About Us

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law. As an impartial non-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and with the national mandate and mission to support economic competitiveness, societal development and innovation, VTT carries out research and innovation activities for the needs of industry and knowledge-based society. VTT receives approximately one third of its total income directly from the Finnish government. This allows VTT to carry out the high-risk strategic research and to invest in research and technology infrastructures, which are necessary to generate the knowledge and know-how required for fulfilling VTT’s public mandate.
VTT leads the BIGPROD consortium and, next to being responsible for its management, is involved in the analysis of the collected big data and in the running of the pilots.


Arho Suominen
Adjunct Professor Dr. Arho Suominen is Principal Investigator and Senior Scientist at the Innovations, Economy, and Policy unit at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He serves as an Adjunct Professor Tampere University, Finland, teaching courses in Technological forecasting and Analytics. He also lectures at the Department of Future Technologies at the University of Turku, Finland. Arho’s research focuses on qualitative and quantitative assessment of different innovation systems.

Arash Hajikhani
Dr. Arash Hajikhani is a research scientist and data scientist in the field of innovation management at VTT. He has been working and publishing on various aspects on Social Network Service (SNSs) platforms for evaluation and measurement of its socio-economic effects. He proposed advanced methods for operationalizing SNSs data and a perspective for deep content analysis to comprehend brand presence. He has a practical knowledge and 7 years working experience in utilizing data analytics methods such as text analytics and machine learning for transforming big data into valuable insight for which benefit the decision making processes.

Sajad Ashouri
Sajad Ashouri is a research scientist at VTT. Also, as a data scientist, he has a particular focus on quantitative analytics large-scale innovation and technology management in academia and industry context. He is also affiliated as a Ph.D. candidate at Tampere University, Finland.

Matthias Deschryvere
Matthias Deschryvere is an innovation economist and senior research scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. with a broad understanding of data analysis and (multilateral) STI policy built up during the last 20 years. Deschryvere is specialized in the quantitative analysis of the innovation process and how it affects the performance of firms, research infrastructures, RTO’s and innovation ecosystems. He has been involved in innovation policy discussions, e.g. at the Nordic Council of Ministers, EARTO and the Innovation and Technology Policy working group (TIP) of the OECD. He was a visiting research fellow at STEPI, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (South-Korea) and at SPRU, the Science and Technology Policy unit at the University of Sussex (UK). Before joining VTT he worked at economic think thanks (IFW in Kiel (Germany) and ETLA in Helsinki) and at the Belgian Knowledge Centre for SME financing.


Fraunhofer ISI

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI conducts applied research in six Competence Centers with a total of 23 Business Units and sees itself as an independent institute for society, politics and industry. Our expertise in the area of innovation research is based on the synergy of the technical, economic and social science knowledge of our staff members. In our work we apply not only a broad spectrum of advanced scientific theories, models, methods and social-science measurement instruments, but continually develop them further, utilizing the empirical findings from the research projects conducted. On behalf of our customers we investigate the scientific, economic, ecological, social, organizational, legal and political framework conditions for generating innovations and their implications.
In BIGPROD, Fraunhofer ISI is responsible for the development of the econometric framework, and the literature review, as well as being involved in the pilot studies.


Torben Schubert
Professor Dr. Torben Schubert studied economics with focus on statistics, econometrics, and dynamic macroeconomics at Cologne University, after which he started as a doctoral student and project leader at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. Since 2009 he is also a research fellow at the Chair of Innovation Economics at the Technical University Berlin and since 2013 he is Associate Professor at CIRCLE. Torben is primarily active in the field of innovation and science economics and management and focuses on advanced methods in econometrics and statistics.

Angela Jäger
Angela Jäger studied social sciences with the focus on methods of empirical social research, sociology, and Contemporary History and East Slavic studies at the University of Mannheim after which she started working as a research assistant at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). Since 2006 she is a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe, and since July 2019 in the Competence Center Innovation and Knowledge Economy.


About Us

PPMI is a leading European research and policy analysis centre. We help public sector and civil society leaders from around the world, presenting evidence in a way that is simple, clear and ready to use. In addition to traditional policy analysis, PPMI has accumulated vast experience in applying Big Data methods to craft policy-relevant indicators from unstructured text data sources.
In the BIGPROD project PPMI is responsible for the collection and analysis of company website data, including the development of indicators that will be used in the econometric model. In addition, PPMI will also be providing the project back-end in fracture and host raw data collected during the project.


Vilius Stančiauskas
Vilius has over 8 years of experience in conducting studies and evaluations of various public policy initiatives at the EU and national levels. Prior to joining PPMI, Vilius undertook a European Commission traineeship in DG Enterprise and Industry, where he was actively enrolled in the on-going work on industrial policy and industrial competitiveness. At PPMI, Vilius is primarily interested in the EU’s research and innovation policy.

Lukas Pukelis
Lukas has over 6 years of experience in carrying out social science research. Since 2016 he has been actively working in applying Big Data methodologies for public policy analysis. His main area of activity is mining data and constructing novel indicators from the unstructured internet data. In PPMI he has spearheaded the development of methodology to identify innovation-related content on the company websites in H2020 “Data4Impact” and subsequent projects.

Maastricht University – MERIT

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UNU-MERIT is a joint research and training institute of Maastricht University and the United Nations University based in Maastricht in the south of the Netherlands. The institute carries out economic and social research with an emphasis is on the process of technological change and innovation, including the governance of science and technology and on factors influencing the access to knowledge. UNU-MERIT has a strong background in research on productivity and innovation and in the evaluation and assessment of the innovation process. With relevance to this particular research project UNU-MERIT can draw upon the work done in the field of firm behaviour, productivity and the economics of technical change by distinguished current and former UNU-MERIT academic staff such as Bronwyn Hall, Jacques Mairesse and Pierre Mohnen.

For the BIGPROD project MERIT will be involved in the literature review and development of the econometric framework, as well as being responsible for the stakeholder involvement, and the communication and outreach.


Hugo Hollanders
Hugo Hollanders is a Senior Research Fellow at UNU_MERIT. Before joining UNU_MERIT, he worked as a researcher at Statistics Netherlands (National Accounts division). His research interests include growth theory, the measurement of Science, Technology & Innovation, composite indicators, and economics of regional innovation. Current and past research focuses on innovation and S&T statistics. He has been a member of the Netherlands Observatory of Science and Technology (NOWT), the Advisory Steering Committee for the South-African Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII), and the Advisory Board of the Global Innovation Index. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Knowledge Index.

Fabiana Visentin
Dr. Visentin is Assistant Professor at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, before joining UNU-MERIT she worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland. Fabiana’s research interests focus on the microeconomics of innovation and on the economics of science area.

Serdar Türkeli
Dr. Türkeli is Assistant Professor at UNU-MERIT and conducts research in the area of science, technology and innovation policy and economic development. Serdar applies quantitative and qualitative methods to critical policy issues related to multi-scalar governance of STI policies.

Ad Notten
Ad Notten is a Researcher at UNU-MERIT. His research interests focus mainly on the economics of knowledge, knowledge management and network theoretic approaches to innovation and knowledge diffusion.

TU Delft – The Economics of Technology and Innovation, and the Policy Analysis Research Groups

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Delft University of Technology is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive university of technology in the Netherlands. The University collaborates on a structural basis with other international education and research institutes and has partnerships with governments, branch organizations, numerous consultancies, industry partners and companies from the small and medium business sectors. Within TU Delft, the research groups Economics of Technology and Innovation, and Policy Analysis, have considerable experience in innovative indicator development and testing in policy analysis.
In BIGPROD this experience matches perfectly with the TU Delfts involvement in the application of the metrics and the pilot studies.


Cees van Beers
Cees van Beers is professor of Innovation Management and Head of the section Economics of Technology and Innovations. He is also one of the co-leaders of the Leiden Delft Erasmus (LDE) Centre for Frugal Innovations in Africa. He holds a doctorate in economics from the Free University Amsterdam, and has worked at the University of Leiden as assistant professor and at the Institute for Research on Public Expenditure in The Hague as a senior researcher, before starting at Delft University of Technology as an associate professor of innovation economics. He has also worked as a consultant and expert for several international organisations such as the OECD, FAO and the World Bank. Cees’s research focuses on econometric studies of determinants of (technical) innovations performance with large datasets. At the moment he is also involved in projects on indicator development for innovations in developing countries.

University of Strathclyde

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The University of Strathclyde is a public research university located in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1796 as the Andersonian Institute, it is Glasgow’s second-oldest university, having received its royal charter in 1964 as the first technological university in the United Kingdom. The institution was named University of the Year 2012 by Times Higher Education and again in 2019, becoming the only university to receive this award twice.

The University of Strathclyde will cooperate, in BIGPROD, with TU Delft. It will thus be involved in the application of the developed metrics and the pilot studies.


Scott Cunningham
Prof. Dr. Scott Cunningham is professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde and holds a doctorate in science, technology and innovation policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. He is an associate editor of the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change, a premier academic outlet for discussing forecasting, foresight, and the measurement of social and technical change. His research focuses on urban analytics and the future city. Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde he was an associate professor of policy analysis at TU Delft, and worked as a senior data scientist for AT&T. Scott was also instrumental in a number of successful start-ups in predictive analytics. At the moment he is involved in developing city dashboards to support the triple bottom-line of sustainable, cohesive and economically viable urban areas.