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Our five most read computer science stories of 2023

Researchers at the Department of Computer Science have explored new frontiers in computational social science, machine learning and various other subfields in 2023. Our readers were most interested in stories that dealt with love, information security and creativity. See the top five below.
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Billions of individuals depend on security protocols crafted by Professor Emerita Kaisa Nyberg

Kaisa Nyberg's career has taken her from radio encryption algorithms to international standardisation work and finally to professor at Aalto University. According to Nyberg, the biggest contribution of her career lies in her role as a mentor to students

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Professori Kaisa Nyberg istuu isolla tuolilla Aalto-yliopiston tietotekniikan talossa, tasutalla on viherkasveja

One in four internet users are overwhelmed by the clutter in their browser

Study reveals that some coping strategies only make the problem worse

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Ask a scientist: How will AI affect creativity?

The impact of creative AI is unfolding before our eyes, yet we struggle to understand it. It’s the perfect time to ask researchers what they see and think.

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Online games use dark designs to collect player data

The privacy policies and practices of online games contain dark design patterns which could be deceptive, misleading, or coercive to users, according to a new study from Aalto University

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Illustration of a gamer dressed in yellow, playing a video game on the right side of the picture. Big green hands controlling a massive controller on the left side, with green lines connecting to the player from behind.

Where do we feel love?

New research sheds light on where and how we feel different kinds of love

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The types of love form a gradient in intensity and in how widely they're felt throughough the body. Image: Philosophical Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2023.2252464.
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FCAI

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (external link)

The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI is a research hub initiated by Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, and the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT. The goal of FCAI is to develop new types of artificial intelligence that can work with humans in complex environments, and help modernize Finnish industry. FCAI is one of the national flagships of the Academy of Finland.

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Alum Maija Keskinen: I enjoy learning new things and trying out different roles

Our alum, Maija Keskinen, knew from the start that she wanted to study economics. "Meaningful work to me means being able to serve society and do my part to ensure that decisions made in public administration are based on the highest quality information possible," Keskinen explains.
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Bridging gaps in reactor damage modelling and embracing diversity in academia

With a keen interest in electron-ion interactions, doctoral researcher Evgeniia Ponomareva describes her experience in the Nuclear Materials and Engineering (NuME) research group led by Assistant Professor Andrea Sand in the Department of Applied Physics.
Lara Ejtehadian, Patrick Rinke, and Ilari Lähteenmäki sitting with coffee mugs and smiling to the camera.
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Aalto Open Science Award Winner 2023 - Aalto Materials Digitalization Platform (AMAD)

We interviewed the AMAD team, winners of the first Aalto Open Science Award.
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Sparks of curiosity: two professors share what they wonder about

Two newly tenured Aalto professors talk about what drives them