Hannu Karvonen

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Research interests

I work as a Senior Scientist and Ecosystem Lead for Autonomous Systems. Currently, I am working with many drone-related projects, such as the Finnish UAV Ecosystem (FUAVE). I am also the Coordinator for the Rethinking Autonomy and Safety (RAAS) ecosystem. More information about RAAS is available at www.autonomous.fi

My work background is in human factors, usability, and user experience/interface/interaction research both from the academia and industry. In addition, during my career at VTT, I have been working in the development of various autonomous systems ranging from autonomous ship and metro systems to remotely operated industrial robots and container cranes.

My educational background includes a doctor's degree in cognitive science and a master's degree in economics. At VTT, I have gained a strong domain competence, for example, from marine applications, road and rail traffic, process industry, and ICT. In addition to autonomous systems design, I have been involved in projects related also to, for instance, nuclear power plant control room operator work, ship command bridges, maritime SAR, and drones.

My current research interests focus on human factors and user experience issues of autonomous systems design and evaluation. 

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Jyväskylä

External positions

Vice President, World UAV Federation - Finnish chapter

4 Jun 2020 → …


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