3DFysio -projektin loppuseminaari 15.1.2019 – käyttäjäkokemukset ja motivaatiotekijät etäkuntoutuksessa

Tervetuloa kuulemaan 3DFysio –projektista ja sen tuloksista loppuseminaariimme Kaupin kampukselle 15.1. klo 10:30-14:30! Seminaarissa kuulemme mm. mukana olleen kuntoutujan kokemuksia. Ilmoittaudu tästä 8.1. mennessä! Etäosallistuminen mahdollista tämän linkin kautta. Lisätietoa: hannu.jarvinen@tamk.fi. Ohjelma ja tarkempi paikkatieto tämän blogijulkaisun lopussa.

3DFysio –etäkuntoutusprojekti alkaa olla loppusuoralla, sillä projekti päättyy virallisesti helmikuun 2019 lopussa. On ihmeellistä, kuinka nopeasti kaksi vuotta on vierähtänyt, tuntuu kuin juuri oltaisiin pidetty aloituspalaveri. Paljon on kylläkin tapahtunut aloituspalaverin jälkeen. Muistin kätköistä nousee päällimmäiseksi ainakin seuraavat ponnistelut: eettisen lausuntopyynnön laatiminen ja puoltavan lausunnon saaminen, 3DFysion tuunaaminen tutkimukseen Kineson ja Apilan toimesta (mm. 30 fysioterapialiikkeen valmistaminen reumakuntoutujille), tutkimusdatan kerääminen useaan otteeseen yhteensä vuoden kestäneen tutkimusjakson aikana (joista antoisimpana käyttäjien haastattelut), datan analyysi, artikkelien kirjoitus.. Tässä projektissa olemme toimineet mielenkiintoisessa monialaisessa tiimissä – fysioterapeutit, insinöörit, liiketalouden ammattilaiset, käyttäjäkokemusammattilaiset (mukaan lukien psykologi) sulassa sovussa ja toisiamme pääsääntöisesti ymmärtäen. Kuntoutumiskeskus Apilan upeat puitteet tarjosivat useaan otteeseen projektin aikana luonnon voimauttavaa vaikutusta ja mielenrauhaa juuri silloin kun sitä tarvittiin. Tässä projektissa kaikki tekivät osuutensa tunnollisesti ja haasteista selvittiin hienosti maaliin saakka! Katsothan äskettäin julkaistun artikkelin 3DFysio –tutkimuksesta Terveys&Talous –lehdessä. Vilkaise myös aiempi juttu Rajapinta –lehdessä.

 

 

 

 

Tässä muutamia poimintoja löydöksistämme. Ensinnäkin, 3DFysio –sovellus todettiin vastaavan hyvin etäkuntoutuksen haasteeseen, jossa kuntoutujien tulisi ottaa vastuuta omasta kuntoutuksestaan omassa arjessa ilman jatkuvaa, suoraa tukea kuntoutuskeskuksesta. Sovellus tuki pitkäkestoista kuntoutusprosessia (9 kk) monella eri tavoin: personoitu ja päivitettävä kuntoutusohjelma, 3D avatar harjoitusliikkeiden katsomiseen, kommunikaatiokanava kuntoutujan ja fysioterapeutin välillä. Sovelluksen tarjoaman tuen merkitys ei sammunut pitkäkestoisestikaan, vaikka sen käyttötavat hieman muuttuivatkin kuntoutuksen aikana. Tablettitietokoneen, johon sovellus oli asennettu, koettiin toimivan konkreettisena muistuttajana harjoitteiden tekemiseen, kun taas perinteisten paperisten fysioterapiaohjeiden koettiin helposti unohtuvan pöytälaatikkoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kuntoutuksen aikana käyttäjät näyttivät muodostavan positiivisen suhteen sovelluksen kanssa. Aluksi sovelluksen koettiin olevan neuvoja, joka tarjosi ohjelman ja tavoitteet, tarkan neuvonnan liikkeistä sekä mahdollisuuden kysyä apua erilaisiin tilanteisiin. Myöhemmin, aktiivisen neuvojan rooli vaihtui enemmänkin kumppaniksi, joka on mukana kuntoutumisessa. 3DFysio oli toimiva tuki kuntoutukseen, koska se antoi tarpeeksi autonomian tunnetta kuntoutujalle. Sovellus antoi riittävästi tukea ominaisuuksillaan, mutta jätti tilaa kuntoutujan omalle toiminnalle ja kompetenssin kehittymiselle. Lisäksi se tarjosi sopivan määrän ominaisuuksia ollakseen hallittavissa ja helposti opittavissa kohderyhmälleen. Eräs tärkeä motivaatiotekijä oli se, että kuntoutusohjelma ja tavoitteet personoitiin jokaiselle kuntoutujalle omanlaisekseen. Palkitsevuutta sovelluksessa annettiin kommunikaatiokanavan kautta fysioterapeuttien viestitellessä kuntoutujille positiivista palautetta heidän edistyksestään sekä tsemppiviesteinä. Sovellus tuki kuntoutujien harjoitusrutiinin muodostumista ja eli mukana arjen haasteissa sekä ilon hetkissä. Sovelluksen tukemana kuntoutujat saivat huomata konkreettisia muutoksia hyvinvoinnissaan, mikä tietysti kannusti jatkamaan. Sovellus tarjosi yhteistyöalustan kuntoutujan ja fysioterapeutin välille – vastavuoroisuus toimi tärkeänä motivaattorina, kun fysioterapeutit antoivat huomiota ja tukea kuntoutukseen ja olivat läsnä tarvittaessa, ja kuntoutujat puolestaan sitoutuivat tekemään harjoituksia. Sosiaalinen tuki fysioterapeuteilta, ja jo pelkästään tieto ja tunne siitä, että tukea on tarvittaessa saatavilla, oli erittäin tärkeä motivoiva tekijä. Näyttäisikin siltä, että sovellus toimii parhaiten osana kuntoutusprosessia. Sen avulla voidaan välittää tukea ja motivaatiota arkeen kuntoutujan kotioloissa. Kuten eräs kuntoutuja tokaisi: ”Niin, en minä usko että jos emäntä ois käskeny (tekemään harjoitteita) että minä olisin uskonu, mutta se kone tuntu saavan minut liikkeelle. Kyllä se minusta oli, että siinä (tabletilla) on se asia, mitä varten homma on tehty. Se sai minun, siihen vähän niinku sitoutuun, siihen touhuun.” 

Kirjoittanut, Aino Ahtinen – 3DFysio -projektin projektipäällikkö ja vastuullinen tutkija

 

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Hyvää joulua! Happy Holidays!

Pervasive Computing is wistfully ending as a laboratory when Christmas 2018 is coming near. But its like arriving in Pyhäjärvi lake boat and departing for an ocean chip – feeling sad anD excited at the same time. Looking forward to the new Computing Sciences unit and meeting  you in this blog next year as well. We wish Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to our blog and Twitter followers and partners in cooperation!

Suomenkielisille tämän joulun spesiaali on labran pikkujouluissa ensimmäisen ja viimeisen esityksensä saanut kappale, jonka labran vetäjä TimoD esitti. Viisussa on huomioitu labran kaikki tutkimusalueet ja tarpeeksi lauta- jne. pelejä pelaamalla saa sopivaa vastapainoa työlle.  Muistakaa nukkuakin tarpeeksi tänä jouluna! Meidän kaikkien puolesta oikein Hyvää Joulua ja Onnellista Uutta Vuotta twiittien ja blogimme seuraajille!

1.

Entä jos oisit nobelin saanut tietokonetekniikalla?

Entä jos Pepper vois tunteita näyttää ja sinua ihailla?

Olisiko Google ja Facebook täältä maailman valloittaneet,

jos Rubya lapset tarhassa olisi aiemmin oppineet?

Kerto

Meitä auttaa konsistori, kääntäjä ja prosessori

Ei täällä pärjää voi luovuttamalla, Tammerkosken rantamalla

Tee kolme on valon suova, huipukkuuden meille tuova

Täällä pärjää vain koodaamalla, sekä tarpeeksi pelaamalla!

2.

Entä jos salausta meidän ei kukaan pysty purkamaan?

Entä jos Plussaan kaikki ne kurssit saatais mahtumaan?

Oisko me pelastettu koko Suomi huonoilta ohjelmilta,

jos gitti ja quutee ja ceeii sujuisi aivan kaikilta?

3.

Näin teitä kaikkia kiittää tahdon matkasta yhteisestä.

Mahtava luovuus lähtee teistä kaikista ihmisistä!

Tällä me mennään uutta kohti mitään pelkäämättä,

ja tehdään aina kaikki työmme suurella sydämellä!

(Alkuperäinen biisi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a22mUEFz5JU)

text by Timo D Hämäläinen

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ACSAC ’18 in Puerto Rico

Hey there! At the beginning of this month, three members of the NISEC group (Nicola, Sohaib and I) traveled to Puerto Rico to escape kaamos present our paper “Side-Channel Analysis of SM2: A Late-Stage Featurization Case Study”.
In our paper we present a Side-Channel Analysis of SM2, a public key cryptography suite originating from Chinese standards, in three different fronts: timing, cache-timing and electromagnetic (EM). To our surprise, the paper was very well received! It was a runner up for best paper award.

Runner up for Best Paper Award!

 

The conference took place in Puerto Rico, a U.S.A. territory in the Caribbean, which was devastated last year by Hurricane Maria but for our surprise runs smoothly, although many parts are still under construction.

The conference runs three tracks in parallel, with two tracks assigned to present papers and one track for panel discussions on relevant “hot” topics for information security such as block chain and machine learning. An interesting fact is that in the conference there is a strong presence of U.S.A. universities and intelligence departments such as the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Air Force.

We had the opportunity to visit Old San Juan, the second oldest city in America founded by colonist. A beautiful old town surrounded by a fort that offers incredible views to the sea.

Knock knock!

Old door to enter San Juan.

Finally, for the social activity after the conference we visited the radio telescope in the Arecibo Observatory. A massive dish with special panels and a dome telescope used to transmit and receive radio signals, calculate distances and rotations, reconstruct the shape of objects in space, and as scenery for movies like James Bond Golden Eye!

Golden Eye anyone?

Arecibo Radio Telescope

It was a wonderful experience for a conference and definitively recommended if you are in the field of information security. Next year the conference is again in Puerto Rico, so stay put for the CFP.

– Nicola, Sohaib and Cesar

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Teaching Software Engineering is more than just coding

Teaching professional software engineers goes beyond coding skills.

Coding is needed, too

Some years back we started a renewal of our beginner to intermediate level software development courses. In this effort we wanted tackle the challenges of:

  • The very first programming courses having a huge number of students with heterogeneous backgrounds and interests to programming. Some students plan to be professional software engineers and may already have substantial programming experience. On the other hand, the basics of programming need to be taught to all technology students.
  • Aligning the content of the several courses with no gaps or unnecessary overlaps.
  • Not wanting to teach only “coding” skills, but also other important practices of professional software development. We think that we should teach Software Engineers – software professionals who are more than just coders: they should manage various aspects of project and project management.
  • Providing content that is modern enough to match the current needs in the industry, and
  • Last but not least, students learning the underlying concepts in addition to technical details of programming languages and tools.

The first corner-stone of our renewal is utilization of online tools and automation. This allows each student to progress with their own style and rhythm 👩‍💻 🕺 🙋‍♂️. In addition, the use of electronic tools also gives the students a taste of digitalization in general, and prepare them to the trend of automatization in software engineering. For situations where personal help is needed, we have introduced Coditorium (Kooditorio in Finnish) – a friendly environment where students can come and ask help.

Secondly, we use modern software engineering tools already in early phases. This means, that use of version management tools (GitLab), Continuous Integration and automatic testing. Students gradually, and in a natural way, learn to use these tools as a part of they daily routine.

Beyond Coding

Software engineering is not just “coding”, i.e., expressing a solution in some programming language. A software engineer also needs to understand the question/need and select the solution before the actual coding can start. Thus, we have added “beyond coding” content to our programming courses.

After coding the quality need to be checked, i.e., software is tested. (No, this does not mean that we propose so called “waterfall”, the same thinking can also be applied to one feature at the time).  The responsibilities of the students are expanded gradually: in the first course they learn to implement simple programs with clear requirements and in the 4thcourse students are only given rather abstract requirements and the need to figure out what really should be implemented.

Similar gradual increase is given for the architecture. In the first two courses programs are rather small, but in the 3rdcourse students need to understand a bigger software and develop their contribution so that it fits to a bigger program. In the 4thcourse students also need to design the structure of the program so that development of it is easy in a three person group.

A view to our CD-toolchain used by courses

Software development is typically group work and it is also practiced in our set of courses. First two courses are based on individual work, but in the third course students work in pairs, and in the fourth course students form three-person groups. At the same time responsibility of work planning increases. In the fourth course students have reasonable large freedom to decide when and which order the different tasks are performed. All this also makes students to grown in their professional competence.

The courses implemented according to the above principles are

  • Programming 1: Introduction
  • Programming 2: Basics
  • Programming 3: Techniques
  • Programming 4: Design

FAQ

Q1:Which programming language you use? We start with interpreted language that do not require learning of tools like compilers. We continue with a compiled language with object orientation, static typing and IDE.

Q2: What programming language you use? If you insist: we use Python and C++, but the language is not the main issue: the concepts underneath matter more.

text by Kari Systä and Terhi Kilamo

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AI Hub Tampere: Formal opening ceremony on 10.12.2018

 

 

Event available on YouTube!

News about the event on Smart Tampere site.

AI Hub Tampere on Twitter

TUT Kampusareena auditorium was full of people who have arrived to celebrate the the opening of AI Hub Tampere, the very first AI Hub in Finland. AI Hub Tampere is led by Associate Professor Heikki Huttunen from Signal Processing, and there is a multidisciplinary team behind it consisting of competences in signal processing, computing sciences, robotics and human-machine interaction. AI Hub Tampere is a new artificial intelligence research center for intelligent machines hosted by Tampere University and funded by public instruments. The center organizes workshops, helpdesk sessions, experimental piloting and other support for adopting artificial intelligence in local companies. It’s main principle is to make AI easy to reach, affordable and all our services are free of charge, neutral and equal for all. The center is part of nationwide network of AI centers that is currently being built.

Heikki Huttunen presenting the components of AI Hub Tampere: networking, tools, robotics and human.

We were happy to hear many interesting speeches about AI. First, Mika Grundström, Dean of Computing and Electrical Engineering Faculty, talked about the focus of the new AI Hub and emphasized that the hub will enable efficient networking with academic and industrial partners around AI, as well as the it will offer a platform for working with real AI cases coming from companies. Associate Professor and head of Signal Processing Lab Joni Kämäräinen gave an overview for the impressive department of Signal Processing in Tampere University and gave many interesting examples of their work. He also mentioned a nice future vision of the autonomous machine to clean snow on the university yard and greeting the rector when she is arriving in workplace 🙂 In addition, Joni stated the importance of successfull human-robot interaction and ethics on the AI solutions that are being developed. Professor Moncef Gabbouj showed a video from a streetview, where their algorithm was accurately able to recognize and label all the objects on the busy street: cars, people and so on. The second example was about the prediction of of heart’s behavior from the sensors being built on wristwatch. These examples demonstrated very concretely how effective the AI already is. Then, it was Heikki Huttunen’s turn to introduce the AI Hub Tampere and it’s purpose as well as way of working. Basically, AI Hub wants to make life of companies easier and help them to adopt AI. Heikki mentioned a very important point on intelligent machines that will be working with humans in the future – the machine should be perveived as a safe companion, not an enemy.

The second set of speeches consisted of four talks. Manu Setälä from Business Finland, Antti Siren from FIMA (Forum fro Intelligent Machines) and Niina Siipola from Business Tampere gave concrete examples of how AI can be utilized in intelligent machines and also in practical city challenges. The big machines need AI for conducting abstract tasks autonomously, for handling exceptions and making predictions, learning new skills, imitation of human behavior and thinking (making machines more human-like) and in co-operation between human workers & machines. On the other hand, the city challenges solved by AI can relate to, e.g. optimizing traffic light systems. Last but not least, Associate Professor Reza Ghabcheloo gave insight on what kind of human-machine interaction is needed in order to design safe and predictable autonomous machines. He also promised that in two years from now we would get our coffee served by their autonomous mobile robot. For that and many other purposes we need to make robots to understand human needs.

Antti Siren from FIMA explaining the needs for AI on intelligent machines.

In the end of the event, there was a nice discussion on the multidisciplinary field of AI, and the challenge of getting out of own comfortable zones and research areas. There is definitely a need for collaboration, widening our knowledge and trying to understand each other who come from different fields. Together we can build fantastic, efficient, useful, usable and pleasurable services to benefit people in their complex world.

All the best for AI Hub Tampere <3

Written by Aino Ahtinen, the human-technology interaction specialist of AI Hub team

Ps. I was waiting for one word to be heard, which is so much related to human beings. The human-machine communication and interaction was mentioned for so many times. The that I wanted to hear is emotion, but it was not mentioned. Does this mean that we are currently only considering very pragmatic design questions when talking about AI and intelligent machines? If we really want to make machines to be more human-like, we cannot ignore the role of emotions, which basically tint all human decisions, behaviors and thoughts. Would there be some room for emotions on this field? Definitely in many areas. For example, the coffee serving robot would provide much more pleasurable experience if it detected some emotions and adjusted it’s behavior and service accordingly. Also, think about the washing machine, why cannot it be somehow emotional and emphathic for me – I need to work with it alot anyways and currently it feels very boring. Okay, maybe my service robot will do all those tasks in the future (but even that would need to be emotional in my opinion). Anyways, I think that the world would be much more interesting place if the machines would be intelligent and a bit more emotional <3 Stay tuned!

AI Hub Tampere opening event through the broadcast.

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Enterprise Architect

Our course Database Design (TIE-22201 2018 Tietokantojen suunnittelu) introduces a method to design relational databases with UML. A properly designed conceptual model of the problem domain is very helpful when creating a relational database.

For a few years, we have been lacking a decent UML tool. We have experimented with free tools and noticed that they do not properly support some UML structures needed by us well. Such structures include association class and n-ary association. In addition, we have encountered usability and stability issues with those free tools.

Luckily, our laboratory got an academic license for Enterprise Architect this fall. For more information about Enterprise Architect, visit https://www.sparxsystems.com/.

Now we are happy to use Enterprise Architect. It is relatively easy and visually appealing to create conceptual database models with it. See the following example:

 

(I have to admit I cheated with Class7. It seems creating an association class for n-ary association is not possible, so I used dependency instead. However, it is correct visually!)

text by Antti Luoto

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Valentina Lenarduzzi´s Colloquium on Technical Debt at the University of Milano-Bicocca

Valentina Lenarduzzi has been invited to present her research on “Technical Debt Analysis and Prioritization” at the at the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Valentina is currently collaborating with prof. Francesca Arcelli Fontana on Technical Debt focusing on architectural issues role such as architectural smells.

The popularity of Technical Debt is increasing rapidly. Many tools are available on the market and they propose a set of coding rules, which represent something wrong in the code that will soon be reflected in a fault or will increase maintenance effort. However, while the management of some companies is encouraging developers not to violate these rules in the first place, developers are skeptical of their importance [1].

On October 31st, Valentina presented her research interests, and her latest publications [1-9] introducing the state of the art on Technical Debt through recent and relevant research works.

 

Moreover, she presented a novel automated approach to classify the severity of Technical Debt and prioritize refactoring activities.

Text by Valentina Lenarduzzi

References:

  1. Taibi, A. Janes and V. Lenarduzzi. “How Developers Perceive smells in Source Code: A Replicated Study “. Information and Software Technology (IST), Vol. 92, pp. 223-235. December 2017. The paper was selected for the ESEM “Journal First” track in 2018.
  2. Janes, V. Lenarduzzi, and A.C. Stan. “A Continuous Software Quality Monitoring Approach for Small and Medium Enterprises”, 8th ACM/SPEC on International Conference on Performance Engineering Companion (ICPE ’17), L’Aquila (Italy), April 22-26, 2017, pp. 97-100.
  3. Lenarduzzi, A. C. Stan, D. Taibi, G. Venters and M. Windegger. “Prioritizing Corrective Maintenance Activities for Android Applications: An Industrial Case Study on Android Crash Reports” 10th International Conference on Software Quality Days, SWQD 2018; Vienna; Austria; 16-20 January 2018.
  4. Taibi. V. Lenarduzzi. “An Empirically Defined Set of Bad Architectural Smells for Microservices” IEEE Software, Vol 35, Issue 3, May/June, 2018.
  5. Pellegrini and V. Lenarduzzi. ” Are Code smells the root cause of faults? A continuous experimentation approach” 19th International Conference on Agile Software Development (XP2018)
  6. Lenarduzzi and D. Taibi. “Microservices, Continuous Architecture, and Technical Debt Interest: An Empirical Study” Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA)
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Industrial robotics is starting to use psychology to create perceptual experiences

Written by Valentina Ramirez Millan, HTI student in Psychology of Pervasive Computing course

Based on the Future of Robotics in Finland Seminar

In a technical world created by mathematicians, engineers and software developers it is easy to feel lost and out of the conversation when you came from the humanistic side, especially when the topic is industrial robots. If this situation feels familiar, this blog post is for you!

Here I will tell my experience in the seminar The Future of Robotics in Finland organized in Tampere University of Technology on the 23rd of November 2018.

It was the kind of event were the most of the jokes told by the speakers were referring to some complicated mathematical formulas and sensor that a UX Designer like me was not able to catch up and laugh at the same time. Fortunately my curiosity was bigger that my shame and I decided to stay and listen, there is always something to learn.

At the middle of his talk the professor of Computer Science and Engineering (in particular Robotics) Steven M. LaValle, who have worked for several years at Oculus developing VR, started talking about the use of technologies to design, develop and deliver perceptual experiences. He mentioned how the massive amount of technology we use every day is transforming the way we experience life with a direct impact in our sensory systems. This understanding drove his vision to a new field call perception engineering, which aims to deliver perceptual experience by understanding human physiology and human perception process, doing reverse engineering.

Scheme presented by Steven M. LaValle

Since an important contribution to this model comes from the knowledge of perceptual psychology and neuroscience, I was fascinated and happy to know that humanistic side is needed in robotics, even when he admitted that at the beginning the members of the team did not know exactly what the psychologist was doing there. (Finally a joke that I could laugh).

In his paper “The Path to (Human) Perception Engineering”, LaValle assesses the future of this field “This leads to unique challenges, including finding the correct engineering criteria for effectiveness and comfort, understanding the adaptation of sensory and perceptual systems, and designing new interfaces that exploit learnable motor programs.”

After the talk we went to a coffee break, and before you wonder, no it wasn’t robot barista there although it would have suited for the event 🙂 But I had the opportunity to get confused with some industrial robots presentations and also learn about a project developed by the FAST-Lab which is using haptic-gestures based interface to let a task expert teach to an industrial robot how to do certain task. This project aims to change the focus that robot trainers are always the ones who understand the code but not necessarily the expert on the task. More point for human-centered vision on robotics!

The second keynote that got my attention was ‘Cobots and the future of manufacturing’ given by Samuli Bergstrom, from Omron Electronics Oy. Cobots stand for collaborative robots, designed as line of industrial robots that are able to work with the presence of a person at the same time that robot is performing a task. One of the main features is the simple user interface that can be taught in five minutes.

Wait a minute, robotics considering UX? The answer is yes, and with that in mind I will like to end this post today. Designer, psychologist and any person that work with humanistics – don’t be afraid, robotics is waiting for us!

Café X’s robot barista, image taken from business insider.com

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SEFI2018 – Nothing is rotten in the state of Denmark

In September I had a chance to visit the European Society for Engineering Education or SEFI2018 conference: “Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education Excellence”. There were 164 papers, 20 workshops, 365 delegates in the conference.

The venue DTU (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet) is a 1829 founded technical university with a good ranking. DTU has 24 departments or centres (six active Centers of Excellence). In 2017, 5481 publications were made, and 66 % of them co-published with international researchers. DTU has about 11000 students, annually about 1500 MSc (of which 600 international) and about 350 PhD (of which 150 international) degrees granted, and 6000 staff members (FTE, full-time equivalent).

There were at least six presentations/papers by TUT personnel (!). Finns were the second active nation in participation of that SEFI (as has been also many times in earlier SEFIs).

It was warm week (daily about +25 C), good that we could stay inside all the time. 😉 Clouds started crying (raining) just at the ending time of SEFI2018 on Friday.

The most important news first

DTU restaurant had many food lines, and the payment was charged according how much your food weighted. Choose whatever you want to your plate. For drinking, DTU brand bottled water was free. University’s library sold “Pi wine” in bottles (perhaps favoured by doctoral students ?).

Then about infrastructure

Obviously the climate is very mild, as there were a lot of open and high space inside buildings, and a lot of windows. At TUT similar architecture would be too cold and costly to keep warm in winter. But that was a kind of brand to have a lot of open space there.

At the lobby of Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science there was a three-wheel Enigma ! It is said that every relevant math/ICT professor should have such a machine at his/her collection, some even have two. In Finland there is known to be one Enigma in a museum at H‰meenlinna.

DTU Skylab and its Wall of Fame are often visited by international delegates (like we). Skylab is like TUTLab, students and staff can do their small projects there.

Inner garden at the main building with grass, trees, monuments and some benches and tables was popular place for students. I think TUT’s S- and K- buildings had never had such popularity.

At city there surely are a lot of, and fast-moving, bicycles ! In larger roads there are own lanes to cyclists.


And finally, something scientific

Agile learning/teaching is something “hot and hype” currently. But there are very few actual references existing. Agile learning means just two things; studying is done by steps/phases (sprints), and there is feedback/review (review/retrospective) after every phase. Not much more than we are doing now, so it might be relatively easy to do agile teaching (especially with the lab’s new PRP web application – Peer Review Program).

At the end of every larger exercise (or project) work, there could be some show or fair, where students present their work results, or show posters. Perhaps some laboratory work results could be presented by a video, instead of a written report.

How to teach creativity and decision making ? That is The Big Question. Surely such ability would be a gem or capstone in any curriculumn. Nowadays we just have to give students many different kind of problems to be solved, and trust that it enhances learning, thinking and creativity.

Blended learning (mixture of methods) should effectively produce multi-skilled professionals. Besides advanced technical and problem solving skills, prosperous graduated Masters need good social, teamwork, presentation and time management skills.

All kind of hackathons are liked by students, and those kind of courses may very likely teach the highly needed problem solving skills for large or vague problems.

Denmark will lack 19000 ICT specialists by 2030, and Europe will lack 700000 ICT professionals by 2020 [EC2016].

Six most in-demand hard skills [LinkedIn 2018]
– cloud and distributed computing
– statistical analysis and data mining
– middleware and integration software
– web architecture and development framework
– user interface design
– software revision control systems.

The Future of Jobs Report 2018 [World Economic Forum]
https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-future-of-jobs-report-2018

The Global State of the Art in Engineering Education, 2018
https://jwel.mit.edu/assets/document/global-state-art-engineering-education

Many thanks to TUT teacher’s travelling fund for support.

Text by: Tensu, lecturer at TUT / PERV COMP

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Person of the Day: Research Assistant Aleksi Hiltunen

Introducing the robot whisperer Aleksi Hiltunen 🙂

Though I have been working here in TUT for almost a year already, I have never blog-introduced myself. Here it goes:

I am working in Human-Centered Robotics, the IHTE project, and more precisely, one of my responsibilities is to whisper to the humanoid social robots, mainly Nao and Pepper, to perform different tricks and tasks. I am working on my thesis that is creating easier ways to operate and script applications with these robots. Target is to lower the bar of coding skill to make the robot do stuff.

I have been studying in TUT since 2012, which is also the time I moved to Tampere from Oulu. I am mastering in Computer Engineering and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Tampere has really grown into me, and I enjoy my life here. Things I list as my hobbies are RaspBerry projects (of which 95% are ongoing), PC gaming, squash and hiking.

 

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