University of Oulu joins the European AI DIH Network

University of Oulu joins the European AI DIH Network

SuperIoT AI DIH lead by University of Oulu, Allied ICT Finland, was one of the five finalists in the Champions Challenge 2019. The competition was arranged by the DIHNET.EU. Results were released in Madrid and in the same context a new network for future innovation hubs was founded.

--This shows that we are on the right track and our results have been recognized, says professor Jukka Riekki, the dean of faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu.

Among 150 applicants Oulu was also selected to the group of 30 best to set up European AI Digital Innovation Hub Network. Consortium agreement was signed in Madrid in the 3rd Stakeholder Forum on Digitising European Industry. This network project builds operating model and tools for future DIH networks.

-Our DIH is established in 2016 and already has 300 ICT member companies and it collaborates closely with other Digital Innovation Hubs around Europe. Additionally, the DIH has access to a research and development pool of 20 universities and technical research organisations in Finland, says SuperIoT Alliance Leader Pekka Jokitalo from the University of Oulu.

-With these world class resources and competencies that we have, SuperIoT AI DIH can serve both SMEs and large global companies in developing digital products and services, digital transformation and scaling up business, adds professor Jukka Riekki.


SuperIoT AI DIH supports its ICT ecosystem companies in digitising the European industry; focusing on IoT, Edge AI and 5G technologies. The DIH focuses on generating international business tailored for each customer’s needs, using the proven Runway model. The key services are: 

  • DMA for companies (needs for digitalisation)
  • Innovation support (solutions and projects)
  • Establish ICT consortia for digitalisation projects
  • Mentor in business planning
  • Planning digitalisation projects
  • Funding acquisition
  • Project management
  • Training


Artificial Intelligence research and development in the University of Oulu is covering a wide range of different areas:

  • Core AI, Machine learning
  • Distributed computing, Edge AI
  • Medical and Health AI
  • Computer Vision, Emotion AI
  • AI for Wireless
  • Robotics
  • Atmospheric AI


DIHNET.EU enables the coordination of European, national and regional initiates directly supporting the digital transformation and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs). The project will create a sustainable pan-European network of networks, with a focus on regional DIHs, by developing a set of tools and boosting the collaboration of the different DIH networks, DIHs and other key DIH stakeholders in Europe.

Digital technologies are bringing a step change in the way we design, produce, commercialize and create value from all types of goods and relevant services. The European Commission is investing in Digital Innovation Hubs as means to support businesses in their digital transformation and is promoting cooperation among them. To this end, the European Commission has launched a preparatory action to establish a framework for continuous collaboration and networking between Digital Innovation Hub focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and provide evidence and support for the preparation of relevant policy in view of future programmes.

Last updated: 18.11.2019