Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems Group

"The Home of AI in Northern Scandinavia"

Artificial intelligence (AI) is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "The capacity of computers or other machines to exhibit or simulate intelligent behaviour" ["artificial intelligence, n." OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2017].

This is the area the BISG has been active in since the 1980s.

The ways the (human) intelligence can be simulated (see definition above) are vast. The IEEE Technology Navigator lists more than 40 topics associated with AI.

In particular, BISG is specialised in critical research areas along the entire chain of intelligent systems: sensing, knowledge acquisition, inference and learning, context awareness, mobile agents and information security.

Applications include reliable production systems, health and wellbeing systems and intelligent mobile robots, towards seamless artificial-natural systems, dependable Internet of things (IoT) and industry 4.0.

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Figure: The BISG specialties in AI.

Biomimetics: Across Nature and Technology

In addition to the group’s long-term research strands, BISG also aims to provide concrete new openings for the purpose of reacting to fundamentals and novelties to integrate better ICT and biotechnology/biomedicine. The rapid development of ICT and Bio has opened up new unexpected ways to achieve better and concrete synergies and integration of these research fields.

To realise the above goals, BISG has set up an initiative under the umbrella of Infotech Oulu in the form of a collaboration with Prof. Seppo Vainio.

In this framework, BISG collaborates with VTT Espoo, the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology at Technical University of Denmark, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

See also the research area page.

Overview of the Research Unit

BISG is a fusion of expertise from the fields of computer science and biology. In BISG, our bread and butter is intelligent systems, and our research areas include data mining, machine learning, robotics, and information security, with example applications in optimisation of industrial manufacturing processes and environmental monitoring with mobile robots. More details on the Research Areas page.

The group has its roots in intelligent systems research back in year 1985. Activity on secure software started in year 1996. As BISG, the group was founded in 2014 with a cross-disciplinary collaboration with Biocenter Oulu.

BISG has conducted research in national and international research projects funded by the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation Tekes and the European Union, also as international collaboration with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science JSPS and the USA National Science Foundation NSF. More details on the Projects page.

Several spin-offs were originated from the above research. More details on the Impact page.

Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems Group is a member of Infotech Oulu and Centre for Advanced Steel Research (CASR).


Data Analysis and Inference Group

Data Analysis and Inference Group conducts basic research in the field of computational data analysis and develops methods for diverse real-world modeling problems. The strengths of the DataAI Group include a strong mathematical and statistical background and broad knowledge in application areas.

Robotics Group

The mission of the Robotics Group is to study and develop methods, theories, sensors and platforms for creating mobile robots that are adaptive and capable of performing purposeful tasks in cooperation with humans. The group has participated many robotic EU framework projects and has been granted funded research from Tekes and Academy of Finland for more than ten millions euros. Robotics research activity at BISG includes collaboration with processing industry.


Oulu University Secure Programming Group (OUSPG)

The purpose of the Oulu University Secure Programming Group (OUSPG), active since 1996, is to study, evaluate and develop methods of implementing and testing application and system software in order to prevent, discover and eliminate implementation level security vulnerabilities in a pro-active fashion. Our focus is on implementation level security issues and software security testing.


Bio-IT Group

The recently started Bio-IT group focuses on biomimetics approaches. The objective of this research area is to merge ICT and Bio domains. Target outcomes include filling the gaps in the bridge area across both domains and generating novel approaches in these domains. The research methodology starts from the observation that Intelligent Systems are both artificial (e.g. machines, robots) and natural (e.g. complex biological organ system, organogenesis). Applications include novel biosensors, bioinformatics and bio-tech hybrid systems.


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