Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, in short EEA, is an ecosystem where scientists and engineers from different fields of microsystems, electrical engineering and automation work together to solve the most challenging scientific problems in the fields of energy and environment, as well as health and wellbeing.

We offer excellent education and top-quality research conditions.  

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Research

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation (EEA) focuses on three research areas: Power Systems and Energy Conversion, Control, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Health Technology.

The department is a major player in Aalto University’s Energy Efficiency Research programme AEF.
Also the Aalto ePowerHub is part of the EEA department.

Power Systems and Energy Conversion

We develop new methods, devices, and systems for substantially increasing the share of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency, focusing on making renewables, energy storage, and digital services the essence of power systems.

Power Electronics

Our research and innovation efforts on industrial and power electronics are taking place at three complementary levels: algorithms, methods, and applications.

Industrial and power electronics

Electromechanics

Advancing research in the interdisciplinary field of electromechanics at three different aspects: theoretical, numerical, and experimental.

Stator Machine only Picture Group electromechanics

Metrology Research Institute

Professor Erkki Ikonen

Electric Drives

Electric drives play an important role, e.g., in a large number of industrial applications, electric and hybrid vehicles, elevators, and robotics. Electric drives are systems where the electric motors or generators are controlled by power-electronic converters (such as a frequency converter).

Electric drives

Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering

The focus areas of research in power systems and high voltage engineering are distribution networks, their system solutions and reliability engineering, power system components´ load capacity and ageing, control and monitoring systems including computer applications, automation and communication solutions, end use analysis and power quality.

Power systems and High Voltage Engineering

Power and Energy Systems

Power and Energy Systems

Aalto University students doing a group work with mobile phone and laptops on campus

Illumination Engineering

Lighting research group’s fundamental goal is to advance the research and education of illumination engineering and electrical building services.

Illumination engineering

Smart Building Technologies and Services

The aim of the group is to advance research and teaching within smart buildings.

Aalto smart building research group

Renewable Energies for Power Systems

The mission of the Renewable Energies for Power Systems group is to pursue groundbreaking work in the generation, transmission, distribution, management, and consumption of electricity.

Renewable Energies for Power Systems

Control, Robotics and Autonomous Systems

In these research groups, we develop generic methodologies and practices focusing on distributed and networked control systems, field robotics, intelligent robotics, robotic instruments, industry automation systems, and automation software for distributed systems.

Nonlinear Systems and Control

The research interest of the Nonlinear Systems and Control group lies in the intersection of Control theory and Machine Learning: We aim to synergistically combine tools from nonlinear systems, stability theory, robust & optimal control along with machine learning and optimization techniques, to create systems with provable guarantees on safety and performance.

Nonlinear systems and control: The intersection of Control theory and Machine Learning.

Cyber-physical Systems

The cyber-physical systems group develops novel machine learning and control methods for networked multi-agent systems.

Cyber-physical Systems

Automatic Control

The research done by the automatic control group is based on a firm knowledge of system theory, control engineering, simulation methods, optimisation methods, numerical algorithms, and so forth.

motor

Autonomous Systems

The group's research focuses on heavy duty semiautonomous machines and autonomous mobile robotics, mainly in agriculture and forestry.

Autonomous systems Group

Information Technologies in Industrial Automation

The group's research focuses on the engineering of software-intensive automation systems.

Industrial gripper picture

Intelligent Robotics

Intelligent Robotics group performs research in robotics, computer vision and machine learning.

Intelligent robotics

Robotic Instruments

The robotic instruments group develops miniaturized robotics and fine objects manipulation technologies.

Micro- and nanorobotics

Robot Learning

The Aalto Robot Learning (RL) research group operates in the intersection of artificial intelligence and robotics. In particular, we focus on reinforcement learning, robotic manipulation, decision making under partial observability, imitation learning, and decision making in multi-agent systems.

Aalto Robot Learning research group

Mobile Robotics

The Mobile Robotics research group is led by Assistant Professor Tomasz Kucner.

Pointclouds of Lab

Distributed and Networked Control Systems

We are now witnessing an explosion in networked systems: everything is connected and massive amounts of devices are required to be coordinated.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Health Technology

We develop technologies for improved and predictive diagnostic tools and efficient therapeutic methods and offer new analytical techniques for basic medical research focusing on making medical solutions that enable personalised treatments, homecare and data driven clinical decisions.

Electronics Integration and Reliability

The research in the Electronics Integration and Reliability (EILB) is focused on new materials, heterogeneous integration, reliability, and sustainability of electronics.

EILB group

Bionic and Rehabilitation Engineering

Bionic and Rehabilitation Engineering (BaRE) research group investigates engineering techniques for human-machine interfacing in order to support, augment and rehabilitate human motor function. Through advancements in basic physiology, motor control, and biomechanics, we tailor novel biosensing and control approaches, as well as design methodologies in order to push the boundaries of current state-of-the-art bionic limbs, exoskeletons and rehabilitation robots.

Human hand, robot hand

Electromagnetics in Health Technology

The group develops computational methods for multi-physics modelling of the human body.

Electromagnetics in Health Technology

Microsystems Technology

Microsystems technology is a truly multidisciplinary research area. It is based on physical and analytical chemistry, biology, microelectronics, materials science, physics and biomedical technology.

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Sensor Informatics and Medical Technology

Research of the group focuses on sensor informatics, adaptive signal processing, data fusion systems, and machine learning (including AI), especially for medical applications. Other applications include smartphone sensor fusion, robotics, positioning systems, target tracking, biomedical imaging, and many other indirectly measured time-varying systems.

sensori-informatiikka

Studies

The department offers a Master’s degree programme in the above focus areas and is heavily involved in the teaching and education in other cross-disciplinary programmes as well. Department also participates in the school-wide doctoral education as can be seen in our Doctoral dissertations.

Automation and Electrical Engineering, Master of Science (Technology)

The Master’s Programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering prepares its graduates to perform in the intersection between hardware and software, ranging from the fields of Electrical Engineering and Energy sectors to Biomedical Engineering, Control Engineering and Robotics. Drawing from extensive research and fundamental theories in mathematical and natural sciences, the programme focuses on the applicable side of technologies, including topics like Autonomous Systems, Health Technology, Smart Grids and Renewable Energy Solutions.

Students of School of Electrical Engineering around a robot.

Become a doctoral researcher at the School of Electrical Engineering

Doctoral education will prepare you for the most demanding expert positions in your field in the academia, companies and public administration. Start here if you’re interested in doctoral studies!

Woman Elec Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Latest news

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Appointments, Cooperation Published:

Introducing three new professors at the School of Electrical Engineering

Assistant Professors Gopika Premsankar and Johannes Arend and Associate Professor (tenured) Marko Kosunen were appointed to the career path of professors during January-June 2024.
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Awards and Recognition, Cooperation Published:

Unite! Seed Fund 2024 awards funding to 13 applications with Aalto's involvement

The Unite! Seed Fund aims to stimulate and support bottom-up proposals by teachers, researchers and students for collaborative activities.
Anne Sunikka, Anton Sigfrids and Pekka Marttinen
Campus, Research & Art Published:

Open Science and Research Summer Conference 2024 gathered open science experts from all over Finland

Over 90 participants attended in person and 90 listened in Zoom a range of presentations on artificial intelligence, legal and security issues and data management, alongside the latest news on open science activities in Finland. The event was organised by Aalto University, VTT and Open Science Coordination in Finland.
Aalto's team at the competition
Awards and Recognition Published:

Aalto University student team placed sixth in the Bosch Future Mobility Challenge competition

80 teams from all over the world took part in the tough competition.

Events

Doctoral hat floating above a speaker's podium with a microphone
Public defences

Public defence in Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering, M.Sc.(Tech.) Verner Püvi

The thesis studies the highest amount of solar panels that can be connected to low-voltage distribution networks.
The figure shows an artificial material used for verifying the function of a ray tracing model (RTM).
Public defences

Public defence in Measurement Science and Technology, M.Sc.(Tech.) Robin Aschan

Development of measurement instruments for angle-resolved measurements of reflectance and transmittance using visible and infrared light
Artistic interpretation of the thesis content: A mobile robot, resembling a vacuum cleaner robot, is moving through a flat.
Public defences

Public defence in Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing, M.Sc. Georg Götz

This dissertation works towards data-driven audio engines by exploring the interaction between room-acoustic modelling and data-driven methods.
Doctoral hat floating above a speaker's podium with a microphone
Public defences

Public defence in Automation and Control Engineering, M.Sc. Rakshith Subramanya

Exploiting distributed energy resources with a virtual power plant: Intelligent market participation based on forecasts (title of the thesis)

Head of department

Professors and Lecturers

Ville Kyrki

Ville Kyrki

Professor
T410 Dept. Electrical Engineering and Automation
Marko Hinkkanen

Marko Hinkkanen

Professori (Associate professor)
T410 Dept. Electrical Engineering and Automation
Ivan Vujaklija

Ivan Vujaklija

Assistant Professor
T410 Dept. Electrical Engineering and Automation

Vesa Vuorinen

Principal University Lecturer
Petri Kärhä

Petri Kärhä

Principal University Lecturer
T410 Dept. Electrical Engineering and Automation

Robert Millar

Senior University Lecturer
T410 Dept. Electrical Engineering and Automation

Where to find us

Maarintie 8

Maarintie 8

Maarintie 8

Health Technology House

Otakaari 3 & Rakentajanaukio 2

Otakaari 3. Aalto University Campus and Real Estate.

Micronova

Tietotie 3

Micronova cleanroom kuva: Aino Huovio

Startup Hub A Grid

Otakaari 5
Open for members 24/7

A Grid main entrance

Aalto Factory of the Future

The Aalto Factory of the Future is an infrastructure to support innovation in future industrial automation, industry 4.0 & 5.0 and beyond. It allows test and trials of advanced technologies, such as future wireless communication (5G / Wifi6 and beyond) in industry.

Aalto Factory of the Future videowall

Viima

Puumiehenkuja 5

Main entrance to the Viima building
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