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From Aalto exchange student to start-up entrepreneur and Ph.D.

NordSecMob graduate Vilen Looga defended his dissertation at Aalto in June. Earlier he had founded a start-up with his Aalto colleagues.

Vilen Looga, a computer science student from Tartu University, was inspired by a friend and Aalto University's good reputation to join the university as an exchange student. After a year of exchange studies, he decided to apply for the NordSecMob double-degree program, now known as SECCLO. He valued the multicultural environment, practical approach to studies, industry connections, and the opportunity to work as a summer trainee in a research group.


Vilen acquired valuable skills such as presentation, communication, and teamwork during his studies. Instead of joining the industry after graduation, he chose to pursue a doctoral track and became a founder of the start-up VimAI, which is developing an application for indoor navigation. Alongside his doctoral studies, Vilen's role includes engineering work, data mining, data analytics, and business and customer relationship management. His dissertation focused on energy efficiency in large-scale Internet-of-Things networks. Vilen is happy with his studies and degree and wishes the best to current and future double-degree program students.

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