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Will the Internet of Things become an environmental nightmare?

By 2021, the Internet of Things, or IoT, is expected to encompass 200 billion interconnected devices that collect, analyse and communicate data with each other.

“So far there’s been little discussion about what is needed to practically implement the IoT. Usually it’s assumed that all Internet-enabled devices will be equipped with a battery, but we don’t think that’s a sustainable approach,” says Professor Donald Lupo.

Researchers at TUT are attempting to stem the tide of e-waste resulting from the exponential growth of the Internet of Things. They are developing printed, thin and flexible smart objects that communicate wirelessly without any external source of energy.

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

Can algorithms save energy?

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Seeing the trees for the forest

Researchers at TUT have developed a new method for creating 3D models that provide a snapshot of each individual tree growing in a forest. The technology delivers an unprecedented level of detail and facilitates the sustainable and cost-effective management of forests.  

”Our models take data analysis to a whole new level. Forest owners, authorities and civic organizations can also use the measurement data to determine the carbon stock of forests,” Professor Mikko Kaasalainen says. He leads the Inverse Problems Group in the Department of Mathematics at TUT.

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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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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.
 

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