Research & Art

ICT and digitalisation

Digital technologies like AI and 5G cut through the whole society, from education to medicine and economics.
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Aalto X Reality event in 2018. Photo by Matti Ahlgren.

This area represents 25–35% of the scientific publications and university education in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) and digitalization in Finland.

This forms the foundation for our spearhead in Finland’s drive towards the technological transformation of many aspects of society – from new consumer services to media, entertainment, education, health care, retail, and several areas of industry.

Research in ICT and digitalisation relates to both theory and practice: computational and mathematical sciences, software and hardware technologies, secure communications, digital media, services, and engineering and management across technologies and industrial sectors.

This combination provides an excellent launching pad for interdisciplinary innovations. For instance, digitalisation and social media are topics which may only be profoundly understood via multidisciplinary viewpoints combining arts, business, science and technology.

Focus areas

  • Big data
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Software, business and cybersecurity
  • Digital services
  • 5G and telecommunications
  • Industrial Internet

Autonomous Systems Talks

A series of talks on the future (and present) of autonomous systems: Recorded talks available!

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Autonomous Systems Talks: Online Series

Upcoming events

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Lectures and seminars

Internet Forum – Public lecture series online: 5G – what do we all have to know?

5G is here and is more than just a fast connection – what do we all have to know about the future technology?
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Online event

Design for government: Two cases of designing sustainability policy in Finland.

Climate change challenges welfare states to change their practices. How do we steer that transition?

In 2020 and 2021 Aalto Design for Government course and ORSI Research project partnered-up to tackle sustainable change in the Finnish government. In this seminar, students will present proposals on how to use the design approach in two projects commisioned by the Finnish Ministries: "Reducing the carbon footprint of public procurement, using the Kela Maternity package example" and "Just transition to post-oil heating homes". The presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion on the role of design in government with the project representatives from the Finnish minitstries and public services.

We invite government key decision makers, civil servants, citizens and businesses around the same table to get inspired with us.
Online Quantum Game Jam 2021
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Online Quantum Game Jam 2021

We welcome you to join the Online Quantum Game Jam, an event where you will collaborate with game developers, quantum physicists, visual artists, musicians, coders and others in order to develop games that connect to quantum physics either through real machinery or simply thematically.
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Online event

How to Win with Platform Strategy

Platform companies are challenging every industry and already dominate many. Join and understand how to drive radical business transformation and hear the latest cutting edge combination of research and in-depth experience.

Latest news in this area

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Kahvit näppikselle -podcast’s second season guests are top researchers in the field of technology

Aalto University Department of Computer Science's podcast 'Kahvit näppikselle' continues on 17 Sep with new episodes. Our podcast host Risto Sarvas will discuss various technology-related topics with researchers from Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, and the Finnish Centre for Artificial Intelligence FCAI.
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Jarno Limnéll: Information security is all about attitude

Everyone has to take responsibility in the digital world, says Jarno Limnéll, Professor of Practice, Cyber Security. Blocking threats requires new types of expertise and cooperation.
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5G is more than just speed

Welcome to the first lecture of the Autumn 2021 Internet Forum lecture series on Tuesday 14 September starting at 5.15 p.m.
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Aalto Media Lab joins Ars Electronica 2021 from the perspective of music

The Ars Electronica + Helsinki Garden approaches a digital new deal with two musical works.

Flagships and Centres of Excellence

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI (external link)

Nation-wide competence center for Artificial Intelligence in Finland.

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Quantum Technology Finland – The National Centre of Excellence (external link)

The national Quantum Technology Finland (QTF) Centre of Excellence brings together scientific and technological excellence and cutting-edge research infrastructures to harness quantum phenomena in solid-state-based quantum devices and applications.

Infrastructure

Aalto factory of the Future

Aalto Factory of the Future

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

MAGICS-infrastruktuuri mahdollistaa virtuaalitodellisuuden hyödyntämisen muun muassa taiteellisissa esityksissä. Kuva: Aalto Studios.

MAGICS – Media – Arts – Games – Interaction – Computing – Science (external link)

MAGICS is an infrastructure network to support research into motion recording, and virtual environments. It is a joint effort of Aalto University, Tampere University and the University of the Arts Helsinki.

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Science-IT

Science-IT provides infrastructure for high-level computational research at Aalto University and is coordinated by the School of Science.

Services
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Aalto Studios

Aalto Studios weaves together the players of the creative economy: designers, filmmakers, YouTubers, game developers, performing artists, educators, angel investors, public-sector operators, and more in Finland, Scandinavia, Europe, and beyond.

Research and learning infrastructures
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Aalto Electronics-ICT - Electronics test facilities

School of Electrical Engineering offers 4 electronic test facilities

Services

Featured research bodies

HIIT

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (external link)

HIIT is a joint research institute of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki for basic and applied research on information technology.

HAIC

Helsinki-Aalto Institute for Cybersecurity (external link)

Strategic initiative to ensure excellence in information security research and education.

Industrial Internet Campus is a co-innovation lab for students, researchers and companies

Industrial Internet Campus

Aalto University Industrial Internet Campus (AIIC) is a platform for students, researchers, and companies to innovate and co-create smart, connected products and services. Industrial Internet Campus enables multidisciplinary research, education and innovation together with industrial partners.

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5G Research

The “5G Research @ Aalto” consists of multidisciplinary research groups from different departments and schools at Aalto University.

Aalto Media Lab

Aalto Media Lab

The Media Lab was founded in 1994 and is now a part of the Department of Media at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of the Aalto University.

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Virtual Acoustics

Professor Tapio Lokki

Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics
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Aalto Center for Autonomous Systems (external link)

ACAS combines Aalto expertise on various fields to tackle challenging systems-related research problems related to the autonomous operation of networked machines.

Departments in this area

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Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation 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.

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Department of Computer Science

To foster future science and society.

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Department of Communications and Networking

The Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet), is the largest unit in Finland in its research area.

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Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics

The Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics (SPA) combines competence in different areas of research fields varying from ICT technology to core electrical engineering and its basic phenomena.

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Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis

Our main research areas are algebra and discrete mathematics, analysis, applied mathematics and mechanics, stochastics and statistics, and systems analysis and operations research.

Key research area contact

 Dr. Krisztina Cziner

Dr. Krisztina Cziner

Manager, ICT & Digitalisation Key Research Area, Aalto Networking Platform
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