Pekka Orponen
Department of Computer Science

Pekka Orponen

Professor

Contact information

Postal address
Aalto SCI Computer Science Konemiehentie 2
Mobile phone
+358500819491
Full researcher profile
https://research.aalto.fi/...

Description

Pekka Orponen is Professor of Computer Science at the Aalto University School of Science. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki in 1983 and 1986, respectively. After a postdoctoral period at the University of Toronto, he held assistant and associate professorships at the University of Helsinki, before moving first to the University of Jyväskylä (1996-2001) and then to the Helsinki University of Technology, now Aalto University (2001-present). He served as the founding Head of the Aalto Department of Information and Computer Science for 2008-2014, and then as Vice-Head for Research of the newly-established Aalto Department of Computer Science for 2015-2016.

His general research area is algorithms and complexity, with specific contributions spanning computational complexity theory, foundations of neural network and analog computation, stochastic algorithms and distributed sensor networks, and the computational theory and algorithmic design of nucleic acid nanostructures. His Nature 2015 article on the algorithmic design of 3D wireframe DNA nanostructures (with co-authors in Aalto and at the Karolinska Institutet) is currently listed as an ISI highly-cited paper, i.e. within the top 1% from its publication year in the areas of biology and biochemistry.

In addition to his academic activities, Pekka Orponen serves on the Supervisory Board of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, which is one of the largest private foundations for arts and science in Europe, and on the Board of Informatics Europe, the association of European Computer Science departments. He is also a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and serves as the Chairman of the Academies' joint National Committee for Research Data, representing Finland in CODATA, the Data Committee of the International Science Council. In the latter capacity, he was recently programme committee co-chair of the 14th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance that took place at Aalto University on 23-25 Oct 2019.

 

Areas of expertise

Algorithms Complexity Self-Organisation

Honors and awards

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Professorship Orponen P.
Jun 2018

Best Paper Award, UCNC 2018

Research groups

Professorship Orponen P., Professor

Publications

Professorship Orponen P., Department of Computer Science

A computational framework for DNA sequencing microscopy

Publishing year: 2019 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Professorship Orponen P., Department of Computer Science

Kohti avointa tiedettä

Publishing year: 2019 Kaikenlaista rohkeutta
Department of Computer Science, Professorship Orponen P., Molecular Materials, Department of Applied Physics

Effects of design choices on the stiffness of wireframe DNA origami structures

Publishing year: 2018 ACS Nano
Professorship Orponen P., Department of Computer Science

Algorithmic design of cotranscriptionally folding 2D RNA origami structures

Publishing year: 2018 Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation
Department of Computer Science, Professorship Orponen P.

Design methods for 3D wireframe DNA nanostructures

Publishing year: 2018 Natural Computing
Department of Computer Science, Professorship Orponen P.

Computer-aided production of scaffolded DNA nanostructures from flat sheet meshes

Publishing year: 2016 Angewandte Chemie
Professorship Orponen P., Department of Computer Science

DNA rendering of polyhedral meshes at the nanoscale

Publishing year: 2015 Nature
Professorship Orponen P., Department of Computer Science

Fault tolerant design and analysis of carbon nanotube circuits affixed on DNA origami tiles

Publishing year: 2015 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NANOTECHNOLOGY
Professorship Orponen P., Tietojenkäsittelytieteen laito

Editorial for Algorithms for Sensor Systems, Wireless Ad Hoc Networks and Autonomous Mobile Entities

Publishing year: 2014 Theoretical Computer Science
Helsinki Insititute for Information Technology HIIT, Tietojenkäsittelytieteen laito, Professorship Orponen P.

Special Issue on Algorithms for Sensor Systems, Wireless Ad Hoc Networks and Autonomous Mobile Entities, Theoretical Computer Science, Vol. 553

Publishing year: 2014