Department of Communications and Networking
Department of Communications and Networking
The Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet), is the largest unit in Finland in its research area.
World-class research in shaping the internet technology is conducted here. At the forefront are topics related to energy-efficient ICT.
The research focuses on the areas of information and communications theory, communications and networking technology, and communications ecosystem.
The Department of Communications and Networking is well-positioned to address the grand challenges in digitalisation, wireless internet and device usability in a comprehensive way – covering all the OSI layers from physical to applications and making impact to the society. One of the department’s special strengths is linking research with the Finnish and international business sector.
The group works on a wide range of topics related to the Internet, from mobile data communication to green ICT and cyber security.
The group studies fundamental problems in discrete mathematics and information theory. The main tools are combinatorial algorithms and massive computations.
The group is focused on creating new networking paradigms, protocols, algorithms, systems and functions for a trustworthy Internet. The group studies both trustworthy distributed solutions and classical and Software Defined Networks. The latter includes for example 5G.
The group studies computational methods for improving user interfaces, including modeling, optimization, and machine learning methods.
The research group develops principles for an all-wireless future.
Our research is on networked systems and protocols with a focus on transport and application layer aspects. In conjunction with this, we work towards understanding user behavior (mobility, network and service interactions) and traffic patterns in the Internet through measurements and modeling and on the impact of network performance on user quality of experience.
The group studies the techno-economic aspects of communication services and networks.
The foundation for strategic research missions following grand research challenges that impact the society.
The mc² – Mobile Cloud Computing group at Aalto University, founded in 2016, conducts experimental systems research on edge computing and services for cognitive manufacturing and autonomous driving. With members from technically diverse backgrounds, the mc² group is active in multi-disciplinary research and industrial collaboration.
The group studies efficient algorithms that enable intelligent spaces and interaction, including on-body and environmental sensing, usable security, optimization and machine learning methods.
The Department of Communications and Networking provides most of the courses of Communications Engineering (CE) major, which is one of the majors under the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences. CE major gives a solid understanding of Internet technologies, wireless communications and communications ecosystems - from the perspective of concepts, technologies and methodologies.
Studying at the Aalto University gives you many possibilities for your future career. Our programme provide graduates with an ability to work in and between a wide variety of fields.
The Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS) offers both broad and focused majors. It is the largest IT programme in Finland both in number of students and size of faculty!
A large part of our students do their Master's thesis in industry and start their career in R&D positions. Later on they may move to management, sales, etc. Many students become also entrepreneurs. In fact, Aalto University has one of the largest startup hubs in Europe.
The programme provides also an excellent basis for doctoral studies. Many successful students work first as research assistants, then complete their Master's thesis at the department, and later continue as doctoral students.
The Master's programme CCIS started 1 August 2015.
The Department of Communications and Networking provides most of the courses of Communications Engineering major, which focuses on communications and networking technology, networking business, and human centric communications.
Having started the first international master's program at Helsinki Unversity of Technology in 1999, the department is still providing a competitive teaching.
The department provides mainly master's and doctoral level education, but also has the responsibility for the courses related to communications and networks (ICT) in the bachelor's level Degree Programme in Automation and Information Technology for native students.
About the programme
The Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet) invites 2 - 4 exceptionally qualified Master's students to join the department's honours programme in each academic year. Students admitted to the honours programme are associated to one of the department's research groups, and will have the opportunity for part-time employment during semesters in research-related work. In summer the students have the possibility of entering into full-time employment in the department's competitive summer internship programme. The honours students will also have access to the department's research facilities (wireless and networking lab, and computing services).
Who can apply
To qualify, a student must have Communications Engineering as major in their M.Sc. degree studies and show good progress in their studies. The honours status is granted for one year at a time for a maximum of two years. Students starting their 1st year or continuing the second year Communications Engineering MSc studies can apply to the honours programme.
How to apply
Instructions how to apply for the academic year 2019-2020 honours programme will be published here later.
For further information of the programme, please contact Coordinator Mika Nupponen [email protected], regarding the application process and practical arrangements, please contact HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi [email protected]
Excellent Communications engineering students can have their studies tailored towards pursuing a doctoral degree and start working in the department’s research groups already during their Master’s studies. In practice, doctoral track students are included in research groups at the Department of Communications and Networking and receive top-level individual supervision from professors. Selection to the doctoral track is done based mainly on the study success during the 1st fall term. The application period is continuous.