16.12.2013

Espoo city politicians show support for the international meetings industry

Espoo has long traditions in hosting international conferences. By signing the agreement the City of Espoo wants to show that it is publicly committed to supporting the meetings and events industry internationally. In 1994, the City of Espoo and Aalto University (by then it was called Helsinki University of Technology) signed an agreement to have more cooperation between the city and the university and to eventually result in getting more scientific conferences to Espoo.

Yet another step towards building more effective partnership between the scientific community in Espoo and the city was the launch of EspooAmbassador -programme in 2009. In this Ambassador programme the City Mayor Jukka Mäkelä has an active role by hosting an annual event for scientific community where the ambassador award is also given.

Cooperation between the city and scientific community is the city receptions, where the city welcomes all conference participants to Espoo by delivering a welcome speech and some refreshments. In Espoo, we have been happy to have active city officials but also politicians to deliver the welcome words. This has been the Espoo way to develop the association between the City of Espoo, the whole scientific community and the politicians so the signing of this important Declaration of Support is yet another demonstration of the importance of international conferences to Espoo.

 

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10.9.2014

Espoo Awards its 6th Congress Ambassador

Ari Sihvola, professor of electromagnetics from Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering is chosen as EspooAmbassador 2014.

EspooAmbassador operates as a congress ambassador of Espoo in Finland and abroad. The award was presented 28th of August 2014 during the annual EspooAmbassador event at Dipoli Congress Centre.

The decision was based in Sihvolas active work in national and international scientific organizations. Professor Sihvola has been involved in a number of program and organizing committees of international congresses, and thus have had a positive impact for the role of Espoo and Finland within the international scientific communities.

 

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10.9.2014

Koenderink Prize 2014 to University of Oulu´s computer vision scientists

The 2014 Koenderink Prize has been granted to Professor Matti Pietikäinen, Dr. Abdenour Hadid, and University of Oulu alumni, Dr. Timo Ahonen (Nokia Research Center).

The prize recognizes fundamental contributions in computer vision. It is awarded biennially at one of the most prestigious conferences in the field, the European Conference on Computer Vision, for a paper published exactly ten years ago at this venue which has withstood the test of time.

The awarded publication presents automatic face recognition with Local Binary Patterns, a methodology developed at the University of Oulu. This approach is currently regarded as one of the major milestones in face recognition research.

The conference publication and its extension to a journal article have already been cited over 3 000 times according to Google Scholar.

 

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