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MUM 2002 Conference will be held 11 - 13 December at the
University of Oulu, which was founded
in 1958. It has grown quickly and is now one of the largest and leading universities in
Finland. The university operates in eight major fields: Humanities, Education, Economics,
Natural Sciences, Technology (including Architecture), Medicine, Dentistry and Health Care,
distributed in six faculties. In addition, the town of Kajaani, situated about 185 kilometres
to the southeast of Oulu, is home to the Department of Teacher Education in Kajaani, as well
as the Research and Development Centre of Kajaani. The multidisciplinary fields of expertise
in the University of Oulu are Biotechnology, Information Technology and Northern Issues.
Postgraduate studies may be followed in all subject areas, leading to the degrees of
licentiate and doctorate. Over a thousand degrees are awarded every year. International
links and cooperation with local industries and businesses form an essential and integral
part of the university's teaching and research activities.
About 14 500 students study at the University of Oulu, three-quarters of these coming from
the two northernmost provinces (i.e. local government districts) of Finland: the provinces of
Lapland and Oulu. Two-thirds of all students eventually find jobs in this central and northern
area. Approximately 2300 new students start their studies each year. The total number of staff
is more than 3000.
About 800 000 people live within the university's immediate sphere of influence which
geographically embraces more than half the surface area of Finland. The university's general
impact is seen most strongly in the business and cultural life of the area.
The City of Oulu is the capital of northern
Finland. The Oulu Region has almost
200,000 inhabitants and it is the fastest growing region in Finland. The population of the City
of Oulu itself is over 120,000 inhabitants. There are good opportunities for studying, working
and doing research and development, especially in the hi-tech sector. The Oulu Region also has
a lively cultural climate.
Nowadays the Oulu Region is well known for its technology, the hi-tech growth having started after
the establishment of Oulu University in 1958. In the region there are two science parks;
Technopolis Plc, the first in Scandinavia, and Medipolis Ltd., plus a technology centre, Ii
Micropolis Ltd. There are many research institutes, for instance the Technical Research Centre
of Finland and the University Hospital. The Oulu Region is home to many hi-tech companies like
Nokia, and there are currently over 10,000 people employed by the hi-tech sector. There is also
a multidisciplinary Polytechnic in Oulu.
Oulu has an international airport and there are about 15 flights to and from Helsinki each day. The
flight time is about one hour. There are also direct flights to Stockholm and cargo flights to
MUM 2002 Conference is organized by the MVMP (Machine Vision and Media Processing) unit, which
comprises of three closely cooperating research groups:
Machine Vision Group and
Intelligent Systems Group.
All three groups are members of Infotech Oulu, which is an umbrella organization, founded at the
University of Oulu in 1996, for the purpose of promoting long-term research in information
technology. It also advances research training and international contacts by supporting and
arranging advanced courses, research conferences and researcher exchange.
Infotech Oulu Graduate School operates in four areas, which correspond to the major research fields
of Infotech Oulu. These are electronics and measurement technology, information processing
engineering, software engineering and information systems, and wireless communications. Its goal is
to systematize curriculum and intensify doctoral studies. The school organizes lecture series,
courses and summer and winter schools. The total number of graduate students is well over 200.
For the three-year period, starting in the beginning of the year 2000, nine research groups were
selected to Infotech Oulu based an external evaluation. Some groups are jointly formed by
researchers from the University of Oulu and VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland. The
total number of personnel in the research groups of Infotech Oulu was almost 500 in the end of
the year 2001. The administrative staff in the umbrella organization consists of the scientific
director, coordinator and part-time secretary.
The research is mainly externally funded. Salaries of professors, assistants, etc. are considered as
internal funding. Infotech Oulu received EUR 420 000 from the University of Oulu. Over 80% of this
funding was directed to the research groups. External funding for the research is obtained from
various sources, including the National Technology Agency (33 %), the Academy of Finland (9 %), the
Ministry of Education (6 %), the European Commission (11 %), and industry (24 %). The total sum of
external funding in the year 2001 was EUR 17.7 million.