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Ascension Day, 21 May

Thursday, 21 May (Ascension Day) is a public holiday and all university buildings will be closed. Please note that visiting report for Friday 22 May should be done by Wednesday 20 May at 16:00.

Have a nice Ascension Day!

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Funding news

The Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering awarded the Academy Research Fellow post:

Markus Heinonen: Deep learning with differential equations.

The Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering awarded three Postdoctoral Researcher posts:

Måns Magnusson: Text-as-Data in Statistics: Theory, Methods and Applications,
Onerva Korhonen: The Multilayer Brain: Optimized multilayer network representations for the human brain in health and disease,
Michail Sioutis: Just-in-time Inference for Qualitative Spatio-Temporal Reasoning. 

Congratulations Markus, Måns, Onerva and Michail!

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Open positions for students of Computer Science

Department of Computer Science is opening three calls for research-oriented students at different levels

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 29 May 2020.

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 2020.

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 29 May 2020.

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

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Latest news at CS Aalto

New Academy Research Fellows explore the changes in work and society, and how the pandemic may affect them

How state-owned companies and digital inequality will change with the pandemic makes up some of the work of new Academy Research Fellows. Read more at

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Events via Zoom

15 May: Learning Analytics: Webinar by Turku to Aalto

Within the national ÄlyOppi project, the University of Turku is organizing a series of learning analytics webinars for Finnish universities; one webinar for each university.
Friday, 15 May at 14:15-15:45, join URL:

19 May: Research Software Hour

An online stream/show about scientific computing and research software, put on by Richard Darst and Radovan Bast. In it, you can experience the human side of computing and learn all sorts of tips and tricks. Come with your questions about SciComp (it's fine if they are somewhat Aalto related).
Tuesday, 12 May at 21:30 on Twitch

22 May: Meet the Dean CANCELLED

An informal event where you can discuss with the Dean Jouko Lampinen without any official agenda.
Friday, 22 May at 13:00-14:00, join URL:

25 May: AI and Data Science Against COVID-19

One-hour ses­sion chaired by prof. Simo Särkkä, leader of AI across fields in FCAI and the fol­low­ing talks:
Otto Seiskari, Indoor Atlas
Alexander Törnroth, FAIA Task Force
Monday, 25 May at 14:00-15:00, join URL: 


UniSports live online exercise breaks 

Regardless of where you are, UniSport will provide you livestreamed exercise breaks from the Think Corner. Welcome to exercise, wherever you are! Carefree shoulders live every weekday 13: 00-13:15 (until 17 June).

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DSc defences

MSc Sebastian Prepelita: "Verification and validation of wave-based simulations of head-related transfer functions"

Opponent: Professor Ning Xiang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Custos: Professor Lauri Savioja
Friday, 29 May at  29 May at 16:00, link to the online public defence will be updated later join URL:

MSc Anar Bazarhanova: "Managing change in a dominant infrastructure for digital identification"

Opponent: Professor Marko Seppänen, Tampere University, Finland
Custos: Professor Kari Smolander
Friday, 5 June at 12:00, link to the online public defence will be updated later

MSc Kourosh Naderi: "Discovering, Synthesizing, and Learning Climbing Movements"

Opponent: Professor Steven LaValle, University of Oulu, Finland
Custos: Professor Perttu Hämäläinen
Monday, 8 June at 12:00, link to the online public defence will be updated later

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Get involved! - Run a workshop at Shaking up Tech

Help inspire and encourage young women to apply for studies in technology by organising a hands-on demonstration. The Shaking up Tech event is being organised for the third time this autumn – at Aalto University, LUT University and University of Oulu.

The event will be held on 8 October 2020 and we hope that you can participate in organising the workshop. We want to offer participants two workshops a day, so you should organize two 1.5-hour workshops of the same content in a row. All short descriptions of the workshops should be ready before 22 May.

More information here.

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New access tokens replace the keycards

The changes in access control are taken place in CS building at the moment. After the change, the doors previously opened with a keycard will only be accessible using the new access token. Please notice that unlike before the office corridors will be closed all the time, and therefore you'll need to carry the new access token with you to move around freely in CS building.

Where? From CS building lobby services, during their opening hours (the janitors will give you instructions on how to activate the access token)
When? Next time you go to Otaniemi campus - no need to go just to pick up the new access token.

Read more about the access control policy update project at

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Funding calls

Upcoming research funding calls see the Aalto RIS funding calendar

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Funding agencies move Spring deadlines forward. See call pages for current information!

Future Makers 2020 Funding – DL 31 May 2020
  • Joint call by Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation, and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation 

  • Funding figh-level research openings in digital technologies and service models that build the sustainable renewal of Finnish industry and society. The applied funding 100-500kEUR, ambitious projects can apply up to 1 MEUR.

  • Summary in English ( 

Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation – DL 31 May 2020 (1st stage)
  • Grants for doctoral studies, post-doctoral research and funding for research groups.

H2020: FET-OPEN Challenging Current Thinking  – DL 3 June 2020
  • The submission deadline has been extended to 03/06/2020

  • Open topic for radical, interdisciplinary technology consortium projects

MATINE (Ministry of Defence) – DL 15 June 2020
H2020 - DL 17 June 2020 (extended from 22 April)
H2020 - DL 18 June 2020 (extended from 22 April)
Business Finland: COVID-19 related research – DL 30 June 2020
  • Solutions that help in corona crisis or in the renewal of affected industries.

  • Aalto infopage

H2020: FET Proactive – Boosting emerging technologies: Environmental Intelligence - DL 2 July 2020
  • New synergies between the distant disciplines of environmental modelling, advanced sensor research, social sciences, and Artificial Intelligence.
H2020: ERC Advanced Grant – DL 26 August 2020
H2020: Digital Security – DL 27 August 2020
H2020: AI and security (Law Enforcement in Europe) – DL 27 August 2020
EU Marie Curie – DL 29 September 2020
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.

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.

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Information on coronavirus

New information on the coronavirus is updated to this webpage.

We will continue to work primarily from home over the spring and summer. We will re-examine the remote working policy by 31 July. As of 14 May, however, it will be possible for Aalto University employees to work on campus if necessary. In order to guarantee employee safety, all those wishing to work on campus must send an email to by 16.00 on the day preceding the scheduled visit.

Teaching and studying will continue mainly remotely during the spring and summer. We will review the guidelines again by 31 July. As of 14 May, thesis-related work and examinations with a low number of participants may be done on campus, as decided by the particular school, by notifying

As previously recommended, no guests are to be received on campus; instead, meetings should be organised to take place online when possible. If it is necessary to meet on campus, we ask that the person in charge of the visit send a notification of the the date, place and number attending by 16.00 of day preceding the visit.


Aalto University’s contact point to questions regarding the coronavirus:

In questions related to the CS department and the coronavirus, please contact:

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Join Aalto Computer Science in Teams

New Microsoft Teams discussion space for whole department

Welcome to join Aalto Computer Science staff discussion team. Team is meant for informal discussion for whole department staff and joining is voluntary. Feel free to set up Teams-channels or Slack-workspaces in smaller groups too. Aalto workstations support good platforms for remote working and meetings, e.g. Zoom, Slack, Teams and Skype. Link to group.

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Follow CS dept in social media!

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.

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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, released every Friday. If the matter is urgent and cannot wait until Friday, then go ahead..