Prof. Reijo Tuokko
Organisation: Tampere University of Technology, Department of Production Engineering
Position in the organisation: Professor
Biography note: Reijo Tuokko has been full Professor at Tampere University of Technology since 1990. Before his full professorship he has worked 12 years in responsible positions in industry and four years as an associate professor in machine automation in Lappeenranta and Tampere. He has more than 35 years’ experience in discrete manufacturing and assembly from processes to machine and system level and up to supply networks. He has been programme manager and coordinator of two big national technology programmes in 1996-1999 (LASSI –Light Assembly Industry) and 2005-2009 (SISU -Innovative Manufacture). Professor Tuokko has strong experience in European and other international research collaboration, and he has also been a member of the High Level Group of MANUFUTURE since 2005, and a member of the board of EFFRA – the European Factories of the Future Research Association (2009-2013). Professor Tuokko has been the co-chair of the Final Assembly Technical Working Group and co-author of the Final Assembly chapter of the NEMI 2003 and iNEMI 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 Technology Roadmaps (iNEMI = International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative). He is member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the IEEE. He is also member of the Finnish Academy of Technology TTA. He is the author of over 300 technical and scientific publications in magazines, journals and conference proceedings and has had several plenary, keynote and invited conference presentations.
Plenary Session P4 – “View on Smart Specialisation: Baltic Manufacturing Belt”
Smart Specialisation was launched by EC in 2011 as a strategic approach to economic development through targeted support to Research and Innovation (R&I). It will be the basis for Structural Fund investments in R&I as part of the future Cohesion Policy’s contribution to the Europe 2020 jobs and growth agenda. Smart Specialisation helps the regions to assess their specific R&I strengths and weaknesses and build on their competitive advantage.
The presentation will give one view to a macro-regional Smart Specialisation by introducing the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Manufacturing Belt initiative. The Baltic Sea Region involves 9 countries, 8 of them having national MANUFUTURE platforms. The BSR Manufacturing Belt is targeting in promoting research and innovation strategies for smart specialization, raising scientific and technological excellence and strengthening competitiveness and innovation in manufacturing all over the Baltic Sea Region countries, and attracting more private investments for research and innovation in the region. BSR includes countries both on the top and in the bottom in innovation performance. This would give the region a perfect situation for knowledge and technology transfer and for building a Staircase to Excellence also in less advanced countries. Manufacturing industry is a significant employer in the region, and the success of the branch has a great social influence.