Department of Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science (CS) provides world-class research and education in modern computer science to foster future science, engineering and society. The work combines fundamental research with innovative applications.
The Department of Computer Science is the largest department at Aalto University and the largest CS unit in Finland with 44 professors and more than 400 employees. The department is part of the School of Science in Aalto University, located on the Otaniemi campus.
The department is known for its innovative and consistently high-quality work matching the very best teams in the world, and is a coveted partner in international collaborations. Research at the department addresses and solves challenging problems of high practical relevance with revolutionary applications. CS research at Aalto was ranked 14th in Europe and 60th worldwide by the U.S. News Best Global Universities 2017 survey.
The core competence areas of the CS department are:
- Algorithms, Logic and Computation
- Complex systems
- Data Science and Big Data
- Digital Health
- Distributed Systems, Mobile Computing and Security
- Human-Computer Interaction, Games, Graphics and Audio
- Internet of Things
- Machine Learning, Data Mining & Probabilistic Modeling
- Security and Privacy
- Software and Service Engineering
- Software Systems and Technologies
Both research and education are characterized by constructive and experimental approaches, with close connections to industry. Many of the projects at the department are multidisciplinary, taking advantage of the opportunities created by Aalto University.
The department hosts three national Centres of Excellence: the Centre of Excellence in Computational Inference Research (COIN) and parts of the Centres of Excellence in Molecular Systems Immunology and Physiology Research (SyMMyS) and Research on Solar Long-Term Variability and Effects (ReSoLVE). The department also contributes to the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT and the Helsinki node of the EIT ICT Labs. The department is a member of Informatics Europe, the association of European computer science departments.