Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis


The technology sector is more versatile than girls in middle school had thought

8. March 2018

‘Education in the technology sector opens doors to various career paths. The work involves international cooperation, so good skills in English and communication will take you far’, summarised women working in the technology sector for a room full of girls in junior high school in an event held 8 March 2018.

‘Studying technology opens huge opportunities in working life. In addition, the studies in this field are also fun’, said Carmela Kantor-Aaltonen from the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland.

Professor Hele Savin, last year’s recipient of the innovation award for women, told about her own career path as a researcher. ‘In upper secondary school, I didn’t know yet what my field would be. On the first courses at the Helsinki University of Technology, I quickly realised that I was studying the right field for me. A summer job in a research group sparked my interest in doing research. I found my field of research in the University of Berkeley where I was introduced to solar energy and its research. I understood that it is a field of the future’, explained Hele Savin.

‘Research is done together in an international group. In addition to doing research together, an important part of being a researcher is telling others about your results as much as possible.’

Professor Savin encouraged the students to go into the technology sector, but the most important thing is to choose a field based on what you are interested in: ‘No matter the field, you should choose it based on what you like.’


The students visited the Electrical Engineering Workshop where Kimmo Silvonen introduced coursework done by students: automatically operating curtains.

For Riitta Silvennoinen, her studies in chemical engineering have provided a basis for working in research as well as industry. Currently, she is employed in Sitra, working with tasks related to circular economy.

‘Studying natural sciences pays off because I can apply for tasks where I can truly have an impact on saving the world and therefore saving people.’

Student of Technology Saijariitta Kuokkanen agreed with the other speakers; the technology sector provides opportunities to work in a wide variety of tasks.

"Going on exchange during studies is becoming more popular still. But even if you didn't study abroad, there are thankfully many opportunities in working life to get international experience.

Marjo Äijälä from Borealis Polymers Oy encouraged the students to keep windows open in all directions.

‘Don’t close off any opportunities. In the technology sector, you don't graduate for any particular task; instead, you can do a variety of things. You should go without prejudice into this field that's talked about as a men’s field. What matters in working life is skill, not gender.’

Kaisa Junka from ABB said that the work in the technology sector is creative problem solving.

‘I urge you to apply for mechanical and electrical engineering because there are interesting tasks available in these fields.’

Aino Achrén and Ada-Lotta Virtanen, 9th grade students from Salo, thought the day was interesting.

‘The technology sector is different than we had imagined. It's more varied than I had thought.’

‘Today was an eye-opening experience. I had thought that you only sit at the computer if you're working in technology, but I learned that it involves a lot of working with other people and that going abroad is also possible.’

The event was finished with workshops on solar panels and Arduinos. In addition, the students got to make a fitness application for their own phones. The students were also introduced to the Aalto satellites and a virtual journey to space.

During the day, 90 middle school girls from the Armfelt school in Salo, Härkävehmaa school in Hyvinkää and Olari school in Espoo visited Aalto University.

Visiting lecture professor Wojtek Michalowski, Helping patients and physicians to follow evidence-based care, M1, Thursday, March 15th at 16.00

8. March 2018

Talk will provide a general overview of a research conducted by the MET Research Group at the University of Ottawa in the area of medical informatics. It will present methodological foundations of a comprehensive decision support for physicians managing atrial fibrillation patients and for the patients at home to help with the adherence to anticoagulation therapy. Additional examples for some of healthcare operations projects conducted in the Ottawa area hospitals will be presented.

Professor Wojtek Michalowski
Research Program

Defence of dissertation in the field of systems and operations research, Yrjänä Hynninen 16.3.2018

28. February 2018

Opponent: Professor Wojtek Michalowski, University of Ottawa


Custos: Professor Ahti Salo, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis


Further information

Professor emerita Kaisa Nyberg receives Finnish Cultural Foundation award

27. February 2018

Professor Emerita Kaisa Nyberg at Aalto University has studied mathematical methods of secure communications. Nyberg served as Professor of Cryptology from 2005 until her retirement in 2016. She is very moved by the Finnish Cultural Foundation's award.

'Prizes have been awarded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation since the early 1940s, initially to several builders of Finnish society in the fields of science and art. I feel myself very small in that company. Past recipients of the prize that I could mention are Alvar Aalto in 1949 and Teuvo Kohonen, Professor Emeritus and Member of the Academy of Finland, who is world-known for his research into neural networks and won the prize in 1994' says Kaisa Nyberg.

Kaisa Nyberg succeeded in developing and establishing teaching and research into cryptology in Finland. She has also sought to use her own example to encourage an increasing number of young women to find their own field in the mathematical and technical sciences.

Nyberg_18-02-12_002_250.jpg'It was wonderful to get the chance to serve as a professor at Aalto University for more than 11 years before my retirement' Nyberg adds.

Starting in 1987, before her professorship at Aalto University, Kaisa Nyberg had a doctorate in mathematics and served in the Finnish Defence Forces. From the Defence Forces Nyberg went to the Nokia Research Centre in order to gain some industrial experience. This happened in 1998. At Nokia Nyberg did research on encryption methods for mobile phones as part of an international group of experts. The encryption techniques - the standardized solutions developed at that time - are currently in use in billions of mobile devices around the world.

Nyberg has also developed a pairing method for Bluetooth devices in cooperation with other experts from Nokia and Microsoft. Nyberg has also served as an expert in data security in the design of various critical systems, such as preparations for on-line voting for citizens.

At its annual celebration on 27 February the Finnish Cultural Foundation awarded three prizes worth 30,000 euros each for outstanding cultural achievements. The prizes were won by professor emerita Kaisa Nyberg, designer and textile artist Markku Piri and film director and screenwriter Selma Vilhunen.

Further information:

Kaisa Nyberg
Professor emerita
Aalto University

The Finnish Cultural Foundation awards in 2018 (in Finnish)

Kaisa Nyberg in the photo. Image: The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Heikki Tuuli.

Summer interns to the department of mathematics and systems analysis, deadline 14.2.

25. January 2018

Summer interns will work as research assistants having also other duties at the department. The results of the work will be reported as a bachelor’s thesis, a master’s thesis or a special assignment. We expect the applicants to have completed the studies of first two years. Salary is 1915 € - 2106 € per month depending on your education level.

Apply for this job through an eRecruitment system, application link here.

Attach one PDF file (LastnameFirstname.PDF), which should include the following:

  • application

  • cv

  • transcript of records (does not have to be official)

Please state in your application

- in which research group you want to work. Tell us also if you already have a topic or an instructor. You can also prioritize several research groups. The alternatives are Analysis; Discrete Mathematics; Applied Mathematics and Mechanics; Stochastics and Statistics; Systems and Operations research.

- if you have previous (summer) work experience at the department.

- which working period you prefer. Summer job takes usually 3 months, and the one- week holiday must be used during the summer, preferably in July. You can also take unpaid leave in addition, but the working time must be 3 months.


If you apply to Systems and Operations Research Group, please visit for more detailed topic descriptions and contact persons.

Deadline for the applications is Wed 14.2.2018.


There will be an info meeting about writing the bachelor’s thesis and about research groups on Thu 1.2. 13.00-14.00 in the coffee room of the Math Department (M243). Coffee will be served. Welcome!

More information from

Mathematics: Riikka Korte  (on vacation 3.-11.2.)

(3.-11.2. Nuutti Hyvönen

Systems and Operations Research: Juho Roponen

In application process-related questions: Johanna Glader (johanna.glader(at)

Summer interns will be chosen by 5 March 2018 at the latest.




Kirsi Peltonen receives 2018 mathematics prize

9. January 2018

The Finnish Mathematical Society’s 2018 Mathematics award has been given to Kirsi Peltonen, who works as a Senior University Lecturer at Aalto University and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki. Peltonen has been awarded the Finnish Mathematical Society’s 2018 Mathematics Prize for her work to promote mathematics.

A particularly important reason for the award is her long-term, innovative and fruitful work to lower the walls of separation between mathematics and art, for example through courses held together with art and design researchers from Aalto University.

‘As the award has been given for my lifetime’s work for the good of Finnish mathematics, I feel it is also an award which affirms and commissions me for the future’, Peltonen comments.

Bold and interdisciplinary teaching

The course ‘Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors: Mathematics meets Art and Architecture’ was mentioned as an example for the grounds of the award. The course was led by Peltonen and it culminated last year in the six-month-long ‘Sensual Mathematics’ exhibition which was put together by the 38-strong student group and held in the Heureka Science Centre.

The exhibition has previously been held twice in the premises of Aalto University, and the interdisciplinary course included students with a diverse range of skills.

‘This time the students included both first-years and doctoral students. Half of the students were from the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the rest were from the School of Science and the School of Engineering’, Peltonen explains.

The meeting of art and mathematics led to the creation of eight three-dimensional works, which depicted phenomena such as fractals, origami and musical scales.

Peltonen has also toured around different schools giving presentations on mathematics. In her opinion, combining art and mathematics would benefit both subject areas and would increase diversity and the ongoing interaction between art and science.

‘Mathematical research involves a certain artistic aspect which would be good to bring more systematically into view also at all levels of mathematics teaching. Traditional artisan techniques and modern technology offer plenty of opportunities for perceiving mathematics through the different senses. Through artistic materials we get a new physical interface and feelings of success even for those that have for whatever reason been frustrated with mathematics’, Peltonen concludes.

Further information:

Kirsi Peltonen
Senior University Lecturer
Aalto University
tel. +358 50 574 7006

SCI Awards 2017 – winners and nominees

15. December 2017

The School of Science celebrated the year 2017 by congratulating the great work done in research, teaching and service.

See SCI Award winners and nominees – and some lovely things said about the winners – below.

Happy holidays and thank you for a fine year's work!


Nuutti Hyvönen

Nuutti takes care of his duties as programme director efficiently and decisions related to students are never late because of Nuutti. He considers each student as an individual, puts his mind into the special questions of the student, and thinks things through according to the best interest of the student. Nuutti’s exceptional work and co-operative attitude is highly appreciated by students, the department, and Learning Services alike.


Minna Westerlund

“Minna knows everything, solves any problems, and is always ready to take an extra step to make work/research/whatever easy and fluent for others. With her positive can-do attitude she is the soul of the department. Behind her back we call her "supersihteeri Minna" :)”

“Her office door is open, and even when Minna is super busy, she finds time to help. Moreover, Minna is super helpful and never lets you down. She's the reason why everything in our laboratory seems to work and get done effortlessly.”

“Minna is always positive, helpful and overall the best person for her position that I can imagine. She is reliable and her friendly attitude welcomes requests of all kind. She is one the most important persons at the department: she has decades of expertise, which is invaluable and irreplaceable.”

Väisälä Awards to Professor Camilla Hollanti and Adjunct Professor Sabrina Maniscalco

12. December 2017


Professor Camilla Hollanti, photo by Lasse Lecklin.

The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters has granted the Väisälä Award 2017 to two merited researchers in upcoming fields of science. Both Hollanti and Maniscalco are spearheads in their respective, globally highly competitive fields.

Camilla Hollanti is a professor at Aalto University Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis. Sabrina Maniscalco is a professor at the University of Turku and adjunct professor at Aalto University and also the Vice Director of the new Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology in Aalto University appointed by the Academy of Finland.

Hollanti leads a group at Aalto who study algebra, number theory, combinatorics, coding theory, and information theory all of which they apply especially to communication technology. Research foci include distributed data storage systems, 5G networks and privacy issues.

Hollanti is on research leave at the Technical University of Munich and will return to Aalto in autumn 2018.

maniscalco.jpgSabrina Maniscalco studies quantum physics and the fundamentals of quantum technology. Quantum technology is a heatedly competitive research area: applications that make use of quantum phenomena have the potential to revolutionise several fields in technology and society at large. The entanglement of quantum states and quantum superpositions open up unprecedented possibilities for, for example, ultra-fast computing and unbreakable encryption techniques that can take information processing, communication technologies and highly sensitive measurement devices to whole new realms.

Maniscalco is also known as an avid communicator and devoted to popularising science. She has, among other things, been involved in Finnish Game Jam, an event where physicists and game developers create games that could help solve scientific problems and build intuition of quantum phenomena.

(Professor Sabrina Maniscalco, photo by University of Turku.)

Stochastic Sauna, Tuesday 19 December, 2017, Hall U3, 10:15-17:15

7. December 2017

Stochastic Sauna is a traditional workshop that brings together researchers and students working on probability, statistics, and their applications. This year the workshop is held on Tuesday 19 Dec 2017 at Aalto University.

The confirmed speakers are:


- Roland Bauerschmidt (University of Cambridge)

- Aristides Gionis (Aalto University)

- Mikko Pakkanen (Imperial College London)

- Eveliina Peltola (University of Geneva)

- Jaakko Peltonen (University of Tampere)

- Lauri Viitasaari (University of Helsinki)


The registration form, and more detailed information is available on the web page:

Aalto Bachelor's programme in Science and Technology in English to start in 2018

12. October 2017

Aalto University will launch a new Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology in English in the autumn of 2018. All Aalto University schools of engineering will be involved in the programme.

In the new programme, all students complete the same basic studies with strong focus on mathematical and computational methods and robust information technology skills. In all schools, the major subjects will be designed with these perspectives in mind.

On the first application round in January 2018, there will be two study options: Data Science at the School of Science, and Digital Systems and Design at the School of Electrical Engineering. The majors to be provided by the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Engineering will be confirmed during next year.

There may also be plans for additional majors between different schools of engineering. In the first year, 25 students will be admitted per programme, but, in the long run, the goal is to have slightly over 100 new students entering the programme each year.   

Top-level experts to the needs of the digital society

Jouko Lampinen, Dean of the School of Science, considers the new Bachelor's programme significant.

‘Digitalisation changes the world faster than any of the earlier industrial revolutions. The impacts of artificial intelligence, data science and automation go deep in every sector, both in technology and economy. Aalto's new BSc Programme in English is a response to this challenge.’

‘We did not build a copy of a conventional Bachelor’s programme in Science and Technology, but the programme is built upon strong mathematical and information technology skills. In their majors, students can continue to go deeper into data science and artificial intelligence or digital systems engineering, which are all fields suffering from serious shortage of top-level experts. The programme will be expanded in the coming years in such a manner that the majors enable specialisation in various fields of technology. The programme complements excellently the contribution Aalto is making as the driver of digital revolution in the Finnish industry and business,’ Jouko Lampinen points out.

Admission based on the student’s previous academic record

The programme will not have any entrance examinations, but all students are selected on the basis of paper selection. There will be two admission groups for the programme:
-     The students that have completed the Finnish matriculation examination or the international baccalaureate degree (IB, EB, RP) in Finland are selected on the basis of certificates in accordance with the DIA application procedure*.
-    International applicants are required to have completed the SAT test as well as the SAT Subject Test in mathematics.

Application period for the new Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology in English will be 9 – 24 January, 2018.

Admission information will be updated on the Aalto University's Studies website during October.

* The joint application procedure in engineering and architecture

Photo: Aino Huovio

20.10.2017: Fyysikkospeksi: Vive! - One hundred days to Revolution

20. October 2017 19.00


Vive! is the sixth production of Fyysikkospeksi, a musical made mostly by engineering physics and math students. This year there are five shows in Finnish starting from October 20th and one in English on November 19th, all in Gloria (Pieni Roobertinkatu 12-14) in the center of Helsinki.

Vive! - One hundred days to Revolution takes the audience to the birth of the French Revolution. A young freedom fighter Vivienne arrives in Marseille, trying to spark a seed of rebellion in the oppressed townsfolk. Standing between her and the revolution, however, is chief constable Abel Const, the law and order of Marseille, and Jacques, a fetching long-time criminal.

  • Can Vivienne rise up to the Ivory Tower and negotiate with the nobles ruling over the people?
  • Are her dreams of revolution threatened by unexpected love?
  • Why does Jean-Baptiste, the most miserable street urchin in all of Marseille, smile as he chews on an old shoe?

Vive! - One hundred days to Revolution a story about love and the collision of world views. What have you sacrificed for your dreams?

The showtimes are Friday 20.10. 19:00, Saturday 21.10. 16:00, Tue 31.10. 19:00, Wed 1.11. 19:00, Thu 2.11. 19:00 in Finnish and Sunday 19.11. at 18:00 in English.

Tickets 12 euros (students, balcony) / 15 euros (students, floor) / 20 euros (adults) / 40 euros (patrons). The cloakroom charge is included in the price.

More information and tickets:


19.09.2017: A public lecture series 'Internet Forum'

19. September 2017 17.15

In autumn 2017, Aalto University will organise the Internet Forum a series of public lectures that will focus on 'The future and safety of technology". The eight lectures in total will focus on the possibilities presented by digitalisation from various perspectives. The development of digitalisation is one of Aalto University's key areas in research and teaching.

Each lecture can also be viewed either via a live stream or at a later time online.

The Twitter hashtag for the lectures is #aaltodigi.

The lectures will be open to everyone free-of-charge. Participation does not require signing up in advance. The lectures will be held in English.

Link to the live stream and earlier broadcasts




Ti 19.09.2017       17:15 - 19:00

How does technology change the world and the man?

  • Dr. Johanna Kohl, VTT
  • Esko Kilpi, Esko Kilpi Oy

Ti 26.09.2017       17:15 - 19:00

The importance of technology and security for companies

  • Pasi Eronen, Technology Industries of Finland

  • Mika Susi, Confederation of Finnish Industries

Ti 03.10.2017       17:15 - 19:00

The influence of technology in the media and communications environment

  • Elina Melgin, ProCom

Ti 10.10.2017        17:15 - 19:00

Algorithms, filter bubbles and narratives: organizing our everyday on social media

  • Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, University of Helsinki
  • Jan Staf, IBM

Ti 31.10.2017       17:15 - 19:00

The effect of digitalization on leadership and organizations

  • Sami Honkonen, CEO TmrwLabs
  • Mikko Rusama, Yle

Ti 07.11.2017       17:15 - 19:00  

The position of large corporations in the future of technology and security

  • Max Mickelsson, Microsoft
  • Marja Laitinen, Microsoft

Ti 14.11.2017        17:15 - 19:00

The future of Internet and digitalization

  • Yrjö Länsipuro, ISOC Finland
  • Sirkka Heinonen, University of Turku

Ti 28.11.2017        17:15 - 19:00  

Military technology - present and future

  • Jyri Kosola, Research Director at Finnish Defence Forces

More information:
Professor of Practice Jarno Limnéll
 tel +358 40 527 6173
 Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
 Twitter: @JarnoLim

27.10.2017: Defence of dissertation in the field of mathematics, Lauri Mustonen, M.Sc.(Tech.)

27. October 2017 12.00

Lauri Mustonen, M.Sc.(Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Approximations and Surrogates for Computational Inverse Boundary Value Problems" on 27 October 2017 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall M1, Otakaari 1, Espoo.

Opponent: Professor Roland Griesmaier, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany

Custos: Professor Nuutti Hyvönen, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis

02.11.2017: RISK 2017 - Conference on Risk and Security

2. November 2017 9.00


The theme of the conference “Risk and Security” highlights the role risk plays in relation to security.  There are, however, no simple ways to deal with these concerns and issues and conventional risk assessment methods are challenged by the need for new concepts and tools to properly handle security risks. 

The conference brings together practitioners and academics interested in risk assessment, risk management and risk communication in security context. In addition, the interface between security and safety will be discussed. The 2-day conference consists of key note talks, panels and workshops.

Deadline for abstracts is 15 September 2017

For more information, please visit

We wish you warmly welcome to the conference!

On behalf of the local organising committee,

Marja Ylönen, Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

09.05.2017: Sensual Mathematics Exhibition

9. May 2017 10.00

Sensual Math

Note! The exhibition time has been extended until 22 October! Please see further information on Heureka website, and see the video on Aalto University`s Youtube.

The final exhibition of the transdisciplinary course at Aalto University is a concrete opening to enhance the interaction between scientific and artistic practices. It aims to break clichés related to mathematics by bringing deep phenomena of the field to the level of human experience.

Open-minded collaboration across the conventional barriers between disciplines enables the pursuit of diverse goals and aims. The exhibition also presents inspiring examples and ideas of new directions for education, from early childhood to research level. Students on the course come from different Schools of Aalto from freshmen to PhD students.

“Sensual Mathematics” is an expression of an intimate, inseparable relation between the sensual and the rational approaches of each team of students towards low dimensional geometry and topology.

The vertical artworks of the exhibition create a natural space inviting the visitor to wander into its forest-like growth.

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