Estonian government is to provide annual support of three million euros to
finance research and development activities in the field of information and
communications technology in the Tallinn University of Technology and the
University of Tartu in order to facilitate the creation of innovative and
knowledge-based solutions as well as their implementation in as many areas of
life as possible.
to Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps, the new ITC research support
measure is a good example of how the state injects additional funds into the
development of research areas of strategic importance. "World-class ICT
research will benefit the whole of society and result in new innovative
products or convenient and secure e-services, for example. Integration of
science and education is equally important in order to foster a new generation
of scientists and help promising students to reach the top."
measure that is to be implemented over five years is part of the IT Academy
(StudyITin.ee) programme established in cooperation with the Estonian
government, universities and ICT companies in 2012. The programme activities
will be coordinated by the Information Technology Foundation for Education.
to IT Academy adviser and coordinator of the research measure Indrek Ots, six
key ICT areas have been selected to benefit from the measure. "These will
be developed under the leadership of and in cooperation with the University of
Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology, as they are responsible for
providing higher education in ICT in Estonia," Ots said.
are: artificial intelligence and machine learning; data science and big data;
human-robot interaction and the Internet of Things in industrial processes;
software reliability; the Internet of Smart Things; and hardware and system
security and reliability.
research areas were selected by the IT Academy Steering Committee, which
consists of representatives of the Ministry of Education and Research, the
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, and ICT companies.
The measure is financed from the state budget and will run from 2018-2022.