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1983 …2020

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Artistic and research interests

Pekka Orponen is Professor of Computer Science at the Aalto University School of Science. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki in 1983 and 1986, respectively. After a postdoctoral period at the University of Toronto, he held assistant and associate professorships at the University of Helsinki, before moving first to the University of Jyväskylä (1996-2001) and then to the Helsinki University of Technology, now Aalto University (2001-present). He served as the founding Head of the Aalto Department of Information and Computer Science for 2008-2014, and then as Vice-Head for Research of the newly-established Aalto Department of Computer Science for 2015-2016.

His general research area is algorithms and complexity, with specific contributions spanning computational complexity theory, foundations of neural network and analog computation, stochastic algorithms and distributed sensor networks, and the computational theory and algorithmic design of nucleic acid nanostructures. His Nature 2015 article on the algorithmic design of 3D wireframe DNA nanostructures (with co-authors in Aalto and at the Karolinska Institutet) is currently listed as an ISI highly-cited paper, i.e. within the top 1% from its publication year in the areas of biology and biochemistry.

In addition to his academic activities, Pekka Orponen serves on the Supervisory Board of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, which is one of the largest private foundations for arts and science in Europe, and on the Board of Informatics Europe, the association of European Computer Science departments. He is also a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and serves as the Chairman of the Academies' joint National Committee for Research Data, representing Finland in CODATA, the Data Committee of the International Science Council. In the latter capacity, he was recently programme committee co-chair of the 14th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance that took place at Aalto University on 23-25 Oct 2019.

 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Licentiate of Philosophy, Computer Science

Master of Science, Computer Science

Keywords

  • Algorithms
  • Complexity
  • Self-Organisation

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Research Output

RuleDSD: A rule-based modelling and simulation tool for DNA strand displacement systems

Gautam, V., Long, S. & Orponen, P., 2020, Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies: Volume 3 BIOINFORMATICS. De Maria, E., Fred, A. & Gamboa, H. (eds.). p. 158-167 10 p.

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    A computational framework for DNA sequencing microscopy

    Hoffecker, I. T., Yang, Y., Bernardinelli, G., Orponen, P. & Högberg, B., 4 Sep 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 116, 39, p. 19282-19287 6 p., 1821178116.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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    Kohti avointa tiedettä

    Orponen, P., 2019, Kaikenlaista rohkeutta. Hetemäki, I., Koskinen, H., Pulkkinen, T. & Väliverronen, E. (eds.). Tallinna: GAUDEAMUS, p. 64-65

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public

    Algorithmic design of cotranscriptionally folding 2D RNA origami structures

    Mohammed, A., Orponen, P. & Pai, S., 31 May 2018, Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation: 17th International Conference, UCNC 2018, Fontainebleau, France, June 25-29, 2018, Proceedings. Stepney, S. & Verlan, S. (eds.). p. 159-172 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 10867).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

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    Design methods for 3D wireframe DNA nanostructures

    Orponen, P., Mar 2018, In : Natural Computing. 17, 1, p. 147-160

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    106 Downloads (Pure)

    Projects

    ALBION: Algorithmic Designs for Biomolecular Nanostructures (ALBION)

    Mohammed, A., Orponen, P., Saman Booy, M., Vo, T., Lohikko, A., Elonen, A. & Korpela, D.

    01/09/201731/08/2021

    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    Moderni algoritmiikka ja sen monitieteiset sovellukset

    Orponen, P.

    01/01/201131/12/2011

    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    Prizes

    Best Paper Award, UCNC 2018

    Abdulmelik Mohammed (Recipient), Pekka Orponen (Recipient) & Sachith Pai (Recipient), 28 Jun 2018

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Activities

    18th International Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation

    Pekka Orponen (Member)
    3 Jun 20197 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (External organisation)

    Pekka Orponen (Member)
    2019

    Activity: Membership types Regular membership of a society or network

    Research Data Alliance Plenary

    Pekka Orponen (Chair)
    23 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    Theoretical Computer Science (Journal)

    Pekka Orponen (Editorial board member)
    2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesMembership of an editorial board

    CODATA-Helsinki 2019 FAIR Research Data Management Workshop

    Pekka Orponen (Organiser)
    20 Oct 201921 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of an organizing committee or other positions of trust of a conference or a seminar

    Press / Media

    -Karolinska Institutet: New method for imaging biological molecules

    Pekka Orponen

    06/09/2019

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Nanostructures can now be '3D printed’ using DNA

    Pekka Orponen

    17/08/2015

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Aalto University helps develop new 3D design method

    Pekka Orponen

    30/07/2015

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Self-assembling DNA Structures Form Nanoscale 3D Printouts

    Pekka Orponen

    27/07/2015

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    3D Origami Nanostructures Created from DNA

    Pekka Orponen

    27/07/2015

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance