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RDI projects

Our key RDI focus areas are solutions for low-carbon initiatives, digital solutions and digital pedagogy enabling continuous learning. Our multidisciplinary RDI activities produce solutions to such issues as climate change or demographic diversification. We promote well-being, drive new development in working life and actively support new business generation.

International projects

CoRoSect – Cognitive Robotic System for Digitalized and Networked Insect Farms

01.01.2021 – 31.12.2023, information technology

CoRoSect will bring new insight to automated insect farming by introducing a novel integrated robotic solution able to support all phases of the insects’ lifecycle inside a farm.


NACCOP – An Arctic platform for innovation work in healthcare

01.01.2020–30.09.2022, Social and health care

NACCOP project’s target is to strengthen the innovation work of SMEs in healthcare and wellbeing by developing an Arctic platform for the Nordic countries to co-operate through quadruple helix model.


TallWood – Supporting Wood as Multistory Building Material

01.10.2019–30.09.2022, Engineering

The goal of the TallWood project is to develop innovative solutions on how to use more wooden hybrid components in building and as structural elements of multistory wooden buildings.


National projects


16.08.2021–31.05.2023, information technology

The project will develop policies to support ageing health and social health care professionals that they can continue to work as long as possible with improved digital skills.



01.03.2021–28.02.2023, natural resources

The project supports companies operating in the region to develop new business solutions, products and services based on the circular economy.



01.03.2021–29.02.2024, Media and performing arts

The project aims to respond to the sudden increase in the need for remote skills in creative industries caused by the corona epidemic.


RDI leading group

Fagerholm Heidi

President, CEO, Administration

Kotimäki Erja

Senior Lecturer, School of Professional Teacher Education
050 5884871

Hannula Manne

Principal Lecturer, ICT and Communications
050 4309234

Riikonen Heikki

Development Manager, RDI General
050 5979873

Isokangas Jouko

Manager, Research and Innovation, Business development
050 5296384

Männikkö Niko

Project Manager, Business development
050 4096318

Toppila Rauno

Manager, Research and Innovation, Low-carbon solutions
040 6888439