President Ilves introduced to innovative solutions in the information technology building of the Tallinn University of Technology
Today, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves visited the information technology building of the Tallinn University of Technology, in order to examine the laboratories and start-up companies of the Faculty of Information Technology, the Competence Centre of Food and Fermentation Technology, the Marine Systems Institute and the Centre of Biorobotics.
In the Faculty of Information Technology, President Ilves was introduced to various laboratories and products developed by start-up companies, including robots being used in a number of different fields (such as health care). In the laboratory of the Competence Centre of Food and Fermentation Technology, the head of state tasted, among other things, bread and ice cream developed for use by Estonia’s food industry.
“Worthy of note is the cooperation between the Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian and foreign companies and the state, since our partners include the Ministry of Defence, the Estonian Information System’s Authority, hospitals and Enterprise Estonia. The conclusion of six contracts each week with partners, for the scientific development of products and services, is an example for all scientific research establishments. Also worthy of praise is successful international cooperation within the framework of the scientific projects of the Commission of the European Communities, stated President Ilves.
The head of state added that he is awaiting great works and excellent results from the university's new prototype testing laboratory Mektory, where students, faculty and the university's various partners are cooperating in the name of different projects at the business as well as state level. The 16 different laboratories will eventually include an e-health and e-state laboratory, from which society as a whole will benefit.
“Estonia’s e-government project X-Road has been quite successful thanks in great part to cooperation between the professors and research fellows of the Tallinn University of Technology Faculty of Information Technology and the Estonian Information System’s Authority,” stated President Ilves, adding that hereinafter the direction could be to make the services even more user-friendly. "Our solutions are ingenious and in this field we are a good example for the entire world. A step forward from here, in the age of e-applications, is to make our solutions quickly and easily available. “
President Ilves met during the course of his visit with Andres Keevallik, Rector of the Tallinn University of Technology, Tea Varrak, Director General of the Innovation and Business Centre, Margus Leivo, Director for Facilities, and Professor Gert Jervan, as well as Artur Jutman, Senior Research Scientist in the Faculty of Information Technology, and Professor Jüri Vain, Urmas Sannik, Director of the Competence Centre of Food and Fermentation Technology, and Professor Raivo Vilu, Professor Jüri Elken of the Marine Systems Institute and Professor Maarja Kruusmaa of the Centre of Biorobotics.
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