Professor Virtanen’s research interests include dynamic optimization, decision analysis, discrete-event simulation, simulation-optimization and human performance in complex systems. He is the author of about 60 publications in scientific journals and conferences on these fields. He has over 20 years of experience in teaching of operations research including systems analysis, simulation, optimization, and modeling of dynamic systems. He has directed a broad range of research projects in which operations research techniques have been used in military applications.
Professor Virtanen hold the position of Adjunct Professor of operations research at Department of Warfare, National Defence University, Finland. He serves as the Chairman of the Systems Analysis Section of the Scientific Advisory Board for Defence (MATINE). In 2013, he was presented with the Medal for Military Merits for long-standing research collaboration in the field of operations research by the Finnish Defence Forces. In 2015, he was nominated as the Operations Researcher of the Year for his contributions in promoting applications and theory of operations research by the board of Finnish Operations Research Society.