Turku Centre for Computer Science

Turku Centre for Computer Science (abbr. TUCS, Finnish: Turun tietotekniikan tutkimus- ja koulutuskeskus, Swedish: Åbo datatekniska forsknings- och utbildningscentrum) is a joint department of University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. TUCS was founded on March 21, 1994. The mission of TUCS is to coordinate the education, research and societal interaction of the affiliate Universities in the field of ICT. The TUCS office facilities are located in Turku in the Turku Science Park area.

Departments involved in TUCS

University of Turku

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Turku School of Economics

Åbo Akademi University

Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology

Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics


Turku Centre for Computer Science coordinates education and research Computer Science (understood in a broad sense) in Turku. TUCS is governed by a board. The Director of TUCS is Prof. Ion Petre.[1]

TUCS boasts a long history of high-level achievements of its affiliated researchers, in terms of articles in high-level journals and conferences, high number of citations, invitations to speak in the most important conferences in the field, and memberships in editorial boards of many high-level international journals. TUCS has been a Center of Excellence of Research of the Academy of Finland in the very first round of such centers in Finland, 1995-1999. A unit of TUCS, the Centre for Reliable Software Technology (CREST), has also been a Center of Excellence during 2002-2007. Two Academy Professors, as well as three FIDIPRO professors have been / are affiliated with TUCS.

The research in TUCS is focused on TUCS Research Programmes. Currently the research programmes are:[2]

The research is carried out in 17 research units.[3]

TUCS organises the TUCS Distinguished Lecture Series, a forum for public lectures delivered by outstanding national and international scientists and innovators in all aspects of computing. They come from diverse backgrounds from academia, as well as from industry. The purpose is to facilitate contacts between young scientists and top research groups as well as inform and inspire wider audiences about recent developments and future visions in ICT-related theory and practice. The lectures are recorded and published on YouTube channel.

TUCS coordinates the master- and doctoral-level education in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, and information systems between the two universities in Turku, helping to provide the educational programs of both universities to all students. This is made possible by the joint campus of the two universities.

Cooperation with other universities and colleges

TUCS is an affiliate partner of EIT ICT Labs of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.[4]

TUCS is a member of the European Education Forum (abbr. EEF).[5] There are seven research centers in EEF in Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Germany and United Kingdom.

TUCS is a member of the Finnish state wide INFORTE-programme for ICT professionals, which is designed to offer networking and education events to professionals working in Finnish companies, polytechnics and public administration.[6]


  1. http://tucs.fi/about-us/personnel/, September 6, 2015.
  2. TUCS Research Programmes. http://tucs.fi/research/research-programmes/, September 16, 2015
  3. TUCS Research Units. http://tucs.fi/research/research-units/, September 16, 2015
  4. http://www.eitictlabs.eu/ EIT ICT Labs
  5. http://www.win.tue.nl/EEF/, EEF home page, April 23rd 2012
  6. http://inforte.fi/ INFORTE programme

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