News

Nearly 4 million euro for pioneering research in machine vision and tailor-made biosynthesis

Professors Jaakko Lehtinen and Jan Deska receive the sought-after ERC Consolidator Grants.
Jaakko Lehtinen

Aalto University appointed Jaakko Lehtinen (on the left) as an Associate Professor in 2012. Additionally, he works as a Principal Research Scientist at NVIDIA. Before joining Aalto, Jan Deska worked as a researcher in India and Sweden, and held professorships at RWTH Aachen and Cologne University in Germany. Photos: Matti Ahlgren and Lasse Lecklin

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants to two Aalto University professors: Jaakko Lehtinen and Jan Deska. ERC funding supports pioneering research ideas that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches. The ERC Consolidator Grants – an average of 2 million euro per grant – are awarded to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age.

Jaakko Lehtinen’s project, Learning Pixel-Perfect 3D Vision and Generative Modeling (PIPE), focuses on how to bring models based on machine vision, machine learning, and physics together. The project explores the most fundamental questions of machine vision research; how can we teach a machine to perceive the world as animals do? Lehtinen’s work could also be used to help improve AI applications, like robots.

The research group’s findings will also help to improve gaming and film production, such as designing 3D environments for games which is currently a laborious, slow, and expensive endeavor.

‘Should we succeed in all of this, we will come up with something that has never been seen before,’ Professor Lehtinen says.

Redesigning chemical value chains

With his project, Artificial Enzyme Modules as Tools in a Tailor-made Biosynthesis (ABIONYS), Professor Deska aims to challenge the fundamental distinction separating the chemical from the biological sciences, and deliver the first proof-of-concept where non-natural reactions act as productive puzzle pieces in biosynthetic arrangements.

‘To tackle some of the prime societal challenges of this century, science has to urgently provide useful tools that address the redesign of chemical value chains. This requires the exploitation of novel, bio-based raw materials, but also the discovery and implementation of more sustainable production platforms. With my group, we will create a significantly extended toolbox of enzyme modules and apply natural catalysts in synthetically crucial, but non-natural reactions’ Professor Deska says.

Eventually, the knowledge gathered from enzyme discovery and cascade design will enable the creation of new and powerful bioproduction systems. It’s within these systems that the genetic incorporation of artificial enzyme functions into recombinant microbial host organisms will yield tailor-made cellular factories.

Further information:

Professor Jaakko Lehtinen
[email protected]

Professor Jan Deska
[email protected]

ERC's press release

Read also

Jaakko Lehtinen studies the most fundamental questions of machine vision research – how can we teach a machine to perceive the world as animals do?

  • Published:
  • Updated:
Share
URL copied!

Related news

AutoDet. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen.
Press releases Published:

Invisible dirt detector tested out in Finnish hospital

The technique can be used in sectors ranging from healthcare to the food industry. In the future, it could also be used for detecting viruses
Miten koronavirus leviää
Press releases Published:

Finnish researchers join forces to investigate the airborne transmission of coronavirus

The project includes fluid dynamics physicists, virologists and biomedical engineering specialists. The researchers are using a supercomputer to carry out 3D modelling and believe that the first results will be obtained in the next few weeks.
A cartoon of the structure of the catalyst
Press releases Published:

New material developed could help clean energy revolution

Researchers developed a promising graphene–carbon nanotube catalyst, giving them better control over hugely important chemical reactions for producing hydrogen fuel
Opiskelijoita kampuksella. Kuva: Unto Rautio / Aalto-yliopisto.
Press releases, University Published:

Academic results and international recognition developed favourably in 2019

Campus development took major steps and the School of Business relocated to the new building at the heart of Otaniemi campus.