Take a quantum leap in Finland!

The world is at the verge of the second quantum revolution. We are about to see a change in our society as novel quantum technology applications in ICT, sensing, measuring, to list a few, become available to everyone. Quantum technology is expected to have extreme impacts in everybody’s life, and help solving some of the great challenges of our time, from health and environment to energy.

Quantum technology can be considered a completely new way of solving practical problems. Its significance is often compared to, for example, the invention of electricity. In this moment of change, Finland plays a crucial role. We have a long and successful research tradition in low temperature physics, that is the treasure chest of quantum technologies. Our community is built around strong collaboration between the top universities, technology research organizations and companies around the world. And we host state-of-the-art facilities to study, develop and commercialize these technologies at the heart of the largest innovation hub in the Nordic region.

Our educational opportunities in quantum technology utilize this vibrant environment to the fullest. We invest serious efforts to nurture collaboration with best partners around the world. Our bold aim is to raise the readiness of current and coming generations for the era of quantum technology. If you are looking for prospects to get trained and build a career in the future of digitalization, Finland is your opportunity to take a quantum leap. 

Join Episode IV to get inspiration from the experts from the Finnish National Center of Excellence - Quantum Technology Finland (QTF) partnered by Aalto University, University of Helsinki and VTT Technical Research Center of Finland.  Be ready to take a quantum leap and make your future in Finland!



Episode IV: Future Digitalization

15 November | 12:00 (Finland) | 15.30 (India) | 18.00 (Singapore)

Moderator: Mikko Möttönen, Professor & Head of the Quantum Computing and Devices research group,  Aalto University


Welcome Note

Mikko Möttönen, Professor & Head of the Quantum Computing and Devices research group, Aalto University

Keynote Presentations

Quantum Technologies: A Finnish Perspective

Sabrina Maniscalco, Professor of Quantum Information and Logic, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki

QT Ecosystem and Networks in Finland

Himadri Majumdar, Program Manager, VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland

A Panel on QT Success Stories

Moderated by Mikko Möttönen, Professor & Head of the Quantum Computing and Devices research group, Aalto University
  • Raghunath Koduvayur, Head of Marketing and Communications, IQM Quantum Computers
  • Joel Hätinen, Research trainee,  VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Manohar Kumar, Research Fellow, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University
  • Sorin Paraoanu, Senior University Lecturer, Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology - Quantum Technology Finland (QTF) 

Wrap Up

Mikko Möttönen, Professor & Head of the Quantum Computing and Devices research group, Aalto University

Breakout Sessions 1 & 2


Session 1 - Future digitalization is already with us

Facilitated by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences & JAMK University of Applied Sciences

13:15: No borders in teaching and learning: how is digitalization present in student’s everyday life?

  • Metropolia is the leading higher education institution in the Digivision 2030 project in Finland. The aim of Digivision 2030 is to make Finland a model country of digital pedagogy irrespective of organisational boundaries and geographical location
  • How does digitalization play a role in a student's everyday life at the moment? How does it bring greater opportunities for all learners to learn flexibly regardless of the time and the place?
  • This session is aimed for students, lecturers and anyone interested in digitalization.
  • The discussion is facilitated by Metropolia's Digital Learning Manager Mr Kimmo Leiviskä. He discusses with Metropolia’s students how digitalization enables flexible learning now and in the future.

13:40: How can digitalization increase access to rehabilitation services globally?

  • One third of the world’s population are living with a health condition that would benefit from rehabilitation.
  • Institute of Rehabilitation at JAMK University of Applied Sciences promotes digital rehabilitation as 21st century rehabilitation model empowering people to manage their own health, wellbeing, and rehabilitation needs.
  • This session is aimed for students, researchers and institutions interested in digitalization around social- and health services.
  • Facilitated by Kari-Pekka Murtonen, Head of Global Action, Institute of Rehabilitation.

Session 2 - Oulu University Breakout Session: Oulu SoCs you!

Facilitated by University of Oulu, BusinessOulu and Nokia

The world needs new system on chip (SOC) -professionals.

Would you like to join the growing team of tech talent to make a difference by developing pioneering SOC technology for use in devices and applications all over the world?  Take the next step in your career to cultivate your expertise as a member of the northern ecosystem in the home of the radio and wireless technology.
In Oulu’s SOC ecosystem we offer you a great work-life balance, diverse corporate culture, casual interaction with all career levels, low hierarchy, and possibility to climb the corporate ladder. Oulu combines Northern hospitality, nature, and culture with modern technology. This city is also the center of ICT expertise in Finland and home to Europe’s fastest growing companies. Oulu, surrounded by gorgeous nature, is a large international Northern ICT hot spot offering instant access to relaxation and quietness when you need it the most.
Would you like to know what else puts this Northern city on the map? Join our breakout session. We will tell you more about study and career possibilities in the SOC ecosystem and living in Oulu.

Session Schedule

13.15 – 13.20: Greetings from Oulu – Simo Kekäläinen
13.20 – 13.30: Oulu SoCs you – Jussi Leponiemi, BusinessOulu
13.30 – 13.40: Career Opportunities for Engineering Students in the Oulu SoC Scene – Jukka Lahti, University of Oulu  
13.40 – 13.50: My path to Finland & Nokia – Achille Gakwaya, Nokia (interviewed by Simo)
13.50 – 14.00: Questions, discussion


Speaker Bios

Jussi Leponiemi

Key Account Director, ICT – BusinessOulu, City of Oulu

Jussi Leponiemi is the head of business development team focusing on Oulu’s ICT companies and network partners. Oulu is one of the leading technology development locations in software development, microelectronics and wireless data transfer technologies in Europe and is leading the development in certain wireless connectivity, IoT, AI and embedded systems technologies globally.
Jussi manages and develops Oulu’s ICT network and international partnerships with close cooperation of wide and specialized local ICT community varying from innovative startups to global actors and universities. He has served in key roles of knowledge development organizations as well as career and employment development institutions. In his Ph.D. he focused on developing organizational processes related to international talents. His key topics of interest include international talents and knowledge development, developing and managing business networks, cluster building and applying narrow cutting-edge technologies into different industry verticals.

Jukka Lahti

University lecturer at University of Oulu. Has taught digital integrated circuit design for 25 years.

Achille Gakwaya

Achille Gakwaya has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jain University, Bangalore (India). He’s also a Masters student graduate from the University of Oulu in Computer science and Engineering. Here his focus was on embedded system development , which led him to grow an interest sand concentrate on SOC design.
Achille is currently working for Nokia as an Engineer in the DFE ASIC TOP team. He works On the design and integration of Mobile networks Radio SOCs used in base stations.



Virtual Lounge Table meetings: All universities & UAS


Sabrina Maniscalco

Professor of Quantum Information and Logic, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki

Professor Sabrina Maniscalco is the Professor of Quantum Information, Computing and Logic at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and CEO and co-founder of Algorithmiq Ltd. She is also an adjunct professor at Aalto University (Helsinki), the vice Director of the Finnish Centre of Excellence for Quantum technologies, and the vice Director for Education of InstituteQ

Prof. Maniscalco works on the understanding of limitations and possibilities of realistic quantum technologies, specifically focusing on the effect of noise on quantum-enhanced devices. More recently she has started to investigate complex quantum networks with the aim of understanding the interplay between quantum advantage and network topology. Finally, she is the co-creator of the online platform QPlayLearn for education, outreach and training on quantum science and technology.

Himadri Majumdar

Program Manager, VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland

Himadri Majumdar is the Lead, Quantum Programmes at VTT. He is leading the first Finnish quantum computer build project in Finland, currently ongoing at VTT in close cooperation with IQM. Himadri has almost 20 years of professional experience in innovation – both as a scientist himself and, lately, more in innovation management. Himadri holds a PhD in Applied Physics with publications in international journals. He is a Docent at Åbo Akademi university and has co-supervised doctoral students in that capacity.

Himadri is passionate about creating impact from technology, both in business and society. He is currently fully engaged in strengthening the Quantum ecosystem in Finland. This has led to the formation of InstituteQ: The Finnish Quantum Institute. He is leading the business ecosystem consolidation around Quantum technologies in Finland. He foresees more such engagement in the near future and hopes to see Quantum become a Finnish success story.

Himadri is also active in the European Quantum ecosystem scene. Finland and VTT’s collaboration with other European ecosystems are critical for the success of Finland and Europe in deployment of Quantum technologies for the benefit of business and society.

Mikko Möttönen

Professor & Head of the Quantum Computing and Devices research group, Aalto University

Mikko is the Head of the Quantum Computing and Devices research group, Aalto University. Mikko obtained his PhD in Technical Physics in 2005 from the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). In 2007, Mikko became a Docent in Quantum Computing and the leader of the Quantum Computing and Devices (QCD) group in the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience (COMP) at TKK. In 2012 he established QCD Labs that presently hosts four millikelvin cryostats and microwave measurement equipment at Aalto University, Finland. In 2015, Mikko was appointed to a part-time Research Professorship in Quantum Computing at the University of Jyväskylä and to a full-time permanent staff position at Aalto University. He also wrote nine science columns to the main national newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

In 2019, Mikko was appointed to his present post as an Associate Professor (tenured) of Quantum Technology shared between Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He also co-founded a quantum-computer company IQM as a spinout from his research. Presently, Mikko’s QCD Labs focuses on integrating engineered normal-metal reservoirs into quantum-mechanically behaving electronic devices such as superconducting qubits. Mikko also acts as the Director of Aalto BSc Programme in Science and Technology and as the head of its Quantum Technology major. In 2020–2021, Mikko received the Nokia Foundation Award, Väisälä Prize, and Innovation Professor Award.

Raghunath Koduvayur

Head of Marketing and Communications, IQM

Raghunath Koduvayur is a sales and marketing leader who serves on the board of the Finland-India Trade Association and a member of several startup advisory boards. Currently, he's building the future of quantum technologies as the Head of Marketing and Communications, at IQM Quantum Computers.
IQM is the Pan-European category leader in building quantum computers. IQM delivers on-premises quantum computers for supercomputing centers and research laboratories and provides complete access to its hardware. For industrial customers, IQM delivers quantum advantage through a unique application-specific co-design approach. IQM is building Finland’s first commercial 54-qubit quantum computer with VTT, and an IQM-led consortium was awarded a project to commercialize application-specific quantum processors by the German Ministry of Education and Research in February 2021. 

  • Joel Hätinen

    Research trainee, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Manohar Kumar

    Research Fellow, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University
  • Sorin Paraoanu

    Senior University Lecturer, Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology - Quantum Technology Finland (QTF)