Doctoral Program in Computer Science (DoCS) received 17 applications for the university funded doctoral positions starting in January 2020. Out of these applications, 15 applicants also applied for the positions for artificial intelligence and AI solutions.

After the evalutions of the board of DoCS, and further evalutions by the University Research Foundation and AI-panel, the following applicants were awarded a position:

  • Anton Björklund (AI-position)
  • Tuomo Lehtonen (AI-position)
  • Rafael Savvides (DoCS-position)
  • Elaine Zosa (University Research Foundation -position)

DoCS congratulates the successful candidates, and wishes to thank all the applicants!


PhD seminar sessions in Academic year 2019-2020 will be held on the following days:

  • Friday the 20th of September, 2019 at 14-16 in CK112,
  • Friday the 1st of November, 2019 at 14-16 in CK112,
  • Friday the 13th of December, 2019 at 14-16 in CK112,
  • Friday the 24th of January, 2020 at 14-16 in CK112,
  • Friday the 20th of March, 2020 at 14-16 in CK112,
  • Friday the 17th of April, 2020 at 14-16 in CK112, and
  • Friday the 15th of May, 2020 at 14-16 in CK112

The studies in the DoCS programme consists of a doctoral thesis, scientific studies, and studies in transferrable skills.  The programme does not provide any regular courses, but it can organise intensive courses, seminars and guest lectures that are typically held by international guests. The DoCS programme organises for its doctoral students an annual PhD seminar that is a compulsory part of the studies. See more detailed under Degree structure in the DoCS programme.

Instructions about PhD studies are now available in the Instructions for Students -service.

The instructions have been divided into themes. Under the themes, you will find instructions related e.g. to planning and completing doctoral studies, the examination process of doctoral theses and practices related to thesis supervision, as well as contact information for all the support staff for doctoral education. When using the service, don’t forget to choose the doctoral programme you want from the degree programme menu on the front page, to make sure that you also see all the instructions aimed for students in that specific programme.

A supervisor of a doctoral student in the DoCS programme can be one of the professors or one of the principal investigators of the Department of Computer Science. In addition, the student may have one or several unofficial postdoc-level supervisors. Most importantly the supervisors should have expertise and competence in the sub-field of research of the doctoral student and they should be committed to supervise the student. If the supervisor of the doctoral student is not a professor, then one of the professors (a full professor or an associate professor) at the Department of Computer Science is appointed as a resonsible professor for the doctoral student.

The student has the right to receive regular supervision, but also the obligation to update his or her personal study plan regularly, to report on the progress of the research and studies, to participate in the activities of the department (teaching and departmental duties), and to inform the supervisor if the studies will be delayed.

The supervisor must provide supervision for both research and studies regularly, and also follow up the student's progress, ensure the continuity of the supervision if he or she is unable to provide supervision. The supervisor has the right to resign from the supervision relationship, if the student does not fulfil the obligations specified in his or her study plan.

All doctoral candidates in DoCS have also a thesis committee. More information about thesis committees in DoCS can be found on the Instructions for Students web pages.

Information about travel grants and other funding opportunities for doctoral candidates can be found on Instructions for students -webpages.

Remeber to log in or choose the right doctoral programme on the top of page so that you see all relevant information.

DoCS can provide financial support for the organization of intensive courses, workshops, conferences and other functions which are in within the DoCS research field and benefit DoCS students.

Application for this funding is continuous, but please notice that DoCS grants funding on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can apply for this funding by filling out this application form.

The Code of Conduct prepared jointly by a working group, the Kumpula HR and the Faculty Council, defines how we behave in our Faculty, what kind of behaviour we expect from others and how we represent our Faculty to the outside world.

In the Code of Conduct, the values of our University are translated into clear guidelines that everyone can and should follow. With the Code of Conduct, the Faculty of Science takes a proactive and preventative role in ensuring that our faculty is a good and safe place for everyone to work, study and visit.

You can read more about the code on the Faculty's web pages.