Research Area Tracks and Supervisors

The activities of HICT are structured along five research area specific tracks: Algorithms and machine learning, User centered and creative technologies, Life science informatics, Networks, networked systems and services, and Software and service engineering and systems. The doctoral supervisors associated to each track are listed below. (Note that some of the supervisors have dual affiliations across tracks.)

  1. Algorithms and Machine Learning (AML)


  1. Life Science Informatics (LSI)


  1. Networks, Networked Systems and Services (NNSS)
    • Prof. Keijo Heljanko (Aalto/CS, Aalto University coordinator) distributed systems, cloud computing, big data
    • Prof. Sasu Tarkoma (UH/CS, University of Helsinki coordinator) Internet of Things, mobile sensing, analytics and security
    • Prof. N. Asokan (Aalto/CS) security and privacy
    • Prof. Tuomas Aura (Aalto/CS) 
    • Prof. Mario Di Francesco (Aalto/CS) wireless networking, mobile and ubiquitous computing, Internet of Things
    • Prof. Heikki Hämmäinen (Aalto/COMNET) techno-economics of new Internet architectures and protocols, big data analysis of mobile Internet usage
    • Prof. Pan Hui (UH/CS) mobile computing, data science, social networks, augmented reality
    • Prof. Jussi Kangasharju (UH/CS) opportunistic networks, information-centric networking, cloud computing
    • Prof. Raimo Kantola (Aalto/COMNET) customer edge switching (generalization of NATs), trust management for the Internet including privacy preservation, software defined networking applications for mobile networks
    • Prof. Kimmo Kaski (Aalto/CS) computational science, statistical physics, complex systems and networks
    • Prof. Mikko Kivelä (Aalto/CS) complex systems, network science, graph data and models, social networks, multilayer networks
    • Prof. Jukka Manner (Aalto/COMNET) mobile network and device data analytics, security of SDN-based networks
    • Prof. Valtteri Niemi (UH/CS) information security, cybersecurity, privacy
    • Prof. Pekka Nikander (Aalto/COMNET) blockchains, IoT, Industrial Internet
    • Prof. Stephan Sigg (Aalto/COMNET) pervasive computing, activity recognition, sentiment sensing
    • Prof. Tarik Taleb (Aalto/COMNET) 5G, network function virtualization (NFV), and mobile cloud
    • Prof. Stavros Tripakis (Aalto/CS) formal methods, computer-aided verification and synthesis, cyber-physical systems
    • Prof. Petri Vuorimaa (Aalto/CS) web services, web applications, web of things
    • Prof. Yu Xiao (Aalto/COMNET) mobile cloud computing, crowdsensing, smart cities
    • Prof. Antti Ylä-Jääski (Aalto/CS) mobile cloud computing, mobile crowdsensing, mobile multimedia systems


  1. Software and Service Engineering and Systems (SSES)


  1. User Centered and Creative Technologies (UCCT) 
    • Prof. Perttu Hämäläinen (Aalto/CS, Aalto University coordinator) games, animation technology, human-computer interaction
    • Prof. Giulio Jacucci (UH/CS, University of Helsinki coordinator) human computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, exploratory search
    • Doc. Patrik Floréen (UH/CS) context awareness, intelligent information access
    • Prof. Eero Hyvönen (Aalto/CS) semantic web, linked open data, artificial intelligence
    • Prof. Juho Kannala (Aalto/CS) computer vision, machine learning
    • Prof. Mikko Kurimo (Aalto/SPA) machine learning for speech and language processing, conversational spoken and multimodal interaction
    • Prof. Jaakko Lehtinen (Aalto/CS) computer graphics, physically-based image synthesis, appearance capture
    • Prof. Tapio Lokki (Aalto/CS) room acoustics, perception, virtual acoustics, 3D sound
    • Prof. David McGookin (Aalto/CS) multimodal interaction, social media, location-based computing
    • Prof. Lauri Malmi (Aalto/CS) computing education research, educational technology, online learning
    • Prof. Marko Nieminen (Aalto/CS)
    • Prof. Antti Oulasvirta (Aalto/COMNET) computational design and interaction; especially applications of optimization, cognitive and biomechanical modeling, machine learning in interaction techniques, graphical user interfaces, visualizations
    • Doc. Tuukka Ruotsalo (UH/CS) information retrieval, human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, physiological and brain-computer interfaces
    • Prof. Stephan Sigg (Aalto/COMNET) pervasive computing, activity recognition, sentiment sensing
    • Prof. Tapio Takala (Aalto/CS) computer graphics and animation, new interaction technologies, multimodal interaction
    • Prof. Hannu Toivonen (UH/CS) computational creativity, creative data mining
    • Prof. Stavros Tripakis (Aalto/CS) formal methods, computer-aided verification and synthesis, cyber-physical systems
    • Prof. Petri Vuorimaa (Aalto/CS) web services, web applications, web of things