Main supervisors

The main supervisors of the IMDPET programme are listed in this page.

Prof. Markku Tukiainen

Position: Professor, School of Computing

Discipline: Computer Science

Research topics and requirements: Markku supervises students with topics on interactive technologies, human-technology interaction, educational software and systems, or ICT4D. Furthermore, topics can be in the field of computing education (for example developing tools for learning and teaching basic programming). The PhD student applicant should have necessary technical skills (design, programming, electronics; depending on the topic) to build scalable and robust enough solutions during the course of studies. Good communication skills in written and spoken English is must.

Contact: https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/person/markku.tukiainen/

Prof. Matti Tedre

Position:  Professor, School of Computing

Discipline: Computer Science

Research topics and requirements: Matti supervises topics on computational thinking, computer science education, educational technology, ICT for development, and the history and philosophy of computer science.  The PhD applicant must have the necessary domain-specific skills (e.g., development studies, education, or philosophy) as well as technical skills (e.g.,  programming and design of computational solutions).  Usually, projects include a full cycle from literature research and research design to the design and implementation of interventions and an evaluation of those  interventions.  Fluent communication skills for written and spoken English is necessary.

Contact: https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/person/matti.tedre/

Dr. Ilkka Jormanainen

Position: University Lecturer, School of Computing

Discipline: Computer Science

Research topics and requirements: Ilkka supervises students with topics on educational robotics, educational data mining and learning analytics, or app and tool development for digital theology. Furthermore, topics can be in the field of computing education (for example developing tools for learning and teaching basic programming). The PhD student applicant should have necessary technical skills (programming, robotics, electronics; depending on the topic) to build scalable and robust enough solutions during the course of studies. Good communication skills in written and spoken English is must.

Contact: https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/person/ilkka.jormanainen/

Dr. Calkin Suero Montero

Position: Senior Researcher, School of Educational Sciences and Psychology

Discipline: Education

Research topics and requirements: Calkin is working on the development of innovative educational environments and inclusive learning methodologies through technology and participatory design approaches. Calkin has extensive experience on the development of pedagogical practices using educational technologies and coordinating EU funded projects on these aspects. Research interests towards PhD supervision include: HLT and affective computing in education and learning, HCI and participatory design for learning experience development, ICT4D and educational processes, mixed-reality in education, to name a few. Candidates are encourage to contact her directly for discussions on possible PhD topics.

Contact: https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/person/calkin.suero-montero/

Dr. Mohammed Saqr

Position: Senior Researcher, School of Computing

Discipline: Computer Science

Research topics and requirements: Mohammed Saqr supervises topics related to learning analytics, data mining in education and technology enhanced learning in general. Social network analysis in education and other fields like organizations, communities and groups , social media and multimodal data. Topics related to science of science such as citation analysis, bibliometrics, and open science are also relevant. I am also interested in temporal aspect of human activities such as temporal aspects of learning, human interactions and growth of scientific research.

Contact: https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/person/mohamed.abdelgalil/

Dr. Tapani Toivonen

Position: University Lecturer, School of Computing

Research topics and requirements: Tapani’s research interest include eXplainable AI (XAI), AI in education, and educational data mining, as well as design and analysis of algorithms for educational data mining.

Contact: https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/person/tapani.toivonen/

Dr. Jarkko Suhonen

Position: Research Manager, School of Computing

Discipline: Computer Science

Research topics and requirements: Jarkko supervises doctoral students who use design research, action research, design thinking or other similar pragmatic approach as their primary research framework.  Usually, a dissertation study includes a full design research cycle from literature review and problem analysis to to the design and implementation of interventions and an evaluation of those interventions. The candidates should have previous experience in educational technology or ICT for development.

Contact: https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/person/jarkko.suhonen/