Department of Computer Science

Visual Computing

Creation and understanding of images, shapes, and 3D spaces.
Person wearing a virtual reality headset, illustration by Matti Ahlgren

Visual computing studies the creation and understanding of images, shapes, and three-dimensional spaces by computational means. As we seek to increase our understanding of not just how to create and analyze images and sounds, but also how we humans perceive, react to, and interact with them, research in visual computing is of an increasingly interdisciplinary nature.

Research topics: Computer graphics and animation, computer vision, generative modeling in machine learning, virtual acoustics.

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Elisa Mekler

Harnessing psychological theory for better video games

Psychological theories on motivation hold great promise for video game development and for understanding how games impact people, but only little is known about how these theories actually are used in the games industry.

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Teaching creativity to computers - Christian Guckelsberger wants to equip AI with the motivation to discover the unexpected

Research on computational intrinsic motivation could answer some fundamental questions about the nature of creativity, but also improve household robotics or even self-driving cars

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Saki monkeys get screen time for more control over their lives in captivity

Computer scientists have designed a video player that the small primates can activate on demand


Forbes AI Award to research on image-creating GAN models

The magazine pays tribute to the development of a model that starkly reduces the amount of data needed for generating new, artificial images

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Video games evoke emotions that even music and cinema fail to reach

A recent doctoral dissertation shows players appreciate evoked emotional experiences, even when some are far from positive

Jaakko Lehtinen

Jaakko Lehtinen receives an ERC Consolidator Grant of nearly 2 million euros

The European Research Council Consolidator Grant goes to Professor Jaakko Lehtinen for a project to build a computer that “sees” the real world much better than the current methods do


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Latest publications

Evaluating Large Language Models in Generating Synthetic HCI Research Data: a Case Study

Perttu Hämäläinen, Mikke Tavast, Anton Kunnari 2023 Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’23)

Improved action proposals using fine-grained proposal features with recurrent attention models


Expansion of Visual Hints for Improved Generalization in Stereo Matching

Andrea Pilzer, Yuxin Hou, Niki Loppi, Arno Solin, Juho Kannala 2023 Proceedings - 2023 IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, WACV 2023

Automated Tip Functionalization via Machine Learning in Scanning Probe Microscopy

Benjamin Alldritt, Fedor Urtev, Niko Oinonen, Markus Aapro, Juho Kannala, Peter Liljeroth, Adam S. Foster 2022 Computer Physics Communications

When to Laugh and How Hard? A Multimodal Approach to Detecting Humor and Its Intensity

Khalid Alnajjar, Mika Hämäläinen, Jörg Tiedemann, Jorma Laaksonen, Mikko Kurimo 2022 Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

Self-Determination Theory in HCI: Shaping a Research Agenda

Nick Ballou, Sebastian Deterding, April Tyack, Elisa Mekler, Rafael Calvo, Dorian Peters, Gabriela Villalobos Zúñiga, Selen Turkay 2022

DoodleFormer: Creative Sketch Drawing with Transformers

Ankan Kumar Bhunia, Salman Khan, Hisham Cholakkal, Rao Muhammad Anwer, Fahad Shahbaz Khan, Jorma Laaksonen, Michael Felsberg 2022 Computer Vision – ECCV 2022 - 17th European Conference, Proceedings

Generating Long Videos of Dynamic Scenes

Tim Brooks, Janne Hellsten, Miika Aittala, Ting-Chun Wang, Timo Aila, Jaakko Lehtinen, Ming-Yu Liu, Alexei Efros, Tero Karras 2022 Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 35 (NeurIPS 2022)

Visual Localization via Few-Shot Scene Region Classification

Siyan Dong, Shuzhe Wang, Yixin Zhuang, Juho Kannala, Marc Pollefeys, baoquan Chen 2022

Adorned in Memes: Exploring the Adoption of Social Wearables in Nordic Student Culture

Felix Anand Epp, Anna Kantosalo, Nehal Jain, Andres Lucero, Elisa Mekler 2022 CHI 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
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