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15. March 2011

Technology Transfer Study Visit

Tampere, Finland on 4-5 October 2010

In October 2010, the Department of Electronics of the Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and Tamlink Innovation-Research-Development Ltd organized a 2-day study visit for bonita project partners in Tampere, Finland.

bonita partners frequently schedule study visits for consortium members to give them opportunities to learn about local companies, universities and research institutions. The study visit in Tampere offered participants guided tours at three different laboratories and were introduced to the circumstances and new methods related to technology transfer in Tampere and Finland.

The study visit started with an introduction of Technopolis plc – a real estate-service hybrid which provides business environments and services for knowledge-intensive companies and their partners. Technopolis Development Services help high tech growth companies gain access to investors, customers and partners. The Development Services consist of Nokia Technopolis Innovation Mill, Technopolis Online, and match-making and fundraising services.

Next, the project partners visited the Department of Information Studies and Interactive Media (INFIM) at the University of Tampere (UTA). The department is multidisciplinary, with scientists from computer, behavioral and social sciences, as well as humanities, design and art. The key competences of INFIM are in information retrieval, user-created media, game design and gaming experiences, everyday information practices and information literature.

The participants also visited Nokia Innovation Center Tampere which is an open innovation network, where information flows freely between collaborators, and joint teams regularly work together to achieve world-class scientific research results. The center was officially opened in September 2007, and about 80 researchers are currently involved in its activities. The collaborators include the TUT and the UTA. Nokia Innovation Center Tampere focuses on content and media ecosystems (future digital media; maintaining and sharing personal content between various devices), smart UI solutions (camera-end image processing; visual user interfaces for the next generation experience), mixed reality systems, and modular system architectures (advanced computer architectures and devices).

Also other internationally recognized open innovation environments – Demola and Protomo – were presented to the study visit participants. In Demola, university students develop product and service demo concepts together with companies and create new solutions to real-life problems. The immaterial property rights of the results stay with the multidisciplinary student teams, and the companies can purchase the rights or license the products or services from the students if desired. Demola also creates new spinoff companies around the innovations. During the first two years of Demola, over 100 service and product prototypes were developed and 95% of these were claimed for business use. Protomo is also a multidisciplinary and social innovation environment for developers of entrepreneur ideas, young talents and experienced professionals. Its basic idea is to provide facilities, support of the community, and discussions with experts, free of charge, to help develop new services and products for markets.

The second day of the study visit started with an introduction of the TUT and its research and innovation services. After the presentation, the partners were introduced to the Printing and Packaging Laboratory at TUT. Three closely related research groups-organic electronics, printable electronics and electronics packaging and reliability – share a dedicated laboratory of over 250 square meters, including a 60 square meter dust-free laboratory room hosting most of the printing equipment used in the research.

Finally, the project partners visited Remote Operation and Virtual Reality (ROViR) Centre at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. ROViR Centre specializes in developing remote handling and virtual technology for industrial applications. It conducts research for the ITER fusion programme and hosts a real-sized model of the base of the fusion reactor, the so-called Divertor Test Platform (DTP2).


Johanna Hakulinen, Project Manager,Tamlink Ltd (text)

Lasse Kaila, Dr. Tech.,Institute of Electronics at Tampere University of Technology (pictures)