Arash Hajikhani

D.Sci. (Tech.), Senior Data Scientist

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Dr. Arash Hajikhani is a Research Team Leader in the Foresight and data economy area at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Adjunct Professor at LUT University (Finland). Dr. Hajikhani's research focuses on innovation and technology management with a particular focus on quantitative and data-driven methods for measuring and assessing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) systems. His prior research has been funded by the European Commission via H2020, Foundation for Economic Education, Research Foundation of Lappeenranta University of Technology. He worked as Visiting Scholar at The Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research facilitates, Stanford University and The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business.

He has practical knowledge and ten years of working experience in utilizing data analytics methods such as text analytics, network analysis and machine learning to transform big data into valuable insight that benefits the decision-making processes. He has been working and publishing on various aspects of utilizing novel and large data sources to design informative metrics on economical, societal, and technological shifts. His work in promoting automated and algorithmic use of data for spotting technological change and innovation systems has been published in top-tier journals such as Scientometrics, Journal of Business Research, Association for Computing Machinery and Journal of Cleaner Production as well as open-source code repositories.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Doctor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT

May 2014Oct 2018

Award Date: 22 Oct 2018

Doctorate, Visiting Scholar Stanford University (Scandinavian Center for Organizational Studies), Palo Alto, CA (United States), Stanford University

Dec 2016Jul 2017

Doctorate, Visiting scholar Georgia Tech University (Sheller Business School), Atlanta, GA. (United States), Georgia Institute of Technology

Jul 2016Nov 2016

Master, Master of Science M. Sc. (Tech.) in Industrial Engineering and Management, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT

Aug 2011Nov 2013

Master, Master of Science (Erasmus Exchange), Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

Sept 2012Apr 2013

Skills and expertise

  • Data Science
  • Impact Assessment
  • Innovation Management
  • Innovation Measurement
  • Innovation Policy
  • Innovation Systems
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Bibliometrics
  • Technological Change
  • Patent Data
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Text Analytics
  • Statistics
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Python
  • R
  • Strategic Foresight


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