Nytt kunnande på hög nivå till Finland

Tekes finansierar sex nya internationella forskningsprojekt inom programmet FiDiPro, Finland Distinguished Professor. Nytt spetskunnande introduceras i Finland inom mjukvaruutveckling, vaccinutveckling, polymerkemi, elastomermaterial, byggande och mätteknologi för bioraffinaderier.

FiDiPro-forskarna kommer att arbeta vid Uleåborgs, Jyväskylä och Helsingfors universitet, Tammerfors tekniska universitet och Aalto-universitetet. De kommer till Finland från Spanien, USA, Kanada, Frankrike, England och Tyskland.
 
Tekes finansieringsandel av projektkostnaderna uppgår till 5,9 miljoner euro. De nya FiDiPro-projekten bidrar för sin del till att implementera Tekes strategi, vars målsättning är att förnya näringslivet, stärka de förmågor som behövs vid innovationsverksamhet samt att skapa välmående för människor och miljön.

Djupgående kunnande inom datateknik 

”Inom FiDiPro-programmet finansieras den här gången bland annat forskning i syfte att förbättra lönsamheten hos mjukvaruutveckling med hjälp av utländskt spetskunnande. Detta är viktigt med tanke på strukturförändringen inom datateknikbranschen”, säger enhetschef Kari Komulainen.
 
”Inom FiDiPro-projekten betonar Tekes forskning i samarbete med näringslivet, där företagens insats och deltagande i projektet är viktigt. På detta vis kan även företaget snabbt tillgodogöra sig det nya spetskunnandet”, berättar Tekes expert Hanna Rantala.
 
Tekes har hittills finansierat sammanlagt 64 FiDiPro-projekt. I och med dessa projekt har det kommit eller kommer det 52 FiDiPro-professorer och 14 FiDiPro-fellows till Finland.
 
FiDiPro – Finland Distinguished Professor Programme är Finlands Akademis och Tekes gemensamma finansieringsprogram som erbjuder finländska universitet och forskningsinstitut möjligheten att för en begränsad tidsperiod anställa utländska toppforskare eller finländska toppforskare som verkat länge utomlands.
 
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Expert Hanna Rantala
Tekes
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hanna.rantala(at)tekes.fi
 
Enhetschef Kari Komulainen
Tekes
tfn 050 557 7842
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Beskrivningar av de nya FiDiPro-projekten

 

FiDiPro Professor Natalia Juristo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, School of Computer Science, Software Engineering, Spain

Research project: Operational Excellence in Industrial SW and Application Development with Empirical SW En
This project will help companies to achieve operational excellence and transparency in their software development. These two objectives will be reached by empirical research that will help in gaining thorough understanding and knowledge on their software development processes.
The project will run experiments to gather knowledge about the behavior of software technologies in different environments. Participating companies will learn more about the variables influencing their software development process so they will be able to control the identified variables to improve their process and make them more predictable.
As a result of this project, decision makers in industry will no longer rely on intuition, but they will be supported by a body of empirical knowledge obtained from the experiments. This will allow companies to make better trade-offs in decision making on software construction, since they will have an understanding of the benefits and risks of using certain software technologies in certain situations. This will lead to a more effective and efficient software development process and global competitive advantage.
Finnish host organization and contact person: University of Oulu, Department of Information Processing Science, Professor Markku Oivo

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FiDiPro Professor Francoice Winnik, Université de Montréal, Faculty of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry, Canada

Research project: Bioconjugated polymeric nanomaterials for industrial applications
Controlled synthesis and self-assembly of polymer-based bioconjugates will provide  broad array of novel materials for industrial applications (drug delivery, imaging, diagnostics, sensors, cell biological research tools). Despite its vast potential the technology of bioconjugated polymers and nano materials is under-developed field in Finland that needs to be improved. The project will generate an industrially applicable technology platform of bioconjugated polymeric nanostructures. The research involves versatile synthesis and testing of the nanomaterial libraries. The program will be carried out in close collaboration with industrial partners and special attention is paid to the generation of relevant IPR. The project will be linked also to the academic community in Finland beyond the project participants. This project will generate a platform of new polymer-based bioconjugated nanomaterials and relevant test methods for industrial applications. Companies from various fields are integral participants in the project.
Finnish host organization and contact person: University of Helsinki, Department of chemistry, Professor Heikki Tenhu

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FiDiPro Professor Holland Cheng, University of California, Molecular and Cellular Biology, USA

Research project: Novel methods for vaccination and virus detection
The aim of this collaborative FiDiPro project is to develop novel oral vaccines against enterovirus infections. These new vaccines will give optimal immune response and give thus hope for fighting against acute as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. This project brings together crucial Finnish vaccine-oriented companies and top experts in both international and national level on vaccine development, microscopy algorithms, computing, biological imaging and on developing novel tools for sensitive and quantitative identification and tracking of viruses in cells and tissues.
Finnish host organization and contact person: University of Jyväskylä, The Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University lecturer Varpu Marjomäki and Tampere university of technology, Department of signal processing, Professor Ulla Ruotsalainen

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FiDiPro Fellow Amit Das, Leibniz- Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Germany

Research project: Bio-Inspired Elastomeric Composites
In nature, tailored, strong and ductile polymers are abundant. The project work at hand will develop active materials behaving like muscles. This goal will be met by utilizing the special mechanical properties of elastomeric materials and modifying their electrical properties by additives and fillers. The outcome is to have electrically controllable deformation in the material. The applications of such materials include micro-pumps, robotics, tactile interfaces, loudspeakers, medical prosthetics, sensing, and energy harvesting.
Finnish host organization and contact person: Tampere University of        Technology, Department of Materials Science, Professor Jyrki Vuorinen

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FiDiPro Professor, Lauri Koskela, The University of Salford, School of the Built Environment, England

Research project: Building information modeling for lean construction
The BIMforLEAN project aims at strengthening the Finnish research capability in integration of lean construction and building information modelling. The overall objective of the project is to identify, demonstrate and expand the positive synergies between building information modelling and lean construction as well as to develop novel practical solutions leveraging such synergies. Project research will specifically focus on three areas: linkages between building information modelling and lean construction; mobile computing for construction; and interaction between commercial, organizational and design/production system arrangements in construction projects.
Finnish host organization and contact person: Aalto University, Department of civil and structural engineering, Professor Juha Paavola

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FiDiPro Professor Dominique Richon, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, Paris, France
 
Research project: Phase Equilibria for Biorefineries
The FiDiPro-PEQBIO project will improve the measurement capabilities at the Aalto University Chemical Engineering research group in the field of fluid phase equilibria, by providing two novel equipment: one suitable for measuring high temperature and high pressure gas liquid equilibria, and another of the dilutor type to be utilised for measuring the behaviour of organic solutes in water containing systems. All of the systems to be measured are related to bio-refineries. One goal of the project is to establish co-operation with MINES ParisTech CEP/TEP laboratory. In addition to Prof. Richon one post doc and one post graduate student will be hired.
Finnish host organization and contact person: Aalto University, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology, Professor Ville Alopaeus

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