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 Program in Systems Analysis, Decision Making, and Risk Management.
We are happy to have new professors join our research SAL team and teaching faculty.
Dr Kai Virtanen has been a long term faculty member in the Systems Analysis Laboratory most recently as a lecturer. He was nominated to the five year position of professor of practice on November 1st. His research field covers systems modelling ranging from optimal control, dynamic optimization and differential games to decision analysis with bayesian nets and dynamic influence diagrams. He has been a long term coordinator and project manager in our very important research contract with the Finnish Air Force. He received his doctorate in 2005 at the Helsinki University of Technology.
Dr Pauliina Ilmonen who was recently recruited to the department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis as a lecturer in statistics has now been nominated to an assistant professorship in statistics. She got her doctorate in the University of Tampere in 2010 and the thesis dealt with Independent Component Analysis. Before coming to Aalto she did research at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. She will be teaching our statistics courses.
Prof. Ahti Salo has received the INFORMS Decision Analysis Publication Award for 2011. The award was given for the book Advances in Portfolio Decision Analysis: Improved Methods for Resource Allocation, which was edited by Prof. Salo together with Jeffrey Keisler and Alec Morton.