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

Cooperative messages to enhance the performance of L3 vehicles approaching roadworks

Serio Agriesti, Marco Ponti, Giovanna Marchionni, Paolo Gandini 2021 EUROPEAN TRANSPORT RESEARCH REVIEW

Examining the effects of residential location and stated residential preferences on activity space size and centricity

Anna Kajosaari, Sayyed M. Haybatollahi, Kamyar Hasanzadeh, Marketta Kyttä-Pirjola 2021 Travel Behaviour and Society

Restorative benefits of everyday green exercise : A spatial approach

Anna Kajosaari, Tytti P. Pasanen 2021 LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING

Objective measurement of children's physical activity geographies: A systematic search and scoping review

Melody Smith, Jianqiang Cui, Erika Ikeda, Suzanne Mavoa, Kamyar Hasanzadeh, Jinfeng Zhao, Tiina E. Rinne, Niamh Donnellan, Marketta Kyttä 2021 Health & Place


Serio Agriesti, Marco Ponti, Luca Studer, Roberto Maja, Ornella Aleccia, Jochen Lohmiller, Isaac Vargas Gordillo 2020 TRANSPORT

Impact of driverless vehicles on urban environment and future mobility

Serio Agriesti, Fausto Brevi, Paolo Gandini, Giovanna Marchionni, Rahul Parmar, Marco Ponti, Luca Studer 2020 Transportation Research Procedia

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Terhi Ainiala, Pia Olsson, Hanna Mattila, Marjo Vesalainen 2020 Aikuiskasvatus

A computational framework for revealing competitive travel times with low carbon modes based on smartphone data collection

Mehrdad Bagheri Majdabadi, Milos Mladenovic, Iisakki Kosonen, Jukka K. Nurminen, Claudio Roncoli, Antti Ylä-Jääski 2020 JOURNAL OF ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION

Analysis of Potential Shift to Low-Carbon Urban Travel Modes: A Computational Framework Based on High-Resolution Smartphone Data

Mehrdad Bagheri Majdabadi, Milos Mladenovic, Iisakki Kosonen, Jukka K. Nurminen 2020 SUSTAINABILITY
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Antti Kauppi


Veera Moll


Pilvi Nummi

Postdoctoral researcher

Oya Duman

Doctoral candidate
Roozbeh Mohammadi

Roozbeh Mohammadi

Built Environment

Ze Zhou

Doctoral candidate

Cafer Avci

Postdoctoral researcher
Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Doctoral candidate
Built Environment

Samira Dibaj

Doctoral candidate

Our location

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1.
Address: Otakaari 4.

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