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TUT trains new generation of experts to develop ultra-realistic and interactive visual media

The four-year European Training Network on Full-Parallax Imaging (ETN-FPI), to be launched in October 2015, will train international doctoral students to become multidisciplinary experts on visual media. Their expertise will benefit, among others, the healthcare sector and the game industry.

It is virtually impossible to provide a visually authentic viewing experience using conventional technologies, such as a TV. The past few years have seen the introduction of ultra-realistic displays that are used, among others, in the healthcare sector and the manufacturing and game industries. However, the development of these so-called full-parallax displays requires multidisciplinary expertise that cuts across physics and biology. For example, a thorough understanding of the human visual system is paramount. 

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) coordinates the four-year European Training Network on Full Parallax Imaging (ETN-FPI), which responds to this challenge by training 15 international doctoral students who join multidisciplinary research projects. They represent the next generation of innovative researchers in the areas of theoretical and applied optics, multi-dimensional image processing, and visual neuroscience. The researchers trained within the network will possess a strong set of skills and the expertise to develop innovations in the field of ultra-realistic and interactive visual media.

“This new generation of researchers will ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of this rapidly growing field,” says Associate Professor (tenure track) Atanas Gotchev from the Department of Signal Processing at TUT.

ETN-FPI aims to harmonize and drive forward research in the areas of plenoptics, light field and integral imaging under the umbrella of the viewer-centred FPI concept.

The network is supported by the Marie Skolodowska-Curie Actions under the H2020 Programme of the European Union. The funding awarded to the consortium totals 3.8 million euros.

The unique ETN-FPI network will bring together world-leading European expertise from both academia and industry.

Further information:

Atanas Gotchev, Associate Professor (tenure track), tel. +358 40 849 0733, atanas.gotchev (at)


News submitted by: Tuuli Laukkanen
Keywords: education and studies, science and research, signal prosessing, ultra-realistic displays