AI in Public Sector and Smart Cities

October 15, 2019 - 11:00 - 12:30
Fennia I Room
Share this

Cities produce a huge variety of services to thousands or even millions of residents in Europe. For example, tasks of a Finnish municipality are healthcare, social services, education and infrastructure and land use among other things.

At the same time in the next decades, the world will change more than it has changed in the last centuries. Inspiring innovations which often have something to do with artificial intelligence change established operations, creating new opportunities for building a sustainable and human-oriented future.
The public sector must actively search for a new role in the changes of individuals, communities, businesses, society, environment and definitely technology. In the place of traditional, siloed and administration-based activity, the public sector needs new, open and effective ways to for example understand them. Open activity strengthens participation, responsibility and trust. It clears the way for customer-relationship-based services, new business operations and the new role of public operations.

This session handles how the public sector, such as cities, should be involved in the use of and develop artificial intelligence. Instead of cities presenting their own artificial intelligence projects during the session, we will talk about the role. Should public sector enable value creation by creating new types of local and national ecosystems with the help of data?



  • Tomas Lehtinen (City of Espoo)


  • Tomas Lehtinen (Data Analytics Consultant, City of Espoo)


Our Entry Model for The Most Functional Smart City

  • Pekka Niskasaari (Project Manager, Forum Virium Helsinki)


(Lack of) data in the city

  • Claus Popp Larsen (Head of ‘Connected Cities’, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden)


Data-Driven Innovation

  • Jarmo Eskelinen (Director, Data Driven Innovation Programme, University of Edinburgh)


Co-creating Data value chains for the public sector

  • Till Christopher Lech (Research Manager, SINTEF) Discussion (All speakers)
Claus Popp Larsen
Jarmo Eskelinen
DirectorData Driven Innovation ProgrammeUniversity of Edinburgh
Pekka Niskasaari
Project ManagerForum Virium Helsinki
Till Christopher Lech
Research Manager at SINTEF
Tomas Lehtinen
Data Analytics Consultant at City of Espoo
Our Entry Model for The Most Functional Smart City
(Lack of) data in the city
Data-Driven Innovation
Co-creating Data value chains for the public sector
Button to get your ticket now Button to get your ticket now