HiDATA webinar: Data Science in the Post-Covid World 11 May 2021

Welcome to the HiDATA webinar

Data Science in the Post-Covid world

11 May 2021 at 9:00-11:00 (EEST)


What has the Covid-19 Pandemia tought us? How can data science help with understanding big changes, making big decisions or societal data-analysis? How can the different areas of research benefit from it? Have the research interests  been drastically changed?

Data Science is an interdisciplinary field focusing on methodologies for extracting knowledge and insights from data thus contributing to different areas of science. Come to our webinar and hear the top-researchers from different areas of research. This webinar is organised by the Helsinki Centre for Data Science and it is open for the public and free of charge.

You can see the slides (Link behind the topic) and the recordings of the talks below.

The program:

Prof George Crooks OBE MBChB FRCP FRCGP Chief Executive Officer for Digital Health & Care of Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care.

Arnoldo Frigessi professor of statistics at the University of Oslo, leads the Oslo Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology and is director of BigInsight.

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Mari Vaattovaara, Ph.D, Professor of Urban Geography, Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki.

Ville Vuorinen, Assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalto University

The host for this webinar is prof. Sasu Tarkoma, Director of HiDATA. The webinar will be recorded and the recordings can be found here on this same website a couple of days after the webinar.

More about the speakers:

Sasu Tarkoma is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki and Head of the Department of Computer Science. He is also Director of the Helsinki Center for Data Science and affiliated with the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT and the Finnish Center for AI (FCAI).  He is chairman of the Finnish Scientific Advisory Board for Defence (MATINE). He has authored 4 textbooks and has published over 200 scientific articles.  He has seven granted US Patents. His research has received a number of Best Paper awards and mentions, for example at IEEE PerCom, ACM CCR, and ACM OSR.


Professor George Crooks OBE MBChB FRCP FRCGP
Professor George Crooks is currently the Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute, Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives, deliver sustainable health and care services for the future and create economic benefits for Scotland. DHI provides opportunities for Scotland’s public sector, academia and industry to co-design digital solutions to some of the country’s biggest health and care challenges working with patients, service users and their families.

He was previously the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare. George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance and is past president of the European Health Telematics Association. He is a Board member of TEC Quality, a UK organisation leading the implementation of quality standards and practices across the assisted living sector in the UK. He is an assessor for the European Commission on programmes involving digital health and care provision and is a member of the WHO roster of experts for digital health. He has been an advisor to several European governments and organisations on digital health and care. He is an advisor to Innovate UK for its Industrial Grand Challenge programme for Health Ageing. He is also an adjunct Professor of Telehealth at the University of Southern Denmark.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.

Arnoldo Frigessi is professor of statistics at the University of Oslo, leads the Oslo Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology and is director of BigInsight. BigInsight is a centre of excellence for research-based innovation, a consortium of industry, business, public actors and academia, developing model based machine learning methodologies for big data. Originally from Italy, where he had positions in Rome and Venice, Frigessi moved to Norway in 1997 as a researcher at the Norwegian Computing Centre, before he became professor at the University of Oslo.

Frigessi has developed statistical methodology motivated by specific problems in science, technology and industry. He has designed stochastic models to study principles, dynamics and patterns of complex dependence. Inference is usually based on computationally intensive stochastic algorithms. Currently, he has research collaborations in genomics,  personalised therapy in cancer, infectious disease modeling, including Covid-19, eHealth, personalised and viral marketing, sensor data and recommender systems. He has published more than 140 papers in peered reviewed journals and has supervised 41 PhD students and 14 postodocs. Frigessi is elected member of the Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.

Mari Vaattovaara is a  Professor of Urban Geography and Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Studies in the University of Helsinki. Her research relates to the urban social and spatial developments, urban and housing policies and competitveness of cities.




Ville Vuorinen is a computational physicist working with air and liquid flow simulations using supercomputers. His research involves applications in health and energy. In 2020 Vuorinen lead a large Finnish research consortium investigating airborne transmission of COVID-19 as aerosols. The research was published in June 2020 being one of the first multidisciplinary studies predicting aerosol transmission contrary to what was first believed. This talk discusses certain aspects of the airborne route which is presently believed to be one of the most essential transmission modes of COVID-19.