Research programme strengthened basic research in mechanical, civil and automation engineering


The Academy of Finland’s Research Programme on the Application of Information Technology in Mechanical, Civil and Automation Engineering (KITARA) strengthened expertise in basic research and upgraded the scientific level of Finnish research in the field. The programme also provided good examples of potential significant benefits to industry. These are among the key findings reported by the international evaluation panel that assessed the programme.

According to the evaluation panel, KITARA was overall a very successful and focused programme. The multidisciplinary approach was considered one of the programme’s strengths.

However, the evaluation panel noted that the volume of international collaboration varied a great deal across the projects and that there is still a need for further development in doctoral training and its monitoring in this field in Finland. The panel recommends that a new, multidisciplinary and consortium-based targeted call be launched and a doctoral programme be established in the field. 

The evaluation panel was asked to assess the programme as a whole, with a particular focus on its scientific quality. The evaluation also covered programme implementation, contribution to researcher training, collaboration as well as the significance and applicability of the research results. The panel was chaired by Professor Stephen Culley and the other panel members were Professor Thomas Olofsson, Professor Martin Fischer and Dr Hamish McAlpine (scientific secretary). 

The Research Programme on the Application of Information Technology in Mechanical, Civil and Automation Engineering was implemented in 2005–2009. Besides the Academy of Finland, the programme was also funded by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment.

The evaluation report is available on the Academy of Finland’s website at

More information:
Programme Manager Saila Karvinen, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 (0)40 591 3518, saila.karvinen(at)

Academy of Finland Communications
Riitta Tirronen
Communications Manager
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