ICT Research Support Measure

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research support measure was part of the IT Academy programme, which supported the strengthening of ICT research capacity and research development activities at the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology and Tallinn University.

The aim of the research support measure was to increase the capacity of top-level ICT research and development in Estonia to ensure the development of Estonian science, economy and society as a whole by strengthening the implementation of knowledge-based and innovative solutions in various fields.

Supported research directions developed by the University of Tartu:

  • artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • data science and big data
  • robot-human collaboration and the Internet of Things in industrial processes

In every research direction, research was carried out, subject and curricula in the field were developed, and collaboration with companies, including other partners, was developed.

An advisory board was set up for each research direction, which acted as a link between partners and ICT research stakeholders and provided recommendations to universities for the development in that line of research. The advisory boards included representatives of universities, companies and the public sector, as well as foreign researchers in their respective fields.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are potentially one of the fastest growing areas of technology. According to predictions, this will change the functioning of both companies and countries, not to mention the construction of information systems and the field of ICT itself. While current IT technologies require a large number of highly qualified software developers to create applications, then these technologies will enable the creation of innovative software systems faster and cheaper, while also offering the possibility to create much more powerful and automated systems than previously. One of the main outputs of AI and machine learning is the creation of practical, area-specific methodologies and systems. The development of this line of research will affect both the ICT sector and other industries contributing to the higher value added services and products, as well as the wider use of automation. Among other things, one of the areas of application is the healthcare system, mainly ICT solutions for e-health and personalised medicine.


Research directions: bioinformatics, gene expression data analysis


E-mail: raivo.kolde@ut.ee

Research directions: artificial intelligence, computational neuroscience, cognitive science


E-mail: jaan.aru@ut.ee

Research directions: music information retrieval, music generation, music emotion recognition

E-mail: anna.aljanaki@ut.ee

Research directions: deep learning, computer vision, human brain project, ethics in artificial intelligence, non-convex optimization


E-mail: kallol.roy@ut.ee

Research directions: artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, soft computing, soft decision making


E-mail: stefania.tomasiello@ut.ee

Research directions: artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, data science


E-mail: victor.pinheiro@ut.ee

Research directions: visual perception, cognitive neuroscience, human intelligence, artificial neural networks


E-mail: kadi.tulver@ut.ee

Research field: autonomous-driving, sensitive decision making as in  health and security domains

E-mail: bhawani.shankar.leelar@ut.ee 


Tarun Khajuria – Junior Research Fellow of Machine Learning
E-mail: tarun.khajuria@ut.ee

Taavi Kivisik – Junior Research Fellow of Artifical Intelligenc
E-mail: taavi.kivisik@ut.ee

Viacheslav Komisarenko – Junior Research Fellow of Machine Learning
E-mail: viacheslav.komisarenko@ut.ee

Markus Kängsepp – Junior Research Fellow of Machine Learning
E-mail: markus.kangsepp@ut.ee

Maarja Pajusalu – Junior Research Fellow of Health Informatics
E-mail: maarja.pajusalu@ut.ee 

Novin Shahroudi – Junior Research Fellow of Machine Learning
E-mail: novin.shahroudi@ut.ee

Modar Sulaiman – Junior Research Fellow of Artificial Intelligence
E-mail: modar.sulaiman@ut.ee

Karl Kristjan Kaup – Junior Research Fellow in Computational Neuroscience

Hele-Andra Kuulmets – Junior Research Fellow in Natural Language Processing

Kristjan-Julius Laak – Junior Research Fellow of Artificial Intelligence

Taavi Luik – Junior Research Fellow of Artificial Intelligence

Advisory Board

  • Samuel Kaski (Aalto University)
  • Simo Särkkä (Aalto University)
  • Tanel Tammet (Tallinn University of Technology)
  • Priit Salumaa (Mooncascade)
  • Deniss Ojastu (Helmes)
  • Ott Velsberg (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications)
  • Karl H. Peterson (Estonian Health Insurance)

Data Science and Big Data

Accelerated data collecting and accumulation opens up new opportunities for business development. In the conditions of a constant online presence and growing amount of information, it is important to find new methods and technological solutions that cope with and benefit from complex and voluminous data sets. In the past, data processing was used primarily to analyse past events, but now, in-depth analytics based on big data enables data analysis in real time, in addition predictive analysis and decision support based on real data are receiving increasing attention. Data science methods and big data analysis are also important in the development of the IoT, robotics, industrial automation, healthcare and many other fields, as well as in the creation of various applications, which is why strengthening this field of research is extremely important in Estonia.

Research directions: software craftsmanship, frameworks for the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality work and teaching environments


E-mail: ulrich.norbisrath@ut.ee

Research directions: human-centric information systems, e-government services, emotional chatbots, ontologies, multi-agent systems


E-mail: kuldar.taveter@ut.ee

Research directions: secure computation


E-mail: toomas.krips@ut.ee

Research directions: big data management, cloud computing, IoT, high-performance data analytics, data privacy and security


E-mail: feras.awaysheh@ut.ee

Research directions: security engineering, applied cryptography, system security


E-mail: arnis.parsovs@ut.ee


Research field: goal-oriented requirements engineering (GORE) for socio-technical systems (STS), Privacy Requirements Modelling and Analysis of Sociotechnical Systems

E-mail: ishaya.gambo@ut.ee

Research field: Engineering Privacy by design, Engineering Functional Safety Requirements (FSR) for Automotive Systems, Assessing the Properness of Incorporating Machine Learning components into Safety-Critical Systems

E-mail: mohamad.gharib@ut.ee

Research field: customer journey map, Digital Supply Chain, Digital Twin

E-mail: eduard.sevtsenko@ut.ee

Research directions: data management, data quality, open data, open government data, e-government services, FAIR, software engineering


E-mail: anastasija.nikiforova@ut.ee

Alejandra Duque Torres – Junior Research Fellow of Software Engineering
E-mail: alejandra.duque.torres@ut.ee

Rahul Goel – Junior Research Fellow in Information Systems
E-mail: rahul.goel@ut.ee

Tahira Iqbal – Junior Research Fellow of Information Systems
E-mail: tahira.iqbal@ut.ee

Kristiina Rahkema – Junior Research Fellow of Software Engineering
E-mail: kristiina.rahkema@ut.ee

Syazwanie Filzah Binti Zulkifli – Junior Research Fellow of Information Systems

Anti Alman – Junior Research Fellow in Information Systems
Email: anti.alman@ut.ee

Mohamadjavad Bahmani – Junior Research Fellow of Big Data

Hassan Abdulgaleel Hassan Salim Eldeeb – Junior Research Fellow of Big Data

Elizaveta Korotkova – Junior Research Fellow in Natural Language Processing

Henri Liiva – Junior Research Fellow of Big Data (employment contract suspended)

Kristo Raun – Junior Research Fellow of Big Data

Fabiano Spiga – Junior Research Fellow of Big Data

Muhammad Uzair – Junior Research Fellow of Artifical Intelligence

Denizalp Kapisiz - Junior Lecturer of Software Security

Vimal Kumar Dwivedi - Junior Lecturer of Software Engineering

Advisory Board

  • Torben Bach Pedersen (Aalborg University)
  • Innar Liiv (Tallinn University of Technology)
  • Dan Bogdanov (Cybernetica)
  • Agu Leinfeld (Datel)
  • Mart Mägi (Omniva)

Robot-human collaboration and the Internet of Things in industrial processes

The world is entering an era of robots that will ultimately improve the well-being and overall quality of life of the humankind. Robots will be taking over many tasks, which will result in, among other things, coping better with the problems arising from demographic change. It is important to increase the accessibility and application of robots to small and medium-sized companies. To increase Estonian business competitiveness, it is necessary to pay more attention to the digitalisation of industry and process management. To achieve this, it is necessary to increase the use of sensors and the Internet of Things, to make robots smarter for enabling the optimisation of the production processes, while also using process management and data analysis methodologies.


Principal Investigator for Collaborative Robotics and Robotic Computing Group of University of Tartu

Research directions: motion planning, feedback control, learning based control, optimization for robotics, planning and control under uncertainty


E-mail: arun.singh@ut.ee

Principal Investigator for Distributed and Pervasive Systems Group of University of Tartu

Research directions: pervasive computing, mobile computing, pervasive data science, explainable AI, unmanned autonomous vehicles


E-mail: huber.flores@ut.ee

Research directions: edge intelligence, distributed and pervasive sensing, underwater micro-clouds


E-mail: mohan.liyanage@ut.ee

Research directions: behaviour modeling and prediction, autonomous navigation, robotics


E-post: naveed.muhammad@ut.ee

Research directions: human mobility, network science, probabilistic methods, algorithms, optimization


E-mail: mozhgan.pourmoradnasseri@ut.ee

Research directions: mobility modelling, network algorithms, computer simulation, probabilistic methods


E-mail: kaveh.khoshkhah@ut.ee

Research field: MIcro-Mobility, street information modelling for sustainable communities, Integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Promoting Subjective Well-Being

E-mail: mehdi.moeinaddini@ut.ee

Research field: fog-cloud computing, edge intelligence, application of AI in edge-cloud computing

E-mail: chinmaya.dehury@ut.ee

Farooq Ayoub Dar – Junior Research Fellow of Pervasive Computing
E-mail: farooq.ayoub.dar@ut.ee

Mahir Gulzar – Junior Research Fellow of Autonomous Driving
E-mail: mahir.gulzar@ut.ee

Shivananda Rangappa Poojara – Junior Research Fellow of Big Data
E-mail: shivananda.poojara@ut.ee

Houman Masnavi – Junior Research Fellow in Robotics
E-mail: houman.masnavi@ut.ee

Debasis Kumar – Junior Research Fellow of Autonomous Driving

Souvik Paul – Junior Research Fellow of Pervasive Computing

Dmytro Zabolotnii – Junior Research fellow of Autonomous Driving

Zhigang Yin – Junior Research Fellow of Pervasive Computing

Jakob Mass – Junior Lecturer of Distributed Systems


Advisory Board

  • Petteri Nurmi (University of Helsinki)
  • Alar Kuusik (Tallinn University of Technology)
  • Kuldar Väärsi (Milrem)
  • Aivar Avalo (Eesti Energia)
  • Kaupo Reede (EAS)
  • Lauri Kuusisto (Etteplan)

Supported research directions developed by Tallinn University of Technology:

  • software reliability
  • the Internet of Smart Things
  • hardware and system security and reliability

Supported research directions developed by Tallinn University:

  • digital transformation and lifelong learning


Project activities are funded by the European Social Fund.


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