I am a 25 years old, fourth year computer science student from University of Turku, Finland. I love challenges and I'm often competitive but I also know how to be laid back and have fun.
When I don't program, I watch sports. Seriously, a lot of sports. I love ice hockey, soccer, American football, Finnish baseball, Olympic Games and almost all sports except water polo. If there's sports on tv, I'll probably be watching it. Or if it's streamed (NHL GameCenter Live, love that one).
I want to keep learning something new every day. I don't wanna just stop and be satisfied with what I can do now and what I know, since there's always more in the world. And it's not just IT related stuff even though I tend to spend most of the learning time with those topics.
I have a dream of working in Silicon Valley before I turn 30. It is the dream that drives me forward and gives me energy every morning.
I am always eager to try new things and to get involved into new adventures both on professional and personal journey. If you have something and you'd like to share it, don't be afraid to contact me!
In statistics related issues, especially visualising data, I use R. It has a great community with a load of libraries, espcially ggplot2 by Hadley Wickham that make it a very worthwhile choice. I also know SAS but I prefer R for its open-sourceness and more programming language like language.
Next things I want to learn are related to Big Data, such as Hadoop environment with MapReduce, Pig, Jaql, Cassandra etc.
With money you can buy islands but with code you can create worlds.
The university's shell server kept crashing all the time and my friends and I got frustrated with problems in operator rights that followed. From that problem, the IRCbot called NottinghamBot emerged. After fulfilling the most primary needs, I started to expand the capabilities of the bot. Today, it handles operator rights, searches from Steam and Wikipedia, speaks out the titles of web pages posted to channel and gives us direct access to student restaurants where we like to eat daily.
IRCbot is the number one of my projects. IRC is a living environment which creates different challenges than with static environments and my friends are the best testers since they try to break all new features in very innovative ways. Therefore the code has to be good and stable to handle the pressure.
"Do you want to change the world?" was the start for a project called Capstone FUTURE - a student collaboration of University of Turku, Finland and Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Calculators and with a team of 10 Master's students from two universities, we are researching what the future of mathematics education will look like. During the spring and summer of 2013, we conducted field work research in high schools in both Turku and Shanghai. We also conducted a Delphi panel with experts on related areas (decision-makers, teachers, students, developers, parents and researchers). Based on the field work and the panel, we developed a prototype software to demonstrate the ideas and concepts we see is the future.
After lot of brainstorming, prototyping and sophisticated discussions, we decided to make MathMates - an online collaboration platform for mathematics.
The project and the prototype were presented in the 40th anniversary of SEFI conference.
I'm working with a database / UI system for a research at Turku University Hospital. It started with designing and implementing a MySQL database for all the data the researchers have gathered during last few years. The database will be then accessed through a web page written in HTML, CSS, jQuery and PHP. In the page, researcher can choose which variables they want to get and with what kind of conditions and limitations. The result set will then be provided as a csv file for further analysis in statistical programs.
Most of the data parsing and cleaning is done with Python and some R code and the entire system (recreating the database and so on) is wrapped up to bash scripts. Entire development process is version controlled with Git.
I do a lot of things that can be found on my GitHub repository.
Some of the projects are short-living scripts and some are developed with very slow pace (whenever I have extra time from more interesting things).
I'm currently doing my bachelor degree in Computer Science in the University of Turku, starting my fourth year next Fall. I also study Statistics in the Uni Turku as my second major but more-or-less it's more like a big minor. I'm currently most interested in artificial intelligence, machine learning and teaching.
Since my 2nd year in the university I've been part of a mentor program in the Information Technology department guiding younger students with their freshmen courses. Since my 3rd year I've been also doing part-time teaching jobs in freshmen courses.
I am currently writing both my bachelor's and master's thesis about problem-based learning and design thinking in engineering education.
I've always wanted to write a blog and during my existence in Internet since the late 90's I've started way too many blogs that have since died with just a few posts. I bit still suffer the problem but I still currently try to write about different things. My main blog is Passion for Data which is my valve for writing about things related to what I do for a living and I'm trying to narrow it down to data related things.
In my other blogs, I write about R programming language (I know, it's been a while), ice hockey in Toverikiekkoa (in Finnish) and all kinds of stuff that comes to my mind at Tumblr (mix of Finnish and English