Public PhD defence on May, 28: Tommi Jauhiainen

Tommi Jouhiainen is defending his PhD thesis in language technology on “Language Identification in Texts” on Tuesday, May, 28 at 12 in auditorio XII in the main building of the university. The thesis is available at and the opponent is Nikola Ljubešić from the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana and the University of Zagreb.

Language Technology group visible at DHN 2018

Helsinki Language Technology group had 5 papers in the recent Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries (DHN 2018) Conference held on 7–9 March 2018 in Helsinki.

Jörg Tiedemann presenting his paper “Emerging Language Spaces Learned From Massively Multilingual Corpora” at DHN 2018

Distinguished Short Paper

  • Jörg Tiedemann: Emerging Language Spaces Learned From Massively Multilingual Corpora [pdf]

Long Paper

  • Emily Öhman, Kaisla Kajava: Sentimentator: Gamifying Fine-grained Sentiment Annotation [pdf]


  • Yves Scherrer, Tanja Samardžić: ArchiMob: A multidialectal corpus of Swiss German oral history interviews [pdf]
  • Seppo Nyrkkö: An approach to unsupervised ontology term tagging of dependency-parsed text using a Self-Organizing Map (SOM) [pdf]
  • Mika Hämäläinen, Tanja Säily, Eetu Mäkelä: Normalizing Early English Letters for Neologism Retrieval [pdf]

Open positions for postdoctoral researchers in Digital Humanities

The Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, invites applications for three (3) postdoctoral researchers in Digital Humanities. We are looking for candidates with expertise on computational science, linguistics and history/cultural heritage. The successful candidates will become part of a multidisciplinary research group with the main aim in applying a big data approach to large historical metadata and full-text collections. The group is particularly interested in studying conceptual change, intertextuality based on text-reuse and statistical analysis of knowledge production.

Interested candidates are requested to acquaint themselves with the position description: Application period ends July 9, 2017.

7 tenure track positions at HELDIG and more …

There are seven open tenure track professor positions related to
Helsinki’s Center for Digital Humanities (HELDIG)

Tenure track positions (deadline: February 15):

Professor in English Language and Digital Humanities (deadline: February 27)

There are also 5-10 PostDoc positions in the UH Humanities Programme:
(deadline: February, 20) Note that language technology is part of humanities in Helsinki!

Furthermore the position of the  HELDIG Research Coordinator (1.3.2017–31.12.2020)

General information about open positions at the University of Helsinki

Modeling Meaning and Knowledge: Conceptual Change

A mini-symposium in the series Modeling Meaning and Knowledge on Monday, 8th of February at 2pm to 4pm. Guest speakers are professors Ismo Koponen and Mikko Tolonen. Prof. Timo Honkela gives a tutorial titled “Studies of Words and Concepts”. The event takes place in the main building of University of Helsinki, Auditorium IV. More information:
Modeling Meaning and Knowledge, Spring 2016.