VTTers co-create Action Roadmaps for Good Life

VTT Good Life Lighthouse in-a-nutshell
VTT supports the co-creation of Action Roadmaps for Good Life
On December 13th VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland organised to go beyond VTT Lighthouse opportunity pathways and reach a deeper understanding on strategic research pathways and future opportunities for VTT’s Good Life research and innovation agenda.

VTT_Lighthouses address global challenges and highlight opportunities for sustainable growth and development. The VTT ‘Good Life‘ Lighthouse focuses on the following three opportunity areas where innovations are expected to empower industry:

Disruption of work: Increased automation driven by digitalisation and artificial intelligence, coupled with the platform economy, promise radical increases in productivity. At the same time, these advancements disrupt work and everyday lives. Coping with the impacts requires the society to adopt new ways of working and to support constant learning. Digitalisation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and platforms create opportunities for new business and for making the society more sustainable and companies profitable. Fully capturing the value of disruptive technologies requires an understanding of new and traditional technology and business, as well as the ability to combine them in novel ways. To be among the winners of AI-driven growth requires agility and adaptiveness as well as an understanding of the key enabling technologies.

Citizen-centric care: An overhaul of the healthcare system is needed to maintain access to affordable and high-quality healthcare. Seamless co-operation between the private and public operators with integrated people-centric processes, would significantly improve operational efficiency and the quality of care. Improving population health overall offers the greatest benefits. To achieve this, patients must be encouraged to take a participatory role in caring for their own health. The development of new tools that support a healthy lifestyle and solutions for more personalised, preventive and predictive healthcare are needed. Health-technology products are in high demand across the globe. Turning this opportunity into a business success requires a combination of high-quality R&D in medical sciences, ICT, wearable sensors and diagnostic technologies.

Smart built environment: The increasing digitalisation of the built environment is an opportunity to improve energy efficiency and the comfort of living. Smart components embedded into buildings and infrastructure can both monitor and react to changes in the surroundings. For example, indoor lighting and heating can be modified automatically or on-demand, locally or remotely. Such solutions rely on embedded sensors, connectivity solutions and cloud platforms that enable data to be gathered and analysed in real-time. Coupled with AI this can increase adaptability and efficiency. There is a vast market open for smart solutions that promote sustainability and enable individualised yet efficient service provision. Companies interested in developing innovative digital service concepts need holistic design principles, high-end technological competences and user-centric service design methodology to create truly useful solutions.

The workshop supported the VTT Lighthouse strategy by engaging VTTers from relevant teams and substance nodes in 1) reviewing the above-mentioned Good Life opportunity pathways and 2) co-creating joint Action Roadmaps (see pictures from selected workshop results).

Similar to the October VTT Workshop on ‘Industrial Renewal’, the ‘Good Life‘ workshop brought together some 40 VTT scientists and managers to discuss future research directions and expand their connections to people with common research interests. All in all, the workshop helped to steer VTT strategy work and formulate concrete Action Roadmaps for a sustainable Good Life innovation ecosystem in Finland, Europe and beyond.

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