A University-Industry Membership Program: The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) Industry and Society Membership Program

An example of a University-Industry Membership Program in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Terhi Kajaste
Aalto University


Mirella Lähteenmäki
Aalto University

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Background and Objectives
Company partnership programs have become increasingly popular in universities during the 21st century. Almost every self-respecting university has adopted some kind of collaboration models in order to support university-industry collaboration, manage company partnerships and finance activities.

Company partnership programs typically vary from ‘top down’ university-wide programs focusing in networking, recruiting and branding opportunities to ‘bottom-up’ research-oriented collaboration models with a more specific focus theme. Whereas university-wide programs have become common with several successful examples from all over the world, research-oriented models seem to be more difficult to implement, as company interests do not necessarily match researchers’ needs nor time frame.

In this poster, our purpose is to describe a research-oriented membership program from a practitioner's perspective. The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) Industry and Society Membership Program (ISMP) was established in January 2018 as a joint initiative of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. In June 2018, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland joined FCAI as a 3rd founding partner. All parties have a long history in research collaboration.