Faculty of Science
Department of Computer Science

Lea Kutvonen Lea Kutvonen

Docent and University lecturer · Department of Computer Science · Faculty of Science · University of Helsinki · Helsinki · Finland

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Short CV

Lea Kutvonen received her PhD on computer science in 1998 at University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science. In 2000's she spent about 8 years as the leading professor of Distributed systems and data communication at the department, and about 12 years in the department board. Currently she leads the Collaborative and Interoperable Computing Group (CINCO). Her research interests lie in open service ecosystems, i.e., mature environments and methods for interenterprise collaboration for networked business. This involves alignment of infrastructure services for collaboration management, service-oriented software engineering, and governance at enterprise and ecosystem levels.

Lea Kutvonen has been active in scientific societies and standardisation. She is a member in IFIP WG6.1 and vice chair in IFIP WG5.8. She has been active in various ODP RM (open distributed processing) standards groups, and supported standards on service-oriented and cloud computing in ISO. She has been a board member, vice chair and chair of the Finnish association of Computer Science. As a member of EU INTEROP NoE and VLAb she has been initiating member of a number of workshop series, and have hosted a number of international conferences.

Research themes summary

service ecosystems - inter-enterprise service collaborations governed by contracts - Service interoperability; enterprise interoperability - business transactions and dynamic case management - breach detection and recovery - trust and privacy - service-oriented enterprise architecture and service engineering - service sciences - model-driven engineering and models at runtime - self-adaptable service systems

Research interests

I am a computer scientist by education, but am driven further by a curiosity on how client-centric services can be jointly provided by multiple organisations through their individual service applications. For example, think how you do shopping on the net, how rescue staff from different countries need to share information in a crisis situation, or how home-care services are combined from public and private domain components.

As a computer scientist, I am fascinated by the variety of new business models and mobile services that are presently being innovated. However, I also detect the training wheels on these innovation ecosystems. Some examples. First, the environments in which the services are built are still rather basic software engineering environments; support for interoperability, composability and governance by policies or regulations is still missing. Second, even the "global solutions" require a shared coordinating decision-maker, either in terms of technological platform, legal systems noted, or user preferences acknowledged. Finally, the current development funding schemes direct the development of new business ideas, that might not tolerate competition in the open market.

My research goals are associated with the collaborations of software-supported services that span organisational boundaries. This is the category of services into which all the above examples fall into. In this kind of environment, we want each client to have an independent collaboration-case for them, that is easy to create and administer. By administration we mean that the client can rely on the organisations involved, and the service adapts to the clients equipment and personal needs without extra limitations or undue effort. Further, the administration means that most appropropriate component services are connected to the case without risks in terms of cost, breaches of regulations or privacy, undetected failures of interoperability, and other relevant technical and business aspects.

My research results involve open service ecosystems. They are mature environments and methods for inter-enterprise collaboration administration and governance. There are i) infrastructure services for collaboration management, and ii) service-oriented software engineering methods to produce software that is administrable by the infrastructure means. Finally, there are governance methods at enterprise and ecosystem levels in order to maintain strategies on directing the capabilities of the collaborations towards the needs of the society.

I am the founder and the leader of the research group CINCO (Collaborative and Interoperable Computing); you can find us at http://cinco.cs.helsinki.fi to further familiarise with our results.

I am also heavily involved in academic education in this particular field. We need increasing numbers of strategic renovators of global infrastructure architectures, and builders of risk defusing engineering tools for safe collaborations.

Projects and publications

For the history of research groups I refer to CINCO group pages, and the summarising booklets. I started collecting funds for my research group right after receiving my MSc degree, and have mostly run nationally funded projects with TEKES or Acedemy of Finland.

For publications, please refer to CINCO publications.

For the summary of research results from the 1st and 2nd decade, please refer to booklets of First decade of NODES and "The 2nd decade of CINCO".

The 2nd decade report points out the following key research results:

In other terms, the results can be viewed in terms of


At present, the regular educational calendar includes

Earlier educational units have included

Theses supervised and evaluated include

— Last edited March 2015