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Visa Koivunen (IEEE Fellow, EURASIP Fellow) received the D.Sc. (Tech.) degree with honors from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. He received the primus doctor (best graduate) award among the doctoral graduates in years 1989-1994. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu. From 1992 to 1995 he was a visiting researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. Since 1999 he has been a full Professor of Signal Processing at Aalto University (formerly known as Helsinki Univ of Technology), Finland. He received the Academy professor position n 2010. He has been Aalto Distinguished Professor since 2020. He was one of the Principal Investigators in SMARAD Center of Excellence in Research nominated by the Academy of Finland. Years 2003-2006 he has been also adjunct full professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. During his sabbatical term year 2007 he was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, NJ, USA. He has also been a part-time Visiting Fellow at Nokia Research Center (2006-2012). He has been part time visiting fellow at Princeton University since 2010 and spent mini-sabbaticals there each year and a full sabbatical in  2013-2014.

Dr. Koivunen's research interest include statistical, communications, sensor array signal processing, radars and machine learning. He has published over 450 papers in international scientific conferences and journals. He co-authored the papers receiving the best paper award in IEEE PIMRC 2005, EUSIPCO'2006, EUCAP 2006 and COCORA 2012, and 2019 Asilomar connferences. He was awarded the IEEE Signal Processing Society best paper award for the year 2007 (with J. Eriksson) and 2017 (w Zoubir, Muma and Chakhchouk). He has advised 29 doctoral theses. He served as an associate editor for the Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Signal Processing Letters and IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. He has been a member of the IEEE SPS technical committees SPCOM-TC and SAM-TC. He was the general chair of the IEEE SPAWC conference 2007 conference and the Technical Program Chair for the IEEE SPAWC 2015. He was the general chair of 2018 Asilomar conference. He has served in the IEEE Fourier Award, Kilby Medal and Fellow Evaluation committees (SPS and AESS), IEEE Radar Systems Panel, and SPS Awards Board. He is also co-chairing NATO Radar panel with a focus on cognitive radars. He is the recipient of the EURASIP Technical Achievement Award in 2015 for fundamental contributions to statistical signal processing and its applications in wireless communications, radar and related fields. He was elevated to EURASIP Fellow in 2020. He has given more that 50 invited talks in world class research universities and institutes. His publication profile and h-index (GS) can be found from:


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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, University of Oulu

Award Date: 24 Jan 1994


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