News: Archive 2013

Computational physics moulds the future of electronic devices

02.01.2013 Fundamental studies based on computational physics are an essential part of many different branches of research – from medical technology to mobile communication. Javad Hashemi has studied the electronic properties and conductivity of different structures based on carbon nanotubes in his doctoral dissertation for the Aalto University Department of Applied Physics.

Institutional change requires problematizing our taken for granted beliefs

08.01.2013 Why do we continue to exceed our planets carrying capacity, for example by generating most of our energy from non-renewable sources? We have been aware of the harmfulness of our actions for decades – as well as of viable alternatives. How does societal change come about and proceed?

Nuutti Hyvönen appointed as an Associate Professor in the School of Science

09.01.2013 Nuutti Hyvönen has been appointed as an Associate Professor in applied mathematics at the Aalto University School of Science starting from 1 December 2012. The professorship is in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis.

Mobile operators need to embrace open innovation and cloud computing

16.01.2013 Mobile network operators are facing inevitable and hard reforms in their business. Although the consumption of mobile data increases rapidly, operators’ user revenues have been sinking steadily for years. For now, operators are economically in good shape, but in their current state they run the risk of being left out of the mobile business ecosystem.

Risto Rajala appointed as a Professor in the School of Science

17.01.2013 Risto Rajala has been appointed as an Assistant Professor on the tenure track at the Aalto University School of Science starting from 1 January 2013.

Novel methods to support decision making processes

23.01.2013 Mathematical analysis based on numbers and numerical estimates is widely used in decision making everywhere from public administration and business to environmental conservation. Methods for decision analysis evaluate different alternatives with regard to several criteria. The more attributes and possible options, from which to make decisions there are, and the larger the amount of available data, the more complex the analysis gets – and it begins to escape the grasp of decision makers.

Aalto neuroscientists participate in EU’s 1 billion FET Flagship project

28.01.2013 European Commission has selected the Human Brain Project (HBP) as one of the two Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship projects. The project is co-directed by Swiss neuroscientist Henry Markram (Lausanne) and German physicist Karlheintz Maier (Heidelberg). Aalto University is HBP’s only Finnish partner, with professors Riitta Hari ja Lauri Parkkonen taking care of the “Social brain” task of the project.

Graphene researchers at Aalto University are part of EU’s billion-euro Graphene Flagship research initiative

28.01.2013 The Finnish partners in the Graphene Flagship project are Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The research groups run by Aalto University professors Pertti Hakonen and Harri Lipsanen are responsible for sensor development and production of high frequency transistors.

Noise is not necessarily detrimental to quantum devices

04.02.2013 ´The researches of the Aalto University and the University of Oulu have succeeded to simulate a phenomenon called motional averaging, which demonstrates that in certain conditions externally-induced fast fluctuations in energy can help stabilize the state of the system. The study shows that noise is not necessarily detrimental to the functioning of quantum devices such as superconducting quantum bits, but under certain circumstances noise can even improve their characteristics.

Mathias Groth has been appointed as a professor at the Aalto School of Science

08.02.2013 Mathias Groth has been appointed as an Associated Professor on the tenure track at the Aalto School of Science starting from 1.12.2012. The professorship was designated within the Department of Applied Physics. Mathias Groth’s speciality is the physics of the scrape-off layer and plasma-wall interaction in magnetically confined fusion devices, also known as tokamaks.

Vision - Sustainable freight transport

11.02.2013 The Industrial Engineering and Management students have gathered here in Finland once again for an event called Vision. Vision Helsinki-Tampere is part of seminar series held across the Europe, and this year’s big theme is Green Supply Chain. We organizers here in Finland make up our event around a small part of the Green Supply Chain, Sustainable Freight Transport. We have organized lectures and company visits for the participants, and in the evenings we show them the Finnish culture and student life. This year the event is held in the beginning of February, and visitors stay in Helsinki for a couple of days and then we travel to Tampere.

Winning ideas develop FIMECC into a multidisciplinary research platform

11.02.2013 Postdoctoral researcher Anssi Smedlund is the winner of FIMECC’s, Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster, idea competition. His ideas aim for FIMECC’s growth into an even stronger research platform that would benefit from the combination of research institutes, companies, consultants and other stakeholders.

Olli Vuola has been appointed Executive in Recidence of Aalto Ventures Program AVP from 1 February 2013

11.02.2013 Olli Vuola D.Sc. (Econ), M.Sc. (Eng.) has a wide range of experience from new businesses. He has participated in the commercialisation phase of several startup, spinoff and corporate venture companies and was the co-founder and CEO of NEAPO Oy from 2007 to 2012. Vuola was Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management and Technology Policy at Aalto University until 2012. He received his Ph.D. in Innovation Management from the University of Lausanne in 2006 and graduated as Master of Science in Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1996.

Combining quantum information communication and storage

14.02.2013 Aalto University researchers from the O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory and the Department of Applied Physics have successfully connected a superconducting quantum bit, or qubit, with a micrometer-sized drum head and transferred information from the qubit to the resonator and back again. The group’s results were published in Nature, the premier weekly science journal.

Several Postdoc positions open in the COIN - the Finnish Center of Excellence in Computational Inference Research

18.02.2013 Aalto University (COIN) and University of Helsinki, announces the following open positions. Call deadline is 28 Feb 15:00 o'clock EET.

Conflicts in Wikipedia now modelled by statistical physicists

20.02.2013 Information and communication technology has enabled us to solve complex problems in collaboration across the world. Everything from wiki-based platforms to open software development all the way to the experiments in CERN has benefited from advances in ICT. Not only have unprecedented forms of synergy emerged, but also inevitable clashes of opinions between large numbers of individuals.

Light particles illuminate the vacuum

25.02.2013 In an article published in the PNAS scientific journal, researchers from Aalto University and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland showed experimentally that vacuum has properties not previously observed. According to the laws of quantum mechanics, it is a state with abundant potentials. Vacuum contains momentarily appearing and disappearing virtual pairs, which can be converted into detectable light particles.

Aristides Gionis has been appointed as a professor at the School of Science

26.02.2013 Aristides Gionis has been appointed as an Associate Professor at the Aalto University School of Science starting from 1.1.2013. The professorship is in the Department of Information and Computer Science. The field of the professorship is machine learning, probalistic modelling and data mining.

The ideal of self-sufficiency puts brakes on sharing economy

27.02.2013 According to a recent study, fear of owing a debt of gratitude and reluctance to ask for help are slowing the success of online services that facilitate joint use, borrowing and exchange of services. People who engage in exchange activities were not as concerned about becoming the target of unfair accusations about being a ‘free rider’.

Hannes Jónsson joins the Multiscale Statistical Physics Group as FiDiPro professor

27.02.2013 Professor Hannes Jónsson from the University of Iceland joined the Aalto University Multiscale Statistical Physics research group in January. The group is part of the Computational Nanoscience Center of Excellence at the Department of Applied Physics, Aalto School of Science. Jónsson is a physical chemist and one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of theoretical and computational materials research. His research work in Finland is part of the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme, FiDiPro, led and funded by the Academy of Finland and Tekes.

Academy Professor Riitta Salmelin joins Science and Technology Advisory Council to the President of the European Commission

01.03.2013 Academy Professor Riitta Salmelin of the Aalto University School of Science has been invited to serve as a member on the new Science and Technology Advisory Council, which has been set up by the European Commission to support President José Manuel Barroso.

Social media has changed the game in user-centred design

17.03.2013 The divide between users and developers requires extra attention in the design of social media services. M.Sc. (Tech.) Mikael Johnson of Aalto University School of Science claims in his doctoral dissertation that the principles and practices of user-centred design have to face serious reconsideration.

UFISA promotes educational cooperation between Southern Africa and Finland

18.03.2013 Aalto University School of Science coordinates the international UFISA project, which promotes educational cooperation between the universities of Southern Africa and Finland. The project centers on student and teacher exchange and aims at developing user-centered design of information and communication services for local communities in Africa.

Intuition prevails in innovative decision making

19.03.2013 Decisions concerning innovations in the early stages of product development arise mostly from intuition. Olli Hyppänen has studied development work in strongly innovative ICT companies in his doctoral dissertation for the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management in Aalto University. He shows that innovative decision making is often remarkably intuitive.

Quantum mechanical quirks at the Physics Days conference

25.03.2013 The 47th annual Physics Days conference held by Aalto University and the Finnish Physical Society delved this year from designed materials all the way into the quantum physics of complex atom systems. One of the keynote speakers at the event was Immanuel Bloch, the Managing Director of Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, who has conducted landmark experiments in the study of ultra-cold atom gases. The Aalto University School of Science Professor Päivi Törmä, who invited Bloch to visit the conference, does theoretical research in the very same field herself.

Record-breaking amount of applications for Master´s programmes at Aalto University School of Science

28.03.2013 Aalto University School of Science received a record-breaking amount, a total of 1 045 applications, for the Master´s programmes this year. In the field of technology and engineering, the School of Science was the most successful of all Aalto University’s schools achieving 22,8 percent increase in applications compared to last year.

Superfluid flow at zero temperature

03.04.2013 Researchers at Aalto University, School of Science has studied rotating superfluid flow at lower temperatures than has been possible ever before. For the first time, these measurements allow reliable extrapolations to zero temperature. The research was published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

A 3D user interface by researchers from the Department of Media Technology awarded in Florida

04.04.2013 Competition entry titled as ”Immersive 3D Modeling with Blender and Off-the-Shelf Hardware” by researchers from the Department of Media Technology was awarded the "Best Low-Cost, Minimally-Intrusive Solution" prize in Orlando, Florida. The task of the competition was to implement a world builder 3D user interface that would allow the creation of virtual environments from scratch.

Pioneer of computational learning theory Leslie G. Valiant from Harvard University gives a talk on Monday 15 April

10.04.2013 Leslie G. Valiant teaches computer science and applied mathematics at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His 1984 paper "Theory of the Learnable" is considered as the starting point of the field of computational learning theory, which put machine learning onto a solid theoretical foundation, and has been fundamental to creation of modern adaptive intelligent systems like IBM’s Watson and various others. One of Valiant’s main contributions is the PAC learning model (“probably approximately correct”) which studies the limits of what kind of concepts (e.g. spam vs. non-spam email) can be accurately learned from data with high confidence. The learning model had significant influence on machine learning, artificial intelligence, and many areas of computing practice such as natural language processing, handwriting recognition, and computer vision.

Doctoral dissertation studies the use of light in measuring cerebral circulation

12.04.2013 Tiina Näsi, a researcher of biomedical engineering at Aalto University, studied in her doctoral thesis the use of light in measuring the brain’s blood circulation. This optical measurement may in the future help discover the cause of sleep disorders as well as their close connection with cardiovascular diseases. The method is currently being tested in a hospital.

Doctoral dissertation offers tools for supporting doctoral students of industrial engineering and management

12.04.2013 Lic.Sc. (Tech.) Katja Lahenius, a researcher of industrial engineering and management at Aalto University, studied in her doctoral thesis doctoral students’ experiences of support during their studies. Her research shows the benefits of early support, peer support, students’ own active approach and joint supervision.

Number of bachelor applicants increased in Aalto School of Science

17.04.2013 A new Bachelor's degree program in Aalto School of Science got plenty of applications this year. The number of applicants increased by 22% in Computer Science and Engineering, 15% in Engineering Physics and Mathematics, and 8 % in Industrial Engineering and Management compared to last year. Information Networks of applicants decreased slightly (7%) from last year.

Decision making in scientific peer review unravelled with mathematical modelling

18.04.2013 Professor Mikko Alava and undergraduate Tuomo Hartonen of Aalto University Department of Applied Physics have modelled the work processes and human decision making in scientific peer review with the help of statistical physics.

Peter Kelly appointed as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto School of Science

18.04.2013 Dr. Peter Kelly has been appointed a Professor of Practice at the Aalto School of Science starting from March 1, 2013. The professorship is in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. The field of the professorship is high-growth entrepreneurship.

Results of the Master's admissions 2013 have been published

26.04.2013 Results of the Master's admissions at Aalto University have been published on 26 April 2013.

Scientists reach the ultimate goal - controlling chirality in carbon nanotubes

29.04.2013 An ultimate goal in the field of carbon nanotube research is to synthesise single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with controlled chiralities. Twenty years after the discovery of SWNTs, scientists from Aalto University in Finland, A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS in Russia and the Center for Electron Nanoscopy of Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have managed to control chirality in carbon nanotubes during their chemical vapor deposition synthesis.

The best School of Science dissertations awarded for 2012

29.04.2013 Eero Eloranta, Vice Dean of the School of Science, presented prizes for the three best dissertation authors for 2012 at the recently held ’Get Together’ doctoral programme event. Last year all together 77 persons defended their doctoral dissertation at our School.

Working toward a more inexpensive and widespread use of solar energy

02.05.2013 “The use of solar energy is increasing rapidly, and by 2050, the share of solar electricity may even represent one fourth of all the electricity used worldwide,” predicts Professor Peter Lund of Aalto University. Solar energy is gaining in popularity primarily due to the improved efficiency and reduced cost of solar cells.

Defect Mediated Manipulation of Nanoclusters On An Insulator

03.05.2013 Reseachers in Aalto University have studied the nanoscale properties of materials used in electronics and catalysis. In their recent work, they studied how nanosized particles of some hundreds of atoms can be moved on a surface with exact control.

Aalto NeuroImaging provides top infrastructure for brain research

06.05.2013 A woman dressed in a white overall lies still with her head inside a big pipe-like device. She is shown pictures of human faces with different facial expressions. The device scans her brain and detects her emotional reaction to the pictures. One would expect to encounter this type of research in a hospital, but we are in the functional magnetic resonance imaging laboratory at Aalto University’s School of Science.

Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors - reflections between mathematics and art

13.05.2013 On Monday, 6 May 2013, an exhibition of the final works of students on the Aalto course Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors, which combines mathematics, architecture, and art, was opened in the foyer of the TUAS building in Otaniemi. On display are a total of six works, which the students designed and built in the spring of 2013. The works were designed specifically for placement in the TUAS building. The aim of the course was to find points of contact between mathematics, art and architecture, and to examine these topics in a manner that is new and exceptional for each participant.

Professor Lauri Savioja nominated AES Fellow

16.05.2013 The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has elevated Professor Lauri Savioja to the status of AES fellow, which is reserved for highly merited members. Savioja is a professor at the Department of Media Technology of Aalto University.

Risto Nieminen appointed Dean of Aalto University’s School of Science

17.05.2013 Risto Nieminen – born 1948, D.Sc. (Tech) – has been appointed Dean of Aalto University’s School of Science and a member of the university’s Management Team as of 1 July 2013. He will succeed Kimmo Kaski, who has served as the school’s dean since March 2012.

Kary Främling appointed a Professor of Practice

21.05.2013 Kary Främling has been appointed a Professor of Practice in the Aalto School of Science for 5 years starting from March 1, 2013. The professorship is in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

President of the Republic visited Aalto University

27.05.2013 Finland’s President, Sauli Niinistö, visited Aalto University on Tuesday 21 May.

Tapio Lokki - Award winning researcher developed a method to accurately compare concert hall sound

01.06.2013 Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have developed a method that allows accurate comparisons of concert hall acoustics. The leader of the research group, Associate Professor Tapio Lokki, was presented with an International Commission for Acoustics Early Career Award on 5 June 2013 in Montreal, Canada. The award was given to Professor Lokki for outstanding contributions to room acoustics, and in particular for the novel subjective and objective assessment methods of concert halls.

Research group led by Professor Olli Ikkala designated as Centre of Excellence in Research by Academy of Finland

04.06.2013 The Board of the Academy of Finland has selected the Centres of Excellence in Research for the 2014‒2019 CoE programme. At Aalto University, the research group headed by Professor Olli Ikkala on Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research was selected as a Centre of Excellence. Also participating in the Centre of Excellence is VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Jukka Pekola received Academy Professorship for the years 2014-2018

05.06.2013 Professor Jukka Pekola from the O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory at the School of Science was selected as Academy Professor for the years 2014-2018. He is also Director of the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Low Temperature Quantum Phenomena and Devices at Aalto University.

Inkeri Ruuska appointed School of Science Development Manager

06.06.2013 Inkeri Ruuska, D.Sc. (Tech.), has been appointed Development Manager for the School of Science starting from 19 August 2013. The development manager works directly under the dean but reports in a matrix to the university level director of policy and foresight.

Academy of Finland funding for reseachers at the Aalto School of Science

13.06.2013 The Academy of Finland has granted some EUR 31 million to Academy Projects in natural sciences and engineering. Six reseachers from the Aalto School of Science received together 2,7 million euros.

3D printing: human spare parts and media hype

13.06.2013 The massive publicity hype that has spurred the development of 3D printing technologies amazed industry experts at an Aalto University seminar.

Mathematics undergraduate in Aalto University to publish in a top cross-disciplinary journal

13.06.2013 Samu Potka, an undergraduate student in the Aalto University Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis has published an article in the cross-disciplinary Journal of Algebraic Statistics.

Spot-welding graphene nanoribbons atom by atom

14.06.2013 Scientists at Aalto University School of Science and Utrecht University have created single atom contacts between gold and graphene nanoribbons. In their article published in Nature Communications, the research team demonstrate how to make electrical contacts with single chemical bonds to graphene nanoribbons.

Erkki Oja appointed as Aalto Distinguished Professor

14.06.2013 Aalto University’s President has appointed Erkki Oja, D.Sc. (Tech.), as an Aalto Distinguished Professor as of 1 August this year.

Astronomy inspired students

18.06.2013 A course called the Astronomical View of the World was organised for the first time this spring. It brought together around 50 Aalto University students interested in astronomy from five of the Aalto's Schools. The teachers of the interdisciplinary course came from the Metsähovi Radio Observatory.

YouTube is the most important music source for the Finnish youth

18.06.2013 YouTube has become the primary music service among young adults, finds a new study by Aalto University. 99% of the respondents to a survey on digital music use listened to YouTube at least sometimes, 35% every day.

Carbon nanotubes will transform our materials

05.07.2013 The world’s largest conference on carbon nanomaterials, NT13, was held June 24–28 at Aalto University. Over 400 scientists and industry experts joined the event to share their knowledge on the fundamental science and applications of carbon nanotubes and graphene.

Magnets make droplets dance

19.07.2013 Researchers from Aalto University and Paris Tech have placed water droplets containing magnetic nanoparticles on strong water repellent surfaces and have made them align in various static and dynamic structures using periodically oscillating magnetic fields. This is the first time researchers have demonstrated reversible switching between static and dynamic self-assembly.

EUR 1.3 million in EU funding to researcher Juha Silvanto for brain research

06.08.2013 Juha Silvanto, group leader of the Aalto University Brain Research Unit Visual Cognition and Awareness research group, has received a EUR 1.3 million European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for research in hallucination.

Growth of disorder of electrons measured in dual temperature system

13.08.2013 Researchers at Aalto University and the University of Tokyo have succeeded for the first time in experimentally measuring a probability distribution for entropy production of electrons. Entropy production means an increase in disorder when electrons are moved individually between two microscopic conductors of differing temperatures.

Casper Lassenius appointed as Professor

14.08.2013 Casper Lassenius, Dr.Tech., has been appointed as Associate Professor in the Aalto School of Science for 5 years starting from April 1, 2013. The professorship is in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The field of the professorship is computer science

1.1 million EU funding to Assistant Professor Petteri Kaski to study algorithmics for hard computational problems

27.08.2013 Assistant Professor Petteri Kaski at the Department of Information and Computer Science at Aalto University received a €1.1-million ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council for the project "Theory and Practice of Advanced Search and Enumeration". The funding is granted to exceptionally talented young researchers for the purpose of starting their own research group.

Researchers start Revolution of Knowledge Work

29.08.2013 Tekes has granted 1.7 million euros of strategic funding to the Revolution of Knowledge Work research consortium. The consortium is composed of Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT – the joint research institute of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki – and The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health’s Brain Work Laboratory. The consortium develops information search and processing methods where the creativity of humans and the ability of computers to process large masses of data are merged, while humans retain control of the process.

Tapio Lokki named EspooAmbassador 2013

30.08.2013 Professor Tapio Lokki from the School of Science's Department of Media Technology has been selected as this year's EspooAmbassador.The EspooAmbassador acts as a congress ambassador in Finland and abroad.

HIIT and Design Factory reseachers awarded at Conference on Engineering Design

30.08.2013 A paper co-authored by Jan Nikander, Lassi Liikkanen and Miko Laakso has received the award "Reviewers favourite" at the Interntional Conference on Engineering Design 2013 (ICED’13), in Seoul, South Korea. "Reviewers favourite" was awarded to the top 10% articles of the conference's more than 340 accepted submissions.

Aalto University has become a node in the CECAM network

02.09.2013 Aalto University has joined the pan-European organisation for computational research CECAM. CECAM works as a network of 18 nodes of universities and research centres across Europe.

Mario Di Francesco appointed an Assistant Professor

05.09.2013 Mario Di Francesco, Dr.Tech., has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Aalto School of Science for 5 years starting from August 1, 2013. The professorship is in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The field of the professorship is Software Systems and Engineering.

Enrico Bartolini appointed as an Assistant Professor

09.09.2013 Enrico Bartolini has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Aalto University School of Science for five years starting from 1.8.2013. The professorship is in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis. The field of the professorship is operations research.

All-carbon integrated circuits are flexible

09.09.2013 Scientists from Aalto University and Nagoya University have succeeded in creating the world’s first all-carbon integrated circuits where the field-effect transistors and signal routing are exclusively based on carbon nanotube use. The results were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.

Keijo Heljanko appointed as an Associate Professor

11.09.2013 Keijo Heljanko has been appointed as an Associate Professor at the Aalto School of Science for 5 years starting from August 1, 2013. The professorship is in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The field of the professorship is computer science.

N. Asokan appointed as a Professor at the Aalto School of Science

11.09.2013 N. Asokan, Ph.D.., has been appointed a Professor at the Aalto School of Science starting from August 1, 2013. The professorship is in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The field of the professorship is software systems and engineering, specifically, secure systems.

How slippery are water-repellent surfaces?

12.09.2013 Scientists at Aalto University have measured the low but non-zero friction of droplets moving on slippery water-repellent surfaces.

Professor Päivi Törmä receives €1.6 million EU funding to investigate quantum phenomena

26.09.2013 Professor Päivi Törmä from Aalto University has received €1.6 million ERC Advanced Grant research funding from the European Research Council for the ‘Condensation in Designed Systems’ project, which investigates macroscopic quantum coherence, physical phenomena of ultracold gases and nanoscale optical phenomena. The funding is granted for a researcher with a particularly distinguished career.

Application round for the NordSecMob – Master’s Programme in Security and Mobile Computing has opened!

02.10.2013 The application round to the Master's Programme in Security and Mobile Computing coordinated by Aalto University School of Science has opened on 1 October (studies starting in Autumn 2014). The deadline for applying to the programme is 4 December 2013.

A Google Research Award to professor N. Asokan

07.10.2013 A research proposal on "Contextual Security", led by Prof. N. Asokan from the department of Computer Science and Engineering has received a prestigious Google Research Award.

Ahti Salo receives award for best publication in decision analysis

08.10.2013 Professor Ahti Salo, together with his colleagues Jeffrey Keisler and Alec Morton, has been granted the award for best publication in decision analysis in 2011.

Marina Biniari and Mikko Jääskeläinen new professors in the field of high-growth entrepreneurship

08.10.2013 Marina Biniari and Mikko Jääskeläinen have been appointed as assistant professors in high growth entrepreneurship at the Aalto University School of Science. The professorships are in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.

Jari Collin and Tomi Männistö new Adjunct Professors at the Aalto School of Science

09.10.2013 Jari Collin and Tomi Männistö have been appointed as an Adjunct Professors at the Aalto School of Science in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Award of honour for Professor Risto Nieminen

10.10.2013 On 9 October, Professor Risto Nieminen, Dean of the School of Science, received an award of honour of 30 000 euros from the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Grigory E. Volovik awarded the 2014 Lars Onsager Prize

11.10.2013 Senior scientist Grigory E. Volovik from the O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory, Aalto University School of Science is awarded the 2014 Lars Onsager Prize. The prize is granted by the American Physical Society to recognize outstanding research in theoretical statistical physics including the quantum fluids.

Communication with similar people stronger than believed

22.10.2013 People’s tendency to communicate with similar people is stronger than earlier believed, which restricts the flow of information and ideas in social networks. These are the findings that an Aalto University research group published this week in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences publication series.

Fluent usability for semantic web portals

23.10.2013 Internet services are expanding to make use of meanings of textual content and to collect information from all over the web. These semantic web technologies are however often built and designed for only professionals and engineers.

Models to predict scientists' future impact often fail

30.10.2013 Models universities partially use to forecast scientists' future contributions are not as reliable as previously thought. In a recent study, Aalto University and IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca researchers demonstrate mathematical analysis of past performance cannot reliably determine the future performance. This means that current models dangerously overestimate the predictability and should not be used for career advancement decision process.

Technology students use summer projects to develop energy-efficient mobile apps

13.11.2013 Open Car Platforms and Green Travelling is an application developed by two summer programme students at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. It is designed to encourage private car owners to reduce emissions. A demo of the app is available and possible collaborative partners are currently being sought to help with further development.

Robin Gustafsson and Timo Vuori new Assistant Professors at the School of Science

18.11.2013 Robin Gustafsson has been appointed as Assistant Professor at the Aalto School of Science for four years starting in October 1, 2013. The professorship is in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.

Marjo Kauppinen appointed as Professor of Practice at the School of Science

18.11.2013 Marjo Kauppinen has been appointed as Professor of Practice at the Aalto School of Science for five years starting from August 1, 2013. The professorship is in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The field of the professorship is software engineering.

Playing computer games makes brains feel and think alike

21.11.2013 Scientists have discovered that playing computer games can bring players’ emotional responses and brain activity into unison. By measuring the activity of facial muscles and imaging the brain while gaming, the group found out that people go through similar emotions and display matching brainwaves. The study of Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT researchers is now published in PLOS ONE.

CICERO Learning Doctoral thesis prizes for Juha Sorva

22.11.2013 CICERO Learning has awarded its 2013 doctoral thesis prize to PhD Juha Sorva (Aalto University) for his thesis entitled "Visual Program Simulation in Introductory Programming Education".

Professor Päivi Törmä becomes director of Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience (COMP)

26.11.2013 Professor Päivi Törmä took over as director of the Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience (COMP) at the beginning of November. Her quantum dynamics group is one of eight groups that make up the centre of excellence.

Pauliina-Ilmonen appointed as Assistant Professor at the Aalto School of Science

29.11.2013 Pauliina Ilmonen has been appointed as Assistant Professor for five years in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis. The field of the professorships is statistics.

Robin Ras begins as Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

01.12.2013 Robin Ras has been appointed as tenure track Assistant Professor for second term the Aalto School of Science for four years starting October 1, 2013. The professorship is in the Department of Applied Physics.

Kai Virtanen appointed as Professor of Practice at the Aalto School of Science

04.12.2013 Kai Virtanen has been appointed as Professor of Practice for five years at the Aalto School of Science starting from November 1, 2013. The field of the professorships is Operations Research.

Emil Aaltonen Foundation funding for BINEC project and innovation research

11.12.2013 A grant totalling 200 000 euros for the BINEC project was awarded to Tea Lempiälä, D. Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Admin.). The goal of the project is to find ways to increase inclusiveness as well as leniency in innovation and development processes.

A family portrait of magnetic droplets achieves second place in Science as Art competition

11.12.2013 The Science as Art competition was held in Boston at the beginning of December in conjunction with the Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting. In the competition, researchers have the opportunity to present their finest research pictures.

Application period to Master’s Programmes began on 16 December

17.12.2013 The application period to Master’s Programmes offered by Aalto University School of Science runs from 16 December to 31 January 2014.

An earthquake or a snow avalanche has its own shape

20.12.2013 Predicting earthquakes or snow avalanches is difficult, but to for instance reduce the related risks it is of high importance to know if an avalanche event is big or small.

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