Department of Cybernetics of Tallinn University of Technology – new member of ECMI

Department of Cybernetics is a structural unit of School of Science of Tallinn University of Technology. It is a successor of Institute of Cybernetics of Estonian Academy of Sciences founded in 1960.  This institute performed study in fields of mathematics, mechanics, control theory and computer science. In 1997 the institute joined Tallinn University of Technology and during a last structural reform in 2017 the control theory and computer science groups separated from the institute, mathematics and physics units of Tallinn University of Technology were merged and the institute was renamed as the Department of Cybernetics.

Nowadays the department performs R&D in several directions of mathematics and physics.

One group of studies is primarily mathematical.  Inverse problems for models with fractional derivatives, Bayesian methods in inverse problems as well as inverse scattering problems are investigated. Applications are manifold incl. mathematical biology, tomography, financial mathematics. This branch is complemented by a development of nonparametric statistical methods with applications in environmental and civil engineering. Moreover, theory of generalized sampling operators is developed and applied in HDR imaging and signal processing, incl. energy prediction.

Another group of R&D can be characterized as a physics on a strong mathematical basis. Turbulent and fractal processes are investigated. This branch has an extension to econophysics. Stochastic methods are used in the study. Moreover, mechanical properties of solids and wave propagation in complex media are investigated. This study is complemented with a development of numerical methods for nonlinear PDEs. Applications include NDT and development of complex materials, incl. building materials. Estonia is a sea country. Water wave dynamics and its applications in coastal engineering are investigated. Methods of statistics and scientific computing are used.

In addition, development of semiconductor materials for solar cells and research in the field of systems biology with applications in cardial physiology are also perfomed in the department.

R&D groups have collaboration with other groups inside and outside Estonia, e.g. Sodankylä Observatory, University of Turin, INSA Centre Val de Loire, University of Bergen and many others.

The department is involved in coordination and teaching activities of undergraduate and master programs „Applied Physics“ and a doctoral program „Physical Sciences“ of Tallinn University of Technology.

Contact: Prof. Jaan Janno  E-mail:

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