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Practical information guide and Programme

1. Introduction
2. Venue
3. Instruction for Presentations
4. Programme
5. Shuttle Bus Sevices
6. Accommodation
7. Travel Information
8. About LUT and Lappeenranta City
9. Useful Information
10. Program for Accompanying persons
11. Contacts and Further Information
12. Registration
13. Visa Information

1 Introduction

Fluid Power Net International (FPNI), ASME Fluid Power System and Technology (FPST) and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) are happy to welcome you to the lovely city of Lappeenranta. This guide contains some practical information on the FPNI2014 Symposium, the different venues and the city. We hope that you will find the guide useful and helpful. If you still need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have anything to ask or you might need our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We wish you a pleasant stay!

2 Venue

The main part of the conference will taking place at the Lappeenranta University of Technology (visiting address: Skinnarilankatu 34, 53850 Lappeenranta) but some activities take place at other venues, which you can find here below.

Tuesday, June 10
Welcome reception:  In Lappeenranta City Hall
Address:  Villimiehenkatu 1, 53100 Lappeenranta

Wednesday, June 11
Lake Cruise and Banquet  Will start from Lappeenranta Harbour
Address: Satamatori, 53900 Lappeenranta

Thursday, June 12
Dinner In Lappeenranta Casino
Address: Ainonkatu 10, 53100 Lappeenranta

Friday, June 13
Cultural event (Finnish Sauna)  In LUT's Sauna cabins
Address: 100 m from LUT main entrance

3 Instruction for Presentations

The author of each paper is obligated to give a presentation in the symposium according to ASME Presenter Attendance Policy

The acceptable presentation material would be in Microsoft PowerPoint format or PDF format. The operating system is Windows 7 Pro. The symposium will provide the presenters a public computer during the presentation. A rehearsal room with a computer (Speakers' corner) is also provided for the presenters beforehand.

The time of a presentation is limited to 15 minutes, and a plus 5 minutes are kept for the further discussion.

The presenters should check from the chairman of the corresponding track session to make sure the presentation is marked been done. This is important because not presented papers will not be included to ASME Digital Library!

To show the respect to the participated presenters, all the presenters are strongly recommended to participate in through the whole corresponding track session.

More tips:

4 Programme

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

17:00 - 18:00 Registration (Venue: Lappeenranta City Hall)
18:00 - 19:00 Welcome Reception (Venue: Lappeenranta City Hall)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

7:40 - 8:00 Shuttle service from Hotels *
(Stop A 7:40 a.m., Stop B 7:45, Stop C 7:50, Stop D 8:00)

8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 - 9:10 Opening Seremony

9:10 - 9:40 Keynote Lecture: Hydraulic transmissions for wind power
Prof. Kim Stelson, University of Minnesota

9:40 - 11:00 Session 1-1: Hydraulic Pumps and Motors
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee
11:20 - 12:40 Session 1-2: Pneumatic Components and Systems
12:40 - 13:40 Lunch
12:00-13:40 Lab visit open
13:40 - 15:00 Session 2-2: Modelling of Pumps
15:00 - 15:20 Coffee
15:20 - 17:00 Session 1-3: Valves and Systems
17:10 - 17:25 Shuttle service to Hotels *
19:00 - 22:00 Lake Cruise and Banquet

Thursday, June 12, 2014

8:40 - 9:00 Shuttle service from Hotels *
(Stop A 8:40 a.m., Stop B 8:45, Stop C 8:50, Stop D 9:00)

9:00 - 9:30 Keynote lecture: Debate Hydraulic vs. Electric Drive
Prof. Ivantysynova, Purdue University and Prof. Pyrhönen, LUT Energy

9:30 - 10:50 Session 2-3: Modeling of Valves and Systems
10:50 - 11:20 Coffee
11:20 - 12:40 Session 2-4: Modelling of Valves and Systems II
12:40 - 13:40 Lunch
12:40 - 13:40 Lab visit open
13:40 - 15:00 Session 3-1: Systems and Components in Hydraulic Hybrids
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee
15:30 - 16:50 Session 5-1: Control I
17:00 - 17:15 Shuttle service to Hotels *
19:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Casino -- Lappeenranta Casino

Friday, June 13, 2014

8:40 - 9:00 Shuttle service from Hotels *
(Stop A 8:40 a.m., Stop B 8:45, Stop C 8:50, Stop D 9:00)

9:00 - 10:20 Session 4-1: Coupled Simulation of Multidomain Systems
10:20 - 10:50 Coffee
10:50 - 12:10 Session 5-2: Control II
12:10 - 13:10 Lunch
13:10 - 14:30 Session 5-3: Control III
14:30 - 14:40 Farewell and Symposium closure
14:50 - 15:05 Shuttle service to Hotels *
14:50-15:50 Lab visit open

14:40 - 16:00 Board Meeting and Young FPNI-meeting
16:00 – 17:00 Special Cultural Event – Opening
17:00 – 23:00 Special Cultural Event – Finnish Sauna + Barbeque
* See chapter 5 Shuttle service


5 Shuttle bus services

The shuttle bus provided by the Symposium organizer will work during conference days. The shuttle busses are driving from stops A, B and C to University (stop D) at mornings.

The busses are driving from university (stop D) back to accommodations (stops A, B and C) at evenings according to Symposium programme. Of course, you are allowed to use shuttle service despite of the accommodation you choose. There is detailed timetable in the mornings but in the evenings only the departure time is fixed.

  • Stop A: Sokos Hotel Lappee
    Bus stop "Sankarihautausmaa" (soldier's cemetery) on the street Kauppakatu, in close vicinity of shopping centre Galleria
  • Stop B: Scandic Hotel Patria – in front of
  • Stop C: Summer Hotel Karelia-Park – in the yard
  • Stop D: Lappeenranta University of Technology

6 Accommodation

Reserved hotels

After May 9th the selection of accommodation will be drastically limited. Please, book your accommodation before reserved quotas expire.

Note! There is reserved quota left for accommodation only in one hotel.

Certain amount of quota for accommodation has been reserved for the Symposium guests from the following hotels. The quoted price is valid only when you make the reservation directly from hotel reception by phone or by e-mail. Remember to mention the code while making the reservation. 

Shuttle bus services by Symposium organizer will work only from these spots. Of course, you are allowed to use shuttle service despite of the accommodation you choose.

Sokos Hotel Lappee (Brahenkatu 1, 53100 Lappeenranta)

Price per room per night: 

  • single room 110 Eur
  • double room 130 Eur

The price is valid only for the code "FPNI", please mention this while making the reservation. 

More information:

Other types of accommodation

If you can't find suitable hotel from alternatives mentioned, there are also other types of accommodation available in close vicinity to the public transportation from downtown to LUT.  For example:

Hotel type

Scandic Patria
(Kauppakatu 21, 53100 Lappeenranta)

Price per room per night: 

  • single room 106 Eur
  • double room 126 Eur

The price is valid only for the code "FPNI Symposium", please mention this while making the reservation. 

More information:

Summer hotel Karelia Park
(Korpraalinkuja 1, 53810 Lappeenranta)

Price per room per night: 

  • single room 51 Eur
  • double room 62 Eur

The price is valid only for the code "FPNI Symposium", please mention this while making the reservation.

Shuttle bus service passes this spot.
More information:

Hotel Cumulus Lappeenranta
(Valtakatu 31, 53100 Lappeenranta)

More information:

Bus lines to LUT passing this spot:

Not passing. By walking around the block (2-3 min) you will reach the Town Centre Bus Stop in Koulukatu. From this stop buses 1 and 5 to LUT. 

Hostel type

Finn-Hostel Lappeenranta
(Kuusimäenkatu 18, 53810 Lappeenranta)

Bus lines to LUT passing this spot: 1 (slower option), 5 (recommended)

Apartment type

Gasthaus Kantolankulma
(Kimpisenkatu 19, 53100 LAPPEENRANTA)

Bus lines to LUT passing this spot: 1 (slower option), 5 (recommended)


(Kannelkatu 1, Lappeenranta)

Bus lines to LUT passing this spot:

Not passing. By walking Kauppakatu straight on 10-15 min you will reach the Town Centre Bus Stop in Koulukatu. From this stop buses 1 and 5 to LUT.

7 Travel Information

Arriving at Helsinki and at Lappeenranta

How to get to Helsinki by plane

Around 200 international flights a day arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, which is situated 19
kilometers from the centre of Helsinki.

From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to the city center

There are several options to get from the airport to the city center (and back):

The Finnair City Bus will take you to the central railway station in about 30 minutes. There's an interval between buses of 20 minutes.

A single ticket costs EUR 6,20. Bus 615 will take you to the city center in 40 to 50 minutes (depending on the bus line). A single ticket (regional ticket) costs EUR 4,50. You can find a detailed timetable here. On this page, you can also click through to the exact stops of the different lines.

You can also take a taxi into the city. A one way fare will cost you about EUR 30 to EUR 40.

How to get Helsinki by train

There are good train connections to Helsinki from all major towns in Finland. There is also a daily train service from St. Petersburg and Moscow. Please visit the VR website for more information.

How to get Helsinki by bus

Buses from all around Finland arrive at the central bus station, from the largest cities approximately every hour. Please visit the Matkahuolto website for more information.

How to get Helsinki by ferry

There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Estonia, Sweden and Germany. All the ferry companies offer the possibility to take a car with you.

Nearest airports:

Lappeenranta Airport
(in the center of the city)

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
(Distance between Helsinki and Lappeenranta 230 km)

How to get to Lappeenranta from Helsinki by train

You can find suitable bus connection on website: VR – Valtion Rautatiet / Finnish National Railway

How to get to Lappeenranta from Helsinki by bus

You can find suitable bus connection on website: Express bus

How to get directly to Lappeenranta from Europe & beyond by plane? 

Ryanair provides connections from 152 locations to Lappeenranta

More information: Lappeenranta airport

How to get to Lappeenranta from Russia? 

VR – Valtion Rautatiet / Finnish National Railway

Straight from St.Petersburg/Moscow by train to Vainikkala-Lappeenranta Station

Vainikkala Station Information includes the link to coach timetables from/to Lappeenranta city.

Local taxi number in Lappeenranta area: +358 200 60 400

Transportation in Lappeenranta City Area

City bus connections

There are city bus connections to and from the university from the downtown area. Most of the bus drivers do not speak English, and you will need exact change or close to it. The one-way bus fare will be about Eur 4,00. City bus stops are identified by a yellow rectangular sign with a picture of a bus. Buses 1 and 5 all travel back and forth between.

The best place to catch the bus from downtown is the Town Centre Bus Stop (in street "Koulukatu", aside the main entrance of "Sokos" shopping centre).

From Lappeenranta Railway Station ("Matkakeskus") to downtown ("Keskusta") Line 5

  • fitted with train connections
  • Detailed timetables on the bus stops

From downtown ("Keskusta") to the university ("Yliopisto") Lines 1 and 5

  • Buses leave from downtown to the university every 15 minutes
  • Detailed timetables on the bus stops
  • The University stop is the end stop of lines 1 and 5, i.e. hard to miss.

To get around town, you can find excellent taxi service. A taxi from downtown to the university costs about Eur 20. There are taxi ranks in front of the main post office (Near Sokos Hotel Lappee), at the railway station, and in the market place. The telephone number to reserve a taxi is +358 200 60 400.

8 About LUT and Lappeenranta City

Lappeenranta University of Technology

The Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) sits on the shores of Lake Saimaa, about 7 kilometers from the Lappeenranta city center. Established in 1969, the University focused on the engineering disciplines for its first 22 years. In 1991, economics became a new curriculum with the establishment of the Department of Business Administration. 

Nowadays, LUT specializes in industrial technology (especially forest and energy), information technology, and economics, cooperating closely with the business sector. There are about 900 staff and faculty members and 5500 students at LUT. The University has three faculties and units as follows.

LUT School of Technology

LUT School of Industrial Engineering and Management

  • Industrial Management
  • Information Technology

LUT School of Business

Green Campus

The Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) Green Campus is a unique research and educational environment, where the university's expertise in energy as well as its own innovations are put to practical use. This allows us to set an example on how science and technology can be used to solve environmental problems. On the Green Campus, we can build a world the way we think it should be.

The Lappeenranta University of Technology Green Campus project shows how science and technology can be used to solve environmental problems and build a sustainable world. When we apply university innovations and use them on our own campus, we are setting a trend as well as example for future urban planning.

More on Green Campus of LUT.

Laboratory of Intelligent Machines

The conference organizer is the Laboratory of Intelligent Machines led by Prof. Handroos. The laboratory carries out research on energy-efficient power transmissions and automation for off-highway working machines and industrial processes.

The laboratory's particular areas of expertise include mechatronic machine design using virtual technologies and simulators and demanding industrial robotics. The laboratory has collaborated extensively with industrial partners and it has participated in significant international research projects, particularly in the field of robotics. It has a spin-off company MeVEA Oy producing advanced mobile working machine simulators for industry and training centres.

In addition to Prof. Handroos, the laboratory personnel consist of Associate Professor Huapeng Wu, two senior researchers, laboratory technician, six doctoral students and four Master's thesis workers.

More information about the laboratory's Research Services.

A Little about Finland

Finland has been a member of the European Union since 1995. A quarter of Finland's total area lies north of the Arctic Circle. Finland's neighbors are Sweden, Norway, and Russia. It is the eighth largest country in Europe in terms of area and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, with a population of 5.3 million.

There are actually over 188,000 lakes in Finland? Some areas of the Finnish Lakeland have up to 1000 lakes per 100 km2. There are about 98,000 islands in these lakes. In the bordering seas, there are about 81,000more islands.

Along with Iceland, Finland is the most northern country in the world. A quarter of Finland's territory lies north of the Arctic Circle and at the country's northernmost point, the sun does not set for 73 days during summer. In contrast, polar night comes in winter, and the sun stays below the horizon all day for an equal number of days.

Lappeenranta City, Finland

A Short History of Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta sits on the southern shore of Lake Saimaa in South-Eastern Finland, only 30 km from the Russian border. The region is called South Karelia. Lappeenranta has 70,300 inhabitants. Following the retreating continental ice sheet of the last Ice Age, hunters and fishermen began moving up from the Ukraine region through Northern Europe and into the lands around today's Lappeenranta.

The first settlements here were in the 8th millennium BC making them among the first in what is Finland today. By the 4th millennium BC, ceramics were being made. By the 2nd millennium, the inhabitants were familiar with agriculture and from around 500 BC; they had become familiar with working metal.

By the 1200's, the inhabitants found themselves sitting between the powerful empires of Sweden to the west and Russia to the east. Sweden established its rule over the whole of what was to become Finland in 1249. Still under Swedish rule in the early 1600's, a thriving Karelian trade center grew on  the spot where the fortress now stands. With a population of about 200, the Finns knew it as Lapvesi. Because of its importance as a trading hub and center of tar production, the governor of the region established the town Villmanstrand here in 1649.

Swedish Queen Christina signed the city charter. Finns referred to the town as Lapvedenranta (the shore of Lapvesi). Over time, the name became Lappeenranta. Along with the city charter, the Swedish queen also approved the new coat of arms for the town, which is the symbol of the city to this day. The coat of arms depicts a bearded man with a club, which seems to fit with the Swedish name Villmanstrand (Wildman Coast). Some believe the "wild man" reference reflects disdain for the "primitive" locals. However, the director of the Lappeenranta Museum has explained that Queen Christina had been reading classical tales of Rome and Greece, and the figure actually represents a Hercules-like hero.

At the beginning of the 1700's, war broke out between Sweden and Russia, and Lappeenranta's status as an important trade center changed. Instead, the marketplace area became a Swedish border fortress. The war did not go well for Sweden, and in 1721, they had to cede a large piece of land to Russia near today's St. Petersburg. By 1730, the Lappeenranta fortress was complete and populated with around 500 residents and soldiers. Eleven years later in 1741, a Russian mercenary army attacked, and the fortress fell. By 1743, Lappeenranta was under Russian rule but still a border point between the Russian and Swedish empires.

The land given up by Sweden in 1721 and this new land around Lappeenranta has been called "Old Finland". This was during the reign of Catherine the Great. Sweden and Russia fought the so-called "Finnish War" in 1808 and 1809. The larger and more experienced Russian army succeeded in taking over the Swedish lands east of the Gulf of Bothnia, and the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland became a part of the Russian empire. Initially, the new Grand Duchy and the "Old Finland" lands remained separate.

They were reunited in 1811, ushering in more than a hundred years of peace for Lappeenranta and its people. For many years after, Lappeenranta enjoyed popularity as a spa area. With the development of railways (1894) and industry, the town began to grow from a town into a city. The building of the Saimaa Canal in 1856 gave it increasing importance as a trading port. Finland declared its independence from Russia on the last day of 1917 following the Russian Revolution and the fall of the Russian Empire. The City of Lappeenranta became an important contributor to the new country's continuing development.

In 1939, a long period of peace ended for Lappeenranta and the region due to the eruption of the Winter and Continuation wars with the Soviet Union. During this time, a large piece of the Karelian region was lost, and the Soviet border moved quite a bit closer to Lappeenranta. Following the war, Finland entered a period of rapid industrialization and economic development.

Lappeenranta benefited from this growth, becoming an important trade and industrial center. In the 1960s, the Saimaa canal was overhauled and widened. Today, it sees a lot of use by vessels carrying Russian timber to Lappeenranta's giant pulp and paper mills. The area also produces industrial products, lumber, food products, and limestone products such as cement.

Lappeenranta is a popular tourist destination today. Beginning in the 1990's, retail trade with Russians grew to be very important to the local economy. Many shoppers come to Lappeenranta from St. Petersburg to buy such things as hardware, tires, clothing, and food products. The city of Lappeenranta is the economic and cultural center of South-East Finland.

More about visiting Lappeenranta:

9 Useful Information

Map of Lappeenranta downtown

Useful Addresses & Phone Numbers

Emergency number 112 - In case of an emergency call 112. This number will connect you to the police, ambulance, or fire department. The emergency number does not require an area code, and the phone call is free. Police - The police station is located downtown at address Villimiehenkatu 2 (Across the Sokos Hotel Lappee and Lappeenranta City Hall). There is also a lost property office ("Löytötavaratoimisto"), which is open from Monday to Friday at 9.00–12.00 and 13.00–16.15.

Practical Matters

Internet access during the conference

Wireless internet is available for conference attendees. Personal account and password information can be asked from the LUT Info desk or Symposium staff.

Finland is in the Eastern European Time Zone and Finnish time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).

Supermarkets are usually open 7.00–21.00 on weekdays and 9.00–18.00 on Saturdays. Some supermarkets are open on Sundays.

Prices: All prices in Finland contain value-added tax (VAT 24%). Tips are customary only for hotel and restaurant door attendants and porters.

Restaurant and hotel bills always include a service charge. Barbers, hairdressers, and taxi drivers do not expect tips.

Banking hours in Finland are 10.00–16.30 on weekdays.

The most common forms of payment, in addition to cash, are either bank or credit cards. Checks are not used.

There are a few post offices in Lappeenranta. The main post office in the downtown area is open on weekdays 9.00–16.00 and on Saturdays 10.00–14.00. Stamps are available from the University bookstore and most supermarkets. Mailboxes are orange and bear the label "Posti".

The tap water in Finland is safe to drink.

Alko is a nationwide network of liquor stores with a virtual monopoly to sell alcohol. Alko stores are open from Monday to Friday 9.00–20.00 and on Saturdays 9.00–18.00. The grocery stores sell beer and cider (max. alc. 4.7 vol -%).

The voltage in Finland is 220 V (230 V), 50 Hz. Round "European" two-pin plugs and sockets are used. 

The pharmacies (Apteekki) sell medicines. Many pharmacies have extended hours, e.g. Yliopiston  Apteekki (Kauppakatu 23, in city centre, next to Lappee Maria Church) is open from 8.00–22.00.

Catering and Coffee breaks

Please, find the information on the detailed conference programme, which will be published closer to the Symposium.

Language tips

Finnish pronunciation is easy since each letter in the word is pronounced, and there is only one way of pronouncing each letter. When speaking Finnish you must remember always to stress the first syllable. Since every letter is pronounced, a double letter is twice as long.

Vowel Pronunciation:

a... as in car
e... as in telephone
i... as in see
o... as in law
u... as in pool
y... like the French sur-
ä... [a with dots] as in hat
ö... [o with dots] as in fur

Common Expressions

Finland . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suomi
Finnish, a Finn . . . . . . . . . . . . . suomalainen
Finnish (language) . . . . . . . . .  suomi
Hello, hi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hei / Moi / Terve
Thank you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Kiitos
Yes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyllä
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ei
Excuse me, sorry. . . . . . . . . . . Anteeksi
I'm sorry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olen pahoillani
I don't understand . . . . . . . . . . . . . En ymmärrä
I don't speak Finnish . . . . . . . . . . . . . En puhua suomea
Do you speak English . . . . . . Puhutko englantia?
How are you . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitä kuuluu?
Fine, thank you. . . . . . . . . . . . . Kiitos hyvää
Here you are . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ole hyvä
Goodbye. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Näkemiin
See you later. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nähdään
Wow! What a great conference. . . . . . . .  Onpa hyvä konferenssi.

10 Contacts and Further Information

Conference chair:

Prof. Heikki Handroos

Conference organizer:
Laboratory of Intelligent Machines, LUT
P.O. Box 20, FIN-53851 Lappeenranta, Finland

Rafael Åman

Contacts and Further Information

For further information about the Ph.D symposium, please contact the symposium secretariat or look at  the web sites:

Please address all communications to:

FPNI2014 Symposium Secretariat
Laboratory of Intelligent Machines / LUT
Skinnarilankatu 34, FIN-53850
Lappeenranta, Finland

Phone: +358-50-323 9049
In Twitter we will follow the hashtag #fpni2014 .

During the conference days

If you need our assistance, please turn to the Symposium reception or contact us by phone:

  • +358-50-323 9049
  • +358-50-323 9060

11 Registration

You may register and pay the Symposium fee here:

The Symposium fees are:

  • Participant (Ph.D. Student), early bird price until April 30th 360.00 EUR
  • Participant (Ph.D. Student), normal price after April 30th 400.00 EUR
  • Participant (Full price), early bird price, until April 30th 500.00 EUR
  • Participant (Full price), normal price after April 30th 520.00 EUR

12 Visa Information

Here You will find information about documents required to visit Finland:

If you need an invitation letter in order to apply for a visa to Finland, please send an e-mail to Symposium secretary In your mail should be included:

  • Copy of your passport data sheet and/or
  • Name:
  • Passport  No.:
  • Date of birth: 
  • Place of birth: 
  • Date of issue: 
  • Date of expire:
  • Applicant exact mailing address (for mailing the original undersigned invitation)

All invitation letters will be undersigned by the management of the Lappeenranta University of Technology collectively. 

All inquiries for the invitation letters must be sent to the secretary. Remember to attach all required information accurately.

If You would estimate that You would need more time for applying visa, please inform the Symposium secretary within a good time beforehand.

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