Research and international cooperation

The Artificial Intelligence Department (AI) is one of the best places in Ukraine for research and education in Artificial Intelligence field.

Internationalization is a main concept laid down in development strategy of the department from the beginning: from the curriculum developed within EU standards and approved by both Finnish and Ukrainian Ministries of Education to European international projects aimed at implementation of the procedures and tool for quality assurance of higher education and representation of the AI Department, NURE and Ukraine as a whole in the several COST network Actions within Horizon2020.

AI Department scientists undertake research in the following areas:

  • Distributed Systems;
  • Semantic Web, Semantic Technology and Web 4.0;
  • Intelligent Web Mining;
  • Big Data;
  • Artificial Intelligence, Multi-Agent Systems;
  • Machine Learning;
  • Data Mining in Cyber Security Systems;
  • Database and Knowledge Base Management;
  • Internet-based systems of electronic and mobile commerce;
  • Cognitive Systems and Technologies;
  • Computational Intelligence, adaptive neuro-, fuzzy-systems.

Researchers of the department have regular trainings and participating development within joint European projects and bilateral agreements; cooperate effectively with the best world scientists in the priority domains of Artificial Intelligence. Researchers of the department confirm their results through numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of the international conferences; give lectures in the universities of Finland, France, Germany and the Netherlands as invited lecturers; realise research results in the product and services which is piloting in Ukraine and abroad; implement obtained results in the research-based Master and Doctoral education to train the mature graduates.

Applied projects of the scientists of the Department are implemented in numerous industrial projects of such world-known companies as Nokia, JSP, Tekes, Fingrid, TeliaSonera, TietoEnator, Metso Automation, ABB.

RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

The NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS) approved the Project #G5511”Cyber Defence for Intelligent Systems”.

Project duration is 36 months (24.05.2018 – 23.05.2021)

Project Coordinator: Technical University – Sofia, BG.

Project participants:

ECAM-EPMI (Graduate School of Engineering), FR;

University of Jyvaskyla, FI;

Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, UA;

The general project objective is to develop a Proof of Concept of an operational tool for effective and real-time intelligent and resilient cyber defence in supply chains and logistics.

The specific project objectives include:

  • to develop a proof of concept of Intelligent System for Resilient Cyber Defence in Supply Chains and Logistics supported by Cyber-physical systems (CPS) composed of network structures (connected by an appropriate interface), and periphery, composed of various connected smart modules (e.g., intelligent sensors and actuators, computer-human interfaces, computation units, databases, logistics units mechatronic systems, industry 4.0 modules );
  • to develop a smart hybrid models for early detection and prevention of cyber threats and attacks in CPS trained on data obtained from CPS smart modules;
  • to raise awareness of methods and tools for intelligent and resilient cyber defence in supply chains and logistics

 

HORIZON2020 /COST

 “Wearable Robots for Augmentation, Assistance or Substitution of Human Motor Functions”: COST Action CA16116 (15.03.2017- 14.03.2021)  aims at integrating and developing diverse expertise and trans-domain competences essential to the development of a new generation of Wearable Robots, characterized by better adjustment to the human users, as well as to specific domains of application, thus allowing it to become a mainstream technology with potential for greatly expanded socio-economical impact.

Keystone – COST Action IC1302 “Semantic KEYword-based Search on sTructured data sOurcEs” is network project of programme COST within Horizon2020, aimed at enabling breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contributing to building Europe’s research and innovation capacities. COST contributes to the objective of strengthening the scientific and technological bases of the European Research Area (ERA) by encouraging researchers to share, create and apply knowledge. Researchers of the Department became members of Management Committee of this COST Action and represents NURE and Ukraine in this network.

Project period 13.10.2013 – 14.10.2017

The project results:  joint publications, short-term mobility grants for short-term scientific mission to partner universities within the established network, studying at the summer school and participating in project conferences.

http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ict/IC1302?management

SAREP – COST Action CA1530 “Study Abroad Research in European Perspective” (within Horizon2020) is transnational project involving 100+ researchers across Europe which runs from 1 May 2016 – 30 April 2020. Project aims to explore the nature, experiences, benefits and limitations of study abroad in the context of increasing international education and study abroad at both European and international level. To enhance multilingual development and intercultural awareness among citizens of contemporary Europe the project includes researchers who bring cross- and inter-disciplinary insights working on through both quantitative and qualitative analysis, drawing on wide-ranging methodological approaches and tools of investigation. Associate professor Golovianko M. is a Management Committee member of this COST Action and represents NURE and Ukraine in this network. http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15130?management

INTREPID – COST Action TD1408 “Interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding cycles (within Horizon2020) is an international network with the overall aim to better understand how to achieve more efficient and effective interdisciplinary research in Europe, in order to enhance our capacity to meet contemporary global (urban) challenges characterised by increasing complexity and uncertainty. Associate professor Golovianko M. participates in the project as a member of the working group focused on the interdisciplinary urban research (SmartCity) and related social challenges.

Project runs till 27.04.2019.

http://www.intrepid-cost.eu/staff-member/mariia-golovianko-ukraine/

PROJECTS AIMED AT CAPACITY BUILDING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

The project “Academic Response to Hybrid Threats” (610133-EPP-1-2019-1-FI-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP) funded by grant of EC Erasmus+ Capacity Building of Higher Education aims at raising awareness and resilience of society to hybrid threats through academic means.

During three years (15.11.2019-14.11.2022) inter-faculty team including experts from Artificial Intelligence and Economic Cybernetics and Economic Security Management Departments together with other UA and EU consortium members coordinated by Finnish University of Jyväskylä will contribute to the development of the new interdisciplinary modules aimed at countering hybrid threats.

http://warn-erasmus.eu/

Developing the curriculum “Intelligent Decision Support System” was a precursor of the current Artificial Intelligence Systems (AIS) and became the first and fundamental project of the AI Department in 1995 which was financed by Finnish Academy of Science and became the first curriculum of KNURE which was developed within European standards and approved by partner universities of Finland and The Netherlands. Directorate for Education and Culture of European Commission recognized the joint Ukrainian-Finnish Double-Degree programme as the best international programme in Finland and recommended to study its experience for key Ukrainian policy-makers in the field of education and science who works on the higher education reform.

The result of that project was implemented within the next Tempus projects  (Development of New Framework for the M.Sc. Thesis Work and Double Degree Diploma Programme) and maintain the sustainable development of the AI Department till present time providing the high competition among future students (https://www.nure.info/universitet-hnure/specializacii/specialnost-122-kompyuternye-nauki/105-iskusstvennyy-intellekt-fakultet-kn.html) and realizing in our alumni http://ai.nure.ua/en/our-pride.html.

 

Portals as Collective Awareness Platforms

We developed and implemented a semantic technology for creation of portals as platforms for transparent collaboration of multiple actors, accumulation and sharing of their information and quality assurance of their activity.

The technology is based on the state-of-the art solutions; it is universal and applicable to a wide range of domains and industries operating with numerous heterogeneous resources and requiring quality assurance of internal processes based on the resources` evaluation.

Such Web portals’ architecture can become implementation of the Collective Awareness Platforms (CAP) for integration of information, services, and infrastructure across a seamless and easy-to-navigate Web interface.

The first portal pilot was implemented for higher education.

Semantic quality assurance portal for higher education (http://portal.dovira.eu/ and its English version http://portal.dovira.eu/en) is a platform for providing with information (knowledge) about Ukrainian higher education and its resources. The portal helps establish a higher quality of communication between various HE stakeholders by providing them a forum to contribute HE quality information and to perform quality monitoring collaboratively.

Portal provides a technical means for: composing, viewing and publishing ranks based on the facts registered in the Portal (personal achievements of the registered staff). Each ranking is performed on-the-fly from a user’s request. The Portal allows creating and applying different value systems in the form of flexible multidimensional and multicontextual HE-quality indicators weighted by their importance to the ranking query. Thus, each user can evaluate the relative quality of some HE resources from different points of view (representing, for instance, different stakeholders or different world-ranking systems). Portal allows registering and storing all types of higher educational resources and their proofs as well as generating dynamically user’s CV and personal Web-sites with user registered achievements.

About the portal opportunities implemented in support of the quality assurance system of higher education you can get know in popular form from the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ8r5MqDLs4 (in Ukrainian).

To get know the technical features of the portal organization in details, manuals on its use for both users and developers as well as other supporting materials can be found on the link http://portal.dovira.eu/Help.

The Ukrainian-French programme in English (European Entrepreneurship Seminars) was launched from 2006.
The programme is an integral part of the curriculum of Bachelor Programme in AI of NURE (UA) and of Master Programme in IT of ECAM-EPMI (Cergy, France).
According to the programme the key Ukrainian and French experts give the course in business-planning “European Virtual Venturing” in the mode of teleconferences. The goal of this programme – joint work of Ukrainian-French student groups at the development of the business-plans for products or services related to the IT field. Communication within the course is performed by means of tele-conferences which became possible because of use of fast Internet-access by the radio-technology WiMAX and video-conferences system Polycom VSX7000s.  
 
Ukrainian and French tutors together with entrepreneurs of the French Chamber of Commerce train our and French students to generate and to submit ideas correctly, to investigate and to justify their economic attractiveness and competitiveness, to create international start-ups, to develop a strategy for entering the market and developing the business and to work within international teams.

At the end of course all students obtained the Certificates signed both Universities and provides students with earned credits in terms of ECTS. This programme is unique business-incubator for young and promising start-up (university-based) companies and is a successful example of so called “home mobility”. It also promotes the development of the intercultural relations and integration process.


NURE students defense their business project before Ukrainian and French teachers

In 2008 the programme extended to the new qualitative level. French students visited KNURE (AI Department) within the students exchange programme. French and Ukrainian lecturers as well as top-managers of the leading IT-companies supervised development and defence of the student business-plans of real product / service for IT field.

Ukrainian-Spanish Erasmus+ Mobility Project (KA107) №2019-1-ES01-KA107-061663 provides the credit mobility opportunities between NURE and Jaen University for undergraduate and Master students as well for teaching and administrative staff.






Participants personal stories

http://ai.nure.ua/en/research-and-international-cooperation-2/participants-personal-stories.htmlhttp://ai.nure.ua/ua/naukova-ta-mizhnarodna-robota/participants_personal_stories.html




INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

University of Jyvaskyla (Finland) https://www.jyu.fi/

University of Oxford http://www.ox.ac.uk/

Ostfalia University of Applied Science http://www.ostfalia.de/

University of Coimbra (Portugal) http://www.uc.pt/

Une école de la I-Management (France) www.itescia.fr

Graduate School of General Engineering (France) http://www.ecam-epmi.fr/

Vrije University of Amsterdam www.vu.nl

Technical University of Kosice (Slovakia) http://www.tuke.sk/

European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education http://www.enqa.eu/

University of Jaen, Spain http://www.ujaen.es/serv/vicint/home/index

Reviews of AI Department and its achievements in the media

– at the site of European Delegation of European Commission in Ukraine: http://ec.europa.eu/delegations/ukraine/documents/eurobulletin/200809_uk.pdf

– about using of the TRUST projects results and Portal on quality assurance of higher education:

http://www.liga.net/opinion/238275_reforma-vysshego-obrazovaniya-shag-vpered-i-dva-nazad.htm

http://golosukraine.com/publication/kultura/osvita/31912-u-stolici-prezentuvali-nacionalnij-portal-zabezpec/#.VDKeCWd_shM

http://gazeta.zn.ua/EDUCATION/zona-samoobmana-_.html

–  about French-Ukrainian EVV program which was ranked as one of the best international Ukrainian training programs in 2011 by Focus magazine: http://focus.ua/charts/180875/

Information about AI Department on the site of Finnish University: http://www.cs.jyu.fi/ai/