Metacomposer Lauri Gröhn's CV 1/2007

Master of Science in theoretical physics (Prigogine's formalism), University of Helsinki 1971. He worked 1969-1971 as demonstrator of theoretical physics (Quantum Mechanics). After the military service in Oulu he worked as a teacher of physics for 4 years. In spring 1976 his built his first computer. Lauri Gröhn started his industrial career in autumn 1976 in Kone Company in a group developing the first microcomputer controlled elevators. Then he worked in Telenokia (now called Nokia Telecommunications ) developing the first distributed digital switching systems. As a software QA manager he helped the company to survive without software crises by introducing the software configuration management methodologies.

In 1984 he moved to Finnish Funding Agency for Technoloby and Innovation (TEKES) as a planner and coordinator of the National Information Technology Programme lasting for 5 years and also planned the national Software Technology Programme. The budget of those programmes was 30 million ECUs in total. Both programmes have been positively evaluated in public international evaluations. He also evaluated and monitored the enterprise R&D projects funded by TEKES.

In 1989 he moved to TEKES Consulting helping the SMEs to develop their business plans, networking, R&D and technology transfer. He also set up a group of 60 small software companies which later organized as an association called Software Entrepreneurs. This kind of cooperation had remarkable influences on technology transfer among the member companies. The group had seven Best Practice projects and there were also many technology transfer acts between the companies. Some of the results have had a great influence to the future to those companies of which some are now leading software companies in Finland.

From 1994 he was the leader of digital media group in TEKES. In 1995 he was named as the head of Euro Info Centre TEKES helping SMEs to internationalise and participate in the EU's 4th Framework Programme. The special areas of Euro Info Centre TEKES were FP4 pre-screenings and consortium contracts.

During the summer 1997 he moved to Brussels working as an Independent Consultant, mainly pre-screening (in cooperation with TEKES) the project plans of Finnish sme companies before those plans were sent to the European Commission, mainly for the 4th Framework Programme, with good results. He also started to develop a new concept called Evaluation Assurance.

During 1998-1999 Lauri Gröhn worked in the European Commission DGXIII, later Information Society, as a project officer specializing in knowledge management. He monitored 4th Framework Programme projects and managed evaluations and contract negotiations of 5th Framework Programme IST projects.

From 2000 on he has worked on his Synestesia Project, first in Brussels, moving back to Finland in april 2004.

In January 2005 Lauri Gröhn started the company SYNESTESIA SOFTWARE MUSIC at the Innopoli in Otaniemi Technology Park. His studio has 32 m2. Synestesia Software generates music from any photos in a few seconds. The generated midi file can be played using special software instruments or printed as a score. Lauri's business idea is to sell the whole concept when the prizes of the software instruments go low enough. Those prizes will half every year. The scenario is that the selling of the concept will happen during 2008.

Synestesia site: http://www.synestesia.fi
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