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HIIT's work is organised in research programmes, each consisting of several research groups. In addition HIIT has a research spearhead of HIIT Wide Focus Area, Augmented Science.

The publications of HIIT are most typically listed in the researchers' own web pages, and additionally in the publication registers of University of Helsinki and Aalto University.

HIIT partners with universities and research institutions in Europe, North America and Asia: Berkeley (ICSI and UC Berkeley), Tsinghua University, MIT, NICTA and UCL, to name a few. Cooperation with international companies in ICT and other knowledge intensive fields is active too.

HIIT research is funded by Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Tekes, Academy of Finland and other foundations financing Finnish hi-tech research, the European Union and private companies.

High ethical standards are essential for the future of research and the internal development of science and its place in society. Disregard of good scientific practice and misconduct and fraud in research have serious repercussions for science. Research ethics also encompasses the research subject's right to privacy and protecting the subject from other harm. Utilising research results involves ethical issues concerning the researcher, scientific community and society. HIIT uses the ethical committees of its mother universities, Aalto University and University of Helsinki.