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Tampere University of Technology Leading-Edge Technology for the Benefit of People and the Environment Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is known for its high-standard research activities that are closely linked to the needs of industry and business life. Interaction between applied and basic research is one of TUT’s strengths, together with wide international networks and world-class research projects. “TUT is a sought-after collaboration partner among both the scientific community and business life. We engage in research collaboration with the best partners in each field. Research results are swiftly transferred to society,” summarizes TUT President Markku Kivikoski. Established in 1965, TUT started operating in the form of a foundation in 2010. The increased independence and the proceeds of the foundation capital enable TUT to make increasing investments in new research openings as well as to improve the quality of education.

Excellence in Signal Processing, Nanophotonics and Intelligent Machines International leading-edge fields of research at TUT are signal processing, nanophotonics and intelligent machines. Other strong competence areas include, among others, bioscience technologies and industrial operations and management. Two Centres of Excellence in Research appointed by the Academy of Finland operate within TUT. The research interests of the renowned Signal Processing Algorithm Group (SPAG) concentrate on telecommunication, multimedia, the processing of sound, image and other multidimensional data, and on modelling biological systems. The Centre of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines Research (GIM) at the Department of Intelligent Hydraulics and Automation (IHA) studies autonomously operating mobile machines and service robotics. GIM is formed by a team of researchers from TUT and Aalto University. IHA is also strongly involved in one of the world's most challenging energy projects, namely the experimental fusion energy power plant ITER. “IHA and VTT Technical Research

Centre of Finland are in charge of developing a remote maintenance system for the critical parts of the plant to be built in France. A full-scale research environment for the maintenance robot was taken into use in Tampere in 2009,” Kivikoski says.

Encounters Across Disciplines and Cultures In both research and education, TUT promotes the development of humancentered and environmentally benign technology and built environment. Among the latest research fields are the improvement of the energy efficiency of industrial processes and energy industry, renewable energy, such as biofuels, wind

President of the Tampere University of Technology Markku Kivikoski.

TUT in a nutshell •• Tampere University of Technology (TUT) was established in 1965. The University started operating in the form of a foundation in 2010. •• TUT focuses on research in the fields of natural sciences, technology and architecture, and higher education based on this research. •• Leading-edge fields of research at TUT are signal processing, nanophotonics and intelligent machines. •• The University employs a staff of 2,000, of which more than 10% are foreign nationals. •• Altogether 10,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students study at TUT. Close to 1,000 of them are international exchange and degree students. •• TUT comprises five faculties and 22 departments and offers 14 Finnish-language degree programs and 8 international MSc programs. •• Since the early 1980s, research conducted at TUT has spawned more than 100 new companies.

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Fulbright Center News 1/2011  

The Fulbright Center News is a biannual newsletter published by the Fulbright Center in Finland.

Fulbright Center News 1/2011  

The Fulbright Center News is a biannual newsletter published by the Fulbright Center in Finland.