Jaan Praks

Jaan Praks, Dr. S. at the Aalto university, is the leader of the Aalto Space Technology and Microwave Remote Sensing research group. During his career he has participated in numerous remote sensing projects and measurement campaigns and instrument developments, and led the development of Aalto-1, Aalto-2, Aalto-3 and Foresail nanosatellites. From his research projects have started many New Space and Earth Observation start-up companies in Finland. He is active in many scientific organizations and a popular public speaker on space technology and Earth Observation topics.

Areas of expertise:

  • Team building, team management, team communication, reviews and schedules
  • Idea development and brainstorming
  • Space legislation
  • Presenting and selling ideas
  • Remote sensing, microwave remote sensing, remote sensing of forest and land cover
  • Remote sensing applications and markets
  • Available remote sensing satellites and technologies
  • Small satellites, small satellite constellations, small satellite payloads, small satellite capabilities
  • Small satellite market, satellite platforms, launch prices, technology development projects.

Marko Puhtila

Marko Puhtila works as Growth advisor in Turku Science Park Oy with background in economics. He has over 15 years’ experience on working with Finnish growth companies, providing advise on both establishing and growing business. He has been a founding partner in three companies, thus having practical experience on starting businesses. His current interests are on customer driven product and service design, corporate venture collaboration, open innovation, and new concepts. Marko Puhtila and his team are happy to help with any questions related to business development.

Strongest area of expertise and personal networks is in ICT industry.

Sven Lilla

Sven Lilla is Head of Operations for ESA BIC Estonia with background in technology transfer and business consulting for 10 years. He has worked as a business relations coordinator for the University of Tartu for 7 years. For the last 3 years he has been responsible for daily activities of the ESA BIC Estonia and mentoring its companies.

Andrus Kurvits

Andrus Kurvits is Member of Board of the Tartu Science Park and Manager of the ESA BIC Estonia. He has more than 20 years of experience in business and sales development and management in various spheres supervising people from all walks of life. He has been involved in numerous successful projects, which has brought him recognition from his employers and clients. 

Jakub Nalepa

Jakub Nalepa, PhD, is Head of AI at KP Labs, Poland, and Assistant Professor at the Silesian University of Technology, Poland. His research is currently focused on machine learning applied to medical and satellite image analysis – he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in these fields so far (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=kt6EnKcAAAAJ&hl=en), and was awarded the IEEE GRSS Symposium Interactive Session Prize Paper Award at IEEE IGARSS 2020. He has been involved and led several R&D projects in both academia and industry, and is currently Chief AI Scientist in the projects related to Earth Observation (including the Intuition-1 mission), multi/hyperspectral image analysis, and anomaly detection from telemetry data using deep learning-powered algorithms that are to be deployed on board a satellite.

Michał Kubicki

Michał Kubicki, M. Sc. Eng. Geoinformation specialist with several years of experience in the industry. Graduate of the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (master degree in Geodesy and Cartography) and Military University of Technology in Warsaw (engineer’s degree in Geodesy in Cartography).
In professional career focused mainly on the use of satellite and aerial imagery, familiar with most of the nowadays used data and software. In his hitherto work he gained experience in creating databases of topographic objects and utility networks, worked on creating map portals, satellite orthophotomaps and worked in 3D environment. In his current work he focuses primarily on the processing of optical and radar imagery as well as the publication of spatial data on the Internet. He is heavily involved in national and pan-European projects aimed at automatic detection of ice on satellite imagery.
Ready to help in selecting the best-suited satellite and geographic data for a dedicated solution, as well as to outline the basic steps of data processing.