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MIDE Summer Seminar at Hanasaari on 8 June 2010

Sixty people gathered at Hanasaari Cultural Centre to get an update on MIDE research projects. Recent developments were detailed in concise project presentations.

MIDE Visiting Professor Irem Tumer from Oregon State University was the first to present her research on providing systematic and mathematical methods to design, model, and analyze highly complex and integrated systems. Her main research areas are risk-based design, model-based design, system analysis and optimization, and uncertainty modelling during design, applied to complex engineering systems such as aircraft and spacecraft. Professor Tumer has taken part in several MIDE research projects, including HybLab, which aims to halve heavy machinery’s energy usage, and CNB-E. ”This summer I am testing platforms in cooperation with NASA”, says Tumer. ”Research projects only get funded for nine months in a year, so the practical testing carried on during the remaining three is a welcome practical antidote to theoretical research work.”

MIDE-cooperation more international

International cooperation has gained headway within the MIDE framework: the inter-project collaboration of old is being complemented with international contributions. Among others HighLight, which researches inorganic LEDs, OtaSizzle which concentrates on mobile social media services, and contextual information interface project Ul-Art have all benefited from international research cooperation with French, New Zealander and Chinese institutes respectively. Even high quality research projects are affected by prevailing circumstances, and thus project cooperation in Kenya has currently stalled due to social unrest. ”We hope to get the project back on track with Nairobi University as well”, says professor Martti Mäntylä of OtaSizzle.

Projects progressing as planned

Research has progressed according to plan, and for instance ISMO project has been able to test their wireless structural health monitoring system on the wings of an aeroplane. MIDE’s IPPES project which develops a fuel cell system for portable electronic appliances has proved its basic hypothesis correct using a platinum catalyst, and HybLab’s latest results have demonstrated the importance of electro hydraulics research.

MIDE research funding is still available for visiting professors and Aalto cooperation. More information from project manager Sami Ylönen, sami.ylonen@tkk.fi.