Mika Saari – My Journey with AI Research

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Exploring Opatija: My Journey with AI Research

A Week in Opatija, Croatia: 19.5 – 25.5.2024

Greetings from the stunning coastal town of Opatija, Croatia! I’m Mika Saari from GPT-Lab, here on a mission related to my AI research. My week-long stay, from May 18th to May 25th, is not just about enjoying the picturesque views and vibrant culture of Opatija but also about contributing to significant advancements in the field of artificial intelligence.

The Mission: Advancing AI Research

Our primary focus at GPT-Lab project DIGI2 has been the development and implementation of cutting-edge AI systems. These systems aim to revolutionize various industries by integrating advanced machine learning and data processing techniques. The core objective is to enhance the functionality and efficiency of different technological systems through Digital twin driven solutions.

The Conference: MIPRO 2024

The highlight of this trip is the 47th International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics (MIPRO) held from May 20th to May 24th. Our report, “Digital Twin Coffee Room Application – Kahvibotti (P. Sillberg, J. Grönman, M. Saari, M. Nurminen, T. Jönkkäri, P. Rantanen, P. Abrahamsson),” has been accepted for presentation. This report explores how IoT technologies can enhance energy efficiency in household appliances, especially non-smart devices, and examines how the feedback can influence user decision-making towards more energy-efficient behaviors.

Day 1: Arrival in Opatija

Arriving in Opatija, I was greeted by its beautiful Adriatic coastline and charming architecture. The town’s blend of historical and modern elements provides a unique atmosphere. The first day was spent settling in and exploring the local area, taking in the serene views and preparing for the busy week ahead.

Days 2-5: MIPRO 2024 Conference

The next four days were packed with insightful sessions and networking opportunities at MIPRO 2024. Our presentation from IoT Application garnered significant interest. We discussed how real-time operational data from Digital twin enabled prototypes could provide actionable feedback to users, thereby promoting energy-efficient practices. The discussions and feedback from fellow researchers and industry experts were invaluable.

Day 6: Exploring AI Possibilities

With the conference winding down, I spent some time delving deeper into the local tech scene and learning more about Croatia’s advancements in AI technologies. The insights gained will undoubtedly contribute to our ongoing and future projects.

Conclusion: Reflections on the Journey

The week in Opatija has been an incredible journey of learning and cultural exchange. The research presented at MIPRO 2024 is a testament to the hard work and innovation of our team. As I head back, I carry with me not just memories of a beautiful town but also new insights and connections that will fuel our future projects.

Opatija, with its scenic beauty and vibrant tech community, has left a lasting impression on me. Until next time, Croatia!


Mika Saari, GPT-Lab

Fun fact: this blog post was assisted by an AI. Here’s to the wonders of technology!

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