Research Manager
VTT, Factories of the Future (FoF)
Public Private Partnership Board Co-Chair

Miss Riikka Virkkunen is a Research Manager who promotes VTT’s agenda on digitalising industries. She is also responsible for leading production research strategy in one of VTT’s Lighthouses, Industrial Renewal. Virkkunen has worked in various manager positions at VTT, such as leading a hundred-twenty-experts-strong department Systems Engineering, and gained wide expertise in applied research on digitalising industries. Virkkunen has plenty of experience working in international research networks. She is currently a board member of EFFRA (European Factories of the Future Research Association) and co-chair of the Factories of the Future’s board. She has evaluated diverse international funding initiatives, most recently chairing the assessment of  Swedish competence centre proposals on Connected Industry and Materials.  In her home country, Finland Virkkunen has coordinated FIIF, the Finnish Industrial Internet Forum, with circa 200 company members. Recently, she finalized a strategic report on Finnish Digital Innovation Hubs  commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Virkkunen holds a PhD in computational materials science.

16:45h - EFFRA Vision for manufacturing and examples of SME-driven innovation for robotics and AI