Department of Built Environment


Geoinformatics at Aalto University is a truly multidisciplinary field. Our research and its applications cover a wide range of themes from human-centred to natural environments.
View from the plane used in remote sensing.

Global challenges such as the uneven distribution of natural resources, security and climate issues, urban development and sprawl and a growing demand for energy all involve a significant spatial component. Our mission is to conduct research and teaching in the collection, management and analysis of geospatial information for a wide range of themes and scales, from local to global.

Research areas

Our research areas include Geodesy, Geoinformation technology , Digital photogrammetry and laser scanning and Remote sensing. Learn more about our teaching activities!

Latest publications

Quantitative analysis of the links between forest structure and land surface albedo on a global scale

Sara Alibakhshi, Babak Naimi, Aarne Hovi, Thomas W. Crowther, Miina Rautiainen 2020 Remote Sensing of Environment


H. Haggrén, P. Stähle, M. Vaaja, P. Rönnholm, P. Sarkola, M. Rautiainen, M. Nordman, J. Nikander 2020 ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences

Empirical validation of photon recollision probability in single crowns of tree seedlings

Aarne Hovi, Petri Forsström, Giulia Ghielmetti, Michael E. Schaepman, Miina Rautiainen 2020 ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Evaluating the performance of a double integrating sphere in measurement of reflectance, transmittance, and albedo of coniferous needles

Aarne Hovi, Matti Mõttus, Jussi Juola, Farshid Manoocheri, Erkki Ikonen, Miina Rautiainen 2020 Silva Fennica

Spectral composition of shortwave radiation transmitted by forest canopies

Aarne Hovi, Miina Rautiainen 2020 Trees - Structure and Function

A comparison of low-cost sensor systems in automatic cloud-based indoor 3D modeling

Matias Ingman, Juho Pekka Virtanen, Matti T. Vaaja, Hannu Hyyppä 2020 Remote Sensing

Evaluating the quality of TLS point cloud colorization

Arttu Julin, Matti Kurkela, Toni Rantanen, Juho Pekka Virtanen, Mikko Maksimainen, Antero Kukko, Harri Kaartinen, Matti T. Vaaja, Juha Hyyppä, Hannu Hyyppä 2020 Remote Sensing
More information on our research in the Research database.
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Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1. Address: Otakaari 4.

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