Helsinki ICT Research News

This news feed aggregates content from the Research News feeds from the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University Department of Computer Science, and the University of Helsinki Department of Computer Science.

  • Summer jobs in IT research groups (deadline March 16th 2017) Summer jobs in computer science research are waiting for students. Several salaried research assistant positions are available in a range of research projects. There are jobs available for computer science and information technology students. In some projects there are also jobs available for students of mathematics, statistics, language technology or linguistics. read...
  • ZDNet wrote on Feb 21st on the Ubispark project of the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki. A smartphone today packs more computing power than the computers used by NASA in the Apollo space program. At the same time, the Internet of Things is bringing connectivity to a growing number of devices, from smart TVs to fridges. Now researchers at Finland's University of Helsinki want to harness all these computational resources in a project called Ubispark, which uses smart...
  • Gene transfers are particularly common in the antibiotic-resistance genes of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. When mammals breed, the genome of the offspring is a combination of the parents' genomes. Bacteria, by contrast, reproduce through cell division. In theory, this means that the genomes of the offspring are copies of the parent genome. However, the process is not quite as straightforward as this due to horizontal gene transfer through which bacteria can transfer fragments of their...
  • Social eMotions research project of Aalto University culminates in an interactive dance performance. How would we express emotions if we were limited to using only our bodily movements instead of facial expressions? What types of movements express pride or how do we signal sadness? How rapid is emotional contagion, and how quickly can emotions alter? In the Social eMotions project lead by Aalto University, which is just about to finish, emotional communication was studied using the means of...
  • Epistatic interactions between polymorphisms in DNA are recognized as important drivers of evolution in numerous organisms. Study of epistasis in bacteria has been hampered by the lack of densely sampled population genomic data, suitable statistical models and inference algorithms sufficiently powered for extremely high-dimensional parameter spaces. In an article published in PloS Genetics, a HIIT team introduced the first model-based method for genome-wide epistasis analysis and use two of the...
  • Twitter case study aims to minimize the controversies. A growing number of people have expressed their concern about high levels of polarization in the society. For instance, the World Economic Forum’s report on global risks lists the increasing societal polarization as a threat – and others have suggested that social media might be contributing to this phenomenon. The article that received the best student-paper award in the Tenth International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM...
  • At this year's International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2017), the best student paper award went to “Reducing Controversy by Connecting Opposing Views” by Venkata Rama Kiran Garimella, Gianmarco De Francisci Morales, Aristides Gionis, and Michael Mathioudakis, from Aalto University and Qatar Computing Research Institute. For a high level description of the paper, please visit the blog of Aalto...
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  • Samuel Kaski, Professor in Machine Learning, who participated in Prime Minister Sipilä’s panel on artificial intelligence likes the challenge. In the seminar that he had convened to the House of the Estates on 7 February, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä talked about the opportunities artificial intelligence provides for Finland. The Prime Minister noted that artificial intelligence is one of the fastest growing global technologies and its impacts will be massive. According to the Prime Minister, we...

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