Department of Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Design

Research in Engineering Design at Aalto University focuses primarily in two fields: product development and mechatronics.
Detail from Mechatronics Circus

The research interest in product development consists of product development methods, including conceptual design, modularisation, integrated product development processes and industrial design and design for manufacturing. Aalto University Design Factory serves as an essential research environment for our product development work.

Mechatronics represents modern machine technology as a multidisciplinary field of science, including mechanical engineering with electronics and computer control in the design and manufacture of industrial products. The aim in mechatronics design is to enhance the performance of machines, improve their price-performance ratio and increase functionality. Main research interests in mechatronics include vehicle dynamics in Arctic conditions, hybridisation of mobile machines, industrial internet-connected machines, rotating machinery, tribology and integrated fluid power systems. With respect to integrated fluid power systems, the main research interests are digital hydraulics, magnetorheological actuators, vibration control technology and wave energy applications.

Latest publications

Usability issues in the operating room – Towards contextual design guidelines for medical device design

Antti Surma-aho, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kaisa Nelskylä, Nina Lindfors 2021 Applied Ergonomics

Effect of energy recovery on efficiency in electro-hydrostatic closed system for differential actuator

Thales Agostini, Victor De Negri, Tatiana Minav, Matti Pietola 2020 Actuators

Open Sensor Manager for IIoT

Riku Ala-Laurinaho, Juuso Autiosalo, Kari Tammi 2020 JOURNAL OF SENSOR AND ACTUATOR NETWORKS

A Feature-Based Framework for Structuring Industrial Digital Twins

Juuso Autiosalo, Jari Vepsalainen, Raine Viitala, Kari Tammi 2020 IEEE Access

The role of solid oxide fuel cells in future ship energy systems

Francesco Baldi, Stefano Moret, Kari Tammi, François Maréchal 2020 Energy

Expanding entrepreneurial solution spaces in times of crisis

Tua A. Björklund, Maria Mikkonen, Pauliina Mattila, Floris van der Marel 2020 Journal of Business Venturing Insights

Integrating Design into Organizations: The Coevolution of Design Capabilities

Tua Björklund, Hanna Maula, Sarah Soule, Jesse Maula 2020 CALIFORNIA MANAGEMENT REVIEW

Infrastructure for Digital Calibration Certificates

Clifford Brown, Tommi Elo, Kristine Hovhannisyan, Daniel Hutzschenreuter, Petri Kuosmanen, Olaf Maennel, Tuukka Mustapää, Pekka Nikander, Thomas Wiedenhoefer 2020 2020 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Industry 4.0 and IoT, MetroInd 4.0 and IoT 2020 - Proceedings

Educating future engineers - student perceptions of the societal linkages of innovation opportunities

Sine Celik, Senni Kirjavainen, Tua Björklund 2020 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

Empathic accuracy in design

Alvaro M. Chang-Arana, Matias Piispanen, Tommi Himberg, Antti Surma-aho, Jussi Alho, Mikko Sams, Katja Holtta-Otto 2020 Design Science
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Katja Hölttä-Otto

Professori (Associate professor)
Kaur Jaakma

Kaur Jaakma

Mechanical Engineering

Klaus Kivekäs

Postdoctoral researcher

Ivar Koene

Doctoral candidate

Shashank Arora

Academy Postdoctoral Researcher

Jie Li

Doctoral candidate

Teo Keipi

Postdoctoral researcher
Katri Johanna Hietala

Katri Johanna Hietala

Mechanical Engineering
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