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Three Visiting Professors to MIDE Research Program

MIDE has provided funding for three new visiting professors. The internationally highly appreciated professors will be joining Helsinki University of Technology´s MIDE Research Program. MIDE leader Professor Yrjö Neuvo looks forward to this cooperation and says that visiting professors Tumer, Parviz and Billinghurst strongly support MIDE’s basic research collaboration and internationalization objectives. The professors have connections altogether to nine MIDE projects. “We look forward with great enthusiasm to what kind of new knowledge, cooperation and innovations they will catalyze."

Professor Irem Tumer, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University, USA. Professor Turner will be contributing to the following MIDE projects: HybLab, CNB-E, IPPES, ISMO, HighLight and Exergy

Research Area

Professor Irem Tumer´s research focuses on providing systematic and mathematical methods to design, model, and analyze highly complex and integrated systems. Her main areas of interest are in risk-based design, model-based design, system analysis and optimization, and uncertainty modeling during design, applied to complex engineering systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, etc. Professor Tumer´s earlier work focused on design for manufacturing, vibration monitoring, and failure analysis.

Host in Finland Professor Eric Coatanéa, Department of Engineering Design and Production, HybLab, TKK

Professor Babak Amir Parviz, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, USA, Professor Parviz will be supporting these following MIDE projects: HighLight, IPPES and CNB-E.

Research Area

This visit aims to establish a nexus between the hosting research groups at the Helsinki University of Technology in the field of energy research. The groups are active in electrochemistry, carbon nanomaterials and photonics/solid-state nano/microfabrication. Professor Parviz’s unique research background and training both in chemistry and semiconductor devices, will allow him to conduct a cutting-edge research. He has an established track record of research with more that 120 journal and conference papers in the area. Professor Parviz is a recognized world leader in the field of self-assembly. In collaboration with the groups in TKK, he will conduct research on developing physical and chemical programming methods to attach nano-scale and micron-scale components to pre-defined targets and to establish connections to them. This research not only is applicable to making miniature microsystems but also can have a significant impact on making devices with unusual form factors such as flexible circuits and on integrating electronic and optical function onto unconventional materials such as glass and clothing fabrics. He is the recipient of the prestigious and highly competitive CAREER Award from the US National Science Foundation and was selected last year by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35

Host in Finland Professor Harri Lipsanen, HighLight / Micronova, TKK

Professor Mark Billinghurst, HIT Lab, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Professor Billinghurst contributes to MIDE´s UI-Art, OtaSizzle and VINCO projects.

Research Area

Professor Billinghurst has a wide knowledge and expertise in human computer interface technology, particularly in the area of Augmented Reality, the overlay of three-dimensional images on the real world. Professor Billinghurst is the main developer of the ARToolKit that is the most widely used platform to build augmented reality applications. At the HIT Lab NZ he is working on an Augmented Reality client for mobile social networking applications. This will allow users to see virtual information about their social network of friends and contacts superimposed over the real world. The HIT Lab NZ has been conducting research on collaborative virtual environments, and in particular how 3D collaborative virtual environments can be used to support meetings and provide and enhanced sense of remote presence.

Host in Finland Professor Samuel Kaski, Department of Computer Science, TKK