Research - Tampere University of Technology

Asteroid reconstruction resembles mathematical detective work

Post-doc Matti Viikinkoski’s scientific track record of reconstructing asteroids has earned him a special recognition that few mathematicians have received: an eponymous asteroid ‘11815 Viikinkoski’.

Matti Viikinkoski has developed the world’s most versatile software for modelling asteroids. It builds on computations performed by the Inverse Problems Research Group and effectively reveals the shapes and spin states of asteroids.

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Durable, cost-effective, flexible

In her Hybrid Nano project, Academy Postdoctoral researcher Paola Vivo is developing a new type of solar cell that is cost-effective, flexible enough to be placed on clothes, and still highly efficient.

Researchers are hard at work improving durability, which has proven to be a challenge for commercialisation. Vivo's new project is ASPIRE, ‘A novel integrated approach for highly reproducible and stable perovskite solar cells’, which is coordinated by Åbo Akademi University and involves researchers from Tampere University of Technology and Aalto University.

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TUTCRIS makes research available

The TUTCRIS portal is a showcase for TUT’s research. It provides up-to-date information on the activities of researchers and research groups, including their publications, projects and merits.

Publications can be browsed based on the field of science or the research unit, for example. The portal allows viewing open research publications and downloading online versions of doctoral dissertations.

The research portal is available at

Scientists push to bring genuine interoperability to IoT

For the Internet of Things to truly hit the mainstream, the billions of connected devices, applications and gateways must be able to communicate and interact seamlessly. Researchers at TUT are developing a secure and energy-efficient system for managing IoT devices and gateways. The goal is to build a commercially viable, generic connectivity or middle-ware platform that enables the fragmented IoT ecosystem to speak the same language.

“The platform supports service and application developers and facilitates the flow of information across markets and segments without manufacturers and services providers having to separately agree on interoperability in advance,” says Bill Silverajan.

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Optical flytrap opens new venues in the development of soft microbots

TUT’s Smart Photonic Materials research group’s research on an optical gripper, resembling a Venus flytrap, opens new venues in the development of soft microbots. Light-controlled elastomers are a new approach, and there are constantly new things to consider in terms of both fundamental research and potential applications.

“For instance, the artificial flytrap could potentially be applied in ‘quality control’, i.e., it could automatically identify and pick out small components with defects from a production line,” says Associate Professor Arri Priimägi.

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BioMediTech – research cooperation in life sciences and medical technology

BioMediTech brings together research groups from Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere in the fields of life sciences and medical technology.

BioMediTech offers a world-class research environment and support for innovation and the commercialization of research results.

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Tenure track promotes organizational commitment

Physicist Esa Räsänen was appointed to a professorship in the Department of Physics in September 2014. He is the first person put on TUT’s tenure track who has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, the highest rung on the academic ladder.

“My tenure track appointment gave me the freedom to pursue a long-term research agenda. The system increases motivation and engagement among faculty members and increases organizational commitment,” he says.

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Research Excellence

TUT maintains close ties with leading universities and institutions in Finland and abroad. Successful partnerships between research groups are based on projects of mutual interest. Our researchers are actively involved in internationally funded projects. A total of 78 FP7 and 12 Horizon 2020 projects are underway at the University in 2015. The strength of our international network is also evidenced by the steady increase in publishing output.

Research Excellence

High-quality doctoral education

TUT offers doctoral students a high-standard, inspiring research environment, high-quality supervision and support for pursuing a research career. Doctoral education is organized through TUT’s graduate school within the framework of faculty-specific doctoral programmes.

Doctoral programmes