Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

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
Seppo Sierla   - university lecturer
Ilkka Seilonen - research scientist
Udayanto Atmojo - postdoctoral researcher
Igor Bushinskii - postdoctoral researcher
Pekka Aarnio - teaching researcher
Taneli Hölttä   - innovation advisor

Doctoral candidates

Polina Ovsiannikova

Ronal Bejarano Rodriguez

Mohammad Arash Azangoo

Uladzimir Miranovich

Graduated doctoral candidates:

Igor Buzhinskii   
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 approachOlli 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

Mirrorlabs - creating accessible Digital Twins of robotic production environment with Mixed Reality

Doris Aschenbrenner, Jonas Rieder, Danielle van Tol, Joris van Dam, Zoltan Rustak, Jan Blech, Mohammad Azangoo, Panu Salo, Karl Kruusamae, Houman Masnavi, Igor Rybalskii, Alvo Aabloo, Marcelo Petry, Gustavo Teixeira, Bastian Thiede, Paolo Pedrazzoli, Andrea Ferrario, Michele Foletti, Matteo Confalonieri, Daniele Bertaggia, Thodoris Togias, Sotiris Makris 2021 Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality, AIVR 2020

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


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

Visual counterexample explanation for model checking with OERITTE

Polina Ovsiannikova, Igor Buzhinsky, Antti Pakonen, Valeriy Vyatkin 2021 Proceedings of 2020 25th International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems, ICECCS 2020

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

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

A Virtual Power Plant Solution for Aggregating Photovoltaic Systems and Other Distributed Energy Resources for Northern European Primary Frequency Reserves

Rakshith Subramanya, Matti Yli-Ojanpera, Seppo Sierla, Taneli Holtta, Jori Valtakari, Valeriy Vyatkin 2021 Energies

A plug and produce-inspired approach in distributed control architecture

Udayanto Dwi Atmojo, Jan Olaf Blech, Valeriy Vyatkin 2020 Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology, ICIT 2020

A service-oriented programming approach for dynamic distributed manufacturing systems

Udayanto Dwi Atmojo, Zoran Salcic, Kevin I-Kai Wang, Valeriy Vyatkin 2020 IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

On Developing a Collaborative and Interoperable Mobile Production Platform for an Agile Factory

Udayanto Atmojo, Jan Olaf Blech, Valeriy Vyatkin, Markus Roni, Vuong Vo, Roman Rumiantcev, Konsta Leino, Mika Kuusisto 2020 Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Internet, ICII 2019
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