Otaniemi Tours

The laboratory tours around Otaniemi campus will be on Friday Aug 10th, starting at 14.00.

Please select three preferences by Thu Aug 9th 13.00 (Finnish time) on your personal info page (link provided by email).

1. Low Temperature Laboratory & Nanomicroscopy Center

Duration: 1 h

Low Temperature Laboratory (LTL) is one of the world centres in ultra low temperature physics and technology. The leading position is based on vigorous in-house development and construction of sub-mK refrigerators. In 2000, the laboratory reached the present low temperature world record of 0.000 000 000 1 K.

The Aalto University Nanomicroscopy Center (NMC) provides a high resolution microscopy to researchers, who come to work and collaborate using these high quality equipment. The instruments include the only sub-Ångström transmission electron microscope (TEM) in Finland, a liquid helium cooled cryo-TEM, cryo scanning tunneling microscopes (STM), scanning electron microscopes (SEM), atomic force microcopes (AFM), and X-ray scattering equipment.

2. VTT MIKES Centre of Metrology & Micronova

Duration: 1 h 15 min

VTT MIKES Centre for Metrology and Accreditation is specialised in measurement science and technology. As the National Metrology Institute of Finland, MIKES is responsible for the implementation and development of the national measurement standards system and realisation of the SI units in Finland. MIKES also performs high-level metrological research and develops measuring applications in partnership with industry.

Micronova is Finland’s National Research Infrastructure for micro- and nanotechnolo- gy, jointly run by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University. Their mission is to develop innovative, enabling technologies, and to apply these in practical micro- and nanosystems. Applications developed at Micronova include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), optical and wireless sensors, millimeter-wave devices, photonics systems, biosensors, microfluidics, nanoelectronic and quantum devices, radiation detectors and instruments for space technology.

3. ESA’s Business Incubation Centre & A GRID Startup centre

Duration: 1 h

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Business Incubation Centre in Finland was founded in 2017 to support aspiring innovative entrepreneurs and young ambitious start-ups financially and technically to reveal their full space potential. The centre helps to introduce new technologies to the ESA and its partner network or to transfer existing ESA space technologies from hardware to data such as satellite data to terrestrial uses, whether consumer, business or both.

4. AMI Centre MRI

Duration: 30 min

AMI Centre maintains a research-dedicated 3T-MRI scanner, develops and maintains the related infrastructure and offers services to multiple research teams. Typical measurements at AMI Centre include functional and structural brain imaging or diffusion tensor imaging. In addition, AMI Centre develops new methods and applications of MRI technology.

5. Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL) & Aalto TMS

Duration: 1 h

Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL) has various different monitoring and stimulus systems for behavioral studies in controlled environment. The laboratory consists of two measurement rooms: a shielded room which is especially intended for EEG and remote eye tracking measurements; and a room for behavioral measurements which doesn’t need shielded conditions.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) research group develops new technology for TMS to improve targeting accuracy, pulse-shape control, and closed-loop target and timing adjustment based on real-time feedback, e.g., from electroencephalography (EEG) or electromyography (EMG) measurements.

6. MEG Core & Aalto MEG-MRI / BREAKBEN

Duration: 1 h

MEG Core offers excellent environment for magnetoencephalographic (MEG ) measurements. MEG Core has a modern 306-channel MEG device in a high-end 3-layered magneticaly shielded room, extremely low magnetic ambient noise level and a wide variety of MEG-compatible stimulators and monitoring devices.

The MEG-MRI group develops techniques and instrumentation for neuroscience and medicine, electromagnetic neuroimaging in particular. Project BREAKBEN is to dramatically improve the accuracy of magnetoencephalography (MEG) in characterising electrical activity in the brain by combining MEG with another powerful electromagnetic imaging technology, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

n. The Polytechnical Students’ Museum

The museum is free to visit any time during the lab tours. A guided tour takes anything between 20 to 60 minutes depending on your interest.

The Polytechnical Students’ Museum in Espoo’s Otaniemi showcases the funniest and cleverest moments provided by polytechnic students. The museum highlights the students of the Helsinki University of Technology, presenting polytechnic symbols, life and activities – not to mention the most legendary tricks pulled by the polytechnic students.