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Summary of the Breakfast coffee with a professor -series 2020 – 2021


Introduction to webinar series

The goal of this series of seminars is to generate active dialogue between the local businesses and the University of Turku’s programme in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. You’re welcome to hear about the favourite subjects of new professors and discuss the topics that are of interest to your company.

The events were held on Fridays from 8.30–9.30 a.m. Each seminar started with a 20–30-minute keynote address on the subject. We hope that the companies will actively contact the professors!

Further information

Vesa Erkkilä, Network Manager, MaritimeTurku
Turku Science Park Ltd

Marianne Muurinen, Project Specialist
University of Turku, Faculty of Technology,

7th May 2021
Sampsa Laakso: Digital transformation of industry
Sampsa Laakso | University of Turku (

Assistant Professor Sampsa Laakso’s research is focused on manufacturing. Sampsa has been teaching and researching various topics in the field of production engineering since 2008, in Aalto University, RWTH Aachen, Lund University and Chalmers University of Technology. Sampsa’s research interests are in transformation of industry, modelling of manufacturing processes and a holistic view of manufacturing in the global scale. Sampsa’s fields of expertise are production engineering, product development and solid mechanics.

View the keynote address on Digital transformation of industry

Download Sampsa Laakso’s presentation.

21st May 2021
Wallace Moreira Bessa: Intelligent control of mechatronic systems
Wallace Moreira Bessa | University of Turku (

Wallace Moreira Bessa is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Turku. The main directions of his current research are related to the intelligent control of mechatronic systems and autonomous robots. Before taking up his position this year at the University of Turku, he was Assistant Professor at the Federal Center for Technological Education (Brazil) and Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil). In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, which allowed him to be a visiting professor at the Hamburg University of Technology (Germany) from August 2015 to July 2017. He has more than 100 scientific publications on topics such as intelligent control, non-linear systems, robotics and mechatronics.

View the keynote address on Intelligent control of mechatronic systems.

Download Wallace Moreira Bessa’s presentation 

28th May 2021
Ashish Ganvir: Additive Manufacturing and Surface Engineering
Ashish Ganvir | University of Turku (

Ashish’s expertise lies in material science and process engineering where he tries to answer ´how various processing conditions influence the material microstructure, properties and hence the performance´. Before joining University of Turku, Ashish worked at GKN Aerospace Sweden AB as a process engineer, additive manufacturing (AM). Ashish has a PhD in production technology, from University West, Sweden. Ashish has ambition to do research in the field of AM or 3D printing and surface engineering using laser, electron and plasma-based technologies. AM of metals, ceramics and their composites are of specific interest. Similarly, development of functional surfaces by depositing ceramic, metallic and composite coatings for various applications such as bio, energy, tribology, corrosion, semiconductor etc. are also of focus.

View the keynote address on Additive Manufacturing and Surface Engineering.
Download Ashish Ganvir’s presentation.


4 June 2021
Konstantinos Daskalakis: Engineering novel light-emitting devices by controlling light-matter interactions
Konstantinos Daskalakis | University of Turku (

My research focuses on the multidisciplinary fields of photonics, plasmonics and organic electronics. I am particularly interested in understanding and engineering the interactions between light and matter in novel light-emitting devices such as OLEDs and organic LASERs. In other words, by gaining access to the microscopic world I make matter and light “dance” harmonically for improving the efficiency of environmentally friendly solid-state lighting devices. My work is mostly done in laboratories (experimental) and involves fabrication and processing of multilayer thin-film devices, spectroscopy and electrical characterization.

View the keynote address on Engineering novel light-emitting devices by controlling light-matter interactions.

Download Konstantinos Daskalakis’s presentation.

Milica Todorovic: AI in computational materials research
Milica Todorovic | University of Turku (

Milica Todorović is an Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Turku. She gained an MSci in Physics at University College London, followed by a DPhil in Materials Science at the University of Oxford. She went on to specialise in computational modelling of functional materials, with a focus on electrical properties of complex organic/inorganic materials, at the National Institute for Materials Science (Japan) and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) before settling in Finland. During her stay at Aalto University, Milica started collaborating with the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) and organised workshops and graduate courses on Machine Learning for Materials Science. Her research focuses on interfacing artificial intelligence algorithms with materials simulations, with the aim to optimise material functionality and performance in devices.



Watch the Breakfast with a professor webinars 2020

Katso seminaarisarjan avaus
Mika Hannula
Teknologiakampuksen Johtaja

Katso kevään webinaarisarjan avaus
Jaakko Järvi
Dekaani, Turun yliopiston teknillinen tiedekunta


18 September 2020
Principles of Axiomatic Design and their Application
Jussi Kantola, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Place: University of Turku, Agora, lecture room XXII / Virtual
Jussi Kantola | University of Turku (

Axiomatic design theory was published almost 20 years ago. The theory is based on two principles that need to be taken into account when new products, manufacturing, services etc. are planned or existing ones are updated. The seminar presents the axiomatic design theory, and there will be discussion on how the theory should be applied in companies. Experiences have shown that the matter is not very familiar in companies, although it is one of the most important theories of mechanical engineering.

Jussi Kantola is Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Turku. Jussi came to Turku from the University of Vaasa where he worked as Professor of Industrial Management and especially Product Development. Previously Jussi has worked as Associate Professor at KAIST, Korea where he was one of the two founders of the first information service technology department in the world. From 2003–2008 Jussi worked in various research roles in the Tampere University of Technology and the University of Turku. Jussi has completed PhDs in the University of Louisville, US (1998) and Tampere University of Technology (2006). Jussi’s research areas include product and service design, human-machine integration, and fuzzy systems.

View the keynote address on Principles of Axiomatic Design and their Application

Download Jussi Kantola’s presentation

16 October 2020
Battery Materials
Pekka Peljo, Associate Professor of Materials Engineering
Pekka Peljo | University of Turku (

My research mainly focuses on the development of battery technology suited to storage of solar and wind power. The other topics are related to electro-chemical production and storage of energy and heat, as well as basic research of electro-chemistry.

View the keynote address on Battery Materials

Download Pekka Peljo’s presentation


20 November 2020
Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)
Antti Salminen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Antti Salminen | University of Turku (

Antti’s expertise lies in laser-based processes, welding technology, and additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are the latest manufacturing technologies to be adopted in industrial use. Their use is expanding at considerable speed, and new applications are continuously being discovered for them. Industrial approval for these products already exists in demanding power plant and medical applications, but the transition is also taking place in regular engineering workshops. In his keynote address Antti discusses the state of this technology, requirements for its introduction, as well as applications and problems.

View the keynote address on Additive manufacturing (3D printing)

Download Antti Salminen’s presentation


11 December 2020
Solar Energy Systems and Materials
Kati Miettunen, Professor of Materials Engineering
Kati Miettunen | University of Turku (

Kati specialises in new solar cell materials and systems. One key object of research is improvement of the sustainability of new solar cell technologies, but also the use of bio-based materials in solar cells with the goal to decrease the repayment time of energy and enable new functionalities. My other research line is the designing of solar cell systems particularly for northern conditions, maximising their financial profitability and potential.

View the keynote address






Turun yliopiston teknillinen tiedekunta
Turku Science Park Ltd