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Teknillinen korkeakoulu

The Department of Information and Computer Science (ICS) at Teknillinen korkeakoulu (TKK) or Helsinki University of Technology was formed in beginning of 2008 by joining two former laboratories. The mission of the department is to bring advanced computational methods to bear on the automation of challenging tasks in technology and science.

Pinview project is coordinated by a research unit called Adaptive Informatics Research Centre (AIRC) which is hosted by the ICS department. By adaptive informatics we mean a field of research where automated learning algorithms are used to discover the relevant informative concepts, components, and their mutual relations from large amounts of data. Interfacing with the continuously growing amounts of data in scientific, medical, industrial, and financial fields and their transformation to intelligible form for the human user is one of the main foci of AIRC. Techniques that can quickly discover and analyze complex patterns and learn from new data will be indispensable for information-intensive applications. AIRC and its predecessor Neural Networks Research Centre have been selected for 1994-1999, 2000-2005 and 2006-2011 as one of the Finnish national Centres of Excellence in Research.

AIRC is an active member in the PASCAL network of excellence under the EC 6th framework program and in PASCAL2 under the EC 7th framework program.

Prof. Samuel Kaski is full professor of Computer Science in TKK/CIS and vice director of its Adaptive Informatics Research Centre. His research focus is in machine learning, one of the main application areas being information retrieval. He recently led a research consortium which established a new application area called proactive information retrieval, where implicitly defined queries are inferred from indirect relevance feedback signals. The consortium showed in 2005 that relevance of a text can, to an extent, be inferred from eye movement patterns during learning. They constructed a pilot application based on the idea.
Dr. Jorma Laaksonen received his Dr. of Science in Technology degree in 1997 from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, where he is presently a permanent teaching research scientist at the Department of Information and Computer Science.  He is an author of about 20 journal and 100 conference papers on pattern recognition, statistical classification, and neural networks.  His research interests are in content-based information retrieval and computer vision. Dr. Laaksonen is an IEEE senior member, a founding member of the SOM and LVQ Programming Teams and the PicSOM Development Group, and a member of the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR) Technical Committee 3: Neural Networks and Machine Learning.  Dr. Laaksonen has instructed 10 Master's Theses and 6 Doctoral Theses since 1999.
Dr. Mikko Kurimo (D.Sc/PhD 1997) is currently Academy Research Fellow at TKK/ICS, where he was an acting professor of Computer and Information Science (2001-2003). He has a long research record in speech recognition and at TKK/ICS he leads the Speech Recognition and Multimodal Interfaces research groups. The current research focus of his speech group is in language independent and unsupervised models for continuous speech with morpheme-based language models for very large vocabulary. The relevant pilot applications in the group range from unlimited vocabulary dictation systems for different languages to audio indexing and speech-to-speech translation. Dr. Kurimo has wide international and national research contacts and is TKK's site manager in the FP6 PASCAL Network of Excellence.
Dr. Markus Koskela received his Dr.Sci.(Tech.) degree in 2003 and is presently a Postdoctoral Researcher at TKK/ICS in the content-based information retrieval research group. Dr. Koskela was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dublin City University, Ireland in 2005 to 2007. His research interests are in image and video indexing, relevance feedback, and content-based information retrieval.
Prof. Kai Puolamäki is professor (pro tem) at the Department of Media Technology at TKK. His research interests include algorithmic data analysis, machine learning and user modeling and proactive information retrieval.
Dr. Jarkko Salojärvi is a lecturing researcher (pro tem) in TKK/ICS. His research interests include machine learning, user modeling, bioinformatics and proactive information retrieval.
Dr. Arto Klami received his Dr.Sc (Tech.) degree in 2008, and is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at TKK/ICS. His research interests include exploratory data analysis, multi-view learning, Bayesian modeling of statistical dependencies, bioinformatics, and proactive information retrieval.
MSc. Antti Ajanki received his M.Sc. degree in 2006, and is currently working as a graduate researcher at TKK/ICS. His research interests include proactive information retrieval.
MSc. Mats Sjöberg received his M.Sc. degree in engineering physics and mathematics in 2006. Presently he works as a graduate researcher at TKK/ICS. His current research interests include content-based multimedia retrieval and analysis, in particular the emergence of semantics in multimodal databases.
MSc. Ville Viitaniemi received his M.Sc. degree in 2003. Presently he works as a teaching assistant and researcher at TKK. His research interests revolve around image content analysis.
MSc. He Zhang works as a researcher focusing on Information Retrieval based on machine learning at TKK/ICS from Jan. 2008. MSc in Image processing and compression, College of Communication Engineering at Jilin University China, degree obtained in 2006. MSc in Signal Processing in Telecommunications, TKK, degree expected before 2009.
MSc. Lu Wei worked at TKK/ICS as a summer trainee from May to August in 2008.
Laszlo Kozma has received his engineering diploma in Computer Science from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 2006. He received his M.Sc. degree in machine learning and data mining at TKK in June 2008.
Mr. Teemu Ruokolainen worked as a research assistant focusing on automatic speech recognition at TKK/ICS from May to August 2008.