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Olav Tirkkonen, Associate Professor

Department of Communications and Networking
School of Electrical Engineering
Aalto University

Bio: Olav Tirkkonen is associate professor in communication theory at the Department of Communications and Networking in Aalto University, Finland, where he has held a faculty position since August 2006. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical physics from Helsinki University of Technology in 1990 and 1994, respectively. Between 1994 and 1999 he held post-doctoral positions at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen, Denmark. From 1999 to 2010 he was with Nokia Research Center (NRC), Helsinki, Finland, most recently acting as Research Fellow. He has published some 180 papers, is the coinventor of some 70 families of patents and patent applications and is coauthor of the book "Multiantenna transceiver techniques for 3G and beyond".


The current research interests of the communication theory group are in cognitive, heterogeneous and self-organizing wireless networks, as well as coding theory and multiantenna techniques. The development of cellular systems keeps opening up new frontiers and enabling the use of methods of increasing sophistication to optimize system performance on all layers in Radio Access Networks (RANs).

Current topics include

Communications Theory Research Group

Senior Researchers PhD students; current PhD students, alumni

Visiting address

Department of Communications and Networking, Electrical Engineering Building, Otakaari 5, 02150 Espoo, Finland
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Contact address

Department of Communications and Networking, PO box 13000, FI-00076 Aalto University, Finland
Email: firstname dot lastname at aalto dot fi


Full list of publications (September 2016)
List of publications in Scholar

Some recent journal papers: Some recent conference papers: