Smart Technology Research Centre

Smart Technology Research Centre research team performs fundamental and matter-of-fact studies in fields of computer sciences and information and communications technologies. Experience in research projects on a national, as well as international level, in which the main research focus is on methods and practical application of data processing. The chosen research fields are closely connected to the needs of the economy, by employing cutting edge technologies and materials, together with innovative methods, to develop intelligent solutions, processes and services.

Researcher competences

  • Discrete signal processing (multi-channel time-series signal processing, inverse problem solving, development and designing of sensory systems, statistical data analysis).
  • Image and video processing (computer vision–object identification, recognition, tracking), development and application of machine learning algorithms.
  • Software development (programming languages: C, C++, MATLAB, Python, etc. Parallel programming, algorithm and data structure analysis).
  • 3D object processing (3D object modelling for physical simulations, 3D environment matching for various data, 3D visualisation).

Student involvement in research

Student involvement in research and scientific operations is carried out on all study levels – Bachelor, Master and Doctoral. By participating in the scientific process, the student:

  • Acquires fundamental, profession-related skills, as well as skills and abilities related to scientific work;
  • Performs research under the supervision of experienced scientists;
  • Acquires experience and collaborates with scientists, businessmen, municipalities, etc.


  • 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 examples

  • Computer Vision and Machine Learning - PlayGineering Systems LTD (sport analytics).
  • Robotics - Bucher Municipal LTD (hoist localization in the premises)
  • Internet of Things (IoT) - Ventspils City in collaboration with Ventspils Digital Centre (remote care, fall detection sensor).

  • IT Medicine
    • University of Lorraine (EEG and 3D medical image processing) + interns and exchange students.

    • (an experimental 3D printer, adapted for prosthetics printing, with integrated software).


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.


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