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

A Bayesian Optimization Approach for Calibrating Large-Scale Activity-Based Transport Models

Serio Agriesti, Vladimir Kuzmanovski, Jaakko Hollmen, Claudio Roncoli, bat-hen nahmias-biran 2023 IEEE open Journal of Intelligent transportation systems

Integrating activity-based and traffic assignment models

S Agriesti, P Anashin, C Roncoli, BH Nahmias-Biran 2023 2023 8th International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems, MT-ITS 2023

Interactive Traffic Management for Highly Automated Vehicles

Tom Alkim, Claudio Roncoli, Torsten Geissler, Siddhartha Khastgir, Risto Kulmala 2023 Road Vehicle Automation 10. ARTS Symposium 2022

Rebuilding a place to call home : Sharing knowledge for the recovery of Ukraine

Oleksandr Anisimov, Pavlo Fedoriv, Oleksandra Tkachenko, Julie Lawson, Edwin Buitelaar 2023

Social network analysis of EU flood risk management plans : Case Finland

Thomas Banafa, Susa Eräranta, Lasse Peltonen, Marko Keskinen 2023 JOURNAL OF FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT

Linkage Problem in Location Optimization of Dedicated Bus Lanes on a Network

Murat Bayrak, S. Ilgin Guler 2023 Transportation Research Record

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


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

Interdisciplinary perspectives on planetary well-being

Merja Elo, Jonne Hytönen, Sanna Karkulehto, Teea Kortetmäki, Janne S. Kotiaho, Mikael Puurtinen, Miikka Salo 2023
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
Research portal

Research group members

Hanna Mattila

Hanna Mattila

Visiting Professor
T213 Built Environment
Marketta Kyttä

Marketta Kyttä

T213 Built Environment
Eva Purkarthofer

Eva Purkarthofer

Academy Postdoctoral Researcher
T213 Built Environment

Veera Moll


Pilvi Nummi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Susa Eräranta

Professor of Practice
Oya Duman

Oya Duman

Doctoral Researcher

Ze Zhou

Doctoral Researcher
Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Doctoral Researcher
T213 Built Environment

Murat Bayrak

Postdoctoral Researcher

Thu Pham

Doctoral Researcher

Jenni Kuoppa

Postdoctoral Researcher

Our location

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1

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