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Site visits of the Lecturer candidates
In the job talk the candidates will tell about their research and teaching highlights, and how research has informed their teaching (or vice versa), as well as share their future visions and goals in teaching and research.
The teaching demonstrations have four alternative topics:
- Depth-first search
- Indexes for relational databases
- Secure web session management
- Software architecture in agile development
More information about the candidates (access only through Aalto account).
The job talk starts at 9:00 and the teaching demonstration at 11:30. You are warmly welcome to join!
See below the schedule of the upcoming job talks and teaching demonstrations:
Mon 23 November – Lachlan Gunn
Tue 24 November – Tuukka Ruotsalo
Wed 25 November – Adnan Ashraf
Thu 26 November – Talayeh Aledavood
Fri 27 November – Barbara Keller
Report your publications and activities for 2020 - DL 15 Dec 2020
Please, report your publications and activities to ACRIS (Aalto Current Research Information System) by 15 Dec 2020!
Please make your outputs open access.
- Send your final accepted manuscripts to email@example.com for parallel publishing in Aalto University’s repository. Remember to ensure your co-authors' consent.
Remember also to check that your profile is up-to-date and contains a short summary of your research interests with links to your research page!
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- SCI: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- CS: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
ACRIS garages at CS:
- Monday, 7 Dec at 13-15, Click here to join the meeting
- Monday, 14 Dec at 13-15, Click here to join the meeting
Welcome to HR corner! Here you can find tips and latest updates on HR issues.
Have you already activated the commuter ticket benefit? Aalto University offers employees a commuter ticket benefit of 10€ per month and the benefit can be used via Eazybreak application. Employee will start earning the benefit after working in Aalto for six months (so from the seventh month onwards). The benefit needs to be activated in Workday and the activation can be done already at the beginning of the employment although the first benefits will be paid to Eazybreak account after six moths of work.
- The benefit is not paid for students as they have their own discount system at HSL.
- Please note that the benefits from each calendar year need to be used before 31 Dec, so this is a good time to check the balance and use the benefits from 2020.
- Please note also that the benefits will be paid only after you have done the activation in Workday and not retroactively.
BR, Laura, Maikki, Heini, Liisa & Sanni
Latest news at CS Aalto
The DataLit project develops understandable and reliable practices for using health and social services data.
The IEEE Computer Society Publications Board has awarded the 2019 Best Paper Award to Secure Systems Group alumni Jian Liu’s “Scalable Byzantine Consensus via Hardware-Assisted Secret Sharing” paper published on IEEE Transactions on Computers. The paper presents FastBFT, a fast consensus algorithm that can be used by blockchains.
Congratulations to Jian Liu and Asokan!
Events - next week
Teachers’ Dialogue is a place that gathers together Aalto University’s teachers for developing teaching and learning services by applying human-centric approach. Teachers’ Dialogue is easygoing, social and inclusive event where teachers’ wishes and service needs come alive.
Monday, 23 November at 9:00-10:30, please register by 20 November
Mark Granroth-Wilding, University of Helsinki: Methods for LDA-like Topic Modelling of Text Using Continuous Word Embeddings
Monday, 23 November at 9:15-10:00, join URL https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/69205805544 (passcode: 962158)
23 November: Webinar: Future priorities in data management and scientific computing, competence development, and collaboration
The topic is very timely as the EuroHPC/LUMI supercomputing environment will be available for customers in 2021.
Monday, 23 November at 12:00-15:00, please register by 16 November
Mikael Leinonen, MyGamez: Publishing Games in China
Monday, 23 November at 15:00-17:00, join URL https://www.twitch.tv/gamesnowaaltofi
Let's continue to examine our operating environment together – take part in the online discussion ahead of time!
Tuesday, 24 November at 10:00-11:00, participation link will be updated here closer to the event
Cristina Andersson, Entrepreneur and Tech-visionary: Spooky Action at a Distance - How Weird Technology Can Help Save the World
Tomas Nyström, Accenture Finland: What really changes?
Tuesday, 24 November at 17:15-19:00, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/61946400569
Shaofeng Jiang, Aalto University: Streaming Algorithms for Geometric Steiner Forest
Wednesday, 25 November at 14:15-15:00, subscribe to receive a weekly mail on the current topic and a link for Zoom
AI Day is the biggest annual event presenting the frontrunner AI research in Finland. The event brings together researchers, companies, students and the public sector involved in the fast-developing field of AI. AI Day promotes matchmaking, information sharing and cross-border collaboration.
Thursday, 26 November at 12:00-17:00, please register by 23 November
Join us to hear what our top researchers find the most challenging ethical questions in using artificial intelligence and learn what kind of ethical challenges the City of Helsinki has confronted when using artificial intelligence in public administration.
Friday, 27 November at 13:00-15:00, please register to get the participation link
Nelson Totah, University of Helsinki: How the brain learns in a complex world
Friday, 27 November at 14:15-15:00, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/63013749073
Weekly online garages & informal meetings
Need help with your research? Join our daily SciComp garage to get help with Triton, CS-IT, or other data or computing tools in your research. Focus days: Thursdays are Triton/HPC, Fridays are CS, and Tuesdays are research software. But you can usually get help on any topic any day.
Every day at 13:00-14:00, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/65371910202
Mondays: CS Coffee Break
Virtual and very informal coffee break meeting with the head of the department.
Mondays at 14:00-14:30, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/s/63178036956
Teaching Hub goes online! Welcome to discuss and ask about remote teaching and get help with e.g. exams, quizzes, MyCourses and Zoom in teaching.
Wednesdays at 12:00-13:00, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/128333494
Mentoring space is an initiative started by Aalto’s computer science department postdocs, to help guide researchers. The aim of this relaxed program is to promote cooperation and exchange experiences among researchers to shape and enrich their careers at Aalto CS Department – whilst also playing jigsaw puzzles! On Thursday 3 Dec Maria Törnroos, Aalto's psychologist will join the discussion. Thursdays at 15:00-16:00, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/61217739462
Fridays: Meet the Dean
An informal event where you can discuss with the Dean Jouko Lampinen without any official agenda.
Fridays at 13:00-14:00, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/576548703
Events - save the date!
The Edge AI SIG of FCAI is planning a webinar on healthcare applications and resource constraints for the future edge intelligence.
Monday, 30 November at 13:00-14:00, please register to get the Zoom link
Are you more interested in the software and technology in research than making as many papers as possible? Do you wish you could share your interest with others who feel the same as you? You aren’t alone, and the name for this feeling is being interested in Research Software Engineering (RSE), and this conference is dedicated to it.
2 December: SCI Staff Meeting
Topical items (Dean Jouko Lampinen). Sustainable Development Goals in teaching (Aino Saarelainen, Paula Schönach & Sanna-Liisa Sihto-Nissilä). Introduction of new SCI professors.
Wednesday, 2 December at 9:00-10:30, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/61030220826
2 December: HIIT & FCAI SAB report
Welcome to hear what the HIIT & FCAI Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) has to tell!
The SAB convened on 5-6 November. The Chair of the SAB, prof. Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi will present the findings of the SAB to the HIIT and FCAI communities.
Wednesday, 2 December at 17:00-18:00, join URL https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/65845669803
Juho Rousu: Non-linear Academic Career Pathways
Friday, 4 December at 10:00-11:00, please register to get the Zoom link
Eljas Oksanen, University of Helsinki: Exploring Finnish and English Historical and Archaeological Datasets through Spatial Analysis
Friday, 4 December at 12:00-13+, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/68813136620
New webinar series bringing together representatives from the industry and academia, to discuss and learn about world-shaping phenomena of our time through focused and thought-provoking presentations.
Wednesday, 9 December at 9:00-10:30, please register by 7 December
The event summarizes the outcomes of the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG) during its kick-off phase 2016-2020 and discusses the future of Digital Humanities, including e.g. talks by 16 professors. The program of the webinar under the overarching theme “Results of Today – Visions for Tomorrow” is now online.
Friday, 11 December at 10:00-16:00, please register to get the Zoom link.
17 December: CS Holiday Party
CS Holiday Party will be held this year virtually. Please register your participation and dinner order by 30 November.
Thursday, 17 December at 18:00-19:00, online
Opponent: Professor Jouni Pulliainen, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Custos: Professor Antti Ylä-Jääski
Tuesday, 24 November at 12:00, via Zoom, link to the defence
Teemu Lehto "Process Mining Based Influence Analysis for Analyzing and Improving Business Processes"
Opponent: Professor Wil van der Aalst, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Custos: Professor Alex Jung
Thursday, 26 November at 14:00, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/69725785094
Opponent: Professor Marlon Dumas, University of Tartu, Estonia
Custos: Professor Alex Jung
Friday, 27 November at 10:00, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/62011486869
Julia Bopp "Aesthetic Emotions in Digital Games: The Appeal of Moving, Challenging, and Thought-Provoking Player Experiences"
Opponent: Professor Regan Mandryk, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Custos: Professor Elisa Mekler
Friday, 4 December at 17:00, join URL https://aalto.zoom.us/j/66400305370
Zakaria Laskar "Deep Learning Methods for Semantic Matching, Image Retrieval and Camera Relocalization"
Opponent: Professor Giorgios Tolias, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Custos: Professor Juho Kannala
Wednesday, 9 December at 13:00, link to the online platform will be added to the event webpage
Opponent: Professor José Miguel Hernández Lobato, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Custos: Professor Juho Kannala
Wednesday, 16 December at 12:00, link to the online platform will be added to the event webpage
Homayun Afrabandpey "Methods for Probabilistic Modeling of Knowledge Elicitation for Improving Machine Learning Predictions"
Opponent: Professor Patrick Shafto, Rutgers University, USA
Custos: Professor Samuel Kaski
Friday, 18 December at 15:00, link to the online platform will be added to the event webpage
Opponent: Professor Mehdi Bennis, University of Oulu, Finland
Custos: Professor Antti Ylä-Jääski
Wednesday, 23 December at 11:00, link to the online platform will be added to the event webpage
Call for nominations
Which teacher made you become interested in a subject you never knew you would? Who helped you learn things you thought were out of your reach? Who was the most motivated teacher? Whose teaching methods made you eager to learn more? Nominate the teacher of the year 2020 in the Department of Computer Science! The department awards the best teacher of the year annually. Send your proposal through this link by 20 Nov.
The Young Researcher Entrepreneur prize is 5000 euros and awarded to a person who has developed a new research-based business. The aim of the prize is to promote researchers in Finnish Universities to start new companies. The prize may be awarded to a person who is under 40 years old, works as a full-time entrepreneur, and has a new business based on research. Send your proposal through this link by 31 Dec.
Google Research Scholar Program – DL 3 December 2020
- Awards to junior Professors (PhD within seven years of submission), max 50k€ (60kUSD)
- Research areas e.g. Algorithms and optimization, Augmented and virtual reality, Human-computer interaction, Machine learning and data mining, Security and Software engineering and programming languages
Novo Nordisk Foundation – DL 6 January 2021
- Emerging Investigator grants for research within Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology, several topics, e.g. Data science promoting research within industrial or environmental biotechnology, including related ecosystems research.
Academy of Finland, Strategic research programme – DL 13 January 2021
- Environmental and Social Links to Biodiversity Loss (BIOD) focuses on how the loss of biodiversity can be halted and ecosystems revived through research-informed solutions.
- Demographic Changes – Causes, Consequences and Solutions (DEMOGRAPHY) seeks research-based solutions for adapting to changes in the population’s age structure and maintaining the functional and renewal capacity of society.
- Pandemics as a Challenge for Society (PANDEMICS) focuses on the crises caused by pandemics and their wide-ranging social impacts.
EU Horizon 2020: Green Deal – DL 26 January 2021
- The European Green Deal plan is to make the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities. See EU Green Deal pages and Aalto page.
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.
Emil Aaltonen Foundation – DL 15 February 2021
- Grants to support young researchers (200k€, 1/3 annually, is for three years).
- Please note, that application form is only available in Finnish. See English summary and Aalto page.
The Finnish Work Environment Fund, Työsuojelurahasto – DL 15 February 2021
- Grants to promote the production of new research on working life and working conditions.
- Please note, that the grant applications must be written in Finnish or Swedish. See English summary.
- ERC Starting Grant for promising early-career researchers with 2 to 7 years experience after PhD.
Call opens 12 January and DL 9 March 2021 (tentative).
- ERC Consolidator Grant for excellent researchers with 7 to 12 years experience after PhD.
Call opens 21 January and DL 20 April 2021 (tentative).
- ERC Advanced Grant for established researcher leaders.
Call opens 20 May and DL 31 August 2021 (tentative).
- Aalto ERC info page
Business Finland (BF) Research Funding – Continuous call
- BF Funding services and funding instruments for research organizations
- See Aalto BF funding instructions.
Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation Research Funding – Continuous call
Trainings for project management and research funding, organized by RIS: See page Training to support research.
Digi Platform support call
Aalto Digi Platform opens a call for grants of up to 5.000 euros to support research and art communication related material creation (visuals, audio, training) to popularize and create scientific impact to digital transformation and technologies.
The process is problem-driven: tell us about your research topic and we will help you find the right medium, the right format, as well as offer coordination and expert advice on the production. When required, this includes using professional help for e.g. recording videos and creating impactful setups.
Information on coronavirus & remote work guidelines
Information on the effects of coronavirus on activities at Aalto University can be found here.
- One should not/need not come to the department, unless there is a reason. Remote work is still the recommended choice.
- If you choose to work at your office, please mark in Lapa prior to your arrival the hours you assume to be present.
- If there are too many persons in your office, please agree yourselves who need to be present.
- If there are recurrent and unsolvable problems with congestion in your office, inform email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see instructions (Finnish + English) on how to mark into Lapa that you are coming to your office.
Order our yearbook 2019-2020
You can now order the printed version of the yearbook free of charge by filling the form behind this link.
For those of you who prefer saving paper and reading news online, a PDF version of the yearbook will be released later this year. We will keep you posted on that. Thanks and happy reading!
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