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. In administration, the key people supporting HIIT were Miikka Miettinen (coordinator of HIIT), Kaisa Pekkala (coordinator of FCAI) and Aija Kukkala (coordinator of the HICT network, see Doctoral Education).

Funding

We list the funding sources of each site separately. In 2018, 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). Please note that the new programmes FCAI and HiDATA are included for the first time in 2018, so the number of persons with projects related to the HIIT programmes more than doubled.

The funding sources of HIIT are shown in Table 1.

HIIT 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 %
Total funding 10 457 412 9 084 157 11 045 646 11 084 000 18 875 956 100%
Universities’ direct funding 1 836 017 1 817 074 1 715 251 1 668 200 1 668 200 9%
Academy of Finland 2 904 324 2 628 116 4 399 003 5 225 195 10 454 119 55%
Business Finland 2 398 365 1 862 474 2 583 535 2 492 631 3 539 786 19%
European Union 1 911 251 2 062 730 1 180 122 485 093 1 349 106 7%
Industry 43 675 124 432 720 048 748 541 1 032 504 5%
Competetive univ. funding 1 018 463 481 816 342 210 308 750 142 833 1%
Other 345 318 107 516 105 478 155 590 689 408 4%
Table 1: HIIT funding 2014-2018.
Figure 1: Distribution of HIIT’s funding sources 2014-2018.

Otaniemi funding figures are shown in Table 2. FCAI receives Academy of Finland funding to strengthen university research profiles (PROFI), which was about 215 kEur in 2018 and is included in the numbers below.

Otaniemi 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 %
Total funding 6 166 442 4 749 757 6 127 977 6 095 303 11 194 061 100%
Aalto direct funding 887 817 827 634 826 824 750 000 750 000 7%
UH direct funding 168 200 168 200 168 200 168 200 168 200 2%
Academy of Finland 1 883 970 1 339 032 2 538 644 2 617 473 5 985 637 53%
Business Finland 1 481 027 999 708 1 700 141 1 411 157 2 183 809 20%
European Union 803 826 851 751 306 483 424 927 1 092 955 10%
Industry 27 275 59 774 218 975 347 904 353 139 3%
Competetive univ. funding 569 194 401 000 342 210 308 750 142 833 1%
Other 345 134 102 659 26 500 66 893 517 488 5%
Table 2: Otaniemi funding 2014-2018.
Figure 2: Distribution of Otaniemi funding sources in 2018.

Kumpula’s funding figures are shown in Table 3. Direct funding from the University of Helsinki (UH) is 918 200 Eur, of which 168 200 Eur is is directly transferred to Aalto University to account for common administrative duties. HiDATA receives Academy of Finland funding to strengthen university research profiles (PROFI), which was about 450 kEur in 2018 and is included in the numbers below.

Kumpula 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 %
Total funding 4 290 970 4 334 400 4 917 668 4 988 697 7 681 895 100%
UH direct funding 780 000 821 240 720 227 750 000 750 000 10%
Academy of Finland 1 020 354 1 289 084 1 860 359 2 607 722 4 468 482 58%
Business Finland 917 338 862 766 883 393 1 081 475 1 355 977 18%
European Union 1 107 425 1 210 979 873 638 60 166 256 151 3%
Industry 16 400 64 659 501 073 400 637 679 365 9%
Competetive univ. funding 449 269 80 816 0 0 0 0%
Other 184 4 857 78 978 88 697 171 920 2%
Table 3: Kumpula funding 2014-2018.
Figure 3: Distribution of Kumpula funding sources in 2018.