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Department of Computer Science

Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science provides world-class research and education in modern computer science to foster future science, engineering and society. The work combines fundamental research with innovative applications.

With 44 professors and more than 400 employees it is the largest department at Aalto University and the largest Computer Science unit in Finland. It is routinely ranked among the top 10 Computer Science departments in Europe and in the top 100 globally. The department is part of the School of Science in Aalto University, located on the Otaniemi campus.

PML Research Group in Department of Computer Science
Department is hiring new professors in Computer Science

Contact information

Contact information for Department of Computer Science


Professors and lecturers of the Department of Computer Science

Study Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science provides education on Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.

Department is hiring new professors in Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Aalto University invites applications from tenure-track candidates for the Assistant Professor level, as well as from candidates with outstanding records for tenured Associate or Full Professor levels.

Aalto University Computer Science Ranking U.S.News

Among top 10 in Europe

Computer Science subject in Aalto University ranked at #7 in Europe at U.S.News 2019 Best Global Universities Ranking.

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PML Research Group in Department of Computer Science

Studies in the Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science provides education on Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.

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The research activities of the department are organized in seven research areas  (listed below), selected to focus on key scientific challenges presented by the fast digitalising world. In all the research areas we embrace theory and applications, enabling high impact scientific discovery as well as socially relevant applications.

Department facilitates also several active research groups

Research groups in the Department of Computer Science


The algorithms research area studies the paradigms and principles of computation.

Aalto University/Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Data science

The data science research area fuses computer science, statistics and applied mathematics to solve application problems in a data-driven manner.

Aalto University/Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning, the core technology underlying many recent breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence (AI), is one of the strengths of Aalto University, with a long history starting from neural network pioneers Teuvo Kohonen and Erkki Oja.

Aalto university / kuva: Aino Huovio

Mobile and Distributed Systems

The mobile and distributed systems research focuses on the challenges brought by the large growth in data volumes through digitalization of society, and the huge increase in connected devices through Internet of Things (IoT).

Aalto University/Aino Huovio

Security and Privacy

Our research aims to provide both a fundamental understanding of security and privacy issues, and practical solutions to enhance the security and privacy of real-world systems.

Aalto University/Lasse Lecklin

Software Engineering

The software engineering field studies the activities, processes and practices that create software artifacts, as well as the actual artifacts created.

Aalto University/Unto Rautio

Visual Computing and Human Computer Interaction

Visual computing and HCI research focuses on computer systems that perceive the world and augment human perception, with the goal of easing life.

Aalto University/Unto Rautio


CS defence SCI computer science

Defence in the field of computer science, Hande Topa, M.Sc.

Computational modelling detects genes under selection and genes with time-dependent expression levels
Machine Learning Coffee Seminar, image: Matti Ahlgren
Lectures and seminars

Machine Learning Coffee seminar: Wray Buntine, Monash University "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue"

Helsinki region machine learning researchers will start our week by an exciting machine learning talk. Porridge and coffee is served at 9:00 and the talk will begin at 9:15.
Lectures and seminars

Guest talk: Prof Mark Girolami "Probabilistic Numerical Computation: a Role for Machine Learning in Numerical Analysis?"

Professor Mark Girolami from Imperial College London will give a public presentation at the department of Computer Science.
Lectures and seminars

CS Forum: Ferhat Ay, University of California "Modeling the 3D chromatin structure of the human genome"

CS forum is a seminar series arranged at the CS department - open to everyone free-of-charge. Coffee is served at 14:00 and the talk begins at 14:15.


HAIC student enjoying Aalto Campus
Research & Art Published:

HAIC Student Scholarships supported by F-Secure and Huawei

Continued donations from F-Secure and Huawei support scholarships for Master's students
Students of Aalto University / Photo by Unto Rautio
University Published:

Computer Science at Aalto ranks 88th in the Times Higher Education Ranking

Computer Science at Aalto ranks 88th in the Times Higher Education Ranking. Engineering and technology placed 101-125 in the world.
HICT pizza and pitch competition
Campus, Research & Art Published:

HICT Pitch & Pizza competition event brought computer science students and researchers together

HICT Pitch & Pizza competition event was held in Computer Science building’s Learning Hub on Wednesday 7thNovember.
Quantum Garden
Press releases Published:

World premiere: Play Quantum Garden and help build a quantum computer!

Quantum Garden, a new and exciting Science and Art project, will be exhibited from 16.11 until 14.12. at A Bloc shopping center, Otaniemi.

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence

Nation-wide competence center for AI in Finland.


Helsinki Institute for Information Technology

Research institute for basic and applied research on information technology.


Helsinki-Aalto Center for Information Security

Strategic initiative to ensure excellence in information security research and education.


Where to find us

Computer Science Building is located at Otaniemi campus, some groups have premises at neighbouring Maarintie 8 building

Computer Science building

Konemiehentie 2, T-talo (T building). Mon-Thu 7.45-20.00, Fri 7.45-18.00

CS Building, Aalto University

Maarintie 8

Formerly TUAS building. Mon-Thu 7.45-20.00, Fri 7.45-20.00.

Maarintie 8 at Aalto University campus