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2019-09-02

Academy of Finland project FASTVISION started

The FASTVISION project recognizes plankton types using deep learning

The FASTVISION project "Life in the fast lane: computer vision and machine learning to unveil biodiversity dynamics and ecosystem responses in the planktonic realm" funded by Academy of Finland started at LUT CVPRL.

Plankton community ecology and ecosystem research is currently greatly hampered by the bottleneck of acquiring species-level information from the communities due to the slow analysis process with traditional microscopy methods. The FASTVISION consortium will combine front-line plankton imaging instrumentation and taxonomic expertise of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and the computer vision and image analysis excellence of the LUT University (LUT CVPRL). The project will use digitized microscopy images of plankton provided by novel automated imaging instruments, to train image recognition software for species identification using efficient machine learning approaches that produce interoperable data across instruments and habitats. This big data of plankton community composition with an unprecedented high resolution will be applied to experimental and field tests of key hypotheses in plankton community ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

The two-year project was started in September 1, 2019. The principal investigator at LUT is Prof. Heikki Kälviäinen and the project manager is Adjunct Professor, Dr. Tuomas Eerola. See the FASTVISION project page for more information.


2019-09-01

New heads of the laboratory and the department

Prof. Kälviäinen is the new head of CVRPL and Prof. Lensu the new head of the department

Prof. Heikki Kälviäinen has started from September 1, 2019 as the new head of Computer Vision and Pattern Recogntion Laboratory (CVPRL).

The previous head Prof. Lasse Lensu has started from September 1, 2019 as Head of Department of Computational and Process Engineering (CAPE). CVPRL thanks Prof. Lensu for all those great years he has been serving as the head of CVPRL.


2019-05-13

Aidin Hassanzadeh's defense May 20, 2019

Examination of M.Sc. (Tech.) Aidin Hassanzadeh's doctoral dissertation

M.Sc. (Tech.) Aidin Hassanzadeh will defend his thesis

Advanced Techniques for Unsupervised Classification of Remote Sensing Hyperspectral Images

Monday May 20, 2019 at 10 am at University of Texas, Austin, USA. The public examination will be streamed live to the conference room 2411 at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, Lappeenranta, Finland on the same day as above, at 6 pm.

Professor Dietrich Paulus from University of Koblenz-Landau from Germany and Assistant Professor Philipp Krähenbühl from University of Texas at Austin from USA will serve as the opponents. Professor Heikki Kälviäinen from Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Laboratory (CVPR) from LUT will act as the custos. The supervisors of the doctoral thesis are Associate Professor, Dr. Arto Kaarna from CVPR and Dr. Tuomo Kauranne from Uncertainty Quantification and Inverse Problems Laboratory from LUT.

Hassanzadeh's thesis is the 39th doctoral dissertation from CVPR.

The research has been carried out in the COMPHI project (funded by LUT Graduate School).

All interested ones are cordially welcome to follow the defense!


2019-05-08

Name changed: CVPR from MVPR

Computer Vision and Pattern Recogntion (CVPR) is the new name of the laboratory

The name of the laboratory has been changed to Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR).

Now the name of the laboratory is the same as the name of the master's level major.

Previously CVPR was called as Machine Vision and Pattern Recogntion (MVPR).


2019-04-25

EU-CBC project CoExist started

The CoExist project helps the Saimaa and Ladoga ringed seals to survive

The new EU CBC project "Towards sustainable coexistence of seals and humans" aims to help the local ringed seals. MVPR is responsible for developing novel seal monitoring tools via computer vision. Lake Ladoga in Russia and Lake Saimaa in Finland are inhabited by endangered endemic ringed seal population. Nowadays, the major threats for both seals are related to human activities and exaggerated by growing effects of climate change. Interactions between nature conservation needs and local socio-economic interests are complex and controversial, and form various trade-offs, which are difficult to solve on local level. For instance, the conflict between seals and fisheries in both lakes have existed for decades.

The project includes collaboration with University of Eastern Finland (lead partner), Interregional charitable public organisation Biologists for nature conservation from Russia, and The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, South Karelia division.

The three-year project was started at MVPR in April 1, 2019. The principal investigator is Prof. Heikki Kälviäinen and the project manager is Adjunct Professor, Dr. Tuomas Eerola.

See the CoExist project page for further information.


2019-01-10

Two new post docs started at MVPR

Dr. Kuronen and Dr. Zafari started as post docs

Dr. Toni Kuronen and Dr. Sahar Zafari started as post docs at MVPR from the beginning of the year 2019.

Welcome to continue your academic careers!

Dr. Toni Kuronen works in the DIGI-USER Platform (Smart services for digitalisation).

Dr. Sahar Zafari works in the CellVision project (Automatic segmentation of overlapping objects for cell image analysis).


2018-12-10

Toni Kuronen's defense Dec 13, 2018

Examination of M.Sc. (Tech.) Toni Kuronen's doctoral dissertation

M.Sc. (Tech.) Toni Kuronen successfully defended his thesis

Moving Object Analysis and Trajectory Processing with Applications in Human-Computer Interaction and Chemical Processes

on Thursday December 13, 2018 at noon in Auditorium 2310 at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT).

The opponents were professor Pavel Zemcik from Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic and associate professor Joni Kämäräinen from Tampere University of Technology. The custos was professor Lasse Lensu from Machine Vision and Pattern Recognition Laboratory (MVPR).

The research has been carried out in the COPEX project (funding by the Academy of Finland; collaboration with Visual Cognition Research Group at University of Helsinki) and in the PORLIS project (funding by the Academy of Finland; collaboration with professor Tuomas Koiranen's group at LUT). The thesis is the 38th doctoral dissertation from MVPR.


2018-11-19

Sahar Zafari's defense Nov 29, 2018

Examination of M.Sc. (Tech.) Sahar Zafari's doctoral dissertation

M.Sc. (Tech.) Sahar Zafari will defend her thesis

Segmentation of Partially Overlapping Convex Objects in Silhouette Images

Thursday November 29, 2018 at 10 am at University of Texas, Austin, USA. The public examination will be streamed live to the conference room 2411 at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Lappeenranta, Finland on the same day as above, at 6 pm.

Professor Matti Pietikäinen from University of Oulu will serve as the opponent. Professor Heikki Kälviäinen from Machine Vision and Pattern Recognition Laboratory (MVPR) from LUT will act as the custos.

Zafari's thesis is the 37th doctoral dissertation from MVPR.

The research has been carried out in the COMPHI project (funded by LUT Graduate School) and in the CellVision project (funded by Academy of Finland). The both projects include international collaboration with the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) led by Professor Alan C. Bovik.

All interested ones are cordially welcome to follow the defense!


2018-08-23

Assoc. Prof. Radim Kolar from Czech Republic visit to MVPR

Assoc. Prof. Kolar from Brno University of Technology building collaboration

Assoc. Prof. Radim Kolar from Brno University of Technology (BUT), Czech Republic visited MVPR on 20-23 August 2018. During the visit, he gave a presentation about the retinal research activities in BUT with the focus on retinal video imaging and image processing. Meetings with the research consortium partners for retinal imaging and image analysis were also arranged in Tampere and Joensuu.


2018-04-06

Pavel Vostatek's dissertation

Pavel Vostatek defended his dissertation successfully

MSc Pavel Vostatek defended his doctoral thesis "Blood Vessel Segmentation in the Analysis of Retinal and Diaphragm Images". The thesis is connected with a double doctoral degree (cotutelle agreement) and is also related to the previous project Re-Engineering Retinal Imaging with Photonics and Computational Science (ReVision) funded by the Academy of Finland.

The public examination was arranged on 6 April 2018 in the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), Czech Republic. The opponents of the examination were be Doc, PhD David Cuesta Frau from Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, Doc Ing, PhD Ludek Muller from University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic, and Professor Ulla Ruotsalainen from Tampere University of Technology, Finland (three opponents is the standard at CTU). Pavel Vostatek's supervisor at LUT, Professor Lasse Lensu, participated the public examination as the LUT representative.