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.


Guest lecture

by Prof. Sebastien Lefevre Tue 12.4.

Professor Sebastien Lefevre from University of South Brittany will give a talk on Multivariate morphological approaches applied to object detection and segmentation. The talk will be on Tue 12.4. and will begin at 13:00 in room 6532.


Journal Award

Charles E. Ives Journal Award to MVPR researchers

The Journal of Imaging Science and Technology (JIST) article by Tuomas Eerola from MVPR et al. was selected as the best article in 2010 by Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS & T). The article is related to the DigiQ project and introduces a new approach for print quality inspection. Ref: IS&T 2011 Honors and Awards.