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Päivi Törmä ja Sebastiaan van Dijken
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Guiding spin waves with light could lead to faster and much more energy efficient computing

Major new research project at Aalto University aims to develop new type of computing device that eliminates massive amounts of waste heat produced by current devices
Physicists at Aalto University and VTT have developed a new detector for measuring energy quanta at unprecedented resolution. Photo: Aalto University
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Researchers will use the world’s most accurate radiation detector in quantum computers

Professor Mikko Möttönen’s team and their partners have acquired funding to refine the bolometer technology for use not only in quantum computers but also in ultralow-temperature (ULT) freezers and terahertz cameras. The funding is from the Future Makers Funding Program by Technology Industries Finland Centennial Foundation and by Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. This would be the first time ever that this bolometer is utilized for practical applications.
Schematic view of the entangled photon generator. Picture: Ethan D. Minot.
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Groundbreaking light sources can increase effectiveness and security of transferring quantum information

Researchers at Aalto University plan to build a revolutionary LED light source to generate entangled photon pairs. The research group led by Professor Pertti Hakonen has received three-year funding from the Future Makers Funding Program of Technologies Finland Centennial Foundation and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
Opiskelija Design Factorylla.
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A record number of applications to English bachelor’s programmes

Aalto University received altogether 7 362 applications to these programmes.
Sijoitus 40 esitettynä graafisesti
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Aalto University strong in ranking for international outlook

Times Higher Education’s listing ranked Aalto 40th in the world and 3rd in the Nordics
The drumheads exhibit a collective quantum motion. Picture: Juha Juvonen.
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Aalto researchers awarded Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for macroscopic quantum entanglement

Aalto University Professor Mika A. Sillanpää, his team and collaborators at the University of New South Wales in Canberra, Australia, have won the Physics World 2021 Breakthrough of the Year. The prize was awarded for establishing quantum entanglement between a pair of macroscopic drumheads – two mechanical resonators that were tiny but still much larger than the subatomic particles that are usually entangled. The award has previously been given for the first direct observation of a black hole and for the detection of gravitational waves, which also received a Nobel Prize.

Event highlights

Poster image of Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai and their work
Online event

Architecture Speaks! Bijoy Jain / Studio Mumbai

The international lecture series on contemporary architecture continues online.
4 students sitting around a table, laughing together
Online event
Data vitality exhibition. Visual identity by Olena Mohylna, 2021
Exhibitions and fairs

Data Vitality: Soft Infrastructures and Economies of Knowledge

An exhibition engaging with the frameworks related to data-driven practices in University education, providing interdisciplinary perspectives on how data infrastructures and data economies are being formed globally and how these policies will shape education across arts, science, business and technology and society.
Designer Leevi Ikäheimo's anatomical knitwear (2020)
Exhibitions and fairs

Intimacy

Intimacy situates at the intersection of novel politicization and digital disruption of fashion.It updates our understanding of Finnish clothing and accessory design into the 2020s, exploring the intimate relationship between the body and the clothes we wear and introducing visitors to the creative design process, from initial sketches to the finished products.
GN!
Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Games Now! Lectures 2021-22

Games Now! is an open lecture series on the dominant topics and emerging trends in games. In GN! we dig deeper to what is current at the game scene – and what will happen in the near future.
designtalks_cities
Online event

#3 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for cities

Why design is especially useful for cities? Núria Solsona (Aalto University) and Päivi Hietanen (City of Helsinki) are sharing their insights. Everyone is welcome to join!

Video: The new road to silk

Did you know that scientists are able to produce spider silk using modified bacteria? Spider silk is one of the strongest materials in nature and it offers intriguing opportunities for future textile design. In the NEWSILK project researchers worked together with designers to develop new types of silk-like materials using a multidisciplinary approach and the tools of synthetic biology.

See the video below or read the article on website.

Appointments

Timo Ali-Vehmas
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Platform economy needs principles of fair play, says Timo Ali-Vehmas

‘There are interesting platform companies in Europe – like Spotify from Sweden and Wolt from Finland – but in terms of platform economy market value, Europe is almost on the same level as Africa,’ points out Timo Ali-Vehmas, Aalto University's new Executive in Residence.
Professori Kari Tammi
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Kari Tammi appointed vice dean for impact at the School of Engineering

As the member of the Aalto University Impact Steering Group he will serve as the main link between the steering group and the management team of the School of Engineering.
Professor Valeriy Vyatkin, photo: Leena Ylä-Lyly
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Professor Valeriy Vyatkin becomes Vice-President for Technical Activities at IEEE Industrial Electronics Society

During his term, Professor Vyatkin hopes to create more synergies and cross-border interaction between the technical committees

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Northern Dimension Future Forum expert panel
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Towards the next generation of social innovations – Northern Dimension Future Forum 2021

The annual Northern Dimension Future Forum took place at Aalto University, Finland, and online on December 1, 2021. In the Future Forum, experts and stakeholders discussed the sustainability of social innovations and policy measures induced by the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of Northern Dimension thematic partnerships. From the Aalto University, Professor Riitta Kosonen, Director of CEMAT and Lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute, Professor Otto Toivanen, Aalto School of Economics, and Milja Leinonen, Chair of the Board, Aalto University Student Union, participated in the event.
Simulaatio ilman vaihtumisesta
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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.
Mobile phone. Photo: Aleksi Poutanen
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Covid-19 contact-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 contact tracing apps to control COVID-19.
Kandidaattikeskus
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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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Piirroskuvitus Aalto University Magazinen kansista. Kuvassa on kaksi ihmishahmoa kävelemässä, taustalla erilaisia ympäristöjä mm. kaupunki, metsä, vuoristo. Kuvittaja: Satu Kettunen.

Four years and lots of tears – three experts tell how they succeeded in making the change

Many entrepreneurs and researchers set their goals based on a realisation that something needs to be done differently. The change they envision might be a new product or material, or it can be a new way to do things. Implementing change isn’t always easy, however, and it demands a stomach for uncertainty, say Professor Michael Hummel and entrepreneurs Annu Nieminen and Richard Nordström.

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The Best Thing Today Psychology Podcast (Summer Green)

Academic Workload (external link)

No time to manage energy and no energy to manage time.

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Painting Energies Podcast (external link)

Painting Energies is a podcast about light, colour, plants, microbes, and electrical energy. Eleven conversations with invited guests explore their relations, and our relations to them, through a dialogue across science, technology, art and philosophy.

Flower clutch

Irene Purasachit saw the floral industry’s waste problem firsthand – now she makes material for handbags from discarded blooms

Nearly half of cut flowers end up in the trash, never making their way to dinner tables or first dates

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