Andrea Rotenberg

Computer Vision in Space

On-site in Tartu 28 July - 10 August 2024

Computer vision in space involves the application of image processing and artificial intelligence techniques to analyse visual data obtained in space environments. This field encompasses the development and implementation of algorithms for tasks such as object recognition, tracking, and autonomous navigation in space missions. It plays a crucial role in interpreting satellite imagery, aiding planetary exploration through robotic missions, and enhancing the capabilities of spacecraft and rovers. The goal is to enable machines to "see" and interpret visual information, contributing to the success and efficiency of various space-related endeavours.

The course on Computer Vision in Space aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of various aspects related to the application of visual methods towards space exploration. The course offers insights into the algorithms and methods employed in space applications. During the two-week programme, participants will delve into the topic’s foundational principles, deployment methods and approaches to operate onboard spacecrafts or rovers. Exercises aligned with the lectures will provide the required hands on experience, which will be tied into a short summarizing project work at the end of the summer school, where the participants can apply the various aspects learned during the last days.

An exciting and unique aspect of the course is the opportunity for participants to test their own implementations on the KuupKulgur, the Estonian lunar rover platform. This practical exposure will provide a rare chance for students to witness the translation of theoretical concepts into real-world scenarios. Throughout the week, several experts in the field will present inspirational talks. Additionally, there will be a guided visit to the Tartu Observatory Space Missions Simulation Center.



Focus area: Computer Vision in Space Coordinating unit at UT

Tartu Observatory / Space Technology Department

Study Field:  

Robotics and Computer Engineering

Course Leader Ric Dengel, University of Tartu
Format Summer course Location Tartu, Estonia
Course dates: 28 July - 10 August 2024 Apply by: 30 April 2024
ECTS: 3 Fee: 700 €
Study group MSc and advanced BSc Language English


  • Ric Dengel, University of Tartu
  • Quazi Saimoon Islam, University of Tartu
  • Rando Avarmaa, University of Tartu
  • Joosep Kivastik, University of Tartu


Two weeks prior to the start of the programme an information file will be sent to all participants. This file contains the daily schedule and relevant contact information of the programme managers.

Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country. It is recommended to visit the Tartu Welcome Centre website and arrival and housing section to find accommodation opportunities.