The research teams do research and product & service development in several national and international projects in co-operation with companies, authorities, and other stakeholders.
We focus on applied research and product and service development.
The results are quickly made available to companies and communities in the region.
As vessel traffic density and the size of transport units increase, so do expectations for industrial logistics processes. The Intelligent Maritime Research Group aims to enhance maritime safety and efficiency by providing innovation and research support for industrial maritime transport needs.
Maritime transport is a lifeline for the Finnish export industry. Commercially sustainable and safe maritime transport is not only a national but also a global interest, in which intelligent shipping and maritime solutions will play a significant role. Modern logistics chains make effective use of new technologies to maintain situational awareness, the flow of information, and minimize environmental impact. A cost-effective export industry requires advanced shipping services that integrate seamlessly into the logistics chain, improving safety and energy efficiency.
The activities of the Intelligent Maritime Research Group will focus on supporting the needs of industry by enhancing maritime transport. Achieving these goals requires a close dialogue between maritime education, research, and industry.
The focus areas of the study are divided into four entities.
- Technical solutions
- Risk management
- Environmental sustainability
- Service concepts
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The main research goal is to create a solid theoretical foundation and effective computational models for solving challenging operations research problems and for creating intelligent game characters. The focus is on designing computational models and algorithms for industrial use.
Strong competence in mathematics, computer science, and engineering
The research team includes method scientists (PhDs and post-graduate students) in mathematics, computer science, and engineering as well as experts in information technology. The research results are internationally top-class. The researchers have joint publications with more than thirty researchers around the world, e.g. from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Great Britain, South Africa, and the USA.
The research problems are highly complex and computationally extremely challenging. This requires an understanding of the mathematical foundations, an innovative research approach, solid programming skills, and computers with powerful computational capacity. The problems are solved by using bio-inspired computational intelligence algorithms, such as
- Self-Organizing Heuristics
- Genetic Algorithms
- Neural Networks
- Ant Algorithms
- Particle Swarm Optimization.
The research team also utilizes warehouse and inventory systems, transportation and logistics systems, and simulation software.
Research targets include e.g.
- Warehouse and Inventory Management
- Intelligent Game Characters
- Data Analysis of Massive Open Online Courses
- Statistical Forecasting and Simulation
- Workforce Management
- Professional Sports League Scheduling
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Automation research team
The activities of the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences automation research team are based on the applied research of automation technologies. The emphasis is on the quality assurance of products and production, enhancing production, and developing the inner logistics of production faster and more cost-effective. The research team concentrates all its work on boosting resource wisdom and developing the seamless and safe interaction between humans and technology. The goal of the research team is to be a regionally, nationally, and in a few years´ time internationally well-known expert in the field of automation.
The research team has been working together for years on joint projects and research and competence clusters and the members´ core competence areas include:
- Machine vision (traditional machine vision systems, smart camera systems, 3D imaging, infrared imaging, spectral imaging, and lighting techniques)
- Intelligent robotics
- Production simulation
- 3D printing
- Embedded systems
In addition, we have competence in identification technology (RFID and NFC), sensoring, measuring and control systems, and wireless systems.
The strengths of the research team include good connections to the industry in the region and nationally to other automation research and development teams of universities of applied sciences in particular. Versatile experience of industrial and welfare applications, agility to grasp new tasks even within a rapid schedule, and perseverance to study several alternative technologies and find the most feasible solution for each case also belong to the strengths of the team.
The working methods of the automation research team include:
- Participatory product development and research
- Demonstrations of new technologies to the industry in the region
- Case-specific technology development and piloting in a real environment
- International technology data transfer
- Integration of technology competence to the education of engineering students and thus recognizing new experts as team members as well as for the regional industry (theses, Robotics Academy student projects, students as expertise trainees in projects)
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Head of Maritime Logistics Research Center