Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis

Current

New hourly paid teachers of mathematics and systems analysis for spring 2018

16. October 2017

The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is seeking

New hourly-paid teachers in Mathematics and Systems Analysis for spring term 2018

Mathematics:
We expect the applicants to have completed at least 20 credits of mathematical studies at university level with good grades, as well as showing interest towards being a teacher. If you have previous experience in teaching, it is considered as an advantage, but is not necessary. The work consists mainly of assisting first year bachelor level mathematics' courses and correcting exams and exercises. This is a part time job (4 hours/week).

Systems Analysis:
We expect the applicants to have completed the course they are interested in. This is a part time job (2 or 4 hours/week).

We are seeking teachers for the following courses in spring 2018:

MS-C2105 Optimoinnin perusteet (several teachers needed), MS-C2107 Sovelletun matematiikan tietokonetyöt (several teachers needed); MS-C2132 Systeemianalyysilaboratorio I; MS-E2134 Decision making and problem solving; MS-E2146 Integer programming; MS-E2148 Dynamic optimization; MS-E2170 Simulation; SCI-C0200 Fysiikan ja matematiikan menetelmien studio (several teachers needed).

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The salary is 30-35 euros/hour based on your education level. In addition, a fixed amount of exam and exercise correction hours will be added to the teaching hours. Please note! These jobs are meant for Aalto University students. Most of the courses are taught in Finnish.

Apply for this job through eRecruitment system.

Attached to the application, you will need (in pdf format) a CV, transcript of records, and an open application where you explain also
- in what courses you are interested in teaching, and
- in what languages you are willing to teach (suomi/svenska/English).

Deadline for the applications is Mon 6.11.2017.

Based on the applications, we invite some of the applicants to take part in web interview during May.

More information:
- Mathematics: jarmo.malinen(at)aalto.fi; ville.turunen(at)aalto.fi
- Systems analysis: kimmo.berg(at)aalto.fi
- Recruiting related questions: johanna.glader(at)aalto.fi

 

 

 

 


Aalto Bachelor's programme in Science and Technology in English to start in 2018

12. October 2017

Aalto University will launch a new Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology in English in the autumn of 2018. All Aalto University schools of engineering will be involved in the programme.

In the new programme, all students complete the same basic studies with strong focus on mathematical and computational methods and robust information technology skills. In all schools, the major subjects will be designed with these perspectives in mind.

On the first application round in January 2018, there will be two study options: Data Science at the School of Science, and Digital Systems and Design at the School of Electrical Engineering. The majors to be provided by the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Engineering will be confirmed during next year.

There may also be plans for additional majors between different schools of engineering. In the first year, 25 students will be admitted per programme, but, in the long run, the goal is to have slightly over 100 new students entering the programme each year.   

Top-level experts to the needs of the digital society

Jouko Lampinen, Dean of the School of Science, considers the new Bachelor's programme significant.

‘Digitalisation changes the world faster than any of the earlier industrial revolutions. The impacts of artificial intelligence, data science and automation go deep in every sector, both in technology and economy. Aalto's new BSc Programme in English is a response to this challenge.’

‘We did not build a copy of a conventional Bachelor’s programme in Science and Technology, but the programme is built upon strong mathematical and information technology skills. In their majors, students can continue to go deeper into data science and artificial intelligence or digital systems engineering, which are all fields suffering from serious shortage of top-level experts. The programme will be expanded in the coming years in such a manner that the majors enable specialisation in various fields of technology. The programme complements excellently the contribution Aalto is making as the driver of digital revolution in the Finnish industry and business,’ Jouko Lampinen points out.

Admission based on the student’s previous academic record

The programme will not have any entrance examinations, but all students are selected on the basis of paper selection. There will be two admission groups for the programme:
-     The students that have completed the Finnish matriculation examination or the international baccalaureate degree (IB, EB, RP) in Finland are selected on the basis of certificates in accordance with the DIA application procedure*.
-    International applicants are required to have completed the SAT test as well as the SAT Subject Test in mathematics.

Application period for the new Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology in English will be 9 – 24 January, 2018.

Admission information will be updated on the Aalto University's Studies website during October.
 

* The joint application procedure in engineering and architecture

Photo: Aino Huovio


20.10.2017: Fyysikkospeksi: Vive! - One hundred days to Revolution

20. October 2017 19.00

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Vive! is the sixth production of Fyysikkospeksi, a musical made mostly by engineering physics and math students. This year there are five shows in Finnish starting from October 20th and one in English on November 19th, all in Gloria (Pieni Roobertinkatu 12-14) in the center of Helsinki.

Vive! - One hundred days to Revolution takes the audience to the birth of the French Revolution. A young freedom fighter Vivienne arrives in Marseille, trying to spark a seed of rebellion in the oppressed townsfolk. Standing between her and the revolution, however, is chief constable Abel Const, the law and order of Marseille, and Jacques, a fetching long-time criminal.

  • Can Vivienne rise up to the Ivory Tower and negotiate with the nobles ruling over the people?
  • Are her dreams of revolution threatened by unexpected love?
  • Why does Jean-Baptiste, the most miserable street urchin in all of Marseille, smile as he chews on an old shoe?

Vive! - One hundred days to Revolution a story about love and the collision of world views. What have you sacrificed for your dreams?

The showtimes are Friday 20.10. 19:00, Saturday 21.10. 16:00, Tue 31.10. 19:00, Wed 1.11. 19:00, Thu 2.11. 19:00 in Finnish and Sunday 19.11. at 18:00 in English.

Tickets 12 euros (students, balcony) / 15 euros (students, floor) / 20 euros (adults) / 40 euros (patrons). The cloakroom charge is included in the price.

More information and tickets: www.fyysikkospeksi.fi

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yAiV7bb_ks


Call for Submissions: Radical Relevances Conference

6. September 2017

FIRST GLOBAL RADICAL RELEVANCES CONFERENCE
25.–27.4.2018, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Call for submissions by 30th of September

The First Global Radical Relevances Conference asks: How do economic, social, and cultural practices reflect the global uncertainty of today with its shifting geopolitics and environmental realities? How to engage in new ways of thinking about and practicing in terms of human and nonhuman co-existence and flourishing in the midst of vast predictable and unpredictable planetary transformations? How to study the relevances of certain objective realities that nevertheless escape the sensory equipment of an individual?

 

We call for social and natural scientists, artists, philosophers and activists to go beyond the rational or rationalized to the actual relevances underlying human activity. Such a focus requires not only more attention to everyday life, but also novel methodologies and research designs. We call for thinking about how to mobilize objectively relevant ideas to people so that these become relevant in their everyday life – at both work and home. The conference aims at serious de-normalization of the status quo, yet even more importantly, to explore, formalize, and theorize answers and resolutions to the urgent and massive problems that humanity and the planet face.

 

The theme for this first conference is open. However, if possible, our interests converge towards two, seemingly unconnected topics: the Arctic region and health-beyond-human. Melting ice caps on Greenland not only dislodge natural resources to mining, drilling and damming, but NATO camps formerly buried by ice now exude toxins into the thawed flows. Inuit women – sharing a similar fate with the ice bear, another large carnivore mammal from the same region – have the largest amounts of heavy metals in their mother’s milk. In addition to the melting ice, global winds converge pollutants from the rest of the world to Greenland and the Arctic Sea. Indeed, we learn from the Inuit and the ice-bear that on this planet, there is no remoteness, no outside.

 

Submission forms

1. Essay submissions

Please submit your long abstract (of 1000 – 1500 words) or short paper (max 3000 words) to info@radicalrelevances.com by 30th of September, 2017. Please include any images, tables, or diagrams at low resolution at this phase. Please state Title, Author(s), and Email Address. Upon acceptance to conference we ask you to submit a full paper of max 8000 words.

 

2. Art and other submissions

You may also submit works in other forms – for instance, a poster, performance, workshop, or an intervention. Tell us about the work you would like to present and we will be in touch with you to find appropriate ways to include it in the limited settings of our conference. Please submit your proposal (max 1500 words) to info@radicalrelevances.com by 30th of September, 2017. Please include images only at low resolution at this phase. If applicable, add links to online video and/or audio material. Please state Title, Author(s) and/or Artist(s), and Email Address.

ACCEPTANCE TO THE CONFERENCE notification at the latest 1st of November 2017

 

Contact:

Pia Lindman
Professor (Artistic Practices), Department of Art
info@radicalrelevances.com +358 50 4417 104

taide.aalto.fi/fi/research/radical_relevances/


19.09.2017: A public lecture series 'Internet Forum'

19. September 2017 17.15

In autumn 2017, Aalto University will organise the Internet Forum a series of public lectures that will focus on 'The future and safety of technology". The eight lectures in total will focus on the possibilities presented by digitalisation from various perspectives. The development of digitalisation is one of Aalto University's key areas in research and teaching.

Each lecture can also be viewed either via a live stream or at a later time online.

The Twitter hashtag for the lectures is #aaltodigi.

The lectures will be open to everyone free-of-charge. Participation does not require signing up in advance. The lectures will be held in English.

Link to the live stream and earlier broadcasts
comnet.aalto.fi/video

Welcome!

Programme:

 

Ti 19.09.2017       17:15 - 19:00

How does technology change the world and the man?

  • Dr. Johanna Kohl, VTT
  • Esko Kilpi, Esko Kilpi Oy

Ti 26.09.2017       17:15 - 19:00

The importance of technology and security for companies

  • Pasi Eronen, Technology Industries of Finland

  • Mika Susi, Confederation of Finnish Industries

Ti 03.10.2017       17:15 - 19:00

The influence of technology in the media and communications environment

  • Elina Melgin, ProCom

Ti 10.10.2017        17:15 - 19:00

Algorithms, filter bubbles and narratives: organizing our everyday on social media

  • Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, University of Helsinki
  • Jan Staf, IBM

Ti 31.10.2017       17:15 - 19:00

The effect of digitalization on leadership and organizations

  • Sami Honkonen, CEO TmrwLabs
  • Mikko Rusama, Yle

Ti 07.11.2017       17:15 - 19:00  

The position of large corporations in the future of technology and security

  • Max Mickelsson, Microsoft
  • Marja Laitinen, Microsoft

Ti 14.11.2017        17:15 - 19:00

The future of Internet and digitalization

  • Yrjö Länsipuro, ISOC Finland
  • Sirkka Heinonen, University of Turku

Ti 28.11.2017        17:15 - 19:00  

Military technology - present and future

  • Jyri Kosola, Research Director at Finnish Defence Forces

More information:
Professor of Practice Jarno Limnéll
 tel +358 40 527 6173
 jarno.limnell@aalto.fi
 Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
 Twitter: @JarnoLim


27.10.2017: Defence of dissertation in the field of mathematics, Lauri Mustonen, M.Sc.(Tech.)

27. October 2017 12.00

Lauri Mustonen, M.Sc.(Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Approximations and Surrogates for Computational Inverse Boundary Value Problems" on 27 October 2017 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall M1, Otakaari 1, Espoo.

Opponent: Professor Roland Griesmaier, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany

Custos: Professor Nuutti Hyvönen, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis


13.10.2017: Defence of dissertation in the field of systems and operations research, Tero Tyrväinen, M.Sc.(Tech.)

13. October 2017 12.00

Tero Tyrväinen, M.Sc.(Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Theoretical and Methodological Extensions to Dynamic Reliability Analysis" on 13 October 2017 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, Otakaari 1, lecture hall H304, Espoo. The dissertation studies dynamic flowgraph methodology for the reliability analysis of dynamic systems, and develops risk importance measures to identify the most important components of the systems and modelling of common cause failures between components.

Dissertation release (pdf, in Finnish)

Opponent: Professor Tim Bedford, University of Strathclyde, UK

Custos: Professor Ahti Salo, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis

Electronic dissertation: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-60-7570-9


02.11.2017: RISK 2017 - Conference on Risk and Security

2. November 2017 9.00

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The theme of the conference “Risk and Security” highlights the role risk plays in relation to security.  There are, however, no simple ways to deal with these concerns and issues and conventional risk assessment methods are challenged by the need for new concepts and tools to properly handle security risks. 

The conference brings together practitioners and academics interested in risk assessment, risk management and risk communication in security context. In addition, the interface between security and safety will be discussed. The 2-day conference consists of key note talks, panels and workshops.

Deadline for abstracts is 15 September 2017


For more information, please visit risk2017.aalto.fi


We wish you warmly welcome to the conference!

On behalf of the local organising committee,

Marja Ylönen, Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Marja.ylonen@vtt.fi


Aalto University and GE Healthcare expand their cooperation

16. August 2017

Aalto University and GE Healthcare Finland Oy have agreed to expand their cooperation. The agreement covers cooperation related to research and development, teaching and start-up activities. Both parties are interested in studying and analysing clinical data and using digitalisation and artificial intelligence to create new innovations.

‘GE Healthcare is one of Aalto’s long-term partners and Aalto University is also focusing on expertise in the field of health. Furthermore, machine learning methods and tools have advanced to a point where we can now develop smart applications to support decision-making. In the future, our researchers and students will have even better opportunities for research and innovation collaboration in the area of artificial intelligence and data analytics,’ says Jouko Lampinen, Dean of Aalto University School of Science.

‘Developing healthcare analytics is our core competence, and GE Healthcare has a competence centre in Finland. We also have a lot of Aalto graduates working for us. Expanding this cooperation is strategically important for us,’ says Erno Muuranto, Managing Director of GE Healthcare Finland.

‘Healthcare is under a lot of pressure. The purpose of analytics applications is to harness the information produced by hospital equipment to support healthcare personnel in their decision-making and help allocate resources. Aalto University is one of the partners with whom we’re working to develop the healthcare of the future and improve people’s lives,’ states Muuranto.

High-quality and safe solutions are important for healthcare, but regulation makes it hard for start-ups to get into the industry.

‘GE Healthcare offers start-up companies a global cooperation platform as well as market understanding and support regarding the special requirements of the health sector, such as regulation. We also value the perspective, enthusiasm and new operating methods that start-ups provide,’ says Muuranto.

‘Aalto already has a lot of business incubator competence, and the goal in the future is to see how we can better support start-ups in the health technology field,’ says Lampinen.


Further information:

Aalto University Communications
Anne Tapanainen
+358 (0)50 434 9711
anne.tapanainen@aalto.fi

GE Healthcare
Taija Reijonen, Senior Communications Leader
+358 (0)50 367 58 63
taija.reijonen@ge.com


Quantum technology selected as an Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence

31. May 2017

The Academy of Finland has selected Aalto University’s Quantum Technology to continue in the Centre of Excellence programme for the period of 2018-2025.

The unit is led by Jukka Pekola from Aalto University. Aalto University is also a partner in two other centres of excellence. Aalto is represented by Antti Hannukainen and Nuutti Hyvönen in the Centre of Excellence of Inversion Modelling and Imaging and by Jaan Praks in the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space.

A total of 12 units were selected for the Centre of Excellence (CoE) programme. The new CoEs include research teams from 12 different universities or research institutes.

The Academy of Finland received a total of 179 letters of intent for this CoE call, and 34 of these were invited to the second stage. The Academy selects centres of excellence on the basis of international reviews and the aims of the CoE programme. The review focused on ensuring that the unit has a high scientific standard, conducts research with great potential to achieve scientific breakthroughs and promotes science renewal. The CoE’s potential to reach or remain at a top international level and its broader impact in society were also assessed.

Flagships of Finnish research

The Academy of Finland’s Centres of Excellence are the flagships of Finnish research. They are at the very cutting edge of science in their fields, carving out new avenues for research, developing creative research environments and training new talented researchers for the Finnish research system and Finnish business and industry. The funding period will be extended from six years to eight, and an interim evaluation will be conducted after the first four years.

A CoE is a research and training network that has a clearly defined set of research objectives and is run under joint management. CoEs are jointly funded by the Academy of Finland, universities, research institutes, the private business sector and many other sources.

Read more:
Academy of Finland press release
List of units selected to the Centre of Excellence programme 2018–2025 (pdf)


Aalto gains eight new Academy Research Fellows

11. May 2017

The Academy of Finland’s funding decisions, published on 11 May, added eight new Academy Research Fellows and 13 postdoctoral researchers to Aalto University. The funding focuses on the fields of natural science and engineering. Of the funding that was received by Aalto, EUR 3,476,000 was allocated to Academy Research Fellows and EUR 3,333,000 to postdoctoral researchers. Academy Research Fellow posts are for a term of five years, and postdoctoral researcher posts are for a three-year period.

‘The overall result is, once again, excellent news for Aalto. I’m very proud of the fine work done by our Academy Research Fellows and postdoctoral researchers, both in research and research funding,’ says Aalto University Vice President Tuija Pulkkinen.

Aalto's new Academy Research Fellows represent a strongly international group.

‘These new funding decisions show that our research is already top-notch in the areas that we're invested in. However, one cannot attract new, talented researchers to Finland without a strong foundation, and that's why it is vital that we have multinational research groups that have already distinguished themselves internationally,’ notes Pulkkinen.

Of the eight new Academy Research Fellows, four work in the field of applied physics. ‘The Department of Applied Physics’ success in the Academy of Finland's funding applications comes as no surprise, since it is based on decades’ worth of work in the field,’ notes Professor Matti Kaivola, Head of the Department of Applied Physics.

‘Our focus is on specific research fields, i.e. solid material physics and material physics research. Our goal is to be on the very top of these fields. So you could say that we've set our sights high enough,’ Kaivola concludes.

To attract talented researchers from around the globe to Aalto, not only do you need top-level research groups, but also an infrastructure that supports experimental research. In Aalto University, this is represented by for example OtaNano, the national research infrastructure for micro and nanotechnologies.

As one example of Aalto's top research areas in applied physics, Matti Kaivola mentions the field of quantum technologies, represented by Academy Research Fellow Kuan Tan. The development of quantum technologies is a key area not only for Aalto, but for the European Union as well: in the future, the EU will be likely to initiate a considerable flagship project in the field.


Academy Research Fellows

Parinya Chalermsook, Department of Computer Science: Combinatorics of Graph Packing and Online Binary Search Trees, EUR 434,485

Xi Chen, Department of Applied Physics: Computational study of fluorescent silver clusters with implications for biosensing and bioimaging applications, EUR 434,485

Heikki Nieminen, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering: Ultrasound-enhanced fine-needle biopsy (USeFNB): sound-tissue interactions, EUR 434,485

Hannu-Pekka Komsa, Department of Applied Physics: Controlled functionalization of two-dimensional MXene sheets (FUNTOMX), EUR 434,485

Kuan Tan, Department of Applied Physics: Quantum Bus for a Quantum Computer Based on Spins in Silicon (SPINBUS), EUR 434,485

Zheng Yan, Department of Communications and Networking, TruSoNet: Digitalizing Trust for Securing Pervasive Social Networking, EUR 434,485

Zhirong Yang, Department of Computer Science: Learning Data Representation by Large-Scale Neighbor Embedding, EUR 434,485

Alexander Zyuzin, Department of Applied Physics: Theory of Weyl semimetals and superconductors, EUR 434,485


Postdoctoral researchers

Omer Anjum: Solving GPU Assisted Exascale Computing Challenges with High-Order Finite Difference Methods, EUR 225,650

Matilda Backholm: Pinning and dissipation of magnetic drops on superhydrophobic surfaces, EUR 243,170

Miguel Caro: Accurate computational electrochemistry from density functional theory and multiscale atomistic simulations, EUR 281,190

Ana Díaz-Rubio: Multiphysics Metadevices, EUR 257,470

Tommi Ekholm: METRICS – Managing Energy Technology Risks In Climate change mitigation Strategies, EUR 251,650

Jussi Jokinen: Computational Modelling of Emotional Appraisal in HCI, EUR 246,400

Juha Koivisto: Statistical physics to master particle-laden foam dynamics: rheology and imbibition, EUR 253,700

Caspar Ockeleon: Quantum squeezing and entanglement in microwave optomechanical systems, EUR 245,910

Taneli Riihonen: Generalized Fading Distributions and Matrix Functions for the Analysis of Wireless Communication Systems, EUR 262,630

Kezilebieke Shawulienu: Tunable electronic and magnetic states in superconducting 2D materials, EUR 266,140

Arno Solin: Sequential inference for real-time probabilistic modelling, EUR 254,500

Marijin van Vliet Wouter: Moving from observation to understanding in neuroscience: extending computational models to predict neuroimaging data, EUR 279,000

Christian Webb: Random geometry in number theory, combinatorics, and random matrix theory, EUR 247,840

 

For more information, see the Academy of Finland’s website: http://www.aka.fi/en/

 


Sensual Mathematics Exhibition

7. May 2017

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Note! The exhibition time has been extended until 22 October! Please see further information on Heureka website, and see the video on Aalto University`s Youtube.

The final exhibition of the transdisciplinary course at Aalto University is a concrete opening to enhance the interaction between scientific and artistic practices. It aims to break clichés related to mathematics by bringing deep phenomena of the field to the level of human experience.

Open-minded collaboration across the conventional barriers between disciplines enables the pursuit of diverse goals and aims. The exhibition also presents inspiring examples and ideas of new directions for education, from early childhood to research level. Students on the course come from different Schools of Aalto from freshmen to PhD students.

“Sensual Mathematics” is an expression of an intimate, inseparable relation between the sensual and the rational approaches of each team of students towards low dimensional geometry and topology.

The vertical artworks of the exhibition create a natural space inviting the visitor to wander into its forest-like growth


Digitalization, innovation ecosystems and expert judgements explored at an international conference

3. May 2017

The Building Expertise for Innovation conference, hosted by Aalto University from 25 to 27 April, focused on how digitalization as a disruptive technological force transforms industries, services and society. National innovation policies, creation of platform ecosystems and the role of experts and expert judgements were among key topics.

Building regional innovation ecosystems anchored at universities

“Innovation performance is declining in Europe”, stated Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, in his speech. National governments are not necessarily the main drivers for innovation. Rather, regions and cities can be more important for building innovation ecosystems based on a culture of sharing knowledge and co-creation. There is a strong need for more interdisciplinary research – experts in technology and business need to work together with social scientists.

Markkula urged universities to focus more on societal challenges and to strengthen their role as natural platforms for entrepreneurial discovery. Universities have a crucial role in contributing to the development of regional innovation ecosystems which are founded on the culture of co-creation and the establishment networked of innovation hubs.  

To foster innovation ecosystems in Europe, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission Vladimir Šucha proposed in his keynote to move towards regional specific R&D targets; to open up regional structural funds to external actors; to develop fewer and simpler EU funding instruments with better aligned rules and increased flexibilities; to provide targeting funding for radical innovations; to encourage universities to become major players in the local innovation ecosystems; and to strengthen the role of social sciences and humanities.

Dr. Šucha stressed the importance of education for the prosperity of regions - especially secondary education that has a direct link to the increase in productivity. As an example, he presented  research showing that if Romania could improve its level of education to the level of Finland, the GDP of Romania could grow significantly. Dr. Šucha also stressed that Aalto University and the Espoo Innovation Garden in the Otaniemi-Keilalahti-Keilaniemi-Tapiola area is one of the world’s best places for innovation.

Building confidence in expert judgement

Presentations by members from the EU-funded COST Action IS1304 on expert judgement network showcased applications illustrating how evidence-based decision making can support policy makers and businesses on issues relating to technology, strategic choices, business models and innovation.

According to Professor Tim Bedford from University of Strahclyde governments are trying to find ways to make their decision making transparent and to rely on evidence in justifying their decisions. This is where structured expert judgement is needed.

Jennifer Cassingena Harper from the Malta Council of Science and Technology stated perhaps less optimistically that that there is presently a crisis of confidence in  experts and their role in policy making. The dilemma here is that crises typically call for rapid responses whereas reflection, consultation and ongoing discussion require more long-term time horizons.

The World Economic Forum has listed massive digital misinformation as a great threat. Professor Luca Iandoli, President of the International Council for Small Business, talked about the role of experts in this age of misinformation and gave advice on how to act on online media. But crowds can also be smart, tool, he explained, especially in crowdsourcing, open source and driving consumer choices. He was also optimistic and concluded that the Internet will improve over time.

Finland and the platform economy

ilona_lundstrom_web2.jpgThe long-term goal for Finland is to emerge as a game-changing player in carefully selected industrial verticals to address the global potential of platform economy, explained Ilona Lundström (in the photo) from Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland. These verticals include connectivity, transportation, bio-, clean and circular economies, health and wellbeing, energy, maritime, education and travel. In order to succeed both nationally and at the EU level, it is necessary to make short and long-term investments in the digital platform economy, to develop enabling technologies and testbeds, to carry out pilots and to ensure the supply of general software skills. In order to boost development also flexible regulations and deregulations are needed. Professor Jarno Limnéll added that in order to make Finland the world’s safest place to live, work and do business we need to create a security culture, a culture of responsibility.

A 90-minute tutorial on platform business introduced the participants to the concept of platforms, key elements of value creation and the logics in leveraging platforms.  The audience also learned how digitalization is changing value creation and how innovation ecosystems can be built around platforms.

In the final session, Professor Ahti Salo noted that advances in digitalization have opened up exciting possibilities for evidence-based consultation processes to inform decisions. Such processes help expose misinformation and support collective learning through mutual critiquing. In order to be successful, these processes need to exhibit phases of careful problem structuring, elaboration of stakeholders’ value preferences, and creative development of decision alternatives.  

The conference was organised by the Strategic Research Council's research projects Platform Value Now and Digital Disruption in Industry led by Professors Ahti Salo and Martti Mäntylä from the Aalto University School of Science, in collaboration with the COST Action on IS1304 Expert Judgement Network.

Link to conference presentations will be added here soon

Read news on JRC and Aalto University tightening collaboration

 

 


09.05.2017: Sensual Mathematics Exhibition

9. May 2017 10.00

Sensual Math

Note! The exhibition time has been extended until 22 October! Please see further information on Heureka website, and see the video on Aalto University`s Youtube.

The final exhibition of the transdisciplinary course at Aalto University is a concrete opening to enhance the interaction between scientific and artistic practices. It aims to break clichés related to mathematics by bringing deep phenomena of the field to the level of human experience.

Open-minded collaboration across the conventional barriers between disciplines enables the pursuit of diverse goals and aims. The exhibition also presents inspiring examples and ideas of new directions for education, from early childhood to research level. Students on the course come from different Schools of Aalto from freshmen to PhD students.

“Sensual Mathematics” is an expression of an intimate, inseparable relation between the sensual and the rational approaches of each team of students towards low dimensional geometry and topology.

The vertical artworks of the exhibition create a natural space inviting the visitor to wander into its forest-like growth.


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