Joni Virta
 Academy Research Fellow/Assistant Professor

  • Assistant ProfessorStatistics (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)

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Areas of expertise
Dimension reduction; Multivariate statistics; Asymptotic statistics


I obtained my PhD in Statistics from University of Turku in 2018 under the supervision of Hannu Oja, Klaus Nordhausen and Bing Li. In 2018-2019 I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis in Aalto University School of Science and received also the title of docent from there. Between 2019-2022 I worked as an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher first in Aalto and later in Turku.

Since September 2022 I have been working at Department of Mathematics in the dual role of Academy Research Fellow and Assistant Professor (with specialization in the theoretical foundations of statistics).


My current main research area is robust non-linear methodology, which I study under my Academy Research Fellow project. In addition, my research emphasizes the modification of classical multivariate methodology (such as PCA) to work under non-standard forms of data (images, function, spatial data) and the asymptotic theory related to these questions.


Between 2022-2027 my amount of teaching will be small because of my role as an Academy Research Fellow. However, I still teach, e.g, Advanced Multivariate Methods during this period.

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