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CS News - 20 March 2020

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New professor

Nitin Sawhney has started as a Professor of Practice as of 16 March 2020. Welcome to CS department!


Tenure track assistant professor in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis at the School of Science of Aalto University invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. Deadline for applications is 31 March 2020. For more information on the position and how to apply please go here.

Wanted: Teaching Assistants for CS Courses for Autumn 2020

The Autumn 2020 semester will be coming, and we'll be needing new workforce on board. If you're interested in Computer Science courses, and have a passion for working with peers, we invite you to apply for a teaching assistant position. Interested? Check out the job advertisements in Into for more information and for applying. Apply now! Deadline is 14 April 2020.

Join CS online coffee break workout

On week 13, the CS department organizes short, instructed online training sessions that bring active, social, and fun breaks to your workdays! These short classes of 30 minutes designed for people who mainly work at a desk will be streamed online via Zoom, so that everyone can attend from their home offices. The exercises will be done while sitting on a chair or standing, and towards the end of the session, we will move a bit more.

All you need is an internet connection; comfortable clothes that allow you to move a bit; enough space to take a step front, back, and both sides (i.e. approximately one square meter); and a toilet paper roll (or a pilates ball), if you have one! You can turn your video connection on to get a stronger feeling of working out together with your colleagues, but you may also participate without anyone seeing nor hearing you.

You won’t need any special equipment nor experience with fitness classes. These classes are for everyone working at CS! (Other people at your home office may obviously follow the sessions with you, too.)

The instructor Hanna Vilander is a dance teacher with years of experience in working at fitness centers and currently studying to become a machine pilates instructor. The last couple of years, she has worked especially with special groups (e.g. people with neurological disorders and elderly people). Hanna will listen to the group during and after the classes and gladly hear your feedback to modify the following sessions according to your wishes.

  • Recurring from Monday 23 March to Friday 27 March at 14:00-14:30
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Join Zoom Meeting:
  • Meeting ID: 863 290 719

Join Aalto Computer Science in Teams

New Microsoft Teams discussion space for whole department

Welcome to join Aalto Computer Science staff discussion team. Team is meant for informal discussion for whole department staff and joining is voluntary. Feel free to set up Teams-channels or Slack-workspaces in smaller groups too. Aalto workstations support good platforms for remote working and meetings, e.g. Zoom, Slack, Teams and Skype.

Information on coronavirus

Remote teaching will be applied to all teaching events. Work from home. Use online tools (like Teams). Keep a sufficient distance in all contacts with other people. Do not travel abroad or within Finland. Do not organise events or invite any guests for dates until 31 May 2020.

New information on the coronavirus is updated to this webpage.


Aalto University’s contact point to questions regarding the coronavirus:

In questions related to the CS department and the coronavirus, please contact:

Latest news in

The European Commission offers significant support to Europe’s AI excellence

The European Commission has decided to fund ELISE, a project proposal that specifically focuses on fundamental research in AI, driven by machine learning (ML), with 12 Million euros. Read more at See also the media hits at ETN and Uusi Teknologia (both in Finnish).

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AI News & Events from Finland

From now on, FCAI publishes a monthly newsletter that gathers the latest news and upcoming events in one place. FCAI also has a brand new website, which we welcome you to check out.

Welcome to read the newsletter here!

Events via Zoom - next week

23 March: MLCS

Tapio Pahikkala, University of Turku: A Link between Coding Theory and Cross-Validation with Applications
Monday, 23 March at 9:15-10:00, join URL: 

23 March: Guest Lecture

Jessikka Aro: Trolls and Fake News
Monday, 23 March at 14:15-15:00, in order to follow the lecture via Zoom, please contact

26 March: Mentoring Space

Mentoring space (previously known as mentoring puzzle garage), an initiative started by Aalto’s computer science department postdocs, to help guide researchers.
Thursday, 26 March at 15:00-16:00, join URL:

26 March: Guest Lecture

Sam Wrigley: GDPR Law
Thursday, 26 March at 17:15-18:00, in order to follow the lecture via Zoom, please contact


RDM training

Are you aware of the funders’ requirements on Open Science? Are you wondering how to publish your data? Do you know that your research data can be licensed and even cited by other researchers? Have you ever tried but failed to reproduce someone’s reported research results? Have you ever encountered problems with finding your files or data belonging to your research group, e.g. while drafting a manuscript? Have you ever faced challenges while working with personal data? Do you know about GDPR?

Series of Research Data Management (RDM) training are organized in March-May for Aalto employees where you will learn the important basics of taking care of your research data. Training will be given by Aalto Research Services, Aalto IT, legal counsels, and researchers. You can choose any sessions as you want:

  • Introduction to Research Data Management | 26 March at 10:00-10:45
  • Handling of personal data | 1 April at 13:00-14:30
  • How to store research data? | 7 April at 10:00-10:45
  • How to store and share personal and confidential data? | 14 April at 10:00-10:45
  • How to make your research reusable? (check the schedule for your school)
  • How to make your code reusable? | 28 April at 13:00-13:45
  • Why and how to publish datasets? | 23 April at 10:00-10:45
  • Hands-on training on publishing datasets (check the schedule for your school)

Please, register for the training in the Workday Learning system (follow this link to get the details). If you are interested in ordering a training/workshop/personal consultation on RDM and Open Science, contact

20 April: Writing the compiling part of an article thesis

Monday, 20 April at 12:15-16:00 in TU1, Maarintie 8
Lecturer: Pekka Belt

The lecture provides doctoral candidates with an understanding of writing an article thesis effectively once the related articles have been written. The lecture will help doctoral candidates in understanding the role of the separate articles and the thesis as a whole.

21 April: Writing scientific journal articles

Tuesday, 21 April at 8:15-12:00 in TU1, Maarintie 8
Lecturer: Pekka Belt

The lecture provides young researchers and doctoral candidates with an understanding of how to write peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, with the aim of motivating doctoral candidates to start writing sooner.

6-7 May: Grant Writing Seminar

Do you need good tips to write competitive funding applications? This is the right seminar for you! Register via Workday.

6 May: Plenary sessions at 9:00-16:00 in A-Grid Jeti A208 d, Otakaari 5
7 May: Workshops at 9:00-13:00 in A-Grid Mordor A111a, Otakaari 5

Funding calls

Upcoming research funding calls see the Aalto RIS funding calendar

KAUTE’s grants for internationalisation and business cooperation – DL 15 April 2020
  • The Tutkijat maailmalle programme is intended for researchers who go abroad to do research at top-level universities or research institutes (information in Finnish)
  • Post Docs in Companies programme aims to support the competitive ability and strategic renewal of Finnish business through academic research, as well as help young post docs gain employment in companies.
H2020: Several ICT-themed Calls - DL 22 April 2020
  • See Aalto news: Work programmes for 2020

  • H2020: Information and Communication Technologies (Cloud Computing: towards a smart cloud computing continuum, AI on demand platform; An empowering inclusive Next Generation Internet), DL 22 April 2020

  • H2020: Digitising and transforming European industry and services (AI for the smart hospital of the future), 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

Academy of Finland: ICT 2023 – DL 29 April 2020
  • Research, Development and Innovation Programme ICT 2023 has two thematic calls:  ICT Technologies for the Digital Transformation of Industry ((Memorandum in Finnish) and New ICT Solutions for Space Industry and Sectors Utilizing Space-Based Data (Memorandum in Finnish).
  • Project funding is for a single research team or a consortium. The funding period is 3 years (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2023). 
  • The size of the funded projects are around (150 k€/year applied from AoF for a single project and 250 k€/year applied for a consortium).
H2020: FET Open  - DL 13 May 2020
  • Open topic for radical, interdisciplinary technology consortium projects
H2020: ERC Advanced Grant – DL 26 August 2020
H2020: Digital Security -DL 27 August 2020
H2020: AI and security (Law Enforcement in Europe) -DL 27 August 2020
EU Marie Curie - DL September 2020
EU CHIST-ERA – DL January 2021
  • CHIST-ERA provides funding to international consortiums for research on digital technologies with a high potential impact. For Finnish partners, funding comes from the Academy of Finland and follows its usual funding scheme. 
  • Two topics: Advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces for Novel Interactions and Towards Sustainable ICT.
Business Finland (BF) Research Funding – Continuous call
Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation Research Funding – Continuous call


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.

SCI Diversity and Inclusivity Fund

The School of Science is funding projects that foster and encourage diversity, inclusivity and equality. We are offering grants of up to €5,000 for innovative ideas to help us achieve these goals, both inside and outside the Aalto Community.

We would be keen to support networks, seminar series, creative projects, mentorship schemes, public events, and work with schools or social clubs. The application form can be found here. The deadline for applications for summer term 2020 is 27 March 2020. More rules and information can be found here.

Seeking research collaborator(s) on #CoronaVirus

Aqdas Malik, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Strategic Usability Lab is planning to initiate multiple studies related to the propagation of Corona virus on different social media platforms. The projects intend to gather and analyze Twitter/Instagram/YouTube data with a broader aim to understand various types and forms of information being shared on these platforms. Moreover, how the sentiment has evolved related to the phenomenon over time. Depending on the interest, expertise, and time/resources, we will either apply Machine Learning techniques or carry out manual content analysis to understand the type of content shared on various platforms with a focus on fake news and panic information. Target publications: JUFO 2/3 journals on Public Health or Medical Informatics. Postdocs and Master’s thesis students are particularly encouraged to contact.

For further details, please contact: or +358405147888.

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Follow us and do not hesitate to tag/mention @CSAalto in your posts. We appreciate if you share CSAalto posts too. We have a Telegram channel which reaches computer science students (bachelor and master's level) quite well.

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