Turku University of Applied Sciences

Turku, Finland

Turku University of Applied science is a multidisciplinary higher education institution, located in the city of Turku in the Southwest Finland. The institute began operations as a temporary polytechnic in autumn 1992. At the moment, the establishment has approximately 9,300 students and 700 members of staff, making it one of the largest universities of applied science in Finland.Before 2006-01-10, the institution carried the English name of Turku Polytechnic. Wikipedia.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENERGY.2012.8.8.1 | Award Amount: 4.49M | Year: 2013

Today climate change causes serious problems to the societies worldwide and Europe starts to feel its consequences. At the same time European community is facing economical problems. One of the main producers of greenhouse gases is the non sustainable energy production and use. Therefore there is an urgent need to reduce energy use in most cost effective way. PLEEC will gather cities with innovative planning and ambitious energy saving goals. It will identify technology, citizens behaviors and structure driven efficiency potentials within urban planning and key city aspects. PLEEC will assess the status of energy efficiency and energy flows in the participating European middle size cities. It will improve understanding of basic conditions for energy efficiency in the cities through joint activities between city planners and researchers on technology, citizens behavior and structures. By finding the optimal mix of all energy efficiency measures the model for strategic sustainable planning will be created together with the action plans for implementation and management. The model and the action plans will address key aspects relevant for the whole city. They will be supported by the public authorities on the highest political levels. Analysis of time line, the costs and pay-back periods will be done based on different regulatory and market conditions of the participating cities. The model will guide the cities to find the most cost effective implementation of the EU SET-Plan goals to reduce energy use in EU by 20% till 2020.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: MG-5.5a-2015 | Award Amount: 19.31M | Year: 2016

The cities of Madrid, Stockholm, Munich, Turku and Ruse have formed the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC consortium to tackle the challenges of mobility in suburban districts and clean, silent and CO2 free city logistics. In many cities, these two important areas have received less attention in urban mobility policies. Though European cities have made significant steps forward in making city centres attractive and liveable urban nodes, there is a remaining conflict between providing high quality public space and meeting the accessibility requirements for freight deliveries. The suburban areas have remained largely unaddressed with a much higher car usage as a consequence. Recent or expected urban growth processes are posing additional pressure to peri-central areas, which face the specific challenges of: Becoming sufficiently appealing to avoid an unnecessary traffic flow towards to the city centre; Providing sustainable and high quality mobility options to enable and encourage car independent lifestyles; and Planning the urban future according to carbon neutral mobility principles. ECCENTRIC will demonstrate and test the potential and replicability of integrated and inclusive urban planning approaches, innovative policies and emerging technologies to reach sustainable urban mobility objectives. The solutions will be implemented in 5 living laboratory areas in the outskirts that face high population growth and an increasing pressure on the existing transport networks. As highlighted in the SUMPs of the ECCENTRIC cities, this action on a wider geographical scale than the city centre is needed in order to meet the targets of the Transport White Paper in terms of air quality, energy use and CO2 emissions, road casualties and wide uptake of clean vehicles. To reach CO2 free city logistics by 2030, ECCENTRIC will test clean vehicles and fuels, formulate new regulations and services and develop consolidation solutions in close partnerships with the private sector.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2012-2013-1 | Award Amount: 2.95M | Year: 2013

The proposed BALTIC-FLOWS project concerns rainwater monitoring and management in Baltic Sea catchment areas. Rainwater forms streams and rivers, and in urban environments, heavy rainfall can amount to stormwater and floods. Over the years, much of this rainwater ends up in the sea. In Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea conceals a history of water quality from streams, rivers and urban runoff in catchment areas. Encircled by a mix of Nordic, Central and Eastern European countries, the Baltic Sea is at the mercy of a diversity of national practices and policies. The project shall lay the foundation for development of new capacities and policies for effectively monitoring and managing the quality and quantities of rainwater moving from one place to the next. The project focuses on streams, rivers and cities in Baltic Sea catchment areas, not on the sea itself. The strategies, knowledge and expertise created during the project can be exploited elsewhere in the Union and in other global regions. The project will support the development of research-driven clusters in each region; enhanced capacities in diffuse load monitoring and urban stormwater management will lead to new business opportunities in the global market for water monitoring and management know-how and solutions. A total of 47 organisations will be participating in the project: 16 project partners in five European regions - Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia and Sweden, one project partner from the UK specialised in the Chinese environmental sector, and 30 supporting partners, including entities in participating regions, entities in the international regions of Russia, China, Vietnam and Brazil, inter-regional financing entities operating in the Baltic Sea region, and a Russian-Belarus collaboration forum. The project primarily addresses domain b) of the REGIONS-2012-2013-1 topic, but is also strongly related to themes in domain a).

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: IoT-01-2016 | Award Amount: 25.77M | Year: 2017

ACTIVAGE is a European Multi Centric Large Scale Pilot on Smart Living Environments. The main objective is to build the first European IoT ecosystem across 9 Deployment Sites (DS) in seven European countries, reusing and scaling up underlying open and proprietary IoT platforms, technologies and standards, and integrating new interfaces needed to provide interoperability across these heterogeneous platforms, that will enable the deployment and operation at large scale of Active & Healthy Ageing IoT based solutions and services, supporting and extending the independent living of older adults in their living environments, and responding to real needs of caregivers, service providers and public authorities. The project will deliver the ACTIVAGE IoT Ecosystem Suite (AIOTES), a set of Techniques, Tools and Methodologies for interoperability at different layers between heterogeneous IoT Platforms and an Open Framework for providing Semantic Interoperability of IoT Platforms for AHA, addressing trustworthiness, privacy, data protection and security. User-demand driven interoperable IoT-enabled Active & Healthy Ageing solutions will be deployed on top of the AIOTES in every DS, enhancing and scaling up existing services, for the promotion of independent living, the mitigation of frailty, and preservation of quality of life and autonomy. ACTIVAGE will assess the socio-economic impact, the benefits of IoT-based smart living environments in the quality of life and autonomy, and in the sustainability of the health and social care systems, demonstrating the seamless capacity of integration and interoperability of the IoT ecosystem, and validating new business, financial and organizational models for care delivery, ensuring the sustainability after the project end, and disseminating these results to a worldwide audience. The consortium comprises industries, research centres, SMEs, service providers, public authorities encompassing the whole value chain in every Deployment Site.

Hagstrom M.,Turku University of Applied Sciences | Auranen J.,Turku University of Applied Sciences | Ekman R.,Turku University of Applied Sciences
Pathophysiology | Year: 2013

The aim was to analyze the subjective experiences of Finns who describe themselves as suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), their symptoms, self-perceived sources of the health complaints and the effectiveness of medical and complementary alternative therapies. A total of 395 questionnaires were mailed to self-diagnosed EHS persons. Of the participants 345 belonged to a Finnish self-help group and 50 came from outside of the group. The return rate of the study was 52.1% (206) and 80.9% of the respondents were women. Before the onset of EHS the most common health complaints were different types of allergies (35.1%, 68). During the acute phase of EHS the most common symptoms were nervous system related: "stress" (60.3%, 117), "sleeping disorders" (59.3%, 115) and "fatigue" (57.2%, 111). The sources that were most often reported to have triggered EHS were: "personal computers" (50.8%, 94) and "mobile phones" (47.0%, 87). The same devices were also claimed to cause the most symptoms during the acute phase. After the acute phase of EHS had passed, the respondents still claimed to react to these same digital and wireless devices while their reactions to basic electrical appliances were reduced. According to 76% of 157 respondents the reduction or avoidance of electromagnetic fields (EMF) helped in their full or partial recovery. The best treatments for EHS were given as: "dietary change" (69.4%), "nutritional supplements" (67.8%) and "increased physical exercise" (61.6%). The official treatment recommendations of psychotherapy (2.6%) and medication (-4.2%) were not significantly helpful. According to the present results the official treatment protocols should take better account the EHS person's own experiences. The avoidance of electromagnetic radiation and fields effectively removed or lessened the symptoms in EHS persons. © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Lorentz H.,University of Turku | Lounela J.,Turku University of Applied Sciences
International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management | Year: 2011

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify the relevant assessment criteria for retailer supply chain capability from the perspective of foreign food manufacturers, in an emerging market context, and to evaluate the development level of Russian retail chains in this sphere. Design/methodology/approach: The authors use analytic hierarchy process (AHP) for the modelling and research method, with an exploratory workshop for the specification of the model structure, a web-based questionnaire for priority weight development, and semi-structured interviews for the validation of results. A food manufacturing-based focus group participated in the modelling process. Findings: A four-level capability assessment model was created, with operational assessment criteria allocated into management, logistics or marketing categories. The results indicate that management-related criteria have a dominant role in assessing the supply chain capability of a retail chain company. Furthermore, the priority weight of logistics capability is only somewhat higher in comparison to marketing capability, although it is ranked significantly lower in comparison to management capability. Operational level criteria weights are also provided. In terms of the evaluation of Russian retailers, the results indicate the slight dominance of logistics capability over marketing. Research limitations/implications: The research is based on an AHP process with a focus group discussion, implying a limited level of generalisability to other contexts. Practical implications: This research provides practical insight on how to assess retailer supply chain capability in general, and describes the level of development of various capabilities and functional areas among Russian food retailers. Originality/value: Our research provides a framework that may be used in Russia and other emerging market settings to evaluate the capability of retail partners from the manufacturer perspective. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-NIGHT | Award Amount: 93.99K | Year: 2012

Science Goes Social in Turku, the oldest university town in Finland, with an entertaining scientific programme demonstrating the presence of science in everyday life and envisioning the future, or, Turku Tomorrow . It will remind of the immediate everyday encounters with science through basic demonstrations e.g. in health, virology and hygiene and explore the more constitutive elements of the human experience such as genetics, ethics, even love. TurkuTomorrow is designed around a grand event held at the brand new cultural centre Logomo. The Awareness Campaign utilises social media in introducing 30 nominated researchers, personally and unmediated. They are presented with individual personal histories and ordinary lives, yet standing out from the crowd in communicating that what they want to learn and what they are able to discover will effectively determine our future. The aim of this personal approach is to provide to a simple, low-threshold channel to mobilise the public to take an interest in matters which the average person normally considers distant, too abstract or the property of experts. The project Facebook page serves as a public opinion forum, where science is made political: it encourages everyone to take a stand on issues related to the ethics and the future of research. Turku Tomorrow offers an experience for all senses: each research station at Logomo is an opportunity to participate personally in experiments, competitions, discussions, and performances. Based on the Awareness Campaign, the Night presents Scholastic debates in the Late Antiquity style, addressing the concerns and dilemmas put to the researchers by the public. All participating researchers will be invited in advance to innovate Weak Signals from their respective fields of expertise. The results are turned into a futuristic main event, the Futures Market for Weak Signals, which is a collective visual picture of something new emerging in each research field in Turku.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: DS-01-2016 | Award Amount: 4.19M | Year: 2017

The VESSEDIA project will bring safety and security to many new software applications and devices. In the fast evolving world we live in, the Internet has brought many benefits to individuals, organisations and industries. With the capabilities offered now (such as IPv6) to connect billions of devices and therefore humans together, the Internet brings new threats to the software developers and VESSEDIA will allow connected applications to be safe and secure. VESSEDIA proposes to enhance and scale up modern software analysis tools, namely the mostly open-source Frama-C Analysis platform, to allow developers to benefit rapidly from them when developing connected applications. At the forefront of connected applications is the IoT, whose growth is exponential and whose security risks are real (for instance in hacked smart phones). VESSEDIA will take this domain as a target for demonstrating the benefits of using our tools on connected applications. VESSEDIA will tackle this challenge by 1) developing a methodology that allows to adopt and use source code analysis tools efficiently and produce similar benefits than already achieved for highly-critical applications (i.e. an exhaustive analysis and extraction of faults), 2) enhancing the Frama-C toolbox to enable efficient and fast implementation, 3) demonstrating the new toolbox capabilities on typical IoT (Internet of Things) applications including an IoT Operating System (Contiki), 4) developing a standardisation plan for generalising the use of the toolbox, 5) contributing to the Common Criteria certification process, and 6) defining a label Verified in Europe for validating software products with European technologies such as Frama-C.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IAPP | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP | Award Amount: 2.54M | Year: 2014

Viruses belonging to the large family of Picornaviridae such as enteroviruses, rhinoviruses and parechoviruses represent the most commonly encountered infectious agents in mankind. Several research groups in Europe are active on different aspects of picornavirus research. Nevertheless, prevalence, transmission, and pathogenesis are still largely unknown and no therapy is available for picorna infections. Within the present AIROPico project, the partners now are teaming up to combine the disciplines of pathogenesis, diagnostics and therapy development in order to understand disease and to develop effective antiviral treatments.The present AIROPico project will provide interdisciplinary education and training to university scientists and company researchers, through intersectoral staff exchange and collaboration in the context of a highly innovative research and development project on picornavirus biology, diagnostics and therapy. The general aim of this project is to build up a sustainable, interdisciplinary, integrated academia-industry consortium to explore and unravel mechanisms of human picornavirus pathogenesis and to develop fast diagnostics, novel treatment options and additional therapy strategies. The project partners (all active in the field of picornaviruses from different perspectives) will work closely together on biological characterization of virus types, diagnostics and therapy development. The project will concentrate on combining knowledge, experiences and new research techniques (through secondments, recruitment and training) in a focused and joint collaborative effort, needed to tackle the health problems due to picornaviruses, but also needed to tackle the challenges faced in the development and marketing of new diagnostics and treatments.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EURO-3-2014 | Award Amount: 2.38M | Year: 2015

There is growing consensus in Europe that an active set of approaches to welfare known as Social Investment will improve human capital, enable more people to participate in society, and reduce intergenerational deprivation, yet implementation has been uneven across member states and much remains to be learned, especially with regard to regional and local realities of Social Investment. This proposal is for EURO-3-2014: European societies after the crisis. Within that call its focus is on Innovative social investment approaches for the modernisation of social policies and services. We will deploy multidisciplinary research on innovative ways of implementing and financing social welfare that promise lasting benefits. Our aims are threefold: -Identify and evaluate existing innovative and strategic approaches to social welfare reform at a regional and local level; -Explore social and psychological impact of these innovations on individuals and communities; -Collate useful, practical learning from this new body of evidence and mobilise it to inform policy and practice across the EU. We will deliver on our first two aims through: Macro and micro-level research on social investment policies and initiatives; Mixed method case studies in ten member states, taking account of local and regional networks, institutions and assets, as well as national and European policies; A distinct understanding of Social Investment utilizing social innovation as a key concept; A strong user voice, ensured throughout the project by recruiting and training Community Reporters Approximately a third of the resource on this project is devoted to impact generation (Aim 3). Results from the research will be assimilated in a Foresight Analysis where we will work with policy makers, user-led organizations and social entrepreneurs to consider options for innovative ways of implementing and financing social welfare systems in the future. 10 impact partners will assist us.

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