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

Latest news in this area

ITP brings together students from various fields of study to solve digital business challenges of ITP business partners. Photo: Petri Anttila
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ITP 2021 was successfully completed with 17 projects and creative solutions to business challenges

Information Technology Program (ITP) was organized for the 26th time this year. Multidisciplinary and international student teams successfully completed altogether 17 business projects.
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Donate Speech campaign awarded as the best European audio project in 2021

Professor of Speech and Language Processing Mikko Kurimo believes that other small languages and countries can model the successful and award-winning concept
Autonominen A!ex-auto kuvattuna valoisassa autohallissa ympärillään viisi tutkijaa kesäisissä vaatteissa ja kasvoillaan maskit. Valkoisen auton katolla on tekninen laite ja auton tavaratilan kansi on ylhäällä.
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Otaniemi, meet A!ex, our autonomous car

This white car may look like a regular SUV, but a closer examination reveals a laser scanner on its roof. Inside, it’s missing a gear stick, as A!ex shifts gears with the aid of an algorithm.
Eturivissä opiskelijat Otto Simola, Verneri Hirvonen ja Julius Helander. Takarivissä professori Jussi Ryynänen ja vanhempi yliopistonlehtori Marko Kosunen. Kuva: Niina Norjamäki
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Students coded an open-source microprocessor that companies can use as they wish

The new processor is suitable, for example, for 6G transceivers and encryption technology. The project encourages young people to study microelectronics; skills that are in high demand in Finland.

Flagships and Centres of Excellence

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI (external link)

International research hub for artificial intelligence

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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 videowall

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
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 HAIC (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.

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Department of 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.

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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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