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Curriculum Vitae

Name: Risto Kupsala
Birthdate: Aug 4, 1979


Master of Science, Finnish language and literature

  • Minor in General Linguistics
  • University of Oulu, Finland
  • Sep 2021 – May 2023

Master of Science, Computer science

  • Minors in Mathematics and Education
  • University of Oulu, Finland
  • Sep 2002 – May 2008


Senior Software Engineer

  • Company: Elektrobit Automotive
  • Location: Oulu, Finland
  • 2019 – now
  • I have worked as a software architect for Adaptive AUTOSAR software in Time Synchronization, Execution Management and Platform Health Management teams.

Senior Software Engineer

  • Company: Nokia
  • Location: Oulu, Finland
  • 2005 – 2019
  • I worked as a tester, programmer, software architect and team leader for 3G and 4G (LTE) software in Local Operations and Management and Layer 2 teams.

Language consultant

  • Project: Suonsilmä (Eye of Fen), a 20-minute short film for ELO Film School in Aalto University
  • Feb 2022 – May 2022
  • I translated the dialogue of the entire film into Samboka, an imaginary, constructed Finno-Ugric language.


Linguistic articles

Kupsala, R. 2017. Pandunia, a global contact language. Interlinguistica Tartuensis 10, 181-185.



Created languages

  • Pandunia: An evenly global auxiliary language. It is an ongoing project that involves many people.
  • Panglo or Panglobish: An offshoot of Pandunia that uses words from English in the core vocabulary
  • Samboka: A Finno-Ugric conlang that was used in the shortfilm Suonsilmä.