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  • HIIT Call 2017/2 for Proposals to Support the Helsinki ICT Community, DL 25.8.

    Tue, 11.07.2017

     

    HIIT Call 2017/2 for Proposals to Support the Helsinki ICT Community

    In this call, we wish to support new initiatives that support HIIT's mission. Note that the application deadline is August 25, and the funding of this call needs to be used in 2017, but we plan to open new calls of this type also in the future, and perhaps even have continuous calls running at least for some of the categories.

    In this call, we are looking for proposals related to following activities: 

  • Toxicity of chemicals can be predicted computationally

    Thu, 06.07.2017

    Unanticipated harmful effects of chemicals and drug molecules are a big problem. A significant step in predicting them computationally, based on genomic data, was taken in a study published in Nature Communications. The study was done by HIIT researchers Juuso Parkkinen and Samuel Kaski in collaboration with researchers from Karolinska Institutet, Maastricht University and Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM. http://rdcu.be/tSSF

  • Best student paper award at Web Science 2017

    Thu, 29.06.2017

    At this year's International ACM Web Science Conference (Websci 2017), the best student paper award went to the paper titled “The Effect of Collective Attention on Controversial Debates on Social Media” by Venkata Rama Kiran Garimella (Aalto), Gianmarco De Francisci Morales (QCRI), Aristides Gionis (Aalto), and Michael Mathioudakis (Aalto).

  • ERC Advanced grant awarded to professor Jukka Corander

    Wed, 10.05.2017

    HIIT group leader, professor Jukka Corander has received the ERC Advanced grant funding for 2017-2022. His SCARABEE project is located at University of Oslo, but it involves a considerable collaboration with HIIT scientists at both Aalto University and University of Helsinki. SCARABEE will develop new computational inference methods for evolutionary epidemiology, including genome-wide epistasis, GWAS, population genomics and transmission dynamics.

  • Professor Jukka Corander appointed as Honorary Faculty member at Sanger Institute

    Thu, 04.05.2017

    The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge is a world-leading genomics research facility, where HIIT group leader professor Jukka Corander has had a long-term research collaboration with scientists in the Pathogen Genomics program since 2010. On May 4th, 2017, the director of the Sanger Institute announced that Jukka Corander has been appointed to an Honorary Faculty member position at Sanger.

  • Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them

    Wed, 03.05.2017

    HIIT researchers collaborating with University of Birmingham and University of Oslo present results paving the way for computers to learn psychologically plausible models of individuals simply by observing them. In newly published CHI'17 article, the researchers showed that just by observing how long a user takes to click menu items, one can infer a model that reproduces similar behavior and accurately estimates some characteristics of that user's visual system, such as fixation durations.

  • IEEE PacificVis 2017 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

    Mon, 24.04.2017

    Perceptual Optimization of the Visual Design of Scatterplots


    HIIT, Aalto and KTH researchers have recently found an algorithmic approach to automatically improve the design of scatterplots by exploiting models and measures of human perception.

  • IEEE PacificVis 2017 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

    Mon, 24.04.2017

    Perceptual Optimization of the Visual Design of Scatterplots


    HIIT, Aalto and KTH researchers have recently found an algorithmic approach to automatically improve the design of scatterplots by exploiting models and measures of human perception.

  • Algorithms can exploit human perception in graph design

    Wed, 05.04.2017

    Algorithms can exploit models and measures of human perception to generate scatterplot designs.

     

  • AncestryAI algorithm traces your family tree back more than 300 years

    Fri, 17.03.2017

    Aalto University doctoral student Eric Malmi has developed a family tree algorithm called AncestryAI. The algorithm looks for links between 5 million baptisms from the end of the 17th to the mid-19th century and partly to the beginning of the 20th century. To investigate your own family roots, you need to know about your own ancestors, because baptisms in the last hundred years are not public information.

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