According to a recent demographic study in Oulu, the lifestyles of young men who play a lot of video games are less healthy than those of their peers who are less avid gamers.
The University of Oulu improved its results on key questions of the Finnish Bachelor’s Graduate Survey in 2019. The result report presents the results as averages of the answers to the questions, i.e. the best result is 100 points and the lowest result is 20. At the whole university level, the students gave the best assessments to the following statements: “I feel good at my university” (85 points), “in problem situations, I have found a person from whom I have been able to ask for advice if needed” (82.8 points) and “I have been satisfied with my interaction with the teaching staff” (80.7 points). The University of Oulu received the weakest assessments from its students for the following statements: “the feedback I receive from teachers has helped me in my studies” (66.5 points) and “I have been satisfied with the influencing and participation opportunities offered by my study programme” (71.9 points).
”Radio frequencies are a natural resource, and as such, there is fierce competition on who gets to use them. It really is a fight over natural resources, and we must work toward a more fair and sustainable use of the radio spectrum”, says Marja Matinmikko-Blue, Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor from the University of Oulu.
The changing climate affects not only the environment and livelihoods of Saami people, but also their language and culture. The “SAAMI – Adaptation of Saami people to the climate change” project of the University of Oulu examined climate change-related perceptions and experiences of Saami people living in the Saami home region and living off reindeer herding.
6G Flagship is pursuing a brave challenge to formulate a research vision for 6G mobile communications together with esteemed experts around the globe. White papers were chosen as a suitable format for refining experts’ views and alternative scenarios in the 6G domain.
At the beginning of 2020, the EU kicked off the international CoroPrevention research project, which concentrates on the prevention of heart diseases. The Onnikka weight management app developed at the University of Oulu plays an important role in the project.
In its meeting on 28 April, the Board of Directors of the University of Oulu heard the results of the property strategy analysis and made a decision to start project planning to build a 1st stage of a new campus in Raksila in Oulu city centre. The floor area of the plan is approximately 30 000 square meters at this point and the project planning is estimated to take approximately one year. The university will propose a change in the local plan for the Raksila area to the City of Oulu.
Urgent environmental concerns have given birth to the slow but massive transformation of the global energy system. The zero-marginal cost of renewable energy is steering the system towards radically new possibilities while researchers and developers in Finland and around the globe explore how the electricity grid can be modernised towards the so-called Smart Grid.
The University of Oulu collects information worldwide on the effects of the coronavirus crisis on people's everyday life. Experiencing the Pandemic project material will be used in a variety of disciplines, including in dealing with potential new crises.
THE University Impact 2020: University of Oulu is a strong influencer in sustainable economic growth and innovations
The University of Oulu is placed between the 201st and 300th in THE University Impact 2020, an international comparison of universities. The rankings assess the social and economic impact of universities based on their commitment to promote the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
6G Flagship’s Wireless Medical Communications research team (WiMeC) focuses on realizing a vision of future healthcare services, which are enabled by the use of the latest wireless technology. The team pursues essentially three lines of research: wireless body area networks (WBAN), full chain of data transfer from measurements to patient’s electronic health record, and novel secure solutions for care facilities.
In the world of birds, the winds of change are blowing. Climate change affects bird living conditions during migration as well as in the wintering and nesting areas. Many bird species suffer, some benefit.
Building a new campus near the center of Oulu is a strong option.
At the University of Oulu, two research infrastructures are making new headway in fundamental research which will have far-reaching consequences for future systems and communication technologies. These two projects - PII, Printed Intelligence Infrastructure and FUWIRI, Research Infrastructure for Future Wireless Communications - received major funding totalling 3,1 million euros from the Academy of Finland in the previous funding round.
Researchers from Umeå University, Germany and Finland discover novel mechanism clarifying the slow nutrient cycling in Arctic soils. Absence of earthworms can explain why Arctic plants are starving for nitrogen. The study was published 14.4.2020 in the prestigious Nature Communications.
The corona of the Sun has shrunk as solar magnetic activity has slowed down in recent decades. The Sun's magnetic activity has been modelled up to a thousand years back, but there are no reliable forecasts for the coming decades available yet.
During these last two years, assistant professor Hirley Alves has been building the machine-type wireless communications (MTC) team working towards the 6G Flagship vision of near-instant unlimited connectivity. Under the umbrella of MTC lies two key components: critical and massive MTC.
Onel Alcaraz López defends his doctoral thesis “Resource allocation for machine-type communication: from massive connectivity to ultra-reliable low-latency” on 16 April 2020 at the University of Oulu, Finland. Connectivity enthousiasts around the globe are invited to join the event starting at 12:00 UTC+2h via https://oulu.zoom.us/j/210308386. No registration is needed, just hop online!
The University of Oulu maintains the Saami Culture Archive, which has been keeping a record of life in the Saami area for over a century. The digitalisation of the archive materials has been supported by donations made to the university, and so now it is easier than ever to make use of the archive in research and teaching. With the help of students and researchers with skills in the Saami languages, the secrets of the archive are now also being opened up for use in multidisciplinary research in the northern regions.
The University of Oulu is well-equipped to take part in the joint efforts to tackle the coronavirus epidemic.
Hannu I. Heikkinen finds it endlessly fascinating when research subjects’ stories draw the cultural anthropologist’s attention to a new direction.
The multidisciplinary GenZ profiling project of the University of Oulu begins to materialise when the tenure track assistant and associate professors selected in January begin their research activities. At the same time, the project objective of bringing human orientation to digitalisation is highlighted from the perspective of the different research fields.
Professor Marcos Katz’s team has recently demonstrated how light can be used to convey data to and from in-body devices such as implants.
The Board of the University of Oulu has chosen Professor Taina Pihlajaniemi, Doctor of Medicine, to continue as Vice Rector for Research for a five-year term starting on 1 July 2020. Pihlajaniemi has served as Vice Rector for Research for two terms, since 2010.