Eminent researchers work at Aalto University. The university has also a number of Centres and Researchers of Excellence funded by the Academy of Finland and the European Research Council.
The title of academician is Finland's most respected acknowledgement for scientific and artistic work. There are two academicians of science working at Aalto University: Professor Riitta Hari and the Dean of the School of Science, Professor Risto Nieminen.
Prof. Riitta Hari
Prof. Risto Nieminen
The Academy of Finland chooses as an Academy Professor a person who has proven to be an eminent researcher. The person is deemed to contribute to the advancement of research in their branch of science and is seen to have the capability to make significant scientific.
Aalto University has six Academy Professors:
Prof. Paavo Alku
Speech communication, 2015-2019
Prof. Olli Ikkala
Biomimetic Functional Materials,
Measuring, Modeling, and Modulating the
Quantum nanoelectronics, 2014-2018
Imaging of language, language of imaging,
Synthesis and Use of Tailored and
Intelligent Polymers, 2011-2015
The Centres of Excellence in Research, funded by the Academy of Finland, are among the best representatives of their respective branches of science. Each research group has the opportunity to do research at a high international level with funding provided for six years.
The Centres of Excellence are in the forefront of their field in international terms. Besides top quality and internationality, the research groups ensure that research is ethical, unconstrained and innovative.
The European Research Council (ERC) supports ground-breaking research in all branches of science by funding the work of top researchers.
ERC research grants have been awarded since 2007. Aalto University has 21 recipients of the grant. 14 of them are ERC Starting Grants, which are five-year grants awarded to talented new researchers for the establishment of their own research group, 2 of them are ERC Consolidator Grants and 5 of them are ERC Advanced Grants for distinguished top researchers.
Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, is funding a series of strategic research initiatives involving various research organisations. New and exciting solutions capable of creating cutting-edge expertise in areas that are expected to be of critical importance for business and growth in the future are central to these projects.
The project's vision is to revolutionise data-intensive work by developing new search and processing methods. The project brings together HIIT's and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health's extensive multidisciplinary know-how in machine learning, human-computer interaction, distributed calculation techniques, cognitive neuroergonomics, and the human factors involved in people's working lives.
Partners: Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (Aalto University and University of Helsinki), Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
The project's vision is to develop new business success stories based on lignocellulose. The project is focusing on developing a completely new industrial ecosystem and making Finland a centre for products based on leveraging lignocellulose technology. The goal is also to promote the integration of design and design processes into the strategic development of Finnish companies.
Partners: Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tampere University of Technology
The New Global is a multidisciplinary innovation research project aimed at creating innovations with a small resource requirement for markets that need to make more from less; and generate new business opportunities for Finnish companies.
The project's vision is to increase the ability of the heart and the brain to produce new cells with the help of oral pharmaceuticals produced from people's own stem cells. Success here could revolutionise the treatment of coronary heart disease and brain dysfunction.
Partners: University of Helsinki, Aalto University
The vision of the project is to allow the use of information on individuals as part of personalised and preventive services and to improve citizens' chances of maintaining their well-being independently.
Partners: University of Oulu, University of Helsinki, University of Lapland, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology, VTT, National Consumer Research Centre
The aim of the project is to develop and use potential based on synthetic biology in Finland. The project will involve the creation of a new internationally competitive operating environment combining research, training and industrial operations and which will also make use of a combination of engineering and unique biological functions.
Partners: Aalto University, VTT, University of Turku
The Naked Approach is a big strategic opening, seeking and developing alternative, human-centric ways of producing and consuming digital services. The driving vision is a digital paradise; where users can live 'naked' – without carry-on gadgets. Digital services appear to the user from the texture of the environment when needed, and then completely disappear when not required anymore.
Partners: VTT, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology, University of Oulu, University of Lapland, Demos Helsinki
FiDiPro - the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme, led and financed by the Academy of Finland and Tekes, provides Finnish universities and research institutes with the opportunity to employ distinguished professor-level scientist from all around the world for a fixed term.
The funding programme strengthens scientific and technological knowledge and know-how in Finland and adds a more international element to the Finnish research system. The aim is to create new form of international cooperation between basic and applied research and research and development activities in industry.
The following FiDiPro-Professors and -Fellows appointed by the Academy of Finland and Tekes, are currently engaged at Aalto University
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