Year 2003 marks for the Laboratory of Computational Engineering (LCE) & Research Centre for Computational Science and Engineering (CCSE) the fourth year as a national Centre of Excellence with truly international staff of about 70 members and 10 different nationalities. This international flavour is further strengthened through a joint affiliate centre between CCSE andWolfson College of Oxford University with the state of the art cluster-computing facilities and with two full time researcher located in Oxford and concentrating on Advanced Computational Science and Engineering (ACSE) research. The affiliate centre hosts every year 2-3 visiting scholars from CCSE to interact with Oxford scientist for further researcher training.

LCE & CCSE research is multidisciplinary 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, and Complex Systems. 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.

Recently the fourth field of research was added to our repertoire, namely Computational Systems Biology which is linked to research in Modelling and Data-Analysis, Complex Systems, and Biophysics and Statistical Mechanics. This serves also as a new addition to our educational 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. With nearly 300 applicants for 40 student places it turned out to be the most popular among all the engineering programmes in Finland and its curriculum is developed in collaboration with related faculties and laboratories of University of Helsinki. In addition, especially in the area of Computational Systems Biology a number of 3-4 year research projects funded by the Academy of Finland, National Technology Agency of Finland and European Comission have been started in 2003 with groups in Biomedicum (University of Helsinki) and groups abroad.

Some of the 2003 highlights were: 1) Professor Adrian Sutton was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS) of United Kingdom, 2) Dr. Iiro Jääskeläinen was appointed as the Professor of Cognitive Technology in LCE for 2003-2007, 3) Dr. Mikko Karttunen running the group Biophysics and Statistical Mechanics was appointed as the Academy Fellow, 4) Dr. Michael Patra having worked as post-doc in LCE won European Union Marie Curie Fellowship for one and a half years to continue his research in LCE, and 5) Dr. Karttunen’s group together with Dr. Ilpo Vattulainen’s group from Physics Laboratory was selected as one of HUT’s Young Centre of Excellence for 2004-2005.

Kimmo Kaski
Academy professor