernetica, Director of the Information Security Institute
  • Kadi-Liis Veiman, Enterprise Estonia (EAS), Trade and Innovation Centre, R&D Expert
  • Hardi Tamm, Hardi Tamm, Asper Biogene LLc, CEO

12.45 Conference Conclusions, Closing Remarks

13.00 Farewell Lunch

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