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

Työelämätaidot korkeakouluopetuksessa

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

Investigating the tactile warmth of untreated and modified wood surfaces by measuring cold sensitivity in paired-comparison experiments

Shiv Raj Bhatta, Katja Vahtikari, Mark Hughes, Marketta Kyttä 2020 International Wood Products Journal

Looking at wood through the skin

Shiv Raj Bhatta 2020

Autonomous Mobility Justice

Pascale-L. Blyth 2020

Ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles: Recommendations on road safety, privacy, fairness, explainability and responsibility

Jean-François Bonnefon, David Černy, John Danaher, Nathalie Devillier, Veronica Johansson, Tatiana Kovacikova, Marieke Martens, Milos Mladenovic, Paula Palade, Nick Reed, Filippo Santoni de Sio, Stavroula Tsinorema, Sandra Wachter, Karolina Zawieska 2020

Centralized and Distributed Multi-Region Traffic Flow Control

Omar Boufous, Claudio Roncoli, Themistoklis Charalambous 2020 European Control Conference 2020, ECC 2020

Guest Editorial: Introduction of the Special Issue on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems

Biagio Ciuffo, Claudio Roncoli, Francesco Viti 2020 IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems

Special Issue on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems

Biagio Ciuffo, Claudio Roncoli, Francesco Viti 2020
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Veera Moll


Oya Duman

Roozbeh Mohammadi

Roozbeh Mohammadi

Built Environment

Ze Zhou

Doctoral candidate

Cafer Avci

Postdoctoral researcher
Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Doctoral candidate
Built Environment

Our location

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1.
Address: Otakaari 4.

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