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We aim to change the world for the better

We Are The School of Science. Through our internationally-acclaimed high-level research we aim to make a significant impact on society.

The research at our school focuses on advanced energy solutions, condensed matter and materials physics; creation and transformation of technology based business; data science and artificial intelligence; health technology; neuroscience; and software engineering.

Get to know more information about us below, including information on joining us to research and study.

News highlights at the School of Science

The drumheads exhibit a collective quantum motion. Picture: Juha Juvonen.

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.

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Harnessing psychological theory for better video games

Psychological theories on motivation hold great promise for video game development and for understanding how games impact people, but only little is known about how these theories actually are used in the games industry.

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Theory U - How to lead from the future while it emerges?

Creative people, like artists and scientists, invent and create the new by stepping from the visible world into the invisible world of imagination, and then returning back into the visible. We all can develop our sensitivity, intuition and leadership capabilities to increase creativity.
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Experiment with turnstiles of single electrons shows way towards new power standard

Researchers at Aalto University propose method of transducing frequency to power
Paper packaging prototypes - miura ori technique. Photo: Valeria Azovskay
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Multidisciplinary research project based on origami seeks solutions for industrial needs

A joint project covering the fields of mathematics, engineering and arts is about to start at Aalto, where the aim is to study and develop folding technology for the needs of industry. In addition to Aalto, the project includes VTT as coordinator, and several companies from the forest industry to the machine design and cosmetics brands, such as Stora Enso, Metsä Group, Lumene, Mirka, Elomatic, Anpap, Orfer and Soften. Business Finland granted funding for the Co-Innovation project.
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A record number of applications to English bachelor’s programmes

Aalto University received altogether 7 362 applications to these programmes.

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Upcoming events at the school

CSNOW - The Network of Women in Computer Science
Online event

CSNOW - The Network of Women in Computer Science

On January 27 come and hear about the CSNOW initiative at ETH Zurich for breaking down gender-based barriers and prejudices.
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Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Machine Learning Coffee Seminar

Weekly seminars organized by Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI)
Intro to Scientific Computing 2022

Intro to Scientific Computing 2 - 4 February 2022

Are you starting your doctoral studies and you are unsure about the computational resources available for you? You are working from remote, but would you like to have more resources for your data science tasks? Would you like to learn about High Performance Computing (HPC) in practice? Join our hands-on course for data science workflows with HPC.
Laptop computer keyboard detail / photo: Aalto University, Matti Ahlgren
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Helsinki CS Theory Seminar

Weekly series of talks on a broad scope of Computer Science theory.

Meet the School

Samuel Kaski receives major international funding for the development of AI methods

Aalto University Professor Samuel Kaski has been awarded the Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowship to establish a new center of excellence. The funding relates to Kaski’s work at the University of Manchester, but Finnish research on modeling user intent will also benefit.

Samuel Kaski

Eveliina Peltola: Mathematics is beautiful because in it everything falls into place in a natural way

Assistant Professor Eveliina Peltola sees mathematics as a universal language that people need to get into before they can use it.

Eveliina Peltola. Photo: Lassi Savola.

Hanna Renvall: Being a professor and working in the emergency room at the same time teaches ‘what kinds of questions our research should seek to answer’

Hanna Renvall has a shared professorship at Aalto University and the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS), she serves as Director at the BioMag laboratory and is also the Deputy Director of the Philomela choir

Hanna Renvall is the joint professor of Aalto and HUS. Photo: Ilkka Nissilä.

Physicist Mika A. Sillanpää wins a multi-million euro research grant to support work reconciling quantum mechanics and general relativity

The team is trying to solve a hundred-year-old mystery of physics with the help of small gold spheres and extremely low temperatures. The observation of tiny gravitational forces between vibrating spheres may solve the mystery.

The highly competed ERC Advanced Grant, awarded to leading top researchers, is the third ERC grant won by Professor Mika A. Sillanpää. In 2009, he received the ERC Starting Grant targeted at talented young researchers and, in 2013, he was awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant intended for top researchers establishing their careers. Picture: Aalto University.

Niina Nurmi is tackling Zoom fatigue and hybrid work in her research

The new assistant professor of management is especially interested in the future of work and the management of virtual work, employee engagement and well-being.

Niina Nurmi. Photo: Mikko Raskinen.

Material can be trained like a Pavlov dog – Professor Olli Ikkala and his team develop new materials

The sharpest tip of materials science is coming up with answers to questions such as can materials ‘learn’ new properties or how to keep a cancerous tumour alive outside the body.

Olli Ikkala ryhmäkuvassa portaikossa viiden tutkijan kanssa, Ikkala seisoo portaikon edessä ja katsoo tutkijoita, tutkijat seisovat rappusilla peräkkäin.
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School of Science: governance

Information about the management and administration of the School of Science.

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