Salla (Palos) Eckhardt
Innovation leader, Industry change agent

“Digital Building Lifecycle – Taking the Long View”

I identify myself as an innovation leader and an industry change agent specialized in the digital building lifecycle. My strategy is to unify a clear vision around the Digital Building Lifecycle framework: consolidating the physical, social, and digital environments as a data centric entity, and empowering the end-user experiences with emerging technologies. I have built my competence to achieve goals for real estate and security vision by becoming the strategist and the developer of solutions. As my foundation, I have a Master of Science degree in Architecture with 20 years of practical experience in working in the full spectrum on the built environment industry, collaborating with senior management teams in the academia and in the industry.


Janne Liuttu
Chief data Scientist

"The next normal in AEC"

Janne is a visionary leader transforming businesses with data and advanced analytics. Currently working as a Chief Data Scientist for the leading civil engineering group Ramboll, Janne has been working in strategic data initiatives for many international companies in various industries. Before joining Ramboll, Janne has been leading a data science consultancy and a financial technology startup, as well as playing poker professionally during his studies. Janne holds a MSc in mathematics from Tampere University of Technology, and a MBA from Henley Business School.


Mehdi Nourbakhsh
Manager, Principal Research Scientist
Autodesk Research

"Becoming an AI Leader in AEC"

Mehdi is a Research Lead at Autodesk Research. He is passionate about bringing AI-assisted technologies to the hands of AEC professionals. With his several years of experience as a structural engineer and construction manager, he leads a research team focusing on the applications of AI and ML in the future of design and construction. He holds a Ph.D. in building construction and a master’s in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Henri Pitkänen
Lead, Applied AI research initiatives

“Collaborative design knowledge transformation”

In the past recent years at Trimble, I have been leading experimental research initiatives revolving around the use of data from completed designs in Building Information Modeling. The work incorporates functional adaptations of emerging technologies, and its goal is to build the next generation of cross-functional digital productivity tools for construction design and collaboration.

In the effort to improve the knowledge transfer and learning between parties in construction using new means of digital communication and collaboration, our vision for the future is the creation of truly intelligent and adaptive solutions based on collaborative construction design knowledge.


Alexandre Vallières, M.Sc., MBA
Director, Applied AI
Bentley Systems

"The AI-powered digital twin"

Holder of a Master’s degree in physics and a MBA, Alexandre Vallières cumulates more than 17 years of experience in project management and systems engineering. He has participated in the development and commercialization of numerous high-tech products.

In 2011, Alexandre co-founded AIworx, an AI-service company. His expertise and creativity were integrated in the team effort to generate novel and ground-breaking artificial intelligence solutions for the industrial and defence markets. In early 2019, AIworx joined the Bentley Systems family. As applied-AI director, Alexandre and his team now contribute to the adoption of artificial intelligence in the infrastructure industry. Particularly, they propel smart city initiatives and develop digital twins technologies.


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