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Aalto helps during the coronavirus pandemic

Our society faces a huge challenge caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. As Aalto community, we will do our utmost to help in the midst of the crisis. On this page, we are gathering information about initiatives and projects related to the coronavirus pandemic that are currently underway at Aalto University.

Aalto helps – share your ideas of how to battle the coronavirus pandemic

Our university will strive to support the best ideas and turn them into concrete actions.

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Aalto's expertise in use to help the corona crisis - several research and development projects quickly launched

The members of the Aalto community have been launching research and development projects related to the corona situation at a rapid pace since March.

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We can affect our future! Design for flexibility and adaptability is key to dealing with Black Swans.

Professor Laura Arpiainen

Four corona-related projects received special funding from the Academy of Finland

The projects study the coronavirus, the pandemic and its effects on society. The total amount granted to the four Aalto projects is 730 000 euros.

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Our ongoing corona-related research projects

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New technology makes telepresence seem almost authentic

Aalto University, the University of the Arts Helsinki, and Tampere University are collaborating to develop a virtual meeting which looks and feels as if all participants were sharing the same space. In addition to the senses of sight and hearing, a feeling of authenticity can also be created through touch and smell.

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Kuva: NordicMathCovid-hanke.

New epidemic modelling facilitates assessment of corona strategies

Carried out as a joint project involving Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian researchers, the model also takes into account network structures and human mobility.

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Artificial intelligence model developed by Finnish researchers predicts which key of the immune system opens the locks of coronavirus

With an artificial intelligence (AI) method developed by researchers at Aalto University and University of Helsinki, researchers can now link immune cells to their targets and for example uncouple which white blood cells recognize SARS-CoV-2. The developed tool has broad applications in understanding the function of immune system in infections, autoimmune disorders, and cancer.

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Kuvakaappaus videolta, joka näyttää, miten virusta kantavien aerosolien pitoisuus nousee nopeasti pienessä tilassa, sillä keveät aerosolipisarat voivat jäädä leijumaan tunneiksi, jos tila on huonosti tuuletettu.

New research shows how gatherings of people increase the risk of coronavirus exposure

The content of aerosols carrying the virus rises rapidly in a small space, as light aerosol droplets can remain afloat for hours if the space is poorly ventilated.

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Aalto's experts in questions related to coronavirus

Aalto University provides expert and research knowledge about the corona virus pandemic. Please note the coronavirus situation is monitored and assessed by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, THL.

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Read some of our experts' perspectives on the current corona situation

Professor Henri Schildt: 'Strategic leadership is particularly important during this global crisis'

The Coronavirus pandemic is putting great strain on companies and their employees alike. Moments like these create unique demands for inspired and bold leadership. Academic research provides insights into the organizational and strategic challenges posed by crises. Here are some central ideas that can help strategic leaders weather the storm.

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Coronavirus causes significant production and delivery difficulties

After the epidemic, having larger reserve stocks and distributing purchases between several suppliers is likely to become more common.

Better Business - Better Society -seminaarin otsikkokuva.

Let’s not turn the corona crisis into the Solo Performance Olympics

‘In this exceptional situation, we should be kind to ourselves and to each other,’ says Assistant Professor Jukka Luoma.

Ei tehdä korona-ajasta suorittamisen olympialaisia, kuvituskuvassa kolme ihmistä kävelee syksyisessä kaislikossa

International group of researchers: Mobile phone data should be utilized more to curb the corona pandemic

These types of data could help to curb the spread of the pandemic and to evaluate the effectiveness of restrictions

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‘We managed to turn a major risk into a great opportunity’

To make sure the Fusion Grid project could continue, Marko Nieminen travelled to Namibia and drove 1,400 kilometres to transport necessary equipment to the village of Oniipa and make it to KLM’s final flight to Europe

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Professors Farah Kodeih and Henri Schildt: ‘Due to coronavirus, we all have the opportunity to reflect on radical uncertainty'

The uncertainties and disruptions we are now experiencing, although temporary and often modest, provide a glimpse into the commonly overlooked hardships of marginalized individuals.

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A new programme models airflows much faster than before – without a supercomputer

Modelling reveals that even rooms with efficient ventilation often have areas where the air is stagnant. Assistant Professor Ville Vuorinen believes that a new programme could become a tool that can be used by both researchers as well as experts responsible for planning of public spaces.
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Covid-19 contract-tracing apps are less trusted by those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds

People who are mistrusting, socially disadvantaged, or have less digital access, are generally more negative towards the idea of using digital contract tracing apps to control COVID-19.
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Covid-19 vaccines available at the Otaniemi campus on 20 October from 10 to 15

The vaccination site is open to students and personnel at the Undergraduate Centre, room Y115.
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Helsinki Brain & Mind utilises digitalisation and develops AI-based brain imaging analysis

In the coming years, the network in neuroscience research will focus its efforts on the development of digital solutions and innovations. The network’s new project, with a budget of over €880,000, has received substantial EU funding for the term 2021–2023.
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