Race4Scale Final Project Seminar

RACE4SCALE-project Development of the Multidisciplinary Educational, Business and RDI Opportunities for the Finnish-Russian Automotive and Motorsport Ecosystem.

We kindly invite you to participate the Final Project Seminar of Race4Scale Project in 24.11.2022 at 10:15 – 13:00.

Seminar takes place in the campus of Kaakkois-Suomen ammattikorkeakoulu in

Pääskysentie 1, 48220 Kotka. Room B4005, 3rd floor.


It is also possible to attend the seminar via Zoom.

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Meeting ID:  818 3076 0844


More information about the Race4Scale project can be found on the project website.

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10.15 Opening of seminar

Jarmo Kujanpää / Project Manager

10:20 – 11:00 The needs and drivers for transport transformation

Heikki Liimatainen / Professor, Tampere University

Current transport system causes negative environmental and social impacts and governments have set targets to remove these impacts by 2050. The needs and drivers for the transport transformation are discussed in the presentations, including digitalization, electrification and automation and the changes in behavior and decision making.

11:00 – 11:40 Future logistics – Trends, challenges, and opportunities

Erika Kallionpää / University Instructor, Tampere University

As we know, logistics has faced many challenges and distractions during last years. The interesting question is that what is shaping the future logistics. In this presentation, the main future trends and targets affecting logistics are examined. The skills that logistics professionals will need in future will be discussed as well.

11:40 – 11:50


11:50 – 12:30 Technology Forecasting for Automotive industry: Dichotomy of Voice of the Customer and Voice of the Product

Nikhil Phadnis / M.Sc., Doctoral Student in Innovation Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology

This topic will explore the approach of the VOP (Voice of the Product), a counter-intuitive approach to VOC (Voice of the Customer), that is used to discover the latent needs of the customer, resulting in better technology forecasts and reducing the risk of failed innovations for long-term innovation projects.

12:30 – 13:00 Project overview

Jarmo Kujanpää / Project Manager

Tuija Arola / Development Director

Mikhail Nemilentsev / RDI-specialist

Jan Kettula / RDI-specialist

13.00 Closing



Heikki Liimatainen

Professor, Transport and logistics

Faculty of Built Environment / Civil Engineering

Tampere University

Heikki Liimatainen is a leading scientist in the field of sustainable transport in Finland. He leads Transport Research Centre Verne at Tampere University. He has also been awarded for his merits in science communications in mass media.

Erika Kallionpää

University Instructor

Faculty of Built Environment / Civil Engineering

Tampere University

Erika Kallionpää has experience in several research projects related to transportation, logistics and supply chain management. Her research interests focus particularly on the environmental performance of supply chains, sustainability of logistics and customer value creation in supply chains.

Nikhil Phadnis

M.Sc., Doctoral student in Innovation Management

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Nikhil Phadnis is a doctoral student in innovation management and consultant for fortune 1000 companies specializing in TRIZ methods in multiple domains for ex. energy, automobile, consumer products and Lifesciences and chemicals. He has experience in new product development, new process development, adjacent market identification and technology forecasting in different industries.