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OUR TEAM

THE AIRE TEAM BRINGS TOGETHER THE BEST LEADERS IN INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION FROM MANY AREAS TO SUPPORT YOUR BUSINESS. OUR DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS MAKE US UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE OF EACH SECTOR AND TO TAKE THE BOLD STEPS NEEDED TO BRING SUCCESS.

KIRKE MAAR

Project Manager
Tallinn University of Technology

Kirke has 20 years of experience working as a project manager, and has coordinated large project teams, helped to find the financing, and ensured efficient administration. Kirke worked for 18 years as a financing consultant in the private sector and has helped many Estonian projects in research, business, tourism and social affairs find support and set targets and clear goals, and cooperate to achieve them.

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TRIIN PLOOMPUU

AIRE
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EVELIN EBRUK

Info coordinator
AIRE
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OTTO MÄTTAS

Tehisintellekti valdkonna juht
AIRE
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ANDRI HARAN

Member of the Steering Committee
AIRE Strategic Advisor

Andri is head of the Industry Division at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and has 20 years of experience in change and process management in the defence and aerospace industry. Having worked in both the private and public sectors, Andri understands how both work and their opportunities and challenges. Andri has a Master's degree in Digital Transformation from Tallinn University of Technology.

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JAAK VILO

Member of the Steering Committee
University of Tartu

Jaak is the head of the Institute of Computer Science of the University of Tartu and a Professor of bioinformatics. He heads the Chair of Data Science, which handles data mining, machine learning, algorithms, bioinformatics and computational neuroscience. Since 2018, Jaak has also been a board member of the Informatics Europe association, which represents the public and private research community in informatics in Europe and neighbouring countries.

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JÜRI RIIVES

Member of the Steering Committee
IMECC

Jüri is a Professor at Tallinn University of Technology, and the founder of IMECC. Jüri spent a decade from 1999-2009 as chair of the board of the Federation of Estonian Engineering Industry. Jüri has extensive business experience, and he is an expert in the development of industrial robotics, digitalisation, cost-efficient production including Lean, and business models for industry.

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REET PÄRGMÄE

Member of the Steering Committee
Tallinn University of Technology

Reet is the head of the Innovation and Business Centre at Tallinn University of Technology, and one of the initiators and key supporters of AIRE. In her work, Reet helps bring scientists and businesses together and so create innovation. Reet's background is as an expert in technology law and data protection, and over the past 20 years she has helped to shape Estonian legislation and has advised start-ups that create digital solutions. She has studied law in the universities of Helsinki, Konstanz and Tartu.

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ANDRUS KURVITS

Member of the Steering Committee
Tartu Science Park

Andrus is a member of the board at Tartu Science Park. He has 20 years of experience in both banking and technology start-ups, and he has been involved in many successful ventures. He launched the Estonian business incubator of the European Space Agency, and for the first two years he was the programme manager of sTARTUp Day, the largest business festival in the Baltics.

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MARTIN GOROŠKO

Member of the Steering Committee
Science and Business Park Tehnopol
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SVEN ILLING

Tallinn University of Technology

Sven is responsible as the Vice-Rector for Entrepreneurship of Tallinn University of Technology for cooperation between the university and businesses. He earlier worked as a software entrepreneur, technology consultant and investor.

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MARGUS ARAK

EMÜ coordinator
Estonian University of Life Sciences

Margus has been the Director of the Institute of Technology of the Estonian University of Life Sciences since 2008. He is an Estonian environmental physicist and before becoming director of the institute, Margus was a lecturer in environmental physics and head of the chair in the subject at the Institute of Technology.

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INGRID HUNT

Tartu Science Park

Ingrid is a project manager at Tartu Science Park. At the science park she brings to life projects focused on innovation and smart specialisation. Ingrid has a great deal of experience in successful financial and strategic planning.

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TÕNU LELUMEES

Expert in digital maturity assessment
IMECC

Tõnu is the chair of the supervisory board of the Estonian Machinery Industry Association and head of the Innovative Manufacturing Engineering Systems Competence Centre (IMECC), and is a leading expert on industrial digitalisation, automation and flexibility.

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KRISTI JÕEÄÄR

Marketing manager
Science and Business Park Tehnopol

Kristi has more than 20 years of experience as an expert in marketing who has steered the creation and growth of several major Estonian brands. Her main job is heading the marketing and communications team at the Tehnopol Science and Business Park and advising start-up firms as a marketing mentor. Kristi holds an MBA from Tallinn University of Technology.

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JUHAN-PEEP ERNITS

Tallinna Tehnikaülikool

Juhan on Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli dotsent alates 2012. aastast. Tema teadustöö on seotud tehismõistuse rakendustega robootikas. Lisaks on ta informaatika magistri õppekava juht ja kaaskoordineerib Tartu Ülikooli juhitavat tarkvaratehnika magistri õppekava tehnikaülikooli poolelt. Põhivaldkonnad on raalnägemine ja robotitele usaldusväärse tarkvara loomine.

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TAUNO OTTO

Tallinna Tehnikaülikool

Tauno on Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli tootmistehnika professor alates 2010. aastast. Ta juhib Eesti teaduse teekaardi objekti: nutika tootmise tuumiktaristu (SmartIC), ja on Euroopa Komisjoni tasandil “Made in Europe” Partnerlusnõukogu liige. Tema peamised uurimisvaldkonnad on seotud tööstuse digitaliseerimisega.

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TÕNU PIHELGAS

Tallinna Tehnikaülikool

Tõnu on pikaajalise riigisektori ja erasektori kogemusega Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli ettevõtluse valdkonna jurist. Ta on lisaks juristitööle pikka aega tegelenud poliitika kujundamise, õigusloome, strateegiate kujundamise ning elluviimisega. Samuti on ta olnud läbirääkija nii Eesti diplomaadina Eesti Alalises Esinduses Euroopa Liidu juures, Brüsselis ja juhtinud ka läbirääkijate meeskonda erasektoris. Ta on ka matkaja ja maailmarändur.

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VAHUR KOTKAS

Tallinn University of Technology

Vahur has worked with model-based software development, logic-based programming synthesis and artificial intelligence for more than 20 years. During this time, he has created a number of solutions that are still used in industry today. The Applied Artificial Intelligence Group that he chairs focuses on creating logic-based solutions for artificial intelligence that can be used in practice.

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KRISTO KARJUST

Tallinn University of Technology

Kristo is a level 8 authorised mechanical engineer in production technology and has experience of organising and managing production, handling equipment, and monitoring and maintenance. The main areas of his research are optimising, monitoring and forecasting production and the theory and methodology behind the rapid execution of products and production processes. Kristo has worked in the private sector for more than ten years, where he runs training courses on using CAD, CAM and CAE software, and has been a production manager for outdoor swimming pools and health capsules. Since 2002 he has also worked at Tallinn University of Technology. He was a project manager at IMECC, the technology development centre, in 2011-2019, and currently has tenure as an Associate Professor at Tallinn University of Technology, where he heads the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

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MEELIS KULL

Artificial Intelligence Expert
University of Tartu

Meelis has been an Associate Professor of machine learning at the University of Tartu since 2017. He has worked in machine learning and artificial intelligence in England and Estonia for some 10 years, and more than 1000 students have studied machine learning and data science under him. The research team he leads develops machine learning methods that produce predictions and well-calibrated self-assessments.

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AIVO AABLOO

Expert in intelligent materials and systems
University of Tartu

Alvo is an expert in robotics, and intelligent materials and systems, and is a Professor at the Institute of Technology of the University of Tartu and head of the Intelligent Materials and Systems laboratory. Alvo also founded Solaride, which is an engineering and green economy project for students. He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Tartu and has co-founded and directed several different businesses.

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ARUN KUMAR SINGH

Collaborative robotics expert
University of Tartu

Arun heads the collaborative robotics group at the Institute of Technology. The main focus of the group is on studying the algorithmic and applied aspects of motion planning, control and state evaluation for robotics, and the machine learning that is applied in controlling robots. The group's research covers a wide range of applications, from human-robot collaboration and robot manipulation to autonomous driving.

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KARL KRUUSAMÄE

Expert in human-robot interaction
University of Tartu

Karl places mobile robots in the human environment. He studied at the University of Tartu and has worked as a researcher in both America and Japan. Karl has long experience as a researcher and has worked extensively in research and development for robotics, covering electronics and mechanical design, software development, systems integration, device prototyping, and professional training.

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TÕNIS RAAMETS

Tõnis has more than 20 years of work experience in the field of automotive and manufacturing. He has long participated in the management of the Estonian Machinery Industry Association and is familiar with a number of product development and production projects and also with the day-to-day problems of production companies. Tõnis currently works as a doctoral student-junior researcher at Tallinn University of Technology and his main field of research is the development and implementation of digital optimization and management models in production processes. Tõnis has been part of the AI and Robotics centre AIRE since the beginning of 2022.

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ÜLLE JAAKMA

Member of the Steering Committee
Estonian University of Life Sciences

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ARGO ROSIN

Tallinn University of Technology

Argo is an expert in smart electrical networks, industrial automation and lighting technology, and has years of experience in managing collaborative projects. He is actively engaged in research and has worked in the private sector as both an employer and an employee. Argo is the Vice-Dean for Research at the Tallinn University of Technology School of Engineering, an Associate Professor at the Institute of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics, and the head of the Microgrid and Metrology Research Group.

ANNET MURU

Koordinaator
Tartu Ülikool

Annet koordineerib igapäevaselt Tartu Ülikooli arvutiteaduse instituudi koostööd nii era- kui avaliku sektori asutustega, arendab oma meeskonnaga uusi formaate koostööks nii tudengite kui teadlastega ning populariseerib andmeteaduse valdkonda läbi erialaste seminaride korraldamise. Hariduselt turundaja, kes on viimased viis aastat töötanud IT-valdkonna teadus- ja arendusasutustes.