Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT is a joint research institute of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki for basic and applied research on information technology.

HIIT’s mission is to conduct top-level research, seamlessly moving between fundamental methods and technologies to novel applications and their impact on people and society. HIIT is a strategic partnership of the two universities to take Helsinki IT to the world class and keep it there. HIIT’s research is interdisciplinary, operating across departments and with industry. The current foci of research are AI, data, security and health.

HIIT groups co-operate with the information industry and with sciences applying information technology. HIIT works in a multidisciplinary way, with scientists from computer, natural, behavioural and social sciences, as well as from humanities and design. HIIT partners with several international and Finnish companies as well as with universities and research institutions in Europe, North America and Asia.

HIIT was founded in 1999 and now has a budget of about 19 million euros. HIIT is located in two different sites in the Helsinki Metropolitan area: at Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus and University of Helsinki’s Kumpula campus, co-located with several departments at both places. HIIT’s operating principle is that it adds to other departments’ activities, instead of competing with them. The institute is led by Professor Petri Myllymäki. HIIT’s research is funded by Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, Business Finland, the Academy of Finland, the European Union, private companies, and foundations financing Finnish hi-tech research. The research by HIIT has been assessed and deemed excellent by its Scientific Advisory Board in 2012 and 2016.

See more about HIIT’s research programmes here.

HIIT also coordinates the Aalto Digi Platform, linking it to University of Helsinki. Digi Platform is a collaboration body to bring together and facilitate all digitalisation related research.

HIIT’s administration

The Board, nominated by the mother universities, decides on HIIT’s overall research strategy and research programmes. The Scientific Advisory Board provides scientific guidance and criticism for the Board a few times per decade. The Director, Vice-Directors and the Programme Directors constitute the Steering Group responsible for inter-programme coordination and planning.

To join HIIT, please contact one of our research programmes shown in the Organisation chart and listed on the Research Programmes page. The procedure of adding new research groups is spelled out in this page. HIIT operates at those Departments of Aalto University and University of Helsinki where HIIT’s group leaders are located.

HIIT was founded in 1999. The present HIIT regulations define the way HIIT works today: HIIT regulations in Finnish (PDF), HIIT regulations in English (PDF)

See also: Annual Reports