Department of Computer Science
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Tomi Männistö

Professor, D.Sc. (Tech.)

Software Engineering

tomi. mannisto [at] helsinki. fi


Empirical Software Engineering

We have a research group called Empirical Software Engineering Research Group at the University of Helsinki. We address software engineering research problems and challenges with industrial relevance or origin. We emphasise the empirical aspect of the research, in particular by applying research methods that enable us gaining deep understanding of software development. 

We also have a blog at and tweet as SE_Helsinki.

My own core research areas include software architectures and conceptual modelling of variability, e.g., in knowledge-based configuration, software product families and extreme continuous experimentation. Recently, there has been interesting research in self-awareness, e.g., that of collaborating robots, that goes into the intersection of software architectures and computational creativity.

For more info check the links below

ESE web

The main web pages of our ESE research Group

Go there

ESE blog

Some stuff we have been writing about our doings

Read more

ESE projects

Descriptions of our ongoing research projects

Take a look

ESE publications

Selected highlights from our publications with a link to the full list

Something to read

My stuff at uni

My work at University of Helsinki Research Portal, since I've moved here

My UH stuff

Google Scholar

My own publication with some data are obviously also there

Ask Google


Some more of my professional info, also beyond the academia

Get linked


I am in the International Software Engineering Research Network


Instructions to Students

Scientific Writing

Short guide of ESE for writing in software engineering

Check it out

MSc Thesis

My experience-based piece of advice for a thesis student 

Start here

Thesis topics

In addition to department wiki, we have our own list of thesis topic areas

Get inspired

Office hours

I do not have fixed office hours, so just email me

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My earlier activies

Hobbies and Interests

I love travelling, especially with my wife Satu. We have been to many places and still desire for more. This hobby of ours is not unrelated with our interest in cooking and eating well. I also like photography, including documenting the places we go to, but I sometimes like to do some more abstract stuff. I hold a radio amateur license and my call sign is OH2NEM (been QRT for some time, though:-(