My background in brief. For a full CV, please email me.


PhD in Information Technology, University of Turku, Finland (thesis), awarded with distinction.
(Supervisor: Tapio Salakoski; Thesis reviewers: Sophia Ananiadou and Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann; Opponent: Jun’ichi Tsujii)

MsC in Computer Science, University of Oulu, Finland


2011-present: research associate, National Centre for Text Mining and the University of Manchester, UK, visiting researcher, University of Tokyo, Japan

2008-2011: researcher, Tsujii laboratory, University of Tokyo, Japan

2003-2008: PhD student, Turku Centre for Computer Science


Organizing committee, BioNLP Shared Task 2009, Organizing committee chair, BioNLP Shared Task 2011

Local organizing chair, SMBM 2008, Organizing chair, SMBM 2010, Organizing committee, SMBM 2012,


Editor, BMC Bioinformatics special issue on Event Extraction (in press), Journal of Biomedical Semantics supplement on SMBM (2011) . (A few others in "edited volumes" in publications.)


Program committee member for various conferences including ACL and EMNLP and workshops including BioNLP.

Reviewer for a number of journals including Nucleic Acids Research, BMC Bioinformatics, and Computational Linguistics.


Finnish: native
English: fluent
Japanese: advanced
Swedish: basic
German: basic
French: beginner