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Open Positions

If we don't have any open positions but if you have clear interests and promising research or collaboration ideas, please send your CV and inquiries to Prof. Quan Zhou, email: [email protected].


Dr. Houari Bettahar received Academy Research Fellow

Congratulations Dr. Houari Bettahar for the prestigious award of Academy Research Fellow from the Research Council of Finland.

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Strong overall result: 27.5 million euros from the Research Council of Finland

A total of 52 Aalto researchers received Academy Research Fellowship and Academy Project funding. The total funding awarded to Aalto University amounts to 27.5 million euros

Dissertation of Arthur Vieira
Arthur Vieira dissertation

Congratulations to Arthur Vieira for an excellent public defense for the Doctor of Science in Technology degree on June 7, 2024. It's also a great honor to have Dr Michael Kappl from MPI and Prof. Pasi Kallio from Tampere University as opponents. Cheers!

Scientists harness the wind as a tool to move objects

New approach allows contactless or remote manipulation of objects by machines or robots.

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Researchers designed an algorithm that controls the direction of the air nozzle with two motors.
MARSS 2023 Best Conference Paper Award
MARSS 2023 Best Conference Paper Award

Our paper "Droplet Probe for Characterization of Advancing and Receding Contact Angles of Single Fibers " has received the Best Conference Paper Award at the MARSS 2023 Conference. The paper was authored by Arthur Vieira, Maja Vuckovac, Inge Schlapp-Hackl, Michael Hummel, and Quan Zhou.

Thanks to everyone who supported our work. Let's continue to learn and grow together.

Researchers mimic how water and wind create complex shapes in nature

No hands required: new study shows how particles can be directed into desired shapes with energy fields and smart algorithm.

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Latifi dissertation

Dr. Kourosh Latifi has been granted the Aalto University Dissertation Award 2021. Congratulations! The dissertation can be found here.


Prof. Quan Zhou received new funding from the Academy of Finland

We just received a new grant from the Academy of Finland, titled: “Robotic Magnetic Needle Characterization of Single Nanoparticle Uptake in Cells”, in cooperation with Prof. Hélder Santos of the University of Helsinki.

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Artur Kopitca received a funded doctoral position from the Aalto ELEC Doctoral School

Our doctoral student Artur Kopitca has been granted a funded doctoral position at the Aalto ELEC Doctoral School.

Defence of dissertation in the field of Automation, Systems and Control Engineering, M.Sc. (Tech.) Kourosh Latifi

Title of the thesis is “Controlling the motion of particles on a vibrating plate using dynamic acoustic fields”

Defence of dissertation in the field of Automation, Systems and Control Engineering, M.Sc. (Tech.) Zoran Cenev

Title of the thesis is “Particle Micromanipulation Using Single Magnetic Sources”

Aalto receives EUR 3.5 million funding for ICT research

The ICT 2023 programme funds 12 Aalto researchers.

Rahoitusta ICT-tutkimukseen. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Aki-Pekka Sinikoski.

The MARSS 2019 conference

The MARSS conference is an annual International conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales and will be held in July 1-5 at Maarintie 8 in Otaniemi campus.

A surprising experiment opens the path to new particle manipulation methods

Unexpected result from acoustics experiment could have applications in biomedical and microsystems research

A surprising experiment opens the path to new particle manipulation methods

Anton Paar Research Award to Robin Ras and Quan Zhou

Anton Paar Research Award to Robin Ras and Quan Zhou

Anton Paar Research Award to Robin Ras and Quan Zhou

Biomedical engineering

The biomedical engineering area mainly encompasses medical devices.

New microscope sets a record for visualizing surface wetting properties

The microscope is 1000 times more precise than current techniques, allowing the creation of wetting maps as a new concept for hydrophobic surface characterization.

Microscope droplet probe on a butterfly wing

The latest installation lectures available on video

Aalto University's newly tenured professors reveal the secrets of miniature robotics and optimizing human-computer interaction, among other things.

Researchers need a child-like mind and plenty of guts

Professor of microrobotics Quan Zhou operates invisible things that have a big impact.

Dances with waves: breakthrough in moving small objects using acoustics

By playing carefully constructed melodies, the scientists can simultaneously move multiple objects on the plate towards desired targets.

Three Joint SCI/ELEC Thematic Research Programmes Launched

Each programme to receive funding of 150 000 € over three years.

Doctoral student Anastasiia Kravtcova: “Doctoral studies can be a combination of a job, hobby and lifestyle”

The chance of making a societal impact motivated Anastasiia Kravtcova to pursue her doctoral studies and to dive into a groundbreaking topic in medical engineering at the School of Electrical Engineering.

Aalto ELEC's doctoral student Anastasiia Kravtcova
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