Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis



Conference digs into the effects of digital disruption

9. April 2017

The Building Expertise for Innovation conference, hosted by Aalto University from 25 to 27 April, will delve into the nature of digital disruption and its effects in different fields and in society at large.

The conference is organised by the Strategic Research Council's research projects Platform Value Now and Digital Disruption in Industry, which are led by Professors Ahti Salo and Martti Mäntylä from the Aalto University School of Science. The main speakers at the conference include Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission Vladimir Šucha, President of the European Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula, Professor George Wright from Strathclyde University and Professor Luca Iandoli, President of the International Council for Small Business. Also sharing their views will be Member of Parliament Jyrki Kasvi, Executive Director of The Finnish Family Firms Association Leena Mörttinen and Chief Policy Adviser Janica Ylikarjula from the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK.

Also participating in the conference will be the EU’s COST Action IS1304 Expert Judgment Network: Bridging the Gap Between Scientific Uncertainty and Evidence-Based Decision Making, which will bring to the meeting dozens of international participants. This network supports scientific evidence based decision making by promoting the use of systematic procedures when handling expert opinions.

Digital disruption – revolutionary power

The conference will focus on how digital disruption, as a technological and revolutionary force, transforms industry, services and society. During the conference, different application cases will be considered which show how systematic procedures provide a foundation for decision-making on issues relating to technology, strategic choices, business models and innovation.

‘Digital disruption usually takes place in stages, and its nature often varies from one field to another. What is now possible in the new digital consumer business does not work in the same form in, for example, traditional industrial fields, where optimal application of digitalisation requires expertise in the field and trust in the technology and its suppliers,’ explains Research Director Ilkka Lakaniemi from Aalto University’s Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR).

The research community, businesses and public sector are all warmly welcome to the conference to participate and network. To view the conference program and to register, just visit the conference website.

New hourly paid teachers of mathematics and systems analysis for autumn 2017

20. March 2017

The Department of Mathematics and systems analysis is seeking

New hourly-paid teachers in mathematics and systems analysis for autumn term 2017

We expect the applicants to have completed at least 20 credits of mathematical studies at university level with good grades, as well as showing interest towards being a teacher. If you have previous experience in teaching, it is considered as an advantage, but is not necessary. The work consists mainly of assisting first year bachelor level mathematics' courses. This is a part time job (4 hours/week).

Systems Analysis:
We expect the applicants to have completed the course they are interested in. This is a part time job (2 or 4 hours/week).

We are seeking teachers for the following courses in autumn 2017:
* MS-C2107 Sovelletun matematiikan tietokonetyöt (several teachers needed);
* MS-E2114 Investment Science;
* MS-E2133 Systems Analysis Laboratory II;
* MS-E2139 Nonlinear programming;
* MS-E2140 Linear Programming; and
* MS-E2152 Peliteoria


The salary is 30-35 euros/hour based on your education level. Please note! These jobs are meant mainly to Aalto University students. Most of the courses are taught in Finnish.

Apply for this job through eRecruitment system.

Attached to the application, you will need (in pdf format) a transcript of records, and an open application where you explain also
- in what courses are you interested in teaching, and
- in what languages are you willing to teach (suomi/svenska/English).

Dead line for the applications is Wed 10.5.2017.

Based on the applications, we invite some of the applicants to take part in web interview during May.

More information:
- Mathematics: ville.turunen(at) and jarmo.malinen(at)
- Systems analysis: kimmo.berg(at)
- Recruiting related questions: hr-ms(at)

Emeritus Professor Raimo P. Hämäläinen receives the Golden Medal of Merit of the Finnish Defence Forces

7. March 2017

The reasons for the award included the successful research collaboration between the Finnish Air Force and Aalto University’s Systems Analysis Laboratory, led by Professor Raimo P. Hämäläinen for 25 years.

General Jarmo Lindberg, Chief of Defence, granted the award which was presented on 3 March at an event held at Satakunta Air Command in Pirkkala to mark the 99th anniversary of the Finnish Air Force. Hämäläinen was also awarded with the pennants of the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command and Satakunta Air Command.

Professor in Cryptology

6. March 2017

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Science invites applications for:

Tenure track or tenured position in Cryptology

The vacancy is open to talented individuals who are interested in an excellent opportunity to pursue a successful scientific career. The position is targeted primarily at candidates for the Assistant Professor level. However, candidates with an outstanding record for Associate or Full Professor levels may be considered.

The professorship is a joint position between the Department of Computer Science ( and the Department of Mathematics and Systems analysis ( With strong research groups in systems security, theoretical computer science, algebra and discrete mathematics, and stochastics, Aalto University is emerging as a leader in information security. The selected candidate is expected to establish independent research and teaching in cryptology. We solicit applications from candidates with expertise in any area of modern cryptology including, but not limited to, symmetric-key and public-key cryptography and cryptanalysis, information-theoretic and complexity-theoretic perspectives of cryptology, as well as implementational and applicational aspects of cryptographic primitives.

The applicants are expected to hold a doctoral degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline. Excellent research record in cryptology, evidenced by publications in relevant top venues, is expected and a strong background in both computer science and mathematics is   considered as an advantage. Suitable background and enthusiasm for teaching cryptology courses at bachelor’s and master’s level are essential. We value ability for and interest in engaging in research collaboration with industry.

A person at any level of the academic tenure track system in Aalto University is expected to perform world-class research, to teach, supervise and otherwise advance academic education, to be an active member of the international scientific community, and to exhibit academic leadership. Career advances on the tenure track are based on scheduled performance assessments, which take into account the candidate’s merits in all these areas.

The salary for the position follows the salary scale in use at Aalto University, but applicants may also provide salary requirements.

How to apply

Applications with attachments for the tenure track position are to be addressed to the President of Aalto University and submitted through the Saima recruitment system. Link found in the bottom of the page: . Review of the applications will begin on April 1, 2017. The position will remain open until filled. Applications shall consist of one single pdf file, with file name “lastname_firstname_application.pdf”. All material should be in English.

The application material shall include:

1.    cover letter including a summary of merits and most important achievements (one page),

2.    curriculum vitae (with contact details; recommended length two pages),

3.    research statement describing past research and plans for future,

4.    teaching statement,

5.    names, positions, affiliations and e-mail addresses of five senior research leaders available for providing recommendation letters

6.    list of publications (top-5 publications relevant for this position highlighted)

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research achievements, teaching credentials and activity in scientific community in relation to their career stage. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to supplement their applications with a more detailed teaching portfolio. Aalto University reserves the right to use external reviewers to support the evaluation of applicants during the recruitment process.

While all applicants who have submitted their application according to instructions will be appropriately considered, Aalto University reserves the right to consider also other candidates for the announced position, or leave the position open.

Further Information

For additional information, please contact Professor N. Asokan, tel +358 50 4836465 or Professor Camilla Hollanti, tel. +358 50 5628987, or in recruitment process-related questions HR Coordinator Laura Kuusisto-Noponen. e-mails:

For more information about Aalto University, the two departments, and information security research at Aalto University, please download the brochure for this position here.

In Helsinki Feb 17, 2017


Tenure track in Aalto University

The tenure track is open to talented individuals who have excellent potential for a scientific career. Individuals on the Aalto University professorial tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance reviews, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched in 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young research talent to join the Aalto University community.

Read more about the Aalto University tenure track system at

Defence of dissertation in the field of systems and operations research, Pekka Mild, Lic.Sc. (Tech.), 3.3.2017

26. February 2017

Pekka Mild, Lic.Sc. (Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Portfolio Decision Analysis for Infrastructure and Innovation Management" on 3 March 2017 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall H304, Otakaari 1, Espoo. The dissertation develops a multiattribute decision analysis methodology for resource allocation and project portfolio selection. The methodology has been applied in practice for decision support in transportation infrastructure maintenance funding allocation and innovation program evaluation.


Professor Alec Morton, University of Strathclyde, will act as the opponent. Custos is Professor Ahti Salo, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis. Dissertation release in Finnish is available at

Summer jobs at the department

26. January 2017
The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is seeking

summer trainees in mathematics and systems analysis

to work on their bachelor's thesis or carry out other research assistant's duties between June and August, 2017.

You can ask for more information from the faculty of Mathematics. NOTE! If you are Finnish-speaking, please read all the details from the announcement in Finnish.

The deadline for the applications is Wed 15.2.2017.

Please submit your application, cv and study record via eRecruitment system.

In research topic related matters, please contact the respective research group directly, or camillla.hollanti(at) Any general questions about the recruitment process should be directed to HR, at hr-ms(at)

Becoming a mathematician was a natural choice for Kaie Kubjas

24. January 2017

Assistant Professor Kaie Kubjas, what kind of research do you do?

My main field of research is applied algebraic geometry with applications in statistics, optimization and phylogenetics. Algebraic geometry studies systems of polynomial equations and inequalities. In recent projects, I have applied algebraic geometry to low-rank tensor completion and maximum likelihood estimation for evolutionary models. Maximum likelihood estimation is an optimization problem and I am especially interested in finding the correct solution with a guarantee of correctness, which standard numerical methods usually cannot provide. Other important topics in my research have been nonnegative and positive semidefinite rank that appear in the context of statistics, machine learning and complexity theory.

How did you become a researcher?

I attended mathematics competitions as a child and already then I developed passion for solving problems. Later I wanted to solve mathematical problems that other people have not explained yet, and becoming a researcher was a very natural choice for me. I became very independent already as a PhD student, as my supervisor moved to another university after helping me to choose the key research topics in the beginning. As an Assistant Professor I am privileged to choose and study the scientific problems that I find most important.

What are the highlights of your career?

In 2014-2016, I was an independent postdoctoral researcher at Aalto Science Institute and studied similar subjects as I do now. In 2014, I spent a semester at the Simons Institute in Berkeley attending the program "Algorithms and Complexity in Algebraic Geometry". In 2013, I spent a semester at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. I defended my PhD thesis "Algebraic and combinatorial aspects of group-based models" in May 2013 at the Free University of Berlin.

What is the most important quality for a researcher?

I think it is necessary to identify and keep the focus on the research problems that you find most relevant. Otherwise it is very easy to get distracted as there are so many research problems one could work on. Then it is a combination of hard work and good luck finding the solutions. When it comes to getting relaxed after work, I often go to a climbing gym. When I am climbing, I cannot think of anything else except the climbing route and let the math just go.

What do you expect from the future?

I am very excited to build my own research group. It is a completely new dimension for me. I also look forward to talking to people about different applications and identifying new problems where algebraic geometry can be helpful.

Apply for TES Grants 2017

22. December 2016
TES Grants for research. Application period 9.1.-5.2.2017. More info in the website

Defence of dissertation in the field of mathematics, Emanuele Ventura, M.Sc., 9.1.2017

22. December 2016

Emanuele Ventura,  M.Sc., will defend the dissertation "Geometry of Real Tensors and Phylogenetics" on 9 January 2017 at 15 at the Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall M1, Otakaari 1, Espoo.


Professor Kristian Ranestad, University of Oslo, will act as the opponent. Custos is professor Alexander Engström, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis. Dissertation release is available at:


Two Centre of Excellence applications selected to the second round

15. December 2016

”Centre of Excellence in Inverse Problems and Imaging” (contact person: Nuutti Hyvönen) and ”Mathematics of Computation and Information” (contact person: Camilla Hollanti) related to our department were selected to the second round of the call.

Väisälä grants

12. December 2016

Ferninand Blomqvist, Antti Ojalammi and Matias Vestberg received 25 000 € doctoral training grants from the Vilho, Yrjö and Kalle Väisälä Foundation on 12 Dec 2016.

Workshop on Nonlinear, Nonlocal Problems and Stochastic Methods

1. December 2016

The NPDE research group organizes on 7-9 Dec 2016. Over 50 participants from 12 countries. Local organizers: Juha Kinnunen, Tuomo Kuusi and Jonas Tölle.

Defence of dissertation in the field of mathematics, Janne Korvenpää, M.Sc. (Tech.), 18.11.2016

29. November 2016

Janne Korvenpää, M.Sc. (Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Nonlocal nonlinear potential theory and fractional integral operators" on 18 November 2016 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall M1, Otakaari 1, Espoo. In the dissertation, potential theory for fractional Laplace type equations is developed. These equations are nonlocal integro-differential equations having many similarities with typical partial differential equations.

Professor Lorenzo Brasco, University of Ferrara, will act as the opponent. Custos is Professor Juha Kinnunen, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis. Dissertation release is available in Finnish at:

Defence of dissertation in the field of mathematics, Helle Majander 11.11.2016

29. November 2016



Helle Majander, M.Sc., will defend the dissertation "Efficient reconstruction algorithms for three-dimensional tomographic imaging" on 11 November 2016 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall 1, Otakaari 1, Espoo. In the dissertation, we study the iterative algorithms for solving the inverse problems related to tomographic imaging. We present an efficient algorithm that can be used with different imaging modalities and we study the compensation of geometric modeling errors in particular for electrical impedance tomography.

Associate Professor Kim Knudsen, Technical University of Denmark, will act as the opponent. Custos is Professor Nuutti Hyvönen, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis. Dissertation release is available in Finnish at:

Defence of dissertation in the field of systems and operations research, Jussi Kangaspunta, M.Sc. (Tech.), 4.11.2016

29. November 2016



Jussi Kangaspunta, M.Sc. (Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Resource Allocation Methods for Defence and Infrastructure Systems" on 4 November 2016 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall H304, Otakaari 1, Espoo. In this dissertation, methods to support the allocation of resources to investment alternatives are studied and developed. These methods have been illustrated by examining problems from defence planning and critical infrastructure risk management.

Professor Vicki Bier, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will act as opponent. Custos is professor Ahti Salo, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis. Dissertation release is available in Finnish at:

Defence of dissertation in the field of systems and operations research, Antti Toppila, M.Sc. (Tech.), 10.11.2016

29. November 2016

Antti Toppila, M.Sc. (Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Robust Reliability and Resource Allocation - Models and Algorithms" on 10 November 2016 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall H304, Otakaari 1, Espoo. The dissertation studies how to provide decision recommendations that are robust to epistemic uncertainty when making complex decisions.

Professor Enrico Zio, Politecnico di Milano, will act as opponent. Custos is professor Ahti Salo, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis. Dissertation release is available in Finnish at:

Stochastic Sauna workshop 20.12.2016

24. November 2016

Stochastic Sauna is a yearly workshop that brings together researchers and students working on probability, statistics, and their applications. The workshop of 2016 will be held on Tuesday, December 20, at Aalto University. The confirmed speakers are Juhan Aru (ETH Zürich), Alexander Jung (Aalto University), Lasse Leskelä (Aalto University), Jani Lukkarinen (University of Helsinki), Tommi Sottinen (University of Vaasa), and Sara Taskinen (University of Jyväskylä). More detailed and up to date information will be available on the web page.


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