Dr. Matti Otala
Tampere University of
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Matti Otala was born in Oulu, Finland, on 26.12.1939. He received
the Dipl.Ing. (Electronics) and Lic.Techn.
(Telecommunications) degrees in 1963 and 1967, respectively, from
Helsinki University of Technology and the Dr.Techn.
(Electronics) degree in 1969 from University of Oulu.
Dr.Techn. h.c. degree from Tampere University of
Technology in 1992. He is also Chartered Engineer
by the Engineering Council, London.
He has conducted post-graduate studies in digital
telecommunications in Ecole Nationale Superieure des
Télécommunications, Paris, in 1974, on business
leadership at IMEDE, Lausanne, in 1982, and on strategic corporate
management at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Boston, in 1988.
His career includes international positions in six
countries in research, product development and industry management.
- From 1962 to 1966 he
worked for Oy Helvar, Helsinki, Finland, designing consumer
electronics and later as Manager of the Industrial Electronics Division,
developing electronic lighting equipment.
- From 1966 to 1968 he served
as project manager for the development of large-capacity microwave
links, and later as department head for cellular mobile telephones
at Nokia Corp., Helsinki, Finland.
- In 1967, he joined
of Oulu, Finland, as Professor of Electronics, specialising
in strategy and management of R&D.
- In 1972 - 73, he worked
at Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, the
Netherlands, developing the magnetic bubble computer memory technology.
- In 1974 he studied digital
telephone switching at the Centre National d'Etudes des
Télécommunications, Paris, France. The
E10 switch from CNET/Societé Lannionnaise d'Electronique
was subsequently licensed to, redesigned and put in production
by Nokia Corp., Helsinki, Finland.
- In 1975 he was appointed
Director of the Technical Research Centre of Finland.
He founded the Electronics Laboratory and the
Computer Science Laboratory, leading both to a
rapid growth and a commercial success.
- From 1978 to 1980 he worked
as Chief Engineer of Harman/Kardon, Inc., New York
and Los Angeles. In the capacity of Chief Designer, he also led
the R&D departments at the company's production facilities
(Shin-Shirasuna Group) in Nagoya, Japan. In this period he became
an expert in Just-in-Time processes, Kaizen and Total Quality
- Subsequently, he served
in 1981 as Research Professor of Microelectronics of the Finnish
Academy, introducing the Japanese technology and management
principles to the Scandinavian industry.
- In 1982, he joined the
KONE Corp., Helsinki, Finland, as Chief Technical
Officer. He was instrumental in the design and production of
the new mechatronic, computer-controlled elevators, which later
became highly successful in the international market.
- From 1986 to 1990 he was
Member of the Board and Senior Corporate Vice President, Science
and Technology, of the Nokia Group of companies,
Helsinki, Finland, with the responsibility for R&D, production
technology, and engineering training for the whole Nokia Group.
In this time, the company switched from analogue mobile telecommunications
to the GSM digital, and his company-wide Skills Upgrade Program
led to the successful transformation of the pulp/paper/rubber
conglomerate towards a modern electronics corporation.
- From 1990 to 1993 he served
as Member of the Board and Executive Vice President of Telenorma
GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany, a subsidiary of Robert Bosch
GmbH, leading the research and development of new networks and
PABX product lines for the company. He also played a key role
in restructuring the company during the liberalisation of the
telecoms market in Germany and France.
- From 1993 to 1995 he served
as Senior Vice President of Bosch Telecom, Stuttgart,
concentrating on strategic issues of the telecoms division and
on the structuring of the newly organised company. He simultaneously
served as Main Advisor for the Robert Bosch GmbH
He has published 320 papers
on physics, electronics, telecommunications and management. He
has been granted 100 patents, of which some 20 have been
commercially successful. His papers and ideas have generally
been considered as landmarks in modern telecommunications technology,
business process re-engineering, audio engineering technology,
mechatronics, innovation policy, and technology management.
Interpreter Certificate||State of Finland
Dr. Otala is
- Member of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, (Stockholm).
- Member of the Finnish
Academy of Technology, (Helsinki),
- Member of the Kuratorium
der Eduard Rhein Stiftung, (Hamburg)
- Member of the Board of
the Swiss High Technology Forum, (Basel)
- Fellow of the Audio
Engineering Society, (New York, NY),
- Senior Member of the IEEE,
(New York, NY)
- Member of the European
Industrial Research Managers Association, EIRMA, (Paris),
and the Industrial Research Institute, (Washington, DC),
- Member of the Institute
of Electrical Engineers, IEE, (London),
the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, IERE,
the Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering,
SAMPE, (New York), and Society for Motion Picture
and Television Engineers, SMPTE, (New York, NY).
- Member of the Japan
Industrial Robot Association, JIRA, (Tokyo), and
the Japan Techno-Economic Society, JATES, (Tokyo).