Hecse is a doctoral programme in computer science, hosted jointly by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the two leading universities within this field in Finland. Hecse provides researcher training to students with the objective of obtaining a PhD degree.
Graduate education in Hecse emphasizes solid knowledge of the central concepts and methods of computer science, especially the new advanced computing methodologies required in designing, developing, implementing, and analyzing the intelligent systems of the future. Expertise in these core areas is not only essential for scientific advances in information technology, but also for the innovativeness and competitiveness of the ICT industry. Hecse is the only doctoral programme providing researcher training in core computer science methodologies within the Helsinki metropolitan region, which accommodates the majority of the Finnish ICT industry.
Computational methods are a main enabling technology for advances in science, engineering, and society. A highly qualified research workforce in this core area is vital both for the innovativeness of the ICT industry and for the progress of science at large. The goal of the Hecse doctoral programme is therefore to train competent experts in the prime methodologies of computer science (efficient algorithms, modeling of discrete systems, machine learning techniques, information retrieval, visualization), with a particular view of the methodological challenges raised by the development of the ubiquitous intelligent systems of the future. This combination of basic science "push" and grand challenge application "pull", combined with scientific and educational excellence, differentiates Hecse from more applied ICT doctoral programmes, and is also a characteristic of the leading computer science research and education programmes worldwide.