AI predicts which drug combinations kill cancer cells

A machine learning model can help us treat cancer more effectively.

Researchers developed a machine learning model that accurately predicts how combinations of different cancer drugs kill various types of cancer cells.[...]


Full Stack Open course translated into Chinese by a volunteer

A Chinese software developer came across a course on the web that attracted his attention.

He translated the course into Chinese, and now the Full Stack Open course has gained 10,000 Chinese students.[...]


Airfloow from Portugal won the Venture with Air hackathon

Venture with Air competition attracted submissions from four continents.

Winning team’s software optimises air quality and energy consumption in buildings.[...]


Nitin Sawhney receives an Academy of Finland grant for analyzing and reconstructing crisis narratives

Professor Sawhney hopes that his collaborative research will offer insights into how crisis narratives emerge in society during the global pandemic

The Academy of Finland has granted special funding for research projects studying crisis preparedness and security of supply.[...]


New epidemic modelling facilitates assessment of corona strategies

The NordicMathCovid project aims to model corona and future epidemics more extensively than has been previously attempted.

It also builds towards long-term cooperation in mathematical modelling and extensive collection of health data.[...]


Aalto’s Mobile Cloud Computing group deepens understanding on the geometrical and operational meaning of sparsity and entropy

In the past hundred years, the measures to compute sparsity, traditionally in the form of entropy, have been characterized and qualified from the physical or operational, and information theoretic perspectives.

In this paper, instead, a classical mathematical approach using equivalence relations has enabled a minimal characterization of sparsity. [...]


Scientists develop a sound device to allow monkeys to play sounds and music

The use of sounds is a promising way to improve the life and wellbeing of animals living in captivity.

Sound is a promising way to stimulate zoo animals and increase their welfare, as shown by a study from Aalto University collaborating with Helsinki’s Korkeasaari Zoo. [...]


Machine Learning Coffee Seminars continue with a great lineup of speakers

FCAI’s highly popular seminar series Machine Learning Coffee Seminar (MLCS) started running again in September 2020, this time online.

The MLCS seminars take place weekly on Monday mornings and they are organized by FCAI and hosted by researchers at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. [...]


Thirteen new units to ELLIS network

Ellis Unit Helsinki participates now in a network of 30 research units.

The ELLIS units will make a decisive contribution to securing Europe’s sovereignty and leadership in the research field of modern AI. [...]


International Dissertation Award to Jeremias Berg

Jeremias Berg receives the 2020 Doctoral Research Award of the Association for Constraint Programming.

Jeremias Berg of the Constraint Reasoning and Optimization Group has been awarded the 2020 Doctoral Research Award of the Association for Constraint Programming (ACP) for his PhD thesis Solving Optimization Problems via Maximum Satisfiability: Encodings and Re-Encodings. [...]


Students and companies work together in Data Science program.

MSc program´s Data Science Project course is built around data science projects for external clients, like companies or research organizations. The course instructors accept project proposals from potential clients until the end of November 2020.

During the course, students will work in teams to provide prototype products to the clients. [...]


Project manager for the ELISE project

Hanna Poikela will start on as a project manager in an EU-funded project called ELISE on September 1. 2020.

Ms Poikela will be responsible for the administrative coordination of this 12M€ project that brings together top AI experts from over 100 organizations in the ELLIS network of excellence ([...]


Translation models made in Helsinki are now integrated in Hugging Face transformers

Huge contribution has been made to democratize natural language processing. Translation models made in Helsinki are now integrated in Hugging Face transformers, the world’s most popular library for working with deep neural NLP models.


In memoriam: Jorma Rissanen, inventor of arithmetic coding and celebrated information theorist

One of the most accomplished and celebrated Finnish scientists, Jorma Rissanen, passed away at age 87 after a long illness in Los Gatos, California, on 9 May 2020.

Jorma Rissanen’s career and discoveries have been a continuous source of inspiration for generations of researchers and students. He was perhaps best known for his Minimum Description Length (MDL) principle, a fundamental principle of inductive inference. [...]


Multidisciplinary pilot project explored smart textiles and virtual reality in rehabilitation of stroke patients

The mc² – Mobile Cloud Computing group at Aalto University is doing experimental systems research on Virtual Reality (VR) and wearable sensing technologies. In a recent project with Kuopio University Hospital and Savonia University of Applied Science, they explored physical therapy as a potential application area. The idea was to create VR exergames and accompanying […]


FCAI supports the Finnish Government’s new expert group on AI and digitalization

Sirpa Paatero, the Finnish Minister of Local Government, has set up a new expert group on artificial intelligence and digitalization. Several members of FCAI were appointed as the expert group members.

Professor Petri Myllymäki was appointed as a permanent member of the group, while Professor Sasu Tarkoma, who at FCAI leads its collaboration with the 6GFlagship, and Dr. Jaana Leikas, the chairperson […]


Siamese neural networks applied to algorithm selection in recommender systems

The performance of a recommendation algorithm varies in different scenarios, and intuitions about what algorithms are best suited to a given scenario can be elusive even to recommender system experts. Furthermore, choosing a single algorithm that performs well across all the scenarios often reduces the effectiveness of the system in specific scenarios. In the domain of scholarly article recommendation, for example, […]


Foundations of animal-computer interaction explored with monkeys of the Helsinki Zoo

Much like humans, animals have also been using computers for a long time. Historically animals have used computer technology in space, used lexigrams (symbol keyboards) to form language, and dolphins have used underwater keyboards. Drawing parallels to human-computer interaction (HCI) research, which studies how humans use computers, ACI aims to investigate how animals interact with technology and the design of […]


Momentum of the MyData movement continues

The conferences of MyData Global have established their position as the premier events for the rapidly growing community interested in human-centered personal data management. MyData 2019, organised on 25-27 September in Helsinki, brought together 975 participants from 46 countries. The programme was arranged in 9 thematic tracks with “Rebuilding trust – for human-centered […]


Nordita program on Solar Helicities brought together observers, modelers and theorists

Understanding the Sun to the extent that we can predict how its magnetic field drives space weather and climate is an extremely challenging but important problem for the present-day, increasingly hi-tech, society. Key variables in this process are solar helicities, broadly speaking meaning twist of velocity or magnetic field. Magnetic helicity, for example, can be linked to the eruptibility of […]