Disruptive Technologies and Changing Institutions (TECH)

The strategic research programme Disruptive Technologies and Changing Institutions provides funding to research into the identification and utilisation of disruptive technologies. The research consortia are expected to address the following questions:

  • In the case of a concrete disruptive technology, how is it manifested in Finland and what are its potential benefits?
  • In order to make the best possible use of that particular disruptive technology, what changes are required in human activity, institutions and operational methods?
  • In what ways can the public sector best support a well-managed transition and thus create the best possible conditions for Finland to utilise disruptive technologies?

In addition, the consortia are expected to suggest ways in which we can ensure that businesses, employees, the public sector and consumers possess the resources and skills that promote an ability to adapt to the changes and risks brought about by disruptive technologies?


Competence-Based Growth Through Integrated Disruptive Technologies of 3D Digitalization, Robotics, Geospatial Information and Image Processing/Computing – Point Cloud Ecosystem (COMBAT/Pointcloud)
Harri Kaartinen, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI, consortium PI
Juha Hyyppä, Finnish Geospatial Institute
Timo Ojala, University of Oulu
Hannu Hyyppä, Aalto University
Petteri Alho, University of Turku
Arto Visala, Aalto University

Robots and the Future of Welfare Services (ROSE) 
Ville Kyrki, Aalto University, consortium PI
Pertti Koistinen, Tampere University
Arto Laitinen, Tampere University
Marketta Niemelä, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Jouni Kämäräinen, Tampere University
Katariina Raij, Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Helinä Melkas, Lappeenranta University of Technology

Smart Energy Transition - Realizing its Potential for Sustainable Growth for Finland's Second Century (SET) 
Armi Temmes, Aalto University, consortium PI
Sampsa Hyysalo, Aalto University
Mikael Hildén, Finnish Environment Institute
Jero Ahola, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Kaisa Matschoss, University of Helsinki
Ala Hasan, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Paula Kivimaa, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex
Kimmo Ollikka, VATT Institute for Economic Research
Päivi Laitila, Motiva
Markku Heinonen, The City of Lappeenranta
Tapio Koivu, Heureka

Digital Disruption of Industry (DDI) 
Martti Mäntylä, Aalto University, consortium PI
Kirsimarja Blomqvist, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Petri Kuosmanen, Aalto University
Riitta Smeds, Aalto University
Heikki Hämmäinen, Aalto University
Heikki Ailisto, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Timo Seppälä, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy
Jukka Hallikas, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Robin Gustafsson, Aalto University
Pekka Räsänen, University of Turku

Cloud Computing as an Enabler of Large Scale Variable Distributed Energy Solutions (BCDC Energy) 
Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen, University of Oulu, consortium PI
Matti Latva-Aho, University of Oulu
Sami Niemelä, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Jussi Kangasharju, University of Helsinki
Maija-Leena Huotari, University of Oulu

Platform Value Now: Value Capturing in the Fast Emerging Platform Ecosystem (PVN) 
Ahti Salo, Aalto University, consortium PI
Raija Koivisto, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Juhani Strömberg, Aalto University
Leena Ilmola, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Taija Turunen, Aalto University
Chihiro Watanabe, University of Jyväskylä
David Rejeski, Wilson Center
Pekka Neittaanmäki, University of Jyväskylä
Erkko Autio, Imperial College London
Brenda Fox, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

More information

Programme Director 
Chief research scientist Heli Koski 

Science Adviser Tuomas Katajarinne
tel. +358 29 533 5067

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