Associate Professor

Associate Professor on Computational Imaging and Modelling (Tenure Track)

The team of Associate Professor Tanja Tarvainen investigates and develops computational methods for optical and ultrasonic inverse problems such as tomographic imaging and therapy in the framwork of Bayesian inverse probelms. The tomographic methods include purely light based modalities such as diffuse optical tomography and coupled physics imaging such as photoacoustic tomography. In addition, modelling and computational methods for light transport and ultrasound propagation are studied, and prototype instrumentation for the techniques are developed.

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Faculty of Science and Forestry, Department of Applied Physics



Teaching Activities

Current teaching:
Optimization: https://moodle.uef.fi/course/view.php?id=3516
Tieteellinen viestintä sovelletussa fysiikassa: https://moodle.uef.fi/course/view.php?id=2948

Past teaching (lectures): Finite element methods, Modelling II
Past teaching (exercises): Statistical inverse problems, Mathematical modelling, Finite element methods, Optimization, Estimation theory, Modelling II, Physics A, Physics III

Societal Activities

Member of the board of the Finnish Inverse Problems Society (2010-) and the Finnish Physical Society (2017-2020).
Member of the scientific societies: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics - SIAM, SPIE. The International Society for Optics and Photonics, Finnish Physical Society, Finnish Inverse Problems Society, Photonics Finland, Finnish Society of Medical Physics and Medical Engineering.

Research groups and research projects

Inverse problems
Uncertainty quantification
Optical tomographic imaging
Photoacoustic tomography
Radiative transfer

Centre of Excellence in Inverse Modelling and Imaging
PREIN – the Finnish Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation
Biomedical Optical Imaging and Ultrasound Laboratory (OPUS)
ValoMC - a Monte Carlo software and MATLAB toolbox for simulating light transport in biological tissue

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