Three new IEEE Fellows in our section

Our congratulations go to Enrique Acha, Mehdi Bennis and Tuomas Virtanen for their outstanding work and achievements.

New IEEE Fellows:

Enrique Acha
for contributions to power electronics modelling and applications in electrical power systems
Mehdi Bennis
for contributions to resource optimization in heterogeneous and low-latency wireless networks
Tuomas Virtanen
for contributions to sound event detection and source separation

Side event at IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies ISGT 2021 Europe

IEEE Finland and the Finnish Society of Automation (FSA) organize an in-person side event in conjunction with ISGT 2021 Europe. The event features 3 industrial speakers addressing developments in smart grid related to 5G, electric mining and smart city.

The in-person event, including a coffee break, is free of charge (cost of the event is covered by IEEE Finland and FSA), and it is open exclusively to members of IEEE or FSA.

We have reserved a conference room which has a capacity of 80 persons. As a COVID precaution, the event is limited to 25 participants. Places are filled in the order of registration. Anyone registering to the event is required to be ready to wear a mask, in case a mask recommendation is in force at the venue on Oct 19.

Please register for the event here

A Greeting from IEEE Finland Section board meeting 2/2021

IEEE Finland Section board had a meeting on Friday 3.9 in Teams

The following activities will be organized during the autumn

  1. Side event of ISGT conference 19.10.2021
  2. IEEE@Siemens – Nordic Smart Cities – towards carbon neutrality webinar 16-18.11.2021 – more information coming soon!
  3. Student paper award
  4. Standardization webinar

Moreover, the elections of new officers is coming in the end of this year. Stay tuned for more information – would you like to be volunteer for IEEE? As a volunteer, you are able to travel to abroad for IEEEE meetings, organize official and non-official activities with your colleagues and get to know new professionals!


IEEE Finland chapter offers a free and informative virtual Seminar on Grid code requirements for power park modules. The seminar is provided by Antti Kuusela from Fingrid, and focuses on Grid code compliance from a converter manufacturer perspective by Antti Vilhunen, from ABB.

Seminar dates: 21.04.2021, 14:00 – 15:30

Please register until 20.04.2021

Agenda (21.04.2021)
14:00 – 14:05 Opening words and introduction of the speakers
14:05 – 14:45 Antti Kuusela: Grid code requirements for power park modules (Presentation + Q&A)
14:50 – 15:20 Antti Vilhunen: Grid code compliance from converter manufacturer perspective (Presentation + Q&A)
15:20 – 15:30 Joint discussion and Closing


Antti Kuusela
Topic: Grid code requirements for power park modules
Antti Kuusela received the M.Sc.(Eng.) degree in power engineering from the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Espoo, Finland, in 2011, with specialization in power systems and high-voltage engineering. Since 2011, he has been working on power system planning, generation grid integration, and operation-related tasks. He is currently an Expert of Market Innovations with Fingrid Oyj, Helsinki, Finland. Antti was the project manager and expert for the implementation of European network connection codes in Finland.

Antti Vilhunen
Topic: Grid code compliance from converter manufacturer perspective

Antti Vilhunen received the M.Sc.(Eng.) degree in power engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in 2008, with specialization in electric drives. Since 2008, he has been working in ABB Drives R&D on grid code compliance of power conversion drives including simulations, SW development, dimensioning and grid code certification.


Welcome to the Automation Days!
The automation days will be held for the 24th time, this time virtually from 13 to 14 April 2021.
You can see the exact program of the days and the schedule of presentations here:
A more general program can be seen here:

Virtual environment for meetings and lectures in Zoom
At these Automation Days, we will meet the virtual environment at, with instructions in the appendix. In the virtual environment, you can chat with other participants and visit the exhibition.

IEEE Finland Section best student paper award

Dear all,

I would like to thank you all once again for submitting nominations and for your patience!

The competition was really tight this year especially in the conference paper category. We had in total 12 nominations:

  • 9 student conference papers
  • 3 student journal papers

We are glad to announce that the winner of the IEEE Finland Section best student journal paper award 2020 is the paper:
Risto Ojala with the paper “Novel Convolutional Neural Network-Based Roadside Unit for Accurate Pedestrian Localisation” published in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

We also have 3 finalists in the best conference paper category (in no particular order):

  • F. M. Mahafugur, “Rahman State-Space Control for LCL Filters: Comparison Between the Converter and Grid Current Measurements” in 2019 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)
  • Vitaly Petrov, “Exploiting Multipath Terahertz Communications for Physical Layer Security in Beyond 5G Networks” in IEEE INFOCOM 2019 – IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops (INFOCOM WKSHPS)
  • Zitong Yu, Wei Peng, “Remote Heart Rate Measurement From Highly Compressed Facial Videos: An End-to-End Deep Learning Solution With Video Enhancement” in 2019 IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)

To select the winner, the award committee is proposing to arrange an online Webinar, where the authors are invited to present their work in a concise (15-20 minutes) and possibly popular way. Shortly after that the award committee will make the final decision and will announce the winner.
All IEEE members will be invited.

Healthy continuation of 2021 to everybody!

Best regards,
Dmitry Petrov,
IEEE Finland section chair