On the 8th of March, we are turning the spotlight on women in science – here is a look at some of the varied research being carried out by TalTech’s IT scientists
One important research direction of nonlinear control systems group is to seek answers to fundamental and key problems in the field, on solutions of which most of control theory relies. One example is system controllability - is a given system fully or only partly controllable? The solutions to key problems are determined by the structure and dynamic properties of the system, and therefore the constructive algebraic methods we use are well suited to study these problems. Group results on controllability of time-delay nonlinear systems are currently at the absolute top of the world. The interest in time-delay systems stems from the fact that more and more control is taking place over the network. The exchange of information between sensors, control algorithms and actuators over the network is not instantaneous.
Women scientists of the research group: Ülle Kotta, Maris Tõnso.
The Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security works towards enhancing the competence and ability of the Estonian computer security field through education, research, and development. The Centre brings together many women with different interests. Example Birgy Lorenz (cyber education and talent hunt) is leading Education and Cyber Security Culture-related studies workgroup that also includes Kaie Maennel (human aspects of cyber security and training), Tiia Sõmer (cybercrime). The centre focuses on human factor, cognition, performance, CS culture, hacker mindset, curriculum development, education measurement, education development, talent hunt, commoners training, gamification of training and exercises, games as tools to learn CS concepts/mindset.
Other women to be noticed in the center are: Anna-Maria Osula (cyber law), Sille Laks (supply chain security), Shaymaa Khalil (forensics).
Sensor Technologies in Biomedical Engineering research group is engaged in developing a monitoring device for renal replacement therapy. When a person's kidneys are no longer working, they need vital treatment - a machine cleans their blood. The research team's smart monitor allows assessing the quality of each kidney replacement treatment without the need to take blood samples. This device gives medical staff confidence and ensures stable, uniform quality of therapy for patients.
Women scientists of the research group: Jana Holmar, Merike Luman, Moonika Viigimäe, Kai Lauri, Sigrid Kalle.
The main focus of the Creativity Matters Research Group is on innovative technology-enhanced learning methods in higher education. Among more prominent sub-themes are education research (e.g. telepresence robotics, MOOCs and other alternate course models), diversity and inclusion (e.g. innovative solutions in accessibility of studies), open science and sustainability (e.g. free and open-source software and open content in academic setting). One of the upcoming projects (Present Yet Not There) is devoted to empowering physically distant teachers and learners by using telepresence robots.
Women scientists of the research group: Janika Leoste, Birgy Lorenz, and Kristiina Hakk.