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TUCS Newsletter 28.8.2014

Content of the newsletter

TUCS activities

New courses


Latest publications at TUCS

TUCS activities

TUCS Research Programme activities

Third call for TUCS travel grants

The third and final call for the TUSC travel grants during 2014 is underway. The  deadline for applications is Tuesday 30th September and the applicants will be informed of decisions by Tue 7th October.


Applications should be submitted to (tucs@abo.fi) according to the guidelines at http://tucs.fi/education/information-students/travelling-instructions-phd-students/ before the deadline 30.9.2014, 16.00 pm.


Any applications arriving after the deadline will automatically be moved to next year.

TUCS PhD Student Toolkit 2014

Turku Centre for Computer Science (TUCS) is hosting this fall a course on practical aspects of research and the academic vs. enterprise R&D.

“TUCS PhD Student Toolkit” is a graduate course targeted for doctoral students and researchers. The aim of the course is to provide an intensive information package for successful PhD studies, research funding possibilities, innovation processes, communication skills and R&D activities in both academia and business environment. The course language is English.


Monday 15.9.2014, 9.00-15.30 &

Tuesday 16.9.2014, 9.00-15.30

Place: Lecture room Lambda, ICT Building

Credits: 1cr

Registration: By email to Outi Tuohi (otuohi@abo.fi) by Monday 1st September 2014

Course programme:      


TUCS Courses

TUCS Courses for the fall semester have been updated. The list of courses can be seen on the TUCS web page http://tucs.fi/education/courses/. Furthermore, the courses are marked on the dedicated Google Calendar at http://tinyurl.com/tucscourses-googlecalendar.

TUCS GP PhD defences

On Friday, August 15th, TUCS GP Student Johan Ersfolk presented his Doctoral thesis ”Scheduling Dynamic Dataflow Graphs with Model Checking” for public criticism. The opponent of M.Sc. Ersfolk was Associate Professor Stavros Tripakis, Aalto University. Professor Johan Lilius acted as a custos at this public defence.

Time: 12 noon
Place: Auditorium Gamma, ICT Building

On Thursday, August 7th, TUCS GP Student Jari Björne presented his Doctoral thesis ”Biomedical Event Extraction with Machine Learning” for public criticism. The opponent of M.Sc. Björne was Professor Pierre Zweigenbaum, University of Paris, France. Professor Tapio Salakoski acted as a custos at this public defence.

Time: 12 noon
Place: Auditorium Beta, ICT Building

New courses

New INFORTE courses

Digital Enterprise Engineering

August 26th  – 27th



Professor Henderik A. Proper (University of Njimegen, The Netherlands)


Postdoctoral researcher Mirja Pulkkinen (University of Jyväskylä)

Professor Mikko Ruohonen (University of Tampere)


Registration closing date: August 15th

Registration and more information: http://inforte.jyu.fi/events/digital_enterprise_engineering


Cyber Security

September 2nd – 3rd



Professor Dipankar Dasgupta (University of Memphis, USA)

Professor John R. Williams (MIT, USA)


Professor Jari Veijalainen (University of Jyväskylä)


Registration closing date: August 25th

Registration and more information: http://inforte.jyu.fi/events/cyber_security



September 25th – 26th



Professor Stefan Klein (University of Münster, Germany)

Assistant professor Tobias Mettler (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)

Professor Reima Suomi (University of Turku)


Professor Reima Suomi (University of Turku)


Registration: August 1st – September 15th

Registration and more information: http://inforte.jyu.fi/events/eHealth



Qualitative Research Methods in Information Systems

October 13th – 14th



Professor Michael D. Myers (University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand)


Professor Tuure Tuunanen (University of Jyväskylä)


Registration: August 1st – October 1st

Registration and more information: http://inforte.jyu.fi/events/qualitative_research_methods


Please, see all detailed programs in: http://inforte.jyu.fi/

Participating in all seminars and workshops is free of charge for PhD students and staff members working in participating university departments. Check out the member list when registering: www.inforte.fi/participate

Courses on transferable skills at University of Turku



HPY Research Foundation grants


HPY Research Foundation 2014 grants are open for applications. The foundation supports research studies of telecommunications technology, studies closely related to telecommunications business or the use of telecommunications.. Research studies should be in the areas of technological, economical or behavioural sciences and the level of post-graduate studies aiming to doctoral thesis or higher level studies.


The board of the Foundations selects the applicants who will be awarded and only the awarded applicants are notified by a letter later in the autumn.


Instructions for application:


Nokia Foundation Scholarship and Jorma Ollila Grant

The mission of the Nokia Foundation is to support the scientific development of information and telecommunications technologies and to promote the research education sector in Finland. Multidisciplinary research that bridges knowledge from other fields, like social, behavioral, business and services sciences, is highly valued.


Nokia Foundation has opened on the 20th of August the yearly application call for Nokia Scholarships, and in addition to that, the first application call for the new Jorma Ollila fund launched earlier this year. The Intention of the grants and targeted applicants are described as follows;



The application period for both grants will close on the 3rd of October, 2014 at 23:59 GMT+2. Please note that while postgraduate students may be familiar with the prized opportunity of the “traditional” Nokia Scholarships, this is first application call for the Jorma Ollila fund. Thus recently graduated doctors are not as well aware about this new opportunity, and we would appreciate if you would also spread the word about this this new Jorma Ollila grant to applicable recently graduated doctors.


Applicants may submit their applications (both Nokia Scholarship and Jorma Ollila grant) online at http://www.aspicore-asp.net/nokiafoundation/. This application tool makes it possible to register, create a draft application, and save and continue the application submission at later session. Application instructions are located within the tool and there is a section marked “need help?” for any specific questions regarding the application. Please note that referees of the applicant may submit their recommendation directly to the tool, but they are only able to do so after the applicant has submitted the application. Thus it is advisable to prepare the application with that requirement in mind, notwithstanding that referees will have one extra week after the deadline to submit their recommendation.


Please also note that Nokia Foundation Visiting Professor grants can be applied throughout the year, and the next deadline is also 3rd of October, 2014. More information about Nokia Foundation and all the Nokia Foundation Scholarships is available at www.nokiafoundation.com.

Väisälä Foundation grants

Väisälä Foundation grants are open for applications 15.8.–26.9.2014. The Finnish Academy of science and Letters grants scholarships annually for researchs in mathematics, physics, astronomy, geophysics and meteorology.

Announcement (in Finnish) here: http://www.acadsci.fi/apurahat/vaisala_tiedotus.htm

Conference "Perception and the Mind - from Chemistry to Emotions"

 The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters and The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg arrange the conference "Perception and the Mind - from Chemistry to Emotions" 15-16 September 2014 in Helsinki. The conference is free and open to the public but advance registration is required.

Conference programme: http://www.scientiarum.fi/pdf/Perception%20and%20the%20Mind_program.pdf

Registration by 1.9.2014: http://survey.tsv.fi/index.php/survey/index/sid/446673/lang/en.

EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge - 12 Startups gain injection to boost their businesses


In March 2014 EIT ICT Labs kicked of the first wave of the Idea Challenge, an EU wide innovation contest that invites students and early-stage startups to submit business ideas that address the topics Health & Wellbeing, Smart Spaces, Cyber Physical Systems, Future Cloud, Smart Energy Systems, Internet of Things, Cyber Security & Privacy, and Urban Life & Mobility. To date the competition has produced twelve winners that have the potential to shape the future of ICT in Europe.

Read more here: http://www.eitictlabs.eu/news-events/news/article/idea-challenge-12-startups-gain-injection-to-boost-their-businesses/#allView

Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Europe, Middle East and Africa

Scholarship for female Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD students studying Computer Science or a closely related technical field. Recipients will receive a 7000 EUR Scholarship and have the opportunity to attend a networking retreat in summer 2015

Deadline for applications: February, 2015

More information: www.google.com/anitaborg/emea/

Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities  

Scholarship for Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD students with a disability studying Computer Science or a closely related technical field. Recipients will receive a 7000 EUR Scholarship.

Deadline for applications: February 17, 2015

More information: www.google.com/studentswithdisabilities-europe/

Call for papers: System Management for Energy Efficient Parallel Applications and Platforms

Special session in 23rd Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed, and Network-Based Processing (PDP 2015), http://www.pdp2015.org/specialsessions/sysmng/index.html

4th - 6th March 2015, Turku, Finland

This special session aims at gathering researchers working in the broad areas of energy-efficient computing and communication systems. This session seeks submissions addressing the different aspects of system management for energy efficient parallel applications and platforms. Emphasis is given to approaches and analyses targeting real-world energy-efficient system implementations as well as novel approaches to energy-efficient design. Authors are invited to submit high quality papers representing original work from both the academia and industry in (but not limited to) the following topics:

This special session is organized in cooperation with the COST Action 1305, the Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing (NESUS - http://www.nesus.eu).

Important dates

Paper submission: 25st August 2014

Acceptance notification: 25th Oct 2014

Camera ready due: 10th Nov 2014

Conference: 4th - 6th Mar 2015

Submission guidelines

Prospective authors should submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages in the IEEE Conference proceedings format (IEEEtran, double-column, 10pt). Double-bind review: the first page of the paper should contain only the title and abstract; in the reference list, references to the authors’ own work should appear as "omitted for blind review" entries. Manuscript submission

Double-bind review: the paper should not contain authors names and affiliations; in the reference list, references to the authors' own work entries should be substituted with the string "omitted for blind review”.


Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society in the same volume of the main track. Authors of accepted papers are expected to register and present their papers at the Conference. Conference proceedings will be indexed, among others, by IEEE explore, DBLP, Scopus ScienceDirect, and ISI Web of Knowledge.

Organizers and special session chairs:

TUCS GP travel reports

TUCS GP travel report: EuroVis 2014 by Samuel Rönnqvist

Full name of the event: The 16th Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis 2014)

Place and date: Swansea, UK, June 9th – 13th, 2014

Type of event: Conference

My articles:

The scientific profile of the event: EuroVis is the leading European conference on visualization, focusing on areas including information visualization, scientific visualization, visual analytics, computer graphics and perception/cognition. The scope of the conference ranges from theoretical aspects of visualization, visualization techniques and algorithms towards applications, user studies of visualization systems and state-of-the-art reviews. It encompasses an academic focus on visualization as well as real-world applications.

Number of participants: approx. 300

Social events: Reception, dinner

Touristic impressions: Swansea is a peaceful and nice seaside town in south Wales. The Atlantic weather is changing quickly, but was warm and mostly sunny during the stay. The surrounding areas offer scenic landscaped with beaches, rocky shore lines, green fields and mountains, as well as medieval castles.

Open jobs at University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University

Latest publications at TUCS

Articles in journals (5):

Articles in proceedings (12):

Ph.D. thesis (1):

Technical reports (5):