Ilkka Niemelä appointed Vice President of Aalto University
The Board of Aalto University has appointed Dean, Professor Ilkka Niemelä Vice President of Academic Affairs at Aalto University as of 1 March 2012. Niemelä will also be the deputy of President Tuula Teeri. He will replace vice president Heikki Mannila, who will begin his duties as President of the Academy of Finland on March 1.
Ilkka Niemelä (born 1961) obtained his Doctor of Science (Technology) degree from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1993 and he was appointed Professor of Computer Science in 2000. He served as the head of the Laboratory for Theoretical Computer Science from 2000 to 2007 and as the Chair of the Degree Programme in Computer Science and Engineering from 2008 to 2010. Niemelä was appointed Dean of the Aalto University School of Science on 1 January 2011.
The research group led by Niemelä has developed new methods for automated reasoning and constraint programming for solving challenging computational problems and explored various applications related to these methods. His research group is also part of the Centre of Excellence in Computational Inference (COIN) that will be funded by the Academy of Finland from 2012 to 2017.
- Ilkka Niemelä is one of our most renowned researchers and he has done an excellent job as the dean of the School of Science. I would like to welcome him in his new position where he will continue to reinforce the research carried out at Aalto University and to develop the Tenure Track career system, among other things, says President Tuula Teeri.
The duties of the dean of the School of Science will be taken over by the current vice dean, Professor Kimmo Kaski as of March 1. The process for appointing a new dean will begin during February.
President Tuula Teeri
tel. +358 (0)50 512 4194 (Assistant Harriet Jehkonen)
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