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Associate Professor, Robotics and Autonomous Systems


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Dr Tomi Westerlund started at the University of Turku as a Senior Researcher in 2008, in 2015 became a University Research Fellow and in June 2017 Adjunct Professor (docent) in Embedded Electronics Education and Applications at the University of Turku. Dr Westerlund was appointed to the position of Associate Professor of Autonomous Systems and Robotics at the University of Turku in August 2019. In September 2018, Westerlund was appointed as a Research Professor at Wuxi Institute of Fudan University, Wuxi, China. Since 2013, he has acted yearly as a visiting scholar at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

Dr Westerlund leads the Turku Intelligent Embedded and Robotic Systems (TIERS) research group ( His current research interest is in multi-robot systems, autonomous robots and edge computing. More specifically, the areas of interest are digital twins, industrial IoT, smart cities, and, in particular, unmanned vehicles (aerial, ground and surface) and (co-)robots. In all these application areas, the core research interests are sensor fusion, distributed ledger technologies, interoperability, fog/edge computing and edge AI. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Dr Westerlund is the head of the Double Degree Master’s Programme in ICT between Fudan University (Shanghai, China) and the University of Turku as well as the EIT Digital Embedded Systems programme at the University of Turku as well as the head of the international Master’s degree programme in ICT Smart Systems. In these programmes, he actively takes part in teaching also.

More information on research topics and projects as well as teaching activities can be found here:  


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