Scientific Advisory Board 2020 congratulates HIIT for its excellent track record of outstanding research

HIIT’s activities and plans were reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) consisting of internationally prominent scholars invited by the HIIT Board. The objective of the SAB is to provide critical guidance for supporting strategic planning of HIIT and its activities.

“HIIT contributes to a strong local tradition of research and education on computer science and information technologies and has a strong potential for breakthroughs in fundamental research across focus areas. Current programs strike a good balance between traditional and emerging topics.”, told professor Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi, the Chair of the SAB. Bianchi summarized the key findings of the SAB to the HIIT community in an open web meeting on 2 December 2020.

In their report to the Board of HIIT, the SAB “congratulates HIIT for continuing outstanding work at high international standards, reflected by publications at top tier international conferences. This was strengthened in recent years by the acquisition of excellent and talented new faculty.” They also suggest that in the current extremely international competitive environment, every focus area of HIIT must distinguish itself from similar programs around the world. Each area should aspire to identify what is unique about their research, making their local “brand” more identifiable.

The SAB convenes once in approximately 4 years.  This year the 2-day SAB meeting took place on November 5-6 as a fully remote meeting.

The members of the HIIT Scientific Advisory Board 2020

  • Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi (Chair), University of Milano, Italy
  • Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg, Germany
  • Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Seif Haridi, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Sepp Hochreiter, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Michael Mahoney, University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • Doina Precup, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Wojciech Szpankowski, Purdue University, USA

The HIIT SAB convened in November 2020 to provide support in strategic planning of HIIT and its activities. Read more about HIIT community support here.