Hannu Toivonen

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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.

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Latest publications

  1. Towards Data-Driven Generation of Visualizations for Automatically Generated News Articles

    Alhalaseh, R., Munezero, M. D., Leinonen, M., Leppänen, L. J., Avikainen, J. E. O. & Toivonen, H., Oct 2018, Proceedings of the 22nd International Academic Mindtrek Conference. ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, p. 100-109 10 p.

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

  2. No landslide for the human journalist: An empirical study of computer-generated election news in Finland

    Melin, M., Bäck, A., Södergård, C., Munezero, M. D., Leppänen, L. J. & Toivonen, H., 1 Aug 2018, In : IEEE Access. 6, p. 43356-43367 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. "Talent, Skill and Support.": A Method for Automatic Creation of Slogans

    Alnajjar, K., Kundi, H. & Toivonen, H., 29 Jun 2018, Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Computational Creativity. Pachet, F., Jordanous, A. & León, C. (eds.). Salamanca, Spain: Association for Computational Creativity, p. 88-95 8 p.

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

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Highlighted activities

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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Highlighted prizes

  1. Honorary Member of TKO-äly

    Hannu Toivonen (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Highlighted projects

  1. IA: Immersive Automation: automated storytelling, audience engagement and user experience in a news ecosystem

    Linden, C., Moring, T., Backholm, K., Hujanen, J., Toivonen, H., Granroth-Wilding, M., Leppänen, L., Munezero, M. & Haapanen, L.

    Viestintäalan tutkimussäätiö, Sanoma Media Finland Oy, Alma Media Oyj, Conmio Oy, Tekes, Svenska kulturfonden, KSF Media Ab, Keski Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj

    01/12/201631/05/2018

    Project: Research project

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