Parisa Piran

Parisa - Master's student in Data Analytics

Meet Parisa Piran, a current Master's degree student at the University of Turku and an UTUambassador 2023-2024!

"Hi! This is Parisa :)

I'm a second-year master's student in Data Analytics, studying Software Technology as my minor. Currently, I am working as a research assistant at the University of Turku using Transformer Neural Networks to predict the properties of materials. Additionally, I will use this research to support my thesis content. My research has been a thrilling journey so far. Being able to integrate and work with two research groups (Material and Computer) was not easy and there was much to learn in both fields, but receiving first baselines and results was truly rewarding.

My master’s in Data Analytics Program (MDP) at UTU is truly a Pandora's box of exciting intellectual challenges and groundbreaking knowledge. It stands out primarily for its innovative blend of Data Analytics and many other majors such as Material Engineering, Business Management, etc. The richness of our curriculum is especially shown by the hands-on experiences and real-life projects that enable students to develop a problem-solving mindset from day one.

As a 24-year-old student, my goal in life is to LIVE, ENJOY and EXPERIENCE. There are so many places to see and so many lessons to learn. I have a bucket list of places where I would like to travel to before reaching my 30s and I am eager to cross them one by one. I am also planning to pursue my PhD and dive even deeper in the field of Data Analytics. I am determined to make the most of my life and to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. I am ready to take on the world and to make my dreams come true.

Feel free to ask me questions about my time in Finland or my studies on any social media!"

Instagram: @parisa.p018 


Parisa's study experience:

Tell more about your programme and why you chose it!

For me, it all started with high school projects, and writing "hello world" in C++. Since then I have studied many various computer-related subjects, worked as a developer and now, seeing the impact of big data on our world, my interest has turned to data analytics.

What has been the most interesting course for you so far?

So far, my favorite course has been "Knowledge and Innovation Management", during which we analyze the way successful companies innovate and think like an entrepreneur. Since Data Analytics is a multi-disciplinary major, we often integrate with students from other majors. Currently, I am working on a product management project with a neuroscientist, a food development scientist and a material engineer. As a result, you can hear different perspectives and ideas from a variety of experts.

What are your future career plans?

These days, hot topics like machine learning and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing our world and advancing other fields as well. Therefore, I am determined to continue my studies at the PhD level later and enter the industry with a profound knowledge in my field of interest.

How does studying Data Analytics at UTU help you reach your career goals?

With a bachelor of Computer Science and years of coding experience, I was ready to apply my programming knowledge and skills in different fields and tackle real-world problems. Studying Data Analytics at UTU gave me the opportunity to integrate with variety of research groups and opened my eyes to innovative methods that are designed to solve real-world problems. I am now confident that I can make a positive difference in any career path I choose.

To whom would you recommend studying the MDP in ICT: Data Analytics?

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are used in groundbreaking research in many fields nowadays. Do you want to jump into the world where ChatGPT, DALL-E, Autonomous Deliveries are taking over? Here it is. The best part is that Data Analytics as a multi-diciplinary field gives you the opportunity to integrate and work with different research fields from history to material engineering, so it never gets monotonous nor boring.