Welcome to the international (English-speaking) blog of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. Our blog invites views on research, education, student life, and other societal themes connected to our computer science fields. The intention is to build a forum as an open window for readers from inside and outside computer science. If you have any good ideas or articles to share on this blog, please feel free to contact us: cs-blog [ät] cs.helsinki.fi.
What do you expect from our department's blog?
We consulted a few staff members and students what they expect from this blog.
"The idea of interviewing researchers and group leaders is a nice idea. Also, travel reports from visits to summer schools and workshops could be nice to read. Basically anything that shows the *substance* of our work, i.e. what goes on under the official facade. It does not need to be so serious either. For example, why don't you go and see the Department playing football and make an article of that. Or visit the botanic garden next to us. Also, if you can get some of the articles translated to Finnish, it would be great." -- Anonymous
"I think the blog idea is great. Topics could include conference reports, demos and other things, reflections on working in the academia, comments on cool new things (that perhaps should be followed at the department), etc. We could also have a look at other CS Departments (MIT, UCB, Stanford, Cambridge, ...). Do they have blogs?" -- Sasu
"Obviously, blogs can fill a number of different functions. I hope this one will strengthen the community at the department while providing, at the same time, a window for outsiders to our department and its international staff and students." -- Haba
"Research overviews are ok, but please coordinate with the other blogs/news on the website so that people won't be expected to write multiple stories on same topics." -- Anonymous
"Here are my ideas what could be in the blog: conference digest in which researchers who attended a conference could summarize "what they learned" at the conference; event announcements; deadline announcements; event reports (e.g. about our summer cruise); entries should be informative or entertaining; links to the best PhD comics" -- Anonymous
"I would like this blog to be as open as possible. It can accommodate all sorts of ideas. It should be interesting to read. Since it's a blog, the articles and their presenting style need not to be very official." -- Anonymous
What do you think? Do you expect something else from this blog?
The CS Blog Task Force
Aaron is doing his PhD in the NODES group at the CS department. His research focuses on mobile computing and energy efficient design for multi-interfaced mobile devices.
Giulio is a Professor at the CS department. His area is Human-Computer Interaction. For more information, please find his homepage here
Doris is a researcher at the CS department and HIIT, doing her PhD in the neuroinformatics research group. Her research interests include graphical models, causal discovery, and time series.