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Peek inside a cell

The image shows human cells (U2OS) under a microscope with fluorescent nuclei (blue), mitochondria (red) and plasma membranes (green).

Researchers in the Laboratory of Biosystem Dynamics at TUT have developed software tools to automatically identify mitochondria from microscopic images to study their behaviour in live cells. Malfunctioning of the mitochondria has been associated with several age-related diseases.

The researchers explore dynamic processes, such as gene expression and aging in live cells using single-cell, single-molecule, time-lapse microscopy and state-of-the-art signal processing techniques.

The combination of novel techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology and Microscopy allows them to observe how, for example, the number, shape and position of cells and their components change over time. The results shed light on intracellular phenomena and their underlying mechanisms.

Contact information: Associate Professor Andre Ribeiro, Department of Signal Processing.

Quest for the Holy Grail of artificial intelligence

“Robotics is a subject of intense scientific interest in the USA and Europe. In Finland we also need to boldly go where no man has gone before,” says Associate Professor Joni Kämäräinen.

By 2050, robots will have learned to communicate with each other and a team made up of robots will be able to beat the reigning FIFA World Cup champions. “But this will not be possible without the seamless integration of sophisticated vision systems and robotics,” says Associate Professor Joni Kämäräinen, who also leads a rock band.

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TUT's 50th Anniversary

The year 2015 marks an important milestone for Tampere University of Technology (TUT). The University turns 50 and commemorates the anniversary with a series of events and activities running throughout the year. The celebrations culminate with Technology Days next autumn.

Light has been selected as the overarching theme of the anniversary year. As the symbol of life and hope, it reflects the promise that science and technology hold for addressing many of today’s global challenges.

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Brain research leaps forward

The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory at TUT is participating in a massive undertaking to better understand the complex brain mechanisms underlying memory formation and learning. The project represents a groundbreaking effort even on a global scale.

“We’re especially interested in finding out how the different cells in the brain communicate and interact with each other and effectively compensate for abnormalities in signal transmission. We’ve now moved on from the specification phase to modelling the mechanisms, ” Adjunct Professor Marja-Leena Linne says.

Reead more about The Human Brain Project (HBP).

Synthetic bone graft straight off the OR shelf

Bone grafting procedures will become much easier as soon as a new biodegradable, synthetic bone material originating from TUT is ready to hit the market. The off-the-shelf material can be sculpted to fit the patient’s anatomy even during an operation.

“Bone grafts can be taken from the patient’s own bone or sourced from a tissue bank. They can also be made from synthetic ceramic materials. However, these conventional bone grafting techniques are associated with complications,” says Kaarlo Paakinaho, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering at TUT.

Tekes and TUT have launched a new project to prepare the synthetic bone material for market entry.

Read the full story in the latest issue of the science magazine Interface.

Why does everything beep?

Research to change the world

“Being on the tenure track has allowed me the freedom to develop my research and pursue a long-term agenda. I’m able to explore new perspectives on climate research whilst aligning my research profile with TUT’s portfolio,” Miikka Dal Maso says.

Atmospheric aerosols may be one millionth of a millimetre in diameter and invisible to the naked eye, but they have steered Associate Professor Miikka Dal Maso’s career choices and led to exhilarating moments of discovery. For his dissertation, Dal Maso developed a new method for analysing the formation of atmospheric particles in coniferous forests in the northern hemisphere. The paper in which the method is presented continues to receive citations from all over the world. 

“The results left a mark on the scientific world. That means a lot to me as a researcher.”

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Research for the benefit of people and the environment

TUT’s new promotional video titled “Research is the key to the future” takes you on a breath-taking visual journey into the world of science, retracing the industrial history of Tampere and reaching for the stars to offer a glimpse into the future of scientific exploration. The video illustrates TUT’s commitment to pursue research for the benefit of people and the environment.

Watch the promotional video and visit TUT’s video channel on YouTube.  

TUT – a foundation university

Tampere University of Technology is one of the two Finnish universities which operate in the form of a foundation. The foundation model promotes the development of education and research. It gives the University good prerequisites to succeed amid growing international competition.

The increased autonomy provides a competitive edge when competing for good researchers, inspiring teachers and talented students. The proceeds of foundation capital enable further investment in new openings in research and education.

Read more about the foundation model.