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CS News - 12 May 2021

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Research Assistant or Doctoral Candidate in the area of New Media and Virtual Museology

Department of Media is looking for a doctoral candidate or recently graduated, or advanced Masters student in the area of data (cultural) analytics with interest in doing interdisciplinary research in new media and virtual museology. The position is two years (full time). You will work as part of the team in the Systems of Representation research group.

The DL for applications is 24 May. More information and instructions how to apply.

Open positions for students of computer science

Department of Computer Science is opening three calls on 10 May for research-oriented students at different levels. Please advertise these opportunities to your potentially interested students!

Competitive co-funded doctoral student positions

The Competitive co-funded doctoral student positions call is for new starting or recently started doctoral students who have a committed supervisor at the Department of Computer Science. The funding follows a "2+2" co-funding model, i.e. 24 months department funding + 24 months supervisor's own funding. Deadline for the applications is 28 May 2021.

Doctoral Track Programme

The Doctoral Track Programme is a competitive research-oriented study programme for exceptional Master’s students and provides an opportunity for selected students to combine Master’s and doctoral studies. The present call is open for Aalto students wishing to enter this programme. Deadline for the applications is 28 May 2021.

Honours Programme in Computer Science

The Honours Programme in Computer Science provides exceptionally qualified Aalto CS Master’s students an opportunity for research-related part-time employment during semesters in the department’s research groups. Deadline for the applications is 31 August 2021.

In case you have questions about the calls, please don’t hesitate to contact Niina Idänheimo or Pekka Orponen.

Writing Thesis - Instructions and tips for students!

Writing Thesis - Instructions and tips for students!

These wiki pages contain general instructions for writing thesis (MSc/Doctoral), upcoming and past lectures, and plenty of random but useful tips for writing and links to online materials. The material is collected from experienced staff members of Computer Science department. Good luck with writing!

Latest news at CS Aalto

More certainty for deep learning

With the support of Saab, doctoral student Lassi Meronen is developing models for deep learning that can be used, for example, in radars and medical diagnosis.

Eero Hyvönen as a guest in a podcast of the Ministry of Finance about the Finnish Semantic Web infrastructure & applications, created by Aalto (Dept. of Computer Science) and University of Helsinki (HELDIG Centre for Digital Humanities)

(in Finnish) Tietotulva hallintaan semanttisen webin tietoinfrastruktuurilla: Mitä tiedon semanttisella yhteentoimivuudella tarkoitetaan ja miksi se on olennaista? Muun muassa näistä kysymyksistä on luvassa mielenkiintoista keskustelua uusimmassa jaksossa, kun valtiovarainministeriön erityisasiantuntija Miina Arajärvi haastattelee Aalto-yliopiston viestintätekniikan professoria ja HELDIG-keskuksen johtajaa Eero Hyvöstä. Semanttisen yhteentoimivuuden lisäksi jaksossa keskustellaan tietotulvasta, sekä siitä, miten semanttisen webin tietoinfrastruktuuri ja monitieteinen yhteistyö voisivat tarjota ratkaisun tietotulvan hallintaan.

HR Corner – tips & news from HR team

Aalto encourages all employees to ongoing development and learning opportunities. All staff trainings can be found in Workday learning but also courses and modules that are open to everyone, not just Aalto community, are good place to learn new things.

A good example is “Future of Work” online course that has been launched and is available for all who are interested in the subject. The course is a self-directed study module and consists of five chapters. The world has changed rapidly during the past year and Aalto as a future orientated university wants to contribute to the change so check this out and learn more about the future of work.

More information and registration link.

Events - next week

17 May: Machine Learning Coffee Seminar (MLCS)

Alex Jung, Aalto University: Federated Multitask Learning in Big Data over Networks
Monday, 17 May at 9:15-10:00 in Zoom

17 May: Modelling the Needs and Motivational Dynamics of Biological Agents - reading club

Antti Oulasvirta (Aalto) will present the following, recent paper: Learning with AMIGo: Adversarially motivated intrinsic goals.
Please get in touch to volunteer for future talks, also on your related research, or to make suggestions for papers to read:
Monday, 17 Mayl at 13:00, join URL and/or subscribe to receive a weekly mail on the current topic.

17-18 May: FindSampo Public Seminar

Aalto University (Department of Computer Science), together with University of Helsinki (Department of Cultures) and Finnish Heritage Agency (Museovirasto) will present and publish in this seminar FindSampo, a new research prototype for Digital Humanities research and for supporting archaeological Citizen Science. 
Monday, 17-18 May, please register to get the Zoom link

18 May: Brain & Mind Computational Seminar

Guillaume Dumas, University of Montreal & Suzanne Dikker, New York University: Hyperscanning
Tuesday, 18 May at 16:00–17:15, join URL (passcode: brainmind)

19 May: Aalto Theory Seminar

Anton Bernshteyn: Title TBA
Wednesday, 19 May at 14:15-15:00, subscribe to receive a weekly mail on the current topic and a link for Zoom

19 May: HAIC Talk

Hannes Tschofenig, ARM Ltd: Internet of Things (IoT) Security: from specification to code
Wednesday, 19 May at 16:00-17:30, please register to receive the zoom meeting information

20 May: NVAITC Webinar Series on AI Applications in Computational Sciences

Session 4 - Farah Hariri, NVIDIA: AI to Drive a Low-carbon Energy Transition
Tuesday, 20 May at 10:00-11:00, join URL

20 May: FCAI Industry & Society Webinar

AI for Sustainability – Smart Mobility
Thursday, 20 May at 13:00-15:00, please register to get your online seat

20 May: Making Waves

Dalia Šatkovskienė, Vilnius University: Releasing the full innovation potential in STEM research
Thursday, 20 May at 14:00-16:00, please register to get the Zoom link

20 May: ANTA Seminar

Taoufiq Damir: Lattices and wiretap channels (talk series for PhD students in number theory)
Thursday, 20 May at 15:00, join URL

21 May: Doctoral Track student seminar

Welcome to the Doctoral Track student seminar to hear Doctoral Track journey stories and REP2 project presentations.
Friday, 21 May at 10:00-13:00, join URL: (passcode: 132277)

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. 
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

Thursdays: CS Mentoring Space CANCELLED ON 13 MAY

Mentoring space is an initiative started by Aalto’s computer science department postdocs, to help guide researchers. 
Thursdays at 15:00-16:00, join URL

Fridays: Deep Learning Discussion Club @ Aalto

Weekly Deep Learning reading & informal discussion circle. 
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

Let's gather together 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

26 May: Color of Science

Sámi Perspectives on Indigenous Knowledges, Technology and Governance (panel discussion): Andrea Botero leads a conversation with Rauna Kuokkanen, May-Britt Öhman and Outi Laiti.
Wednesday, 26 May at 16:30-18:00, please register to get the Zoom link

27 May: Mentoring Space

How to avoid time-management pitfalls? Everyone faces time-management challenges from time to time. The important thing is to recognize your own time-management pitfalls – what is it that keeps you from getting things done? Reasons can be related to procrastination and problems prioritizing, or to time thieves and problems with energy and wellbeing. The aim of this workshop is to help you realise what your time-management pitfalls are, and how to deal with them. In addition, the aim is to show you that others are facing the same issues and offer you social support from your peers. The workshop is taught by Maria Törnroos, psychologist for doctoral students at Aalto.
Thursday, 27 May at 15:00-16:00, join URL

28 May: Mentoring & Diversity Talk

Tapio Takala: My 50 years in Otaniemi
Friday, 28 May at 11:30-12:30, please register to get the Zoom link

4 June: CS Doctoral Student Seminar

Welcome to listen the introductory talks by the doctoral students who have started their studies at CS department between Jan-March 2021. Students will shortly introduce themselves and their project plans.
Friday, 4 June at 9:15-12:15, join URL: (passcode: 309193)

10 June: CS S4 Scientific Symposium by Students for Students

CS S4 is a yearly networking event for doctoral students of Computer Science. This year’s event, “AI for the Public Good”, aims to explore the social and environmental impact of our research.
Thursday, 10 June at 12:00-17:00, please register by 31 May

15 June: Secure Systems Demo Day 2021

Annual SSG demo days are jointly organized by the Secure Systems Groups at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki and Helsinki-Aalto Institute for Cybersecurity (HAIC). Demo Day brings local academia and industry together and gives an overview of information security research going on in Finland’s capital area. The event is an excellent opportunity for students to network and search for open positions within the local infosec industry and academia. Demo days are open to all and free of charge. Registration opens soon, please follow the updates on the demo day website!

DSc defence

Maria Montoya Freire "Visual communication in ubiquitous computing: from smartphones to pervasive displays"

Opponent: Professor Marc Langheinrich, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland
Custos: Professor Mario Di Francesco
Friday, 4 June at 12:00, Zoom link will be updated to the event website

Community discussion on Aalto's EQU plan

Share your ideas for the Aalto University Equality Plan 2022–2024

What would you prioritise in our next Equality Plan? Propose ideas for priorities and actions on fostering equality, diversity and inclusion in our community in the discussion area on this website by 21 May. All ideas and comments will be reviewed, analysed and used as the basis for our Equality Plan.

Funding call

Upcoming research funding calls see the Aalto funding calendar

Future Makers – DL 31 May 2021
  • Funding call organized by two Finnish foundations: Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation, and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. Call page is only in Finnish, but the submission portal is also in English.
  • Funding for high-level research openings in digital technologies and service models that build the sustainable renewal of Finnish industry and society. See Aalto page.
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation – DL 31 May 2021
  • Grants for doctoral thesis work, post-doctoral research, and research funding for groups. See guidelines.
  • Grants are awarded broadly in the areas of research, art, and societal activities.
Academy of Finland and T-AP joint call – DL 14 June 2021
  • The Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP) supports collaboration between humanities and social science research funders from South America, North America and Europe.
  • The call “Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World” has several themes, e.g. advancing responsible and inclusive digital innovation. See call text (pdf) for themes and criteria. 
MATINE 2021 (Ministry of Defence) – DL 14 June 2021
  • Several ICT related topics, e.g. AI, security and social media.
  • Application form must be submitted in Finnish or Swedish. Call available only in Finnish.
EUREKA Cluster AI 2021 – DL 28 June 2021
  • Industrially orientated call for AI topics (adoption and use of AI systems and services).
  • Business Finland (Co-Innovation funding instrument) is the funder of Finnish participants.
Academy of Finland and National Institutes of Health (NIH) – DL 10 August 2021
  • Joint call pilot: thematic areas of the Finnish Research Flagships
  • ‘Intention to submit’ is sent by the Finnish PI to the Academy at least eight weeks and draft proposal at least four weeks before NIH deadline (7.9.2021). Final proposal is submitted to NIH by the US PI.
Alfred Kordelin Foundation – DL 15 August 2021
  • Grants for finalizing PhD works and for beginning of post doctoral research. See Aalto page.
Horizon Europe: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – DL 15 September 2021
Business Finland (BF) Research Funding – Continuous call
Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation Research Funding – Continuous call


See funding calls from Aalto calendar and CS Wiki Funding calls
The national research funding database for science, art and culture: Aurora
Aalto trainings for project management and research funding: Training to support research
Grants available to Aalto students and staff, i.e., individual scholarships, travel grants, and awards: Aalto-Into.

ERC training in May 2021

ERC training in May 2021: Writing an Effective ERC Advanced Grant

Business Finland organizes ERC Advanced Grant info webinar on Monday 17 May at 13:00-15:30. Scientific Officer Janne Salo from ERC will be the guest speaker, together with an experienced AdG panel member and an AdG grantee. Registration.

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 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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