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  1. Helsinki Institute for Information TechnologyScientific Advisory Board MeetingOctober 16 & 17, 2003

  2. Participants • Prof. Christos Faloutsos • Prof. Randy Katz • Prof. Martin Kersten • Prof. Kari-Jouko Räihä • Prof. Mart Saarma • Prof. John Shawe-Taylor • Prof. Mauri Airila • Prof. Esko Ukkonen • Dr. Patrik Floréen • Dr. Aapo Hyvärinen • Prof. Heikki Mannila • Prof. Martti Mäntylä • Prof. Kimmo Raatikainen • Prof. Henry Tirri • Prof. Hannu Toivonen

  3. Goal of the meeting • First meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board • Obtain feedback from the Scientific Advisory Board on the relevance, quality, and impact of the current research • Obtain feedback and suggestions on plans for the research themes, applications, collaborations, etc. • A short written report would be useful • In the future, meetings every 12-18 months

  4. Agenda: October 16 • 15.00-15.20: Welcome & introductions • 15.20-15.50: An overview of HIIT (Heikki Mannila and Martti Mäntylä) • 16-18: Presentations of three research themes & discussion • 16.00-16.40: Data mining: theory and applications (Heikki Mannila) • 16.40-17.20: Computational neuroscience (Aapo Hyvärinen) • 17.20-18.00: Mobile computing (Kimmo Raatikainen) • 19.30-- Dinner at Restaurant Palacen Ranta

  5. October 17, 2003 (location: HTC, Tammasaarenkatu 2) • 8.40: Taxi transportation from hotel SAS Royal to HTC • 9-11.40: Presentations of four research themes & discussion • 9.00-9.40: Data mining in genetics (Hannu Toivonen) • 9.40-10.20: Adaptive computing systems (Patrik Floréen) • 10.20-11.00: Intelligent systems (Henry Tirri) • 11.00-11.40: Digital economy (Martti Mäntylä) • 12.00-13.00: Lunch • 13.00-14.00: SAB internal discussion • 14.00-15.00: Feedback session and closing of the meeting

  6. Helsinki Institute for Information Technology • Joint research institute of University of Helsinki and Helsinki University of Technology • Goals: strategic research in information technology and related topics, aiming at high impact • Main themes: mobile computing, user experience, intelligent systems, digital economy, adaptive computation, data mining, bioinformatics, computational neuroscience

  7. Organization: two parts • Advanced Research Unit (ARU) 1999 • 2-3 year industry co-funded projects • Located in HTC in Ruoholahti • Martti Mäntylä, Research Director • Basic Research Unit (BRU) 2002 • Long-term research in areas relevant to other sciences and to industry • Located in the premises of the departments of computer science of the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University of Technology • Heikki Mannila, Research Director

  8. UH Comp. Sci. HUT BRU ARU

  9. Organization of HIIT • Joint board, scientific advisory board, and industrial advisory board • The senior researchers typically have positions also in one of the departments of computer science • No permanent positions

  10. other sciences companies HIIT BRU HIIT ARU Industry co-funded research Basic Research, Core Projects Industrial R&D Advanced Research Level of risk “Advanced Development” R&D 0-2 years 2-5 years 5+ years Time

  11. Basic Research Unit • In the premises of the departments of computer science of the two universities • About 30 persons (22+8) • Main themes: • Data mining: theory and applications • Proactive computing / adaptive computing systems • Computational neuroscience (8/2003) • Funding: University of Helsinki, Academy of Finland, National Technology Agency, companies

  12. Basic Research Unit: Mode of Operation • Cooperation of the two universities • Strong ties to the departments of computer science • Basic research in areas where applications are also visible • Cooperation with other sciences and with industry • International cooperation • Participation in teaching (everybody teaches)

  13. Basic Research Unit: personnel • 5 senior researchers • 6 post docs • 14 Ph.D. students • Part-time M.Sc. students

  14. Goals for BRU for 2005-2006 • About 5-6 large themes • Approximately 50-60 researchers • Strong network of collaboration in Finland and internationally

  15. Advanced Research Unit • Mainly located in High Tech Center, Ruoholahti • About 70 persons (50+20) • Main themes: • Mobile Computing and Communication • Adaptive Computing Systems • Intelligent Systems • Digital Economy • ”Media Convergence” • Semantic Internet, Community Media • Funding: National Technology Agency (59%), companies (22%), Academy of Finland (10%), universities (10%)

  16. Advanced Research Unit: Mode of Operation • Focusing on a few related, industrially relevant, strategic, long-term research areas • Core projects with long-term vision (5+ years) • Medium term (3-5 years) projects focusing on new products, services, and technologies • Networking with complementary research groups at HUT, UH, other universities • Strong liaison with ICT and media companies • Multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research founded on computer science competence • International cooperation

  17. Advanced Research Unit: Personnel • 5 principal scientists • Prof. Martti Mäntylä, Prof. Kimmo Raatikainen, Prof. Henry Tirri, Prof. Jukka Kemppinen, Prof. Eero Hyvönen • 10 senior researchers • Dr. Pekka Nikander, Dr. Ken Rimey, Dr. Timo Saari, Prof. Petri Myllymäki, Dr. Wray Buntine, Dr. Jorma Rissanen, Dr. Patrik Floréen, Dr. Pekka Himanen, Dr. Marko Turpeinen, Dr. Timo Saari • 1 post doc • Dr. Jan Lindström • ~35 Ph.D. students • ~25 M.Sc. students

  18. Goals for ARU for 2005-2006 • Commence work on one or two new theme areas • Grow new competences and research groups around senior researchers & postdocs • A few additional close international partnerships in East Asia, Europe, USA, … • Operational excellence • Approximately 85-90 researchers

  19. Presentations of Research Themes • Data mining: theory and applications (Heikki Mannila) [BRU] • Computational neuroscience and cognition (Aapo Hyvärinen) [BRU] • Mobile computing (Kimmo Raatikainen) [ARU] • Data mining in genetics (Hannu Toivonen) [BRU] • Adaptive computing systems (Patrik Floréen) [BRU & ARU] • Intelligent systems (Henry Tirri) [ARU] • Digital economy (Martti Mäntylä) [ARU]