Organisation

The Board of HIIT, nominated by the host universities for a 4-year period at a time, 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. The main instruments of HIIT are ambitious research programmes that bring together several research groups with different expertise. In addition to these, HIIT is coordinating a lot of activities that support the Helsinki ICT community as a whole (see separate sections on Community Support, Distinguished Lecture Series, and Doctoral Education).

Organisation chart
The organisation chart of HIIT.

At Aalto University, HIIT is administratively supported by the Department of Computer Science, and the associated service personnel. Similarly, at the University of Helsinki the administration is handled together with the Department of Computer Science. However, the activities of HIIT span much wider beyond these departments, and HIIT actively supports the Helsinki ICT community as a whole (see the Community Support programme). In research, the HIIT activities focus on supporting cross-cutting, grand-challenge type of research programmes that involve people from not only the CS departments of the two host universities, but also researchers from the SPA and COMNET departments in the Aalto School of Electrical Engineering, and in University of Helsinki people from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Helsinki Institute of Life Science and the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities. People participating the research programmes have a double affiliation in the sense that they are first employed by one of the departments of the host universities, and they can then additionally participate in the wide research programmes of HIIT. The total number of researchers involved in the HIIT programmes is around 150. In administration, the key people supporting HIIT were Krisztina Cziner (project manager) and Aija Kukkala (coordinator of the HICT network, see Doctoral Education).

Funding

We list the funding sources of each site separately. One should note that comparison between different years or between universities is not always straightforward due to different procedures of accounting. In 2017, HIIT was coordinated administratively at Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus (Department of Computer Science) and University of Helsinki’s Kumpula campus (Department of Computer Science).

The funding sources of HIIT are shown in Table 1. The numbers of the two new programmes that were started during 2017, FCAI and HiDATA, are not included here.

HIIT 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 %
Total funding 10 028 717 10 457 412 9 084 157 11 045 646 11 084 000 100%
Universities’ direct funding 1 948 200 1 836 017 1 817 074 1 715 251 1 668 200 15%
Academy of Finland 3 708 126 2 904 324 2 628 116 4 399 003 5 225 195 47%
National Technology Agency Tekes 1 898 768 2 398 365 1 862 474 2 583 535 2 492 631 22%
European Union 1 128 294 1 911 251 2 062 730 1 180 122 485 093 4%
Industry 25 206 43 675 124 432 720 048 748 541 7%
Competetive univ. funding 625 803 1 018 463 481 816 342 210 308 750 3%
Other 694 321 345 318 107 516 105 478 155 590 1%
Table 1: HIIT funding 2013-2017.
Figure 1: Distribution of HIIT’s funding sources 2013-2017.

Otaniemi funding figures are shown in Table 2.

Otaniemi 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 %
Total funding 6 148 859 6 166 442 4 749 757 6 127 977 6 095 303 100%
Aalto direct funding 1 000 000 887 817 827 634 826 824 750 000 12%
UH direct funding 168 200 168 200 168 200 168 200 168 200 3%
Academy of Finland 1 901 537 1 883 970 1 339 032 2 538 644 2 617 473 43%
National Technology Agency Tekes 1 414 026 1 481 027 999 708 1 700 141 1 411 157 23%
European Union 803 227 803 826 851 751 306 483 424 927 7%
Industry 25 206 27 275 59 774 218 975 347 904 6%
Competetive univ. funding 388 406 569 194 401 000 342 210 308 750 5%
Other 448 257 345 134 102 659 26 500 66 893 1%
Table 2: Otaniemi funding 2013-2017.
Figure 2: Distribution of Otaniemi funding sources in 2017.

Kumpula’s funding figures are shown in Table 3. Direct funding from University of Helsinki (UH) is a bit less than 1 MEur, of which a portion is directly transferred to Aalto University to account for common administrative duties.

Kumpula 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 %
Total funding 3 879 859 4 290 970 4 334 400 4 917 668 4 988 697 100%
UH direct funding 780 000 780 000 821 240 720 227 750 000 15%
Academy of Finland 1 806 589 1 020 354 1 289 084 1 860 359 2 607 722 52%
National Technology Agency Tekes 484 742 917 338 862 766 883 393 1 081 475 22%
European Union 325 067 1 107 425 1 210 979 873 638 60 166 1%
Industry 0 16 400 64 659 501 073 400 637 8%
Competetive univ. funding 237 397 449 269 80 816 0 0 0%
Other 246 064 184 4 857 78 978 88 697 2%
Table 3: Kumpula funding 2013-2017.
Figure 3: Distribution of Kumpula funding sources in 2017.