Kimmo Vehkalahti, Statistician / Data Scientist


I like both research and teaching. Most often they can be combined in fruitful ways. Usually I teach courses on applied statistics, for example multivariate methods, data analysis etc. Students come to those courses from all faculties of the University, although they are mostly directed to the students of my own faculty, i.e., the Faculty of Social Sciences.

For a few years, I have been responsible of teaching and developing the largest course of our University, namely the Introduction to Statistics (in Finnish), and I have enjoyed it quite much. Each autumn there are several hundred students on the course. No need to be alone...

    Photo: Markku Verkasalo

My special interest, which also combines my teaching and research, is measurement in the context of social and behavioral sciences. Another interest of mine is the visualization of multidimensional data.

I was awarded as Magister Bonus - Good Teacher in 2003 by the Student Union of the University of Helsinki. In 2009 I received the Good Teacher prize from the Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2010 the CITY newspaper of Helsinki chose me as the Best Teacher of the City (!). In 2013, I was nominated one of the founding members of the Teachers' Academy of our University.