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Kalevi Hyyppä
Kalevi Hyyppä

Kalevi Hyyppä

Professor Emeritus
Luleå University of Technology
Embedded Intelligent Systems LAB
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
+46 (0)920 493144
A3570 Lulea

Me and my family

I was born in Helsinki, Finland, on January 5, 1941. Most of my childhood I spent in Övertorneå, a small village in northern Sweden. My mother tongue is Swedish even though my first language was Finnish. I am a citizen of Sweden.

I met my wife Gunhild in 1958 and we married in 1964. She is now retired but has been a high school teacher in physics and mathematics. Our daughter Maria was born in 1977. She has studied industrial economics at Linköping University and is presently working in Stockholm.

What I do at my work

I am a Professor Emeritus at Luleå University of Technology.

My research area is: optoelectronics, mechatronics and autonomous mobile robots. My thesis was on a navigation system for mobile robots. The navigation system is today the worldwide market leader for Automatically Guided Vehicles. The product name is LazerWay and Kollmorgen produces it.

What I do when I'm not working

In summertime I like to go running (my first marathon was Stockholm Marathon 2004) and windsurfing. My favourite windsurfing board is an old Starboard 288 Course Slalom. A wonderful board, but very fragile. I have become an expert in using epoxy and fibreglass...

In wintertime I go cross-country skiing. I use to participate in some local competitions and I made Vasaloppet (90 km) in 1994.

I learned to love jazz as a teenager. Listened to The Jazz Hour on Voice of America. At my high school we had a small band where I played the drums for about a year. Around 1990 I took up the drumming again. Now I am a member of the bands Bengt Ek Kvartett, which plays swing music, and Kjell Sandbergs Swingorkester, which plays different kinds of music suitable to be performed in churches. The title of one performance of Kjell Sandbergs Swingorkester is "From Bach to Ellington".


Article in journal

A haptic navigation aid for individuals with visual impairments (2019)

Indoor and outdoor feasibility evaluations of the LaserNavigator
Röijezon. U, Prellwitz. M, Innala Ahlmark. D, van Deventer. J, Nikolakopoulos. G, Hyyppä. K
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, Vol. 113, nr. 2, s. 194-201
Article in journal

An Initial Field Trial of a Haptic Navigation System for Persons with a Visual Impairment (2015)

Innala Ahlmark. D, Prellwitz. M, Röding. J, Nyberg. L, Hyyppä. K
Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol. 9, nr. 4, s. 199-206
Article in journal

Presentation of Spatial Information in Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired (2015)

Innala Ahlmark. D, Hyyppä. K
Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol. 9, nr. 3, s. 174-181
Conference paper

Hand-held navigation aid for visually impaired using haptic feedback (2014)

Innala Ahlmark. D, van Deventer. J, Hyyppä. K
Paper presented at : Medicinteknikdagarna 2014 : 14/10/2014 - 16/10/2014
Conference paper

Obstacle Avoidance Using Haptics and a Laser Rangefinder (2013)

Innala Ahlmark. D, Fredriksson. H, Hyyppä. K
Part of: 2013 IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts, Tokya, Japan, 7-9 Nov 2013, s. 76-81, IEEE Communications Society, 2013