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Turku IS “super week” was hold during 12-16 August, 2013 including the eBEREA meeting and the Information Systems and information Society Forum.
On 16 August, the last day of the “super week”, The 3rd Sino-Finnish Information Systems and Information Society Forum took place which was co-organized by eBEREA, ICT Alliance/Tivit (Digile) and China Economic Information Society (TBC) and University of Turku / Turku School of Economics as local host.
With international cooperation towards the expanding science and research market in China?
Considerable investments in higher education and science in China have led to an international race for collaboration projects with China. Also Finland and Sweden have invested a great deal into expanding their activities and developing competitive networks in China. Why and how should collaboration with China be done in higher education, particularly within ICT? Can the Nordic countries afford not to go to China? At Hanasaari’s international high-level forum in Espoo on Monday June 17, 2013 experiences of collaboration projects will be shared and ideas for future activities discussed from a Finnish-Swedish perspective.
The forum Focus on China. A high-level forum on international cooperation in higher education and ICT brings together key actors and experts from China, Sweden and Finland. The event will be opened by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Finland, HE Huang Xing.
At Hanasaari we work long-term with the aim of promoting debate in topical issues in higher education and research. The China-forum is an significant new international initiative, says CEO Gunvor Kronman.
The topic is particularly timely also from the perspective that Finland and China recently have decided to deepen their innovation partnership, explains Jaani Heinonen, Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Employment.
There is a demand in China for Finnish and Swedish expertise and education technology. We could make better use of it if we had closer cooperation between the different actors, including research, education and development of new technology-based solutions as well as their commercialization. The tested, functioning solutions that have been developed in the Chinese partnerships are also useful when aiming for other markets, such as Africa or other growing economies. This opportunity is not often discussed, states Director Jani Kaarlejärvi from TIVIT, the Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation in the Field of ICT.
The Forum takes place on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 10 am – 5 pm at Hanasaari in Espoo, Finland. The language of the Forum is English. The program of the event can be found in Hanasaari’s Events Calendar. You can also follow a live stream of the Forum at www.hanaholmen.fi/stream. Organizers: Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, TIVIT – Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation in the Field of ICT and China-Finland ICT Alliance.
Additional information and interview requests:
Director Jani Kaarlejärvi, TIVIT, email@example.com, +358 40 540 7896
Program Coordinator Kaisa Kepsu-Lescelius, Hanasaari, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 40 544 8444
高等教育和科研在中国的大量投资带来了与中国合作项目的国际竞争。其中芬兰和瑞典也都进行了大量投资建立有竞争力的网络以扩大他们在中国的活动和发 展 。为什么以及应该如何与中国在高等教育，特别是在信息通讯技术方面进行合作？北欧国家能承受失去与中国在此方面展开合作和机会吗？ 2013年6月17日，星期一，将在芬兰埃斯波Hanasaari酒店举行国际高层论坛，就以往的合作项目经验展开讨论，并从芬兰和瑞典的角度讨论未来发 展的想法。
芬兰国家就业与经济部副总干事Jaani Heinonen解释说，这次的主题非常及时，因为芬兰和中国最近已决定加深他们在创新方面的合作伙伴关系 。
中芬信息与通信技术（ICT）联盟国际合作部总监Jani Kaarlejärvi认为，芬兰和瑞典的专业知识 和教育技术在中国有需求。如果我们与不同的合作方，包括研究，教育 和发展新技术为基础的解决方案，以及他们的商品化之间有更密切的合作，我们可以更好地利用芬兰和瑞典的专业知识和教育技术资源。同时这些基于与中国的合作 伙伴关系发展的经验积累也将适用于其他市场，如非洲或其他新兴经济体 ，然而这并没有经常讨论。
TIVIT – 国际合作部总监Jani Kaarlejärvi，email@example.com, +358 40 540 7896
Hanasaari – 日程协调员Kaisa Kepsu-Lescelius, Hanasaari, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 40 544 8444
The 2013 eBEREA Doctoral Winter School was held successfully on January 8 – 22, 2013 in Beijing, China, as well as accompanying with the Sino-Finnish Research Forum on Information Systems and Information Society – Concepts and Approaches (1.11-13.2013). It was one of the eBEREA international schools for doctoral students. The Winter School is organized by: eBEREA – The eBusiness Education and Research Network for Euro-Asian Collaboration (www.eberea.org); and Renmin University of China (www.ruc.edu.cn/en1024) as the local host, with support from EU FP7 IRSES Marie Curie Program.
About 60 participants came from Europe, China and USA, including Aalto University, University of Jyväskylä , Åbo Akademi University, Delft University of Technology, China-Finland ICT Alliance, TIVIT, Sino-Finnish Centre of Tongji University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, State Information Center, Net Rule Research Centre, Renmin University, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University, Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication, MIT Media Lab, Texas Tech University, and Symantec (USA). The invited speakers gave lectures and speeches for the doctoral students from both Europe and China. The doctoral students presented their on-going research work or working papers, and followed by group working and discussion sessions to proceed with the improvement of research papers for later publication and create joint proposals for later application.
The attendances visited the CERNET Center in Tsinghua University with a future Internet symposium supported by Information Technology Center of Tsinghua University. In addition, the Winter School organized an interesting industrial visiting to an impressive warehouse of 360buy located in Beijing, which is the one of the leading e-commerce companies in China.
This event was co-organized by eBEREA, the China information Economics Society (CIES) and TIVIT. eBEREA (The eBusiness Education and Research Network for Euro-Asian Collaboration) is a consortium promoting and facilitating eBusiness and eServices education and research, partly funded by European Union and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.
TIVIT / China-Finland ICT Alliance, and Finland as the only country outside China, were invited as facilitators of international R&D&I cooperation in Future Networking and Digital Services Innovation to this kick-off event of the Industry Innovation Center for Future Network, China (IICFNC) for research and development of Next Generation Networking (ipv6 Internet and beyond).
IICFNC is supported by the Nanjing municipal and Jiangsu Provincial governments and recognized by key Ministries and companies. It involves experts, including several Academicians and leaders of China Internet research such as Prof. Wu Jianping of CERNET / Tsinghua, a long term collaborator who was keynote speaker in June 2012 in the 3rd Future Internet Summit organized in Finland by TIVIT.
The work is at early stage and the directions are being discussed, like the role of “incremental” vs. “disruptive” approaches and how they can be co-developed.
In addition to network technology issues the invited talks and discussions dealt with the role of services and content in the (future) Internet and also the issues in business models, incentives, control points, as well as regulatory and policy making issues. The participation included senior representatives of government, academia and industry (including Huawei and ZTE). These topics relate rather well the current Finnish ICT & Digital services strategic research agendas.
Objectives for the Cooperation
- The objectives were defined in a MoU signed at the “Nanjing Forum” between Industry Innovation Center for Future Network, China (IICFNC) and The Finnish Strategic Center for Science, Technology and Innovation in ICT (TIVIT), as the Finland side Coordinator for The China-Finland ICT Alliance:
- to jointly advance bilateral and international R&D&I activities in future networking and digital services innovation … via research and in promoting open frameworks, architectures, enabling software technologies and platforms as a basis for future services in China, in Finland, and together in the global market.
- For creating solutions for the future society addressing the needs of industry, business, public sector and the citizens. The aim is to support the creation of knowledge-based economy, service-oriented government, and people-oriented, open, inclusive and sustainable development of the information society based on new information infrastructure. For this the development of information industry, information resources and education and training are needed.
- organizing meetings in January 2013 in Beijing to identify cooperation topics and modes for joint China – Finland/EU – US research:
- to plan participation and timing of expert workshops in Spring-Summer 2013
- to prepare for initiating business oriented R&D&I involving companies (network technology companies, operators and Internet companies) and to extend the use of interlinked testbeds in China and in Europe and in the US, Japan and Korea who are already active with China in test networks.
- to link education cooperation to research, e.g. Doctoral Exchange programs (like EU FP7 Marie Curie IRSES currently ongoing both in IS and in Networking areas) and arranging invitational resreach forums to discuss regulatory and policy making issues. Such approach has been included in the ICT Alliance cooperation during 2012- 2013 by jointly organizing two Sino-Europen Information Systems and Information Society Research Forums in Espoo and in Beijing.
The Beijing Expo and Forum was important event in explicitly recognizing the potential of Ageing Society Services also as a basis for very large and emerging industry with invited experts from the relevant Ministries, the Beijing City Government, Companies, NGOs and academia.
Two new entities were launched that are relevant for business oriented R&D&I with already ongoing joint projects involving Finnish companies and universities for piloting and research.
1) Beijing Innovation Alliance of Aging Service Industry
- Beijing Bureau of Civil Affairs
- Beijing Academy of Science and Technology (BJAST)
- Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission
2) International Research Center for Service Innovation for Elderly People (IRCSI)
- Beijing Research Center of Urban System Engineering (BRCUSE/BJAST), China
- Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (Fraunhofer IAO), Germany
- Aalto University, Finland, as Key University Partner
Matti Hämäläinen is facilitating the linking IRCSI with international research partners in Finland, Europe and US.
“Moving Forward in Research, Development and Innovation for Seniors: The China-Finland ICT Alliance and the Active Ageing Initiative as Open Platforms for Involving International Partners”.
The elderly services industry actors are now being linked with the China – Finland ICT Alliance, and the linking of international research partners to IRCSI in Beijing is also facilitated.
In December the work for setting up a new TIVIT Business Ecosystem: Elderely Care and Active Life (ECAL) was stared together with SalWe and with Tekes joining. Beijing is one key target and partner for it.
The key target and partner for ECAL is China and the companies include Active Life Village (ALV) as “integrator” and those companies who have been involved in the 2010 launched Sino-Finnish Active Ageing Initiative (by Aalto, ALV, Laurea and Espoo) and in Tekes funded Active Life Home project of ALV.
The Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST) and the European Commission together with some of the leading company and university partners from China and the European Union organised an international conference on ICT and digital services cooperation between China and Europe in Beijing, China, on 15-16 November 2012 (www.openchina-ict.eu). The event gathered about 300 international experts.
The China-Finland ICT Alliance (www.ictalliance.org) was invited to the event to present the “work in progress” and a potential model for creating and facilitating a new, open and dynamic approach for international R&D&I cooperation that can complement and boost existing cooperation instruments and frameworks between China and Europe. China-Finland ICT Alliance was also invited to moderate the concluding high-level panel on European-Chinese cooperation in ICT research. The Finnish side coordinator of the ICT Alliance is TIVIT, the Finnish Strategic Center for Science, Technology and Innovation in ICT, and the Chinese side coordinator is WiCO, the Shanghai Research Center for Wireless Communications.
The approach of the China-Finland ICT Alliance is based on open information sharing and joint interest discovery and thus enabling interested parties and contributors to join with minimum entry barriers and processing delays. It is becoming widely recognised that such a novel approach is a necessity for addressing urgent challenges in industry and society in a timely and globally scalable manner.
“We expect such an approach to speed up the innovation cycle both for the incremental improvements in today’s products and services and for providing immediate benefits to the parties involved. We believe that such an approach can also bring together elements that are required to create and quickly scale unforeseen and disruptive innovations. In the best case this may trigger the creation of new industries that leverage ICT and digital services”, say Matti Hämäläinen and Jani Kaarlejärvi of TIVIT.
The open approach allows moderating risks to companies, institutions and public stakeholders from being involved in cases that turn out not to become successes while allowing innovative teams and individuals to take challenges working together in international “cross-border” networks and working with teams combing a variety of expertise. The lightweight model, in practise, removes boundaries between different industrial “silos” and between different administrative domains and allows for early testing in adequately large-scale real-life environments in various cultures and geographies, resulting to solutions that are pre-tested and locally for complex systemic challenges.
“Implementing this approach and moving forward with institutional and governmental guidance and support from municipal and state levels, is expected to provide new opportunities for China-Finland R&D&I cooperation but even more importantly to help facilitating China-Europe cooperation – and beyond with international partners. The results so far have been encouraging. As we proceed, we welcome organisations and experts to join the dialogue and work in developing, studying and documenting new models for international R&D&I for repeatability and scaling”, conclude Matti Hämäläinen and Jani Kaarlejärvi.
For more information on joint China-Finland activities please see a recent report “New opportunities for China-Finland R&D&I cooperation” (Tekes report 295/2012, Jani Kaarlejärvi & Matti Hämäläinen (http://www.tekes.fi/u/china-finland.pdf).
The OpenChina-ICT programme is a key initiative funded by the European Commission 7th Framework with a view to develop a concrete EU-China ICT Cooperation Strategy to provide the necessary framework for strengthening European ICT research cooperation with China. As an important milestone of the project, the EU-China Dialogue Conference was dedicated to provide a forum of learning and networking event to promote EU-China ICT research activities and encourage participation and cooperation between China and European research communities.
The 2-day conference was composed of a plenary session followed by two subject tracks on the first day including a high-level dialogue meeting as a brainstorming session on how to promote ICT cooperation between both sides, a thematic track focusing on EU-China ICT cooperation research priorities. On the second day, a B2B session was arranged as an exclusive one-on-one occasion for European participants to exchange their project ideas and discuss cooperation in details with a group of pre-selected potential Chinese partners.
For more information on China-Finland ICT Alliance and TIVIT (www.tivit.fi), please contact
Dr. Matti Hämäläinen: email@example.com
Dr. Jani Kaarlejärvi: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Tina Junying Zhong: email@example.com
Sino-Finnish Elderly Care Forum and Pilot Ceremony, 6 November Wuhan:
Active Ageing cooperation Pilot in Wuhan goes live.
Active Ageing is a Sino-Finnish initiative launched at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai and then driven from Finnish side by Aalto & Active Life Village.
Wuhan University as the original partner has rapidly set up a consortium with partners active in joint development of the elderly services aiming at commercial scaling, with the Wuxin Ltd as the China side partner for Active Life Village. Also the Eastlake Park, one of the leading science and technology parks in China, and the Hubei provincial government, including involvement of the Vice-Governor level, have recognized the potential of this cooperation.
The event was co-organized by ICT Alliance / TIVIT, Aalto and Active Life Village at the Finnish side (Matti Hämäläinen as the program organizer) and Wuhan University and Wuxin Ltd as the local host (Mr. Huang, CEO).
The workshop (“Design Embedded in Life” key event during Radical Design Week) focused on the potential of improving the quality of life of ageing population and supporting active life at home by embedding technology into everyday life and finding ways to use existing technologies in more intelligent ways, for example in understanding daily activities, behaviors, and rhythms – including physical and emotional aspects.
Workshop brought together experts from universities, research institutions, companies, public sector entities, and NGOs, including Haier (world’s #1 Appliance manufacturer), MIT Media Lab, the major Chinese cities (Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan) and several Finnish SMEs.
Finland – China joint activities were highlighted and linked with key partnerships for facilitating the international cooperation in this emerging industry. Future cooperation and business opportunities for Finnish companies were discussed.
The event was organized by ICT Alliance / TIVIT (Matti Hämäläinen as the program chair) with SFC/ATDF (Matti M. Hämäläinen as the local host).
Role of Geoservices in Smart City infrastructure, potential of open approaches.
Workshop was co-organized by China-Finland ICT Alliance/TIVIT, Matti Hämäläinen as the Organizer & Co-Chair, and Aalto as local host. Academician Deren Li, China Academy of Sciences and China Academy of Engineering, is a recognized expert and advisor in China’s GIS, positioning system (GPS & Beidou) and Smart City research and development. Prof. Hu, Director of the National Engineering Research Centre of Multimedia Software (NERC-MS) has been working on city management and safety solutions. Both are based at Wuhan, which is China’s key center in this field.
Co-operation has been established with Wuhan U, the National Key Lab and companies (e.g. GeoStar) in geoservices representing leading expertise in China. In addition to participants, other relevant matching Finnish and EU partners to be identified.
On 12 June 2012 the Fifteenth Joint Session under the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement between China and Finland was organized in Helsinki. Topics on the agenda include: Nano Innovation Center, Arctic Issues, ICT Alliance and Cleantech.
In the ICT Alliance presentation (by Matti Hämäläinen) the suggestions for extending the established cooperation were made based on input from Finland and China:
Consider themes such as InternetOfThings/WebOfThings, mobile internet (e.g. mobile cloud), intelligent services, green ICT, energy efficiency and the creation of open real-world development, testing and experimentation environments (Living Labs).
Developing the ICT Alliance to actively facilitate cooperation between universities, research institutions and industry as well as to link it with work on future challenges such as energy, environment, urbanization, ageing population, and sustainable society.
Both sides agreed to explore possibilities of supporting ICT projects in future. MOST acknowledged the idea of extending the scope of the Alliance from infrastructure to digital services, and also brought up Design & Innovation cooperation, including SFC/ Aalto-Tongji Design Factory. In line with this TIVIT / ICT Alliance organized the “Design Embedded in Life” key event: “Intelligent Home – Wellbeing for Citizen” in November as part of RDW2012 in Shanghai.
3rd European Summit on the Future Internet took place in Espoo, Finland between 31st May and 1st June 2012. The Summit gathered approximately 200 leading business developers, academia and research institute representatives as well as high-level policy-makers from Europe and Asia. The aim of the event was to boost international collaboration and included a High-Level Roundtable: EU-China: Next Steps in Future Internet Collaboration.
The event was jointly organized by TIVIT, the coordinator of the China – Finland ICT Alliance, and SnT (the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust of the University of Luxembourg) as a high-class international event in Espoo, Finland.
Agreed a unifying theme: “Low cost, low energy intelligent everyday sensing and services”
Discussed how to involve some of the TIVIT programs, IoT and D2I in particular, in the planning of the next phase of the ICT Alliance.
The 4th International Workshop was organized to review the progress of current projects ending 2012 December, and to start planning joint themes for the next phase of the ICT Alliance.
The first day was for the Workshops in each three areas: Future Wireless Access, Future Networks and Future Services.
The results from the On-going Cooperation Projects include:
- Over 150 scientific papers
- 70 international standards proposals (some already accepted)
- 70 technical patents
- Several testbeds, joint tools as well as introduction of the concepts of Living Labs and campus based innovation
- Tens of academic exchanges and over hundred researchers involved in the projects and workshops.
These projects involving joint work and exchanges have laid a solid foundation for a broader and deeper collaboration between China and Finland in ICT and digital services field.
Location: Innopoli 2, Otaniemi, Addres: Tekniikantie 14, 02130 Espoo
Morning session in Edison 2 meeting room. Afternoon sessions in 4th floor Seminar room and meeting rooms.
9:00 − 9:30 Morning coffee & tea
9:30 − 9:45 Views on China-Finland R&D&I collaboration,
Teemu Varonen, Tekes & Jarmo E Heinonen, Tekes/Shanghai
9:45 − 10:00 The China-Finland ICT Alliance: status update and ways forward, forthcoming events
Matti Hämäläinen, TIVIT, China-Finland ICT Alliance coordinator
10:00 − 10:30 ICT Alliance projects, phase 1. (2010 − 2012): building on the results and experiences
– Future Wireless (NETS2020 ja JADE), Markku Juntti, University of Oulu
– Future Wireless Networking and Core Network (Energy and Cost Efficiency for Wireless Access)
Mikko Valkama, Tampere University of Technology
– Future Ubiquitous Services and Applications (UBISERVE), Marikka Heikkilä, University of Jyväskylä
10:30 − 11:00 Other joint initiatives in ICT & Services area – examples (a 10 min)
ICT for Aging Care and Safety: could China-Finland collaboration be a key for developing the emerging industry? Olli Nuuttila, Active Life Village Oy
Combining ePaper & Broadcast technologies: creating a novel information delivery platform,
Antti Laurikainen & Tiina Vuorio, Metropolia
Boosting eServices with China by education and research collaboration – case eBEREA network
Jukka Heikkilä, University of Turku, Turku School of Economics and University of Jyväskylä
11:00 − 11:10 Break
11:10 − 11:30 Possibilities for leveraging research programs and initiatives – TIVIT perspectives:
Research programs: IoT, Data to Intelligence, NextMedia, Cloud Software, and Services, Pauli Kuosmanen, TIVIT
Forge Service Development Laboratory, Jari Juopperi, TIVIT
11:30 − 12:00 Comments from companies on their interests in China R&D&I collaboration (a 5 min)
Elisa, Kimmo Pentikäinen,
Nokia, Roope Takala,
Ericsson, Tony Jokikyyny,
Renesasmobile, Kari Pehkonen
Gurux, Mikko Kurunsaari,
12:00 − 12:30 Open discussion on collaboration themes and interests
12:30 − 13:15 Lunch at Innopoli 2 restaurant
13:15 − 14:45 Breakout sessions: developing suggestions on themes & modes of joint research (Meeting rooms at the 4th Floor, Innopoli 2)