Systems Analysis Laboratory

Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis, School of Science

Systems Analysis Laboratory was established by emeritus professor Raimo P. Hämäläinen in 1984 under the professorship of applied mathematics at the Helsinki University of Technology which became part of  Aalto University in 2010. Currently, the full-time professors of the Laboratory are (in alphabetical order) Fabricio Oliveira, Ahti Salo, Philine Schiewe and Kai Virtanen. Part-time faculty members  Harri Ehtamo (professor emeritus), Raimo P. Hämäläinen (professor emeritus),  Risto Lahdelma (part-time), Afzal Siddiqui (adjunct professor) and Steven Gabriel (adjunct professor).    

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 development of decision support tools for energy markets, climate change, maintenance and operation of safety-critical systems, healthcare services, and military operations research. The problems are analyzed with a balanced engineering-economic systems approach. The laboratory also has a long tradition in studying systems intelligence and applied philosophy in human organizations.

As a university institution, the laboratory is unique in Finland. It is responsible for the undergraduate major of Mathematics and Systems Sciences for students of Engineering Physics and Mathematics (Bachelor's programme) and for the graduate major of Systems and Operations Research (Master's programme). We also offer general courses in optimization, simulation, decision and risk analysis, investment science, and mathematical modelling. The laboratory is in charge of the national Doctoral Education Network in Systems Analysis, Decision Making, and Risk Management.