Participant No. 3 – Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT, Finland)
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a government organisation established by law and operating under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT operates under the public mandate established for it by The Technical Research Centre of Finland Act (144/72). VTT is a multi-technological contract research organisation providing high-end technology solutions and innovation services. From its wide knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, create new innovations and a wide range of world-class technologies and applied research services, thus improving its clients’ competitiveness and competence. Through its international scientific and technology networks, VTT can produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, and create business intelligence and value added for its stakeholders.

VTT operates in VTT Group structure starting January 1, 2010. VTT Group consists of VTT research and development, business solutions, strategic research, IP business and group services. Additionally VTT manages three state owned companies: VTT Expert Services Ltd, VTT International Ltd and VTT Ventures Ltd. Together VTT and these companies form VTT Group.

VTT is serving the following customer sectors: Biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food industries, Electronics, Energy, ICT, Process industry and environment, Pulp & paper, Machines and vehicles, Real estate and construction, Services and logistics. VTT’s key technology fields include Applied materials, Bio- and chemical processes, Energy, ICT Industrial systems, Micro-technologies and electronics, Services and the built environment, and Business and Innovation Research.

In order to allow VTT to carry out the high-risk strategic research necessary to generate the knowledge and know-how required for fulfilling its public mandate, it receives substantial funding directly from the Finnish government. This funding amounts to approximately one third of VTT’s total income. By virtue of its status as a government organisation, its public mandate, its substantial research programmes with dedicated public funding, VTT Group is the largest public applied research activity in Finland with a staff of 2900 and turnover 280 M€ . In the past 20 years, VTT has participated in more than 1000 European R&D Framework Programme projects, within various thematic programmes.

In RECOCAPE, VTT will exploits its competences in pervasive computing and smart spaces by preparing lectures and tutorials based on the knowledge created in the following projects: POBICOS (EU/FP7), SOFIA and SMARCOS (Artemis) and DIEM (ICT-SHOCK).

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