Imaging at Tampere University
Several decades of interdisciplinary excellence in imaging
Imaging at Tampere University connects technology, health and society. It makes a global impact with new imaging materials and computational methods.
Imaging research and education is progressive, from strong fundamental research through innovations to applications with high societal relevance such as tomography, microscopy, automation, safety, and mobile and immersive imaging.
Imaging: more than meets the eye
Imaging is a transdisciplinary and fast-developing endeavor. It involves physics of light and other electromagnetic waves, optical materials and structures, sensors transforming light into electrical and digital signals, comprehensive signal processing methods to enable computational image formation, restoration, and automated analysis and interpretation.
Modern imaging is heavily based on new physical principles, sophisticated mathematical models, as well as powerful computing platforms that enable real-time processing of an ever greater amount of data.
Professor of Materials Science, Vice Dean for Research, Head of the Materials Characterization group and Tampere Microscopy Center Research interests: electron microscopy, diffraction techniques, materials characterization
Associate Professor (tenure track) in Computer Engineering, Head of the Customized Parallel Computing (CPC) Group and Virtual-reality and Graphics Architectures (VGA) group Research interests: customized co-processor design and compilation flow and heterogeneous parallel computing runtimes, photorealistic graphics rendering techniques for real-time.
Academy of Finland Research Fellow, BioMediTech Research interests: light and fluorescence microscopy techniques, super-resolution microscopy, live cell and tissue imaging
Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Head of the Production Systems and Technologies research group. Research interests are in manufacturing ICT and digitalisation, industrial robotics and human-robot collaboration, Re- and de-manufacturing in the framework of circular economy and life-long learning in technology rich environments.
Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Cooperative Control; Head of the Intelligent Networked Systems (IINES) group. Research interests include control theory and optimization with main applications to networked cyber-physical-human systems.
Studying Imaging at Tampere University
Imaging is covered in several Master and Doctoral programmes at Tampere University.
Master's Degree Programmes
TAU Imaging Research Platform
The Imaging Platform is a six year Academy project (PROFI 6), the aim of which is to supercharge the image-based scientific investigation in TAU via offering advanced imaging as a service across different disciplines and industries. The Imaging Platform supports projects of two categories: advanced imaging as service for TAU research community and research collaboration on “Light Transport” (coupling advanced photonics components with computational imaging algorithms and efficient computer graphics rendering). Prof. Alessandro Foi leads this project.
Centre for Immersive Visual Technologies (CIVIT)
CIVIT is a research infrastructure unit at Hervanta Campus in Tampere University. CIVIT provides research facilities and expertise in the sectors of visual content creation and representation of visual data, advanced displays, spatial measurements and processing, and user experience. CIVIT offers services for researchers, students and companies.
Computational Imaging and Digital Holography Laboratory
Computational imaging and digital holography laboratory is an ICT research infrastructure with the aim to serve both research and teaching toward computational imaging, and especially toward quantitative phase imaging, which is of great interest for investigators, and particularly for biologists due to provided objective measure of morphology and dynamics of living tissue, with no sample preparation and free in variability because of the absence of contrast agents.
Tampere Microscopy Center (TMC)
Tampere Microscopy Center (TMC) provides instruments, training and services for researchers in Tampere University, in other research institutes and in industry. Our goal is to train our users to work independently and offer support to help them become experts.
Tampere Imaging Facility (TIF)
The facility offers state-of-the-art equipment for mesoscopic and high-resolution imaging of tissues, small model organisms, biomaterials, tissue engineering products and advanced cell cultures both in 2D and 3D thus offering services for both life scientists and biomedical engineers. TIF provides training for users, organizes imaging related courses and actively participates in teaching at Tampere University. Users have the possibility to plan and conduct the experiments and data analysis together with the core personnel.
Tampere University Hospital Imaging Centre
Tampere University Hospital Imaging Centre performs imaging studies and treatment procedures related to them. Imaging can be used in the diagnosis of diseases. The centre also analyzes different vital functions, sleep and alertness as well as electrical brain activity.
TAUCHI Research Center
Through constructive and experimental research, TAUCHI aims to obtain a profound understanding of the phenomena that affect and regulate human-technology interaction, to apply this knowledge in creating better ways of interaction, particularly utilizing less used modalities, and to improve the quality of life and inclusion of select user groups (including mobile users, physically challenged users, visually impaired, children and elderly people), enabling their use of information and communication technology. TAUCHI is led by Roope Raisamo.
Industry and Innovation
Tampere features one of the strongest imaging ecosystems in Europe. Many cutting-edge camera technologies are continuously introduced and refined by private R&D, Tampere University and its spin-offs; a substantial part of these success stories is due to the effective collaboration of industry and academia.
The roots of this ecosystem yield from the early 2000s, when the first mobile-phone cameras and their imaging algorithms were developed in Nokia Tampere labs, while a generation of world-class imaging scientists were trained within the three successive Centre of Excellences in Signal Processing of Tampere University of Technology.
Tampere Imaging Ecosystem
Tampere tops the list of imaging competence clusters, thus attracts companies from around the world. Imaging Tampere business ecosystem stimulates R&D activities of products, solutions and services related to digital imaging. The network brings together companies, talent and research in the field, enabling new business and innovations.
Photo by Mirella Mellonmaa, Business Tampere