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2021-06-10

Funding from Academy of Finland for the FASTVISION-plus project

The FASTVISION-plus project continues the plankton recognition research using deep learning

LUT CVPRL has received funding from Acacedmy of Finland for the FASTVISION-plus project: Life in the fast lane: Revealing high-frequency plankton dynamics with multi-device imaging and open-set image classification. The FASTVISION-plus continues the research done in in the FASTVISION project.

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 combines 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 uses 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 are applied to experimental and field tests of key hypotheses in plankton community ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

The four-year project will start in September 1, 2021. 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.


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