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CS News - 19 February 2021

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Latest news at CS Aalto

If you study computer science, you may end up developing better cancer treatments by applying AI

Heli Julkunen developed a machine learning method that predicts how different drug combinations kill cancer cells, and now she helps advance preventive healthcare as a data scientist

Finnish Cultural Foundation hands out more than half a million euros in grants to Aalto community members

The grants were allocated to 31 Aalto University applicants and working groups.

How to Have a Meaningful Video Chat … With Your Dog

Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas was interviewed in Wired.

Suomi pelasi kortit oikein ja tekoälytutkimus on nyt kansainvälisesti huippuluokkaa – tutkija nostaa esille kiinnostavan uuden mahdollisuuden

Sami Kaski was interviewed in Tekniikka & Talous (in Finnish, only for subscribed readers).

HR corner

HR Corner – tips and news from HR team

Ancillary activities

Aalto has updated employees’ ancillary activities related practices and you all have received an email about this. It is required from all our employees (excluding teaching assistants and hourly paid employees) to report the ancillary activities whether or not you have those. So please remember to complete this task in Workday by March 5th. You can find the instructions on the front page when you log in to Workday. Please note that also the previously declaredancillary activities must be declared again. With these declarations Aalto will ensure that all operations are transparent and that the employees’ outside interests do not collide with the rules binding the university. 

There will be a short introduction about the new guidelines and practices on 1 March at 15:00-16:00. Please join by clicking the link:

We in HR are also happy to help if you have any questions about this.

If you are going to be on holiday next week, have a relaxing holiday! (And if you are service personnel or research assistant please remember to request the holiday days in Workday.)

BR, Laura, Maikki, Liisa & Sanni

Events - next week

22 February: Machine Learning Coffee Seminar (MLCS)

Juho Rousu, Aalto University: Machine Learning of Drug Combination Responses
Monday, 22 February at 9:15-10:00, join URL

22 February: HiLIFE Webinar

Andreas Tolias, Baylor College of Medicine: A less Artificial Intelligence
Monday, 22 February at 15:00-16:00, join URL 

23 February: Brain & Mind Computational Seminar 

Luigi Acerbi, University of Helsinki: Probabilistic machine and biological learning under resource constraints
Yasser Roudi, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience: Title TBA
Tuesday, 23 February at 10:00-11:15, join URL (passcode: brainmind)

24 February: Aalto Theory Seminar

Michele ScquizzatoTight Bounds for Parallel Paging and Green Paging
Wednesday, 24 February at 14:15-15:00, subscribe to receive a weekly mail on the current topic and a link for Zoom

25 February: HiDATA /FCAI webinar

HiDATA/FCAI AIX Forum webinar on computational neuroscience: New Frontiers in Neuroscience
Thursday, 25 February at 11:00-13:00, please register to get the Zoom link

26 February: Comms & Coffee

Kimmo Svinhufvud, Language Centre in University of Helsinki: Surviving the PhD process
Friday, 26 February at 10:00-11:00, please register to get the Zoom link and calendar invitation

Weekly garages/clubs & 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

Tuesdays: CS Social Media Garage 

Would you like to increase your presence on social media, but don’t know where to start? Are you constantly struggling with fitting your tweet in those 280 characters? Would you like to take better photos or videos for your Instagram or YouTube account? Or do you have any other questions related to social media communication? Our communication specialists Matti and Anu are waiting you to join them in the CS Social Media Garage. Send your questions in advance ( or just take a cup of coffee/tea and come to chat with us without a specific agenda over Zoom.
Tuesdays at 14:00-14:30, join URL (passcode 242097)

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.
Thursdays at 15:00-16:00, join URL

Fridays: Deep Learning Discussion Club @ Aalto

Weekly Deep Learning reading & informal discussion circle. Recent deep learning papers (NeurIPS, ICML, AISTATS, ICLR, etc) on a wide range of topics (supervised learning, density estimation, generative models, deep Bayesian methods, variational inference, etc). 
Fridays at 11:00, 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

Fridays: Knitting Club

Welcome to CS Knitting Club! The idea is to gather together every Friday for 30 minutes to knit and share some thoughts and ideas related to knitting/crochet/all kind of handicrafts/life/universe/you name it 😊
Fridays at 13:30-14:00, join URL (passcode 150940)

Events - save the date

2 March: Teachers’ Dialogue

Teachers' dialogue is a way to get your pedagogical voice heard at Aalto level. The Teachers' dialogues are monthly meetings each with their own topics. The events are organized by LES Teacher services, and also ITS school responsible persons join the events to learn what teachers need. The theme of the first event is pedagogical trainings - supporting my teaching skills.
Tuesday, 2 March at 14:00-15:30, please register to get the Zoom link

3 March: Remote Teaching Webinar Series for Teachers

Rethinking Exams in remote teaching: rules and legislation
Wednesday, 3 March at 12:00-13:00, join URL

4 March: Community event: University Review

In the event we review and discuss last year’s performance and examine the development of the key indicators.
Thursday, 4 March at 9:00-10:00, further information and the participation link to Zoom will be added to the event website

4 March: NVAITC Webinar Series on AI Applications in Computational Sciences

Session 1 -  David M. Hall, NVIDIA: AI in Atmospheric Science
Thursday, 4 March at 16:00, join URL

11 March: FCAI Industry and Society Webinar 

Deploying deep learning-based models in projects and real-world cases – challenges and solutions
Thursday, 11 March at 14:00-16:00, please register by 8 March

16 March: Experiencing Finland event

Nice and relaxed introduction event to Finland and Finnish seasons, culture and habits for the newly arrived international staff and their families.
Tuesday, 16 March at 16:30-18:00, please register to get the Zoom link

29 March: Games Now!

Oğuz ‘Oz’ Buruk, Tampere University: Fostering Playful Experiences with Wearables
Monday, 29 March at 15:00-17:00, join URL

DSc defences

Tuomas Sivula "Partitive Techniques in Bayesian Data Analysis"

Opponent: Dr. Daniel Hernández-Lobato, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Custos: Professor Aki Vehtari
Friday, 12 March at 12:00, join URL

Katrine Mahlamäki "Impact of user experience on the quality of manually collected maintenance data"

Opponent: Professor Jayantha Prasanna Liyanage, University of Stavanger, Norway
Custos: Professor Marko Nieminen
Friday, 26 March at 12:00, Zoom link will be updated to the event website

Funding calls

Upcoming research funding calls see the Aalto RIS funding calendar

CHIST-ERA Call 2020 – DL 1 March 2021
  • Two topics: Advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces for Novel Interactions and Towards Sustainable ICT
  • Academy of Finland is the funder of Finnish participants. See Aalto page.
ERA-PerMed Joint Transnational Call 2021 – DL 4 March 2021
  • Multidisciplinary Research Projects on personalised Medicine – Development of Clinical Support Tools for Personalised Medicine Implementation.
  • Academy of Finland is the funder of Finnish participants. See Aalto page.
  • ERA PerMed fosters research and innovation activities that build close linkages between clinical research, computer science/medical informatics (e.g. AI & Machine learning) and research on ethical, legal, and social aspects.
Academy of Finland and National Science Foundations (NSF) – DL 9 March 2021
  • AI and wireless communication technologies
  • Applicants from Finland can participate via proposals submitted to the NSF between 10.3.-7.5.2021. Intention to submit should be sent to AoF eight weeks before NSF submission.
  • See Aalto web page.
  • Note ERC Calls in 2021 will be delayed due to the late adoption of the EU Budget 2021-2027.
  • ERC Starting Grant for promising early-career researchers with 2 to 7 years experience after PhD.
    Call opens in February and DL 24 March 2021 (tentative).
  • ERC Consolidator Grant for excellent researchers with 7 to 12 years experience after PhD.
    Call opens in February and DL 20 April 2021 (tentative).
  • ERC Advanced Grant for established researcher leaders.
    Call opens in May and DL 31 August 2021 (tentative).
  • Aalto ERC info page
Academy of Finland and National Institutes of Health (NIH) – DL 9 April 2021
  • Joint call pilot: thematic areas of the Finnish Research Flagships
Post Docs in Companies – DL 15 April 2021
  • Grants to support young doctors get research and industrial experience.
Research grants abroad – Tutkijat maailmalle - DL 16 April 2021
  • Grants to support ambitious technology researchers to conduct research at a high-level foreign university or research institute.
Academy of Finland and CHANSE – DL 7 May 2021
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.

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

CS yearbook online version

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!

We have now published the online version of the yearbook - read the PDF version.

You can also order the printed version of the yearbook free of charge by filling the form behind this link. Thanks and happy reading!

CS department chats

Aalto Computer Science Teams

Teams purpose is to increase our informal communication and enhance the sense of community, especially during this time of extended remote working. Everyone from the department is welcome to start and join discussions. As always, we encourage using your freedom of speech, but remember to be correct and follow Aalto code of conduct. Teams is department’s supportive communication channel and joining is voluntarily, join here. Department’s main information channels are still CS News and mailing lists.

Aalto Scientific Computing (Science-IT) chats

Chat can be a great way to quickly talk with others, share tips, and quickly get feedback on if a problem is large or small, you should ask or you should figure out yourself, etc. This is a good place to ask both from us and from other researchers, but for longer questions we’ll direct you to our issue tracker so we won’t lose track. The SciComp Zulipchat, is where we most often hang out. You can ask triton questions in #triton, general questions in #general, research software engineering questions in #rse, etc. The main point of Zulip is topics, which allow you to name threads and easily find old information. You can also chat with us on Aalto Microsoft Teams. The invite code is e50tyij.

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