Key Research Area: ICT and digitalisation
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.
- 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!
Latest news in this area
Sustainability is an important part of digital housing servicesIn a business project for Alma Media, students mapped out digital housing services from the perspective of sustainable development
A sustainable web: new tool helps webpage designers reduce runaway energy consumptionThe open service analyses websites and identifies ways to improve data usage.
FAIR kick-off drew two hundred participants as the demand for AI for business increasesFinnish AI Region aims to boost AI adoption in SMEs
Avatars and genuine interactionAalto University’s researchers are contributing to the creation of redesigned maternity and child health clinics and positive childbirth experiences in their research projects. The visions seize the potential of technology, such as childbirth simulation in a 3D-video conference using an avatar, a virtual character. On the other hand, the researchers would also like to hold on to the best practices from the past, such as the traditional child health clinic card, genuine human interaction and the rotina tradition, visits by family and close-ones to meet the newborn and bring foods as a gift.
Flagships and Centres of Excellence
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.
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 – 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.
Science-IT provides infrastructure for high-level computational research at Aalto University and is coordinated by the School of Science.
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.
Aalto Electronics-ICT - Electronics test facilities
School of Electrical Engineering offers 4 electronic test facilities
Featured research bodies
Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (external link)
Collaborative institute for research on information technology.
Helsinki-Aalto Institute for Cybersecurity HAIC (external link)
Excellence in information security research and education.
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.
The “5G Research @ Aalto” consists of multidisciplinary research groups from different departments and schools at Aalto University.
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.
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
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.
Department of Communications and Networking
The Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet), is the largest unit in Finland in its research area.
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.
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.