Finnish Centre of Excellence in
Generic Intelligent Machines Research (2008 -2013)


GIM was formed by a team of researchers from the Department of Automation and Systems Technology at Aalto University and from the Institute of Hydraulics and Automation at Tampere University of Technology. Its goal was to research and develop methods and technologies for future intelligent mobile working machines and field and service robots. GIM started operations on January 1, 2008.

These machines are used in different tasks related to human activity in utilizing natural resources, construction, societal services, exploring difficult environments such as underwater areas or other planets, rescue operations, military applications, etc. The research plan was based on the generic modular structure of such machines and the main emphasis was in researching and developing the technologies for their different subsystems. Based on the subsystem structure the programme was divided into nine major research packages (main thematic areas):



Aalto University Department of Automation and Systems TechnologyAalto University Department of Automation and Systems Technology
Tampere University of Technology Institute of Hydraulics and Automation



Academy of Finland

GIM was funded as a part of a national programme for Centres of Excellence in research by the Academy of Finland