Systems Analysis Laboratory was established in 1984 within the professorship of applied mathematics in the Helsinki University of Technology. Now we are part of the new Aalto University. The founder and director of the laboratory is Professor Raimo P. Hämäläinen. Our other professors are Harri Ehtamo, Ahti Salo, Kai Virtanen and Enrico Bartolini. Professor Esa Saarinen from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management is a co-director of our Systems Intelligence Group.
The research interests of the laboratory cover the area of systems science comprehensively ranging from the mathematical theories and algorithms of optimization, control and decision making to the practical interactive computer modeling and decision support systems and risk and technology assessment. The focus of the applications is in complex energy, production and environmental systems. The problems are analyzed with a balanced engineering-economic systems approach. We also have a long tradition in biological modelling. Currently we have a growing effort in studying systems intelligence and applied philosophy in human organizations.
As an university institution the laboratory is unique in Finland. It is responsible for the undergraduate major of Systems sciences and for the graduate major of Systems and operations research in the Engineering Physics and Mathematics programme. We also give general courses in opimization, statistics and modeling. The laboratory is in charge of the national Doctoral Education Network in Systems Analysis, Decision Making, and Risk Management.
We are hosting the first BEHAVIOURAL OR SUMMER SCHOOL, May 15-22, 2016, in Finland with highly acknowledged international speakers. The overall goal in Behavioural operational research (BOR) is to improve the use of models in practice. BOR is a new very rapidly developing interdiscplinary area in operational research. It is interested in the behavioural issues related to model based problem solving and decision making, as well as in using models to describe human behaviour in problem solving and complex settings.
Prof. Jeff Keisler visits SAL as a Fullbright Scholar.
Professor Raimo P. Hämäläinen gave a talk on Behavioural Aspects of Decision Analysis as an invited speaker in the Howard Raiffa session in the Systems Analysis 2015 conference honouring Howard Raiffa, the first director of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis.
The 30 years anniversary seminar of the Systems Analysis Laboratory, Being Better in the World of Systems - A Morning with Peter Senge, was held on Thursday, November 20th 2014. We also announced the book Being Better Better - Living with Systems Intelligence by Raimo P. Hämäläinen, Rachel Jones and Esa Saarinen at the event. Thanks to all the participants of the seminar!