Infotech Oulu Annual Report 2013 - Research Groups

The research of Infotech Oulu is carried out in groups. The research groups mainly operate in those laboratories and departments where their directors are working. The selection of Infotech Oulu research groups is for a four-year period, and it is based on external scientific evaluation of the research presented by the applicants. For the period 2010–2013, five groups were selected as full members, and three groups as associate members. Some of them are joint groups at the University of Oulu and VTT Technical Research Centre.

The following groups were selected to Infotech Oulu as full members:

and as associate members:

The associate members did not received direct funding from Infotech Oulu, but the doctoral students in these groups could apply for doctoral program positions. In addition, all the groups could apply for special funding from the University of Oulu through Infotech Oulu.

Information technology is designated as one of the four focus research areas of the University of Oulu, including machine vision and ubiquitous computing, wireless communications, high-speed electronics and photonics, biomedical engineering, and information systems. The main research areas of Infotech Oulu are

  • electronics
  • communications engineering
  • computer science and information engineering


Infotech Oulu umbrella organization

The University of Oulu provided special funding of EUR 400 000 for Infotech Oulu in 2013. About 75% of this was directed to support for the full member groups. For the year 2013, EUR 750 000 was originally granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture to the Infotech Oulu Doctoral Program for its 25 student positions. The University of Oulu granted an additional EUR 38 000 for its coordination. The Academy of Finland granted EUR 430 000 for the years 2010–2013 for arranging courses given by visiting experts, and for covering traveling costs of doctoral students when taking part in conferences or working abroad. EUR 108 000 was awarded for the year 2013. The total funding was EUR 1 296 000 in 2013. During the past few years, Infotech Oulu has been able to apply for special funding from the University of Oulu (funding for infrastructure and for international recruitment of researchers). Adding this special funding, the total funding was EUR 1 686 000. The table below shows the funding in 2013, excluding any funding that the research groups may have been awarded in their own right.



University of Oulu; basic funding

 400 000

- doctoral program coordination

38 000

Ministry of Education and Culture

750 000

Academy of Finland

108 000


1 296 000

University of Oulu; infrastructure

390 000

all total

1 686 000

Research groups

The research groups are mainly funded externally. The total sum of annual external funding for the full members was EUR 14.0 million in 2013. Total external research funding, including that for the associate members, was EUR 17.5 million. Only about a quarter of the research work is financed through internal funding in the form of salaries of professors, research assistants, etc., excluding their estimated time used for teaching. The main source of financial support is Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, representing almost half of our external funding.

The following table shows the total external funding of the research groups in 2013. All the funding of the full member groups is channeled through the University, whereas the total funding includes also some funding channeled through VTT. The external research funding increased 16.5% from the previous year.


full members


Academy of Finland

 3 349 000

3 887 000

Ministry of Education and Culture (doctoral programs)

785 000

986 000


6 918 000

8 287 000

other domestic public

503 000

615 000

domestic private

1 556 000

2 031 000


844 000

1 737 000


13 955 000

17 543 000



The number of personnel in the full member research groups of Infotech Oulu was 269 at the end of 2013. The total number of personnel, including the associate members, was 361. There was a small increase from the previous year. Personnel from abroad represented 34.1% (+3.0%) of the total staff, and 37.3% (+3.6%) of the doctoral students. The table below shows the total number of personnel in different positions. The number of professors also includes acting professors, FidiPro professors and VTT’s research professors. The number of University nominated professors participating in the activities of the groups was about 25. The category “others” includes Master’s level students, secretaries and other support staff. Almost 97% of the personnel worked at the University of Oulu, and the others at VTT. One of the groups had an associate director from VTT.


full members





other senior or post-doctoral researcher



doctoral student









person years





The number of the publications of the research groups in 2013 are represented in the following table.


full members


journal article (refereed), original research



conference article (refereed)



review article, literature review, systematic review



book section, chapters in research books



non-refereed scientific articles



scientific books (monograph)



publications intended for professional communities



patents and invention disclosures




In addition, the publications have been classified based on their quality, according to the Publication Forum Project ( The total number of top level journal articles is 41, leading level 51, basic level 68 and not listed 9. Corresponding figures for conference proceedings are 8 in the leading level, 149 in the basic level and 87 not listed.

Infotech Oulu Evaluation

Evaluation of Infotech Oulu was arranged in 2013. The purpose of the evaluation was to select the research groups of Infotech Oulu for the period 2014-2017.

The application period for Infotech Oulu ended in spring. In the second phase, the evaluators came to Oulu in the autumn, and the evaluation panel interviewed the research groups. The final choice of membership in Infotech Oulu was made by the Infotech Oulu Board based on the proposal of the evaluators.

The evaluators are internationally renowned scientists in information technology: Professor Hans Burkhardt, Department of Computer Science, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany; Dr. Mark Craig Reed, University of New South Wales, and Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia; Professor Hannu Tenhunen, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and Professor Bernard C.Y. Tan, National University of Singapore (took part only in remote evaluation).

For the following four year period, the following nine groups were selected for Infotech Oulu:

  • Biomedical Engineering (BME)
  • Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems (BISG)
  • Center for Machine Vision Research (CMV)
  • Circuits and Systems (CAS)
  • Communications Signal Processing (CSP)
  • Electronic Materials, Packaging and Reliability Techniques (EMPART)
  • Networking (NET)
  • New Generation Optoelectronics for Measurement Applications (NeGOMA)
  • Radio Access Technologies (RAT)


Last updated: 26.2.2015