Junior researcher (CR2) at INRIA Nancy – Grand Est in the Orpailleur team (see also the Loria).

For about a year, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University, working with Professor Evimaria Terzi.

At the end of 2013, I completed my doctoral studies at the Computer Science department, University of Helsinki and the Helsinki Institute for Information Technologies (HIIT), in Helsinki, Finland under the supervision of Professor Hannu Toivonen and Assistant Professor Mikko Koivisto.

My doctoral dissertation was about Redescription Mining, working mainly in collaboration with Doctor Pauli Miettinen.

Redescription Mining

In scientific investigations data oftentimes have different nature. For instance, they might originate from distinct sources or be cast over separate terminologies. In order to gain insight into the phenomenon of interest, a natural task is to identify the correspondences that exist between these different aspects.
This is the motivating idea of redescription mining. Redescription mining aims to find distinct common characterizations of the same objects and, vice versa, to identify sets of objects that admit multiple shared descriptions.
A practical example in biology consists in finding geographical areas that admit two characterizations, one in terms of their climatic profile and one in terms of the occupying species. Discovering such redescriptions can contribute to better our understanding of the influence of climate over species distribution. Besides biology, applications of redescription mining can be envisaged in medicine or sociology, among other fields.
With Pauli Miettinen, Matthijs Van Leeuwen, Janis Kalofolias, Tetiana Zinchenko and Angelika Kimmig
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Tutorial
An introductory tutorial on redescription mining, in two flavors.
http://siren.mpi-inf.mpg.de/tutorial/
Dissertation
My doctoral dissertation, titled Methods for Redescription Mining (2013).
http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-10-9431-6
Siren - Interactive and visual redescription mining
A tool for interactively mining and visualizing redescriptions.
http://siren.gforge.inria.fr

Other Topics

Finding Communities in Graphs
Finding communities, is an important problem in graph mining.
Considering commmunities to consist of dense subgraphs, we first study the case of labeled graphs, where we require that each community is succinctly described by a set of labels. Second, we study the problem of finding top-k densest subgraphs, while allowing overlaps.
Last, we consider the opinion dynamics at play in social networks that influence the profile of individuals. In this context we look for subgraphs such that the social tension arising from profile differences between members is minimized.
With Nikolaj Tatti, Aris Gionis, Behzad Golshan and Evimaria Terzi.
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Safe Urban Navigation
Developing a novel application that utilizes crime data to provide safe urban navigation. Given a model that allows us to estimate the relative probability of a crime on any road segment, we look for short and low-risk paths between a source and a destination locations.
With Evimaria Terzi and Konstantinos Pelechrinis
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News recommendation
Devising and exploring a method for recommending news using clusters of user generated comments.
Research intern at Yahoo! Labs Bangalore, IN. July to September 2011. Advised by Dr Vidit Jain
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Statistical Machine Translation
Investigating phrase tables, the corner stone of phrase-based Statistical Machine Translation.
Research assistant at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki, FI. European project SMART.
February to July 2009. Supervised by Prof. Juho Rousu and advised by Dr Matti Kääriäinen

Teaching

Probability in Computing
Lecturer, Boston University, Spring semester 2015
Basic studies (B.Sc.), ca. 50 students
Data Mining Project
Assistant, University of Helsinki, Spring semesters 2011, 2012 and 2013
Advanced studies (M.Sc.), ca. 10 students
Data Mining
Assistant, University of Helsinki, Spring semesters 2011 and 2012
Problem based teaching, Lecturer: Prof. Hannu Toivonen
Advanced studies (M.Sc.), ca. 20 students
Scientific Writing
Tutoring students on writing a short scientific report, Autumn semester 2013
Advanced studies (M.Sc.), 4 students