Smart Technology Research Centre
Ventspils University College, established in 1997, is a national higher education and science institution.


The mission of the VUC STRC is to carry out research activities vital for the society and ensure the integration of science in the study process and knowledge transfer to the national economy.


The vision of the VUC STRC is to become a science and research centre in the fields of information and communication technologies and science that is renowned in Latvia, Europe and the world, conducting national and international studies involving local and international researchers and students from all levels of higher education.

Ultimate goal

The ultimate goal of VUC STRC is to become an institute for the research of information and communication technologies and natural science that is recognised and renowned in the Baltic States.


  • To enhance the intellectual potential of Ventspils, Kurzeme, and Latvia, and to provide the national economy with knowledgeable specialists with creative mindsets.
  • To raise the quality of scientific activities of young scientists, including doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to facilitate their entry in the international academic environment.
  • To attract resources for the implementation of the priority directions of VUC and Ventspils city


  • To carry out applied and fundamental research in the field of information and communication technologies and natural sciences;
  • To participate in the realisation of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral study programmes (including involving students in STRC projects);
  • To cooperate with other universities and institutions in the Republic of Latvia and foreign countries in the realisation of studies and research projects;
  • To provide services and consultations, etc. to legal and natural persons on a contractual basis.

Research topics and directions

  1. Signal and image processing technologies
    1. Biological (invasive and non-invasive) signal and image processing
    2. Determination of the source of a reverse (inverse) problem in space and time and its localization and separation
    3. Processing of multispectral and multidimensional sensor signals
    4. Machine learning algorithms for signal classification, extraction and recognition of characters, including natural language processing
    5. Remote sensing
  2. ICT and electronics in applied science
    1. E-health (m-health), telecare, and the use of wearable sensory devices
    2. Smart technologies
    3. Language technologies
    4. Quality studies of video, television and multimedia transmission technologies
  3. Mathematical modelling in physics and photonics
    1. Nano sensor modelling and development
    2. Modelling and development of Nano storage devices
    3. Nano thinking and Nano education
  4. Optical signal technologies
    1. Inverse problem solving in spectroscopic applications
    2. Medical diagnostics and environmental research
    3. Language technologies


Jānis Hofmanis, a researcher at the Ventspils University College’s Smart Technology Research Centre (STRC), in collaboration with researchers from the University of Lorraine (France), Stanford University (USA) and City College of New York (USA), carried out a major study that was published in Human Brain Mapping, one of the world’s most prestigious neuroimaging magazines (impact factor 5.97). In a study on actual patients in France, brain electro-physiology was studied using invasive electrodes.

Koessler, L., Colnat-Coulbois, S., Cecchin, T., Hofmanis, J., Dmochowski, J.P., Norcia, A.M. and Maillard, L.G., 2016. In-vivo measurements of human brain tissue conductivity using focal electrical current injection through intracerebral multi-contact electrodes. Human Brain Mapping.


Gatis Dilāns, the Acting Lead Researcher at the Ventspils University College’s Smart Technology Research Centre (STRC), participates in the international corpus linguistics project Eurolect Observatory. This project analyses the corpus of EU directives and national legal texts in 11 EU languages (including Latvian). You can read more on the project here.

The results of the project will be published in the corpus linguistics series of the prestigious Benjamins publishing house at the end of 2017. The project is supported by UNINT (Rome) and the EC Directorate-General for Translation.