Professor Kuldar Taveter
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About me

Born on 27 March 1965 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Estonia is a small country in Northern Europe next to Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Russia. Estonia has 1.4 million inhabitants. Its capital is Tallinn. Estonia now forms a part of the European Union, as well as of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Estonian language belongs to the Fenno-Ugric language group. It is related to Finnish and Hungarian but not to Russian or any other Slavic or Indo-European language.


Language skills

Estonian - Mother tongue  
English   - High level Russian - Intermediate level
Finnish   - High level German - Basic level
 

Some major colleagues and research partners

Research interests

My reearch interests are agent-oriented analysis, modelling , simulation, and prototyping of complex sociotechnical systems, based on the following book by MIT Press:
Leon Sterling and Kuldar Taveter. (2009). The Art of Agent-Oriented Modeling. Cambridge, MA, and London, England: MIT Press. For more information, please check the book homepage.
At the Department of Software Science of Tallinn University of Technology I am leading the research group called the Laboratory of Socio-Technical Systems. The activities of my research group are currently focused on the application areas of e-government, smart cities, crisis management, and fusion of environmental information.
 

Media appearances

I am interested in (technological) innovation and promoting it in Estonia and more broadly. Some of my thoughts about this topic are available in the following media appearances:
  • An interview in 2010 for the Estonian innovation magazine (in Estonian)
  • An interview in 2011 by the weekly "Free Times" newspaper of Columbia, USA (in English)
  • An opinion article in 2014 about the need for research in e-goverment in Estonia instead of continuing with an ad-hoc approach (in Estonian)
  • A news item (in English) and the Estonian TV news clip (in Estonian) in 2015 about a prototypical simulation system for professionals created in the EU FP7 CRISMA project to carry out computer-based trainings for coping with natural crises
  • A short opinion article in 2016 on how to bring Estonian e-government closer to people (in Estonian)
  • An opinion article in 2017 about the need to prepare good systems analysts instead of thousands of new programmers (in Estonian)
  • A TV clip in 2017 on the need for citizen-friendly proactive services of e-government (in Estonian) that was in the air on the Estonian Morning TV program
  • An appearance in a radio program by the Estonian National Broadcasting Company in 2017 on the need for systematic problem domain analysis (in Estonian)
  • An opinion article in 2017 with Professor Tanel Kerikmäe on how to grant ethical and law-abiding nature of artificial intelligence (in Estonian)
  • Three recommendations on how to achieve faster Estonian-speaking artificial intelligence that appeared at the news portal of the Estonian National Broadcasting Company in 2018 (in Estonian)
  • A TV clip in 2018 on Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology for the Estonian main TV news program (in Estonian)
  • Appearance in a TV clip and news item by the Delfi portal in 2018 on how artificial intelligence will influence our lives (in Estonian)

What is really important for me?

I am a Christian, and believe in salvation through only Jesus Christ. In Estonia I and my wife are graduate members of the Estonian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (in Estonian), forming a part of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. In Finland we belonged to the International Evangelical Church and in Australia to St John's Anglican Church at West Brunswick, Melbourne. To learn more about its previous pastor (priest) Reverend Howard Langmead, see here.

I am married to Siiri and we have two daughters: Eliise Marie and
Sanne Sigrid.

Here I am with my family in Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia near Melbourne (2005)
© Kuldar Taveter 2018