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Thesis work at Variantum

Jaakko and Patrik are working on their master's theses in the research and development team. They tell that the process of writing a thesis has been mostly independent and self-driven work.

Jaakko and Patrik are working on their master's theses in the research and development team at Variantum and are here to tell you about their experience.

Jaakko studies mathematics at Aalto university and likes to spend his free time by running, playing chess, and growing chilies. Jaakko's thesis aims to simplify the model creation process by detecting redundant structures and contradictions.

Patrik studies system analysis and computer science at Aalto university. His hobbies include circus, dancing, developing games, and as a recent addition, disc golf. Patrik's goal for the thesis is to design a repair suggestion system for sales configurators. The aim is to be able to guide through complex dead-ends by providing concrete repair suggestions.

The process of writing a thesis has been mostly independent and self-driven work but has also been heavily supported by our advisors and supervisors with recurring meetings. Due to the nature of independent work, it’s sometimes difficult to identify the best course of action. Even though our topics require some mathematics, they are mainly software engineering projects, which makes finding proper literature a challenge. It is common to end up combining multiple sources, since the topics are usually quite unique, and thus, finding the perfect solution from a single paper can be an impossible task. 

Writing a thesis is sometimes an emotional rollercoaster. At times, the process is easy and goes according to your plans, but at other times the progress halts completely or even goes backwards. Some days the best progress you made is finding a good new coffee brand you tried for the first time. It is our first time managing a project of this magnitude and complexity, so everything won’t go as planned. 

Variantum has provided a good foundation and support for the thesis project. We didn’t need to start from scratch, since our solutions are modules built on top of existing systems of Variantum’s products. 

As a tip for future thesis writers, we recommend not to be too harsh on yourself. Even though it is your graduating project, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Just do it, and don’t think about the results too much. 

Coffee fumed cheers, 

Jaakko & Patrik