SCOMA Center founded at University of Jyväskylä

Strategic importance of computational sciences has been recognized in Finland. In Finland computational sciences has been acknowledged at strategic education and research area. For example, Ministry of Education has founded a commission to propose new education and research activities in computational sciences. Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) is running modeling and simulation technology programme 2005-2010, budget about 100 million euros (50 from industry).

Center for Scientific Computing and Optimization in Multidisciplinary Applications - SCOMA

SCOMA will promote and facilitate innovative international multidisciplinary research and technologies with an immediate impact upon society and industry. The SCOMA Center will be a gateway between multidisciplinary technologies and the future knowledge society, as is facilitated by the unique position of the University of Jyväskylä in intertwining mathematical information technologies, with human behavioral and societal research groups at the university, and through partnerships with small and large industries.

Aims of SCOMA are

and research into interdisciplinary engineering and societal applications. SCOMA is an internationally open network, sharing and transferring knowledge to large and small industries in interdisciplinary environments. SCOMA creates bridges between integrated platforms and human interfaces and shared databases developed in Multidisciplinary Real World Systems with multiple partner projects. SCOMA promotes interactions between young researchers and industrial engineers.

SCOMA scientific and technological expertise lies in the fields of

SCOMA is operated by the Department of Mathematical Information Technology of the University of Jyväskylä, in collaboration with other faculties of the university and in association with the Academy of Finland, National Technology Agency TEKES, CSC, the Finnish IT center for science, VTT, and with about 10 enterprises (Nokia, Metso, ABB, TeliaSonera, etc.). SCOMA’s structure includes an international academy/ industry strategic board, an executive committee to manage the SCOMA Center, and an infrastructure offering collaborative environment and access to CSC Lab Grid Services.

SCOMA Center will organize in 2007 the following conferences:

EUROGEN 2007, Evolutionary and Deterministic Methods for Design, Optimization and Control with Applications to Industrial and Societal Problems, 11-13 June 2007,
RG70, Scientific Computing in Simulation, Optimization and Control and Its Multidisciplinary Applications, conference dedicated to Prof. R. Glowinski at the occasion of his 70th anniversary, 14-16 June 2007.

Professor Pekka Neittaanmäki
University of Jyväskylä
tel : +358 14 260 273