Timo Honkela

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Timo Honkela at Helsinki Book Fair, 2017.

Timo Honkela (born August 4, 1962) is a computer scientist at the University of Helsinki. From 2014 until 2018 he held a fixed-term professorship at the University of Helsinki.[1] Before joining the University of Helsinki he worked as a non-tenured professor in two Schools of the Aalto University, The School of Art, Design and Architecture and the School of Science. Timo Honkela has conducted research on several areas related to knowledge engineering, cognitive modeling and natural language processing.

In 2001 Honkela collaborated with George Legrady to produce an interactive museum installation, Pockets Full of Memories to the Centre Georges Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art in Paris. The concept, created by Legrady, provided for visitors a possibility to scan their own objects to a database and then organise them by Kohonen Self-Organizing Map algorithm.

In 2017 Honkela published a book in Finnish. The book Rauhankone (in English Peace Machine) presents his idea of designing artificial intelligence and machine learning to serve humanity, in practice to help people to live in peace with each other.[2]


  • Timo Honkela, Wlodzislaw Duch, Mark Girolami and Samuel Kaski (editors): Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning, Springer, 2011.[3]
  • Jorma Laaksonen and Timo Honkela (editors): Advances in Self-Organizing Maps, Springer, 2011.[4]
  • Timo Honkela: Rauhankone. Gaudeamus, 2017.[2]


  1. ^ [1] Timo Honkela digitaalisten aineistojen professoriksi, University of Helsinki, Department of Humanities, 2013
  2. ^ a b "Timo Honkela: Rauhankone | Gaudeamus". Gaudeamus (in Finnish). 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  3. ^ Honkela, Timo; Duch, Włodzisław; Girolami, Mark; Kaski, Samuel (2011). Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning – ICANN 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 6791. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-21735-7. ISBN 978-3-642-21735-7.
  4. ^ Advances in Self-Organizing Maps. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 6731. 2011. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-21566-7. ISBN 978-3-642-21566-7.