The panel features prominent experts in various fields related to remote presence and virtualization of humans: from psychology and neuroscience to sensing, imaging  and networking technologies, to art and music.

The panelists will discuss wide set of topics, related with the panel theme, such as: shall we transmit love and hate on remote presence platforms; who is our remote respondent; volumetric capture for the masses; 5G on the service of remote presence and remote operation; interactive media and distance learning of music and art. They will be keen to get questions from the audience and eventually portray the grand challenges in remote presence that are worth researching.

The panel will be held on Wednesday, 6 October, 2021 at 2:30pm-3:30pm (EEST)! Registered conference participants can follow the panel in person in Scandic Rosendahl Tampere or remotely on the conference virtual platform (trough their personalized links). People who have not registered, can follow the discussion on CIVIT’s YouTube channel (link to be provided shortly before the event).



Kimmo Pentikäinen

Vice President, Business Development
Elisa Oyj, Finland

Kimmo Pentikäinen has a degree in Lahti Institute of Design and MA in theoretical philosophy from University of Helsinki. He has successfully transformed the business of Elisa and its partners several times. In 2020, Boston Consulting Group ranked Elisa as the telecom company with the third-highest return globally. The company is the market leader in Finland, with the highest mobile data usage per capita in the world.

Kimmo’s current focus is on scaling the 5G business with new services. Elisa has brought to market 28 new, highly successful 5G services, including a 4K multicamera supervision system for vehicles, 5G video robots for treating COVID-19 patients in hospitals, 5G multiple camera television broadcasting, remote controlled drones, 12K video streaming, remote control of heavy machines, 8K remote education and the world’s fastest 5G services, achieving 6 Gbps in medical imaging and gaming.


Justin Trieger

Director of New Media and Distance Learning at New World Symphony,
America’s Orchestral Academy, Miami, FL, USA

Justin Trieger is the Director of New Media and Distance Education at the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, and Co-Founder of Buskerfest Miami, an organization dedicated to improving civic life through public street performance. For the past 14 years, he has led the New World Symphony’s explorations with interactive media and has produced hundreds of educational activities and performances. He is also an accomplished multimedia artist, engineer and performer.


Mikko Sams

Professor of Neuroscience, Brain and Mind Laboratory,
Director of the MAGICS infrastructure network
Aalto University, Finland

Mikko Sams is a professor of cognitive neuroscience in Aalto University and academic leader of MAGICS-Aalto and coordinator of the MAGICS infrastructure. He has studied neural mechanisms of human cognitive functions, from sensory processing to complex cognitive functions and experiences. In his research he is now he is focusing on the measurement of human experiences under naturalistic conditions and developing this research field in MAGICS-Aalto.


Gur Arie Bittan

CEO at Mantis Vision

Gur Arie Bittan widely recognized as a visionary of the digital video market, Gur was immersed in video from an early age. At 12 he completed his first system integration project and quickly developed into one of Israel’s leading experts on video integration solutions.

The leap from 2D to 3D was a natural progression, as he expanded hisactivities from supporting existing systems to developing new ones. Prior to co-founding the company, he served as the VP of Business Development at DVDemand, and as the Technical Manager for Primus D&A.