Department of Built Environment

Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Urban realities are becoming increasingly dynamic, complex and fragmented while demands for their livability, sustainability, competitiveness, and attractiveness increase. Our research connects spatial planning and transportation engineering for developing new scientific knowledge needed in systemic understanding, problem-solving, and integrative planning and policy-making beyond sectoral boundaries, aimed at achieving human-centered living environments.
Traffic in Mannerheimintie, photo Aalto University/Annamari Tolonen

The sustainability of our modern living environments is being challenged by rapid processes of urbanisation and climate change. In addition to contributing to the advances in digitalisation and automation through various smart city initiatives, shaping our futures requires deeper understanding of human behavior and values, urban systems dynamics, citizen participation practices, and inter-sectoral institutional collaboration.

Research overview

Deeply rooted in understanding the complexities of important societal challenges reflected in our everyday environments, this research group has both practice- and science-based approach to engineering as collaborative development. To account for a wicked challenges of our futures, this group has developed a wide spectrum of critical research topics in the area of sustainable built environment and systems design.

Our research themes

Latest publications

Assignment of a Synthetic Population for Activity-Based Modeling Employing Publicly Available Data

Serio Agriesti, Claudio Roncoli, Bat Hen Nahmias-Biran 2022 ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Alue- ja yhdyskuntarakenteen mahdolliset tulevaisuudet : PERUS-SKENE-hankkeen loppuraportti

Mikko Airikkala, Anu Castren, Ville Helminen, Santtu Karhinen, Kati-Jasmin Kosonen, Veeti Kuivalainen, Matti Lindholm, Hanna Mattila, Raine Mäntysalo, Hanna Nieminen, Tero Piippo, Antti Rehunen, Matti Sahlberg 2022

A population-based incremental learning algorithm to identify optimal location of left-turn restrictions in urban grid networks

Murat Bayrak, Zhengyao Yu, Vikash V. Gayah 2022 Transportmetrica : B, Transport dynamics

Special issue on big data in transportation

Baloka Belezamo, Süleyman Eken, Cafer Avcı 2022 EXPERT SYSTEMS

Children's independent mobility and activity spaces during COVID-19 in Finland

Päivi Berg, Tiina Rinne, Pirjo Hakala, Arto J. Pesola 2022 CHILDRENS GEOGRAPHIES: ADVANCING INTERDISCIPLINARY UNDERSTANDING OF YOUNGER PEOPLES LIVES

Using community surveys with participatory mapping to monitor comprehensive plan implementation

Greg Brown, Marketta Kyttä, Pat Reed 2022 LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING

An overview of effects of COVID-19 on mobility and lifestyle : 18 months since the outbreak

André de Palma, Shaghayegh Vosough, Feixiong Liao 2022 TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART A: POLICY AND PRACTICE

Challenges in land use and transport planning integration in Helsinki metropolitan region—a historical-institutional perspective

Oya Duman, Raine Mäntysalo, Kaisa Granqvist, Emily Johnson, Niko Matti Ronikonmäki 2022 Sustainability (Switzerland)
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Hanna Mattila

Hanna Mattila

Visiting Professor
T213 Built Environment
Milos Mladenovic

Milos Mladenovic

Assistant Professor
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Marketta Kyttä

Marketta Kyttä

Professori
T213 Built Environment
Eva Purkarthofer

Eva Purkarthofer

Academy Postdoctoral Researcher
T213 Built Environment

Veera Moll

Tohtorikoulutettava
Claudio Roncoli

Claudio Roncoli

Assistant Professor
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Anna Kajosaari

Anna Kajosaari

Postdoctoral Researcher

Pilvi Nummi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Oya Duman

Doctoral researcher
Roozbeh Mohammadi

Roozbeh Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Researcher
T213 Built Environment

Ze Zhou

Doctoral researcher
Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Doctoral researcher
T213 Built Environment

Alonso Espinosa

Postdoctoral Researcher

Murat Bayrak

Postdoctoral Researcher

Thu Pham

Doctoral researcher

Our location

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1

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