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S+SSPR 2014 SSPR SPR conference workshop university of eastern finland uef joint international workshops on statistical techniques in pattern recognition and structural and syntactic pattern recognition
Social program

Wed 20.8: Welcome reception

Welcome reception will be arranged in Polar Bear Club situated about 3 km away from the city centre. Bus transport is arranged from market square. Sight-seeing bicycle trip to the venue is organized for those who interested. Contact Persons Andrei: and Radu:

You will have a chance to try Finnish tradition - sauna by the lake. There are separate dressing rooms and showers for women and men. Sauna is one big sauna for everyone at the same time. Thus, please bring your towel and swimsuit with you.


Thu 21.8: Banquet

Banquet will be held in Theatre Restaurant in Joensuu City Hall designed by Eliel Saarinen in the Art Nuoveau style and completed in 1914.

Fri 22.8: Excursion to Koli

Koli, with its forested hills, is one of Finland’s best known national landscapes. Ukko-Koli, the highest hill in the Koli range, rises 253 metres above the surface of wilderness-like Lake Pielinen. You can attend hiking routes of varying difficulties, and stop in Visitor Centre Ukko which has information on Koli’s heritage landscape and Eastern Finland’s wooded hills and culture.


14.00 Departure from Aura building
15.00 Arrival to Koli
15.15 Guided hiking (3 levels of routes), free time
17.00 Buffet dinner at Koli restaurant
19.00 Departure from Koli
20.00 Arrival to Joensuu

Extra program with additional fee

Sun 17.8. and Thu 21.8. Finnish baseball game

Finnish baseball is a variant of the more popular American baseball but the differences in the rules makes them completely different in nature. If you like the slow-pace and concentration-demanding American Baseball (or the Brittish Cricet), you most likely won't like the fast-paced Finnish baseball, and vice versa. The Finnish variant is all about actions and tacticts rather than accuracy and challenge of merely hitting the ball. In Finnish baseball, the pictching is significantly less demanding but the ball must hit ground before existing the field. There are other differences in rules.

If you want to see a game in action, there is change to join the national league game of Joensuu Maila at 17.00 in the baseball field just behind the Conference Venue. Joensuu Team has been played in the highest level (superpesis) since 2004. Last year 2013 it won Bronze (3rd place) first time ever. We will organize small group to go and see the game on Sunday. If you want to join, the tickets are 20e (A seat) or 10e (cheapest).

(Joensuu team made to the playoffs but the schedule does not favor S+SSPR: Tue 19.8. game will be away.)

Contact Person Pasi:

Tue 19.8. Orienteering in forest

Those who arrive to Joensuu early enough, there will be chance to try orienteering Orienteering in forest. Kalevan Rasti (KR) is Joensuu-based orienteering club, which is currently the best in world having most wins from the world's two major orienteering events (Jukola and Tiomila) in the recent years. The club together with other local teams organize weekly events every tuesday and thursday. Those who are familiar with orienteering are welcome to join for the A- or B-track. New-comers can also join and there will be someone giving tutorial in the C-track. Take trail or orienteering shoes and outdoor clothes. Towel and change clothes optional as we might go to dip in Aittolampi on the way back.

Details: Tutorial for orienteering in forest 19.8. at 17.00 (2 h, 6e)
Contact Person Pasi:

Thu 21.8. Early Bird Trail Jogging

This is for those who want to get some physical exercise before spending the rest day indoors in seminar rooms. We go early morning 7.15 by car (10 mins drive) to the east end of Utranharju (Utra ridge). From there we will have 7 km scenery trail jogging ending to Onkilampi lake at the west end, where you can wash yourself before returning to town. Take trail shoes, towel and change clothes. The trail has elevation differences and, at places, may be challenging for normal sneakers.

Details: Trail running in Utranharju (Utra ridge) 21.8. at 7.15 (1 h, 0e)
Contact Person Pasi:

Sat 23.8: Sea cruise to Stockholm

Whether you are attending ICPR or want to have a mini-holiday in Stockholm before travelling back home, you are welcome to join to our sea cruise. Please do note that the fee does not cover transportation from Joensuu to Helsinki! We recommend you to take a morning flight AY2482 departing from Joensuu at 8.45 on Saturday 23.8.

Saturday 23.8
17.30   Gathering in Katajanokka Terminal, Mastokatu 1
18.15   Departure from Helsinki
18.45   Buffet dinner (additional fee)

Sunday 24.8
  8.00   Buffet breakfast
10.00   Arrival to Stockholm

For those who are not staying in Stockholm
16.30   Departure from Stockholm

Monday 25.8
  8.00   Buffet breakfast
  9.50   Arrival to Helsinki

Single150 € 190 € 190 €
Double180 € 220 €220 €
Shared90 € 110 €110 €

Buffet dinner: 35 €

Deadline for making a reservation is 20.7. In case of any questions, contact