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MSc student designs a new residential area in Turku

The City of Turku is planning to launch a new residential development in the Skanssi city district. Architecture student Kaisa Härkönen was commissioned to complete a master’s thesis, whereby she developed an alternative plan for the area. Special emphasis was placed on outdoor spaces as an integral part of the varied modes of urban living. The goal was to create visions and imagery of what the district might look like in the future. Skanssi will be a unique community that incorporates sustainable design principles. In her thesis, Härkönen paints a picture of an environment that facilitates a socially active lifestyle and meets the needs of residents. The thesis was written under the supervision of Professor Harry Edelman.

The School of Architecture and the Department of Civil Engineering have a long-standing tradition of MSc projects with a practical angle,” Edelman says.

“We’re continuously seeking new collaboration partners for MSc and research projects. Our professors are happy to help potential partners with any enquiries.”  

Further information: Harry Edelman.

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).

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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.”

Read more.

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.

Season’s Greetings!

Thank you to all the partners, friends and supporters of Tampere University of Technology for the past year. I wish you all happy holidays and all the best for 2015. Next year the University celebrates its 50th anniversary and commemorates the occasion by launching a series of events and activities running throughout the year.

President Markku Kivikoski

The programme of the anniversary year is available at http://www.tut.fi/en/anniversary/