Introduction

In 2002 the Laboratory of Computational Engineering (LCE) & Research Centre for Computational Science and Engineering (CCSE) steadied its staff to about 70 members. This year marks the third year of our Centre as the national Centre of Excellence with truely international team of researchers of 10 different nationalities. As an extension to the Centre of Excellence activities a joint affiliate centre between CCSE and Wolfson College of Oxford University was set up in Oxford with the state of the art cluster-computing facilities and started its activities with two full time researcher concentrating on Advanced Computational Science and Engineering.

LCE's and CCSE's research is multidiciplinary in nature and has till recently been carried out in three mutually supportive fields: Computational Information Technology, Computational materials research, and Cognitive science and technology. In Computational information technology the areas of interest are Modelling and Data-Analysis, Machine Vision, Complex Systems, and Cognitive and Interactive Robot. In Computational materials research the areas of interest are Biophysics and Statistical Mechanics, Modelling of Structure and Growth of Materials, and Nanotechnology and Coherent Quantum Systems. In Cognitive science and technology the areas of interest are Psychophysical Research, Neurophysiological Research, Artificial Person, and Brain Computer Interface.

In 2002 the fourth field of research was added to our repertoire, namely Computational Systems Biology which combines appropriate parts of Computational Information Technology research like Modelling and Data-Analysis, and Complex Systems, and of Computational Materials Research like Biophysics and Statistical Mechanics. This new addition marks also an educational extension to our curriculum such that we now offer three majors: Computational Engineering, Cognitive Technology and Computational Systems Biology. All of them are part of the new Bioinformation Technology study programme, which LCE has played a key role in developing and establishing.

Year 2002 was in many ways extremely successful year for us: 1) The joint appointment of Dr. Adrian Sutton, FRS and Professor of Materials Science at Oxford University to a professorship of Computational Engineering in LCE at Helsinki University of Technology, and 2) The appointment of Dr. Christina Krause as a Professor of Cognitive Science at University of Helsinki. It should also be mentioned that in 2002 Sami Brandt, Markus Varsta and Juuso Töyli were granted Ph.D.'s, and eight M.Sc. degrees were finished by research associates working in the laboratory. It is worth mentioning that Juuso Töyli became the youngest (28 years) double doctor in Finland, with degrees in Economy and in Technology.

Kimmo Kaski
Academy professor


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