• Social scientists can code, too!

    Thu, 11.09.2014

    The ability to program has been highlighted as a key skill in the 21st century. Computing has increased the data handling capability in several fields; social sciences are no exception in this trend. To help with the development of these skills, HIIT and Department of Computer Science co-organized a course "Introduction to Programming for Social Sciences". Matti Nelimarkka from HIIT explains the content and thinking behind the course:

  • 20 funded doctoral student positions, call closing Sep 30

    Thu, 11.09.2014

    The Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT) is a joint initiative by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the two leading universities within this area in Finland. The network involves at present 54 professors and over 200 doctoral students, and the participating units graduate altogether more than 40 new doctors each year.

    The activities of HICT are structured along six research area specific tracks:

  • Call for Post doc and Research Fellow positions in Computer Science in Helsinki, Finland

    Thu, 11.09.2014

    Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the two leading universities in Finland within computer science and information technology, are looking for several researchers in various areas of computer science.

    Post docs are sought for fixed-term periods of at most three years and research fellows at most five years.

    More detailed information on the call and the available positions at:


  • Psychophysiology research at HIIT : Mediated haptic Touch Makes us more generous

    Tue, 09.09.2014

    HIIT has established multidisciplinary research including neuropsychology, machine learning and human computer interaction. The latest highlight is the research accepted in the journal Psychophysiology (Wiley) that reports how Mediated Touch (also referred as virtual touch) affects decision making in a game. Analysis of EEG and behaviour indicates that a virtual touch can affect memory functions and result in later generosity. The study shows the importance of the sense of touch in mediated communication.

  • Secrets of pneumococcal evolution revealed by computational modeling from the biggest bacterial data set ever sequenced

    Tue, 09.09.2014

    Streptococcus pneumoniae i.e. the pneumococcus is one of the major human infectious disease causes worldwide, for which treatment has become increasingly difficult due to escalating levels of antibiotic resistance. Computational modeling of the genomes from thousands of pneumococcus strains sampled on the Mae La refugee camp in Myanmar/Thailand revealed that the so called nontypable strains act as a gene reservoir for the whole population, and effectively distribute genes upon selection pressure to other strains representing a wide variety of serotypes.

  • Finnish-British cooperation yields most accurate measures of gene expression

    Thu, 04.09.2014

    RNA-sequencing data analysis method BitSeq developed by Academy Research Fellow Antti Honkela's research group and University of Manchester researchers has been found to be the most accurate gene transcript expression estimation method in a large international assessment. The method is based on probabilistic modelling which can capture the uncertainty related to the measurements.

  • Best Paper Award for Cambridge HIIT Joint Work - ACM SIGCOMM CCR

    Thu, 21.08.2014

    The joint work of HIIT, NODES group (lead by UH Prof. Sasu Tarkoma) and NetOS group (lead by Cambridge Prof. Jon Crowcroft) receives the best paper award - Best of CCR from ACM SIGCOMM.

    The paper has been featured in the ACM Computing Review and HIIT researcher Aaron Yi DING presented the work at ACM SIGCOMM 2014, Chicago, USA.

  • News article about the filter bubble and SciNet in Suomen Kuvalehti

    Mon, 11.08.2014

    The Finnish weekly news magazine Suomen Kuvalehti has published an article about the filter bubble and future Finnish information browsing technologies. SciNet is mentioned as an example of a search engine that can be used to break out of the bubble.

  • HIIT involved in two new Tekes’ strategic research openings

    Fri, 11.07.2014

    New Tekes research projects will find solutions for new energy systems, personalised healthcare and novel industrial processes using biological systems. HIIT participates in two of the three new programmes (Digital Health Revolution and Living Factories).

    More information on School of Science's website.

  • Nature Biotechnology: Drug sensitivity predicted computationally by HIIT & FIMM researchers

    Mon, 02.06.2014

    With modern high-throughput technologies researchers can measure a multitude of molecular properties from cancer cells. A big question of precision medicine is how computational modelling can be used to predict sensitivity of cancer cells to drugs, and the best cancer treatment. Answers are sought in a study published in Nature Biotechnology.