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Erkki Oja (born 22 March 1948 in Helsinki) is a Finnish computer scientist and Aalto Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information and Computer Science at Aalto University School of Science.[1] He is recognized for developing Oja's rule, which is a model of how neurons in the brain or in artificial neural networks learn over time. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition and the IEEE, and a member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences.[2] He served as chairman of the European Neural Network Society between 2000 and 2005, and as the chairman of the Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering between 2007 and 2012.

Erkki Oja
Erkki Oja

(1948-03-22) 22 March 1948 (age 71)
Alma materHelsinki University of Technology
Known forOja's rule
AwardsMember of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (1992)
Fellow, International Association for Pattern Recognition (1994)
Fellow, IEEE (2000)
Knight of the White Rose of Finland (2006)
IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Neural Network Pioneer Award (2006)
Fellow, International Neural Network Society (2008)
Scientific career
FieldsMachine learning
Artificial neural networks
InstitutionsBrown University
Academy of Finland
University of Kuopio
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Lappeenranta University of Technology
Aalto University
Doctoral advisorTeuvo Kohonen


  1. ^ "News: Erkki Oja appointed as Aalto Distinguished Professor". Aalto University. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  2. ^ "MLSP Plenary Speakers". Retrieved 24 July 2017.

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