Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

Information Technologies in Industrial Automation

The engineering of software-intensive automation systems is the research focus in our group.
We investigate enablers of future smart factories (Industry 4.0) from the industrial manufacturing, continuous processes, and energy management perspectives.
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The focus areas of research in our group are various aspects of information technology applications in industrial automation. We investigate enablers for future smart factories, as a critical part of the concept commonly known as the 4th industrial revolution or Industry 4.0. Besides, we lead the development of the Aalto Factory of the Future demonstrator.

Among our topics of interest are:

  1. How to control future factories by networks of wirelessly connected microcomputers? And how to develop software for such networks? The exceptional complexity of software development in the manufacturing and process industry inspires us to look for methods of plug-and-play software composition or its automatic generation.
  2. The applications of artificial intelligence techniques in industrial environments for recognizing or predicting dangerous situations and process uncertainties.
  3. Virtual twins of industrial systems, such as simulation models of individual processes and entire plants. Future factories will demand a higher degree of safety and security, achievable by applying modern methods of behavior analysis, relying on the enormous processing power of distributed computing and supercomputers.

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 the safety of current and future energy systems, including nuclear automation.

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

Professor Valeriy Vyatkin is the leader of the group.

People

Staff

Valeriy Vyatkin - Professor
Tommi Karhela - Visiting professor in computer simulation technology
Seppo Sierla   - University lecturer
Ilkka Seilonen - Research scientist
Udayanto Atmojo - Staff scientist
Taneli Hölttä   - Innovation advisor
Niko Karhula - Research assistant

Doctoral candidates

Polina Ovsiannikova
Mohammad Arash Azangoo
Ronal Bejarano Rodriguez
Tuojian Lyu
Rakshith Subramanya
Jifei Deng
Pranay Jhunjhunwala

Graduated doctoral candidates:

Igor Buzhinskii  
Thesis: Combined use of formal methods for reliability assurance of safety-critical software systems
Defended: 28/06/2019

Gerardo Santillán Martínez
Thesis: Simulation-based digital twins of industrial process plants: A semi-automatic implementation approach
Defended: 07/06/2019

Christian Giovanelli
Thesis: Aggregating domestic energy storage resources to participate in frequency containment reserves
Defended: 15/03/2019

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

Latest publications

An overview of machine learning applications for smart buildings

Kari Alanne, Seppo Sierla 2022 Sustainable Cities and Society

Model checking reveals design issues leading to spurious actuation of nuclear instrumentation and control systems

Antti Pakonen, I. Buzhinsky, K. Björkman 2021 Reliability Engineering and System Safety

A Case Study of Utilizing the SMT Solver for Deployment Optimization of an IEC 61499-based Application

Tuojian Lyu, Jan Olaf Blech, Valeriy Vyatkin 2021 Proceedings of IEEE 30th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, ISIE 2021

SMT-based deployment calculation for IEC 61499 control applications

Tuojian Lyu, Jan Olaf Blech, Valeriy Vyatkin 2021 Proceedings of 4th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems, ICPS 2021

Towards cloud-based virtual commissioning of distributed automation applications with IEC 61499 and containerization technology

Tuojian Lyu, Udayanto Dwi Atmojo, Valeriy Vyatkin 2021 Proceedings of 47th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2021

Evaluation of Permutation-Based Mutation Operators on the Problem of Automatic Connection Matching in Closed-Loop Control System

Vladimir Mironovich, Maxim Buzdalov, Valeriy Vyatkin 2021 Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing, STUDFUZZ

Oeritte

Polina Ovsiannikova, Igor Buzhinsky, Antti Pakonen, Valeriy Vyatkin 2021 IEEE Access

A simulation environment for training a reinforcement learning agent trading a battery storage

Harri Aaltonen, Seppo Sierla, Rakshith Subramanya, Valeriy Vyatkin 2021 Energies

Safety and security assessment of overall I&C architectures (SEARCH)

Antti Pakonen, Jarmo Alanen, Igor Buzhinskii, Atte Helminen, Joonas Linnosmaa, Timo Malm, Polina Ovsiannikova, Nikolaos Papakonstantinou, Valeriy Vyatkin 2021 SAFIR2022 - The Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2019-2022

Dynamic Adapter Connections for IEC 61499

Paavo Kajola, Jan Olaf Blech, Udayanto Dwi Atmojo, Valeriy Vyatkin 2021 Proceedings of 22nd IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology, ICIT 2021
More information on our research in the Research database.
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