CIVIT – Centre for Immersive Visual Technologies
CIVIT - Centre for Immersive Visual Technologies
CIVIT is a research infrastructure unit at Tampere University that provides facilities and expertise in the sectors of visual content creation and representation of visual data, advanced displays, spatial measurements and processing, and user experience.
Our services are for students, researchers and companies. CIVIT facilities and equipment can be used in different research projects, experiments and thesis work.
Facilities and Equipment
Our equipment includes multiple camera systems and rigs, active and passive range sensors; displays ranging from ultra-high definition and high-dynamic range, through stereoscopic and multi-view, to light-field and holographic prototypes; high-precision high-speed eye trackers and motion trackers. We have also listed our publicly available datasets and software libraries on our webpage.
You can find out more about the equipment at CIVIT on our webpage and see some examples below:
High-end cameras and range sensors
- 360 cameras - Nokia OZO, Insta Pro2, Orah 4i, GoPro Omni
- FLIR thermal camera
- Hyperspectral camera (Area scan with adaptive optical filter)
- OptiTrack motion capture system
- Depth sensing - Time of Flight (ToF), Stereo, LiDAR
- 3D laser scanner - FARO Focus 3D
- Machine vision cameras - GigE and USB vision, Coaxpress, CameraLink
- Digital film cameras - Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6k and Micro Studio Camera 4k
- Light field displays - including Holografika light-field display, CREAL near-eye light field display
- 3D displays - including Dimenco autostereoscopic display, zSpace 3D display
- Head-up displays
- Omnideck: an omnidirectional virtual reality treadmill
- VR headsets - including HTC Vive Pro, Oculus Quest, Oculus Go
- AR headsets - including Microsoft HoloLens
Camera platforms and accessories
- Kuka robotic arm
- Robotnik robotic development platform
- Eigenmike microphone array
- Drones - including Gryphon Dynamics X8 Industrial Drone, DJI Inspire 1 PRO
- RONIN gimbal and various tripods
- 360° Stereo Video Test Datasets
- Forest Landscape for Visual SLAM (FinnForest)
- Densely Sampled Light Field Datasets
- Photogrammetric Multi-Camera Calibration Toolbox
- Methods for Simultaneous Robot-World Hand-Eye Calibration: A Comparative Study
Policy and prices
CIVIT is an infrastructure unit at Tampere University, and can be utilized in your research project. Our facilities and services are for students, staff and companies. You can find detailed policies for each user type below.
We kindly ask all users to refer to CIVIT in their academic publications. You can find the instructions on how to cite CIVIT in your thesis/publication here.
Staff at Tampere Universities (Tampere University & TAMK) can get access to our facilities by filling in the request form or by contacting us directly at civit [at] tuni.fi. The equipment is free of charge for staff and students when it is used for research purposes.
For some equipment, you might need operation instructions given by the CIVIT staff, or let CIVIT staff operate the equipment. In this case, the project number for work time allocation might be required.
Students get access to our facilities through courses, thesis work or other research projects. Students who need the equipment for their thesis work should send their research plan and supervisor’s contact information to civit [at] tuni.fi.
In their research plan, students should mention why the equipment is necessary for the outcome/result of the thesis. You can find examples of CIVIT-supported theses here.
Companies can rent our equipment or get access to our facilities through research projects. You can also collaborate with us in smaller projects, such as Proof of Concept-projects. Find out more about our services for companies here or contact us at civit [at] tuni.fi to find out more about our prices.
CIVIT is a valuable tool in the realization of many research projects in the area of ultra-realistic 3D scene capture and advanced visualisation as it allows access to state-of-the-art equipment in an economically efficient way.
Examples of CIVIT-supported publications
Depth Resolution of 3D Imaging Techniques for Target Detection in Mobile Work Machines
Suominen, O. J., Gonçalves Ribeiro, L. & Gotchev, A., 17 Oct 2019, 2019 11th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA). IEEE, p. 295-300 6 p. (International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis).
Photogrammetric Multi-Camera Calibration Using An Industrial Programmable Robotic Arm
Gonçalves Ribeiro, L., Durmush, A., Suominen, O. & Gotchev, A., 1 Sep 2019, 2019 11th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA). IEEE, p. 288-294 7 p. (International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis).
Methods for simultaneous robot-world-hand–eye calibration: A comparative study
Ali, I., Suominen, O., Gotchev, A. & Morales, E. R., 2 Jun 2019, In : Sensors (Switzerland). 19, 12, 2837.
Modeling lens optics and rendering virtual views from fisheye imagery
Gama, F., Georgiev, M., & Gotchev, A., 2019, Electronic Imaging, Image Processing: Algorithms and Systems XVII, pp. 279-1-279-7(7).
Examples of CIVIT-supported projects:
- MIRO - Mixed Reality for Operating Mobile Machines
- MAGICS - National Infrastructure for human virtualization and remote presence
- Modeling and Visualization of Perceivable Light Fields (2019–2023), Academy of Finland -projec
- ImmerSAFE - Immersive Visual Technologies for Safety-critical Applications (2018–2021), Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, European Commission
- RemoteFEEL - Digital Feel for Accurate Operation of Work Machines (2018–2020), Funded by FIMA (Forum for Intelligent Machines) and Business Finland