Erasmus teacher exchange in UK

Prof. Kälviäinen visited University of Surrey

Professor Heikki Kälviäinen from MVPR visited University of Surrey in UK May 25, 2014 - May 30, 2014. He gave Erasmus teachers exchange lectures and visited several research groups related to digital image processing, machine vision, and pattern recognition. The visit advanced joint research and collaboration in international education.

The visit was hosted by Prof. Josef Kittler from Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) from Department of Department of Electronic Engineering.


TrafficVision project for monitoring condition of traffic signs

MVPR improving road maintenance using machine vision with Finnish Transport Agency (LIVI)

MVPR is expanding its application areas to road maintenance. The goal of the TrafficVision project is to support road maintenance, especially in the winter using digital image processing and analysis. The developed methods are used for Finnish Transport Agency (Liikennevirasto, LIVI) to improve their maintenance processes. This kind of machine vision solutions consist of the following tasks: imaging by a camera attached to a road maintenance vehicle, detection of a traffic sign, recognition of the detected traffic sign, and evaluation of the condition of the traffic sign. By automating current prartices, significant long-term financial savings are expected.


The project consists of the following personnell: Prof. Heikki Kälviäinen (principal investigator), Prof. Lasse Lensu, and research assistant Petri Hienonen.


Jukka Lankinen defended his thesis successfully

Examination of Dr. Jukka Lankinen's doctoral dissertation

Jukka Lankinen succesfully defended his thesis

Local Features in Image and Video Processing - Object Class Matching and Video Shot Detection

Thursday May 22, 2014 at 12 in Auditorium 1382.

Congratulations to Jukka!

Reader, Dr. Krystian Mikolajczyk from University of Surrey from UK and Docent, Dr. Esa Rahtu from University of Oulu from Finland served as the opponents. Jukka Lankinen's supervisor Professor Joni Kämäräinen from Machine Vision and Pattern Recognition Laboratory (MVPR) was the custos.

Further information: doctoral dissertation and media release


Visiting Lectures: Towards Realization of Mobile Devices for Semi-automatic Diagnosis of Melanoma from Skin

Dr. GholamHosseini from Auckland University of Technology introducing his research

Dr. Hamid GholamHosseini from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) from New Zealand will give a presentation

Towards Realization of Mobile Devices for Semi-automatic Diagnosis of Melanoma from Skin

Thursday April 10, 2014 at 15:00-16:00 in Room 2411.

Computer aided diagnosis of medical images can help physicians in better detecting and early diagnosis of many symptoms and therefore reducing the mortality rate. Realization of an efficient mobile device for semi-automatic diagnosis of melanoma would greatly enhance the applicability of medical image classification scheme and make it useful in clinical contexts. In this talk, digital image processing techniques as applied to skin lesion images will be discussed and efficient algorithms for filtering, segmentation, feature extraction and classification will be presented for discriminating melanoma from benign nevus images. Moreover, a platform for implementing the developed algorithms for realization of a hand held device for early diagnosis of melanoma will be discussed.

See the biography of the speaker below.


Professor Heikki Kälviäinen

Presenter: Dr. Hamid GholamHosseini received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Flinders University, Australia in 2002 and MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Tehran University, Iran. He has worked as a senior research lecturer and program leader of Biotronic Engineering at School of Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand since 2000 and as a visiting professor at different Universities in USA, Germany, China and Sweden. He has published more than 88 book chapters, journal papers and conference publications. His research interests include biomedical signal and image processing, embedded and reconfigurable systems, teleolfaction and telehealthcare monitoring systems.


Summer trainees selected

MVPR selected the summer trainees for 2014

MVPR selected Mikko Haavisto, Teemu Huovinen, and Kimmo Kerminen as summer trainees. Congratulations!

Head of MVPR, Prof. Heikki Kälviäinen is very happy see that also this year the selected trainess represent high-quality students of the degree program.


Research visits in New Zealand

Prof. Kälviäinen visited AU and AUT

Professor Heikki Kälviäinen from MVPR visited University of Auckland (AU) and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Feb 27, 2014 - March 18, 2014. He visited several research groups related to digital image processing, machine vision, and pattern recognition, and gave presentations about MVPR's research actitivies. The goal of the visit was to discuss about possibilities for vision-based research collaboration.

The visit was hosted by Professor Jari Kapio from Department of Mathematics from AU. Prof. Kaipio's research group is a member of the Academy of Finland's Center of Excellence in Inverse Problems to which LUT Department of Mathematics and Physics also belongs.


New Professor at MVPR

Dr. Lasse Lensu nominated to a full professorship

Dr. Lasse Lensu has been nominated as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering since March 1, 2014 for the period of five years. The field of the professorship is defined as Digital Imaging and Image Processing Applications.

Prof. Lensu has been working at MVPR for many years, recently as an Associate Professor, being involved with several research projects, academic leader postions, and doctoral and master student supervisions. Prof. Lensu has large and many-sided merits in education. His research inrerests include Medical Image Processing, Molecular Computing, and Computational Vision. See more information at Prof. Lensu's webpage.

MVPR congratulates the new professor!


Visiting Lectures: Structure Specification, Detection, and Verification

Dr. Radek Marik from Czech Technical University introducing his research

Dr. Radek Marik from Czech Technical University from Prague (CTU) will give a presentation

Structure Specification, Detection, and Verification

Wednesday February 12, 2014 at 15:30-16:30 in Room 1450.

In my talk I will focus on several aspects dealing with structural entities and how they can be processed using artificial intelligence methods, social network analysis and meta-programming. More specifically, I will make a brief overview of topics covered by research teams at the Department of Cybernetics and the Department of Telecommunications at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic. Then I will present interesting results in the projects I have been involved in the last 10 years. Software specification and its (semi)-automated development and testing or verification might be considered very interesting for those who deal with automation efforts of business and production processes. Then, I will show highlights of projects focused on structure detection of very large networks detected by lower processing methods as semantic entities from both static and dynamic view point.


Professor Heikki Kälviäinen


Researcher from Czech Republic in MVPR

Dr. Radek Marik enjoying his visit in MVPR

Dr. Radek Marik from Czech Technical University from Prague (CTU) is visiting MVPR Feb 8-16, 2014.

Dr. Radek will be teaching in the Pattern Recognition course, getting familiar with MVPR's research, and scanning collaboration possibilities.

Dr. Marik received a Ph.D. degree from Czech Technical University in 1993 about image segmention using region growing. Then he worked five years in University of Surrey at CVSSP, and later 14 years in the industry in Rockwell Automation and CA Technologies. In 2011 Dr. Marik returned back to the academic life in CTU.

Professor Heikki Kälviäinen is Dr. Marik's host.


Call for summer trainees

LUT Mathematics and Physics has opened a call for applications for summer trainee positions


Dear LUT students of mathematics, physics, and information technology (computer science, tietotekniikka),

LUT Mathematics and Physics is an inspiring and multidisciplinary unit carrying out top-level research at LUT. The department is seeking for motivated students to work as research trainees in the summer 2014. We expect that you have performed well in your studies in mathematics, physics, or information technology (computer science) at LUT, are interested in computational methods, intelligent computing, or technical physics, and are intrigued to learn more about scientific research work.

More information on the research topics is available on our web pages Department of Mathematics and Physics and Machine Vision and Pattern Recognition Laboratory. Contact, or directly a research group of your interest in case of further questions.

If you are interested, please submit the following documents as pdf files:

  1. A free-form application where you describe yourself and your skills, experience, motivation and interests (max. 2 pages).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (max. 3 pages).
  3. Transcript of records of your passed courses, showing also what is your major subject.
Send your application by email to (Department's secretary Ms. Riitta Laari). The deadline for the applications is Friday February 14, 2014 at 12:00 EET.

On behalf of the department

Lappeenranta January 28, 2014

Prof. Heikki Kälviäinen