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CS News 10.1.2020

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The Department of Computer Science at the School of Science of Aalto University invites applications for tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level. Applications in all areas of Computer Science are welcomed, with the following areas highlighted:
  • Algorithm Engineering,
  • Data Management,
  • Software Engineering,
  • Software Systems.
Deadline for applications is 12 January 2020 at 23:59 EET (UTC+2). For more information on the position and how to apply please go here.

Helsinki ICT network: Doctoral student positions in computer science (deadline January 27, 2020)

The Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT) is a joint initiative by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the two leading universities within this area in Finland. The network involves at present over 60 professors and over 200 doctoral students, and the participating units graduate altogether more than 40 new doctors each year.

HICT offers now doctoral student positions in computer science. The activities of HICT are structured along five research area specific tracks:

  • Algorithms and machine learning
  • Life science informatics
  • Networks, networked systems and services
  • Software and service engineering and systems
  • User centered and creative technologies

The participating units of HICT have currently funding available for exceptionally qualified doctoral students. We offer the possibility to join world-class research groups, with multiple interesting research projects to choose from. If you wish to be considered as a potential new doctoral student in HICT you can apply to one or a number of doctoral student positions.

We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds, and qualified female candidates are explicitly encouraged to apply. For more information, please see the list of positions and detailed information on the application process at:

The online application form closes January 27, 2020 at midnight Finnish time.

FCAI: Several postdoc and research fellow positions open in AI and ICT (deadline January 27, 2020)

Several postdoc and research fellow positions open in AI and ICT (DL 27 Jan)

The University of Helsinki and Aalto University are looking for Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Fellows in multiple areas of ICT, including:

  • artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • data science
  • privacy and security
  • computational health
  • human-computer interaction
  • natural language processing

The positions are located in several research centers and programs, along with an exciting selection of specific projects. The call is organized jointly by Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT and Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI The deadline for applications is January 27th, 2020. Please see for more information.

Latest news in

Aalto is a safe place for building your skills and confidence

Linh Nguyen wanted to obtain a degree with good job prospects and that is why she decided to study Data Science at Aalto University.

Machine learning in chemistry - algorithms help finding minimum energy paths and saddle points more effectively

Machine learning brings new possibilities to many areas of research - also chemical research, which is shown in a recent dissertation written at the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence.

Huawei and F-Secure donate to Aalto information security students - attracts excellent students to Finland

These donations will contribute to HAIC's ability to offer generous scholarships to several students admitted to study information security at Aalto in 2020

In the media

Kauppalehti: Pelitutkija kertoo, miksi Overwatch ja Fortnite vetoavat – ”Pahimmassa tapauksessa peli alkaa sanella päiväohjelmaa”

Elisa Mekler's interview is also available on Kauppalehti (also published in Talouselämä and TiVi). In this article, Elisa Mekler speaks about e.g. motivation to play video games and how parents should discuss playing with their children. Read more in Finnish at

Helsingin Sanomat: Samsung kertoi luoneensa ”keinoihmisen”, joka pystyy osoittamaan tunteita ja älykkyyttä – Näin tekoälytutkija kommentoi

Jaakko Lehtinen comments Samsung's claims about creating a feeling artificial intelligence in Helsingin Sanomat. Read more in Finnish at

YLE: Suomalaiset vievät kehitysmaihin helppoja ja halpoja verkkoyhteyksiä: "Kuin Ikea-hyllyä kokoaisi"

Yle writes about Marko Nieminen and Fusion Grid project in Africa. Read more in Finnish at

Events - next week

Monday, 13th: CS ACRIS GARAGE

Need help with ACRIS reporting? Welcome to stop by our ACRIS Garage. Antti Rousi from ACRIS will be there to help you!
Monday, 13 January at 12:15-13:45 in T4, CS building


The Aalto Leadership, meaning the President, the Provost, the Vice Presidents and the Chief of HR, will visit the Department of Computer Science. Coffee and tea with sweet pastry will be available at 12:00. This event is open for the whole staff.
Wednesday, 15 January at 12:30-14:00 in TU2, Maarintie 8

Friday, 17th: Mentoring & Diversity pizza

Topic: What is gender? How do I relate to my gender? Hosts: Chris Brzuska, Barbara Keller. Register here

Friday, 17 January at 11:30-12:00 in CS Building library

Events - save the date!

28 January: AI in Materials Science workshop

The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI will host the AI in Materials Science workshop on 28 January, at 9:00–12:00. 

The workshop explores the possibilities of AI-assisted materials science and design and welcomes new researchers from Aalto University, University of Helsinki, and VTT to join the FCAI research community. The program starts with six presentations introducing research examples on AI-assisted materials research and is followed by a kick-off meeting of the FCAI Highlight E AI-driven design of materials. The workshop chaired by Prof. Patrick Rinke.

If you are interested in attending the event, please register by January 13, here:

30 January 2020: Helsinki Distinguished Lecture Series on Future Information Technology

"Global HCI", speaker Aaron Quigley (University of St. Andrews). Read more and register

30 January 2020, Otakaari 1, Hall E

4 February 2020 HAIC Talks

Jordan Fischer, Drexel University: The Impact of the EU’s GDPR on Northern American Companies and Cross-Border Data Management

Tuesday, 4 February at 16:30-18:00 (coffee and buns served from 16:00) in Lumituuli, Dipoli.
HAIC Talks are open to everyone and free of charge but we ask you to register for the event.

IT news


There will be a service break in A+ on Thursday, 19 December from 14:00 until 18:00. Note that A+ is out of use during the service break. Version updates will be installed during the break; additional information will be updated on the wiki page after the coming code freeze.


The current Adobe application installations such as Acrobat DC for editing pdf files and imaging and graphic design software Photoshop have been removed from staff and faculty workstations. They will be replaced with the Adobe Creative Cloud management application, which users must use to choose and install the desired products. This does not apply to the free Adobe Reader program used for reading PDF files. Further information is available here and the actual instructions can be found here.

Update your publications for 2019 in ACRIS

ACRIS is Aalto’s research information system. It is used for automatic annual reporting to the Ministry of Education. Our department’s funding is dependent on this reporting! Therefore, register every publication you have.




Minimum required information:

  • Publications (Add new -> Research output) Check that you have CS department as affiliation and Computer and Information Sciences as ”field of science”

  • Visits abroad (min. 5 days) (Add new -> Activity -> External academic engagement -> Visit abroad) Some travel information is automatically available via HRG system connected to your flight reservations, but you need to update most of these automatic entries.

  • Visits to Aalto University by foreign researchers and teachers (min. 5 days)(Add new ->Activity -> External academic engagement -> Hosting a visitor)

  • Research and art awards (Add new -> Activity -> Awards) 

  • International conferences organized in Finland (Add new -> Activity -> Conference participation)

Please also remember to add research infrastructure relations (Triton, Science-IT) to ACRIS! 
Triton funding requires that we do reporting of results. These reports ensure a high level of service in the future and secure a place on the Academy's strategic roadmap. The reports will directly affect how much funding computing gets in the next 5-10 years.
We need all users to update ACRIS to mark the publications (or theses, diplomas, reports, patents, anything in ACRIS) which have used Triton or Science-IT resources. If you have used Triton (computation OR storage OR anything else) to produce a publication, please see these instructions:

Aalto ACRIS help instructions:  How to add research infrastructure relations?

The final Aalto-wide deadline will be 15th January 2020. But please, start in time and fill in your information as soon as possible!


Funding calls

Upcoming research funding calls see the Aalto RIS funding calendar

H2020: ERC CONSOLIDATOR GRANT - DL 4 February 2020
  • Call for proposals for ERC Consolidator Grant is now open, but the submission form will open later. Please, see the instruction for applicants in here, Aalto’s information here and the ERC Work Programme 2020 in here.
  • See Aalto news: Work programmes for 2020
  • H2020: AI on demand platform; An empowering inclusive Next Generation Internet, DL 22 April 2020
  • FET Proactive: Emerging Paradigms (Future technologies for social experience; Measuring the unmeasurable –– Sub-nanoscale science for Nanometrology; Digital twins for the life-sciences),  Neuromorphic computing technologies, Environmental Intelligence, DL 22 April 2020
  • FET Open: Open topic for radical, interdisciplinary technology consortium projects, DL 13 May 2020
  • H2020: Digital Security, DL 28 August 2020
ERA-NET CHIST-ERA 2019 JOINT CALL - DL for short proposal on 14 February 2020
  • Explainable Machine Learning-based Artificial Intelligence
  • Novel Computational Approaches for Environmental Sustainability
  • DL for the full proposal in June 2020. The budget expected to be around 1 M€ (2-4 projects funded). 

This RFA supports the maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement of open source software projects to help make the computational foundations of biological research more usable and robust.


The Finnish Work Environment Fund (Työsuojelurahasto) provides funding for research and development projects aimed at improving working environments and promoting safe and productive working communities

Business Finland (BF) research funding – Continuous call
·       See Aalto BF funding instructions.

See more funding calls from RIS calendar and from CS wiki Funding Calls.
The national research funding database for science, art and culture: Aurora

Trainings for project management and research funding, organized by RIS: See page Training to support research.


MSc Hans Liljestrand: "Hardware-assisted memory safety"

Opponent: Professor Juha Röning, University of Oulu

Custos: Professor N. Asokan

20 Jan. 12:00, Maarintie 8, Lecture hall AS1

MSc Matti Karppa: "On Bilinear Techniques for Similarity Search and Boolean Matrix Multiplication"

Opponent: Professor Rasmus Pagh, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Custos: Professor Petteri Kaski

24 Jan. 12:00, Computer Science building, Lecture hall T2

MSc Nguyen Tran Quang: "Machine Learning for Networked Data"

Opponent: Professor Joakim Jalden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Custos: Professor Alexander Jung

10 Feb. 12:00, Computer Science building, Lecture hall T2

Recreational activities


Kilometrikisa 2019 Winter Edition has started and our team is "Aalto University, Computer Science". Let's make sure we keep the lead in this ranking too.

Passcode for joining the team is: CSwinter2019


CS has a board game night every Thursday starting at 18:00 in A2 coffee room

Many games start at 18:00, but if you come by anytime you'll eventually find a game. Just drop by - if you are new someone will help you. Bring some games if you have them, otherwise we have plenty already.

Organizer: contact for questions. Announcements go to the informal-cs mailing list, sign up there (here) to get them. But also realize that this is self-organized: if you don't know what to do, make it up.


We have a Badminton group at Computer Science and play two times a week. 

For now we meet Mondays at 9:00-10:00 and Fridays at 15:00-16:00.

You can sign-up to individual play times in this doodle and also let Saurabh know by email, when you join for the first time.

Everyone is welcome, so feel free to invite other people you like to play with.

All recreational activities are listed in wiki. Feel free to advertise informal events at

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