Research Teams

The main interest of the research teams is the tangible cooperation with the companies. We focus on applied research and product and service development.

The focus areas of the research are automation and robotics, ecological living and water and hygiene. Business development research focuses on maritime and tourism.

The research teams support companies’ internationalization mainly in China and in Namibia.

Accessibility is SAMK’s special competence area, where particular attention is paid to equality, non-discrimination and tolerance.

We aim to rapid utilizations of the research results.


Automation Technology

Automation Technology Research Team at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences continues innovative and industry-based applied research the same way as in different projects and in research and competence centres already for years. Research team’s ambition is to be regionally, nationally and in a couple of years also internationally known automation specialist.

The strengths of the research team are functional connections with local industry and automation research teams at other applied science universities (UAS), excessive experience in industrial and well-being applications, agility to quickly grasp new assignments, and persistence to evaluate multiple alternative technologies or methods to find case-specific solutions.

Quality, effectiveness and savings with automation

Automation Research Team is focusing on applied research of automation technologies. The main research focus is set on the quality control of products and production methods, on intensifying production in terms of minimising energy and material consumption, as well as on expediting and intensifying internal logistics. In all its activities, the Research Team emphasises advancement in resource wisdom and development on seamless and safe human-technology interaction.

Core expertise of the Automation Research Team:

  • Machine vision (traditional applications, smart camera applications, 3D imaging, infrared imaging, spectral imaging and lighting techniques)
  • Intelligent robotics
  • Factory simulation
  • 3D printing
  • Embedded systems

In addition, the research team has expertise in identification technologies (RFID and NFC), sensor-, measuring-, and controlling systems, and wireless systems.

The approaches employed by the Automation Research Team:

  • Participatory research and development
  • Demonstrations of new technologies
  • Case-specific research and development, and piloting real life cases
  • International technology knowledge transfer
  • Integrating technology knowledge closely in engineer education and therewith identifying new experts to join the research team and to work for local companies (theses, student projects, students as specialist trainees in projects)

Contact person

Head of the research team:
Mirka Leino

+358 44 710 3182

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