News

2012-07-20

SILK Elsemay Björn Symposium

SILK organises a half-day symposium on state-of-the-art topics in ophthalmology

SILK Research and Development Center for Ophthalmic Innovations invites all interested researchers to participate this year's SILK Elsemay Björn Symposium on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 12:00 in Tampere. For more information, see the News from SILK.


2012-07-18

Call for applications

MVPR is looking for a doctoral student to work in the ReVision project

(Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is a university specialising in technology and business studies in South East Finland with approximately 6000 students and 1000 staff members. The Machine Vision and Pattern Recognition Laboratory (MVPR) in the Department of Information Technology in LUT is active in research of computer and machine vision including medical image processing and analysis.

The Machine Vision and Pattern Recognition Laboratory is looking for

a Doctoral Student

to carry out research on medical image processing and analysis methods for retinal images.

Tasks

The candidate will work in the research project Re-Engineering Retinal Imaging with Photonics and Computational Science (ReVision) funded by the Academy of Finland. The project has strong national (the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Tampere) and international (the University of Birmingham and Tokyo Institute of Technology) collaboration. The research focus of MVPR will be on appropriate collection and processing of expert information and on the usage of image information for automatic and semi-automatic diagnosis of eye diseases.

Requirements

The position requires a higher university degree from a suitable discipline such as Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning, and motivation to complete the doctoral degree within the target time of 3.5 years. In addition, the candidate is required to present a postgraduate study plan and a research plan, which are approved at the beginning of the employment relationship (for the person appointed). Theoretical skills, knowledge of probabilistic models, and familiarity with medical imaging and image processing are considered as advantages. The candidate is also expected to have good programming skills, preferably in Matlab, and to be able to communicate fluently in English.

Employment

The objective for the doctoral student is to complete the doctoral degree in 3.5 years. The employment contract is fixed-term and the duration of the first term is one year. If the doctoral studies progress as planned and the results are as expected, the employment relationship may be continued for a second term lasting 2.5 years. The salary will be determined according to the university salary system for teaching and research personnel, job demand levels 1-4 (1747.01 - 2403.36 EUR/month). In addition, the salary will include an individual pay component based on the performance and competence, amounting to a maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific pay component.

Application and further information

Applications written in English should include the following:

  1. An application letter including the motivation.
  2. A curriculum vitae with contact details.
  3. A list of publications.
  4. Copies of the degree certificates of both the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees.
  5. The names and contact information (email) of at least two references, one of which is preferably the M.Sc. thesis advisor.
  6. An electronic copy of the M.Sc. thesis as a reasonably sized PDF file.

The applications must be sent by email (message subject: ReVision Doctoral Student) as a single PDF file (attachment filename: lastname_firstname.pdf) to kirjaamo (at) lut.fi by 10 August 2012 at 14:00 UTC.

For more information, contact Assoc. Prof. Lasse Lensu at firstname.lastname (at) lut.fi, tel. +358 40 7591720, MVPR.


2012-06-08

Funding for ReVision from Academy of Finland

The Academy of Finland decided to fund the project Re-Engineering Retinal Imaging with Photonics and Computational Science.

The consortium partners are the University of Eastern Finland (responsible institution; photonics) and the University of Tampere (ophthalmology). The project has strong international collaboration with the University of Birmingham and Tokyo Institute of Technology.

ReVision is a multidisciplinary research project focusing on improving retinal imaging, image processing, and computational analysis of the image data to enable efficient automatic and semi-automatic methods for eye health. Retinal imaging is commonly used in ophthalmology and digital retinal cameras are in wide use in the western health care, for example, for the screening of diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. With the proposed research, the current clinical practices are challenged by claiming that through the adoption of spectral imaging techniques, it is possible to significantly improve the examination of the eye when compared to the existing photographic systems based on grey-level and RGB imaging. Spectral imaging can be the missing part in the development of accurate and reliable methods for automatic monitoring and screening.

The project will begin in September 2012. The principal investigator of LUT is Assoc. Prof. Lasse Lensu.