University of Jyväskylä

IBM and the University of Jyväskylä Launch Disruptive Technologies Innovation Hub

  • Hub to provide a collaborative incubator for students, researchers and local businesses to innovate
  • Collaboration will focus on technologies such as cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and blockchain

IBM and the University of Jyväskylä (JYU) today launched a new Innovation Hub, focused on the application of advanced technologies developed by IBM. Located in a dedicated, collaborative workspace on the campus of JYU’s internationally renowned Faculty of Information Technology, the Hub is part of an ongoing collaboration with the goal of advancing the knowledge and skills of cognitive computing and other new technologies in Finland. Through joint research projects linking academia, industry and research, the Hub will help grow the skills that are needed in the digitalized world, contributing to the further expansion and growth of Finland’s business and innovation ecosystem.

The largest of its kind in Finland, JYU’s Faculty of Information Technology is one of the leading research and education units in the field of ICT at both national and international levels. The opening of the Hub is part of an ongoing, strategic collaboration between IBM and JYU, which was the first University in Finland to join the IBM Watson University Program in 2015. Since then, over 300 students have become familiar with IBM Watson technology. To date, Watson and cognitive computing has been applied in more than 20 healthcare case studies and tests as part of the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) and other healthcare stakeholders’ funded projects.  

Extending beyond healthcare, the Hub will focus on technologies such as cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and blockchain. Deepening the relationship between JYU and IBM, the Hub will help to identify and initiate new areas of joint research and development, facilitating workshops, events, industry cooperation and hosting top international visiting professionals. By bringing together professors, students, IBM specialists and researchers, and other ecosystem stakeholders, the Hub is expected to bring about new skills for the digital era, helping students take their ideas to the next level and accelerate the creation of new innovation and start-up companies in Finland.

The launch follows IBM’s recent investment in the Watson Health Center based in Helsinki, a hub for the future development of data-driven cognitive and artificial intelligence applications and solutions for Finnish healthcare. The Watson Health Center brings together public and private organisations, start-ups, pharmaceutical companies, small and medium-sized firms, large corporations, as well as universities and researchers.

"This collaboration is part of IBM’s ongoing, meaningful and lasting relationships with universities around the globe that help students develop skills and understanding of cognitive computing with projects that will help fill the highest priority capability gaps in the increasing demand for high-skilled technology professionals," said Naguip Attia, Vice President, IBM Global University Programs.

"Constructing a common research environment is significant not only for the Faculty of Information Technology but also for the University and different operators in the region. IBM’s top expertise is an important addition to the research and education activities of the University", says Rector Keijo Hämäläinen.

Mirva Antila, General Manager of IBM Finland said, “At IBM Finland we are dedicated to the improvement of skills and growth of talent in the region, across a wide range of technologies from IoT to artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. These technologies are vital to Finland’s future and with the opening of the Hub we will continue to deliver on our skills promise.”

“We’re encouraged to see that the JYU project is achieving results and the co-operation continues with the launch of this Hub, furthering Finland’s expertise in digitalization, new technologies and AI,” said Pekka Sivonen, Director of Digitalization Strategy, Tekes.

 

For more information, please contact:

University of Jyväskylä

Pekka Neittaanmäki
Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology
tel. +358 40 550 7005

pekka.neittaanmaki@jyu.fi

IBM

Maarit Palo
Government Affairs and University Relations
tel. +358 40 554 4601

maarit.palo@fi.ibm.com

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