Research in Computer Science

In all the research areas we embrace theory and applications, enabling high impact scientific discovery as well as socially relevant applications.
PML Research Group in Department of Computer Science

Research areas

Research in Department of Computer Science is divided into seven research areas.

Distributed Algorithms Research group


The algorithms research area studies the paradigms and principles of computation.

Department of Computer Science
Aalto University/Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Data science

The data science research area fuses computer science, statistics and applied mathematics to solve application problems in a data-driven manner.

Department of Computer Science
Aalto university / kuva: Aino Huovio

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning, the core technology underlying many recent breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence (AI), is one of the strengths of Aalto University, with a long history starting from neural network pioneers Teuvo Kohonen and Erkki Oja.

Department of Computer Science
Aalto University/Aino Huovio

Mobile and Distributed Systems

The mobile and distributed systems research focuses on the challenges brought by the large growth in data volumes through digitalization of society, and the huge increase in connected devices through Internet of Things (IoT).

Department of Computer Science
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Security and Privacy

Our research aims to provide both a fundamental understanding of security and privacy issues, and practical solutions to enhance the security and privacy of real-world systems.

Department of Computer Science
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Software Engineering

The software engineering field studies the activities, processes and practices that create software artifacts, as well as the actual artifacts created.

Department of Computer Science
Aalto University/Unto Rautio

Visual Computing and Human Computer Interaction

Visual computing and HCI research focuses on computer systems that perceive the world and augment human perception, with the goal of easing life.

Department of Computer Science

Research Groups

Department of Computer Science hosts several research groups. Research groups are listed in alphabetical order.

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Research infrastructure

Department of Computer Science has in-house infrastructure for computational research hosted by Aalto Science-IT. In addition, Aalto University collaborate with national super computer facilities CSC.


Science-IT provides infrastructure for high-level computational research at Aalto University and is coordinated by the School of Science.

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Research outputs

Latest research outputs from Department of Computer Science.

Breaking the linear-memory barrier in MPC: Fast MIS on trees with strongly sublinear memory

Sebastian Brandt, Manuela Fischer, Jara Uitto 2021 Theoretical Computer Science

Coresets for Clustering in Excluded-minor Graphs and Beyond

Vladimir Braverman, Shaofeng Jiang, Robert Krauthgamer, Xuan Wu 2021 Proceedings of the 2021 ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms

"Whatever the Emotional Experience, It's Up to Them": Insights from Designers of Emotionally Impactful Games

Alena Denisova, Julia Bopp, Thuy Duong Nguyen, Elisa Mekler 2021 CHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Personalised Services in Social Situations: Principal–Agent Relationships in Account Sharing

Jesse Haapoja, Airi Lampinen, Kari Vesala 2021 Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction

Parallel Gaussian process surrogate Bayesian inference with noisy likelihood evaluations

Marko Järvenpää, Michael Gutmann, Aki Vehtari, Pekka Marttinen 2021 Bayesian Analysis

Movies and narratives as naturalistic stimuli in neuroimaging

Iiro P. Jääskeläinen, Mikko Sams, Enrico Glerean, Jyrki Ahveninen 2021 NeuroImage

Blockchain-based deployment of product-centric information systems

Juri Mattila, Timo Seppälä, Pellervo Valkama, Taneli Hukkinen, Kary Främling, Jan Holmström 2021 Computers in Industry

Randomized non-linear PCA networks

Mohammadreza Mohammadnia Qaraei, Saeid Abbaasi, Kamaledin Ghiasi-Shirazi 2021 Information Sciences (Elsevier)

Scalable communication for high-order stencil computations using CUDA-aware MPI

Johannes Pekkilä, Miikka Väisälä, Maarit Käpylä, Matthias Rheinhardt, Oskar Lappi 2021 JOURNAL OF PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database
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