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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
Local information

Eat & Drink

Pizza Express & Café: Pizza & Kebab
Pub-pizzeria Gaude: Pizza
Kesälato: Pizza
Kerubi: Finnish/local
Kielo: Finnish/local

Sointula pub
60s Palaver Pub
Bar Play

Places to Visit

Taitokortteli/Art Corner (Koskikatu 1)
Handcraft and culture block in the center of Joensuu. The old wooden house atmosphere and shops for souvenirs and handcrafts with exhibitions and a cafe. Open: Monday-Friday 10-17:00

Jokiasema (Hasanniementie 3)
A popular meeting terrace at the end of river, good for beer, coffee, ice-cream and meeting local people. The midsummer bonfire will be here on Friday evening.

Carelicum (Koskikatu 5)
Tourist info that also has a museum of local history and culture. During the war, Joensuu served as an important airbase so you'll find some small pieces of war history. Open : Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm.

River & Lake Cruise
Daily river/lake cruises (Vinkeri) depart from river harbour at 12:00 (river), 15:00 (Pyhäselkä lake), 18:00 (river). The cruise takes 2 hours (15 €).

Tori (marketplace)
Visit here and meet the "city wolf", enjoy ice cream, out-door coffee (Marttakahvio & Torikahvio), fried fish (muikku), local delicates Carelian pastry (karjalanpiirakka).

Botania (Heinäpurontie 70)
Botanical garden and tropical butterfly garden.
Opening times: 10-17 (weekdays), 11-16 (weekend).
Entrance 9€.

Practical tips

Tipping & Etiquette
In Finland, tips are not expected, service fee is always included in the bill.

East Finland Taxi Center tel. +358-600-90100

In Finland, socket and plug used are mainly of types: C, F. Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz

About Joensuu

Joensuu is a town of 75,000 inhabitants in the lakeside Finland - the capital of green. It is famous of its peaceful nature, excellent outdoor opportunities as well as many saunas.

The city of Joensuu was founded by the Czar Nicholas I of Russia in 1848. Today Joensuu is the capital of the region of North Karelia and has much to offer for tourists. Joensuu is home to numerous art galleries, museums, and many churches, both Lutheran and Russian Orthodox. Key attractions in the city are North Karelian Museum, the University Botanical Gardens, and the Bunker Museum where you can check out some of the defences used by Finland during the Winter and Continuation wars with Finland, fully equipped with original weaponry and gear.

Located just a few minutes outside the city, the airport serves Joensuu with direct flights to Helsinki by Finnair airlines. The rail services to Helsinki and to other destinations are frequent, and the city is also well connected by many bus routes. The city itself has around 10 lines, and the stops have easy to read maps to better help you find your way around. You can find more info on Joensuu from tourist information web pages.

The University of Eastern Finland is a multidisciplinary university which is internationally recognised for its competitive research and education. The four faculties of the UEF offer teaching in nearly 100 major subjects and degree programmes. The university's annual student intake is approximately 2,200 and the university attracts nearly 9,500 applications for admission every year. The university of offers Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral level education in 12 fields of study: pharmacy, dentistry, humanities, education, economics and business administration, natural sciences, medicine, forest sciences, psychology, theology, health sciences and social sciences.

The conference takes place in Metria building. Lunches will be served in university restaurants Aura and Carelia.