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Graduate school in Systems Analysis, Decision Making and Risk Management

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Graduate school in Systems Analysis, Decision Making and Risk Management

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  1. Graduate school in Systems Analysis, Decision Making and Risk Management director Raimo P. Hämäläinen coordinator Antti Punkka Systems Analysis Laboratory Helsinki University of Technology P.O. Box 1100, 02015 TKK, Finland http://www.sal.tkk.fi firstname.lastname@tkk.fi

  2. Graduate school 1995-2009 • Research groups involved • Systems Analysis Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) • Prof. Harri Ehtamo, Prof. Raimo P. Hämäläinen, Prof. Ahti Salo • Subjects of Management Science and Quantitative Methods of Economics and Management Science, Department of Business Technology, Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (HSE) • Prof. Markku Kallio, Prof. Pekka Korhonen, Prof. Jyrki Wallenius • About 7 professors, 20 full-time and 40 part-time students • 59 doctoral degrees (TKK 39, HSE 20) in 13,5 years • Average 4,4 doctors / year • 31 studied full-time, 28 part-time

  3. Full-time students’ first employers after graduation

  4. Employers of graduated part-time students

  5. Graduates’ placement in the job market • Research in industry (incl. consulting, risk mgmt) 39 % • Research in public sector 24 % • Universities 24 % • Public administration 9 % • Other jobs in the private sector 5 %

  6. Examples of research fields covered • Multi-criteria decision analysis and optimization • Optimization and game theory • Modeling of dynamic systems • Energy, environmental and biological modeling • Data envelopment analysis • Safety and risk analysis • Finance and stochastic optimization

  7. Typical activities • Research done in research groups • Intensive courses given by foreign experts, e.g. opponents of dissertations • 2-4 courses per year • Short-term visits – longer visits in the future? • Open to everybody interested in the subject • Popular among researchers from SYKE, VTT and other organizations • Attendance 10-70 students • Graduate school students have a possibility to take any courses in TKK or HSE

  8. Annual graduate school seminars • 2-3 days out of town • Boat trips etc. • In collaboration with foreign universities • St. Petersburgh, Stockholm, Tallinn • Focus on one specific topic at a time • Writing, citations, journals • Students’ presentations of their research

  9. Full-time students’ funding (2006-2007)

  10. Communication to students and supervisors • Email list • Upcoming events • Website • Contact information • Intensive courses and seminars • Events organized by other organizations • Other graduate schools, summer schools • Archive of past activities

  11. Organization -2009 • Strong research groups are the basis of the graduate school Steering committee Director and 4 other supervising professors Involved research groups TKK 1 TKK 2 TKK 3 TKK 4 HSE 5 HSE 6 HSE 7 Graduate students

  12. National graduate school from 2010 • The goal is to cover all the major OR groups in Finland • 3 new research groups will join the school • Christer Carlsson, Åbo Akedemi • Marko Mäkelä (and Risto Lahdelma, TKK), University of Turku • Kaisa Miettinen, Jyväskylä University • 12 supervising professors, about 30 full-time graduate students • 7 graduate school positions for the period 2010-2013 • Call for applications in October 2009

  13. Organization from 2010 • Extended steering group coordinates the school • Management group directs the school • Advisory group works as a link between the school and collaboration organizations • Other supervising professors Extended steering group: Mgmt group, advisory group, supervising professors • Collaboration: • Research projects’ customers • Other graduate schools • Research collaboration • with research institutes • Foreign universities Aal?to TKK HSE JyU ÅA UTU Research groups Graduate students

  14. Efforts to increase students’ internationalization • Funding to participate in international summer schools • Only 1-4 students per year have taken advantage of this possibility • Students give presentations about their research in international conferences once a year (funded by research groups) • Researcher visits • Supervisors’ contacts yield good possibilities in top universities abroad • ½-1 year long visits – little interest • 1-4 weeks short visits – some interest • Important, but how to encourage?

  15. Recruitment • Most full-time students have already been working as research assistants in some of the school’s research groups • Supervisors have first hand knowledge about the candidates’ capabilities • Promising master-level students are involved early in the graduate school’s activities already before graduation • Intensive courses • Seminars • Conferences • Foreign students possible

  16. Practises proven good • Seminars with a specific topic • Seminar on Scientific writing held in 2006 was found very useful by the students • Require professors’ contribution in preparation • Reproducible • Intensive courses • A glance at a more specific area of research in a short time • Require only little contribution from the universities’ staff • Networking possibilities for the students • Conference presentation rehearsals • Held for laboratory staff about 2-3 weeks before the conference • Critical comments and discussion