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Annual report

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) produces new knowledge and expertise for the benefit of people and the environment. The results of the international 2017 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) demonstrated that TUT conducts high-impact and high-quality research. The University is committed to the continuous development of courses and programmes: TUT has introduced a major in robotics as the only university in Finland.

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Machines outperform the human ear

“Machines are becoming aware of their surroundings. They can recognize the same sounds that we humans continuously observe in our environment,” says Professor Tuomas Virtanen. His area of expertise is audio signal processing.

Virtanen develops computational methods that allow machines to identify and process individual sounds and entire soundscapes. Research in the field has been propelled forward by the advancements made in machine learning in the past few years.

“Machine learning has been around for decades, but deep learning has brought near-human accuracy to audio analysis.”

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News

Serious injuries should not be overlooked

The number of fatalities is typically the main indicator for road safety. Transport Research Centre Verne’s research demonstrates that the overall view of road safety could be broadened by looking at the total number of people who are killed or seriously injured (KSI).

“There may be a fine line between a fatal injury and a serious one and the number of deaths may vary substantially from year to year. As KSI includes more incidents, it is a more accurate and reliable indicator for road safety,” says researcher Roni Utriainen from Verne.

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On the cusp of everyday AI

The research conducted by Assistant Professor Esa Rahtu focuses on the latest machine vision technologies that are necessary for the development of intelligent machines.

“Machines must learn to anticipate future events and communicate better. While they are already capable of recognizing a lot, they struggle to predict our actions and assess what happens next. Machines also have to learn how to communicate their intentions to people in a natural way,” describes Rahtu.

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What does the future hold for developers of intelligent systems and software?

The demand for software professionals is growing. How can the field prepare for the future, when expertise in software engineering and development is needed across all engineering disciplines, asks Dean Mika Grundström in Interface magazine.

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“Job agency for robots”

PhD Roel Pieters took up an appointment as Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the Laboratory of Automation and Hydraulic Engineering at Tampere University of Technology in September 2017. His research interests are in human-robot interaction.

“Robots can help make our work easier and safer. Robotics could also benefit smaller companies. As SMEs may not necessarily have the means to buy expensive robots or the time to program them, I would like to see companies that rent out robots to SMEs and run a kind of ‘job agency for robots’,” Pieters says.

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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.  

Tampere3 online

Tampere University of Technology, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Applied Sciences have joined forces to develop a new model of operation for higher education in Finland. They are working to establish a new higher education institution that will start its operations in the beginning of 2019.

Read the latest news and blogs at https://www.tampere3.fi/en

TUT Event Bulletin for companies

TUT hosts a wide range of events that are relevant for industry and business, such as seminars, fairs and conferences, on an annual basis. Upcoming events are listed in the TUT Event Bulletin, which comes out once a month.

Read the latest bulletin and subscribe to our bulletin at www.tut.fi/followus

International rankings

TUT has been steadily climbing international rankings in recent years. The University has held steady among the world’s top 400 universities in several rankings. This year TUT ranked 41th on ‘QS Top 50 Under 50’ list.

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TUTLab is a heaven for wild ideas

Interested in 3D scanning or laser cutting? Not a problem – visit the brand-new TUTLab!

TUTLab provides the facilities for anything tech students may need for executing their ideas. The lab sports state-of-the-art equipment and software for planning and executing digital manufacture and it will be open to the whole campus community.

In addition to TUT’s students and staff, TUTLab is available to the general public and companies.

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POPJob matches employers with new talent

Are you newly graduated and looking for a job? Or are you planning to recruit new employees? POPJob is a career portal that matches employers with new talent. Employers are encouraged to post open positions, internships and MSc thesis projects that are available for students at TUT in POPJob.

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TUT for the openness of science

Science and research must be open and transparent in order to be self-healing. When all research data is available to anyone, the research results can be repeated and the methods improved. This is a necessity for scientific and technological advancement. TUT’s new Research Data Policy outlines that research materials and methods are, by default, open and available for joint use.

“Openness is not only an option – it is a necessity,” says Professor Esa Räsänen from TUT’s Department of Physics in science magazine Interface.

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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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