Department of Future Technologies is a scientific research and education unit covering the ICT field. The department does basic and applied research and gives higher research based education while working in active co-operation with the society.
Our computer science and bioinformatics research focuses on solving computationally complex problems and developing computational methods for such problems. Special emphasis is given for computational problems in the strategic areas of the University of Turku. Computer science has a strong algorithmic research tradition, which is applied to emerging bio and health informatics as well as computation intelligence related to big data problems. High level research is done in international collaboration.
Our research in engineering has also reached high international standards in the focused fields. Basing on a body of wide-ranging studies in software engineering, communications technology and embedded electronics, research in information technology focuses especially on developing methods, technological infrastructure and cybersecurity required for providing services for the information society.
The department provides versatile and high quality ICT education at both natural sciences and engineering fields with an established reputation in innovative interdisciplinary and international education. International education is advanced especially in co-operation with European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and with a unique double-degree arrangement between the prestiged Fudan University in Shanghai, China and the University of Turku.
Education in the field of natural sciences is emergent to experts in computer sciences with a strong and diverse scientific background. These individuals are ready to overtake the constantly evolving tasks that society presents. Specific to education in this field is the degree program’s ability to be tailored towards either natural or human sciences, so as to best meet the students’ interests.
Engineering education does not only provide students with a broad technical competence but also with a professional profile based on the strengths of the multi-disciplinary University of Turku and good working life readiness. Internationality and know-how in the future’s multicultural project environments is emphasized in engineering education. This education is profiled through our multi-disciplinary university and via various collaborations. Technical competence is supported by business, innovation and entrepreneurial knowledge as well as studies in productization and worklife readiness.
Turku Centre for Computer Science (TUCS), a joint research institute between the universities of Turku, coordinates co-operation and international doctoral education in addition to diversifying available educational resources. TUCS works closely together with UTUGS (University of Turku Graduate School). Within the TUCS, education is provided in all major fields of ICT: natural sciences, technology and economics.