Tuomas Sandholm is Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University as well as a serial entrepreneur. Tuomas is visiting Aalto University where he is giving a talk on "Modern Dynamic Kidney Exchanges". In kidney exchanges, patients with kidney disease can obtain compatible donors by swapping their own willing but incompatible donors. Sandholm has developed with his colleagues the first algorithm capable of clearing these exchanges optimally on a US-nationwide scale.
Sandholm is one of the most highly cited Finnish Computer Scientists. In 2003, Sandholm received the prestigeous Computers and Thought Award. The award is presented at IJCAI conferences to outstanding young scientists in the area of artificial intelligence. He was recognized for his contributions to computational economics and the theory and practice of negotiation and coalition formation among computationally bounded agents. He is also a recipient of the NSF Career Award, the inaugural ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and the Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence.
Sandholm was also visiting the Cognitive Systems research group. Tuomas Sandholm and Timo Honkela collaborated in early 1990s when they both were at VTT in Finland and before Sandholm moved to USA. They coauthored an article on Machine Learning for the Finnish AI Encyclopedia in 1993.