Tampere University of Technology

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) conducts scientific research in technology and architecture and provides high-quality higher education within these fields. TUT started operating in the form of a foundation in the beginning of 2010. TUT is a significant national and international pioneer in the development of technology and a sought-after cooperation partner among the scientific community and business life. It is awarded the most international university in Finland with its about 1200 international students. At TUT, there are 10,470 basic degree and graduate students as well as a staff of 2,000 of which 145 are professors. The total budget for 2011 was about 148 M€. In the Prolight-IAPP project, the university will be represented through the Department of Signal Processing and the Human-Centered Technology Unit.

The Department of Signal Processing (DSP) is one of the world’s prominent research organizations in the field, unifying signal processing algorithms with bioinformatics, telecommunications, and networked multimedia. The heart of DSP’s expertise is a thorough knowledge of signal processing algorithms including compression techniques, audio, image and video analysis, filtering and transform-based techniques, and biomedical signal processing. A recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) run by panels of international experts ranked DSP as one of the strongest units within the university. The department is highly recognized internationally by its participation in international projects and research actions, such as SCHEMA, SIMILAR, BIOPATTERN, PLUTO, COST 292, 3DTV, MOBILE3DTV, 3DContourNet. DSP has accomplished successfully a number of inter-sectorial projects with Nokia in the fields of advanced imaging. It has been one of the most active participants in the 3DTV NoE, contributing to the joint research program with methods and algorithms for 3D scene capture, multiple-description coding of multi-view video and 3D geometry, signal processing methods for holographic signals and studies on human factors. It was the scientific coordinator of the FP7 STREP MOBILE3DTV. The department was nominated as an EU Marie Curie Training Site for the period of 2002-2005. Recently, the department established a well-equipped 3D Media Lab that will be the natural premise for conducting the research within the project

The Human-Centered Technology Unit (IHTE) is specialized in multidisciplinary user experience research and human-centered design. IHTE has long experience in researching end-user needs and requirements of technologies and their evaluation. Multimodal quality evaluation and its method development is one of the key expertise areas in IHTE.

Contacts:
Prof. Jaakko Astola – Project Coordinator
Prof. Atanas Gotchev – Project Manager