Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis


Defence of dissertation in the field of mathematics, Matias Heikkilä, M.Sc., 29 April 2019

16. April 2019

Matias Heikkilä, M.Sc., will defend the dissertation “On Multivariate Extremes” on Monday 29 April 2019 at 1 pm (13 o'clock) at the Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall M1, Otakaari 1, Espoo. Predicting rare events was studied in the dissertation.

Assist. Prof. Anna Kiriliouk, University of Namur, will act as the opponent. Custos is Professor Pauliina Ilmonen, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis.
Dissertation press release (in Finnish) is available at:

New hourly-paid teachers for fall 2019

29. March 2019
Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is looking for new hourly-based teachers for fall 2019. Regarding teaching in mathematics, we expect the applicants to have completed at least 20 credits of mathematical studies at university level with good grades. Regarding teaching in systems analysis, we expect the applicants to have completed the course they are interested in. If you have previous experience in teaching, it is considered as an advantage, but is not necessary. This is a part-time job (2-4 hours/week). The salary is 30-35 euros/teaching hour based on your education level. In addition, a fee of 300-350 euros will be paid for grading exercises and exams.

Attach a cv, a transcript of records, and an open motivation letter in one PDF file.

Fill in an electronic application form on Thursday 9 May 2019
at the latest.

Based on the applications, we invite some of the applicants for web interview.

More information:

Aalto nabs 3 ERC Advanced Grants

29. March 2019

Aalto university has been awarded €6.3 million from the European Research Council to support pioneering work across a range of high-impact fields. The three projects are:

    •  Designing algorithms to reduce filter bubbles in social media lead by Professor Aristides Gionis from the Department of Computer Science
    • Developing new mathematical methods for currently unsolvable problems led by Professor Kari Astala from the Department of Mathematics
  • ATOP:
    • Creating novel photonic devices by stacking together atomically-thin materials led by Professor Zhipei Sun from the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering

ERC Advanced Grants are designed to support researchers exploring high-risk and groundbreaking areas of research. Aalto University strives to identify and solve grand societal challenges, a goal that the three projects receiving ERC support aim to achieve.

‘I am very pleased and honoured to be awarded the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant. The expected outcomes will result in significant advances in fundamental physics and breakthrough technologies to enable highly-integrated, wideband and high-efficient photonic systems. I am really looking forward to starting this ambitious project,’ says Professor Sun, about his project on atomically thin photonics devices.

‘By engaging with a range of stakeholders we hope to be able to improve deliberation online,’ says Professor Gionis about his research into polarisation in online media communities. ‘We aim to develop methods that can be applied to any topic, even topics coming from different domains, e.g., politics, current events, or social debates.’

Professor Astala describes his work as 'developing mathematics and tools for analysing different mathematical models, particularly those arising in statistical physics and materials sciences. Diverse phenomena in properties of materials, fluid mechanics, medical scanning and even invisibility cloaking will be susceptible to the methods of analysis developed in this project.'

Defence of dissertation in the field of mathematics, Razane Tajeddine, M.Sc., 7 March 2019

7. February 2019

Razane Tajeddine, M.Sc., will defend the dissertation "Private Information Retrieval from Coded Storage" on Thursday 7 March 2019 at 2 pm (at 14) at the Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall M1, Otakaari 1, Espoo. The dissertation is about coding theoretic constructions for private information retrieval from distributed storage systems.

Professor Simon Blackburn, Royal Holloway, University of London, will act as the opponent. Custos is Professor Camilla Hollanti, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis.  
Dissertation press release (in English) is available at:

Defence of dissertation in the field of systems and operations research, Sampsa Ruutu, M.Sc.(Tech.)

22. January 2019

Sampsa Ruutu, M.Sc.(Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Dynamic modelling for the analysis and support of systemic innovations and competition strategies" on Friday 25 January 2019 at 12 noon at the Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall M1, Otakaari 1, Espoo. In the dissertation, tools were developed for understanding and developing systemic innovations and competition strategies.

Opponent: Assistant Professor Bob Walrave, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Custos: Professor Kai Virtanen, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis

Electronic dissertation:

Summer internships 2019

22. January 2019
Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is looking for

summer interns in mathematics and systems analysis for summer 2019

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 1943 € - 2137 € per month depending on your education level.

You can find the eRecruitment application form 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

1)    in which research group you want to work and/or the number of the research topic. You can also prioritize several research groups. You can find the groups and topics at and
2)    if you have previous (summer) work experience at the department.

3)    which working period you prefer. Summer job takes usually 3 months, and the six-day-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 14 February 2019.

More information from:

Mathematics: Juha Kinnunen (

Systems and Operations Research: Mikko Harju ( 

In application process-related questions: Johanna Glader johanna.glader(at)
Summer interns will be chosen by 4 March 2019 at the latest.

The Art and Science of Folding - Paul Jackson 25.2.2019

16. January 2019

Aalto Mathematics and Arts Colloquium - Public talk
Paul Jackson
Monday 25th February 15:00 - 16:00
Aalto yliopisto, Otakaari 1, Aalto-sali, Espoo

The phenomenon of 'The Fold' is very common throughout manufacturing and the natural world, but only recently have designers, engineers, scientists and others begun to study it as a stand-alone subject. The lecture will offer an overview of this fascinating multi-disciplinary subject, showing how folding is used in space exploration, nanotechnology, fashion design, math education ...and much more!

Paul Jackson has been a professional paper folder and origami artist since 1983. He divides his time between teaching 'Folding' to students from many design specialisms, writing books (his 2011 book 'Folding Techniques for Designers' is a best seller), creating folded artworks and being a consultant for a great diversity of projects. He has an MA in Fine Art from University College London.

Sustainable ideas and inspiring people presented with Aalto SCI Alumna of the Year and SCI Awards 2018

20. December 2018

Annu Nieminen graduated from the Information networks programme in 2009. She is a SCI graduate with a bold entrepreneurial attitude making an impact both nationally and globally. Recently she was also awarded as one of the MIT Technology Review “Innovators Under 35”.

“During the studies, I learned how to combine technology with mathematical and logical thinking in order to solve big and complex challenges. The concrete tools include for instance data structures, algorithms and power structures. I aim to use everything I have learned to create better tools to reallocate earth’s and society’s resources”, says Annu Nieminen.

SCI Awards 2018 for the great ideas and achievements

SCI Awards celebrate the great work and achievements of the faculty, staff and students annually. The 2018 SCI Awards are given in six categories based on the proposals of the staff and students.

Innovation of the Year award is given to Jussi Gillberg and Professors Pekka Marttinen, Hiroshi Mamitsuka and Samuel Kaski for using machine learning to tackle the impending food crisis. Their winning project uses machine learning in arable farming, greenhouse cultivation and plant breeding. The innovation’s main impacts are societal and global: it will help to avoid a long-term humanitarian crisis and improve the efficiency of food production, which is paramount in climate change mitigation.

Professor Jari Saramäki received the Scientific Communication Award for his excellent and popular blog posts and book, on scientific writing. He is able to reach the whole scientific community.

Coordinator Esa Heikkinen was awarded the Service Person of the Year. Esa is always helpful, knows how to solve problems, positive, kind and on good mood – and even considered as the most patient man in the world.

Students Akseli Paukkeri and Kristian Arjas are the two Teaching Assistants of the Year. Akseli is inspirational and masters the subject. In addition, he is very open to questions and the needs of the students. Kristian gives brilliant views on the course subject.

Teaching Award also goes to two persons, Senior University Lecturer Björn Ivarsson and Professor Jaakko Lehtinen. Björn receives excellent feedback for the Swedish and English service teaching math courses that he lectures. In addition to being super enthusiastic and knowledgeable in his field, Jaakko captivates his audience in his lectures. His ability to teach and explain, and spark intelligent discussions is remarkable.

SCI guilds Athene, Fyysikkokilta, Prodeko and Tietokilta receive the Team-building and Co-operation award for orientation week activities and taking care of new students throughout their first year. In addition to the activities during orientation week, the volunteers take care of the new students already weeks before the beginning of the semester. This is a recognition of the continuous work done by the guilds.

Other nominees were Heikki Koponen, Juha Äkräs and Kaj Hagros for the Alumnus of the Year, Nonappa, Robin Ras and Heikki Nieminen along with their groups for the Innovation of the Year, David Radnell for the Scientific Communication Award, Ivan Degtyarenko, Richard Darst, Minna Günes, Paula Hämäläinen, Quang Tran, Kenrick Bingham, Eeva Lampinen, Noora Suominen de Rios and TuAS-janitors for the Service Person of the Year, Marko Havu, Vesa Vahermaa, Tuomo Tanila, Katri Niemi, Assistants of Machine Learning: Basic Principles and Tolou Shadbahr for the Teaching Assistant of the Year, Eerikki Mäki, Jukka Suomela, Esa Saarinen, Andrew Paverd, Alex Jung, Tuomas Aura, N. Asokan, Eija Kujanpää - Erasmus Mundus application "grant writers", Pekka Alestalo and Lauri Nummenmaa for the Teaching Award, and Hirskyj-Douglas Ilyena, Ellie Dillon, Risto Rajala, Richard Darst, Enrico Glerean, Hanna Renvall & Annika Hulten and Prodeko & DIEM for the Team-building and Co-operation Award.

Doctoral Candidate in Applied Algebraic Geometry

16. November 2018

The Algebra and Discrete Mathematics Research Group in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is looking for a doctoral candidate in the area of applied algebraic geometry and algebraic statistics to work under the supervision of Prof. Kaie Kubjas.

Preference will be given to candidates with strong knowledge in algebra. Programming skills and experience in statistics, optimization and discrete mathematics will be greatly valued, but are not mandatory. An excellent command of English is required.

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. See the whole announcement and apply here.

High school students got a taste of the limitless possibilities of technology at Shaking up Tech

24. October 2018

200 young women from various high schools in Finland took part in Shaking up Tech event at Aalto University on the International Day of the Girl 11 October. The morning's talks from tech influencers—receiving loud cheers—outlined the various and exciting education and career opportunities in the field of technology.

Programmer and author Linda Liukas encouraged the students to reflect on their inner self and their own strengths to change the world—and find their own unique place in the world of technology.

Other speakers included Annu Nieminen from The Upright Project, Hanna Nikkilä from Microsoft, Professor of Energy Technology and Energy Economics Sanna Syri, Professor of Statistics Pauliina Ilmonen, and Irena Bakić who leads the CodeBus Africa project from Aalto University.

In her speech Annu Nieminen talked about using artificial intelligence to assess the overall impact of companies on the world, and Pauliina Ilmonen described her love for mathematical theorems and formulas and how easy it easy it is to mislead and create alternative truths with statistical information.

In the workshops, some of the participants got to combine mathematics and art, some had their first try at coding, while others had a chance to produce a new kind of cellulose-based textile fibre from recycled materials.


One of the workshops was about constructing and programming a heart rate monitor. Image: Mikko Raskinen.

‘The world would be heading in a much better direction if everyone would be as open, curious and enthusiastic as the girls taking part in my workshop. It felt like they taught me more than I was able to teach them,’ says Linda Liukas.

During the study fair in the evening, students were able to get to know Aalto University’s study opportunities and student life, and also meet the event’s partner companies. At the fair, they were also introduced to Valo Motion’s Augmented Climbing Wall which took off from an Aalto University research project and has since been sold to multiple countries around the world.

Further information:

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