Aalto Factory of the Future

Aalto Factory of the Future

The Aalto Factory of the Future is a facility for innovation and education of future industrial automation, industry 4.0 & 5.0 and beyond. It is a space shared by humans, robots and production stations, which serves as a platform for projects in the area of advanced information technologies applied to future production systems. It focuses on achieving revolutionary high flexibility by exploiting the architecture of modular autonomous intelligent production units. We aim to achieve high sustainability and improve the wellbeing of the workers by introducing data-driven models that enable human-centric real-time workflow optimization.

We are interested in enabling technologies for production systems that include: Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0 architecture, Industrial Internet of Things, human-machine interaction, wireless communication (5G, Wifi6), edge/fog/cloud computing paradigms, virtual integration, digital twins, remote commissioning, operation and predictive maintenance, human-robot collaboration, simulation, virtual and augmented reality. We invite companies and other stakeholders to collaborate with us!

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Research Focus

From a research and innovation perspective the main capability of the Aalto Factory of the Future is focused on software architecture for industrial automation. We are particularly working on integrating flexible concepts for software deployment and reconfiguration with IIoT, digital twins and recent trends in IT-technology. Our research focuses on optimizing the collaborative production systems by developing human-centric dataflow using wearable IoT, affecting ergonomics in the workplace, and introducing novel scenarios of organizing human-robot cooperation with AGVs and Cobots.

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Collaboration Possibilities

Research and innovation work on software concepts shall be primarily supported by

  • Collaborative Innovation Projects such as Business Finland and European Union projects (e.g., EIT Manufacturing, Reboot IoT Factory)
  • Student work (Master, PhD students)

Contact us for collaboration possibilities: [email protected]

Our Industrial, Research, and Educational Projects

Aalto Factory of the Future is and has been involved in various international and national collaborative projects:

Aalto Factory of the Future. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto-yliopisto

Aalto University receives 1 million euros for software-centric industrial automation program

Schneider Electric donation of industrial automation technology, software licenses, and teaching support is to answer for growing need for automation expertise.

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Aalto University joins Reboot IoT Factory to reform industry with digital solutions – aiming at an impact of EUR 1 billion

Aalto Industrial Internet Campus has been invited to participate in the second phase of Reboot IoT Factory ecosystem that develops digital solutions for the Finnish manufacturing industry.

Aalto Factory of the Future

Factory of the Future deploys indoor 5G and WiFi6 to support manufacturing research

Students and researchers can use the new facility to explore the applications of cutting-edge communications technologies in Industry 4.0.


Latest Scientific Results

Application of reinforcement learning for energy consumption optimization of district heating system

Jifei Deng, Miro Eklund, Seppo Sierla, Jouni Savolainen, Hannu Niemistö, Tommi Karhela, Valeriy Vyatkin 2023 2023 IEEE 32nd International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE)

Mass customization with reinforcement learning: Automatic reconfiguration of a production line

Jifei Deng, Seppo Sierla, Jie Sun, Valeriy Vyatkin 2023 Applied Soft Computing

Offline reinforcement learning for industrial process control: a case study from steel industry

Jifei Deng, Seppo Sierla, Jie Sun, Valeriy Vyatkin 2023 Information Sciences (Elsevier)

Using a digital twin as the objective function for evolutionary algorithm applications in large scale industrial processes

Miro Eklund, Seppo Sierla, Hannu Niemisto, Timo Korvola, Jouni Savolainen, Tommi Karhela 2023 IEEE Access

Automatic Generation of Data centre Digital Twins for Virtual Commissioning of their Automation Systems

Nikolai Galkin, Michail Ruchkin, Valeriy Vyatkin, Chen Wei Yang, Viktor Dubinin 2023 IEEE Access

Mechatronic Swarm and its Virtual Commissioning

Tuojian Lyu, Andrei Lashchev, Sandeep Patil, Udayanto Dwi Atmojo, Valeriy Vyatkin 2023 Proceedings - 2023 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics, ICM 2023

Artificial Intelligence for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Vidura Sumanasena, Lakshitha Gunasekara, Sachin Kahawala, Nishan Mills, Daswin De Silva, Mahdi Jalili, Seppo Sierla, Andrew Jennings 2023 Energies

Bidding a Battery on Electricity Markets and Minimizing Battery Aging Costs: A Reinforcement Learning Approach

Harri Aaltonen, Seppo Sierla, Ville Kyrki, Mahdi Pourakbari‐kasmaei, Valeriy Vyatkin 2022 Energies

An overview of machine learning applications for smart buildings

Kari Alanne, Seppo Sierla 2022 Sustainable Cities and Society

A Methodology for Generating a Digital Twin for Process Industry: A Case Study of a Fiber Processing Pilot Plant

Mohammad Azangoo, Lotta Sorsamaki, Seppo A. Sierla, Teemu Matasniemi, Miia Rantala, Kari Rainio, Valeriy Vyatkin 2022 IEEE Access
More information on our research in the Research database.
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