Research


Our research focuses on computational analysis and understanding of complex natural and social systems. There is a great demand for targeted computational techniques to extract information and insights from rich data collections based on clever combinations of human and machine intelligence. We blend elements from fields such as machine learning/AI, probabilistic programming, statistical ecology, and data science, and drive open developer communities that help to translate latest theoretical advances into accessible methods to inform modeling, experimentation, and decision-making. Key applications include microbiome research, population cohort studies, and computational social sciences and humanities (SSH). We also coordinate the Open Knowledge Finland Open Science work group, which received Open Science and Research award of the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2017.

Recent publications

Below some examples from recent publications. See ORCID for a full list. Full publication list is also available as bibtex Copies of most papers are available here.

Computational humanities

Corpus Linguistics and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
Tolonen M, Mäkelä E, Ijaz A, Lahti L.
Research in Corpus Linguistics 9/1:19-34, 2021.

Examining the Early Modern Canon: The English Short Title Catalogue and Large-Scale Patterns of Cultural Production
In: Baird I. (eds) Data Visualization in Enlightenment Literature and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. pp. 63-119, 2021. Tolonen M, Hill MJ, Ijaz AZ, Vaara V, Lahti L.

Quantifying bias and uncertainty in historical data collections with probabilistic programming
CEUR Workshop Proc. on Computational Humanities Research, 2020.
Lahti L, Mäkelä E, Tolonen M.

Bibliographic Data Science and the History of the Book (c. 1500-1800)
Cataloging and classification quarterly, 2019.
Lahti L, Marjanen J, Roivainen H, Tolonen M.

A Quantitative Approach to Book-Printing in Sweden and Finland, 1640–1828
Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, 2019.
Tolonen M, Lahti L, Roivainen H, Marjanen J.

A National Public Sphere? Analyzing the Language, Location, and Form of Newspapers in Finland, 1771–1917
Journal of European Periodical Studies, 2019.
Marjanen J, Vaara V, Kanner A, Roivainen H, Mäkelä E, Lahti L, Tolonen M.