I'm a Finnish researcher interested in social computing. My current research focuses on

Digital democracy

  • novel environments which support participation
  • how existing environments are used for political purposes
  • political power of digital systems, such as algorithms
  • deeper theorethical and methodolical integration between social research and human-computer interaction research (Political HCI)

Computational social science and data science

  • critical investigation on computational social science practices
  • development of social science theory-driven approaches
  • questions of validity and reliability
  • design research and human-computer interaction research as computational social science

Previously, I have also been interested on topics such as: supporting collocated interaction (public displays, backchannels). the interaction between traditional and new media, educational technology and social learning. I'm currently in the process of divesting my focus on these areas.

My perspective combines softer, non-technical side, with tools and ideas from computer science research, such as prototyping, coding, and, machine learning.

My background is in political science, which I studied at the University of Helsinki and gained both Bachelor's and Master's degree. I've also practiced and studied computer science, which I've learned at Nokia Corporation and deepened my knowledge at the University of Helsinki through Bachelor's degree and a Ph.D.

Currently, I'm working at the Aalto University, Department of Computer Science. I also consult a Finnish software company Futurice, however this work is under a strict NDA. Furthermore, I am a member of the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence's interdisciplinary group of experts FCAI Society.

I'm also the co-founder of Computational Social Science study programme at the University of Helsinki and Rajapinta, the Finnish association for social science and information technology research. However, I do not currently teach Computational Social Science at Helsinki and I'm just a regular member (not part of the executive board) of Rajapinta.