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TUCS Newsletter 6.6.2013

Content of the newsletter

TUCS activities

  1. TUCS Distinguished Lecture Series
  2. TUCS Research Programme Activities
  3. Third call for TUCS travel grants
  4. Second call for TUCS short course applications
  5. Guest lecture: Routing Algorithms for Partially Regular and Hierarchical Networks on Chip
  6. Guest lecture: Printed Smart Electronic System for the Internet-of-Things
  7. TUCS GP doctoral defence

New courses

  1. Short Course on Dataflow programming by Lionel Morel
  2. Inforte courses
  3. Courses on transferable skills at University of Turku


  1. EUROWEB third application call now open
  2. EIT ICT Labs Doctoral School Application round
  3. CompMod 2013
  4. 4th Nordic Enterprise Summer School - EASS2013
  5. Smart Energy Summer School
  6. Conference announcement: WORDS 2013, Turku, September 16-20, 2013
  7. Conference announcement: ICEC2013, Turku, August 13-15, 2013
  8. Conference announcement: IWSSU'13, Potsdam, June 11-14, 2013
  9. Conference announcement: iFM 2013, Turku, June 10-14, 2013
  10. Annual Computer Science Event 2013
  11. Aboagora - Between Arts and Sciences
  12. TUCS GP travel reports
  13. Open jobs at University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University

Latest publications at TUCS

TUCS activities

TUCS Distinguished Lecture Series

TUCS Distinguished Lecture on 10.6.: Christos Papadimitriou

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 13.15

ICT Building, Auditorium Lambda

Coffee served from 12:45

Christos Papadimitriou, University of California at Berkeley: "Computational Insights and the Theory of Evolution"

Host: Ion Petre, Åbo Akademi University

Abstract: Covertly computational insights have influenced the Theory of Evolution from the very start. I shall discuss recent work on some central problems in Evolution that was inspired and informed by computational ideas. Considerations about the performance of genetic algorithms led to a novel theory of the role of sex in Evolution based on the concept of mixability, while the population genetic equations describing the evolution of a species can be reinterpreted, under the neutral theory, as a repeated game between genes played through the multiplicative updates algorithm.

The TUCS Distinguished Lecture Series is a forum for public lectures by outstanding national and international researchers in all aspects of computing, coming both from academia and industry. All lectures are free and open to the public.



TUCS Research Programme Activities

  1. COM3 guest lecture: Solomon Marcus, Stoilow Institute of Mathematics, on  “Going Beyond” on June 4, 2013 at 12 noon, room 299 at the University of Turku Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Abstract: "Trying to go beyond classical logic, Archimedes axiom, Fifth Postulate in Euclid’s Elements, the Galileo-Newtonian representation of phenomena related to time and energy, the macroscopic universe, the choice axiom, von Neumann’s axiom of foundation, continuum hypothesis, Turing’s computability, the field of competence of human language and human semiosis, the representation of artistic beauty as based on order, simplicity,  harmony and symmetry means to transgress   the borders of the common perception of the world according to our senses.   We try to obtain  the picture of these enterprises and to point out their meaning and their relevance, as components of a new, anti intuitive world emerging in the last decades. In a second step, we try to bridge this view with another one, coming from the way transcendence is emerging in mathematics, logic, music, philosophy."

  1. BioHealth guest talk: Professor John D. Nagy, Scottsdale Community College and Arizona State University, USA, on “Evolution of Proliferation and the Angiogenic Switch in Phenotypically Diverse Tumors” on May 14, 2013


  1. TISRA Postgrad seminars 17.1.–23.5.2013:

Time: Thursdays 14:15–16:00 in Delft, ICT Building / Fridays 12:30–14:00 in lecture room 35, TSE

  1. Jan 17 – Planning of spring seminar series
  2. Jan 25 - Abayomi Baiyere [Lecture room 35]
  3. Jan 31- José Teixeira (open source ecosystem)/ Nokia-Microsoft mobile ecosystem
  4. Feb 7- Eyal Eshet/ Tingting Lin
  5. Feb 15 - Dr. Chunhui Tan [Visiting postdoc from China; lecture room 35]
  6. Feb 21- Harry Bouwman (Theory building)
  7. Feb 28- Jozsef Mezei (Theory building - Analytics)
  8. Mar 7- Eija Karsten (Theory building - Behaviouristic)
  9. Mar 14 - Harry Bouwman (Theory building)
  10. Mar 22 - Dr. Fang Xu [Visiting post doc from China; lecture room 35]
  11. Apr 4 - Xiaolu Wang/ Peter Sarlin
  12. Apr 11- Guopeng Yu/ Xiaoyu Xu
  13. Apr 18 – TSE speaker / Sonja Leskinen
  14. Apr 19 - Anne-Marie Tuikka [Lecture room 35]
  15. Apr 25- Nazrul Islam/ Nisansala Vidanapathirana
  16. May 16- Robin Wikström/ Henrik Nyman
  17. May 23 – Archipelago seminar with Sami Hyrynsalmi and Dr Hai Nguyen, postdoc researcher from University of Eastern Finland

Third call for TUCS travel grants

 The third call for the TUSC travel grants during 2013 is underway. The  deadline for applications is Friday 16th August and the applicants will be informed of decisions by Fri 23rd of August.


Applications should be submitted to (tucs@abo.fi) according to the guidelines at http://tucs.fi/education/information-students/travelling-instructions-phd-students/ before the deadline 16.8.2013, 16.00 pm.


Any applications arriving after the deadline will automatically be moved to the fourth and round for consideration. The deadline for the fourth call is Friday 1st November.

Second call for TUCS short course applications

The second and final round of applications for TUCS short course funding 2013 is open. The deadline for the applications is Friday 16th of August 2013.


Applications should contain the following information:

  1. course description/ contents
  2. components
  3. times, lecture halls and the amount of credits
  4. name of the contact person for the course
  5. name of the lecturer (if not the same as the contact person)
  6. budget for the course (accommodation, fees etc)


The applications should be submitted to TUCS by email (tucs@abo.fi) by the deadline 23.8.2013, 16.00 pm. Priority will be given to courses that are not part of the normal curriculum.


The applicant's home department is responsible for the practical arrangements, including travel plans and invoices, as well as travel, and salary costs. If the application is approved, the real costs or the granted amount, depending on which is less, should be invoiced from TUCS by the department.

Guest lecture: Routing Algorithms for Partially Regular and Hierarchical Networks on Chip

Professor Shashi Kumar from Jönköping University, Sweden, will be visiting Embedded Computer and Electronics Systems laboratory on May 29-31 and will give a guest lecture on “Routing Algorithms for Partially Regular and Hierarchical Networks on Chip”.


Date:     Friday, May 31, 2013

Time:    13:00 – 14:00

Place:   Lecture Room B2033 (ICT Building)




Routing Algorithms for Partially Regular and Hierarchical Networks on Chip



Network on Chip (NoC)  is getting accepted by semiconductor industry as a preferred interconnection choice for implementing multi-core and multi-processor systems on chip.  The regular mesh topology Network on Chip (NoC) architecture continues to be the most popular with researchers and manufacturers since it leads to deterministic electrical properties for the links. However, a weakness of the regular mesh topology is its inability to efficiently support cores of different sizes. In a typical multi-core SoC, there is a wide variation in the sizes of cores. One solution to this problem is to allot multiple slots (or rectangular regions) to oversized cores. This solution leads to more efficient use of chip area but introduces irregularity in the network. This irregularity implies that the standard routing algorithms for regular mesh topology are no more useful. We will present two solutions to design of deadlock free and efficient routing algorithms for such partially regular networks. Our attempt to solve this particular situation lead us to propose a methodology of designing efficient and deadlock free routing algorithm which is topology independent. We call this as APplication Specific Routing Algorithm (APSRA) design methodology.


In consistent with the development of electronics in the past, the systems of today  will become components tomorrow. In the same sense, the components for future SoCs will be multi-core systems with their local networks connecting the cores. Therefore, a future system will be organized as a hierarchical NoC, consisting of possibly heterogeneous sub-networks as components. Designing deadlock free and efficient routing algorithms for such networks brings new challenges. We will describe HiRA, which is a methodology for design of deadlock free routing algorithms for hierarchical NoCs.


Shashi Kumar received the B.Tec., M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India in 1974, 1976, and 1985 respectively. Since 1999, he is a Professor of Embedded Systems, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden.   His research interests include parallel computer architectures, system-level modeling and synthesis, design automation, reconfigurable computing, and heuristic search algorithms. He was member of the team which was the first to propose the idea of packet switched communication for on-chip communication and coined the term Networks-on-Chip (NoC) in 2000. His research group has significant contributions in various aspects of NoC based design including NoC topologies, Routing algorithms in NoC, QoS in NoC routing, Application Specific NoC architecture design, Application mapping to NoC platforms and Testing of NoC links. Professor Shashi Kumar has been in the program committees of major international conferences related to VLSI design, design automation and Network on Chip, including VLSI Design, DATE, NoC Symposium, Euro-Micro DSD etc. He served as a Guest co-editor for the VLSI Design Journal - Special Issue on Networks-on-Chip in 2008, as Guest co-editor for Elsevier MICPRO Journal - Special Issue on Network-on-Chip Architectures and Design Methodologies in 2010. He is a senior member of IEEE and member of ACM SIGDA. He was also the Co-organizer of International Workshops on Network-on-Chip Architectures (NoCArc) in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Guest lecture: Printed Smart Electronic System for the Internet-of-Things

A guest lecture will be given by Prof. Zheng Li-Rong from Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R China. Prof. Zheng will be promoted as a Doctor Honoris Causa by University of Turku next week.

The talk will take place on Thursady May 30th at 11-12 in auditorium Lambda, ICT House.

Printed Smart Electronic System for the Internet-of-Things



Advanced electronics towards the future ubiquitous intelligence and internet-of-things requires high network throughput along with long operation range and ultra-low energy consumption, and ultra-low hardware cost. The vision of disappearance of electronics demands seamless integration technologies for electronics that could embed tiny smart devices and sensors in any type of goods including everyday objectives and human body. In this talk, I will present state-of-the-art research in large area printed electronics and system, from a circuit and system perspective. The work covers from printed devices such as humidity and chemical sensors based on CNT (carbon nano-tubes) and polymers, printed RFID tags and antenna, to hybrid integrated tags and systems for emerging applications in fresh food tracking and intelligent Bio-patches. Special focus will be from a circuit and system perspective on how optimal total solution could be achieved by combing state-of-the-art printed electronics with relatively mature silicon technologies.


Short Bio:

Dr. Li-Rong Zheng holds professor chair in media electronics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm Sweden since 2006. He become a distinguished professor and dean of ICT school of Fudan University since 2010. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in electronic system design from KTH in 2001. After then, he joined KTH as a research fellow, heading research activities in area of heterogeneous electronics systems and mixed-signal system design.  In 2006, he becomes full professor at KTH, heading researches in area of electronics for ambient intelligence and media applications. He initiated researches of intelligent paper and package, where he connects forest industry, electronics industry, and biomedical industry work together, jointly develop technologies and applications such as biomedical paper and intelligent package for healthcare and food safety applications. He has founded and being the director of iPack VINN Excellence at KTH since 2007. Dr. Zheng made over 400 publications in area of electronic circuit and system design and integration technologies, among which a high number of publications made jointly with Turku University.

TUCS GP doctoral defence

On Friday, June 7th, TUCS GP student Peter Sarlin presents his Doctoral thesis "Mapping Financial Stability" for public criticism. The opponent of M.Sc.(Econ) Sarlin is Professor Barbara Hammer from CITEC centre of excellence, Germany. Docent Tomas Eklund will act as the custos at this public defence.

Time: 12 noon
Place: Auditorium Gamma, The ICT Building

New courses

Short Course on Dataflow programming by Lionel Morel

Doc. Lionel Morel will be visiting the Embedded Systems Lab, and in conjunction with this visit he will give a short course on Datalflow programming with applications to Software Defined Radio.

Short Course on Dataflow programming by Lionel Morel, INSA-Lyon.

Lectures:         Mon 27.5. 13-15
                Tue 28.5. 13-15
                Wed 29.5. 13-15
Place:                 Fortran, 3rd floor

Lionel Morel received his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from Grenoble University, in France in 2001 and 2005 respectively. His initial research topics focused on programming models for critical embedded systems. After experiences at Abo Akademi in 2005-06 and INRIA-Rennes in 2006-07, he joined the Computer Science and Information Technologies Department and CITI lab of INSA de Lyon in 2007 (
www.citi-lab.fr/en_UK). There, he teaches processor architecture, operating systems concepts, concurrent programming and real-time operating systems. His research interests extend to Models of Computations for embedded systems, in particular dataflow programming, as well as programming models and operating systems support for energy-efficient embedded systems. Within the SOCRATE team he applies his research to software-defined radio and low-energy portable devices.

Multi-core processor architectures are becoming a defacto standard for the vast majority  of computing devices and the trend  is towards many cores with several hundreds of cpus on a single chip already available from mainstream manufacturers.  In  this context, we are particularly interested in the  question of how to program these  machines in order to harness  their computing power. Dataflow programming has recently gained  a  lot   of  attention  from  both   academic  and  industrial researchers. It provides a programming paradigm that is appealing for large classes  of applications (multi-media,  telecommunications, etc) and  allows for  automatic parallelization of  these applications  on parallel machines.

This seminar will try to present  state of the art and recent advances in  the  field  of  dataflow  programming.  We  will  first  focus  on programming models  including historical  ones like Khan  Networks and SDF.   We will  also  present state-of-the-art  languages or  language extensions  that  implement  these model  of  computations  (streamIt, RVC-Cal,  OpenStream, etc).   We will  then present  some more  recent approaches, in particular those that  propose some form of dynamism in the constitution  of the  applications.  This  dynamism is  of crucial importance if we want dataflow to  address recent needs that appear in certain application domains. We will illustrate some of these domans, in particular  that of  software-defined radio, and  try to  show some open problems in designing dataflow languages and runtimes systems for these programs.

Inforte courses

Tampere 6.-7.6.2013


Speaker: Professor Dr. Mohammad S. Obaidat, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Monmouth University

Organizer: Tampere University of Technology

Registrations and more information:



Oulu 10.-11.6.2013


Speaker: Professor Jeff Offutt, Software Engineering, George Mason University Fairfax, VA, USA

Organizer: Professor Markku Oivo, University of Oulu

Registrations and more information:



Jyväskylä 15.-16.8.2013


Speaker: Professor Ekram Hossain, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Organizer: Professor Tapani Ristaniemi, University of Jyväskylä

Registrations and more information:



Oulu Week 37, 2013



Associate professor Xavier Franch, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, Spain)


Professor Markku Oivo, University of Oulu

Registrations and more information coming soon

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Courses on transferable skills at University of Turku



EUROWEB third application call now open

EUROWEB, European Research and Educational Collaboration with Western Balkans, is a scholarship programme for students on undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral level as well as for university staff in academic or administrative positions, financed by the European Commission. The Erasmus Mundus EUROWEB scholarship offers a unique opportunity for full-financed academic mobility for individuals from the EU and Western Balkans partner countries. The project is part of the large-scale, EU-funded programme Erasmus Mundus Action 2.

The EUROWEB Scholarship Programme is open to selected nationals in EU countries and Western Balkans who want to study or work at one of the partner institutions (see Applicant information). The overall objective of EUROWEB project is to create a partnership in research and education that will strengthen the ties between EU and Western Balkans.

The Consortium includes 17 Higher Education Institutions: 9 in Europe and 8 in Western Balkans. Scholarships are available for mobility from the Western Balkan countries to EU partners and vice versa.

European Partners:

  1.         Mälardalen University, Sweden (Coordinating Institution)
  2.         Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria
  3.         Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  4.         Universita degli Studi dell'Aquila, Italy
  5.         Åbo Akademi University, Finland
  6.         Universität Paderborn, Germany
  7.         Politehnica University Bucharest, Romania
  8.         Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
  9.         University of Westminster, United Kingdom

 Western Balkan Partners:

  1.         University of Elbasan "Aleksander Xhuvani", Albania
  2.         University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3.         University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  4.         University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  5.         Ss. Cyril and Methodius University – Skopje, FYROM
  6.         University Mediterranean Podgorica, Montenegro
  7.         University of Niŝ, Serbia
  8.         University of Belgrade, Serbia

The details about partners, and the offer from the partner institutions to EUROWEB applicants, are available under Partner Institutions: http://www.mrtc.mdh.se/euroweb/index.php?choice=partners

The third application call for all mobility types except Masters is now open!

The application deadline is July 15, 2013.

More information on the programme can be found here:http://www.mrtc.mdh.se/euroweb/index.php  or from Outi Tuohi (otuohi@abo.fi).

APPLY here: http://www.mrtc.mdh.se/euroweb/index.php?choice=application

EIT ICT Labs Doctoral School Application round


EIT ICT Labs, Innovation & Entrepreneurship education for PhD students, http://doctoralschool.eitictlabs.eu

Call open from June 2013 to mid-August 2013.

Enrich your doctoral degree with an Innovation and Entrepreneurship skills and mind-set!

After completing the program, participants  will be commercially aware research leaders who understand current and future challenges, as well as the opportunities that these present to industry. To achieve this goal, the program concept provides standardized I&E education that complements the ordinary doctoral studies.


-A web application opened to collect the applications.  

-Required documents listed in the website.

Please visit: http://doctoralschool.eitictlabs.eu/application/


Doctoral students at EIT ICT Labs partner universities. Partner universities in Finland: Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Åbo Academy, Univeristy of Turku, University of Oulu.  Students from other universities, please contact doctoral school office: doctoralschool@eitictlabs.eu


-Homepage: http://doctoralschool.eitictlabs.eu

-EIT ICT Labs Doctoral School Office: doctoralschool@eitictlabs.eu

-Local contact persons: Aalto University: Katri.Sarkio@aalto.fi (available until 20.6.2013); University of Oulu: mika.ylianttila@cie.fi; University of Turku and Åbo Academy: Outi Tuohi <otuohi@abo.fi>; University of Helsinki: Pirjo Moen <pirjo.moen@cs.helsinki.fi>

CompMod 2013

4th International Workshop on Computational Models for Cell Processes

Turku, Finland, June 11, 2013


In conjunction with iFM 2013



Online registration at http://www.it.abo.fi/iFM2013/cm_registration.php



- Daniela Besozzi, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy: Computational methods in systems biology: case studies and biological insights

- Juho Rousu, Aalto University: Computational methods for metabolic networks



Available online at http://combio.abo.fi/compmod13/


Participants in the CompMod 2013 can also use the opportunity to listen to the TUCS Distinguished Lecture by Christos Papadimitriou on June 10  (see http://tucs.fi/news/article/tdl.php)



Organizer: Ion Petre (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)

Venue: Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland

4th Nordic Enterprise Summer School - EASS2013

Welcome to the INFORTE.fi network event ”4th Nordic Enterprise Summer School - EASS2013” on Monday 12th – Friday 16th of August 2013!

Organizer: Head of Research Program, Mika Helenius, Aalto University School of Science, Espoo, Finland


Link to the conference call dates, event, committee, and summer school registration information: http://http://eass.cs.hut.fi 


Call for papers and registration

May 30, 2013 for Submissions deadline for workshop proposals and industrial demo & posters

May 30, 2013 for Submission deadline for academic research and industrial papers

June 15, 2013 for Submission deadline for practitioner and tutorial proposals

Academic conference committee



The day one starts on Monday noon 12. August at 12:00. Summer School is held at the Aalto University, School of Science, TUAS Building, Otaniemi Campus.


Full EASS 12. - 16. August 2013 five (5) day event presentation with paper 300€ including event coffee & services, lunches, materials, networking events, and conference dinner.

Full EASS 12. - 16. August 2013 five (5) day event attendance without paper 450€ including event coffee & services, lunches, materials, networking events, and conference dinner.


12.8.2013 Registration, workshops, and academic day (part 1/2)

13.8.2013 Academic day (part 2/2)

14.8.2013 Pracademic (part 1/2) + CIO afternoon + dinner

15.8.2013 Pracademic (part 2/2)

16.8.2013 Pracademic or company visit  

Credit points for PhD students

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain two (2) ETCS points. This requires participating to the both days, completing the pre-assignment and assignments given at the seminar. Please request more information to register on course.

Smart Energy Summer School

Smart Energy Summer School will take place 19-30 August in Berlin (Siemens Technical Academy, first week) and Paris (Paris Sud University, second week).

The primary goal of the Smart Energy Summer School is to foster excellence in SmartGrids, from control systems to computer science and telecommunication, including economic aspects. The summer school aims at bringing a very broad training to students from several fields related to smart energy systems. Classes will range from basics of power systems to ICT for large energy systems, communication and security, economical aspects of energy, reliability of power systems, automation, state observers and estimation of systems' parameters, electric vehicles and their impact on the power system among others.

Participating students will learn the current state of the art in SmartGrids and will be able to apply new techniques coming from various communities and backgrounds to their own domain.

Courses will be given in English by experts from industry and academia working in various fields on the common topic of Smart Energy Systems.


Poster sessions are planned during extended coffee breaks. In order to receive their financial support, PhD students and company staff are required to bring a poster for presentation, and 1-2 slides for presentation.



Before 30 June.


Free for EIT ICT Labs partners' PhD students!

More information: http://www.eitictlabs.eu/news-events/events/article/smart-energy-summer-school-in-berlin-and-paris/#gridView, contact Gilney Damm (gilney.damm@lss.supelec.fr).

Conference announcement: WORDS 2013, Turku, September 16-20, 2013

The 9th International conference on Words will be hosted by the Department of Mathematcs of the University of Turku (Finland) on September 16-20, 2013 under the auspices of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science. It is organized by the FUNDIM Centre in connection with FiDiPro program of the Academy of Finland.

The central topic of the conference is combinatorics on words (i.e. the study of finite and infinite sequence of symbols) from varying points of view, including their combinatorial, algebraic and algorithmic aspects, as well as their applications.

Invited speakers:

Julien Cassaigne (University of Aix-Marseille - France)

Frederik Michel Dekking (Delft University of Technology - Netherlands)

Vesa Halava (University of Turku - Finland)

Gilbert Levitt (University of Caen - France)

Narad Rampersad (University of Winnipeg - Canada)

Marinella Sciortino (University of Palermo - Italy)


Conference announcement: ICEC2013, Turku, August 13-15, 2013

Call for Participation: The 15th International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC2013) August 13-15, 2013 Turku, Finland http://icec2013.net/


Early registration ends June 14, 2013!

Registration is open at: http://www3.utu.fi/sivustot/icec2013/registration/

Preliminary program is available at: http://www3.utu.fi/sivustot/icec2013/conference_program/

Hotel/Venue information is available at: http://www3.utu.fi/sivustot/icec2013/practical_information/


Looking forward to seeing you in Turku, Finland this summer!


Conference Co-Chairs:

Professor Harry Bouwman, TU Delft and Åbo Akademi University, The Netherlands

Professor Jukka Heikkilä, University of Turku, Finland

Program Co-Chairs:

Professor Pirkko Walden, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Associate Professor Narciso Cerpa, Universidad De Talca, Chile

Distinguished Professor Vladimir Zwass, Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA

Professor Teo Thompson, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor Karl Reiner Lang, City University of New York, USA

Local organization co-chairs:

Senior Research Fellow, Dr.Sc. Jonna Järveläinen

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dr.Sc. Hongxiu Li



The International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC) annually brings together the leaders of the scientific research community in e-commerce and e-business from all over the world. Having travelled across the globe from Hawaii to Liverpool and Singapore, the conference returns to Europe, first time to Fenno-Scandia, a medieval Capital of Finland and Hansa-city of Turku, Finland.


The theme of ICEC 2013 is Effective, Agile and Trusted eServices Co-creation. The theme reflects alignment between computerized, formalized business procedures with the need for innovating business genuinely onthe-spot, or ad-hoc, to the needs of a customer.


This year in Turku we have presentations on following topics:

Mobile services

Social media

Online advertising and recommender systems

IT services in the context of eCommerce

Strategic issues related to eCommerce

Conference announcement: IWSSU'13, Potsdam, June 11-14, 2013

First International Workshop on Software Start-ups (IWSSU'13)

June 11-14. 2013, Potsdam, Germany

Co-located with 4th International Conference on Software Business


Conference announcement: iFM 2013, Turku, June 10-14, 2013

Applying formal methods may involve the modeling of different aspects of a system that are expressed through different paradigms. Correspondingly, different analysis techniques will be used to examine differently modeled system views, different kinds of properties, or simply in order to cope with the sheer complexity of the system. The iFM conference series seeks to further research into hybrid approaches to formal modeling and analysis; i.e., the combination of (formal and semi-formal) methods for system development, regarding modeling and analysis, and covering all aspects from language design through verification and analysis techniques to tools and their integration into software engineering practice.

The plenary talks at iFM 2013 will be given by

  1. Jean-Raymond Abrial, Marseille, France
  2. Cosimo Laneve, University of Bologna, Italy
  3. Susanne Graf, VERIMAG, France
  4. Kim Larsen, Aalborg University, Denmark

The conference is organized at Department of IT, Åbo Akademi University and it will take place in the ICT Building. The PC is chaired by Einar Broch Johnsen (University of Oslo) and Luigia Petre (Åbo Akademi University).

Link: http://www.it.abo.fi/iFM2013/

Annual Computer Science Event 2013

The Finnish Society for Computer Science (TKTS) organises in collaboration with Tivit's Cloud Software Program (www.cloudsoftwareprogram.org) annual Computer Science Event and Future of Software Business Seminar in Oulu 3rd -4th June, 2013.

Registration deadline: 28th May 2013.

Place: Lasaretti, Kasarmintie 13, Oulu (www.lasaretti.com)

More information at http://www.tivit.fi/events/computerscience-event

The preliminary program is available at http://www.tivit.fi/events/computerscience-event

The registration is open at https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/Annual_Computer_Science_Event_2013_7585

Aboagora - Between Arts and Sciences

Turku, Finland, 13 - 15 August 2013

For full programme, online registration and conference tickets, please visit www.aboagora.fi.

Deadline for registration is 31 May.

"The Human Machine"

Aboagora is an event that promotes dialogue between the arts, humanities and sciences, and aims at challenging and breaking boundaries between arts and the scholarly world. The programme consists of workshops, keynote lectures and concerts. Aboagora is a joint effort by the Turku Music Festival, the Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku and the Donner Institute, Åbo Akademi University.

Aboagora 2013 discusses the complex relationships between man and machine. The human being itself can be viewed as a corporeal machine, an assemblage of forces, actions and mechanisms, from the optics of the eye to the processes of cognition. It is also possible to interpret the machine as an extension of human senses. The boundaries between man and machine can be blurred by using technological devices as integral parts of the human body.

The theme 'The Human Machine' can also pay attention on all those practices that create humanness in a machine: How we assume machines to feel and think? What kind of personal qualities do they have? Machines have also served as the vehicles of human creativity, as tools but also as the expressions of abstract thoughts. Aboagora wishes to address this fascinating area that has been a fertile ground for artistic and scientific explorations during recent decades.

Keynote speakers include Bruce Sterling (Science Fiction Author, USA), Kevin Warwick (Professor of Cybernetics, UK), Mia Consalvo (Research Chair of Game Studies and Design, Canada), Timo Airaksinen (Philosopher, Finland).

Among the workshop members are Tuomas Lukka (Zenrobotics Corporation), Timo Kaitaro (Philosophy & Neuropsychology), Kathleen Richardson (Social Anthropology), Mika Pantzar (Consumer Research Centre), Alf Rehn (Chair of Management and Organization), Jussi Parikka (Media Theory), John Armitage (Media Arts), Samuli Torssonen (Film director), Veijo Hietala (Media Studies), Mia Lövheim (Sociology of Religion), Susanna Paasonen (Media Studies), Johanna Sumiala (Media Studies), André Jansson (Media & Communication Studies), and Alice Della Penna (Biology).

The registration fee for the symposium is 45 € (for students and post-graduate students 25 €). It includes participation for all keynote lectures, admission to all workshops, three lunches and coffee/tea, and conference reception.


Coordinator Asko Nivala

Cultural History, University of Turku


phone +358 (0)2 333 6294

TUCS GP travel reports

TUCS GP travel report: NODALIDA 2013 by Katri Haverinen

Full name of the event: The 19th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics (NODALIDA 2013)

Place and date: Oslo, Norway, May 22-24, 2013

Type of event: Conference

My articles:

  1. Title of paper: Cost-Towards a Dependency-Based PropBank of General Finnish
  2. Authors: Katri Haverinen, Veronika Laippala, Samuel Kohonen, Anna Missilä, Jenna Nyblom, Stina Ojala, Timo Viljanen, Tapio Salakoski, Filip Ginter
  3. Title of paper: Building a Large Automatically Parsed Corpus of Finnish
  4. Authors: Filip Ginter, Jenna Nyblom, Veronika Laippala, Samuel Kohonen, Katri Haverinen, Simo Vihjanen, Tapio Salakoski

The scientific profile of the event: The NODALIDA conferences cover topics in speech recognition and synthesis, natural language processing and computational linguistics. Also papers on topics from neighboring fields (linguistics and psychology are mentioned in the call for papers) are sometimes presented.

Opinion on the best paper and its topic: Perhaps the most interesting presentation for me personally was Nordic and Baltic Wordnets Aligned and Compared through “WordTies” by Bolette Pedersen and co-authors. This talk discussed aligning the Nordic lexical resources named WordNets to make a multi-lingual resource. The similarities and differences between the different WordNets and what kind of issues their different design principles cause in the alignment were also very interesting topics for me.

Number of participants: approximately 140

Social events: The conference dinner took place in the Oslo Opera House on the first evening of the conference. On the second evening there was a reception at the City Hall, the same place where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded.

Touristic impressions: The conference was held in the premises of the University of Oslo, a little way from the center of the city. Oslo is a beautiful city, and it's also easily manageable, as the very center is mostly focused on one street, and otherwise the public transport system, consisting of buses, trams and a metro network, seems quite sufficient. The Opera House is definitely worth seeing, and other sights include the Dome and a park of statues, both also in the center of the city.

TUCS GP travel report: CCGrid 2013 by Adnan Ashraf

Full name of the event: 13th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid) 2013

Place and date: Delft, the Netherlands, May 13-16, 2013

Type of event: Conference

My articles:

  1. Title of paper: Cost-Efficient Virtual Machine Provisioning for Multi-tier Web Applications and Video Transcoding
  2. Authors: Adnan Ashraf
  3. Title of paper: Stream-Based Admission Control and Scheduling for Video Transcoding in Cloud Computing
  4. Authors: Adnan Ashraf, Fareed Ahmed Jokhio, Tewodros Deneke, Sebastien Lafond, Ivan Porres and Johan Lilius

The scientific profile of the event: cloud performance, cloud architectures, cloud programming models, cloud applications, scheduling, big data management, MapReduce, multi-core, cloud scale, load balancing, energy and fault tolerance, cloud security, green computing

Opinion on the best paper and its topic: Automated SLA Negotiation Framework for Cloud Computing, Linlin Wu and Raj Buyya (University of Melbourne)

Number of participants: 150 approximately

Social events: conference reception at Aula, TU Delft and conference dinner at Restaurant De Lindenhof in Delft

Touristic impressions: mostly positive except for the weather as it was rainy on most days.

TUCS GP travel report: Designing User Studies in Informatics by Nazrul Islam

Full name of the event: Designing User Studies in Informatics

Place and date: Helsinki, Finland, March 18-19, 2013

Type of event: INFORTE Seminar

The scientific profile of the event: The goal of the seminar was to present the methodologies of designing a user study in informatics as well as to practice to design such a study for a current problem.

Opinion on the best paper and its topic: In my opinion, the speaker Prof. Gondy Leroy from Claremont Graduate University delivered interesting talks on ‘Designing User Studies in Informatics’. Her discussion motivates methodological issues and highlights emerging themes in design studies.

Number of participants: Approximately 20 people

TUCS GP travel report: SSCI 2013 by Peter Sarlin

Full name of the event: IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI 2013)

Place and date: Singapore, April 16-19, 2013

Type of event: Conference

My article:

  1. Title of paper: A Self-Organizing Time Map for Time-to-Event Data
  2. Authors: Peter Sarlin

The scientific profile of the event: SSCI is one of two flagship conferences sponsored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. It focuses on the theory and applications of computational intelligence (CI) and attracts a large number of top researchers in a wide range of fields related to CI.

Opinion on the best paper and its topic: The paper that attracted my attention was "Visualisation of High-Dimensional Data Using an Ensemble of Neural Networks" by Nikolaos Gianniotis and Carsten Riggelsen. As the title suggests, they used ensemble learning for projecting high-dimensional data to a lower dimension. This is an innovative approach to dimensionality reduction that has the merit of robust projections (at the cost of computational efficiency).

Number of participants: approx. 700

Social events: We had a traditional welcome reception and conference dinner.

Touristic impressions: We explored the city, including for instance China town, Little India and Marina bay, and visited the zoo for a night safari.

TUCS GP travel report: 22nd International Conference on Management of Technology by Sami Hyrynsalmi

Full name of the event: 22nd International Conference on Management of Technology

Place and date: Brazil, Porto Alegre, April 14-18, 2013

Type of event: Conference

My articles:

  1. Title of paper: Differentiation within Mobile Ecosystems – the Unspecialized Marketplaces
  2. Authors: Sami Hyrynsalmi, Arho Suominen (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) & Marko Seppänen (Tampere University of Technology)
  3. Title of paper: The Relevance of Customer Reviews in the Mobile Application Marketplaces
  4. Authors: Sami Hyrynsalmi, Arho Suominen (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) Marko Seppänen (Tampere University of Technology) & Tuomas Mäkilä

The scientific profile of the event: The focus was “Science, Technology and Innovation in the Emerging Markets Economy” which describes, in my mind, quite well the scopes of the conference series.

Opinion on the best paper and its topic: The keynote address by Professor Joseph Tidd, University of Sussex, was the most interesting one for me. In the presentation, he summarized the current research focuses and argued that we should rethink and widen the scope of the field.

Number of participants: There were over 270 presentations and several participants without a paper; thus, I would guess that the number of participants were over 350.

Social events: In addition to technical visits (several alternatives, I went to the winery of Luiz Argenta), the IAMOT yearly award dinner was held in a local Gaúcho restaurant.

Touristic impressions: Porto Alegre really is not a tourist city and there were only a few sights. However, the country and the city are really beautiful – even during the local autumn.

Open jobs at University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University

  1. University of Turku: http://www.utu.fi/fi/Yliopisto/yliopisto-tyonantajana/avoimet-tehtavat/Sivut/home.aspx
  2. Åbo Akademi University: https://www.abo.fi/personal/rekrytering

Latest publications at TUCS

Edited proceedings (1):

  1. Einar Broch Johnsen, Luigia Petre (Eds.), Integrated Formal Methods, 10th International Conference, IFM 2013, Turku, Finland, June 10-14, 2013. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7940, Springer, 2013.

Articles in journals (4):

  1. Alexei Iliasov, Elena Troubitsyna, Linas Laibinis, Alexander Romanovsky, Kimmo Varpaaniemi, Dubravka Ilic, Timo Latvala, Developing Mode-Rich Satellite Software by Refinement in Event-B. Science of Computer Programming 78(7), 884–905, 2013.
  2. Syed M. A. H. Jafri, Liang Guang, Ahmed Hemani, Kolin Paul, Juha Plosila, Hannu Tenhunen, Energy-aware fault-tolerant NoCs addressing multiple traffic classes. Microprocessors and Microsystems- Embedded Hardware Design 10.1016/j.micpro.2013.04.005, 1–13, 2013.
  3. Nikulin Yury, Karelkina Olga , Mäkelä Marko, On Accuracy, Robustness and Tolerances in Vector Boolean Optimization. European Journal of Operational Research 224, 449–457, 2013.
  4. Peter Sarlin, Exploiting the Self-Organizing Financial Stability Map. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence 26(5), 1532–1539, 2013.

Articles in proceedings (14):

  1. Fredrik Abbors, Tanwir Ahmad, Dragos Truscan, Ivan Porres, Model-Based Performance Testing in the Cloud Using the MBPeT Tool. In: Seelam Seetharami (Ed.), Proceedings of the 4th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE '13), ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering 1, 423–424, ACM, 2013.
  2. Petr Alexeev, Pontus Boström, Marina Waldén, Mikko Huova, Matti Linjama, Kaisa Sere, Fault-tolerant Scheduling of Stateful Tasks in Uniprocessor Real-time Systems. In: César Benavente-Peces, Joaquim Filipe (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Embedded Computing and Communication Systems, 189 – 194 , SCITEPRESS, 2013.
  3. Adnan Ashraf, Cost-Efficient Virtual Machine Provisioning for Multi-tier Web Applications and Video Transcoding. In: Pavan Balaji, Dick Epema, Thomas Fahringer (Eds.), 13th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid), 66–69, IEEE Computer Society, 2013.
  4. Adnan Ashraf, Fareed Jokhio, Tewodros Deneke, Sebastien Lafond, Ivan Porres, Johan Lilius, Stream-Based Admission Control and Scheduling for Video Transcoding in Cloud Computing. In: Pavan Balaji, Dick Epema, Thomas Fahringer (Eds.), 13th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid), 482–489, IEEE Computer Society, 2013.
  5. Johannes Holvitie, Ville Leppänen, DebtFlag: Technical Debt Management with a Development Environment Integrated Tool. In: Philippe Kruchten, Robert Nord, Ipek Ozkaya (Eds.), 2013 4th International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt (MTD), 20–27, Conference Publishing Consulting, 2013.
  6. Sami Hyrynsalmi, Arho Suominen, Marko Seppänen, Tuomas Mäkilä, The Relevance of Customer Reviews in the Mobile Application Marketplaces. In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Management of Technology, 1–12, International Association of Management of Technology, 2013.
  7. Syed M. A. H. Jafri, Ozan Ozbak, Ahmed Hemani, Nasim Farahini, Kolin Paul, Juha Plosila, Hannu Tenhunen Tenhunen, Energy-Aware CGRAs Using Dynamically Re-Configurable Isolation Cells. In: Mark Budnik (Ed.), in Proc. International Symposium for Quality and Design (ISQED), 1–8, IEEE, 2013.
  8. Syed M. A. H. Jafri, Stanislaw Piestrak, Kolin Paul, Ahmed Hemani, Juha Plosila, Hannu Tenhunen, Energy-Aware Fault-Tolerant CGRAs Addressing Application with Different Reliability Needs. In: Eugenio Villar (Ed.), in Proc. Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD), 1–9, IEEE, 2013.
  9. Syed M. A. H. Jafri, Muhammad Adeel Tajammul, Ahmed Hemani, Juha Plosila, Hannu Tenhunen, Energy Aware Task Parallelism for Efficient Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling in CGRAs. In: Olli Silvén (Ed.), in Proc. International Conference on Embedded Computer Systems Architecture, Modeling and Simulations (SAMOS) , 1–9, IEEE, 2013.
  10. Matti Mäntymäki, A.K.M. Najmul Islam, Continued Social Virtual World Use among Teens: Examining the Moderating Role of Perceived Network Exposure. In: R. H. Jr. Sprague (Ed.), Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 3252–3261, IEEE, 2013.
  11. Thomas Schildknecht, Andreas Hinze, Juhani Peltonen, Tero Säntti, Tim Flohrer, Improved Space Object Observation Techniques using CMOS Detectors. In: Heiner Klinkrad, Holger Krag (Eds.), 6th European Conference on Space Debris, , ESA/ESOC, 2013.
  12. Muhammad Adeel Tajammul, Syed M. A. H. Jafri, Ahmed Hemani, Juha Plosila, Hannu Tenhunen, Private Configuration Environments for Efficient Configuration in CGRAs. In: Tarek El-Ghazawi (Ed.), in Proc. Application Specific Systems Architectures and Processors (ASAP), 1–10, IEEE, 2013.
  13. A.K.M. Najmul Islam, Matti Mäntymäki, Continuance of Professional Social Networking Sites: A Decomposed Expectation-Confirmation Approach . In: F. George Joey (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, Paper 5, AIS, 2012.
  14. Sonja Leskinen, Can Information Systems Expand the Limits of Equine Medication?. In: Elena Karahanna, Angelika Kokkinaki, Antonis Stylianou (Eds.), Mediterranean Conference on Infromation Systems (MCIS), paper 12, 2011.

Chapters in edited books (1):

  1. Muhammad Nazrul Islam, Franck Tetard, Integrating Semiotics Perception in Usability Testing to Improve Usability Evaluation. In: Miguel A. Garcia-Ruiz (Ed.), Cases on Usability Engineering: Design and Development of Digital Products, 145–169, IGI Global, 2013.

TUCS Lecture Notes (1):

  1. Michael Butler, Stefan Hallerstede, Marina Waldén (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th Rodin User and Developer Workshop, TUCS Lecture Notes 18, TUCS, 2013.

Ph.D. thesis (1):

  1. Peter Sarlin, Mapping Financial Stability. TUCS Dissertations 159. Åbo Akademi University, 2013.

Technical reports (4):

  1. Tanwir Ahmad, Fredrik Abbors, Dragos Truscan, Ivan Porres, Model-Based Performance Testing Using the MBPeT Tool. TUCS Technical Reports 1066, Turku Centre for Computer Science, 2013.
  2. Vladimir Emelichev, Vladimir Korotkov, Yury Nikulin, Stability Analysis of One Portfolio in Multicriteria Markowitz's Investment Problem with Savage's Risk Criteria Endowed with Hölder Metric. TUCS Technical Reports 1077, TUCS, 2013.
  3. Jarkko Peltomäki, Introducing Privileged Words: Privileged Complexity of Sturmian Words. TUCS Technical Reports 1081, TUCS, 2013.
  4. Inna Pereverzeva, Linas Laibnis, Elena Troubitsyna, Markus Holmberg, Mikko Pöri, Formal Modelling of Resilient Data Storage in the Cloud. TUCS Technical Reports 1076, 978-952-12-2887-2, 2013.