Extremely successful first year of the MORE SIM research platform

The MORE SIM (i.e., Modeling REality through SIMulation) research platform was established one year ago with the vision of becoming a preeminent world-leading research platform in advanced numerical simulation and its industrial application. Core to the LUT University strategy, the platform comprises seven research teams, with members from each LUT School, to accelerate the sustainable renewal of business and industry. Built around the nucleus of tightly collaborating research groups, the MORE-SIM platform has extended its reach as an open ecosystem connecting global networks of research excellence and industrial application through a portfolio of projects defined based on ambition and impact.

Through 2021, the MORE SIM platform participated in 11 research projects and received ca. €1.1 million funding from various sources (e.g., the Academy of Finland, Business Finland, the European Regional Development Fund, the European Commission, the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, and participating companies). For example, in one of the biggest projects, DigiBuzz (Towards Commercial Exploitation of the Digital Twins), the MORE SIM platform collaborates with VTT, as a research partner, and multiple companies, such as Eurostep, Mevea, Novatron, Process Genius, Raute, Sandvik Mining and Construction, Raute, and Wärtsilä Finland. The DigiBuzz project seeks to reveal optimal solutions for the utilization of digital twins in manufacturing. The project explores how digital twins can generate new business opportunities, especially in service businesses, and how existing operations can be streamlined at both corporate and ecosystem levels.

The coming year of 2022 looks positive as well with multiple new project ideas, preparations for national and international projects, continuing strong collaboration with industrial partners, more joint publications, and most importantly because of our ever inquisitive MORE SIM team.

Text: Lea Hannola, Co-director of the MORE SIM platform,