Ilkka Laakso

Associate Professor
Associate Professor
T410 Dept. Electrical Engineering and Automation

Assistant Professor Ilkka Laakso leads the research group Electromagnetics in Health Technology. The group develops computational methods for multi-physics modelling of the human body.

The research combines numerical analysis of electromagnetic fields with anatomical and functional modelling, having multidisciplinary applications in biomedical engineering (device development), clinical practice (diagnosis and rehabilitation), and neurosciences (brain research).

The first focus area of the research is developing computational tools for modelling non-invasive brain stimulation. In the future, the methods will help scientists to carefully craft stimulation protocols rather than relying on trial and error, improving the safety and efficacy of stimulation and allowing individually planned treatment.

The group also uses computer simulations to study the electromagnetic safety of new technologies and aid the development of novel health care applications .

Full researcher profile
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Contact information

Phone number
+358504658133

Areas of expertise

Bioelectromagnetism, Health and wellbeing, Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, Neurostimulation, Finite element modeling, Finite element method, Electromagnetic field computation, Electromagnetic field theory, Magnetic resonance imaging, Medical devices, Medical Technology, EMC, Biophysics, Radio Frequency, Dosimetry, health technology, Image analysis, Segmentation, Brain stimulation, Transcranial direct current stimulation, Transcranial magnetic stimulation, Health physics, Occupational safety, Non-ionising radiation, Human brain imaging, Human brain

Honors and awards

IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society Technical Achievement Award

Technical Achievement Award for contribution to computational dosimetry of human exposure to electromagnetic fields from low frequencies to millimeter waves
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation Aug 2021

Young Scientist Award

URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, Montreal, Canada
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation Aug 2017

IEICE Transactions Best Paper Award

“Fast computational method for human dosimetry due to wireless power transfer with magnetic resonance”
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation Jun 2014

Excellent Paper Award

International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compability, Tokyo,<br/>Japan
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation May 2014

Young scientist award

URSI Commission B International Symposium on Electromagnetic<br/>Theory, Hiroshima, Japan
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation May 2013

Excellent paper award (Young scientist)

Awarded by IEICE Electronics Society, Electronics Simulation Technology
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation Mar 2013

Paper Presentation Award

Awarded by Fundamentals and Materials Society, Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation Sep 2012

Ericsson Young Scientist Award

Ericsson Japan
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation Nov 2011

Faculty Award for Excellence, at Nagoya Institute of Technology

For contribution to public understanding of heat stroke from engineering viewpoint
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation Nov 2011

Student Award International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Japan

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation Jan 2009

Research groups

  • Electromagnetics in Health Technology

Publications

Small effects of electric field on motor cortical excitability following anodal tDCS

Ilkka Laakso, Keisuke Tani, Jose Gomez-Tames, Akimasa Hirata, Satoshi Tanaka 2024 iScience

Predicting the hotspot location and motor threshold prior to transcranial magnetic stimulation using electric field modelling

Noora Matilainen, Juhani Kataja, Ilkka Laakso 2024 Physics in Medicine and Biology

Intercomparison of the averaged induced electric field in learning-based human head models exposed to low-frequency magnetic fields

Yinliang Diao, Essam A. Rashed, Luca Giaccone, Ilkka Laakso, Congsheng Li, Riccardo Scorretti, Yoichi Sekiba, Kenichi Yamazaki, Akimasa Hirata 2023 IEEE Access

Material Coarsening Strategy for Structured Meshless Multigrid Method for Dosimetry in Anisotropic Human Body Models

Juhani Kataja, Janita Nissi, Timo Roine, Ilkka Laakso 2023 IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility

Accessible magnetic resonance imaging – AMRI: Designing a mobile lifesaver / Designs for a Cooler Planet

Ilkka Laakso, Lauri Palva, Masoud Sharifian Mazraehmollaei, Raimo Sepponen, Severi Uusitalo, Erika Renedo Illarregi, Niilo Kämäräinen 2023

Special Section on Recent Advances in Simulation Techniques and Their Applications for Electronics

Atsushi Kezuka, Jun Sonoda, Yoshiaki Ando, Tuptim Angkaew, Chun Ping Chen, Yih Peng Chiou, Takuichi Hirano, Hidenori Ishibashi, Hideaki Kimura, Seiya Kishimoto, Ilkka Laakso, Amane Takei, Eng Leong Tan, Yasuhide Tsuji, Jun Shibayama 2022 IEICE Transactions on Electronics

The Effect of Inter-pulse Interval on TMS Motor Evoked Potentials in Active Muscles

Noora Matilainen, Marco Soldati, Ilkka Laakso 2022 FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE

Magneto- and electrophosphene thresholds in the retina: a dosimetry modeling study

Janita Nissi, Ilkka Laakso 2022 Physics in Medicine and Biology