President, Aalto University
Ilkka Niemelä received his doctorate in computer science from Helsinki University of Technology in 1993. He was appointed as Professor of Computer Science at Helsinki University of Technology in 2000. Professor Niemelä’s previous positions include Head of Laboratory for Theoretical Computer Science 2000-2007, Chair of the Degree Program of Computer Science and Engineering 2008-2010, Dean of Aalto University School of Science 2011-2012, and Deputy President of Aalto University 2012-2014. Ilkka Niemelä was Provost at Aalto University in 2014-2017 prior to his appointment as President. President Niemelä’s research interests include automated reasoning and constraint programming, knowledge representation, computational complexity, configuration, computer aided verification and testing. At Aalto University he is heading the computational logic group and is one of the Principal Investigators of the Finnish Center of Excellence in Computational Inference Research (COIN). Ilkka Niemelä is a Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence and has served, e.g., as the Editor-in-Chief of Theory and Practice of Logic Programming.