Matti Tapio Vaaja

  • Otakaari 4, 02150 Espoo


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Assistant professor Matti T. Vaaja (born 1983), is professor of digital photogrammetry at Aalto University (appointed in June 2017) and the vice leader of Research Institute of Measuring and Modelling for the Built Environment. He is specialized in close-range and terrestrial laser scanning systems. He is also appointed as Associate Professor of laser scanning and forestry applications at Institute of Mountain Science, Shinshu University, Japan (appointed in July 2017).

His doctoral thesis (2014) from Aalto University focused on mobile laser scanning and change detection studies in a riverine environment. Since 2010, Vaaja has served in various teaching and research assignments and as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research. Currently, he is the supervisor and advisor of eight doctoral thesis in the field of photogrammetry and remote sensing.

In addition, he coordinates doctoral education network 4D GEO-IT including ~80 doctoral students.  Since 2015, Vaaja has acted as a postdoctoral researcher in the Academy of Finland project STN COMBAT. He has contributed over 60 publications in the fields of laser scanning, photogrammetry, and geoinformatics, including 30 refereed scientific publications with over 1200 citations and H-index 18 (Scholar).

Research expertise:

Laser scanning, Photogrammetry, 3D-point cloud processing, Environmental change detection and time-series studies, Forest mapping, Ground topography and vegetation structure mapping, Laser scanning applications, Mobile and terrestrial laser scanning, Development of 3D measurement systems.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science (Technology)

Master of Science (Technology), Surveying Technology

External positions

Associate Professor, Shinshu University

26 Sep 201715 Dec 2017

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Research Output

Morphological changes and riffle-pool dynamics related to flow in a meandering river channel based on a 5-year monitoring period using close-range remote sensing

Salmela, J., Kasvi, E., Vaaja, M. T., Kaartinen, H., Kukko, A., Jaakkola, A. & Alho, P., 1 Mar 2020, In : Geomorphology. 352, 106982.

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  • Terrestrial laser scanning data combined with 3D hydrological modeling decipher the role of tillage in field water balance and runoff generation

    Turunen, M., Turtola, E., Vaaja, M. T., Hyväluoma, J. & Koivusalo, H., 1 Apr 2020, In : CATENA. 187, 104363.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 3D Kansallismuseo

    Handolin, H., Rantanen, T., Ingman, M., Karvonen, S-P., Kauhanen, H., Keitaanniemi, A., Nurminen, I., Takala, H., Ahlavuo, M., Männistö, I., Aho, S., Jaalama, K., Rosnell, T., Julin, A., Kurkela, M., Virtanen, J-P., Vaaja, M. T., Hyyppä, J. & Hyyppä, H., 4 Oct 2019

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  • Projects

    Helsingin älykäs tietomalli 2025

    Hyyppä, H., Jaalama, K., Vaaja, M. T., Julin, A. & Virtanen, J.


    Project: Other external funding: Municipalities

    Profi4 Vaaja T21301

    Pulkkinen, T., Mäkelä, K. & Vaaja, M. T.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Competitive funding to strengthen university research profiles


    Kansallinen avoimen tieteen palkinto

    Hannu Hyyppä (Recipient), Marika Ahlavuo (Recipient), Henrik Haggren (Recipient), Juha Hyyppä (Recipient), Kaisa Jaalama (Recipient), Matti Kurkela (Recipient), Matti Tapio Vaaja (Recipient) & Juho-Pekka Virtanen (Recipient), 25 Nov 2019

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work



    Matti Vaaja (Speaker)
    8 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    3DBODY.TECH2018, Lugano, Switzerland

    Matti Vaaja (Participant), Heikki Kauhanen (Participant)
    2018 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipant of a conference, workshop, session or tutorial

    Supervision in an advisory committee of doctoral studies

    Matti Vaaja (Consultant)
    2018 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesAcademic advising

    Impact Night - Aalto University's RAI assessment,

    Matti Vaaja (Member), Mikko Maksimainen (Member), Hannu Hyyppä (Member)
    28 Aug 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganization of a workshop, panel, session or tutorial


    Matti Vaaja (Invited speaker)
    1 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk