Kimmo Vehkalahti, Statistician / Data Scientist


(Picture: Ireland, 1990) After school, in the mid 1980s, I had no motivation for studying. Instead, I wanted to work and earn some money for travelling etc. Few years and several jobs later, I found myself working with computers, and liked it very much, indeed.

Proceeding further in that job helped me to find the motivation I had lost in school. At the same time, I had heard that in statistics, one could take use of computing and programming skills, but also combine them with other interesting issues such as real-world data. Luckily, I succeeded in the entrance examination, and began my studies at University of Helsinki in 1990.

(Picture: doctoral dissertation, 2000) The topic of my academic theses, reliability of measurement scales, came out in a course of measurement by Lauri Tarkkonen in 1993. Another important person related to my career has been professor Seppo Mustonen, the author of Survo.

I completed my master's thesis in 1995, graduated next year, and defended my doctoral thesis in 2000. I have had the opportunity to work in our department since 1993, first as an assistant, nowadays as a university lecturer. In 2008, I got a permanent position there.