Turku Centre for Computer Science (TUCS) is a joint research institute of University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. TUCS conducts basic and applied research in computer science and engineering in four research programmes:
- BioHealth – From Computational Biology and Medical Informatics to Health and Wellbeing
- Com3 – Combinatorics, Complex Systems and Computability
- RITES – Resilient IT Infrastructures
- TISRA – Turku Information Systems Research Alliance
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. The quality of research at TUCS has also been recognized through the fact that two Academy Professors (Arto Salomaa and Ralph-Johan Back), as well as three FIDIPRO professors (Robert Fullér, Luca Q. Zamboni and Harry Bouwman) have been / are affiliated with TUCS. TUCS is also hosting the research activity of Academician Arto Salomaa.
TUCS Graduate Programme (TUCS GP) is a doctoral programme in computer science, hosted jointly by University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. In its nearly 20-year old existence, TUCS has already graduated over 150 PhD students. Many of them now hold positions in prestigious universities and in the industry all over the world. TUCS GP makes use of the advanced level courses that are also produced for the local Master’s level students, especially towards a minor subject. This arrangement provides TUCS GP with a great plethora of courses of high quality. University or faculty level boundaries are almost invisible for students selecting and taking their courses. The most significant part of the doctoral studies is carrying out research within one of the research groups in TUCS, both publishing articles and writing the doctoral thesis. TUCS GP puts great emphasis on it that students should publish actively in top level journals and proceedings of international conferences. TUCS also hosts a number of Master programmes in information technology, in collaboration with University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University and Turun Ammattikorkeakoulu.