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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?

High-energy quantum dots

The figure shows a computational set of quantum mechanical states for a single electron in a nanometer-scale quantum dot at high energies.

The solutions clarify our understanding of the so-called scarred quantum states. In principle, these states can be exploited in ultrafast nanotransistors that may revolutionize computer technology in the future.

Contact persons: Professor Esa Räsänen (Tampere University of Technology), MSc Perttu Luukko (University of Jyväskylä)

Further information: Quantum Control and Dynamics Group

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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Wireless identification and sensing systems improve quality of life

Wireless systems can be integrated into clothing, attached to the skin or implanted inside the human body.

”A ground-breaking application area of implantable identification and sensing technologies is a wireless brain machine interface that uses an implanted sensor to capture electrical signals from the brain,” says Professor Leena Ukkonen.

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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.