Software Engineering department belongs to biggest research groups in Finland in its field of research. The department focuses on software and systems development challenges in the digitalizing society. The department specializes in software technologies and practices that enhance software quality, increase development productivity, and introduce new innovations in software. The department supports successful sustainable business through digital transformation. In addition, the department engages users, developers and citizens in co-design and other approaches to create and modernize software and systems.
The research conducted by the department is driven by empirical evidence and focuses on IT artifacts produced and used by professionals, citizens and organizations, at the workplace, in the society and in the marketplace. Empirical evidence is often collected via field studies conducted in real-world organizations in different fields and industries. The department also conducts controlled experiments and quantitative user research in the living lab CODER (Co-Design, Engineering and Innovation with User Experiences), which is a part of the ENOLL network (European Network of Living Labs). These dimensions of empirical evidence make the results relevant for the practice and guarantee a high potential for advancing the theory.
The research on software engineering focuses both on technology and its use in business environments. The research topics include not only business activities, organizations and innovation, but the group's important expertise lies in technical development as well. The research takes into account what we already understand about industrial and commercial environments and the organizational and business questions related to them.