Finnish and Russian students to apply Big Data at the international workshop at TPU

The International Workshop Big Data Analysis for Smart Cities started today at Tomsk Polytechnic University. Students and faculty from the Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (VAMK, Finland), Irkutsk National Research Technical University (Russia), and the TPU School of Computer Science & Robotics are participating in the workshop. Within the school, the students will learn to apply Big Data technology for analyzing the passenger traffic.


TPU Vice-Rector for External Affairs Liliya Kiriyanova said at the opening meeting:

‘Nowadays great projects can be developed only within international teams. All great projects in IT and other industries are international. To develop a big project at TPU or another university, we have to combine various expertise and background of different countries. I would like to wish you that your small project will only lay ground for bigger projects. Take this opportunity to find good ideas, make new friends and, probably, in several years you will be able to launch your own start-up or company.’

Within the school, the students have to apply Big Data for analyzing the passenger traffic of Tomsk. The practical part of the workshop implies trips on public transport, recordings GPS tracks, their preliminary processing, and visualization.

Then using Big Data the students will analyze the data obtained, identify ‘bottlenecks’ in the operation of public transport and propose own solutions to fix transportation problems. The participants will be divided into four mixed international teams supervised by moderators from among TPU students.


Experts from ENBISYS, an IT company based in the Tomsk Special Economic Zone, specializing in the development of IT solutions for medicine and education using Big Data, participates in the workshop.

Finnish colleagues Lotta Saarikoski and Riitta Niemelä are responsible for teamwork activity and lectures on international project management.