University of Turku (UTU)

turun_yliopisto_rgbUniversity of Turku is a multidisciplinary scientific university located on the Southwest coast of Finland, in the vibrant student city of Turku. With over 23,000 students and 3,500 employees, the University or Turku is one of the largest universities in Finland. The Institute for Information Systems has three full professors and a total staff of about 25 and has approximately 20 active doctoral level students. The yearly intake for students to the bachelor level, having information systems science as their major subject is around 15 of the annual intake of 250 of the whole Business School. In addition, yearly there are approximately 40 master level students in the two international master’s programs of the Institute: Global Information Systems Management and International Master in Management of Information Technology. Information systems is a popular minor for students of many areas of economics, business administration as well as computer science. The roots for the Institute for Information Systems Science were established in year 1971. Nowadays the Institute is a part of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Turku. The mission of the Institute is to educate professionals who master both general management as well as Information Systems skills. In research,  the  Institute  focuses  on  supporting  companies  in  their  Information  Systems  management.  Issues  at individual, industry, national and international level are not neglected. The  Institute  is  a  member  of  Turku  Center  for  Computer  Science  for  studies  within  information,  computer  and mathematical computing sciences. TUCS is a joint unit between the University of Turku, the Turku based Swedishspeaking Åbo Akademi University and Turku Polytechnics. All master’s level courses within TUCS are taught in English.  The  Institute  for  Advanced  Management  Systems  Research  (IAMSR)  in  Åbo  Akademi  University  and Information  Systems  Science  in  Turku  School  of  Economics  has  formed  Turku   Information  Systems  Research Alliance  (TISRA).  The  objective  is  to  increase  the  effectiveness  and  credibility  of  teaching  and  research  of information systems science on the national level and develop further cooperation and trust between the research units.

 

ROLE IN PROJECT

The University of Turku  will  be  in  charge  of  the  Accompanying  research  &  evaluation  (WP6),  for  which  it  will leverage its expertise in the analysis of technology acceptance and diffusion of ICT innovations.

 

PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

Reima Suomi  is professor of Information Systems Science at University of Turku, Finland and a part-time professor at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China. Currently he concentrates on topics of health care IS and telecommunications, including issues such as management of networks, electronic and mobile business, circulation economy, virtual organizations, social media and governance structures. He has published in journals such as Communications of the Association for Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Information & Management, Information Services & Use, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Behaviour & Information Technology, Journal of Management History, Orthopaedic Nursing and Information Resources Management Journal.

Kai K. Kimpa is a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Turku, Turku School of Economics, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Information Systems Science. His main research area is ethical ICT use. He  has  researched  problems  with  the  justification  of  IPRs  at  the  ICT  age,  procurement  and  use  of  various eGovernment applications, e.g. in the eHealth field,  some of which is on digital divide within the eHealth sector, as well as what can be considered to be critical government information systems such as electronic voting systems or passports with biometric identification. He has done research on challenges  of the entering the mobile market from developing countries. He also has done research ethical issues of computer games and gamification. On top of these he has participated in research of trust building in the internet, problems of voice simulation usage,  how literature can be used to enhance professional ethics, how professional societies should build their codes of ethics amongst other things. He has also worked in the industry as a user interface designer for Nokia Mobile Phones, and has kept active with HCI by both teaching and participating in projects during his academic career.

 

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Kenya  and  Tanzania  Beyond  2015:  Exploring  domestic  debates  and  envisioning  development  futures (BEYOND 2015) The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were due to expire in 2015. There was a lively discussion  on  future  development  frameworks  and  agendas  post-2015.  The  Beyond  2015  project  looked  at domestic debates on development frameworks in Kenya and Tanzania post-2015. The aim of this research was to highlight the local and national voices on development that are often not heard on the international arena. The research focused on the national discussions and debates on the different development frameworks that have been proposed by a variety of international actors. How should the MDGs change to better reflect East African  realities  and  development  challenges?  A  significant  issue  for  both  countries  has  been  the  recent discovery of high-value minerals and oil and gas. How will these natural resources be used and managed and can this be done sustainably? A key element  of the research was participatory futures workshops, which were
carried out  in Kenya and Tanzania. In addition, the research will be supplemented by document analysis of Kenyan  and  Tanzanian  development  policies,  media  analysis  of  domestic  development  debates  and  key informant interviews. The aim was to explore a variety of different voices and opinions, including government officials, civil society, researchers and the private sector. The material collected was used to develop various Kenyan and Tanzanian views on a post-2015 development framework.

PANACEA  (FP7,  ICT)  proposed  innovative  solutions  for  a  proactive  autonomic  management  of  cloud resources, based on a set of advanced machine learning techniques and virtualization. By predicting anomalies (time to failure of cloud applications and DDoS attacks) before they occur, PANACEA realized the autonomic properties:  self-healing  against  anomalies  by  recovering  from  multiple  node  and  link  failures,  and  using proactive  rejuvenation  of  applications  and  servers  for  preventing  crashes  and  increasing  the  availability, predicting  the threshold violation of response time of servers; self-configuring by efficiently mapping user’s requirements onto distributed clouds and configuring on-the-fly in the presence of anomalies; self-optimizing using proactive   migration of virtual machines from one cloud resource to another, maintaining the quality of service  of  end-to-end  flows;  self-protecting  using  proactive  reconfiguration  of  overlay  networks  to  protect against DDoS attacks.

Promotion  of  Capacity  and  Energy  Education  Development  in  the  Caribbean  Region (PROCEED) (2013–2017).  The  project  PROCEED  focuses  on  higher  education  capacity  building  in  energy access and efficiency in Barbados, Cuba and Jamaica. As small island developing states (SIDS), the partner countries have limited access to international energy markets, their resources are scarce and energy efficiency is low. Furthermore, as they are dependent on imported fossil energy sources, the countries are highly sensitive to  outside  shocks  such  as  changes  in  energy  supply  and  prices  at  the  international  level.   Thus,  the  partner countries  have  a  strong  interest  to  look  for  more  secure  and  stable  sources  of  energy  supply,  mainly  from renewable  energy  sources.  The  PROCEED  project  targets  these  above  mentioned  challenges  by  improving academic capacity in energy issues through the “Training of Trainers” approach in the partner higher education institutions (HEIs). The main focus of the energy education will be on energy efficiency and energy access. More  specifically,  these  themes  are  approached  through  energy  systems  modelling,  renewable  energy technologies,  system  level  efficiencies,  energy  prices,  bottom  up  and  top  down  information  in  good  and sustainable  energy  governance,  multilevel  climate  governance  and  ‘marginalized’  information  about  energy use. The project will also engage in institutional and administrative capacity building including management planning  and  curricula  development.  The  PROCEED  project  is  funded  during  the  years  2013-2017 by  the European  Union  and  Implemented  by  the  African,  Caribbean  and  Pacific  Group  of  States  Secretariat,  the programme supports cooperative projects between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the ACP Group of States, the EU Member States and other eligible countries.

COPER (European  Regional  Development  Fund)  2011-2013.  Continuing  the  WellBeing  Project,  Coper delivered an e-service pilot on the municipal e-Health system of the city of Turku. The key issue is to define the requirements of the patients from human-scale information system perspective. Target group in the pilot is a heart attack patient sub-group.

Cooperation  Framework  on  Innovation  Systems  Between  Finland  and  South  Africa,  COFISA  (2006 – 2012): The COFISA programme aimed at developing South African national and provincial innovation systems with special focus being directed at the provinces of Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. The objective of COFISA  was  to  bring  together  previously  scattered  organizations  and  actors  of  South  African  innovation system into  a nation-wide  cooperation network.  Project implementation  included  the development of Living Labs  that  enable  local  people  to  come  together  with  ICT  experts  in  the  process  of  creating  innovational products  and  services.  Creation,  development  and  management  of  Science  Parks  was  also  promoted  across South  Africa.  Foresight,  a  family  of  methods  intended  to  help  governments  and  other  actors  to  respond  to possible  long-term  futures,  was  introduced.  One  of  COFISA’s  greatest  achievements  was  the  change  in  the attitudes of South African higher education institutions and the public sector regarding innovation systems and the  possibilities  they  offer  for  growth  and  wellbeing  of  the  whole  society.  (Funded  by  Ministry  of  Foreign Affairs, Finland)

EQUAL-IST:  Gender Equality Plans for Information Sciences and Technology  (Horizon2020).  The EQUAL-IST project  aims  at  introducing  structural  changes  to  enhance  gender  equality  in  Information  Sciences  and Technology (IST) research institutions. It has been demonstrated that IST is among the research sectors most affected by gender inequalities at all levels. The project aims to address ERA objectives in relation to gender equality by supporting seven Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) from Northern, Southern and Central
European  countries,  as  well  as  one  CIS  (Commonwealth  of  Independent  States)  country  in  developing  and implementing tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs). All RPOs forming the EQUAL-IST project consortium are at a starting  stage in setting up of GEPs and they have also ensured the support in GEPs implementation from the respective highest management levels. For addressing and solving issues of horizontal and vertical segregation in research and administrative careers, work-life balance, gender imbalance in student enrolment, and  gender  neutral/blind  approach  to  IST  research,  the  EQUAL-IST  project  is  aimed  at  influencing organizational  structures,  discourses,  and  behaviours.  In  addition,  the  EQUAL-IST  project  will  promote  a participatory  approach  towards  creation  of  gender  equality  policies,  ensuring  at  the  same  time  the  active dialogue  with  and  involvement  of  decision  makers  at  the  participating  RPOs.  By  setting  up  a  dedicated crowdsourcing  online  collaborative  platform,  the  project  will  support  both  RPOs’  initial  internal  assessment and the GEPs design process. The toolkits, guidelines, and methodologies developed during the EQUAL-IST project, as well as lessons learned, will be disseminated in Europe and other CIS countries.

 

KONTAKT

Adresse_Grafix Adresse:  University of Turku, FI-20014 Turun Yliopisto, Finland

Email: kirjaamo@utu.fi  or  admissions@utu.fi

Telefon: + 358 29 450 50 00

Webseite:  http://www.utu.fi

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