Lars Borin (Språkbanken, Institutionen för svenska språket, University of Göteborg, Sweden) and as the custos Professor Emeritus Erkki Oja, Aalto University. Among other things, professor Borin is the director of SWE-CLARIN, the sister organization of FIN-CLARIN, directed by Dr. Krister Lindén. Thesis advisor has been Dr. Krista Lagus who is the originator of the Morfessor method with Dr. Mathias Creutz. Morfessor was introduced as an unsupervised method for discovery of morphological segmentation of words in a data-driven manner. Dr. Creutz defended his thesis on this topic in 2006. Dr. Sami Virpioja extended the scope and the method. He defended his thesis "Learning Constructions of Natural Language: Statistical Models and Evaluations" in 2012.
In the evening party, the opponent and I realized that we had met in a conference already quite some time ago. First we thought it would have beeen in Gothenburg but adterwards I realized it must have been a conference in Copenhagen in 1987. At that time, we both had a shared interest on morphology. As a young researcher I got the idea that one could try to learn morphological analysis rules through inductive inference. Almost thirty years ago the attempt did not give convincing results. Therefore, from a personal point of view, it has been a pleasure to see how substantial developements have taken place.