• #DHH16 Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon 2016

    Thu, 03.03.2016

    This course aims to bring together students and researchers of humanities, social sciences and computer science, for a week of active co-operation in groups under the heading of Digital Humanities.

  • Breakthroughs in Foundations of Distributed Computing

    Mon, 29.02.2016

    In distributed computing, many computational problems are inherently global: to solve such a problem, we need to get full information on the structure of the computer network.

  • Towards new HIIT programmes via the AoF CoE call

    Mon, 29.02.2016

    HIIT is renewing its research programmes. The HIIT Board, which eventually will make the decisions concerning new programmes, has decided that we will in the first stage take a look at the proposals for new Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence as potential candidates or starting points for new HIIT programmes. The formal decisions will be made by the HIIT Board after the AoF deadline of April 27, but the next meeting of the Board is on March 9, and it would be good to have an initial idea of relevant programme candidates already there.

  • Summer jobs in IT research groups (deadline February 29th 2016)

    Mon, 22.02.2016

    Summer jobs in computer science research are waiting for students.

  • Spaceify: A new HIIT start up to webify spaces

    Mon, 08.02.2016

    The aim of Spaceify is to commercialise solutions that provide immediate interaction with smart spaces through web technologies. The core of the solution is a client-edge-server ecosystem that seamlessly integrates physical spaces with the web.

  • Veli Mäkinen and Valtteri Niemi, new Deputy Heads of the Department at the University of Helsinki

    Thu, 04.02.2016

    Veli Mäkinen and Valtteri Niemi, new Deputy Heads of the Department at the University of Helsinki

    The Head of the Department at the University of Helsinki Sasu Tarkoma has appointed Professor Veli Mäkinen to be 1st deputy head and Professor Valtteri Niemi to be 2nd deputy head of the department. Congratulations all around!

    See below for the comments of the new appointees about their new duties.

    Veli Mäkinen:

  • Professor Jukka Corander becomes Visiting Fellow at University of Cambridge

    Sun, 31.01.2016

    Professor Jukka Corander has been elected as a Visiting Fellow at the Churchill College of University of Cambridge. He will spend 4 months at the College during 2016 to do research in infectious disease epidemiology and genomics. Churchill College is renowned for its excellence in Science and Technology; in total 29 Nobel prize winners have been Fellows of the College. For details about the College, visit

  • On the Ongoing HIIT Renewal Process

    Thu, 28.01.2016

    HIIT can be considered a great success story, and both Aalto University and University of Helsinki see HIIT as a strategically important activity: the two rectors signed last October an updated contract establishing the status of HIIT for the future, and HIIT is also highlighted in the recently signed strategic partnership agreement concerning Aalto and University of Helsinki collaboration on a more general level. However, we can of course ask ourselves whether we can do even better, is there a way to organize HIIT in such a way that it supports HIIT's mission even more efficiently?

  • HIIT presence in ACM conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 2016

    Thu, 28.01.2016

    Results from the HIIT wide focus area research on user modeling in exploratory search will be published in the IUI'16 conference this year.

  • HIIT's Regulations renewed

    Tue, 19.01.2016

    The Regulations of HIIT (Ohjesääntö), detailing the status of HIIT as a joint unit of Aalto University and University of Helsinki, have been renewed. The new version includes minor changes in the composition and duties of the Board. Also, the intellectual property rights (IPR) are no longer jointly owned by the two universities, but instead the ownership depends on where the IP was created. Most importantly, HIIT's role in conducting top-level research and joining the expertise of the two universities stays intact.