Research & Art

ICT and digitalisation

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

Cyber. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Aki-Pekka Sinikoski
Online event

International ‘Backed by 5G’ online event

The theme for the event is the potential of 5G technology to help develop productivity in countries of the global south.
Designer Leevi Ikäheimo's anatomical knitwear (2020)
Exhibitions and fairs

Intimacy

Intimacy situates at the intersection of novel politicization and digital disruption of fashion.It updates our understanding of Finnish clothing and accessory design into the 2020s, exploring the intimate relationship between the body and the clothes we wear and introducing visitors to the creative design process, from initial sketches to the finished products.

Latest news in this area

Etäläsnäolorobotin toimivuutta testattiin projektin aikana eri kohteissa ja palaute oli positiivista. Kuva: VTT
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Researchers: Service robotics will be part of a nurse's job in ten years

The six-year ROSE project focused on issues such as remote presence robots and power vests for nurses. Experiences were positive, but the technical development of robotics is not yet up to the required level. A road map for the sustainable extensive utilisation of care robotics has been published in connection with the project.
Unite! summer school students will design an extra-terrestrial greenhouse for Mars
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Students design extraterrestrial greenhouse in Unite! summer project

Across universities, countries, and continents, the participating students will carry out research and learn together in interdisciplinary teams. Their task: to design a sustainable and efficient greenhouse facility on Mars.
 Äänen viivettä on tutkittu Suomen hiljaisimmassa huoneessa Otaniemessä sijaitsevassa kaiuttomassa huoneessa.  Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen
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The human ear detects half a millisecond delay in sound

Researchers discover how accurately the human ear can detect time delay in sounds in different frequencies.
Schneiderin avoin EcoStruxure Automation Expert -alusta on Aalto-yliopiston opiskelijoiden käytössä Aallon Factory of the Future -yksikössä. Kuva: Aalto ITiA research group
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Open, vendor-agnostic automation is the future of working life

Collaboration between Schneider Electric and Aalto University. Schneider’s open EcoStruxure Automation Expert platform will be used by Aalto University students in Aalto’s Factory of the Future unit.

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.

Image Credit: Quantum Flagship/H. Ritsch.

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.

Piece of code on the computer screen, colourful text

Science-IT

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

Services
Illustation of Otakaari 2A, the new home of Aalto Studios

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
Anturipiiri

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.

Aalto University/Unto Rautio

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.

virtual acoustics research group doing measurements in a concert hall

Virtual Acoustics

Professor Tapio Lokki

Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics
Image from remote site: acas.fi

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.

PML Research Group in Department of Computer Science

Department of Computer Science

Modern computer science to foster future science and society.

Aalto University, Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Department of Communications and Networking

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

anechoic chamber aalto university mikko raskinen

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.

Green plastic triangle on a white board,

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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