MVG celebrates its 30 years of existence

Machine Vision Group, one of the oldest research groups within the University of Oulu, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

The group was founded after Prof. Matti Pietikäinen returned from his research visit to the University of Maryland, USA, at the end of 1981.

Currently the group employes about 40 researchers, of which 40 % are international recruits. MVG is significantly being funded by the Academy of Finland. The group has several ongoing Academy projects, two Postdoctoral Researcher positions, as well as an Academy Research Fellow position.

The MVG is renowned in particular for its expertise in automatic human recognition. Enabling the natural communication between humans and the devices by gestures, facial expressions or even emotions, is one of the focus areas of research at the moment.

The publication, released by the MVG on the first findings in the Local Binary Patters, in 2002, is still the most cited publication authored in 2002 or after by a Finnish University within the ICT field.

Recently, the MVG succeeded as the first in the world, to automatically recognize micro-expressions, made unintentionally by humans when they try not to reveal their real emotions. The recognition accuracy is much better than within human to human communication.

The Machine Vision Group celebrates its anniversary by organizing a seminar "Advances and Future Prospects of Machine Vision Research" on Friday, November 4, 2011. The keynote speech will be made by Professor Xilin Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences. A poster and demo exhibition will be held in conjunction with the seminar in front of the lecture hall OP-sali (L10), at 13-17.

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Last updated: 3.11.2011