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

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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

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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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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

Vibing Together: Dance Experiences in Social Virtual Reality

Roosa Piitulainen, Perttu Hämäläinen, Elisa Mekler 2022 CHI 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

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

Interpolation consistency training for semi-supervised learning

Vikas Verma, Kenji Kawaguchi, Alex Lamb, Juho Kannala, Arno Solin, Yoshua Bengio, David Lopez-Paz 2022 Neural Networks

Single Source One Shot Reenactment using Weighted Motion from Paired Feature Points

Soumya Tripathy, Juho Kannala, Esa Rahtu 2022 Proceedings - 2022 IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, WACV 2022

HybVIO: Pushing the limits of real-time visual-inertial odometry

Otto Seiskari, Pekka Rantalankila, Juho Kannala, Jerry Ylilammi, Esa Rahtu, Arno Solin 2022 Proceedings - 2022 IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)

Is Time on Smartphones Well Spent?

Maria Rasmussen, Julie Frydendahl, Elisa Mekler, Kasper Hornbæk 2022 Interacting with Computers

Continual Learning for Image-Based Camera Localization

Shuzhe Wang, Zakaria Laskar, Iaroslav Melekhov, Xiaotian Li, Juho Kannala 2022 2021 International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV

Electrostatic Discovery Atomic Force Microscopy

Niko Oinonen, Chen Xu, Benjamin Alldritt, Filippo Federici Canova, Fedor Urtev, Shuning Cai, Ondřej Krejčí, Juho Kannala, Peter Liljeroth, Adam S. Foster 2022 ACS Nano

Digging Into Self-Supervised Learning of Feature Descriptors

Iaroslav Melekhov, Zakaria Laskar, Xiaotian Li, Shuzhe Wang, Juho Kannala 2022 Proceedings - 2021 International Conference on 3D Vision, 3DV 2021
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