Timo Honkela

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Timo Honkela, PhD (born August 4, 1962), is Professor at the University of Helsinki. Before joining the University of Helsinki he has worked as a professor in two Schools of the Aalto University, The School of Art, Design and Architecture and the School of Science.[1][2][3]

Timo Honkela has conducted research on several areas related to knowledge engineering, cognitive modeling and natural language processing.[4] This includes a central role in the development of the Websom method[5] for visual information retrieval and text mining based on the Kohonen self-organizing map algorithm. Honkela collaborated with George Legrady to produce Pockets Full of Memories, an interactive museum installation. The concept was created by Legrady.[6] Honkela is a former long-term chairman of the Finnish Artificial Intelligence Society.[7]

Honkela is currently the chair of the IFIP working group on knowledge representation and reasoning (WG 12.1) and Finland's representative in TC12 on artificial intelligence.[8][9] In this position, he has organized AKRR'05 and AKRR'08, the international and interdisciplinary conference on adaptive knowledge representation and reasoning.[10] He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the European Neural Networks Society.[11]

Honkela has given a large number of keynote, invited and regular talks in international conferences including

  • International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART), Porto, Portugal, January 2009 (keynote talk)[12]
  • International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing, Santorini, Greece, June 2008 (keynote talk)[13]
  • IGERT Seminar Series, University of California Santa Barbara, USA, December 2006 (invited talk)[14]
  • International Conference on Fundamentals of Data Organization, FODO'98, Kobe, Japan, November 1998 (keynote talk)


  • Timo Honkela, Wlodzislaw Duch, Mark Girolami and Samuel Kaski (editors): Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning, Springer, 2011.[15]
  • Jorma Laaksonen and Timo Honkela (editors): Advances in Self-Organizing Maps, Springer, 2011.[16]


  1. ^ Suomen professorit - Finlands professorer, editor Veli-Matti Autio, Gummerus Kirjapaino Oy, Jyväskylä, 2000.
  2. ^ Suomen Professorit – Finlands Professorer 1640- 2007, editor Leena Ellonen, Suomen professoriliitto, Helsinki, 2008.
  3. ^ [1] Timo Honkela digitaalisten aineistojen professoriksi, University of Helsinki, Department of Humanities, 2013
  4. ^ Publications at DBLP Bibliography Server
  5. ^ Visual Browsing in Web and non-Web Databases
  6. ^ Pockets Full of Memories: an interactive museum installation, Visual Communication, 1(2): 163-169 (2002)
  7. ^ Scandinavian artificial intelligence societies in 1999
  8. ^ IFIP TC12 Artificial Intelligence
  9. ^ IFIP TC12 members
  10. ^ AKRR 2005 Committees
  11. ^ Executive committee members of European Neural Network Society
  12. ^ Keynote talks in ICAART 2009
  13. ^ Keynote spakers in CIP 2008
  14. ^ IGERT Seminars and Events, University of California Santa Barbara, Fall 2006
  15. ^ http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-21734-0/#section=904599&page=1 Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning
  16. ^ http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-21565-0/#section=904686&page=1 Advances in Self-Organizing Maps