Societal Impact

In addition to our academic efforts, we are actively engaged in society on several fronts. By connecting academia with the broader community, we strive to create a more informed and technologically proficient society, poised to meet the challenges of the future.

In addition to our academic pursuits, we serve on advisory committees, collaborating closely with industry partners to provide expertise and guidance in areas directly linked to our research activity. This engagement ensures that our cutting-edge research is not only innovative but also relevant and impactful in addressing real-world challenges faced by companies.

We are also deeply invested in fostering scientific and technological literacy in our community, particularly among young learners in elementary and secondary schools, inspiring the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers. Introducing kids and teens to fundamental concepts in robotics, for example, enhances their understanding of the devices and machines that are an integral part of their everyday lives, empowering them to innovate in our technology-driven world.

More info at [Coding robots from scratch].

We regularly organize open talks for the community. By making academic expertise accessible to the public, these talks promote understanding and awareness of complex topics, empowering individuals to make informed decisions and engage critically with contemporary issues. Furthermore, these events contribute to the advancement of knowledge, the enrichment of public discourse, and the promotion of societal progress and well-being.

More info at [Smart Talks with UTU].

The Advisory Board of Smart Systems at the University of Turku plays an essential role in providing strategic advice and guidance. Made up of distinguished leaders from academia, industry and the public sector, our advisory board brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help us advance in the three pillars (research, teaching and societal impact) of our mission.

More info at [Advisory Board].