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This proposal covers the full "technology stack" of ICT, ranging from hardware to software, incl both related engineering fields at the hardware end (electronic, materials and biomedical engineering) as well as underpinning mathematics especially at the software end.

EXCITE brings together the top-ranked ICT research groups in Estonia to work jointly on a focussed, yet broad and extendable, research programme. It will capitalize on the existing expertise to create synergies on the rich but fragmented landscape of the Estonian ICT research.

Contact: Professor Maarja Kruusmaa, maarja.kruusmaa@taltech.ee

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ZEBE Center of Excellence in Research (CER) contributes to energy and resource efficiency improvement in buildings and districts. It consolidates six existing research groups active in ZEBE domain at three Estonian universities in order to build up key competences of CER. ZEBE CER contributes to Estonian Smart Specialization growth area of More Efficient Use of Resources, Smart and more efficient construction of buildings. On European level ZEBE CER contributes to European objective of 20% primary energy savings in 2020 that is one of the five headline targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Research is focused to zero energy, recourse efficiency, and renewable energy topics under three main themes:

  • Zero energy and resource efficient smart buildings;

  • Resource efficient wooden structures and composites;

  • Intelligent and efficient energy management for ZEB.


ZEBE CER aims to conduct research needed for the development of smart buildings, being based on active and passive solutions, more efficient material use and use of more efficient energy solutions, which allow to seek for complete solutions in this area. Expected results can be utilized and applied in construction and energy sectors especially when moving to build nearly zero energy buildings as well as in deep integrated renovation of existing buildings, both being the areas Estonia has already been able to take decisive steps in order to be among key players in EU.

In the three research themes six research groups are working:

  • TalTech Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) research group, Jarek Kurnitski, Targo Kalamees

  • TalTech Power Electronics and Demand Side Management (IEEM) research group, Dmitri Vinnikov, Argo Rosin

  • TalTech Wooden Structures and Composites (WSC) research group, Meelis Pohlak, Jüri Majak

  • EMÜ Rural Building research group of Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ), Jaan Miljan

  • EMÜ Distribute renewable energy generation research group, Andres Annuk

  • UT Institute of Physics of University of Tartu (UT), Martin Timusk

Contact: Professor Jarek Kurnitski, jarek.kurnitski@taltech.ee

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The aim of the centre is to translate the rapid progress in the field of genomics and other “-omics” technologies into improved understanding of molecular and evolutionary mechanisms of disease as well as improved prevention, diagnosis and clinical care. The Centre integrates 12 research units from University of Tartu, Estonian Biocentre and Tallinn University of Technology.

Contact from TalTech: Professor Tõnis Timmusk, tonis.timmusk@taltech.ee

The CEES aims at a complex study of the linguistic and cultural structure of ethnic groups in Estonia, analyses its content and philosophical starting points and proposes models for:

  • the dynamics and cultural diversity of transnational phenomena and processes;

  •  local cultural patterns created by communities;

  • historical and modern trajectories of cultural diversity, categories of historical variation (conceptual, confessional, linguistic), the movement of innovations on the basis of former patterns;

  • forms of linguistic behaviour and practice.

Cultural processes are observed both in modern context and throughout history. The research base are digital resources created by the research teams & partners, experiments, field data. The huge corpora enable to study big data by using the possibilities offered by digital humanities. The strength of the CEES lies in the synergy evolving from the closer cooperation between the researchers of the humanities and those of computer sciences.

Contact from TalTech: Professor Einar Meister, einar.meister@taltech.ee

Contact from TalTech: Professor Margus Lopp, margus.lopp@taltech.ee

The Centre of Excellence “Advanced materials and high-technology devices for energy recuperation systems” addresses cutting-edge science and technology, involving stakeholders from industry, decision makers and society, in order to develop functional materials for environmentally friendly sustainable energy technologies, sensorics and electronics.

The combined expertise of partners in experimental and theoretical studies enables the “full sequence” of power sources development: design and synthesis of components, their characterisation, preparing and testing of the laboratory and small-scale prototypes. Centre of Excellence complies with the priorities of the R&D strategies of Europe (the Innovation Union and Energy Union), Estonia ("Knowledge-based Estonia" 2014-2020, Estonian Energy Technology Development Plan ENMAK 2030+), University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology. General goals are development of innovative basic and applied knowledge on materials and devices for modern society and preparation of highly qualified young scientists in the field of modern technologies.

Contact from TalTech: Maarja Grossberg, maarja.grossberg@taltech.ee

This CER aims to explore the new materials of various ferroic materials and their potential applications in a comprehensive way in collaboration of research groups from two universities and a research institute.

Each group has PhD students who will benefit from the collaboration in the CER, by being able to set more advanced and complicated research targets, by gaining access to different experimental techniques, including large scale facilities like the European Magnet Lab or neutron facilities, but also making better use of the Estonian Magnet Lab and the Laboratory of Thin Film Technology at the University of Tartu.

The high level of existing research groups will be enhanced by joint research on complex topics and thus the Estonian academic community will be stronger and more visible, both in the country and also worldwide.

We will obtain the ability and skills to synthesize magnetoelectric nanomaterials that will open new possibilities for science and technology in Estonia.

Contact from TalTech: Professor Erwan Rauwel, erwan.rauwel@taltech.ee