The signal processing studies give a challenging opportunity to bring theory and practice together. For example, the theory taught in the lectures is applied in the laboratory exercises when implementing a digital filter for embedded systems by using C language, or when creating a three-dimensional model of your own face. The status of the department as a Centre of Excellence of the Finnish Academy of Sciences can be seen in teaching, as well. The study areas are fresh and they have a close connection to industry, for example as visiting lecturers from companies. The International Masterís Degree Programme in Information Technology accepts applications from applicants holding a B.Sc degree from IT, CS, or EE. The studies consist of 120 credits and take four semesters to complete.
Advanced studies in Signal Processing can be directed in four different areas: signal processing methods, speech and audio processing, image and video processing, or biological signal processing. The study module has only 10 credits of mandatory courses. Additional 15 credits must be selected from a list of supporting courses. The remaining 5 credits can be selected from a longer list including also courses from other departments.
The goal of the advanced studies is to understand thoroughly the selected emphasis area, and to be able to apply the theory into solving problems in the area. The best known examples of applications in this area include speech and text recognition, and compression of audio, images and video. Those graduated from the department have been employed in variety of companies and research institutes in this area.
Multimedia refers to processing and transmitting complex audio and visual signals, such as music, images and video, for example, processing the signals in order to be transmitted to and shown on a mobile device. Multimedia courses provide information on how this is done. The courses cover, for example, digital signals, video compression, multimedia systems and virtual worlds.
Computational systems biology is a young and innovative research area, which has practical applications in environmental sciences, genetics, as well as in cancer research. The study aims at understanding the functionality of cells and tissues through mathematics: the goal is to generate models through which the biological phenomena can be systematically described. Systems biology is a multidisciplinary science that combines molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, medicine, mathematics, statistics, signal and image processing and computer science.
The M.Sc. thesis is the final thesis of the degree. It is usually done while already employed in a company or a university department. The goal of the M.Sc. thesis is to solve an engineering problem of the employee and to describe the results in a clearly written language.