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Site visits of the Lecturer candidates

The candidates for the Lecturer positions in Computer Science will visit the department remotely between 11-27 November 2020. The candidates will give a job talk (40 min + discussion) and a teaching demonstration (20 min + discussion), which are public events.

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:

  1. Depth-first search
  2. Indexes for relational databases
  3. Secure web session management
  4. 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

09:00 Job talk, join URL  
11:30 Teaching demonstration, join URL

Tue 24 November – Tuukka Ruotsalo

09:00 Job talk, join URL
11:30 Teaching demonstration, join URL

Wed 25 November – Adnan Ashraf

09:00  Job talk, join URL
11:30 Teaching demonstration, join URL

Thu 26 November – Talayeh Aledavood

09:00 Job talk, join URL
11:30 Teaching demonstration, join URL

Fri 27 November – Barbara Keller

09:00  Job talk, join URL
11:30 Teaching demonstration, join URL


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 for parallel publishing in Aalto University’s repository. Remember to ensure your co-authors' consent.

ACRIS instructions.

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!

Need help?  

ACRIS garages at CS:

HR corner

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.

More information and instructions to benefit activation.

BR, Laura, Maikki, Heini, Liisa & Sanni

Latest news at CS Aalto

Pekka Marttinen: It is very important to take good care of health and social services data

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

23 November: Second Teachers’ Dialogue session

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

23 November: Machine Learning Coffee Seminar (MLCS)

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 (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

23 November: Games Now!

Mikael Leinonen, MyGamez: Publishing Games in China
Monday, 23 November at 15:00-17:00, join URL

24 November: Community Event: University preview and operating environment

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

24 November: Internet Forum

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

25 November: Aalto Theory Seminar

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

26 November: AI Day 2020

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

27 November: Ethics of AI Webinar

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

27 November: ABC Seminar

Nelson Totah, University of Helsinki: How the brain learns in a complex world
Friday, 27 November at 14:15-15:00, join URL

Weekly online garages & informal meetings

Daily: Scientific Computing garage

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

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

Wednesdays: Teaching Hub Online

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 

Thursdays: CS Mentoring Space

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

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

Events - save the date!

30 November: Edge AI Webinar

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

30 November - 2 December: Nordic-RSE Get together online event

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

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

4 December: Mentoring & Diversity Talk

Juho Rousu: Non-linear Academic Career Pathways
Friday, 4 December at 10:00-11:00, please register to get the Zoom link

4 December: Aalto HELDIG DH Pizza Seminar

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

9 December: KAUTE talks x Aalto University - Data-driven future

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

11 December: HELDIG Digital Humanities Summit 2020

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

DSc defences

Yuwei Chen "Environment Awareness with Hyperspectral LiDAR Technologies"

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

Markku Hinkka "Machine Learning and Distributed Computing Techniques for Process Mining"

Opponent: Professor Marlon Dumas, University of Tartu, Estonia
Custos: Professor Alex Jung
Friday, 27 November at 10:00, join URL

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

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

Vikas Verma "Simple and Efficient Methods for Improved Training of Deep Neural Networks"

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

Chao Zhu "Task Allocation and Resource Scheduling in Vehicular Fog Computing"

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

Propose a teacher of the year 2020 in computer science

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.

Young Researcher Entrepreneur of 2020 

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.

Funding calls

Upcoming research funding calls see the Aalto RIS funding calendar

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
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
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.

Digi Platform support call

Funding available for researchers and artists: Deliver your message with high-quality media!

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.

More information about the call.

Information on coronavirus & remote work guidelines

Information on coronavirus

Information on the effects of coronavirus on activities at Aalto University can be found here.

Remote work guidelines at CS department
  1. One should not/need not come to the department, unless there is a reason. Remote work is still the recommended choice. 
  2. If you choose to work at your office, please mark in Lapa prior to your arrival the hours you assume to be present. 
  3. If there are too many persons in your office, please agree yourselves who need to be present. 
  4. If there are recurrent and unsolvable problems with congestion in your office, inform or

Please see instructions (Finnish + English) on how to mark into Lapa that you are coming to your office.

Order our yearbook 2019-2020

To take look back at the academic year 2019–2020, we at CS communications have prepared a beautiful yearbook that gathers all the research and other relevant news and profile articles of our staff and students together. A nice memory of the very memorable year!

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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Aalto Computer Science channels in social media:

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.

Mailing lists

See all CS mailing lists in wiki.

Please note that messages to the whole staff should be communicated through CS News (using the address, released every Friday. If the matter is urgent and cannot wait until Friday, then go ahead..

The following CS News will be published on 27 November 2020. Deadline for materials is 26 November 2020 in the morning. Any tips on news items are welcome!
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