Markku Hauta-Kasari received his MSc in computer science from the University of Kuopio, Finland, in 1994 and his PhD in information processing from the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, in 1999. Since 1999 he has been working in research and teaching positions in computer science at the University of Eastern Finland. From 1996 to 1998 he was a visiting researcher at Professor Toyooka's Optical Sensing Laboratory, Saitama University, Japan. In 2002 he was 2 months as a visiting researcher at Professor Miyake's laboratory in Chiba University, Japan, and in 2007 one month as a visiting Professor at the National Museum of Japanese History, Japan. In 2003 - 2010, he was the Director of InFotonics Center Joensuu research center at the University of Joensuu. Currently, he is Professor in Computer Science at the University of Eastern Finland. He is the head of the Spectral Color Research Group. His research interest include spectral color research, pattern recognition and computer vision. He is a member of the Optical Society of Japan, and the Pattern Recognition Society of Finland. He is a past chairman of the Pattern Recognition Society of Finland (2003 - 2006) and past chairman of the CIE Technical Committee TC8-07 "Multispectral imaging" (2008 - 2011). Since 2014 he is the Head of the School of Computing at the University of Eastern Finland.