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CS News - 16 October 2020

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Power cuts in CS Building

Local power cuts in CS Building on next week. See the maps on CS wiki in order to check the effective areas. Shut down computers before break.

Power cut map in CS wiki

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System Architect

We are now looking for a System architect for drawing A+ future. The main focus and goal in your work will be to find the meaningful technical solutions and make the decisions on technology choices and software architecture needed for A+ to be a product suitable for national-level educational use.

Deadline for the applications is 1 November 2020Further information and instructions how to apply.

Programmers for Educational Software

The CS department is looking to hire programmers for open-source software that supports the department's programming courses and helps thousands of students. More specifically, you will join a team working to create the next incarnation of the A+ Courses IDE plugin for IntelliJ IDEA. This job is suitable for university students with programming experience and others with similar qualifications. You can do it part-time during semesters and full time during Summer 2021; the details are negotiable.

Deadline for the applications is 31 October 2020Further information and instructions how to apply.

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Latest news at CS Aalto

Towards trustworthy AI and an autonomous Europe

Professor Michela Milano is the Deputy President of EurAI and one the keynote speakers at AI Day 2020.

Europe can make sure that AI is aligned with human values

Francesca Rossi is an IBM Fellow and IBM's AI Ethics Global Leader and one of the the keynote speakers at AI Day 2020.

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Events - next week

19 October: Machine Learning Coffee Seminar (MLCS)

Andrew Howes, University of Birmingham: Computational Rationality
Monday, 19 October at 9:00-10:00, join URL

19 October: CS Coffee Break

Virtual and very informal coffee break meeting with the head of the department.
Monday, 19 October at 14:00-14:30, join URL

20 October: Brain & Mind Computational Seminar

Satu Palva: Complex network dynamics underlying sensory processing and cognition
Anton TokarievNewborn brain: genesis of functional neural networks
Tuesday, 20 October at 14:00-15:15, join URL (password: brainmind)

21 October: 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.
Wednesday, 21 October at 12:00-13:00, join URL 

21 October: Aalto Theory Seminar

Darya Melnyk: Title TBA
Wednesday, 21 October at 14:15-15:00, subscribe to receive a weekly mail on the current topic and a link for Zoom

21 October: Fusion Grid Project Closing Seminar

Fusion Grid Project Closing Seminar: Electricity, Connectivity and Digital Services for improving livelihood in rural communities
Wednesday, 21 October at 12:00-16:00, Register here

Join the webinar to hear about the link between and the emergence of electrification and digitization in remote areas context from different viewpoints. The webinar is for researchers, policymakers, companies, non-governmental organisations, and anyone interested and it is hosted by LUT University and CS Aalto.

22 October: AIX Forum

Topic: Health research and innovations – How to overcome challenges in utilizing personal data? 
Chairs: Markus Mäkelä, Aalto Health Platform and Simo Särkkä, FCAI
Thursday, 22 October at 14:00-16:00, please register by 20 October (link to attend will be sent later to those who are registered)

22 October: 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!
Thursday, 22 October at 15:00-16:00 in room A346, CS building and in Zoom

23 October: Mentoring & Diversity talks

Johanna Kaipio & Sari Kujala: But don’t we already have gender equality in Finland?
Friday, 23 October at 11:30-12:30, please register by 21 October to receive the participation link

23 October: Meet the Dean

An informal event where you can discuss with the Dean Jouko Lampinen without any official agenda.
Friday, 23 October at 13:00-14:00, join URL

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Events - save the date

26 October: Games Now!

Rob Carr, Redhill Games: Psychology of Sound Design
Monday, 26 October at 15:00-17:00, join URL

27 October: Internet Forum

Jarno Limnéll, Aalto University: Security as an enabler in technological development
Raimo Kantola, Aalto University: Moving end user security to the cloud
Tuesday, 27 October at 17:15-19:00, join URL

29 October: Digital Humanities in Action: Sampo Model and Portals for Cultural Heritage

This webinar presents results of joint research at Aalto University and University of Helsinki (HELDIG), Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo), on building an open national Semantic Web infrastructure with applications for Digital Humanities. In particular, the “Sampo model” and series of Sampo portals have been created that have had millions of users on the Web.
Thursday, 29 October at 13:00-17:00, register using the form at the event webpage to get your Zoom link for the webinar

29 October: EIT Digital 2010-2020 Celebrate the Innovation

Join EIT Digital 10 year anniversary event! More information and registration here.
Thursday, 29 October at 13:30-14:30

29 October: Secure Systems Demo Day 2020

Annual Demo Day events are jointly organized by the Secure Systems Groups at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki and Helsinki-Aalto Institute for Cybersecurity (HAIC). The Demo Day provides an opportunity to present the current research in information security and seek valuable inputs from external visitors.
Thursday, 29 October at 15:00-18:30, please register to receive the Zoom information and calendar invitation

29 October: HAIC Talk

Elissa Redmiles, Max Planck Institut: Learning from the People: From Normative to Descriptive Solutions to Problems in Security, Privacy & Machine Learning
Thursday, 29 October at 17:30-18:30 in conjunction to the Secure Systems Demo Day 2020. Please register to receive the Zoom meeting information. 

29 October: Autonomous Systems Talks

Tuomas Sauliala & Virve Leino, Sensible 4: State of Autonomous Driving
Ville Kyrki, Aalto University: Title TBA
Thursday, 29 October at 18:00-19:30, please register to the event series

30 October: Comms & Coffee

Piia Jallinoja, Professor of Health Sociology: How to Communicate with the Media?
Friday, 30 October at 9:30-11:30, please register by 28 Oct to receive the participation link

4 November: CS staff meeting

The topic of the meeting is remote work and well-being. We have invited representatives from occupational health care and HR to give talks.
Wednesday, 4 November at 13:00-15:00 in Zoom

6 November: CCIS Development Morning

Preliminary programme: Data and results from TEE2020, prof. Petri Vuorimaa + refining the data into action points/steps & Academic advising for CCIS programme & Aalto Service platform.
Friday, 6 November at 9:00-12:00, online event, please register 19 October

19-20 November: Rajapinta Days 2020

Rajapinta Days is an annual Finnish conference on computational social science, digital methods and digital society. If you are interested in arranging a workshop, please contact by 31 October.
19-20 November, online event, please register by 18 November

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, online event, please register by 23 November

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DSc defences

MSc (Tech) Jori Bomanson "Normalization and Rewriting for Answer Set Programming and Optimization"

Opponent: Professor Yuliya Lierler, The University of Nebraska Omaha, USA
Custos: Professor Ilkka Niemelä
Friday, 30 October at 17:00, link to the online platform will be added later to the event webpage

MSc Thomas Nyman "Toward Hardware-assisted Run-time Protection"

Opponent: Professor Mathias Payer, EPFL School of Computer and Communication Sciences, Switzerland
Custos: Professor N. Asokan
Tuesday, 10 November at 12:15, link to the online platform will be added later to the event webpage

MSc (Tech) 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, link to the online platform will be added later to the event webpage

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Survey on climate change and academic air travel practices at Aalto University

Climate change and air mobility practices in academia are topics of increasing discussion in sustainability at several leading universities worldwide. A student of the Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability, in collaboration with Aalto Travel Services, is collecting points of view on these topics from the Aalto community.

For the purposes of this Master thesis study, academic air travel is understood as all air travel done by active members of an academic community as part of their work or study tasks in a university.

Answer the survey here!

The questionnaire aims at collecting opinions and practices about climate change, academic air travel, and alternatives for air travel mitigation. The answers will inform the thesis study that explores how climate change might influence academic air travel practices at Aalto University.

  • Academic staff, service staff, masters, and doctoral students are invited to participate.
  • Answering will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
  • The survey is completely anonymous and it is not linked to your email.
  • Personal information is not required.
  • The survey will be available until 21 Oct.

If you have any questions related to the survey, please contact Mauricio Candamil (

Survey on teaching facilities and tools for teaching staff

Aalto's Learning Services conducted a survey on remote teaching experiences last spring. The results indicated that physical and remote teaching facilities, tools and services need to be taken to the next level.

The following survey aims to find out in more detail what the needs of teaching staff of departments in the School of Science are. The survey is anonymous, and it takes no more than 5-10 minutes to answer. More information about the survey and to continue into the survey, please follow this link.

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Funding calls

Upcoming research funding calls see the Aalto RIS funding calendar

Business Finland Partnership funding – DL 30 October 2020
The Finnish Cultural Foundation – DL 30 October 2020
  • The Finnish Cultural Foundation's Central Fund awards grants for scientific and artistic work as well as for projects and acquisitions.
Post Docs in Companies (PoDoCo) – DL 31 October 2020
  • PoDoCo program aims to promote academic research and the employment of young doctors in industry. PoDoCo is funded by foundation pool and companies participating in the program.
Ulla Tuominen Foundation – DL 31 October 2020
  • A small-scale project targeted to enable further large-scale funding (10-15k€). See info.
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
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.
  • ERC Starting Grant for promising early-career researchers with 2 to 7 years experience after PhD.
    Call opens 12 January and DL 12 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.

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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.

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Remote work and wellbeing

Aalto services and events that help you cope with remote work and exceptional times:

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Remote work guidelines at CS department

The guidelines for remote work at CS department are:

  1. One should not/need not come to the department, unless there is a reason. Remote work is still the recommended choice. However, if remote work causes inconvenience or you need to use the facilities in CS building, working at the department is also allowed (cf. the remote work recommendations by the Finnish government and the Aalto University).
  2. If you choose to work at your office, please mark in Lapa prior to your arrival the hours you assume to be present. This is especially important if you share your office with others, but keeping the information updated is warmly recommended in any case. (See below more precise information on what is Lapa and how it functions.)
  3. If there are too many persons in your office (the limit is marked next to the entrance and/or in Lapa), please agree yourselves who need to be present. As a general rule, tasks related to teaching have the highest priority.
  4. If there are recurrent and unsolvable problems with congestion in your office, inform or

What to do if you need to come to the office

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


At CS department, Noora Suominen de Rios is the booking office coordinator referred to in the instructions. You do not need to send an email to or any more now that we are using this system.

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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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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..