Intelligent Machines and Systems

Intelligent Machines and Systems research unit (IMS) is composed of two research groups: Mechatronics and machine diagnostics and Systems engineering.


The main focus of the IMS research unit is to study the behavior of dynamic systems in a broad sense. IMS conducts research on

  • theory and methods of control and systems engineering, with applications in process and energy,
  • machine diagnostics theory, methods and applications,
  • modeling and simulation of industrial processes, machines and controlled systems.

Research groups

Both groups provide teaching for engineering students at the University of Oulu. The education provided by IMS covers control theory from basics to advanced methods, automation systems, modeling and simulation tools, sensor, actuator and computer technology as well as methods for machine diagnostics. We supervise theses in BSc, MSc and PhD levels. Education is developed collaboratively with other regional education institutes like Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk) and Educational Consortium OSAO.


Our project portfolio consists of commissioned researches and concerted research projects, in collaboration with various research and educational institutes and companies. Our projects cover topics from modeling and simulating system dynamics to system control, as well as condition monitoring methods and engineering education.

Our long-term partners are Sumitomo SHI FW Energia, PVO Vesivoima and SSAB Europe.