EMF/EMC/EMI-measurements in workplaces and homes
I have taken ELF and RF measurement courses in Germany by an engineering company (Dr. Moldan) and a measurement device manufacturer (Gigahertz Solutions GmbH). With Bajog electronic GmbH we have focused on Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) and Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) issues, filtering and measurement methods. Our research related EMC/EMI/EMF-measurements with PhD candidate Tarmo Koppel have been and are constantly very useful and interesting. In this context I have worked with the Institute of Environmental Health and Safety, Tallinn, Estonia. Since 2008 I did with my wife Sari workplace and home electromagnetic fields (EMF) & EMI -measurements through Sustainable Mobile Oy/Ltd (family company) in Finland, which we downscaled and shut down during Autumn 2016 when we moved to Sweden .
References: Finnish Coastal Guard, Destia, Fortum Ltd, Caruna Ltd, Frantsila Wellbeing Center, UPM-Kymmene.
Wireless Education – http://www.wirelesseducation.org
This initiative is about health risk management of mobile devices. We have courses and quizzes for teachers, parents, children, employers and employees. My work is focused here on e-learning and EMF/bioelectromagnetics research -areas. (Wireless Education is an non-profit foundation.) If you are interested to provide risk management courses for a company or for a school or for an educational institution, please, let me know.
In Autumn 2016 I started to work in an R&D project in the Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall, Sweden. This research is focused on e-services, archive, sustainability and open data. Related to my earlier work with web services development in the EU IST MOBILearn (2002-2005), information systems research at the University of Tampere (2001-2015) and also my PhD thesis.
E-learning and mobile learning
I have worked in several distance education, e-learning and mobile learning projects. As a background, I have M.Sc. in educational sciences from 1998. The biggest e-learning project where I have worked was EU IST MOBIlearn 2002-2005. After this project I got interested in health risk management of mobile learning. I have also practical 15 year experience on Learning Management System (LMS) administration, tutoring and have worked also with videoconferencing systems. At the University of Tampere I have been teaching and lecturing between 1992-2000 and 2000-2015.
Presentation (above): Mobile Learning and Health Risks – Implications for Pedagogical and Educational Practices. Maybe world’s first presentation about health risk-management of mobile learning (Online Educa Berlin-conference, 2008).
EMF Risk-management courses & webinars
I have lectured about EMF risk-management and had workshops in enterprises and schools since 2008. Had conference presentations about EMF-risk management in English, in German, in Swedish, in Russian and in Finnish in several conferences + online. Glad to arrange more webinars and courses with you!
References: City of Helsinki / IT-department, Haga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Vågbrytaren/ABF-huset/Stockholm, FELO Oslo, Wirkt Strahlung auf uns? -Konferenz Bad Krozingen, Rudolf Steinerskolan/Helsingfors, Ylöjärvi Siivikkala Primary school, Tampere Steiner-school, Medborgarinstitutet Kristinestad.
Video (above): “Riskhantering – hur väljer och använder man mobila teknologier för att minimera hälsoriskerna” in ABF-huset in Stockholm in Children’s health-conference (i Hur mår våra barn-konferens). Presentation in Swedish. Diabilder/slides in Swedish: https://www.dropbox.com/s/okb0047s5c78xjf/Ahonen%20Riskhantering%202017.pdf?dl=0 .
Healthier information systems
Since I have PhD in information systems (computer science), my PhD Thesis and several other publications are already focused on this area. I have had several presentations about necessary IT-architecture elements in scientific and practical conferences. I am currently ready to develop these IT systems further with capable partners.
Biolectromagnetics and EMF risk management research
Have previously worked as a researcher in this research area at the University of Tampere, Finland. Currently I i continue as a researcher and have also worked for the Institute of Environmental Health and Safety, Tallinn, Estonia.
Have published together with PhD candidate Tarmo Koppel. Lately worked with Koppel in Professor, MD Lennart Hardell’s research group with dosimetry studies:
Funding from Kone Foundation, 2 times (this is a very difficult area to get funding). Had lectures and presentations about this area in various universities & conferences.
Work with RF & EMC -standards:
Since I have done workplace and home measurements, I am familiar especially with EMF-standards (ICNIRP, FCC, TCO etc) and Recommendations (like SBM-2015). I have had university lectures of RF radiation and it’s standards at the University of Tampere and University of Turku. Have co-operated with standard-based measurements with Turku Polytechnical University. Lately I have been learning the new Directive 2013/35/EU and it’s requirements. I have also worked with EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) and related CENELEC standards. This EMI work has been related to voltage transients and how these interfere PLC (Power-Line Communication). These are important issues related to smart meters.
References: Bajog electronic GmbH
RF-standards related presentation (above). Glad to present it again in a university, in a conference or as a webinar.
Information systems and open innovation – PhD Thesis
My thesis was finalised in 2011 in the area of information systems (computer science). I have studied how information systems can support inventing, creativity and open innovation. I also worked in the Tekes Parteco project at the University of Tampere and then I studied open innovation practices of Ericsson Ab/Ltd. Earlier, in 2007 I had a research visit and lectures at Lero (the Irish Software Research Center), University of Limerick. In addition to academic credentials, I have B.Sc. in Computing and have done practical programmer and IT expert work in 1980’s and 1990’s. Information systems related expertise was also useful when I worked with Collaborative Commerce area at TeliaSonera (2000-2001). My PhD thesis instructor was professor (emeritus) Pertti Järvinen, University of Tampere. Professor Mikko Ruohonen, University of Tampere supported greatly my work during that process. I am grateful to professor Brian Fitzgerald, University of Limerick being able to present my work and discuss about it in Ireland.
Chronic Exposure – http://www.chronicexposure
Research & Risk management service related to mobile phone base stations (cell towers), radars, Wi-Fi and other transmitters. This is like a hobby to me, to update newest research and news (as Twitter tweets: http://twitter.com/chronicexposure ). Currently perhaps the biggest mobile phone base stations related info-site in the world. You are welcome to subscribe/follow these news.
Lighting and lamps:
I have worked with wellbeing -focused lighting. Have had 3 workshops on healthier lighting. (Visible) light is an essential part of my work with non-ionising radiation. Problematic nowadays are poor quality LED-lamps and dimmers. Currently measuring light quality/properties with several measurement devices. Glad to arrange a workshop again.
Infrasound and generally sound:
I have lately investigated infrasound and it’s measurement challenges related to industry workplaces and wind mills. Have also learned about noise measurements. Music (singing) is my hobby and I have done digital sound processing. Maybe this is the reason, why I have been interested in this area.
Ergonomics – Tekes ComatecInno (2009-2010)
This work focused on improving engineer design work and work productivity. Ergonomics was in central place. We prepared a questionnaire to engineers in several Finnish / international organizations and analysed results. Thereafter I visited several big engineering companies (ABB, Kone, Sandvik) , investigated their IT-workspace, checked ergonomics and interviewed engineers about their working methods.
Mobile Learning – EU IST V-Framework project MOBIlearn (2002-2005)
MOBIlearn is still world’s biggest mobile learning R&D project. I was a research group leader focusing on user interfaces. Worked together with big academic partners like Fraunhofer Institute, Open University and Birmingham University. Business partners were Nokia Mobile Phones, Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom. The MOBILearn project was very much focused on IT-architecture development. However, mobile learning pedagogics -related collaboration with professors Mike Sharples, Josie Taylor and Giasemi Vavoula was extremely interesting to me.
Work safety – Pelma Oy (Ltd)
My father CEO Antti Ahonen had a company 1980’s called Pelma Oy which was focused on work safety. I was that time (in 80’s-, early 90’s) working there with forest and agriculture safety equipment.