Pan-Arctic Workshop: Challenges in Arctic Navigation

As a part of the ARKKI project, an international Arctic Navigation Workshop was arranged at Lapland Hotel Olos, Muonio, Finland, on April 16–18, 2018. We wish to thank all the workshop participants, especially for their contributions in the form of keynote talks, panel discussions, and active engagement in the expert working groups!


Monday, 16 April 2018

Aurora Borealis show & Pre-workshop dinner (Aurora intelligent road and Aurora entertainment)

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Opening keynotes for Arctic navigation, Päivi Antikainen, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications; Aleksi Härkönen, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ice Navigation, Dr. Norvald Kjerstad, NTNU, Norway
GNSS Integrity in the Arctic, Dr. Todd Walter, Stanford University, USA
High‐level panel discussion 1: Challenges and Opportunities in Arctic Navigation 2030, moderated by Demos Helsinki

  1. GALILEO & EGNOS Evolution Programme: Perspectives for the Arctic region, Eric Guyader, Administrator, Galileo Programme, European Commission
  2. A safety point of view to Arctic Navigation, Matti Rantanen, Director, Finnish Defence Geospatial Centre
  3. Space-Based Position, Navigation and Time in the Arctic, Todd Walter, Sr. Research Engineer, Stanford University, USA
  4. Navigation market development in the Arctic, Gian Gherardo Calini, Head of Market Development, European GNSS Agency (GSA)
  5. Maritime Operations in the Arctic, David C. Barata, Captain, Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe
  6. Arctic navigation and security, Jeremy Blyth, Chairman, Security Accreditation Board, European GNSS Agency (GSA)
High‐level panel discussion 2: Needs of Different Transport Modes in the Arctic, moderated by Demos Helsinki

  1. Navigating in the Arctic, Sailor’s Thoughts, Veli Luukkala, Chief Officer, Arctia Ltd.
  2. Challenges of SBAS in Northern Aviation, Jens Gjerlev, Navigation Manager, Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS
  3. Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure: Enabling Access to Arctic Location Based Information, Arvo Kokkonen, Director General, National Land Survey, Finland
  4. Arctic Transport – an Icelandic perspective, Friðfinnur Skaftaosn, Engineer, Transport, Ministry of Transport and Local Government, Iceland
  5. Arctic satellite communication – essential in navigation activities,
    Kjersti Moldeklev, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Space Center, Norway
  6. Aurora Borealis – Intelligent Corridor, Antti Vehviläinen, Executive Director, The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, Finland
  7. Rail infrastructure development projects in the Arctic sector of Northwestern Russia, Nikita Kamenir, The Head of the North-West Territorial Department, Federal Agency for Railway Transport (Roszheldor), Russian Federation
  8. Arctic Coast Guard Forum: Developing Arctic Maritime Safety, Tomi Kivenjuuri, Commander, The Finnish Border Guard/Arctic Coast Guard Forum
User perspective: ARKKI online survey results and group work initiation, Dr. Heidi Kuusniemi, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute
Moderated Working Groups, part 1: Challenges & Solutions (Land, Maritime, Air, SAR, Business)
Lapland in winter time: program approved by Santa Claus and his reindeer: visit to Lapland Proving Ground and Veli Koljonen’s gallery home
Workshop Dinner with Navigation Experiences from Polar Expeditions by Poppis Suomela, Polar Explorer

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Methods for Ice-Awareness, Dr. Jouni Pulliainen, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
GNSS-based Positioning Solutions for Automated Driving in Arctic Conditions, Prof. Jarkko Koskinen, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute
High‐level panel discussion 3: Emerging Arctic Geospatial Business Opportunities, moderated by Demos Helsinki

  1. Transpolar Flights, Henri Lönn, Manager Flight Ops Development & Support, Finnair Ltd.
  2. Connectivity in the Arctic, Teemu Vanninen, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, KNL Networks
  3. Innovation and Competitiveness in the PNT Domain, Pauli Stigell, senior adviser, Business Finland
  4. Paradigm Change of Space Business for the Arctic, Juha-Matti Liukkonen, Director, Space and Robotics, Reaktor Ltd.
  5. Promoting business cooperation in the Arctic, Olli Löytynoja, Head of Key Accounts, Key account Director, Industry, BusinessOulu
Moderated Working Groups, part 2: Solutions Roadmap (Land, Maritime, Air, SAR, Business)
Working Groups Learning Café
Ionospheric Scintillation in the Arctic, Dr. Susan Skone, University of Calgary
Road and Maritime Positioning in the Arctic: The Aurora Snowbox Innovation Platform and Information Crowdsourcing, Dr. Martti Kirkko-Jaakkola, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute
Summing up and Farewell, Seija Miettinen-Bellevergue, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications;
Heidi Kuusniemi, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute