Some personal history

Markku Sakkinen received the degrees of LuK (B.Sc.) in 1969, FK (M.Sc.) in 1971, and FL (Ph.Lic.) in 1972, all from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Jyväskylä. He worked in various positions at the university, at the Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics, and at the Computer Centre. He then worked for Valmet Corporation and Procons Corporation on technical computer applications, until returning to the university when he was appointed Laboratory Engineer in 1985. Here he acted as a Senior Assistant (or Assistant Professor) during the year 1990 and as a Professor (and vice-head of department) during the first half of 1992, in addition to the research assignments mentioned below.

Markku Sakkinen has participated in the following research projects funded by the Finnish Academy: Tools for software production (project leader Seppo Sippu) in 1987, Development of a modern database system (project leader Eljas Soisalon-Soininen) in 1988, and Object-oriented languages and techniques (project leader Kai Koskimies) in 1991. He has also been supported by the national postgraduate programmes in 1988 (computing technology) and 1989 (computer science). He was awarded his FT (Ph.D.) degree in Computer Science in 1992. His main research area is object-oriented systems, including both programming languages and databases. Later, another subject of interest has been UML, and most recently, software testing and quality assurance.

Dr. Sakkinen spent the latter half of the year 1992 as a self-financed researcher. From March 1993 to April 1994, he worked at the University of Frankfurt am Main (Germany), within the ESPRIT III project GOODSTEP (for Prof. Roberto Zicari). During the autumn term 1994 he acted as a Senior Assistant (or Assistant Professor) at the University of Joensuu, and during the spring term 1995 as an Associate Professor (and vice-head of department) at his home department. For the academic year 1995 - 1996 he was invited as a Guest Professor to the University of Linz (Austria), Department of Information Systems (Prof. Gerti Kappel). In Jyväskylä, he was appointed Associate Professor effective from July 1996, with programming and software engineering as the teaching area. The new Finnish university act renamed all Associate Professors to Professors in August 1998.

Markku Sakkinen has had the (honorary) position of Docent in Computer Science (object-oriented programming) at this department since 1994 (automatically terminated by the appointment as an Associate Professor), and at the University of Joensuu since 1996. He was the editor of the department's dissertation series from August 1996 until January 1999. He acted as the head of the department from November 1998 to August 1999. The academic year 1999 - 2000 he spent as a researcher at the Tampere University of Technology, Software Systems Laboratory, participating to some extent in the ATOS project.   From January 2002 to June 2003 he worked as a researcher at the  Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI)  of the University of Jyväskylä, in the KOTEVA project (Testing and quality assurance of components). He spent June 2005 as a visiting professor at the University of Nice – Sophia-Antipolis (France), at the I3S Laboratory. He acted as Vice-head of the department from December 2005 to August 2006.

Dr. Sakkinen has published several papers, as well as book and paper reviews, in international journals, newsletters and conference proceedings since 1987. He has been a programme committee member of the ECOOP (European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming) conference series from 1991 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2001, and of some minor conferences. He has refereed papers for several international conferences and journals. Dr. Sakkinen has given guest lectures both in Finland and at foreign universities, as well as a lecture on Finnish national broadcasting (YLE). He served on the board of the Finnish Association for Computer Science (Tietojenkäsittelytieteen Seura) for three years, 1993 - 1995.

Markku Sakkinen was the Organising Chairperson of ECOOP'97. He was elected as a member to AITO (Association Internationale pour les Technologies Objets) in Summer 1998, and he acted as the moderator of their e-mail list "ecoop-info" from 1999 to 2004. His hobbies and leisure time activities include, at least in theory, music (particularly piano and harpsichord playing), languages (most recently Hungarian), and family life.

Markku Sakkinen was one of the organisers of  a workshop on inheritance at ECOOP 2002, and of the MASPEGHI workshop on related topics at ECOOP 2004.


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