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19962019

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Artistic and research interests

Kai Virtanen is Professor of Operations Research in the joint professorship of Aalto University School of Science (Systems Analysis Laboratory, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis) and National Defence University of Finland (Department of Military Technology). His research focuses on the development of modeling and computational approaches that allow for the analysis of dynamic multi-objective decision making problems under uncertainty and the representation of human performance and behavior in such decision making settings. His research interests include dynamic optimization, decision analysis, discrete-event simulation, simulation-optimization and human performance in complex systems. He is the author of about 70 publications in scientific journals and conferences on these fields. He has over 20 years of experience in teaching of operations research including systems analysis, simulation, optimization, and modeling of dynamic systems. He has directed a broad range of research projects in which operations research techniques have been used in military applications.

Professor Virtanen serves as the Chairman of the Systems Analysis Section of the Scientific Advisory Board for Defence (MATINE). In 2013, he was presented with the Medal for Military Merits for long-standing research collaboration in the field of operations research by the Finnish Defence Forces. In 2015, he was nominated as the Operations Researcher of the Year for his contributions in promoting applications and theory of operations research by the board of Finnish Operations Research Society.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science (Technology)

Master of Science (Technology)

Keywords

  • Optimization
  • Game Theory
  • Simulation
  • Decision Analysis
  • Bayesian networks
  • Influence diagrams
  • Systems analysis
  • Operations research

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Research Output

  • 34 Conference contribution
  • 29 Article
  • 2 Working paper

Comparison of NASA-TLX scale, modified Cooper-Harper scale and mean inter-beat interval as measures of pilot mental workload during simulated flight tasks

Mansikka, H., Virtanen, K. & Harris, D., 27 Jan 2019, In : Ergonomics. 62, 2, p. 246-254

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Control of exterior ballistic properties of spin-stabilized bullet by optimizing internal mass distribution

    Lahti, J., Sailaranta, T., Harju, M. & Virtanen, K., 1 Feb 2019, In : Defence Technology. 15, 1, p. 38-50 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    31 Downloads (Pure)

    Live–virtual–constructive simulation for testing and evaluation of air combat tactics, techniques, and procedures: Part 1: assessment framework

    Mansikka, H., Virtanen, K., Harris, D. & Salomäki, J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Live–virtual–constructive simulation for testing and evaluation of air combat tactics, techniques, and procedures: Part 2: demonstration of the framework

    Mansikka, H., Virtanen, K., Harris, D. & Salomäki, J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Pilot competencies as components of a dynamic human-machine system

    Mansikka, H., Harris, D. & Virtanen, K., Nov 2019, In : Human Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing. 29, 6, p. 466-477 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Prizes

    Teacher of the Year 2007 and 2008

    Kai Virtanen (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

  • Teacher of the Year 2011

    Kai Virtanen (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

  • The Best Paper Award 2017 of Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors

    Kai Virtanen (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • The Operations Researcher of the Year 2015

    Kai Virtanen (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

  • Activities

    School of Science (Organisational unit)

    Kai Virtanen (Member)
    2015 → …

    Activity: Membership typesPosition of trust in an academic community

    Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2014), Savannah, USA 7.-10.12.2014, United States

    Kai Virtanen (Contributor)
    2014

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Scientific Advisory Board for Defence (MATINE) (External organisation)

    Kai Virtanen (Chair)
    2013 → …

    Activity: Membership typesPosition of trust in the public sector

    Asian Simulation Technology Conference

    Kai Virtanen (Member)
    20102015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar