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Oulu Developing the Future Internet

Center for Internet Excellence (CIE), and several Oulu-based companies (Admino Technologies, Cyberlightning, Ludocraft and Playsign) are working together to define and create a new Future Internet. This development work is part of a four-year EU project FI-WARE that is building the Core Platform of the Future Internet. This totally new Internet technology platform is aimed to increase global competitiveness of the European ICT companies and economy. Read more >>

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Development and training environment for production of distributed renewable energy

In a two-year project a pilot power plant for electricity and heat production was built. The modular pilot plant was built in containers so the plant or parts of it is easy to move around. The plant was built at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences School of Engineering and will be used as a learning environment for future engineers. Read more >>

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Digital Health Revolution

Healthcare is facing challenges which call for fundamental shift towards personalized, proactive, preventive and participatory health service solutions. Increasing chronic disorders and financial cost burden demonstrate the need of cost effective, prevention-based approaches. The vision of multidiciplinary research program Digital Health Revolution (DHR) is that future healthcare will allow citizens to control and make use of his or her personal data. Read more >>

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Business Kitchen Transforms Nordic Know-how into Growth and Business

Business Kitchen is collaboration between Oulu Innovation Center partners and other key organizations in Oulu area. In the Business Kitchen, the public sector meets the private sector and the students meet the serial entrepreneurs.  Read more >>

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SMARCTIC – A roadmap to Arctic specialization

Arctic areas are becoming increasingly important to Europe because of their natural resources, and as traffic route from Asia to Europe and North America. This development is an opportunity for Finland, as there’s already plenty of knowhow on arctic environment and how to operate in those challenging conditions. The knowhow is however scattered, geographically and to several sectors around Finland.  Read more >>

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A Simple Way to Monitor Patients’ Heart Rate in First Aid

One of the first commercialized innovations developed within Oulu Innovation Alliance is Spektikor’s groundbreaking ECG-indicator. Spektikor ECG-indicator is the world’s smallest and lightest visual heart rate monitor that recognizes a patient’s heartbeat in mere seconds. Read more >>

 

Oulu Advanced Research on Software and Information Systems (OASIS)

OASIS is a Martti Ahtisaari Instituutti (MAI) project. The Oulu Advanced Research on Software and Information Systems research group studies how software and information systems, in particular web-based services, can best serve people and organizations to perform knowledge work and other similar activities. Read more >>

 

Sustainable and Efficient Economic Development (SEED)

Sustainable and Efficient Economic Development (SEED) project looks at the basic principles and possibilities in energy markets, regional development and sound economic pathways for developing countries. Read more >>

 

Sensing and Shaping service business relationships (SHARP)

SHARP is a Martti Ahtisaari Instituutti (MAI) project. The SHARP research group studies dynamics of service business through sensing and shaping service business relationships from the perspectives of service modularity, service market creation, service network orchestration and service branding. Read more >>

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Oulu Developing the Future Internet

Center for Internet Excellence (CIE), and several Oulu-based companies (Admino Technologies, Cyberlightning, Ludocraft and Playsign) are working together to define and create a new Future Internet. This development work is part of a four-year EU project FI-WARE that is building the Core Platform of the Future Internet. This totally new Internet technology platform is aimed to increase global competitiveness of the European ICT companies and economy.

The work done in Oulu will give guidelines to more seamless use of 3D and augmented reality as a part of everyday Internet. Then for instance, an already existing 3D model of Oulu downtown could be accessed with a regular web browser.

Employment and competitiveness for Oulu based ICT companies

The Oulu team received 3,4 million Euros funding for developing web-interfaces supporting 3D and augmented reality features. Overall, FI-WARE project includes 46 companies and research institutes from 12 EU countries, with a total budget of over 66M€.

In Oulu, this project alone will create dozens of new jobs for 3D developers. New opportunities will emerge through networking and cooperation, and this project will further strengthen Oulu’s reputation as a place for developers of new technology. Existing know-how is being redirected into new ideas and boosting new business activities.

Undoubtedly, FIWARE is the most remarkable European project to develop the future Internet platform. For CIE and other companies in the region, being part of the project opens new opportunities for international research cooperation with companies and other research institutes.

The project is also a great push for realXtend, an open source virtual world platform developed earlier in Oulu. It substantially expands the usage of realXtend by widening its developer and user base, as well as accelerating the 3D Internet business openings for other companies in the area.

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Development and training environment for production of distributed renewable energy

In a two-year project a pilot power plant for electricity and heat production was built. The modular pilot plant was built in containers so the plant or parts of it is easy to move around. The plant was built at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences School of Engineering and will be used as a learning environment for future engineers.

In the project, a modular and movable combined heat and power (CHP) unit was created. It measures the burning process of different renewable energy sources, such as wood gas or, biogas and solid fuels providing information what is the best way to burn the raw-materials, thus enabling optimization of power and heat production.

Building the CHP unit has improved R&D possibilities not only for OUAS members, but also for the companies working on the region as they will also be able to use the unit in their development processes. At the same time the new testing and piloting environment will enable better cooperation possibilities between the companies and the OUAS degree program in Energy Technology. The CHP unit is ready to connect electricity from biofuels to be offered to electric power transmission network and in the long run, it could also help production of renewable energy in Northern Finland.

Oulu University of Applied Sciences carried out the project in cooperation with VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Oulu University, Council of Oulu Region (PPL) and Randax. 

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Oulu leading the Digital Health Revolution

Healthcare is facing challenges which call for fundamental shift towards personalized, proactive, preventive and participatory health service solutions. Increasing chronic disorders and financial cost burden demonstrate the need of cost effective, prevention-based approaches. The vision of multidiciplinary research program Digital Health Revolution (DHR) is that future healthcare will allow citizens to control and make use of his or her personal data.

Digital Health Revolution project explores health data from different sources, exploits the data through smart combination and develops successful data movements across systems and services. The goal is to identify the best ways to relay personal health information back to the public to improve their possibilities to manage their own health and wellbeing.

For the benefit of individuals, society and business

Digital Health Revolution focuses on the scientific, economic, ethical, societal, legal and political aspects of personal health data in order to increase individual health capability, related business and societal aims. The project will strengthen the ongoing healthcare paradigm shift towards proactive, personalized health maintenance, lowered healthcare cost and new digital health marketplace for the benefit of individuals, society and business.

The project is coordinated by the Centre for Health and Technology/University of Oulu. Partners of the expert consortium consists of Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM/University of Helsinki, University of Lapland, University of Oulu, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology, Technical Research Center of Finland and National Consumer Research Center. These partners are specialized in mobile monitoring, genomics, service and interface design, behavior change, personal analytics and computer science.

Project duration: The project was started 1.8.2014. It is funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

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Business Kitchen Transforms Nordic Know-how into Growth and Business

Business Kitchen is collaboration between Oulu Innovation Center partners and other key organizations in Oulu area. In the Business Kitchen, the public sector meets the private sector and the students meet the serial entrepreneurs.

Business Kitchen works across organizational boundaries helping to create connections between universities and entrepreneurs and offers a joint working space bringing them closer to one another.

Business Kitchen has reached seamless collaboration in a very short time. Over 25 companies have been steered to a growth track, and 30 new companies have been created within one year, among them also student entrepreneurs.

One of the successful events within this cooperation was Midnight Pitch Fest in summer 2013. Almost 50 Finnish and global professional investors, about 70 start-ups and an audience of 1 000 people participated. Midnight Pitch Fest brought start-ups, start-uppers and audiences together. The entrepreneurs were welcomed to pitch their ideas on any business sector regardless whether they were in pre-seed, seed, startup or growth stage. Thanks to its success, Midnight Pitch Fetch will be arranged again in 2014.

Business consists of several entrepreneurship related activities and support functions, which are Business Blender, Demola-Network, Oulu SES and RIPA Business Services. Business Kitchen works in close collaboration with BusinessOulu and University of Oulu.

http://www.businesskitchen.fi/

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SMARCTIC – A roadmap to Arctic specialization

Arctic areas are becoming increasingly important to Europe because of their natural resources, and as traffic route from Asia to Europe and North America. This development is an opportunity for Finland, as there’s already plenty of knowhow on arctic environment and how to operate in those challenging conditions. The knowhow is however scattered, geographically and to several sectors around Finland.

To study these challenges a project called Roadmap to a smart Arctic specialization (SMARCTIC) was started in November 2012. The objective of this 2-year project, funded by Tekes, is to formulate a future vision and a roadmap towards further development of Finnish Arctic expertise. The project will primarily evaluate how the principles of sustainable development and human wellbeing shall be realized in future natural resource exploitation projects, and when taking advantage of new transportation routes.

The project is based on an innovative combination of high-level expertise, through which interdisciplinary interfaces can be evaluated and possibly lead to new innovations.

The project is a multi-disciplinary effort with close to one hundred experts involved in its planning and implementation. The implementation of the project will be based on several work packages, which will be realized in inter- and multidisciplinary working groups, with members from Oulu University of Applied Sciences Oulu UAS, VTT and Oulu University’s Thule Institute. The generated vision and roadmap will provide the base for a large strategic opening in the future. 

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A Simple Way to Monitor Patients’ Heart Rate in First Aid

One of the first commercialized innovations developed within Oulu Innovation Alliance is Spektikor’s groundbreaking ECG-indicator. Spektikor ECG-indicator is the world’s smallest and lightest visual heart rate monitor that recognizes a patient’s heartbeat in mere seconds.  It saves time by making it easy to monitor a patient’s heart rate under all circumstances. Spektikor ECG-indicator visualizes the heartbeat with an LED light so the patient’s condition can be monitored from a distance and many patients can be monitored at the same time.

Spektikor ECG-indicator is a groundbreaking innovation as it may normally take medical professionals even 30 seconds to recognize a patient’s heartbeat, but the time between checkups gets easily long. This means that it may take even 10 minutes to notice a chance in a patient’s pulse. With Spektikor ECG-indicator medical professionals can notice the change within seconds.

Spektikor ECG-indicator is a small, single-use heart rate identifier that makes it easy to monitor a patient’s heart rate on the move, in the dark and in noisy environments, hence it is very useful for instance during  accidents and in disaster areas.

The Spektikor ECG-indicator uses printed intelligence technology that enables flexible, thin and lightweight diagnostic products that can be mass-produced in a cost-efficient and sustainable manner. It is developed in cooperation with Spektikor, Oulu University of Applied Sciences School of Social and Health Care, PrintoCent, Oulu University Hospital, Tekes and Foundation for Finnish Inventions.

The Spektikor ECG-indicator has been in mass-production since 2013. In the future Spektikor’s expertise and know-how will be seen in various single use medical device solutions.

Oulu Advanced Research on Software and Information Systems (OASIS)

OASIS is a Martti Ahtisaari Instituutti (MAI) project. The Oulu Advanced Research on Software and Information Systems research group studies how software and information systems, in particular web-based services, can best serve people and organizations to perform knowledge work and other similar activities.

The their 2-year study the research group will focus on four research areas: service design, customer engagement, social web innovation, and the next generation of the web. Project will end in 2015.

Sustainable and Efficient Economic Development (SEED)

Sustainable and Efficient Economic Development (SEED) project looks at the basic principles and possibilities in energy markets, regional development and sound economic pathways for developing countries.

Sustainability has many dimensions and definitions but current economic development clearly emphasizes the role of economic dimensions in sustainable development. Unless economic processes are based on sound and cost-effective principles no possibilities for sustainability in the terms of other dimensions are possible.

The core of national research collaboration in this project is based on collaboration between the university and two sector research institutes. These institutes are the Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA) and Finnish Environment Institute. We have research collaboration with the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the United States, with the Center of Environmental and Resource Economics and Management (CERE) in Umeå, Sweden and the Department of Economic Geography at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. We collaborate with several national energy companies.

The study is ongoing during 2013­ - 2015.

Sensing and Shaping service business relationships (SHARP)

SHARP is a Martti Ahtisaari Instituutti (MAI) project. The SHARP research group studies dynamics of service business through sensing and shaping service business relationships from the perspectives of service modularity, service market creation, service network orchestration and service branding.

The group advances the theoretical and managerial knowledge and studies business services with understanding of the service networks and variety of roles of different actors in the value creation with the customer. In service business two inter-related research aspects are recognized; service marketing and service management.

The SHARP research group aims to contribute to scientific knowledge to advance business excellence and thus to influence at local, national and international level. With current progress in service businesses, management challenges become more complex. Companies benefit from service-oriented approach and explore the new innovative opportunities and methodologies that academic research can develop. Our research is grounded on the ambition to create knowledge that will enable firms to develop their service business in a customer focused way.

SHARP researchers co-operate internationally with researchers from Lancaster University, Linköping University, Cranfield University and University of West Georgia.

In addition the SHARP group works with several industry partners and public organizations that can benefit from the findings. The study is ongoing during 2013­ - 2015.