Wednesday, April 14, 2010

From modeling and simulation to computational science

Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) organizes today the final seminar of the MASI (Modeling and Simulation) programme. In his presentation, professor Risto Nieminen from Aalto University School of Science and Technology described computational science as a modern paradigm that unifies experiment, theory and simulation.

Nieminen mentioned that the computational approaches have grown to cover all areas in natural and social sciences, medicine, engineering, and are rapidly gaining ground in arts and humanities. He concluded that computational science continues to revolutionise scientific enquiry and discoverym including new areas (e.g. computational sociology, psychology and behavioral studies) - these are areas in which also our Cognitive Systems research group is active. Nieminen, who was recently appointed as the first Aalto Professor, reminded that Academy of Finland has just announced the first projects that will be funded through their Computational Science Research Programme.

The event was closed by Arto Kotipelto (TEKES) and Pekka Taskinen (VTT) who have been coordinating the MASI Programme.

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