Sandvik and Doctoral School of Industry Innovations develop future technologies

Tuomo Kivelä
Tuomo Kivelä has developed algorithms and simulation models that can boost drill rig development considerably.

Sandvik’s partnership with the Doctoral School of Industry Innovations (DSII) in Finland builds a unique bridge between academia and industry. M.Sc. (Tech) Tuomo Kivelä was the first “Sandvik” doctoral graduate to present his PhD thesis on December 1.

Companies need doctoral graduates with the ability to apply research knowledge in business contexts, possess excellent communication skills, and maintain a broad network of contacts as they pursue challenging expert careers.

The Doctoral School of Industry Innovations (DSII) at Tampere University of Technology employs the latest innovation methods and fosters active university-industry collaboration. Currently, three DSII doctoral students are working with Sandvik’s research challenges and a recruitment process is on-going for four more doctoral candidates.

DSII combines scientific research with R&D and business and demonstrates how university-industry collaboration works at its best

Tuomo Kivelä did his PhD thesis on the topic of “Increasing the Automation Level of Serial Robotic Manipulators with Optimal Kinematic Design and Collision-free Path Control”, in which he developed algorithms and simulation models that can boost drill rig development considerably.

The PhD thesis supports Sandvik’s digital strategy and thesis results will be utilized in the future research and development work. Mining is experiencing a digital revolution and fully automated mines are not far away. Tuomo Kivelä joins Sandvik’s research and technology department in Tampere, Finland after his dissertation on December 1.

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"DSII combines scientific research with R&D and business and demonstrates how university-industry collaboration works at its best. When companies and universities work in tandem to push the frontiers of knowledge, they become a powerful engine for innovation and economic growth,” says Jani Vilenius, PhD, Director of Research and Technology at Sandvik.