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Awards

The 2020 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education has been awarded to Professor Lauri Malmi.His award will be presented at the SIGCSE Technical Symposium being held in March 2020 in Portland, Oregon, USA. Read the news article at cs.aalto.fi.

Congratulations Lauri!


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Funding news

CS Department Senior University Lecturer Jorma Laaksonen has received Academy of Finland DIGIHUM-program funding for the consortium project “Movie Making Finland: Finnish fiction films as audiovisual big data, 1907.2017”. CS Department Professor Eero Hyvönen and Staff Scientist Jouni Tuominen have received Academy of Finland DIGIHUM-program funding for the consortium project "Semantic Parliament: Linked Open Data Service for Studying Political Culture".

Congratulations Jorma, Eero and Jouni!


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Changes in CS HR team

There will be changes in the CS HR team. Juuli Jantunen and Akseli Kohtamäki will move to new positions within Aalto starting 1.12.2019 and Jenna Vasik will start her maternity leave in the beginning of next year. Our new secretaries Heini Vehmas, Maaria Ilanko and Sanni Kirmanen will start during the following weeks. Tiina Torvinen will take on a new role in the HR team and concentrate more on department-wide tasks. As before, you can check the HR person assigned to your research group in wiki or contact the whole HR team by sending an email to: hr-cs@aalto.fi 


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Recruitment

AALTO UNIVERSITY
Assistant Professors in Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at the School of Science of Aalto University invites applications for tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level. Applications in all areas of Computer Science are welcomed, with the following areas highlighted:

  • Algorithm Engineering,
  • Data Management,
  • Software Engineering,
  • Software Systems.

Deadline for applications is 12 January 2020 at 23:59 EET (UTC+2). For more information on the position and how to apply please go here.

Postdoctoral researcher in the area of Interaction Design for AR/VR

Department of Communications and Networking is looking for a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to tackle appealing research problems in the area of interaction design for AR/VR. Deadline for applications is 1 December 2019. For more information on the position and how to apply please go here.

Programmers for Educational Software

The CS department is looking to hire one or two programmers to develop an IDE plugin that will support the department’s introductory programming courses and help thousands of students. Deadline for applications is 30 November 2019. For more information on the position and how to apply please go here.

DIRECTOR OF HIIT

Aalto University and the University of Helsinki are looking for a proven leader to be the next Director of Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT. The position will be a shared position between the universities for a fixed term up to five years, starting from 1 August 2020. Deadline for applications is 20 December 2019. For more information on the position and how to apply please see this pdf.

OTHER UNIVERSITIES
Professor or Associate/Assistant Professor in Artificial and Human Intelligence

The Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Science of the University of Helsinki invites applications for a Professor or Associate/Assistant Professor to carry out research into the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, combining computer science with studies of the brain and the mind. Deadline for applications is 30 November 2019. For more information on the position and how to apply please go here.


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Latest news in cs.aalto.fi

Professor Lauri Malmi receives a prestigious, international award for his significant contribution to computer science education

The SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education that Malmi receives honors researchers that have significantly contributed to computer science education. Read more at cs.aalto.fi.

A new semantic portal brings together data on Finnish civil war victims for open use

The new service, called Sotasurmasampo 1914–1922, extends and renews the original War Victims of Finland 1914–1922 database service of the National Archives of Finland. Read more at cs.aalto.fi.

An 'info student' can teach crowdfunding to entrepreneurs in slums and coding to secondary pupils

In her diploma work, Niina Arvila studied how awareness of crowdfunding and the skills it requires could be spread among entrepreneurs of small communities in poor countries. Alongside her studies, Arvila has arranged a coding club to adolescents and works as a UX Designer at technology event Slush. Read more at cs.aalto.fi.

How ecological is AI? How can you compose with a neural network? Come to AI exhibition to find out!

A new exhibition by Aalto Digi Platform and FCAI combines science and arts and sheds light on the history, state of art, and future of AI. Read more at cs.aalto.fi.


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Events - next week

AI DAY 2019

AI Day brings together researchers, companies, students and the public sector involved in the fast-developing field of AI. Learn more and register to the event here.
Tuesday, 26 November at Dipoli, Otaniemi 

CONNECTING THE DOTS OPENING NIGHT

Connecting the Dots is a science and art exhibition revolving around the world of artificial intelligence. The official opening night of the exhibition will be part of the evening networking session of the AI Day conference. RSVP to the Opening night here!
Tuesday, 26 November at 16:30-18:00 In Dipoli, Otakaari 24

COLLOQUIUM

Kaisa Nyberg, Aalto University: Cryptographic Nonlinearity Criteria
Tuesday, 26 November at 15:15-16:15 in U6, Otakaari 1

INTERNET FORUM

Mika Huhtamäki, Suomen tilaajavastuu Oy: Digitalization - legal-technical-commercial perspective
Juha Oravala, GDPR Specialist, D-Fence Oy: GDPR in a constantly digitalizing environment
Tuesday, 26 November at 17:15-19:00 in AS2/TU2, Maarintie 8

AIX FORUM

FCAI arranges a series of events about AI and X, where X is something else, a scientific discipline, an application area, another Academy flagship etc.
An event in Finnish about AI + Public service (Tekoäly ja julkishallinto), arranged with Palkeet.
Wednesday, 27 November at 13:00-16:00 in Porthania 

CS FORUM

Tassos Noulas, NUY: Wiki-Atlas: Rendering Wikipedia Content through Cartographic and Mobile Mediums
Wednesday, 27 November at 13:15-14:00 (coffee at 13:00) in T4, CS building 

CS FORUM

Slobodan Mitrovic, MIT: Large Graphs Under the Lens of Modern Parallel Computation
Thursday, 28 November at 14:15-15:00 (coffee at 14:00) in T3, CS building

AIX FORUM

FCAI arranges a series of events about AI and X, where X is something else, a scientific discipline, an application area, another Academy flagship etc.
An event in Finnish about AI + Public service (Tekoäly ja julkishallinto), arranged with Palkeet.
Wednesday, 27 November at 13:00-16:00 in Porthania 

SUOMALAISET SOTAVANGIT 1939-1945 NEUVOSTOLIITOSSA JULKISTUSTILAISUUS (Only in Finnish)

Tilaisuudessa avataan ja esitellään talvisodan 80-vuotismuiston kunniaksi Sotasammon uusi, linkitettyyn avoimeen dataan perustuva sovellus "Suomalaiset sotavangit Neuvostoliitossa 1939-1945".
Friday, 20 29 November at 14:00-15:30 in Kansallisarkiston vanha tutkijasali, Rauhankatu 17

CS CHRISTMAS PARTY

CS Christmas Party for the staff of CS department. Please register by 19 November.
Friday, 29 November at 18:00-22:00 in Baarikärpänen, Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 21


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Events - save the date!

HICT WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS - LAST CALL FOR REGISTRATION (DL 25 NOV)

Introduction to research presentation skills and stakeholder interaction (1 ECTS)
Who needs and is interested in research information? How to communicate your research results to wider public? How to interact with different stakeholders? How to present your research to different audiences? For participation, please register by 25 November 2019.
Wednesday, 4 December at 9:00-16:00 (including a lunch break. HICT will offer a free buffet lunch for participants.) in T5, CS building

CS ACRIS GARAGES

Need help with ACRIS reporting? Welcome to stop by our ACRIS Garages. Antti Rousi from ACRIS will be there to help you!
Thursday, 5 December at 12:15-13:45 in T4, CS building
Monday, 13 January at 12:15-13:45 in T4, CS building

MESSAGES TO THE PRESIDENT AND LEADERSHIP? LUNCH MEETING

Welcome to meet President Ilkka Niemelä and other members of Aalto leadership. Come to discuss – ask, propose or comment! Coffee offered, but lunch is no-host.
Friday, 13 December at 12:00-13:15 in TUAS
restaurant, Maarintie 8

BRAIN & MIND COMPUTATIONAL BREAKFAST

Matti Hämäläinen, Harvard Medical School: Quo vadis, MEG?
Timo Roine, Aalto University:
Diffusion MRI: Recent advances and applications
Tuesday, 17 December at 9:30-10:30 (breakfast at 9:15) in Makerspace, Learning Centre, Otakaari 1

LEARNING@AALTO GALA 2019

Learning@Aalto Gala is organized with Aalto community to Aalto community. Welcome to celebrate learning, and to see and experience the great results achieved in 2019, as well as to network with other members of the community interested in educational development! The theme in December will be teaching and teacher well-being.
Wednesday, 18 December at 8:30-15:30 in Harald Herlin Learning Centre, Otakaari 1

HELSINKI DISTINGUISHED LECTURE

Sumi Helal, Lancaster University: Digital Health: Back to Future
Thursday, 19 December at 11:00-12:00 in Small Hall, Main Building, University of Helsinki, Fabianinkatu 33 
Please register here

AALTO LEADERSHIP'S VISIT TO CS DEPARTMENT

The Aalto Leadership, meaning the President, the Provost, the Vice Presidents and the Chief of HR, will visit the Department of Computer Science. Coffee and tea with sweet pastry will be available at 12:00. This event is open for the whole staff.
Wednesday, 15 January at 12:30-14:00 in TU2, Maarintie 8


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DSc defences

Meeri Mäkäräinen, MSc, will defend the dissertation "Blending and Exaggeration of Animated Facial Expressions of Emotion" on Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 12 at the Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall TU1, Maarintie 8, Espoo. Opponent: Professor Göte Nyman, University of Helsinki. Custos: Professor Tapio Takala, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Computer Science.


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Update your publications for 2019 in ACRIS

ACRIS is Aalto’s research information system. It is used for automatic annual reporting to the Ministry of Education. Our department’s funding is dependent on this reporting! Therefore, register every publication you have.

1. PLEASE, CHECK YOUR PROFILE AND FILL IN THE MISSING INFORMATION! https://acris.aalto.fi

2. UPDATE YOUR PUBLICATION LIST

3. CHECK THAT YOUR PUBLIC PROFILE IS UP TO DATE https://research.aalto.fi/en/ 

Minimum required information:

  • Publications (Add new -> Research output) Check that you have CS department as affiliation and Computer and Information Sciences as ”field of science”
  • Visits abroad (min. 5 days) (Add new -> Activity -> External academic engagement -> Visit abroad) Some travel information is automatically available via HRG system connected to your flight reservations, but you need to update most of these automatic entries.
  • Visits to Aalto University by foreign researchers and teachers (min. 5 days)(Add new ->Activity -> External academic engagement -> Hosting a visitor)
  • Research and art awards (Add new -> Activity -> Awards) 
  • International conferences organized in Finland (Add new -> Activity -> Conference participation)

The final Aalto-wide deadline will be 15th January 2020. But please, start in time and fill in your information as soon as possible!

NEED HELP?


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Funding calls

H2020: ERC CONSOLIDATOR GRANT - DL 4 February 2020

Call for proposals for ERC Consolidator Grant is now open, but the submission form will open later. Please, see the instruction for applicants in here, Aalto’s information here and the ERC Work Programme 2020 in here.

TUTLI FUNDING - DL 9 December 2019

The TUTLI project (New Business from Research Ideas) is Business Finland’s funding instrument which is dedicated to the commercialization of research results.

H2020 - MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS - INNOVATIVE TRAINING NETWORKS - DL 14 January 2020

Innovative Training Networks for recruiting and training PhD students, more information here.

H2020: SEVERAL ICT-THEMED CALLS - open in autumn 2019 and spring 2020

See the more detailed thematic calls at RIS funding calendar!

Work programmes for 2020 published

  • H2020: AI for Manufacturing; Next Generation Media; Software Technologies; Next Generation Internet of Things; Big Data Technologies, DL 16 January 2020
  • H2020: AI on demand platform; An empowering inclusive Next Generation Internet, 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
  • FET Open: Open topic for radical, interdisciplinary technology consortium projects, DL 13 May 2020
NORDFORSK

Nordforsk has open several calls:

FULLBRIGHT-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES OF FINLAND POSTDOCTORAL GRANT - DL 8 December 2019

Grant Program to postdoctoral researchers in the field of technology to carry out a research project in a U.S. university of research center from 8 to 12 months.

ERA-NET CHIST-ERA 2019 JOINT CALL

Pre-announcement for CHIST-ERA call 2019 has been published.

2019 Call on the following themes:

  • Explainable Machine Learning-based Artificial Intelligence
  • Novel Computational Approaches for Environmental Sustainability

Academy budget expected to be around 1 M€ (2-4 projects funded). Call opens in December 2019, with tentative deadline for short proposal on 14 February 2020 and for the full proposal in June 2020.

STRATEGIC RESEARCH COUNCIL - expected opening in December 2019 with DL in mid-January 2020

Themes of the call:

  • Information Literacy and Evidence-Informed Decision-Making Priority
  • Dealing with Climate Change – the Human Perspective
AALTO INTO PAGE: GRANTS AND AWARDS FOR STUDENTS AND RESEARCHERS

e.g. individual scholarships, travel grants and similar bursaries and awards.

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See more funding calls from RIS calendar and from CS wiki Annual Clock for Funding Calls.

Trainings for project management and research funding, organized by RIS: See aalto.fi.


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User survey for TeqMine users

Innovation Services have piloted the Teqmine Patent Search tool during the year 2019. Please, complete a quick survey to let us know your experiences about the Patent Search Tool. Note that link is open only a limited time. Help Innovation Services to develop a more innovative University!

Read more about the Patent Search tool and the User survey.


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Mental wellbeing support

Terveystalo (Aalto’s occupational health care) provides low-threshold digital mental well-being services.

Mental well-being support helps you when you want to

  • unburden your mind of worries or stress related to your personal life
  • find tools for stress management and coping
  • practise coping with stressful or difficult situations at work and elsewhere
  • find new means for coping with various emotions and situations
  • strengthen your capabilities
  • wish to discuss mental wellbeing and mental health with someone
  • suffer from anxiety, depression, exhaustion, burnout, tiredness, fatigue or have concerns and worries.

See the pdf for more info.


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Recreational activities

CS BOARD GAME NIGHT

CS has a board game night every Thursday starting at 18:00 in A2 coffee room

Many games start at 18:00, but if you come by anytime you'll eventually find a game. Just drop by - if you are new someone will help you. Bring some games if you have them, otherwise we have plenty already.

Organizer: contact richard.darst@aalto.fi for questions. Announcements go to the informal-cs mailing list, sign up there (here) to get them. But also realize that this is self-organized: if you don't know what to do, make it up.

All recreational activities are listed in wiki. Feel free to advertise informal events at informal-cs@list.aalto.fi


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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 communications-cs@aalto.fi), released every Friday. If the matter is urgent and cannot wait until Friday, then go ahead..

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