Information Technology Research Institute

Current projects

last modified Nov 11, 2008 10:15 AM

Here you can find our projects that are public according to its principal financier. You can recieve more information from the contact person of the project. Information about our confidential projects can be given only with the written permission of the client.




Research on IT architecture, both in ITRI and in the Faculty of Information Technology, is a central area of research. The research focuses on the design, development, and management of organization-wide architectures and software architectures.


  • FEAR- Finnish Enterprise Architecture Research

Partners: Ministry of Finance, BEA Systems Oy,IBM Finland Oy, Microsoft Oy, Oracle Finland Oy, SAP Finland Oy, SAS Institute Oy, SysOpen Digia Oyj, TietoEnator GMR Oy
Duration: 2007-2009
Contact Person: Prof. Jukka Heikkilä, tel. +358 14 260 3240 / Project manager Katja Liimatainen, tel. +358 14 260 3064

FEAR project is conducting research to support the enterprise architecture work for the Finnish public administration. The Finnish Ministry of Finances that hosts the Finnish government administration development initiatives, is the project client together with several ICT providers and consulting companies.


 VARKIT is a sub project for the Finnish Enterprise Architecture Research project (FEAR). The objective is to study the conceptions of enterprise architectures as a part of the ongoing development of the government IT operations. The goal in the first phase is to find the mental scheme, which is used by the participating directions at the moment.



Enterprise Architecture, Government, e-Government


Ubiquitous Computing


  • UbiKnows - Ubiquitous Cross-Cultural Knowlegde Spaces 

Partners: Tampere University of Technology, Pori, Keio University, Komazawa University and Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan
Duration: 2009 - 2010
Contact person: Senior researcher Anneli Heimbürger,

The project has two objectives. The first objective is to design a collaborative cross-cultural knowledge space (UbiKnowS) in which computers and other technological devices are hidden in physical and/or in virtual space supporting the work of cross-cultural collaborative teams. UbiKnowS includes functions and objects which are based on cross-cultural and technical requirement specifications from the viewpoint of distributed architectures, processes, roles, tasks and practices in Japanese and Finnish research teams. The second objective of the research is to demonstrate UbiKnowS in a collaborative research project. The system will be designed based on distributed computing and service-oriented architectures utilizing the specifications and activities of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and ISO standards.

Keywords: Ubiquitous Computing, Cross-Cultural Communcation


Business-oriented IT development

 We have successful experience of the development projects carried out in SMSs. The key words are needs-based development and business support.

  • BIC - A Feasibility Study for Building Business Innovation Capacity - Current State Analysis of the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the St. Petersburg Area 2008 – 2009

Partners: St.Petersburg University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics
Contact person: Research director Hannakaisa Isomäki, tel. +358 14 260 3021

The primary objective of this project is to provide research results, based on which the St. Petersburg University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics and University of Jyväskylä are able to evolve the structures of doctoral education to reach the aims of providing career paths in industry. Particular interest is addressed towards expanding the areal innovation capacity by supporting doctoral students for ICT supported business, such as spin-off firms. In addition, based on the results of this project, prospects for diversified collaboration between Finnish and Russian actors in the field of this kind of innovation undertakings are considered and further joint proposals will be developed.



The quality of software production

Research concerning the quality improvement of software processes and software products enables our partner organizations to make their operations more effective, to increase growth, and to evaluate the profitability of their investments, as well as improving the marketing of software products.


Partners: Tekes, University of Oulu, Helsinki University of Technology, Teleca Finland Oy, Filtronic Comtek Oy, NetHawk Oyj, BasWare Oyj, Softability Oy, Ixonos Oyj
Duration: 2007-2009
Contact person: Project Manager Marikka Heikkilä, tel. +358 14 260 3159

The general objective of VASPO-project is to develop and integrate a systematic approach to improve software processes and change management practices in software companies. The central themes are: 1) Management and improvement of software processes, 2) Organizational change management process, 3) Value-based software process improvement, 4) Software process metrics

The results of the project consist of several reports on the objectives of the project. The results are not only based on literature reviews, but active cooperation with case companies. In this way, theoretical findings are grounded and tailored to Finnish context, to Finnish software companies. The utilization of action research methodology strengthens this as scientific findings are introduced and embedded into the organizations and their daily life and processes.

Keywords: Software Process Improvement, Organisational Change Management

Partners: Tekes, Nokia, Tecnomen, Comptel, Nethawk, Mikkelin Puhelin
Duration: 2007-2009
Contact Person: Prof. Pasi Tyrväinen, tel. +358 14 260 3093 / Project manager Mirja Pulkkinen, tel. +358 14 260 2538

The SmarTop project explores the evolution of telecom operator software, and focuses on the development of the software market in this domain. The project aims at developing a method for the analysis of a vertical software market - in particular, the market of software deployed by telecom operators. The targeted result is a method for analyzing the software market evolution for this vertical market. The project goals also include: 1.) examining the status of horizontalization of software and services, 2.) determining the current and possible future de facto standardization of software interfaces, and 3.) analysing the evolving roles of (the providers and) the operators in the software development. As a starting point, the current business processes and technologies used in the telecom operator business are surveyed, and the development trends of the processes and technologies are analyzed. The further development of software markets will be analyzed by matching available data with a bench-mark data for vertical segmentations in other industries. As the framework for organizing market data and the results of previous studies, a model of vertical software market evolution (Ref.) will be used.

Keywords: Telecom, software business, market analysis

Knowledge management and the ICT applications for education


ICT technology is innovatively utilized in our education and knowledge management projects. We have strong know-how in enhancing organizations´ ICT skill development by using the new implementation models that support organizations strategies.


  • DL - Implementing Web based teaching methods and practices for distance learning in Finnish – Russian intercultural masters’ programme  2008 – 2009
Partners: St.Petersburg University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics
Contact person:
Research director Hannakaisa Isomäki, tel. +358 14 260 3021

The objective is to develop a pedagogical model for DL in mutual higher education between JY and ITMO. Quality assurance criteria are also developed at the same time with creating the model. The purpose is to design a model for a production of education by means of research and development. The project also entails mapping, testing and piloting the compatibility of different educational systems. As outcomes of the project an intercultural, web-based training model, implementation model and study model are envisaged. This pedagogical model is created within Finnish – Russian collaboration to widen the academic co-operation based on the Bologna process.


  • iCOPER - Interoperable Content for Performance in a Competency-driven Society

Partners: WU Wien, Open University UK, University of Cyprus and 19 other partners
Duration: 2008 - 2011
Contact person: Adjunct professor Jan Pawlowski, tel. +358 14 260 2596

Driven by a consortium of key players in the European arena iCOPER will access to a critical mass of more than 15,000 hours of integrated educational content. Based on this beneficial infrastructure the project will systematically analyze the implementation of existing specifications such as IMS RCDEO, IMS LD, SQI, and QTI. iCOPER's underlying pedagogical framework will guide a consensus building approach to developing Best Practices, addressing issues such as (1) exchange of competency models in a cross-cultural educational context, (2) collaboration around learning designs, (3) integration of content via federated search and harvesting, (4) reuse of instructional models and
content in learning deliver environments, (5) interoperability of item
banks for assessment and evaluation.


Keywords: open educational ressources, open content, re-use, reference
modeling, learning technology standards


  • ASPECT - Adopting Standards and Specifications for Educational Content

Partners: European Schoolnet, KU Leuven, Open University NL, and

20 other partners
Duration: 2008 - 2011
Contact person: Adjunct professor Jan Pawlowski, tel. +358 14 260 2596

ASPECT is a Best Practice Network for educational content that involves 23 partners from 16 countries, including 10 Ministries of Education (MoE), four commercial content developers and leading technology providers who are all actively contributing to the standardisation process. Initially, 13 content providers add additional content (both professionally produced and user-generated by teachers/pupils) to a critical mass of educational resources in an existing Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) for schools. This is a federated network of 20 learning content repositories that has been developed by European Schoolnet and its supporting MoEs together with other partners that include the ARIADNE Foundation.


Keywords: open educational ressources, open content, re-use, schools,
quality assurance, evaluation


  • COSMOS - An Advanced Scientific Repository for Science Teaching and Learning

Partners: Liverpool John Moores University, Växjö University,

Foundation for research and Technology Hellas, and 9 other partners
Duration: 2007 - 2009
Contact person: Adjunct professor Jan Pawlowski, tel. +358 14 260 2596

The main purpose of the COSMOS project is to create an experimental laboratory for students and teachers in order to improve science instruction by expanding the resources for teaching and learning in schools and universities and by providing more challenging and authentic learning experiences for students. The project will build upon the state of the art developments as regards the interoperability architectures and metadata standards and the latest evolutions in learning technologies to perform an extended validation on the effectiveness and the efficiency of the proposed approach in the science teaching and learning.


Keywords: open educational ressources, open content, re-use, science
education, teacher training

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