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14.1.2021 News

Nearly 13 million euros from the Academy of Finland to strengthen the research profile areas at the University of Oulu

The Academy of Finland is supporting universities in strengthening their research profiles and has now granted Profi funding for the years 2021-2026. The University of Oulu was granted 12.79 million euros to support its strong research areas of 6G, lifelong health and arctic research. The application of the University of Oulu was rated excellent by the international panel of experts.

13.1.2021 News

Noteworthy recognition to Professor Anssi Paasi – the first Finn after A. E. Nordenskiöld to receive the prestigious Vega medal

Founded in 1878, the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG) has awarded the prestigious Vega medal to Professor of Geography Anssi Paasi from the University of Oulu on the basis of his scientific merit. In its explanatory memorandum, the society emphasises the importance of Paasi’s research for the critical renewal and expansion of political geography.

12.1.2021 News

Ancient DNA shows how reindeer pastoralism spread 500 years ago

Archaeologists and geneticists of the University of Oulu found out that domesticated reindeer replaced wild reindeer at the Sámi offering places in Northern Finland in the 15th to 17th centuries. The research group analyzed archaeological reindeer bone finds from four Sámi offering places. The analyzed samples dated from the late 12th century to the 17th century.

11.1.2021 News

Developing new ways of learning through education technology

Wanting to develop new models of learning has been a driving force in Chris Hutchinson's career. As the Covid-19 pandemic is changing the way we live and learn, the skills of a learning designer are in high demand.

11.1.2021 News

Declining Arctic sea ice drives divergent shrub growth around the north

The implications of shrub growth responses to sea ice-induced changes in climate are Pan Arctic wide with global consequences including: landscape carbon sequestration, diets of caribou, reindeer and muskoxen as well as strengthening positive albedo feedbacks to future climate warming.

5.1.2021 News

Cultural anthropologist found by arctic studies

Arctic researchers are a little different, says university lecturer in cultural anthropology Roger Norum, a native New Yorker who ended up in Oulu.

30.12.2020 News

Digitalisation through the eyes of young people and the tourist industry

The GenZ project, which brings a human-centred approach to digitalisation, is receiving two extra assistant professors. Noora Hirvonen will be examining the role of artificial intelligence in young people's everyday lives, while Siamak Seyfi is researching the connections between digitalisation and tourism.

22.12.2020 News

Fab Labs' Nordic co-operation is intensifying

The Nordic Fab Labs have strengthened their co-operation by establishing an association. The presidency of the association rotates the Nordic countries and the autonomous territories belonging to the Nordic countries, so that each in turn is responsible for leading the association. The board has a member from all the Nordic countries.

21.12.2020 News

Straight from Computer Science and Engineering studies to work

Having a good understanding of how things work under the hood is essential to problem-solving. Anastasiia Borodulina is able to use her wealth of technical knowledge from machine vision to 3D modelling in her job on a daily basis.

21.12.2020 News

A green living environment encourages middle-aged people to do physical activity

Residential greenness encourages middle-aged people to do physical activity, according to a joint study by the University of Oulu and Oulu Deaconess Institute Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine. Living in a green environment especially increases light physical activity, particularly among men. 

18.12.2020 News

New Master's Programme in Epidemiology and Biomedical Data Science combines medical and data sciences

Altogether 23 degree programmes taught in English are available - next application period on 7-20 January 2021. University of Oulu now opens a record number of five new international degree programmes in the fields of epidemiology and business analytics, chemistry, and digitalisation.

17.12.2020 News

Multi-functional, self-sustainable sensing components for smart skin

Electronic skin (e-skin) is a thin, flexible and adaptable electronic material that mimics the functions and properties of human skin and can be widely used in healthcare, industry, robotics and a new generation of prostheses. For example, e-skin enables the detection of contact and heat on machines and devices, increasing their intelligence and opportunities for interaction with the environment and human. In the coming decades, e-skin will be one of the key technologies in the societal shift towards intelligent automation and human and machine evolution.

16.12.2020 News

Science-based rap about environmental concerns and hope

Researchers from the University of Oulu are highlighting important themes of environmental change in cooperation with artists. Insights from research were combined with the expertise of a musician and graphic designer, resulting in the music video Prospects.

14.12.2020 News

Business studies and personal interests led to enjoyable career

Digital marketing specialist Dennis Kelley's hobbies and work complement one another. Creating video content for work goes hand in hand with maintaining a personal YouTube channel.

11.12.2020 News

The brain pulsates differently in people suffering from Alzheimer's disease

Researchers at the University of Oulu have developed a new method for detecting changes in the brain’s cleaning system. The study showed that in patients with Alzheimer's disease, pulsations in the brain's blood vessels differ from those in healthy individuals. This discovery enables the development of new types of treatments and diagnostic tools for memory loss diseases.

9.12.2020 News

Prestigious two million euro ERC funding for photocatalyst research at University of Oulu

A prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) has been awarded to Associate Professor Dr. Wei Cao at the University of Oulu, Finland. The 2M€ grant is to support a project entitled of “Cross-dimensional Activation of Two-Dimensional Semiconductors for Photocatalytic Heterojunctions”. Photocatalyst developments will follow materials properties regulated by spatial dimensions and photocatalysis studies consider time dependences of chemical reactions.

9.12.2020 News

Feasibility tests for future air mobility

Ambitious project plans with tight schedules have faced drastic delays due to the pandemic, which has put  a halt on mobility and has limited access to research premises and equipment.  One  of  the  multipartner  projects  forced to redraft  its  research steps is the EU-funded ICT project 5G!Drones. Committed to trial selected use cases for the most prominent unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications, the project relies on the complementary  expertise  from  20  organisations  around  Europe, both universities and companies.

8.12.2020 News

Automated and mobile X-ray device to improve and speed up health services

An accident, such as falling on a ski slope, usually requires an X-ray examination of the injured limb and a trip to the nearest hospital or emergency clinic. In the near future, imaging services can be brought closer to the patient.

7.12.2020 News

6G Flagship participates in the first EC funded 6G project with leading European industry

The Hexa-X project has been awarded funding from the European Commission under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, a significant step toward bringing together key ind

7.12.2020 News

Came here for the top-tier education – stayed for the feeling of being home

Ahnaf Ahmad says that Oulu was a good match for his ambitions. During his studies in Wireless Communications Engineering, he got an internship at Nokia that has turned into a full-time job.

3.12.2020 News

Artificial intelligence and computer modelling are revolutionising research into lower back pain

The University of Oulu is participating in an extensive international research project that uses tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) and computer modelling to explore the significance of intervertebral disc degeneration in lower back pain. Funding from European Commission is used to hire early-stage researchers who will be trained to apply what they have learned during the project to other national diseases.

2.12.2020 News

Associate professor Mehdi Bennis elevated to IEEE Fellow

Associate professor Mehdi Bennis from the Centre for Wireless Communications has been elevated to the grade of an IEEE Fellow. The IEEE fellowship is attributed for his contributions to resource optimization in heterogeneous and low-latency wireless networks.

1.12.2020 News

Neurocenter Finland gathers up neuroscience research

All information on Finnish neuroscience research will be collected in one place, Neurocenter Finland. Neurocenter Finland is a cooperation network that creates a new operating environment for researchers and stakeholders and improves the visibility of research related to neurological issues and brain diseases while improving the availability of information on the subject. The University of Oulu and the Oulu University Hospital are included in the Neurocenter network.

1.12.2020 News

Universities outlined remote exams: remote monitoring can be used under precise conditions

The corona year has greatly increased the need for remote exams in universities, and there has also been a public debate about remote monitoring related to exam situations. Finnish higher education institutions have now drawn up common guidelines for organizing the supervision of remote exams.