• Aalto SCI Computer Science Konemiehentie 2

    1982 …2016

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    I defended my Ph.D. thesis in 1985 at the University of Helsinki, and after a short while in Tampere was a professor at the University of Helsinki from 1989 to 1999, when I moved to Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto). After that I had for several years a group at both universities. I have also worked at Technische Universität Wien, Max Planck Institut für Informatik, Microsoft Research in Redmond and Nokia Research. From 2004 to 2008 I was academy professor.

    I served as vice president for research and education at Aalto University in 2009-2012, and as the president of the Academy of Finland (Finnish Research Council) from 2012 to 2022.

    My research has concentrated on algorithms in data mining and data analysis and the interplay of theory and practice, as well as applications in other sciences and in industry. The approach has been to look at application areas, formulate computational concepts, analyse their formal and practical properties, design algorithms, and take the resulting methods to practice. I've done multidisciplinary work together with people from linguistics, paleontology, and genetics, as we as on problem stemming from industry.

    After returning from the Academy of Finland in the spring of 2022, I'm now working on an initiative for multidisplinary research combining other sciences with artificial intelligence and data analysis. I'm also looking at the challenges of analyzing science policy data.  

    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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctoral degree, Natural Sciences, University of Helsinki

    Award Date: 30 May 1986

    Licentiate degree, Natural Sciences, University of Helsinki

    Award Date: 27 Oct 1983

    Master's degree, Natural Sciences, University of Helsinki

    Award Date: 16 Sep 1982

    Bachelor's degree, Natural Sciences, University of Helsinki

    Award Date: 11 Dec 1980

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