HiDATA event 3 September 2020: Sustainability and Data Science

Sustainability and Data Science event by HiDATA and HELSUS

Time: 9:00-11:00 am.
Place: Tiedekulma Think Corner
Also available online

How do we tackle sustainability questions with the help of data and data science? What is sustainability research? How do you measure sustainability and in what sectors is that vital? What are the needs and priorities of the society? How does the multidisciplinary research in Helsinki University answer to the demand?

Come to Tiedekulma Think Corner or join our webinar to hear more and be prepared for a lively discussion. The event is organised by the Helsinki Center of Data Science HiDATA and the Institute of Sustainability Science HELSUS.

The event is free of charge and open to public.


9:00 Program starts

  • Opening words
  • Introduction of HiDATA, director Sasu Tarkoma
  • Introduction of HELSUS, director Anne Toppinen

9:25 WHY SUSTAINABILITY? What are the needs and priorities of the industry and the society?

  • Juha-Matti Kuusinen, Kone Oyj, Head of People Flow Optimization, Technology and Innovation
  • Eeva Hellström, SITRA, Senior Lead, Foresight and Strategy

10:10 How does the multidisciplinary research in Helsinki University answer to the demand?

  • Leena Järvi, Associate Professor, HELSUS, INAR, University of Helsinki
  • Laura Ruotsalainen, Associate Professor, HiDATA, HELSUS, University of Helsinki
  • Jussi Kangasharju, Professor, University of Helsinki


  • Please participate in discussion online/ at Tiedekulma
  • Challenge the speakers and ask questions
  • All speakers are on stage

11:00 End of programme.

More about the programme and instructions for registration and how to participate online and/or at Tiedekulma Think Corner will be updated here in August 2020.




Sasu Tarkoma

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. As an example flagship research project, he is leading the MegaSense project, which aims at deploying a wide array of low-cost urban air-monitoring stations and employing the data in prediction models.

Anne Toppinen

Anne Toppinen is Director of Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS). She has worked since 2008 as Professor of forest economics and business at University of Helsinki. Her expertise focuses on corporate sustainability in bio-based and circular businesses, as well as related market analysis and development of sustainable business models. She has also studied different policy questions in the natural resource context and is interested in how to accelerate transformative changes toward sustainability.  Anne is one of the leading forest economists in Europe, with over 160 scientific peer reviewed publications. She has supervised 14 doctoral theses and about 100 master’s theses.


Leena Järvi

Leena Järvi is Associate Professor in Applied Urban Meteorology at the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science at the University of Helsinki. Her current research interests cover carbon storage capacity of urban vegetation and soil, and high-resolution meteorological and air quality modelling in urban areas using a large eddy simulation model. She has published over 50 scientific papers, is board member of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) and acts as editor in Geoscientific Model Development and Scientific Reports.


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Jussi Kangasharju received his MSc from Helsinki University of Technology in 1998. He received his Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) from the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Informatiques (ESSI) in Sophia Antipolis in 1998. In 2002 he received his PhD from University of Nice Sophia Antipolis/Institut Eurecom. In 2002 he joined Darmstadt University of Technology (TUD), first as post-doctoral researcher, and from 2004 onwards as assistant professor. Since June 2007 Jussi is a professor at the department of computer science at University of Helsinki. Between 2009 and 2012 he was the director of the Future Internet research program at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT). Jussi's research interests are information-centric networks, edge and cloud computing, content distribution, opportunistic networks, and green ICT. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.

People of the group

Laura Ruotsalainen is Associate Professor of Spatiotemporal Data Analysis for Sustainability Science at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. Her current research interests include the development of computer vision, estimation and machine learning algorithms for creating and using accurate and reliable spatiotemporal data, namely navigation data, especially for the development of autonomous systems enabling sustainable smart cities.