Call for summer trainees

LUT Information Technology has opened a call for applications for summer trainee positions


Hyvät Tietotekniikan laitoksen opiskelijat

Haemme kesätyöntekijöitä - hausta tarkemmin alla.


Dear LUT Information Technology students

LUT Information Technology is seeking for talented students to work as summer trainees in the summer 2012. We expect that you have performed well in your studies in the Department of Information Technology at LUT, are interested in information and communication technologies/science, and are intrigued to learn more about scientific research work.

If you are interested, please prepare:

  1. a free-form application where you describe yourself, your experience, skills and your interests (max. 2 pages),
  2. Curriculum Vitae (max. 3 pages) and
  3. an official record of your passed courses.

On the cover page of your application, list the research areas of the Department in the order of your preference. The possible areas are: i) communications software (contact person jari.porras (aet), ii) machine vision and pattern recognition (contact person ville.kyrki (aet), and iii) software engineering (contact person kari.smolander (aet) More information about the research topics can be found on our web pages (

Deliver the application material to the department's secretary Tarja Nikkinen, room 2408, AND send a verification e-mail to ville.kyrki (aet) The deadline for the applications is Friday, 30 March 2012 at 12:00 EET.

The contact persons of the laboratories are happy to answer any questions.

On behalf of LUT Information Technology

Ville Kyrki
Jari Porras
Kari Smolander


Funding for Augmented Reality Project

MVPR researchers got funding for their project AuReStudio - Augmented Reality Film Studio.

The AuReStudio project is related to modern augmented reality technologies and especially applying them to real broadcasts in television. During the project new technology will be developed and it will be evaluated in real studio environment. The project will be conducted in collaboration with audio and media professionals and the results will be used in research, teaching and to provide modern solutions to companies. The project will begin in January 2012. The principal investigator of the project is Prof. Joni-Kristian Kamarainen.


Award to the Ville Kangas's Master's thesis

The Finnish Society for Computer Science honorary mention to the Ville Kangas's Master's thesis

The Finnish Society for Computer Science (Tietojenkäsittelytieteen seura ry) awarded Ville Kangas's Master's thesis "Comparison of Local Feature Detectors and Descriptors for Visual Object Categorization" with honorary mention and grant. The thesis was supervised by Professor Joni-Kristian Kamarainen and researcher Jukka Lankinen and it introduced novel evaluation methodology for local feature detectors and descriptors.


Funding from Academy of Finland

Academy of Finland awarded a grant for project Symbol Grounding under Uncertain Measurements.

Academy of Finland awarded a grant for MVPR's project "Symbol Grounding under Uncertain Measurements". The project will study how to connect bottom-up signal processing and pattern recognition with high-level artificial intelligence and inference. The main problem is how to build intelligent systems which could learn new concepts based on their own experience, by grounding low-level signal phenomena to relevant higher level symbolic concepts, without requiring these symbols to be explicitly defined by a human. Service robots of the future will need the capability of acting in environments which are not known in advance. To plan and complete tasks in such an environment, inference on symbolic level is necessary. Thus, the symbol grounding capability is essential for the development of the future robot systems. The project will begin in January 2012. The principal investigator of the project is Prof. Ville Kyrki.


Funding for the PulpVision project

Research funding for visual inspection in pulping using machine vision was continued for two years by Tekes

The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES) granted funding for the MVPR's project "Imaging and machine vision applications in the wet stage of the pulp and paper production" (PulpVision). The PulpVision project is funded by Tekes, European Union, and participating companies, and it is a consortium project with University of Eastern Finland (UEF), University of Oulu, and Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences. Prof. Heikki Kälviäinen is the project leader and Dr. Tuomas Eerola is the project manager. The first part of the project was in 2010-2011, and now it was obtained funding for 2012-2013. The goal of the project is to develop novel vision-based solutions for the quality assessment and management in pulping.

As a part of the continuation project, doctoral student Nataliya Strokina will visit Center for Machine Perception (CMP) in Czech Technical University in Praha from February 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012. The visit will be hosted by Professor Jiri Matas who is the main collaborator from CMP in the project.


International research period

Prof. Kälviäinen from MVPR was selected in the LUT's first call for the professors' sabbatical research periods

LUT opened first time the call for the professors' sabbatical research periods. Professor Kälviäinen from MVPR was selected by the LUT rector, and he will spend his research period from January 2012 to April 2013 in the following high-level research groups: in Center for Machine Perception (CMP) in Czech Technical University, Department of Computer Graphics and Multimedia (DCGM) in Brno University of Technology, and Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) in University of Surrey. The aim of the visits is to continue and promote the existing research collaboration.

The visits will be hosted by Professor Jiri Matas in CMP, Vice Dean Associate Professor Pavel Zemcik in DCGM, and Professor Josef Kittler in CVSSP.


Unsupervised visual object categorisation

Teemu Kinnunen successfully defended his PhD thesis "Bag-of-features approach to unsupervised visual object categorisation"

MVPR researcher Teemu Kinnunen successfully defended his PhD thesis which introduced new methods for unsupervised visual object categorisation. The opponents were Professor Tinne Tuytelaars from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and Docent, Dr. Jorma Laaksonen from Aalto University, Finland. The thesis was supervised by Professor Heikki Kälviäinen, Professor Joni Kämäräinen, and Docent, Dr. Lasse Lensu, and the study was carried out in the VisiQ project funded by the Academy of Finland. See the publication page for PDF. Congratulations to Teemu!


Grasping T-ROBOT

Results on tactile robot grasping published in IEEE Transactions on Robotics

MVPR researchers Janne Laaksonen and Ville Kyrki have, together with international collaborators, published results how robots can estimate grasp stability using tactile sense in IEEE Transactions on Robotics. The article is related to the GRASP project supported by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. Article is available in IEEE Xplore.


IAPR governing board membership

Prof. Heikki Kälviäinen from MVPR was reselected to the IAPR governing board

Professor Kälviäinen from MVPR was reselected to represent Pattern Recognition Society of Finland in the governing board of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). Prof. Kälviäinen has been a member of the board since 2006. Finland's other representative is Professor Janne Heikkilä from University of Oulu.

IAPR is an international association of non-profit, scientific or professional organizations (being national, multi-national, or international in scope) concerned with pattern recognition, computer vision, and image processing in a broad sense. IAPR is one of the leading networks for international co-operation in the research field.


Research visits

MVPR researchers are visiting Czech Technical University

Professor Kälviäinen from MVPR is visiting Center for Machine Perception (CMP) in Czech Technical University in Praha until October, 2011. In addition, doctoral student Nataliya Strokina from MVPR is joining the visit for April 27, 2011 - May 3, 2011. The aim of the visits is to promote the existing research collaboration between MVPR and CMP.

The visits are hosted by Professor Jiri Matas. CMP is an intenationally acknowledged top-level vision group which has hosted, for example, ECCV.