Helping to sharpen Sweden’s edge in advanced technology development

Maria Homman, COO of Vironova has been out travelling with the IFG leadership development program of IVA (the royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences). The program is based on collegial learning and study visits to members’ companies, providing the participants with deep insights into R&D processes and public authorities’ function in different sectors.

The IFG members all have leadership responsibility in research and development and each represent a unique field within the group. Together they largely cover areas considered of strategic importance for the future of Swedish industry.

This particular visit focused on the R&D ecosystem in the Helsinki and Tallin areas, by visiting companies, universities and research organizations and with a lot of focus on Artificial Intelligence. Meetings included Business Sweden in Finland and Estonia, Finnish AI strategy by Ministry of Economic Affairs, Aalto University, TalTech, VTT (AI research and commercial-scale projects), Metsä Group R&D (Forest Industry in change), KONE (AI and predictive maintenance), AI Monday, Cybernetica, Nokia, Ericsson (Industri 4.0, 5G)

Participating in this program is a truly invaluable experience for me in my role as COO of Vironova. There are so many impressions, contacts and valuable lessons that I believe the whole company will benefit in various ways, and over a long time, from what I can bring home from these study visits,” says Maria Homman.