Helsingin Yliopisto


University of Helsinki (UH), established in 1640, is the most versatile research university in Finland. UH has ca. 35000 students and 8300 employees. It includes eleven faculties: Agriculture and Forestry, Arts, Behavioural Sciences, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, Social Sciences, Theology and Veterinary Medicine. The activities are located on four campuses. High-level research is carried out at the departments of the faculties and departmentally affiliated research stations, as well as at independent research institutes. UH lays special emphasis on the quality of education and research. UH monitors the research quality by organizing research assessment exercises using international peer review process approximately every six years. UH is a member of the League of the European Research Universities (LERU). Department of Computer Science of the Faculty of Science in UH was founded in 1966 and is currently located in the Kumpula campus in Helsinki. The department has more than a dozen of professors focusing on the following key areas: algorithms theory and new computation paradigms, 'big data', computational creativity, neuroinformatics, data security, ubiquitous computing, and software systems. The most well-known achievement of the department is the Linux operating system developed by Linus Torvalds, a student at the department, at the beginning of the 1990s. The department is a leading unit in its field based on international rankings. The department has the first position in Finland and third in the Nordic countries in the QS World University Rankings 2017. The department has the first position in the Nordic Countries in the Times Higher Education 2017 Rankings. The Secure Systems group of the Department of Computer Science is led by Prof. Valtteri Niemi and focuses on the key area of data security. The group focuses on many aspects of systems security, mobile network security, cryptographic engineering, etc. and is a partner in multiple research projects funded, for example, by Academy of Finland. The group also takes part in industry collaboration projects.