Jari Vepsäläinen

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    Assistant professor of Mechatronics Design

    Director of the Fluid Power group at Aalto University

    Mechatronics design is the holistic engineering design of electromechanical actuators and systems, considering their control and perception. My research focus is on energy efficient and generative design of mechatronics.

    Energy efficient systems are designed using high-fidelity physics-based models which are validated with experiments. Energy efficiency is achieved by improving energy recovery, control, system and component level design. The human design of energy efficient systems generates validated models which are used to carry out generative design.

    Generative design is an iterative design process which aims to produce multiple feasible and novel solutions for a given task in a given design space. ML and AI approaches are utilised for generating creative actuator and system designs. Generative design produces novel solutions to support, accelerate and inspire the human design.

    The mechatronic design cases involve robots, pneumatics, hydraulics, powertrains, vehicles and work machines. My background is in mechanics, robotics, hydraulics, electric vehicles, powertrain design, energy efficient systems, numerical modelling, machine learning, data science, uncertainty quantification, 3D-printing, prototyping, IoT and digital twins.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, Aalto University

    Award Date: 17 Dec 2019

    Master's degree, Engineering and Technology, Aalto University

    Award Date: 29 Jul 2016

    Bachelor's degree, Engineering and Technology, Aalto University

    Award Date: 26 Aug 2014


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