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

Hidden becomes clear : Optical remote sensing of vegetation reveals water table dynamics in northern peatlands

Iuliia Burdun, Michel Bechtold, Mika Aurela, Gabrielle De Lannoy, Ankur R. Desai, Elyn Humphreys, Santtu Kareksela, Viacheslav Komisarenko, Maarit Liimatainen, Hannu Marttila, Kari Minkkinen, Mats B. Nilsson, Paavo Ojanen, Sini Selina Salko, Eeva Stiina Tuittila, Evelyn Uuemaa, Miina Rautiainen 2023 Remote Sensing of Environment

3D visualisations for communicative urban and landscape planning: What systematic mapping of academic literature can tell us of their potential?

Salla Eilola, Kaisa Jaalama, Petri Kangassalo, Pilvi Nummi, Aija Staffans, Nora Fagerholm 2023 LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING

OVI-3 : A NoSQL visual query system supporting efficient anti-joins

Sami El-Mahgary, Eljas Soisalon-Soininen, Pekka Orponen, Petri Rönnholm, Hannu Hyyppä 2023 JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Self-assessment in student’s learning and developing teaching in geoinformatics–case of Geoportti self-assessment tool

Nora Fagerholm, Eliisa Lotsari, Tua Nylén, Niina Käyhkö, Jussi Nikander, Vesa Arki, Risto Kalliola 2023 Journal of Geography in Higher Education

Links between light availability and spectral properties of forest floor in European forests

Petri R. Forsström, Aarne Hovi, Jussi Juola, Miina Rautiainen 2023 Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

Evaluation of a forest radiative transfer model using an extensive boreal forest inventory database

Ranjith Gopalakrishnan, Lauri Korhonen, Matti Mõttus, Miina Rautiainen, Aarne Hovi, Lauri Mehtätalo, Matti Maltamo, Heli Peltola, Petteri Packalen 2023 Science of Remote Sensing

A multi-objective optimization strategy for timber forwarding in cut-to-length harvesting operations

Eero Holmström, Jussi Nikander, Juha Backman, Kari Väätäinen, Jori Uusitalo, Paula Jylhä 2023 International Journal of Forest Engineering

Synergistic use of multi- and hyperspectral remote sensing data and airborne LiDAR to retrieve forest floor reflectance

Aarne Hovi, Daniel Schraik, Nea Kuusinen, Tomáš Fabiánek, Jan Hanuš, Lucie Homolová, Jussi Juola, Petr Lukeš, Miina Rautiainen 2023 Remote Sensing of Environment

Inversion of True Leaf Reflectance from Very High Spatial Resolution Hyperspectral Images

Olli Ihalainen, Matti Mõttus, Jussi Juola 2023 IGARSS 2023 - 2023 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
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Research group members

Miina Rautiainen

Miina Rautiainen

Professori (Associate professor)

Heikki Kauhanen

Doctoral Researcher
Jussi Juola

Jussi Juola

Doctoral Researcher

Maaria Nordman

Assistant Professor
T213 Built Environment

Havu Pellikka

Postdoctoral Researcher

Bryan Vallejo

Technical Specialist

Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1

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