DIH Tartu provides services for companies to enable and support digital innovation in the areas of:
DIH Tartu is the centre of digital excellence with strong and versatile network of partners from public, private and third sector, each with its clear focus and capability to contribute to the DIH’s value proposition to companies seeking for support in digitalizing their businesses.
The services include consultations, mentoring, trainings, workshops, prototyping, joint R&D projects, technology and process audits, access to labs, infrastructure and high performance computing power, access to international research and collaboration networks, etc. DIH Tartu also contributes to skills development of future digitization specialists and entrepreneurs by offering:
For more information, please contact Anne Jääger anne.jaager [ät] ut.ee
We have an ongoing project with Robolab - a service robotics company focused on delivering major change in the food and beverage industry - for prototyping a professional service robot. The goal is to prototype and integrate a fully autonomous robotic bartending unit tasked with serving various beverages. The device includes a 7degree-of-freedom robot manipulator that can select between multiple beverage containers, fill it with beverage made from different ingredients, and serve it in a safe way for the user.
More details: https://yanu.ai/
We offer industry partners co-creation and innovation in collaboration with UT students and researchers. In spring 2018 we executed a short-term mission to develop a robotic telepresence for conference calls using SoftBank Pepper robot. The client, Telia Estonia offers the fullest solution to all communication, information, entertainment and innovation needs with services ranging from fixed internet and home entertainment to mobile plans and 4G internet. Project was executed by UTartu students under the guidance of university staff.
In February 2019 we will officially launch a digital innovation programme Delta Sandbox to provide industry partners with digital product innovation and co-creation in collaboration with students and researchers. We are developing Delta Sandbox platform in collaboration with Design Factory Global Network, a network of innovation hubs in universities and research organisations in five continents of the world (http://dfgn.org/). The goal of Sandbox projects is to enable knowledge & technology transfer between the academia and the industry through joint experimentations and innovation onboarding for industry partners. Each semester around 10 problem statements by industry partners will be turned into validated business opportunities and tested prototypes. DIH Tartu also provides pre-incubation programmes for students and spin-off consultations for researchers of the UT to encourage digital entrepreneurship (around 25 teams per year).
To respond to increasing demand from the industry for highly skilled and specialised digital experts we offer our industry partners a joint co-education Industrial Master’s programme, where selected students collaborate with partner companies throughout their studies for internship, practical course assignments and master’s thesis while performing tasks that are relevant both to the company and the academic curriculum. Since the programme launch in 2017 14 companies have joined the programme (including Kühne Nagel, Datel, Fujitsu Estonia, Swedbank, STACC, ReachU, etc). For example, an industrial master student in Fujitsu will explore and pilot the opportunities to apply healthcare AI solutions in Estonia, whereas the student in Datel’s Space team will work on an early warning system in a cooperation project with European Space Agency.
In 2019, we will launch ROS-Industrial training center for offering professional skill training in the most influential and widely adopted robotics development platform - ROS (Robot Operating System).
More details: https://www.cs.ut.ee/en/studying/industrial-masters-programme
DIH Tartu is actively contributing to organising different digital awareness events for the community with leading its own series of Data Science Seminars since 2016 (5 per academic year) to bring together data scientists from academia and industry to exchange ideas and experience in facing challenges in different aspects of digitalisation. The numerous experts (including international speakers from DeepMind, Tesla, University of Cambridge, Oxford University) have shared their stories of applying deep learning, machine learning, natural language processing, image analysis, business data analytics, etc. methods in health care, intelligent transportation, finance, public sector, etc.
As part of the University of Tartu (UT) DIH Tartu builds upon the university’s long term relations with different institutions and initiatives carrying out digital transformation strategies. In addition to UT, SME’s and startups in respective fields, the ICT ecosystem in Tartu also comprises of innovation, technology and government institutions like STACC, BuildIT, sTARTUp HUB, Tartu Science Park, Smart City Lab, Enterprise Estonia, City of Tartu, etc., which collectively contribute to fostering the growth of the community, enhancing knowledge transfer and supporting the birth of new innovative solutions. A good example of cooperation between these parties is the largest business festival in the Baltic states - sTARTUp Day, held annually in Tartu, hosting around 2500 visitors looking for inspiration, guidance and contacts for innovative business development.
More details: https://www.cs.ut.ee/en/industry-collaboration/data-science-seminars
In 2018 we started long-term collaboration with Taxify, the leading European ride-hailing platform, connecting millions of passengers and drivers around the world to make travel easier, quicker and more reliable. The challenges of the company are related to algorithms for improving GPS and maps data quality as well as urban traffic simulators that would enable to improve the accuracy of estimated arrival times and integrate various environmental factors. Algorithms created in collaboration are iteratively implemented into live systems.
Our other contract research partners include Reach-U, Swedbank, Milrem Robotics, PerkinElmer, Veriff, etc.
Thanks to participating in EC programme “Smart Factories in new EU Member States” along with other 34 DIH’s from EU13 we initiated a collaboration project between DIHs in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The Interreg project InnoCAPE with DIHs and public authorities from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Norway aims to establish a collaboration model for sustainable evolution of BSR digital ecosystem through increased capacity of public enablers. In addition to knowledge, skills and ecosystem development a digital maturity assessment tool for SME’s will be developed and different workshops, hackathons and projects for SMEs will be carried out over the period of 2019-2021.
University of Tartu is also a member of the contractual Public-Private Partnership on big data, the Big Data Value Association (www.bdva.eu), participating in the development and networking of data-intensive innovation services, focusing on Artificial Intelligence.