Medal of Merit from Finnish University Highlights IBM Partnership in Artificial Intelligence

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Maarit Palo (2nd from left) with Heikki Lyytinen, Juha Kinnunen and Jukka Valkonen. Photo: Anton Geier.

The 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Information Technology of University of Jyväskylä was celebrated on 19 June 2017. Medals of merit were awarded to four researchers and company representatives for their significant actions for the benefit of the faculty and advancing the information technology (IT) industry.

The University of Jyväskylä, in Jyväskylä, Finland; has its origins as the first Finnish-speaking teacher training college, was founded in 1863.  Approximately 15,000 students are currently enrolled in the degree programs of the university.  It is ranked as the fourth largest university in Finland when measured according to the number of master’s degrees conferred.  The Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä, which began in 1967 with a Computer Science program, touts 2100 bachelor of science and master of science students and 150 doctor of philosophy students.  It has a teaching and research staff of 180.

Maarit Palo, IBM Executive – Government Affairs IBM Finland, University Relations Nordic was awarded a Medal of Merit during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Faculty of Information Technology for versatile co-operation with the university and the promotion and application of cognitive computing in the Finnish healthcare landscape.
Palo has played a key role in promoting education and research for the next generation of artificial intelligence technologies in Finland. Through her active participation, Palo has brought, to both the public and business, the potential of new IT technologies for Finland’s competitiveness. As a result of systematic work, significant results have been achieved and Finland is becoming one of the world’s leading providers of artificial intelligence.

The IBM partnership with the University of Jyväskylä includes IBM instruction in Business Intelligence and Big Data Management, Systems of Electronic Commerce; as well as Service Oriented Architecture, Cyber security, and Cloud Computing courses for Developers. The school is home to an IBM Watson University Program which is a key element of strategic development at the University of Jyväskylä, and at the Faculty of Information Technology which is becoming one of the most important research and education units in the field of information and computer technology nationally, in Finland, and international. The IBM / university partnership also includes a healthcare cooperation with the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation that will enable Finland to utilize Watson cognitive computing to help doctors improve the health of its citizens, and strengthen and develop the Finnish innovation and ecosystem in the fields of health and well-being. To foster collaboration, IBM established a Watson Health Center of Excellence, in Finland.



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