Department of Communications and Networking

Department of Communications and Networking

The Department of Communications and Networking (ComNet) carries out research in the areas of information and communications theory, communications and networking technology, and communications ecosystem.

ComNet combines the research traditions from electrical and communications engineering with computer science and economics.  With 11 tenure track professors and 5 other professors, ComNet is well positioned to approach research in communication and networking in a comprehensive fashion covering all the OSI layers from physical to applications.

Aalto University, Aki-Pekka Sinikoski


Our 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.

Wearable Computing & Ambient Intelligence

Mobile Cloud Computing

Professor Yu Xiao

Mobile Cloud Computing

Ambient Intelligence

Professor Stephan Sigg

Ambient Intelligence

Communications Ecosystem

Network Economics

Professor Heikki Hämmäinen

Network Economics

Human Computer Interaction

Professor Antti Oulasvirta

User Interfaces

Mobile Communications and Networking

Network Security and Trust

Professor Raimo Kantola

Aalto University, Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Internet technologies

Professor Jukka Manner

Aalto-yliopisto / laitekuva / kuvaaja: Linda Koskinen

Performance Analysis

Dr. Samuli Aalto

Server Cluster, constructed by Pasi Lassila


Professor Jarno Limnéll

Cyber Security

Wireless Communication, Information and Communications Theory

Information Theory

Professor Patric Östergård

Game picture

Communications Theory

Professor Olav Tirkkonen

Aalto University / Communications theory reserach group / picture: Aalto University

Communications Engineering

Professor Riku Jäntti, Head of Department

Communications Engineering

Wireless & Mobile Communications

Professor Jyri Hämäläinen, Dean

Radio Signal
Communication and networking, kuvaaja Unto Rautio

Research methodology and impact

The foundation for strategic research missions following grand research challenges that impact our society.

Department of Communications and Networking


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.

Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering

Our world is digitally revolutionised, highlighting the increasing importance of internet technologies, wireless communication and communications ecosystems. The Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Communications Engineering covers both theoretical fundamentals and the hottest hands-on applications of communications technology, including topics like 5G, IoT, machine learning, and cybersecurity. The study option consists of a hard technological core surrounded by human-centred behavioural economics and sciences.

Two Aalto University students working on a laptop together / photo by Unto Rautio

Become a doctoral student at the School of Electrical Engineering

Doctoral education will prepare you for the most demanding expert positions in your field in the academia, companies and public administration. Start here if you’re interested in doctoral studies!

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Studiolla Otaniemessä kuvattiin kesällä 2020 myös nuorten ja asiantuntijoiden paneelikeskusteluja. Kuva: Start North
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The 5G Hack the Mall summer course is coming again – register now

This year’s Aalto University 5G summer course will again be held as an online training course from 7 to 18 June 2021.
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€2.75m awarded to European consortium to solve market failure of artificially scarce digital goods

A new economic category for abundant goods — anti-rival goods that increase in value when shared — forms the basis of research to be conducted by ATARCA consortium. ATARCA aims to create a new economic system in which digital goods are no longer traded with mediums of exchange, such as fiat money, but with mediums of sharing.
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Finnish universities join forces to train 5G experts

FITech universities, and the University of Helsinki are using a million euros in funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture to launch expert training in 5G technology. The courses will be open to all Finns free of charge.
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Digital services have a greater carbon footprint than aviation does – research project aims at reducing ICT environmental impact

A new research project by Aalto University and LUT University examines the utilisation of surplus heat from data centres and the design of more efficient digital services, for example.



Defence of doctoral thesis in the field of Communications Engineering, doctoral candidate Muhammad Tayyab

Title of the doctoral thesis is "Energy Efficient Mobility for Small Cell Overlaid Cellular Networks"

Where to find us

Main parts of the department are located in Maarintie 8 and Konemiehentie 2, at Otaniemi Campus.

Maarintie 8

(previously TUAS building) Maarintie 8, Espoo.

Maarintie 8

Computer Science building

Address: Konemiehentie 2. The Computer Science building is mainly used for IT and electrical engineering teaching and research.

Tietotekniikan talo, Computer Science Building

Head of department

Technical Support

Department members

Hammad Kabir

(IT) Visiting Doctoral student

Marko Luoma

Päällikkö, CIR-tutkimusyksikkö

Markku Laine

T407 Dept. Communicaions and Network
Pekka Nikander

Pekka Nikander

Professor of Practice
T407 Dept. Communicaions and Network

Olav Tirkkonen

Professori (Associate professor)

Antti Oulasvirta

Professori (Associate professor)

Tarik Taleb

Professori (Associate professor)

Chao Zhu

Visitor IT-rights

Maria Riaz

Doctoral candidate

Muhammad Sheikh

Postdoctoral researcher

Xiyu Wang

Doctoral candidate

Chafika Benzaid

Postdoctoral researcher
Mohsen Amidzade

Mohsen Amidzade

Doctoral candidate
T407 Dept. Communicaions and Network

Ozgur Umut Akgul

Postdoctoral researcher

Jialing Liao

Postdoctoral researcher

Si Zuo

Doctoral candidate

Lei Wu

Postdoctoral researcher

Jing Ma

Visiting Doctoral student

Lijun Gao

Visiting Doctoral student

Jialei Zhang

Visiting Doctoral student

Yan Chen

Visiting Doctoral student

Ilora Maity

Postdoctoral researcher

Ping Wang

Visiting Doctoral student

Hao Yu

Postdoctoral researcher

Boxuan Xie

Research assistant

Yurong Luo

Visiting Doctoral student
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