Light is one of the most important ingredients in the natural ecosystems, it is necessary for plants to grow, and to provide energy to warm the earth's atmosphere. Our most beloved and crucial devices are based on transmitting, sensing or imaging of light. Without classic innovations like the light bulb, microscope, optical fibers and laser, the modern civilization would never had reached its current heyday.

The science of light, photonics, has a growing plethora of applications, which are nothing short of revolutionizing e.g. communications, health care, energy production, manufacturing, and consumer products. The new applications, such as optical data communication, solid-state lighting and micro-cameras, enable us to cut down energy consumption, or to collect the multitude of data needed to fight topical challenges of infectious diseases and climate change.

Episode III of this webinar series dives into secrets of photonics and imaging in one of the world’s strongest imaging R&D and business ecosystems located in Tampere, Finland. The webinar highlights the work of Finnish Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation PREIN and showcases the innovation paths from theory all the way to device development.

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Episode III: Join the Revolution of Light and Image

28 October at 12.00 EET / 15:30 IST / 18:00 SST / facilitated by the Tampere University

Moderated by Eero Miettinen, Business Coordinator, International Hub Tampere



Future is made in Finland – join the revolution of light and image

Mari Walls, President, Tampere University

Tampere Higher Education Community - our academic playground

Education and Research in Imaging in Tampere

Alessandro Foi, Professor of Signal Processing, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University

Tampere University as a unique environment for Photonics studies: from advanced education to world-class research and wide industrial collaboration

Goëry Genty, Professor of Optics, Director of the Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation PREIN, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Tampere University

Photonics at the University of Eastern Finland: Five Decades of Shining Light – 1970-2020

Jyrki Saarinen, Professor on Photonics Applications and Commercialization, University of Eastern Finland

Study Imaging in Tampere, a student point of view

Laura Ribeiro, Doctoral Researcher, 3D Media Group

Study Photonics in Tampere, a student point of view

Ekaterina Krutova, Student of the Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics Technologies


Tampere Imaging Ecosystem

Short introduction into work & startup activities in Tampere / Finland in imaging & photonics

Oliver Hussey, Senior Business Adviser, Business Tampere

Microsoft Surface team tells about working in Tampere & Finland

Liisa Peltonen, General Manager, Camera and Tampere site, Microsoft

Wrap up and next steps


Alessandro Foi

Alessandro Foi

Professor of Signal Processing

Alessandro Foi received the M.Sc. degree in Mathematics from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, in 2001, the Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the Politecnico di Milano in 2005, and the D.Sc.Tech.  degree in Signal Processing from Tampere University of Technology, Finland, in 2007. He is Professor of Signal Processing at Tampere University, Finland.

His research interests include mathematical and statistical methods for signal processing, functional and harmonic analysis, and computational modeling of the human visual system. His work focuses on spatially adaptive (anisotropic, nonlocal) algorithms for the restoration and enhancement of digital images, on noise modeling for imaging devices, and on the optimal design of statistical transformations for the stabilization, normalization, and analysis of random data.

He is a Senior Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging and an Associate Editor for the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences. He is the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.

Goëry Genty

Goëry Genty

Professor of Photonics
Director of the Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation PREIN

Goëry Genty carries out both experimental, numerical, and theoretical work in ultrafast photonics. He established the Ultrafast Photonics research group at the Tampere University in 2007. The group is a pioneer and worldwide leader in ultrafast laser dynamics, real-time characterization techniques, nonlinear instabilities, broadband light generation and correlation imaging. Prof. Genty is also the Director of the Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation awarded in 2019 by the Academy of Finland. The Flagship is a joint national program for Photonics multi-disciplinary science and technology development, including 3 Finnish Universities (Tampere University, Aalto University, and Eastern Finland) and one research organization (VTT), involving more than 50 professors and 400 researchers.

Over the past 10 years, prof. Genty has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, given more than 100 invited talks at international conferences. He has contributed to the writing of review articles in Reviews of Modern Physics, Nature Reviews Physics, Nature Photonics, etc. In 2011, Goëry Genty was awarded the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Young Scientist Prize “for outstanding contributions in pulse propagation and ultra-fast dynamics in nonlinear optical fibers, particularly his groundbreaking results on supercontinuum generation and nonlinear instabilities”. In 2017, he was elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America for “pioneering research in the study of supercontinuum generation and nonlinear instabilities in optical fibers.

Portrait of Jyrki Saarinen
Professor on Photonics Applications and Commercialization, University of Eastern Finland

Professor Jyrki Saarinen received his D.Sc. (Tech.) degree in 1995 from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK), now Aalto University, where he is still Adjunct Professor of Micro-Optics. He also holds an MBA from TKK Executive School of Business. From 1998 to 2013 he worked as Senior VP and Member of the Board at Heptagon, which he co-founded and then built to the world-leading developer and manufacturer of advanced micro-optics with over one thousand employees and operations in Singapore, Switzerland, and Silicon Valley, where he lived seven years before starting his professorship in 2013.

At UEF his main research topic is 3D printed photonics. He is Head of the Institute of Photonics and Head of the Department of Physics and Mathematics.

He is President of Photonics Finland, and past president of Finnish Physical Society and past executive director of European Optical Society.

Laura Ribeiro

Laura Ribeiro

Doctoral Researcher, 3D Media Group
Ekaterina Krutova

Ekaterina Krutova

Student of the Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics Technologies
Oliver Hussey

Oliver Hussey

Senior Business Adviser, Business Tampere
Portrait of Liisa Peltonen

Liisa Peltonen

General Manager, Camera and Tampere site, Microsoft
Eero Miettinen

Eero Miettinen

Business Coordinator, International Hub Tampere