The focus of our research area is to develop and use the latest digital technologies and services in our projects and to build international and national networks around our research themes. We work in cooperation and network with companies, universities, municipalities and other communities in Finland and internationally. Our goal is to engage in joint long-term strategic and operational development of applied research and product development, while supporting the goals and objectives of our partners. Good examples of this include projects implemented with Seniortek Oy, in which we have jointly renewed the company’s product family and assisted in modernising their business to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 epidemic and the operating environment that follows. With the City of Hämeenlinna, we are developing the digital infrastructure of the MOREENI industrial park and smart services for the future needs of the companies in the park.
Our research themes include Intelligent transport and logistics, Industry 4.0 solutions and knowledge-based management. The research themes are presented in more detail in their own tabs, which also provide concrete examples of our activities.
INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS
The study aims to develop solutions for smart mobility and logistics in a customer-oriented manner. The research results support the smooth running of daily life, the competitiveness of business, and the creation of multidisciplinary innovations. The research and learning environments consist of Finland’s growth corridor and the sub-regions of Kanta-Häme. We are involved in the development of future logistic and HCT vehicle services in the MOREENI Industrial park.
- Intelligent, sustainable and efficient travel and transport chains
- Smart mobility services and the integration of modes of transport
- Smart logistics services and centres
- Accessibility, achievability and usability
- Mobility in sparsely populated and rural areas
The objective is to support sustainable growth, the smooth running and safety of daily life, and good accessibility of the region as envisaged by the Häme programme. We will do this by developing solutions for transport, mobility and logistics.
Changes related to digitalisation and legislation open up opportunities for the development of transport and related services. The project will build experimental environments that develop and utilise transport data and digital competence, as well as provide an environment for carrying out experiments of the platform economy. At the same time, a cooperation network will be formed to support the world of business and companies. Meanwhile, the capacity of regional actors will be increased in terms of the deployment of platform economy technologies, the practical construction of platforms, and their business competence in the platform economy.
- In progress: 1 September 2018 – 30 June 2021
- Funded by Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council (European Regional Development Fund), Regional Council of Häme
- Total funding: €257,760
INTELTRANS – Intelligent Transport and Traffic Management study module
The aim of the project is to create a joint Intelligent Transport and Traffic Management study module (15 ECTS) and to pilot it with multinational student groups.
- Duration 04/2020–09/2022
- Funding: ERDF
- The project is coordinated by TTK University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS). Other contributors include HAMK and the Transport and Telecommunication Institute (Latvia)
BIKE – City bikes and shared bikes
Facebook: Tavast Freebike
The objective was to enable urban and shared bicycle services for areas located in Finland’s growth corridor (Hyvinkää-Riihimäki-Hämeenlinna-Akaa-Valkeakoski).
It is believed that significant savings and flexibility can be achieved by identifying critical points in the procurement of bicycle systems and by ensuring the compatibility of such systems. This is also believed to enable the examination of transport systems based on data in the entire growth corridor of Finland.
The project examined the benefits and savings associated with the integration of urban bicycle systems in different regions, as well as focusing on issues related to improving the efficiency of travel chains, such as the possibility of integrating urban and shared bicycles into public transport ticket systems.
- In progress: 7 November 2019 – 30 September 2020
- Funded by Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, City of Hämeenlinna
- Funding: €60,000
Kanta-Häme cycling programme
- To support the Häme Transport System Plan for the period from 2017 to 2021
- To participate in the preparation of a new transport system plan and to produce data
The focus areas of the project’s long-term objectives included reducing transport emissions and improving the attractiveness of cities located in Finland’s growth corridor as commuting and residential areas. The aim was to promote cycling as part of mobility, the ecosystem related to cycling and the systematic collection of data.
- In progress: 1 February 2020 – 30 December 2020
- Funded by: Traficom
- Funding: €55,000
SMART SOLUTIONS IN INDUSTRY AND CONSTRUCTION
Industry and construction are our focus areas in the utilisation of digitalisation and the services it enables. Our task is to engage in applied research in cooperation with the business community, that is, to use advanced digital technology and services created through it in practical applications.
The applied technologies, such as sensor technology, data transmission networks and data analytics, are developing at an enormous pace. IoT sensors are diminishing in size, their costs are decreasing, and they also make full use of wireless data transfer technologies. Fast data transmission networks enable the Internet of Things sensors to efficiently collect large amounts of data. At the same time data analytics has developed to a completely new level by taking advantage of the higher computing capacity of existing computers and cloud services. These new technologies allow companies from different industrial sectors to increase productivity, innovate new products and services as well as new business models. All this lies within our focus area in applied research.
We do contract research projects directly for our client companies based on their R&D development needs. In addition, we are involved in publicly funded research projects. The composition of research projects varies from national to European projects utilizing competences and expertise of the entire HAMK. In addition to professional researchers, students are involved most of our projects as well doing their theses work or course assignments. Our goal is to contribute to the use of latest digital technologies in companies in all industrial sectors, to ensure that they have skilled personnel with latest digital competences today. We also develop content for teaching to ensure that companies can have highly skilled employees in the future as well.
5G START – Preparing for 5G in Tavastia Proper
The key objective is to ensure a sufficiently extensive infrastructure of fibre optics in Häme, which provides a strong basis for the utilisation of 5G and its technologies throughout the region.
5G innovations are believed to bring many new opportunities for business activities and services as well as for the planning of urban structures and the operating environment. The project aims to prepare for the change brought about by 5G technology. This is done by increasing competence in and knowledge about the opportunities and challenges offered by 5G, as well as the ways in which the new technology can be applied by companies, educational institutions, residents and the city. A key part of the project is related to the development of a new residential area near the railway station (Asemanranta) in Hämeenlinna.
In progress: 1 September 2019 – 31 May 2022
Funded by: Regional Council of Häme (European Regional Development Fund), City of Hämeenlinna
Total funding: €225,000
In summer 2020, we developed software for rearranging orders arriving on the production line on commission by lift company KONE. The purpose of the software is to improve production efficiency.
Healthy digital house
Healthy construction and healthy building maintenance are an important part of cost-effectiveness and the upkeep of buildings. The project piloted various digital solutions for the healthy and cost-effective maintenance of buildings.
Funding: ERDF 70%, Palmia 20%, Ruukki, City of Hämeenlinna and HAMK 10%
Schedule: 1 March 2017 – 28 February 2020
Results: Smart indoor air monitoring and energy-efficient air conditioning. Use of machine learning in the efficient maintenance of buildings. Use of a game engine as a customer interface.
Knowledge-based management means decision-making based on significant data, which can be obtained from several sources with the help of digital technologies. . In order to make collected data usable for decision making it must be analysed one way or another. We develop AI (Artificial Intelligent) solutions for data analysis that enables fast analysis of vast amount of data. The latest research topic in this field is explainable AI. The explainable AI clarifies the stages of the data analysis process for the data user. It explains why a particular result of the analysis was derived. Artificial intelligence solutions can support strategic, tactical and operative decision-making. Operative decision-making can also be highly automated. A good example of this is when artificial intelligence independently conducts trading of stocks within the framework of pre-defined rules, or controls traffic at a busy intersection of a large city.
- The objective is to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive development of the Silver Economy in the Baltic region
- Duration: 01/2109–12/2021.
- Funding: Interreg Baltic Sea Region
- The project is coordinated by HAMK. Several partners from the Baltic countries, Russia, Denmark and Finland are involved.
The Smart City project promotes low-carbon development through artificial intelligence. Low carbon emissions are promoted through new commercial AI applications developed by SMEs. The target group of the project consists of SMEs in the Pirkanmaa region as well as the City of Tampere and the City of Valkeakoski, whose business activities include AI applications for buildings, properties and the Smart City environment. Buildings and properties operate as pilot environments for the development of AI applications. The SMEs’ own resources are limited, and it is difficult to obtain suitable pilot sites for the creation of a solution in the project. The active participation of end users in smooth cooperation with the HAMK researchers and SMEs ensures realistic and real sites for developing new or significantly improved solutions to promote low-carbon products.
- Implementation period: 1 January 2020 – 31 October 2022
- Funded by: Pirkanmaa Regional Council, City of Valkeakoski and Tampere Facility Services Ltd
- Markus Sihvonen
- Principal Research Scientist, PhD, Econ
- Tel. +358 50340 1305
- Research area leader
- Heikki Ruohomaa
- Principal Research Scientist, PhD
- Tel. +358 40580 0286
- Intelligent transport and logistics
- Marina Weck
- Principal Research Scientist, D.Sc. (Tech.)
- Tel. +358 50345 7324
- Knowledge-based management
- Mikko Mäntyneva
- Principal Lecturer, PhD
- Tel. +358 50574 5415
- Knowledge-based management
- Mikael Saarinen
- Research Assistant
- Intelligent transport and logistics