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Research & Art

High-quality research. A unique combination of science, art, technology and business.

At Aalto University, we create the conditions needed for innovation, economic growth, employment and wellbeing. Our research is concentrated around seven key areas combining four core competences in the fields of ICT, materials, arts, design and business together with three grand challenges related to energy, living environment, and health.

Sensual Mathematics Exhibition. Photo by Henri Vogt.

Key research areas

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ICT and digitalisation

We represent 25–35% of the scientific publications and university education in the field of ICT and digitalization in Finland.

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Materials and sustainable use of natural resources

Our innovations based on materials research provide great opportunities for Finnish and international businesses.

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Art and design knowledge building

We aim to find new ways of solving supposedly impossible problems, to contribute to the wellbeing of people, and to have a positive impact on wider society.

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Global business dynamics

Our research contributes significantly to the competitiveness and renewal of Finnish industry and serves to help policy decision making.

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Advanced energy solutions

Energy-related research is widely carried out by us. The main research focuses are energy sciences, multidisciplinary energy technologies and energy and the environment.

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Human-centred living environments

We are developing interdisciplinary research to enhance the planning, design, and testing of better living environments.

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Health and wellbeing

Our health and wellbeing research mostly focuses on neuroscience and -technology, functional magnetic imaging, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics and computational medicine, as well as on health and wellbeing technologies and management.

Renewing society by art, creativity and design

Aalto University promotes art and creativity in all disciplines and communities. One of our targets is to renew society through art, creativity and design. We are a forerunner in combining art and creative practices with research and education.

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Key figures

In 2017, we continued the renewal of our research profile and advanced our digitalisation programme. Competitive research funding increased.

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Competitive research funding (€ million) in 2017.
Includes funding from the Academy of Finland, Tekes FiDiPro and EU.

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Number of international peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals in 2017.

15.2

Quality of publications.
Share of Aalto University publications in 2017 that belong to the top 10% most highly cited in the same area.

26

Number of recipients of ERC funding (European Research Council) in 2017.
Awarded to leading researchers for pioneering work at the frontiers of science.

Excellence in research

Research carried out at Aalto University is of high quality, as demonstrated by our researchers success in obtaining external research funding. Get to know our most notable recognitions, funding awards and projects!

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Platforms and other collaboration bodies

Our collaboration bodies bring together researchers across departments, offering also possibilities for co-operation and networking with external stakeholders.

What are Aalto Platforms?

The Platforms facilitate multi- and interdisciplinary research and teaching in thematic areas. They organise annually several thematic meetings which offer external stakeholders possibilities for co-operation and networking. They, also, bring together Aalto's expertise across departments.

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Aalto Digi Platform

Aalto Digi Platform initiates and increases cooperation in the field of digital technologies both inside Aalto and with its industrial and academic partners. Digitalization transforms today's and tomorrow's industries, economics and society, in all walks of life. It shapes innovation landscape and facilitates economic growth.

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Aalto Living+ Platform

Living+ supports multi- and transdisciplinary research on human-centered living environments, one of Aalto University´s key research areas.

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Aalto Health Platform

Aalto Health Platform is a collaborative program that creates a framework for Aalto to deepen and widen its joint work with its partner organizations in the area of health and wellbeing (H&W), which is one of Aalto University’s strategic focus areas for research.

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Aalto Experience Platform

Aalto Experience Platform is an open community for experience research, which fosters and promotes research that combines scientific, artistic, technological, and business angles on human experiences.

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Aalto Materials Platform

The Materials Platform promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations and communication, inside and outside Aalto University, to advance the field of materials science and its applications.

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Aalto Energy Platform

The Aalto University Energy Platform initiates and coordinates multi- and interdisciplinary research that supports synergy within the field of sustainable energy solutions.

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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.

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

Aalto Sustainability Hub

To address complex sustainability challenges, Aalto Sustainability Hub works to increase interdisciplinary collaboration and to promote sustainability in teaching, campus development and other operations at Aalto.

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Design Factory

Multidisciplinary environment for research and education on product development.

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Teaching Lab

Teaching Lab is an incubator for better teaching and learning. The approach of Teaching Lab is collaborative, challenge-based, and design-centric. The best learning environments at Aalto are built in ecosystems where the university, students, and companies work and learn together.

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Infrastructures for research and learning

Our research and learning infrastructures lay the groundwork for world-class, cutting-edge research. They offer opportunities for collaboration and foster local innovation ecosystem growth. Our large infrastructures are open to all in the Aalto community, as well as external users.

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Doctoral programmes

Aalto University prepares doctoral candidates to become highly qualified researchers and, increasingly, for diverse career pathways in the most demanding expert positions. More than 250 doctors graduate every year. Doctoral education is carried out in a unique multidisciplinary international scientific community. The key element in this training is the relationship between the supervisor and doctoral candidate.

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Tenure track

Our tenure track career system offers a well-supported career path for professor-level academics. The objective of tenure track is to support professors’ academic freedom and develop world-class research, artistic and professional work, teaching and activity in the scientific community, as well as academic leadership.

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Open science and research

The principle of openness is the key principle of science and research. At Aalto University, the most visible forms of open science are open access publications, open research data and metadata, and combining openess and commercialization.

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Research assessments

We continuously assess the quality of our university's research and artistic activities, in addition to societal impact.

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News

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Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Clear user experience goals behind Rolls-Royce Marine's Red Dot design award

The concept of UX goals, developed by Aalto University, were essential to the success of Rolls-Royce Marine's user experience team in designing the award-winning solution.
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Research & Art Published:

Research enhances understanding of sustainable production and consumption systems in circular economy

What does the recent research offer us in the fields of metal- and wood-based fiber systems for circular economy? How can we build sustainable business models and governance of circular systems? These issues were taken a closer look at Aalto Sustainability Hub’s seminar in November 2018.
Illustration of various ALD applications by Ida-Maria Wikström.
Research & Art, University Published:

A layer just a few atoms deep can work wonders

The atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique developed by Tuomo Suntola revolutionised information technology in the 2000s. Now researchers are using it to make better catalysts, solar cells of record efficiency and hybrid materials that transport medicines and generate electricity from bodily waste heat.
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Research & Art Published:

A novel approach to construct a highly active and durable nanocatalyst offers solutions to energy storage problems

A green, simple and easy method opens up new possibilities for MOF-based nanocatalysts.

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