FrostBit Software Lab (previously pLab) operates under the Digital Solutions competence group together with the ICT engineering education at the Lapland UAS (Rovaniemi campus). The lab plays a pivotal role for the ICT engineering education as an R&D and learning environment where students can collaborate with the staff, study and have hands-on experience of ICT engineering.


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The laboratory was established all the way back in 1999 as the first Finnish virtual reality programming laboratory, and it was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The major R&D focus of FrostBit is on entertaining & educational games, simulations, extended reality, web & mobile computing and complex data systems.


We are leading and co-running different EU-funded projects, for instance, in forestry, mining industry, built environment, tourism, healthcare and mobility & transport. Besides projects funded by EU, we are also providing our R&D services to the local companies and businesses.

FrostBit is jointly collaborating with the degree programs at the Lapland UAS, Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Lapland and REDU vocational college. Lapland UAS has established partnerships with many companies and organizations and the lab is cooperating with digitalization with many regional, national and international partners.


Our diverse team consists of software engineers, visual artists specialized in 3D modeling, graphic design, UI and UX design, web developers and communications. Some of the team members are working on teaching and projects simultaneously.

We also have 5-10 students completing their internship, working in projects, gaining ECTS and completing graduate thesis. In addition, international students and exchange students have been part of our projects and working with us.

Pertti Rauhala

Coordinator, FrostBit Software Lab

Heikki Kontaniemi

Manager, Digital Solutions

Petri Hannula

Project Manager

Game Technology, Programming, Hardware Solutions

Toni Westerlund

Project Manager
XR & Games Team Lead

Design, Develop, Experience

Tuomas Valtanen

Project Manager
Web & Mobile Team Lead

Project Management, Web & Mobile Applications

Juha Laakko

Project Manager

Mika Uitto

Project Manager

International Relations, Multi-disciplinary Projects, 3D Artist

Sanni Mustonen

Project Manager

Graphic & UI-Design, 2D Game Graphics

Antti Kukkonen

Project Engineer

Python, GIS, Backend

Arto Söderström

Project Engineer

Game Enginges, AR, Web Development

Samuli Jomppanen

Project Planner

3D-Modelling Techniques, Industrial Design, Technical Artist

Elina Männikkö

Project Engineer

Game Engines, Technical Leading, VR

Erson Halili

Project Planner

Communications, Project Planning, International Relations

Heikki Sarajärvi

Project Engineer

Full Stack, JavaScript Development

Jarkko Piippo

Project Engineer

3D-Art, Game Engines. Game Design

Joni Viinamäki

Project Planner

Modelling, Concept Art, 2D-Visualization

Juha Petäjäjärvi

Project Engineer

Full Stack Web Applications, Software Development, Python

Juha-Matti Taikina-aho

Project Engineer

Game Engines, Game-oriented Programming, Spatial Systems

Juhana Ylitolonen

Project Planner

CG Generalist, Game Engines, VFX

Juhani Kuru

Project Engineer

Full Stack Web Development, Flutter Mobile Development, JavaScript

Kimmo Karjalainen

Project Engineer

Game Engines, 2D Game Programming, VR

Loru Reinikka

Project Planner

Graphic & UI-Design, Illustration

Matias Hiltunen

Project Engineer

Full Stack, JavaScript, Flutter

Mikko Pajula

Project Engineer

Mobile, GIS, Full Stack

Mikko Pallas

Project Engineer

Mobile Application Development (iOS), Full Stack Web Development, Docker

Onni Li

Project Planner

CGI-Generalist, Environmental Design, Digital Twins

Samuli Visuri

Project Engineer

VR, Multiplatform, Visualisations

Teemu Hannula

Project Engineer

Embedded Systems, VR, Game Engines

Tuuli Nivala

Project Planner

Game Pedagogy, Audiovisual Media, Marketing