Information Technologies in Industrial Automation

ITiA Group

The focus areas of the research in our group is on various aspects of information technology applications in industrial automation. We are investigating enablers of future smart factories, commonly known as 4th industrial revolution or Industry 4.0. We are leading the development of Aalto Factory of the Future demonstrator.

Among topics of interest are:

  1. How future factories will be controlled by networks of wirelessly connected microcomputers, especially how software for such networks is going to be developed. Complexity of software development in industry is so great which makes researchers looking for methods of plug-and-play software composition or its automatic generation
  2. Application of artificial intelligence techniques for recognition of dangerous situations, or predictions of various uncertainties in industrial environments.
  3. Virtual twins of industrial systems, such as simulation models of processes and entire plants. Future factories will also require higher degree of safety and security, which can be achieved by applying modern methods of behaviour analysis based on the use of high computational power of modern computers.

Recently the group has invested heavily into energy automation. The main focus is on the Internet of Energy - the IT enabled energy production and exchange infrastructure based on prosumers. Smart grid research interests are multi-agent control and security and integration of applications such as smart lighting. We also research about safety of current and future energy systems, including nuclear automation.

We are involved in research projects funded by Academy of Finland, Business Finland, European Union, Finnish Nuclear Waste Management Fund (VYR), and other funding organisations. The group collaborates with many research partners around the globe

The leader of the group is Professor Valeriy Vyatkin.



Valeriy Vyatkin - professor 
Tommi Karhela - visiting professor in computer simulation technology
Jan Olaf Blech - professor of practice
Seppo Sierla   - university lecturer
Ilkka Seilonen - research scientist
Udayanto Atmojo - postdoctoral researcher
Pekka Aarnio - teaching researcher
Taneli Hölttä   - innovation advisor

Doctoral candidates

Igor Buzhinsky    
Thesis: Combined use of formal methods for reliability assurance of safety-critical software systems

Christian Giovanelli
Thesis: Aggregating domestic energy storage resources to participate in frequency containment reserves

Gerardo Santillán Martínez
Thesis: Simulation-based digital twins of industrial process plants: A semi-automatic implementation approach

Uladzimir Miranovich

Polina Ovsyannikova

Graduated doctoral candidates:

Olli Kilkki
Thesis: Optimizing Demand Response of Aggregated Residential Energy Storages
Defended: 10/12/2018

Evgeny Nefedov
Thesis: Collaborative energy management systems: design and evaluation for intelligent buildings, electric vehicles and street lighting
Defended: 27/04/2018

Research Projects

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