Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems Group

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).


Last updated: 17.8.2017