Tekes granted funding to two large strategic research openings.
Revolution of Knowledge Work, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (Aalto University and University of Helsinki)
HIIT Vice-Director Patrik Floréen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Brain Work Laboratory, Research Professor Kiti Müller
Tekes funding: EUR 1.7 million (1.5 years)
Design Driven Value Chains in The World of Cellulose, Aalto University
Professor Janne Laine, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Research Professor Ali Harlin,
Tampere University of Technology, Professor Jyrki Vuorinen
Tekes funding: EUR 2.997 million (1 year, 10 months)
In strategic research openings, researchers serve as visionaries for business. The projects are expected to reform Finnish business and create new growth fields.
"We're expecting international success stories from the results," says Executive Director Riikka Heikinheimo of Tekes.
These funding decisions apply to the first phase of the strategic research opening. Decisions concerning further funding will be made based on the achievement of project goals.
Cellulose meets design
The "Design Driven Value Chains in The World of Cellulose" project offers a new approach to using wood-based cellulose. The goal is to integrate design and design processes into the strategic development of businesses operating in the field and brand Finland as a producer of refined, cellulose-based products. The project includes students in the design process and searches for opportunities that go beyond existing technologies, such as fashion, consumer goods and technical fabrics. The project is intended to create a business ecosystem to serve both existing industry and a new, growing cellulose-based industry.
Researchers launch a revolution in knowledge work
The "Revolution of Knowledge Work" project creates solutions for managing the deluge of information. The research consortium is developing information search and processing methods, in which human creativity and the ability of computers to process enormous volumes of data are combined, while maintaining human control. Computational approaches use heterogeneous data sources and determine what the user most likely wants and needs by means of machine-learning methods. In addition to this, the user is told why certain information is being shown, providing them with an opportunity to influence the given parameters. This allows people to control the search for information.
In addition to the two new strategic research openings, Tekes had earlier agreed to fund the "Human Spare Parts" project, which is being run by the joint University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology Institute of Biosciences and Medical Technology.
The deadline for Tekes' autumn call for strategic research opening applications is 13 September 2013.
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