Matti Nelimarkka

A social scientist with a touch of technology

I'm a Finnish social scientist interested in new media. My interests include online participation, e-politics, social services and mobile systems. In all of these, I prefer approaching the thing from softer, non-technical side, even while I have a background in fast and ugly prototyping and coding too.

My background is in political science, which I studied at the University of Helsinki and computer science, which I've learned at Nokia Corporation and go deeper at the University of Helsinki. Currently I'm working at the Department of Computer Science and studying towards PhD in computer science at the University of Helsinki. I'm also the cofounder of Computational Social Science study proramme and the Finnish association for social science and technology research, Rajapinta.

My days pass while I sitting next to my computer and think really hard. Things I do vary from programming, data-analysis, writing, teaching and other stuff like that. My current interests are

  • co-located computing
  • computational social science
  • civic technologies
  • education




IRC: matnel @ ircnet

Skype: mattinelimarkka

online presence
  • I will review funding applications on artificial intelligence research for KAUTE foundation (2017-10-10)
  • Organizing AoIR pre-workshop "Less Hate in Politics" (2017-10-18)
  • I'll chair session "Learning and Knowledge 1" at AoIR (2017-10-19)
  • Teaching a course on Theory and Methods of Digital Governance, Organizations and Communication (2017-10-31)
  • Rajapinta organizes the first ever unconference for technology and social science research in Finland. I'm a cofounder and president of this association (2017-11-02)
  • I teach Introduction to programming for social sciences at University of Helsinki (2017-11-03)
  • Attending IPSA panel on computational methods (2017-12-04)
  • Collaborational work with Arto Hellas on "Social Help-seeking Strategies in a Programming MOOC" is presented at SIGCSE (2018-02-21)
Random images from my life