Researchers specialised in artificial intelligence, data science and algorithms

This list of researchers is not comprehensive but simply an overview. The list is updated regularly. You can find contact details for all the University of Helsinki staff in our People Finder, and our Research Portal includes even more detailed information about e.g. our researchers' publications and fields of specialisation. The University’s communications specialists are also happy to help.

Dorota Głowacka, assistant professor

  • Information retrieval, exploratory search, reinforcement learning, personalization, interactive search, recommender systems, artificial intelligence, data science, cognitive aspects of artificial intelligence

Jaana Hallamaa, professor 

Keijo Heljanko, professor

Antti Honkela, professor

  • Machine learning, data science, privacy and machine learning/AI, security of machine learning/AI, AI and health @ahonkela

Aapo Hyvärinen, professor

  • Machine learning, computational neuroscience

Eero Hyvönen, research director

  • digital humanities

Matti Järvisalo, associate professor

  • Automated reasoning, optimization, verified AI. Chair of Finnish Artificial Intelligence Society.

Arto Klami, assistant professor

  • Artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistical modelling

Mikko Koivisto, professor

  • Research and teaching in algorithms and machine learning

Riikka Koulu, apulaisprofessori

  • Assistant professor of Social and Legal Implications of AI. Datafication, algorithmisation, and automation of legal practices. AI ethics, policy and regulation. Law and digitalisation, digital access to justice. 

Krista Lagus, professor

  • Text mining, social data science, machine learning, unsupervised methods, language technology. @KristaLagus

Susanna Lindroos-Hovinheimo, professori

  • Data protection, personal data. 

Linda Mannila, associate professor

  • Societal implications of AI, AI literacy, AI and programming education, educational technology, large language models in education

Michael Mathioudakis, assistant professor

  • Social networks, data science

Petri Myllymäki, professor

  • Artificial intelligence methods, machine learning, decision-support systems. Vice-Director, Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI), responsibilities include e.g. national and international collaboration between different fields of science and societal sectors. Member of a national group of experts in artificial intelligence and digitalization.

Beata Mäihäniemi, tutkijatohtori

  • Post-doc in law and digitalisation, expert on data economy, big data, EU regulation of online platforms, competition law, automated decision-making, GDPR, digitalisation in legal education and professional training. 

Valtteri Niemi, professor

  • Information security

Jukka K Nurminen, professor

  • Software systems in data-intensive computing, engineering and testing of AI systems, Green AI

Kai Puolamäki, associate professor

  • Information retrieval, data mining, data science and machine learning combined with atmospheric sciences @KaiPuo

Teemu Roos, professor

Laura Ruotsalainen, professor

  • Spatio-temporal data analysis, navigation technologies, GPS interference, computer vision, autonomous systems, drones, AI for sustainability science @lauraruotsa

Tuukka Ruotsalo, academy research fellow

  • Information retrieval, recommender systems, cognitive modelling, brain-computer interfaces, physiological computing, interactive information visualization

Anna-Mari Rusanen, university lecturer and principal investigator

  • AI philosophy, AI ethics, human-machine cognitive interaction, cognitive science. Lead instructor of the Ethics of AI online course.

Sasu Tarkoma, dean

Hannu Toivonen, professor

  • Artificial intelligence (AI), creative AI, creativity, text generation, large language models, GPT, data science, data mining @haba_tt

Aku Visala, academy research fellow

  • Theological and religious perspectives on AI, AI and humanity, free will, moral responsibility and AI

Roman Yangarber, associate professor

  • AI and language

Indrė Žliobaitė, assistant professor