News: Archive 2012

Check out the Aalto Mechatronic Circus video!

02.05.2012 The Aalto Mechatronic Circus is the annual exhibition of the learning environment where the students present their awe-inspiring projects.

Home care suffers from harmful routines – not from a lack of resources

02.05.2012 As our population ages, the future load of the public health care system will be lightened with home care. Efficient home care services will be of high demand. The system of home care service is already stretched to its limits though: nurses and patients are stressed due to constant hurry, and staff shortages are replenished by buying extra work from the private sector.

More than 1,500 students to participate in the international SELL Student Games in Otaniemi between May 18th and May 20th

02.05.2012 The Aalto University Otaniemi campus in Espoo will be filled with international students participating in various sports events on Friday, May 18th. Friday is the first day of the traditional SELL Student Games now being organised for the 28th time.

Design Capital Pavilion showcases high quality wooden architecture

07.05.2012 A group of students and experts from the Aalto University Wood Studio have designed the Pavilion, a temporary structure to be located on an empty plot of land between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum.

Visualization provides decision-makers with the big picture

07.05.2012 The human brain is not very well-equipped for analysing multidimensional data. In his doctoral dissertation, Mikko Berg, M.Sc. (Tech.) examined how graphical visualizations can help people to understand complex data.

Filip Tuomisto begins work as Professor of Nuclear Engineering

08.05.2012 Filip Tuomisto, Doctor of Science (Tech.), stepped into his position as Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the School of Science on 1 May 2012.

Effective knowledge transfer and creation promote internationalisation in SMEs

08.05.2012 In small and medium-sized companies, investments in knowledge transfer and creation promote internalisation. Knowledge is transferred both through internal and external transfer, i.e. between the various actors within the company and outside it, such as customers and other companies.

Welcome to the Masters of Aalto festival to get a glimpse of the future’s professionals

08.05.2012 Masters of Aalto is now open! At the MoA’12 festival Aalto University professionals will showcase their open-minded approaches to the challenges we will face in the future during an exhibition and over 30 individual events. MoA’12 will be open in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki from 9 May to 3 June. The festival features Master’s thesis projects by over one hundred graduates.

DNA tug of war

09.05.2012 A mathematical model created by Aalto University researcher Timo Ikonen explains for the first time how the DNA chains in our genome are translocated through nanopores that are only a couple of nanometres thick.

Paid incentives have meanings beyond money

10.05.2012 The meanings of paid incentives for employees and organisations cannot only be measured in money. Anu Hakonen proposes in her dissertation for the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University that pay motivates more through symbolic meanings rather than through plain euros.

AppCampus is now open for applications

14.05.2012 AppCampus is a unique global initiative originating from Finland. Fast-moving 18 million euro -program sets out to enable mobile app success stories.

Economic crises are managed with collective collateral

16.05.2012 Economy is often understood as a market-controlled phenomenon. When solutions are sought to economic problems, the phrase “the markets have spoken” is used as a justification for the decisions made. The markets are an important control mechanism but they alone cannot explain the functioning of the economy. In his dissertation, Pekka Piironen, M.Soc.Sc., suggests that in its present form, capitalism should be characterised as a system of economic uncertainty.

In future, phones can identify the troubadour on the tree top

16.05.2012 In spring, the sound of birds serenading fills the air. The Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics is developing a system that can recognise a bird species based on a song segment. The system can be put to use by nature enthusiasts and biologists monitoring bird populations.

Creating packaging experiences

22.05.2012 A product’s packaging is not merely a protective shell it travels home from the store in. Packaging may be fun and beautiful and does not need to be taken seriously.

Nature of project work hinders the implementation of enterprise systems

22.05.2012 The implementation of enterprise systems (ES) to make project work more effective in an expert organization is not without its problems. Particularly the nature of project work and variation in an organization’s projects and services hinder the assimilation and use of ES.

Using strategy tools to exercise power in a company

23.05.2012 Popular strategy tools used by businesses include SWOT analysis and scorecards. Strategy tools are seen as a means that provides companies with practical ways of making use of scientific theories in order to improve competitiveness. However, this is only one side of the overall picture.

The auditory cortex adapts agilely with concentration

23.05.2012 The birth of sensory perception on the human cerebral cortex is yet to be fully explained. The different areas on the cortex function in cooperation, and no perception is the outcome of only one area working alone. In his doctoral dissertation for the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science in Aalto University Jaakko Kauramäki shows that the auditory cortex is not left to its own devices.

The level of results was high at the international SELL Student Games 2012

23.05.2012 The 28. SELL Student Games were held last weekend at the campus of Aalto University in Espoo, Otaniemi. Otaniemi was the center of action again after four years – the last time the SELL Student Games were organized in Finland was in 2008.

Doctoral dissertation reveals who profits and who incur losses from provision of immediacy in the stock markets

23.05.2012 While mutual funds and issue of stocks cause price impact, hedge funds and repurchase of shares decrease this. The doctoral dissertation by Kalle Rinne, M. Sc. (Econ.), studies how demand and provision of immediacy affects the market's functioning and what the roles are of different market parties with regard to provision of immediacy.

Automated image analysis arises from handcraft and machine learning

24.05.2012 The amount of visual information increases with tremendous speed. The archives of television networks, image bank databases and social media in the web are all bursting with billions of pictures – and more is produced by the second. In order to organise these heaps of data and to find wanted information from it, the analysis of the images must be automatised.

Feeling strong emotions makes peoples’ brains ‘tick together’

24.05.2012 Research team at Aalto University and Turku PET Centre has revealed how experiencing strong emotions synchronizes brain activity across individuals.

Brain activity revealed when watching a feature film

28.05.2012 Human brain functions have been studied in the past using relatively simple stimuli, such as pictures of faces and isolated sounds or words. Researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science and in the aivoAALTO project have now taken a highly different approach: they have studied brain functions in lifelike circumstances.

ADDLAB puts the digital revolution into action in Aalto University

29.05.2012 In the midst of red-bricked mechanical engineers’ shops in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University beams a hall painted bright white. Above the door hang the similarly white letters ADD. On my first visit, the lobby and the yard were full of researchers and students knee-deep in their conversations. A lecture by the already legendary structural engineer Klaus Bollinger was about to begin

Cardboard hospital does not make patients passive

30.05.2012 A cardboard hospital was constructed at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture in order to develop patient-centred health care.

Masters of Aalto partners awarded their favorite theses

31.05.2012 The partners of Masters of Aalto exhibition, which has expanded to include the entire Aalto University, awarded their favorite theses. The partners chose their favorites from the hundred works shown at MoA’12. MoA’12 is open until Sunday, 3 May.

Climate change affects floods and water resources in Finland in the 21st century

31.05.2012 Climate scenarios project increases in air temperature and precipitation in Finland in the 21st century. Climate change will affect the hydrologic cycle and water resources. In her Aalto University doctoral dissertation, Noora Veijalainen, M.Sc. (Tech.), applied hydrological models and several climate scenarios to estimate the impacts of climate change on discharges, water levels and floods in Finland.

Closer cooperation between Aalto University and Technology Academy Finland

31.05.2012 Technology Academy Finland (TAF) and Aalto University have signed an agreement on wide-ranging cooperation with the goals of boosting interest in natural sciences, mathematics and technology especially among children and teenagers, and of increasing awareness of technology right from the early learning stage.

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