AALTO University (AALTO) was created in 2010 when the former Helsinki University of Technology (TKK), the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design were combined. All three universities had a long and successful history and were leading international actors in their respective fields in Finland. For example, TKK was the oldest and largest University of Technology in Finland, dating back to the nineteenth century (1849). AALTO comprises six Schools: School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Chemical Technology, School of Business, School of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, and School of Science. AALTO has 20 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students, a staff of 4 500 people and 308 professors. The parties involved in this project are the Department of Communications and Networking and the Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR).
Department of Communications and Networking is the largest research department in Finland studying a broad spectrum of topics related to future internet technologies, and especially in energy efficient internet. The research focuses on the areas of information and communications theory, communications and networking technology, and communications ecosystem. The Department of Communications and Networking is well-positioned to address the grand challenges in digitalization, wireless internet and device usability in a comprehensive way – covering all the OSI layers from physical to applications and making impact to the society. One of the department’s special strengths is linking research with the Finnish and international business sectors.
The Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR), founded in 1999, is an international and multidisciplinary research center that promotes scientific research on knowledge- and innovation-based renewal and growth of companies and societies. The human-centric research approach is experimental and action- oriented, combining deductive and inductive analyzes. CKIR specializes on management of technology based, networked innovations and service creation, including ecosystem orchestration, business model design and innovation exploitation activities. CKIR contributes to business modeling for companies and value creation for cities and entrepreneurs.