Research, Development and Innovation

Do you want to move smarter or solve the challenges of healthcare and well-being in the future ?

Competence centres built around various phenomena, such as smarter mobility or service robotics is the way we operate nowadays. When we recognise a socially significant phenomenon, need or challenge, we look for a solution together.

Please also read how we specialise in the circular economy, IoT and cloud data analysis or rehabilitation  and customer-oriented technology applications.

Metropolia as developer of service robotics

One of the future challenges in health and welfare is how the ageing population is doing. Technology can be used increasingly in geriatric care. Our objective is to be a forerunner in the utilisation of open robot platforms in health and welfare services.

By service robotics we mean robots that help the end users and are in social interaction with them. In addition to interaction, robots can also provide physical services.

  • We increase people's safety and wellbeing by making their daily lives easier by means of service robotics.
  • We combine service robotics with automation, design, business economics and the viewpoints of those who use health care and welfare services.
  • We expand our network of experts to develop new technologies and service solutions to promote wellbeing.
  • We seek brave partners, such as service providers, health technology companies, investors and researchers to join us in the creation of service robotics that benefits users.
  • We find, together with the users and through trials, robotics applications in areas such as care and rehabilitation.

Smarter mobility

Smarter mobility is a phenomenon around which we attract specialists, developers and actors within and outside our own organisation.

We expand our network of experts to develop new technologies and service solutions to promote traffic, logistics and human needs.

We are seeking brave partners, such as service providers, technology companies, investors and researchers to join us in the creation of smarter mobility to benefit users.

Together with the users and through trials we will find smarter mobility applications in areas such as the development of autonomous vehicles.

Circular economy

Ensuring sustainable growth requires smart and sustainable use of resources. The circular economy is a method to maximise the value of products and materials in the economy. It is a kind of restoring system aiming at an eternal life cycle.

In practice this could be, for example, that a product is designed in a way that the materials can be extracted and recycled as efficiently as possible. Longer service lives, recycling of materials, parts and components, utilisation of waste and minor flows, and various services are typical examples of how the circular economy manifests itself.

We at Metropolia rise to this challenge by training experts to work in circular economy jobs. We also engage in active local and global research and development in the subject.  We focus on the circular economy of textiles, construction, nutrients and the food production industry. We emphasise not only the basic technologies but also the potential of digital applications and IoT.

Towards better customer-oriented rehabilitation

Rehabilitation helps people to help themselves better. The rehabilitee is seen as an active participant and developer partner. The rehabilitee's needs and resources serve as a guideline for rehabilitation development.

The objective of joint development is to boost rehabilitation by combining the views of both the rehabilitee and the experts with the latest research findings, thereby developing new rehabilitation practices. We develop rehabilitation services that promote and improve rehabilitation, and also rehabilitation operating processes and environments in multidisciplinary networks.

Our research and development work combines theoretical and systematic prediction and assessment of rehabilitation development needs. The key thing in research and development work is to maintain and improve the participation and human agency of rehabilitees in all population groups.

Our projects improve rehabilitation from individual, communal and societal viewpoints regionally, nationally and internationally. Our objective is to create information that is needed about the functioning and effect of rehabilitation and rehabilitation measures in order to develop them further.

In addition to the projects listed below, we engage in innovation in Metropolia's multidisciplinary innovation studies and participate in the development of rehabilitation training in the national OsKu project.

For the benefit of people, to improve their functioning ability, help them manage independently, and to increase wellbeing and employment prospects!

Customer-oriented technology applications

We are developing agile customer-oriented methods and the application of new digital technologies.

Agile and customer-oriented development methods

 Applied research of new digital technologies

  • Electria, research and development unit for applied electronics
    • Smart IoT solutions
    • Artificial intelligence applications
    • AR/VR experience-based media
    • Electronic manufacture and development services

IoT and cloud data analysis

Our objective is to make information assets available in a format that is easy to understand and use especially by SMEs.

We utilise our ability to refine large amounts of data into significant information to build metaskills, such as writing, calculation and programming, which everyone can use in their work and life.

We create a network that connects educational institutions, researchers and companies and apply the expertise thus created in practical projects.

Innovation Projects in Metropolia


For Metropolia students, our research, development and innovation activities offer an exciting opportunity to apply and further their own competence, and to develop skills necessary in working life and for becoming an entrepreneur. Every one of our degree students participates in an innovation project consisting of at least 10 credit points. MINNO® 

Please contact us if you wish to learn more about R&D work at Metropolia or are interested in cooperation:

Email addresses: firstname.surname@metropolia.fi

Research, Development and Innovation
Director
Anna-Maria Vilkuna
tel. +358 40 334 7929
Electronics Research and Development
Unit Electria
Technology Manager
Sami Kalliokoski
tel. +358 40 585 4937  
Communications
Milla Åman
tel. +358 50 342 0341  

Circular Economy

We focus on the circular economy of textiles, construction, nutrients and the food production industry. We emphasise not only the basic technologies but also the potential of digital applications and IoT.

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Customer-oriented Technology Applications

We are developing agile customer-oriented methods and the application of new digital technologies.

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Service Robotics

Our objective is to be a forerunner in the utilisation of open robot platforms in health and welfare services.

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