People

Valtteri Angström — MS student.  Valtteri works with the TOSKA Group under the lead of Dr Matti Luukkainen.  Valtteri and TOSKA bring the latest in software engineering and front-end technologies to Revita — to create a friendly user experience for the learners and teachers.  He is working on his MS degree Computer Science.
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Jue Hou — PhD student.  Jue's research focuses on modeling learner proficiency and novel approaches to language modeling with deep-learning neural nets. He also works on scalability of Revita's back end, and on educational data science — to analyze and model the data collected from proof-of-concept studies with real learners.   
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Silja M. Huttunen — PhD (University of Helsinki).  Organizing user studies and experiments with teachers and learners.

Anisia Katinskaia — PhD Student.  Anisia works on all aspects of user studies involving Russian and Finnish.  Her research is on deep-learning language models for detection of grammatical errors.  Revita needs to identify "alternative-correct" answers — important settings in learning, where there is more than one correct answer.
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Ilmari Kylliäinen — MS student.  Ilmari works with the TOSKA Group, under the direction of Dr Matti Luukkainen, to bring the latest developments in front-end technologies into Revita — to assure the best possible User Experience for the learners and teachers.  He is working on his MS degree in Language Technology.
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Anh-Duc Vu — PhD Student.  Duc works on Bayesian networks and deep learning modeling of the learner proficiency and progress, which is essential for the personalization aspect in the Revita Project — learner competency must be modeled as accurately as possible to provide suitable exercises and feedback.

Duc's MS Thesis (2020) on "Modeling knowledge states in language learning."

Project lead.  Associate Professor at the Department of Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki (UH).  He holds the Chair in Linguistic Inequalities and Translation Technologies at INEQ: The Helsinki Inequality Initiative.  His research group — the Language Learning Lab — works on a variety of topics: studying how language works, and how computers can better understand language.  His earlier research themes include analysis of news media, and modeling language evolution.   Recent focus is on AI support for language learning.  This has resulted in Revita, a system currently in use by learners and teachers at several universities.  The research focuses on support for learning of smaller, endangered languages, as well as for "majority" languages.
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Here are some of our main contributors: local, at the University of Helsinki (UH), and international.
Remote Studies — are current work with groups of learners at other universities, collecting feedback from them and researching their progress.

  • Jouko Ahvenainen — (London, UK).  Advisor on user-centric approaches in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Elena China-Kohlemainen — Master's student (UH).  Support for Italian: development of linguistic concepts and feedback for learners.  Elena's MA Thesis (2021):
    "Computer-Assisted Language Learning based on Authentic Texts: Applications to Italian"
  • Vesna Hendry, Tommaso Furlan — (Udine, Italy).  Design Team: design of user interface and  improving user experience.
  • Mihail Kopotev — Professor (Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia), University lecturer (University of Helsinki).  Principal advisor for Russian linguistics and didactics.
  • Lari Kotilainen — University lecturer (UH).  Principal advisor for Finnish linguistics and didactics.
  • Maria Lebedeva — (Pushkin Institute, Moscow).  Leader on longitudinal studies with teachers of Russian.
  • Matti Luukkainen — University lecturer (UH).  Leader of the TOSKA reseach group on Software Engineering and Web development.  Principal advisor on best practices for Software Engineering and User Experience.  Supervising Gert Adamson, Valtteri Angström, Atte Haarni, Esa Kemppainen, Jami Kousa, Ilmari Kylliäinen, Tero Tapio, and other TOSKAns making substantial contributions.
  • Mikhail Mikhailov — Professor (Translation Studies, Tampere University, Finland).  Remote studies with university-level learners of Finnish and Russian.
  • Laila Paracchini — PhD, Research Fellow, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (State University of Milan, Italy).  Principal advisor for Russian: studies with university-level learners of Russian.
  • Nataliya Stoyanova — PhD, Researcher (State University of Milan, Italy).  Principal advisor for Russian linguistics and didactics: studies with university-level learners of Russian.
  • Alsu Zakirova — (Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia).  Support for Tatar: development of linguistic concepts and feedback for learners.
  • Mikhail Zolotilin — MA student (UH).  Enhancements to linguistic resources for Russian.

All of our colleagues and collaborators typically work on multiple problems and aspects of the Project at the same time, and contribute to many areas.  We list here some of them here:

  • Javad Nouri — MS Student.  Javad built all components of the first functioning Revita platform.  Initial focus on several endangered Finno-Ugric languages, Finnish, Russian.
  • Kim Salmi — MS Student.  Contributed to many front-end and back-end aspects of the early platform.
  • José María (Txema) Hoya Quecedo — MS Student.  The core back-bone for supporting cross-language handling of morphological analysis and for (shallow) syntactic analysis.  NLP topics: models of ambiguity and disambiguation.  Initial support for Romance languages (β).
  • Max Koppatz — MS Student.  Major improvements to the language-analysis layer and to exercise selection.  NLP work: deep-learning language modeling.  Language-specific work on Finnish, and initial support for Swedish and German (β).
  • Tomi Rikander — MS Student.  Front-end improvements and re-engineering.
  • Sardana Ivanova — PhD Student.  Support for Russian, Sakha (Yakut).
  • Gert Adamson — MS Student.  Work with the TOSKA group to create the new REACT-based front-end, and enhanced user experience.