Tommi Mononen


Description of research and teaching

I got my PhD degree in computer science in January 2010. The main target was to develop computationally efficient methods for the normalized maximum likelihood (NML) model selection criterion, which can be used to select the best statistical model for a given observed data set. To gain the maximum computational efficiency, computation methods must be specifically tailored for each individual model family. In the PhD thesis I developed methods that are suitable for simple Bayesian networks.

I joined the Metapopulation Research Group (MRG) in March 2009. I took part in developing theoretical models for metapopulation research (in collaboration with Professor Ilkka Hanski). The developed models were then fitted to empirical observations and the results revealed the new relevant information of existing metapopulations and their dynamics.

I spent four years at Aalto University (2012-2015). During the first two years, I investigated the validity of singular statistical model selection criteria for the Gaussian process framework and during the latter two years, I investigated the relationship of two brain imaging methods (MEG and fMRI).

I joined MRC for the second time in the beginning of 2016 for continuing to do research with spatio-temporal models, this time, in the host-pathogen framework (in collaboration with Lasse Ruokolainen).


Latest publications

  1. Observational evidence that maladaptive gene flow reduces patch occupancy in a wild insect metapopulation

    Farkas, T., Mononen, T. J. M., Comeault, A. & Nosil, P. Dec 2016 In : Evolution. 70, 12, p. 2879–2888 10 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Bayesian Leave-One-Out Cross-Validation Approximations for Gaussian Latent Variable Models

    Vehtari, A., Mononen, T. J. M., Tolvanen, V., Sivula, T. A. P. & Winther, O. 2016 In : Journal of Machine Learning Research. 17, 103, p. 1-38 38 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Increasing frequency of low summer precipitation synchronizes dynamics and compromises metapopulation stability in the Glanville fritillary butterfly

    Tack, A. J. M., Mononen, T. J. M. & Hanski, I. A. 7 May 2015 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences. 282, 1806, 8 p., 20150173

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. Annales Zoologici Fennici (Journal)

    Mononen, T. (Reviewer)
    Dec 2016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  2. On Model Selection for Bayesian Networks and Sparse Logistic Regression

    Mononen, T. (Pre-examiner)
    Dec 2016

    Activity: ExaminationPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

  3. British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2016

    Mononen, T. (Attendee)
    13 Dec 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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