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Description of research and teaching

Professor Hannu Toivonen is a leading expert in data mining and computational creativity. He has introduced and solved several novel research problems in the area of data mining since the field was born in early 1990s; his definitions and algorithms have become standard references and textbook material in the field. He has since developed applications of data mining for gene mapping, context-aware computation, document analysis and summarization, computational creativity, and natural language generation.

Hannu Toivonen obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 1996 and has been Professor at the University of Helsinki since 2002. Hannu Toivonen is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki since 2018. He was Head of the Department of Computer Science during 2007-9 (170 FTE staff, over 10 MEUR annual budget), director of the Helsinki Doctoral Programme in Computer Science during 2007-11 (80 PhD students) and founding director of the Data Science MSc programme during 2016-2018. He has secured external funding for over 6 MEUR, including three recently completed EU projects and two on-going ones, as well as numerous domestic projects. Prof. Toivonen also has six years of industrial experience from Nokia Research Centre. He holds ten patents.

Hannu Toivonen has close to 200 international refereed publications. According to Google Scholar, he has been cited over 20,000 times and he has an h-index of 51. He served as Programme Chair of IEEE ICDM 2014, a leading data mining conference, and of ICCC 2015, the International Conference on Computational Creativity. He is Associate Editor of the forthcoming Journal of Computational Creativity, as well as Editorial Board member of the leading journals and a regular Senior Programme Committee member of the leading conferences in his research areas.

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, PhD, University of Helsinki

Keywords

  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • Computational creativity
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data science
  • Data Mining
  • 6121 Languages
  • Language technology
  • Natural language processing
  • Natural language generation
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Digital humanities

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1994 2019

Computational Creativity Infrastructure for Online Software Composition: A Conceptual Blending Use Case

Martins, P., Goncalo Oliveira, H., Carlos Gonçalves, J., Cruz, A., Cardoso, A., Žnidaršič, M., Lavrač, N., Linkola, S., Toivonen, H., Hervás, R., Méndez, G. & Gervás, P., 8 Feb 2019, In : IBM Journal of Research and Development.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Conceptual Representations for Computational Concept Creation

Ping Xiao, Hannu Toivonen, Oskar Gross, et al., 20 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : ACM Computing Surveys. 52, 1, 9.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

News Automation: The rewards, risks and realities of 'machine journalism'

Linden, T. C-G. (ed.), Tuulonen, H. E. (ed.), Bäck, A., Diakopoulos, N., Granroth-Wilding, M., Haapanen, L., Leppänen, L. J., Melin, M., Moring, T. A., Munezero, M. D., Siren-Heikel, S. J., Södergård, C. & Toivonen, H., Mar 2019, Frankfurt: World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA. 55 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

Open Access

Towards Transformational Creation of Novel Songs

Toivanen, J. M., Järvisalo, M., Alm, O., Ventura, D., Vainio, M. & Toivonen, H., 2 Jan 2019, In : Connection Science. 31, 1, p. 4-32 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

Unsupervised Learning of Cross-Lingual Symbol Embeddings Without Parallel Data

Granroth-Wilding, M. & Toivonen, H., 3 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics. Vol. 2. 4

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Selected Projects 2013 2022

Prizes

Honorary Member of TKO-äly

Hannu Tauno Tapani Toivonen (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prizes and awards

Selected Activities 1997 2019

Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia) (External organisation)

Hannu Toivonen (Member)
2015 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

The Finnish Academy of Technology (Teknillisten Tieteiden Akatemia) (External organisation)

Hannu Toivonen (Member)
2012 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

The Sixth International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC) (Event)

Hannu Toivonen (Programme Committee Chair)
29 Jun 20152 Jul 2015

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research anthology/collection/conference proceedings

IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (Event)

Hannu Toivonen (Programme Committee Chair)
14 Dec 201417 Dec 2014

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research anthology/collection/conference proceedings

Selected Press / Media

YLE TV1, Prisma Studio 23.9.2015

Hannu Tauno Tapani Toivonen

23/09/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

CBC Radio 11.11.2012: "Spark 196: Sound, Security, Sleep"

Hannu Tauno Tapani Toivonen

11/11/2012

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media