Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science BECS

Directors and team leaders

The Director, Prof. Kimmo Kaski (Computational Science) has pioneered computational complex systems research as Academy Professor (1996–2006) and as director of two CoE’s (2000–2011). He is a Supernumerary Professorial Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and Fellow of APS, IOP, Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and Academia Europeae. His current research interests are in complexity of physical, economic, and social systems earning him a pioneering role in complex social networks. He has supervised a large number of PhD theses in Finland, UK, and USA.
The Vice-Director, Prof. Mikko Sams (Cognitive Neuroscience) has done pioneering research in using electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and fMRI to study cognitive functions of the human brain and integration of auditory and visual information. He has acted as an Academy Professor (2002–2007). His current research concentrates on developing methodology for studying human brain under naturalistic conditions, especially for understanding mechanisms of shared understanding and emotions. He also continues his research in auditory neuroscience.
Academician, Distinguished Prof., Academy Prof. Riitta Hari leads the two-person neuroscience (2PN) team, focusing on brain basis of social interaction applying fMRI, MEG, and PET. She is a world-wide known pioneer in the use of MEG to follow the spatiotemporal dynamics of brain activity, providing fundamental insights into the dynamics of human brain function in health and disease. She is the member of the National Academy of Sciences USA since 2004.
Senior Scientist, Docent, Iiro P. Jääskeläinen leads the Shared Understanding Neuroscience (SUN) team that focuses on neuroimaging studies of human social cognition using naturalistic stimuli depicting social interactions. He has an extensive background in cognitive neuroscience including social cognition and has published for example the first observation of inter-subject similarity of prefrontal cortical hemodynamic activity when the subjects were watching an emotionally engaging movie depicting social interactions.
Associate Prof. Jari Saramäki: The Complex Networks (CN) team led by prof. Saramäki focuses on complex social networks and network methods. He is an internationally recognized expert in network science and has additional industrial and management experience in data mining and mobile communications. Prof. Saramäki has recently published the first review paper on temporal networks with Prof. Petter Holme, with whom he has also co-edited a book on the same topic (Springer, 2013).
Associate Prof. Santo Fortunato: Santo Fortunato, leader of the Computational Social Science (CSS) team, is one of the best-known experts in computational social science. At ISI Foundation (Turin, Italy) he led the Sociophysics Laboratory, dealing with problems like voting behavior, Web user behavior and popularity dynamics. His review on statistical physics applications to social dynamics is one of the most cited papers on complex systems of the last years.
Prof. Heikki Hämmäinen: The Communication Ecosystem (CE) team led by Prof. Hämmäinen will focus on mobile handset usage experimentation, data collection, and analysis. He has a long career in mobile services development and analysis.
Docent Kalevi Kilkki: Dr. Kilkki is known as a pioneer in quality of service, quality of experience, and value of time theories in communications ecosystem.
Docent, Acad. Researcher Aki Vehtari: The BM team led by Dr. Aki Vehtari have developed Bayesian model selection theory, fast approximative integration and signal analysis methods and with these methods contributed to research carried out in many fields including brain imaging (MEG, fMRI, InI–fMRI), genome wide association analysis, public and occupational health care data analysis, spatiotemporal epidemiology and large predator population structure and size estimation.
Prof. Robin Dunbar is professor at Oxford University and visiting professor at BECS of Aalto University and key researcher in the CoE’s WP1&2. His is world-leading expert on anthropology and evolutionary psychology, and renown of Social Brain hypothesis and Dunbar number.
Prof. Janos Kertesz is professor at Central European University and Finland Distinguished Professor at BECS of Aalto University. His is world-leading expert on complex systems and networks.
Prof. Josef Rauschecker, is professor at Georgetown University and Finland Distinguished Professor at BECS of Aalto University. He is world-leading expert on integrative neuroscience and cognition.