Newsletter 60, November 1999

Newsletter of the IAPR Technical Committee on Graphics Recognition (TC10)
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TC10 News #60


CFP: ICPR 2000, Barcelona, Spain
CFP: CVPR 2000, Hilton Head Island, SC, USA
CFP: Vision Interface 2000, Montreal, Canada
CFP: SSPR'2000 and SPR'2000, Alacant, Spain
CFP: IWFHR 2000, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
CFP: EEMCV 2000, Empirical Evaluation Methods in CV, Dublin, Ireland
CFP: DAS2000, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
CFP: IJDAR Sepcial Issue on Graphics Recognition

Call for Participation: Math. Morphology & its apps, Palo Alto, USA
Call for Participation: Doc. Recog. and Retrieval VII, San Jose, USA

Book Announcement: OCR: An illustrated guide to the frontier

Dear TC10 members and friends,

Welcome to issue #60 of TC10 News.

First and foremost, I apologize for the long delay between this issue
of TC10 News and the last. Over the last few months, all my spare time
was taken up in organizing the GREC'99, the primary workshop of this
TC. Now that GREC'99 is over, I will send out the TC10 newsletter more

The submission deadlines for the following conferences/workshops are
fast approaching: ICPR 2000, CVPR 2000, Vision Interface 2000, and SPR
+ SSPR 2000. See the calls for papers below.

Below is some information on the just concluded GREC'99, extra copies
of GREC'99 proceedings, the next GREC workshop, and the Graphics
Recognition Contest.

GREC'99, Jaipur, India, September 26-27, 1999

The Third IAPR International Workshop on Graphics Recognition
(GREC'99), the primary workshop organized by IAPR TC10, was held in
Jaipur, India, in September 1999. GREC'99 immediately followed the
ICDAR'99 conference. I will include a formal report on GREC'99 in the
next issue of TC10 News. For now, you can visit the GREC'99 web site
(http://www.iapr-tc10.or.kr/grec99/) for some photographic
memories of the workshop. I thank the participants, most of whom
travelled a very long distance, for making the workshop a success.

At present, we are working on the post workshop collection of refereed
papers in the Springer LNCS series.

It was encouraging to see many new faces at GREC'99. Welcome to all
the new members of TC10!

Extra Proceedings of GREC'99

About 30 copies of the GREC'99 workshop are available for sale. If you
wish to order a copy, please visit the GREC'99 web site
http://www.iapr-tc10.or.kr/grec99/ and follow the link "Order

GREC 2001

At the GREC workshop in Jaipur, it was decided that the next workshop
on Graphics Recognition will be organized by Dorothea Blostein
(Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada). Further details,
including the venue and the dates of the workshop, will be announced

Graphics Recognition Contest

The graphics recognition contest scheduled to be held at the GREC'99
workshop could not take place due to the large amount of work required
in preparing real test images and the ground truth data. We are
continuing work in this area. We will test the participating raster to
vector conversion software systems off-line and will present the
results of the contest at ICPR 2000.

Now to the regular announcements.


> From: ICPR2000 <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
> Subject: CFP: ICPR 2000, Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Barcelo Sants
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
3-8 September 2000

ICPR2000 will be an international forum for discussion on recent
advances in the fields of Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Neural
Networks, Image, Speech and Signal Processing and Robotics, as well as
on their applications. Participants will have the opportunity to
attend highly specialised presentations and to meet colleagues from
the above fields. In addition, Barcelona offers a combination of
history and modern convenience for attendants to enjoy from the Gothic
Quarter, Picasso Museum, or Gaudi's Guell Park and Sagrada Familia to
the more recent Olympic Ring or the Maremagnum.

Paper Submission Deadline: December 1st, 1999

Authors are requested to submit their papers before December 1st,
1999. To submit a paper you have to register it on the web site at


by filling out all the requested information including the paper
abstract (about 150 words). Additionally, you have to send by post a
paper copy of this abstract registration page and four DIN A4 copies
of the full paper to the secretariat address:

ICPR'2000 Secretariat
Gran Via Corts Catalanes, 454 - 1
08015-Barcelona (Spain)

Papers must be written in English with a maximum extension of 4 pages
and omitting authors names and affiliation. Paper formats and style
files will be available at the above web address.


ICPR2000 offers the possibility to participate in several competitions
of algorithms and techniques. More information will be available in
the Contest section of the Conference web site
(http://www.cvc.uab.es/ICPR2000). Results of each contest will be
published as a paper in the conference proceedings.


ICPR'2000 invites you to send proposals for the Tutorial
Program. Tutorials will be held on September 3rd, 2000 immediately
before the start of the main conference. Tutorials will be offered
both on standard topics and on new and more advanced topics.

Those interested in presenting a tutorial should submit a proposal to
the ICPR'2000 Tutorial Chair, Prof. Joan Climent
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) before February 1st, 2000. A tutorial proposal
should contain the following information:

- A brief description of the tutorial. It has to be suitable for
inclusion in the conference registration brochure.
- A detailed outline of the tutorial.
- Necessary background and potential target audience for the tutorial.
- A brief resume of the presenter(s), which should include name,
postal address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address if available,
background in the tutorial area and any available example of work in
the area (ideally, a published tutorial-level article on the subject).

Those submitting a proposal should keep in mind that tutorials are
intended to provide an overview of the field; they should present
reasonably well established information in a balanced way.


ICPR'2000 promotes the organization of workshops on specific topics in
the previous or later days of the conference. Those interested in
organising a workshop near Barcelona during these days should contact
Prof. M. Ines Torres (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) who will coordinate and
support these events.

> Subject: CFP: CVPR 2000, Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern
Recognition (CVPR 2000), Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, June
13-15, 2000.

Submission Deadline: November 29, 1999


> From: VI2000 Conference <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
> Subject: CFP: Vision Interface 2000, Montreal, Canada

Call for papers: Vision Interface 2000
& co-located conferences

Vision Interface is a Canadian Conference with International
representation. Its focus includes issues of vision, image processing
and machine perception. It will take place May 14-17 in Montreal and
be co-located with several other conferences including the
International Symposium on Robotics, the oldest running robotics
conference. We also anticipate a full slate of exciting invited

Contributions describing original and unpublished research
results are solicited.

The paper deadline for Vision Interface 2000 is November 26th, 1999.

For a complete description of the conference and the call for papers,
visit the web page at


For information on the International Symposium on Robotics, Graphics
Interface, Artificial Intelligence 2000, the IRIS conference, the
machine tools show, or the robotic show, please visit


> From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
> Subject: CFP: SSPR'2000 and SPR'2000, Alacant, Spain

Syntactical and Structural Pattern Recognition (SSPR'2000)
Statistical Pattern Recognition (SPR'2000)

Alacant, Spain, 30 August - 1 September 2000

The International Association for Patter Recognition (IAPR) and its
technical committees on Statistical Pattern Recognition (TC1) and
Syntactical and Structural PR (TC2) are organising a Joint workshop
prior to the next ICPR in Barcelona. The workshop aims at promoting
interaction and collaboration not only among researchers working
directly in the areas covered by TC1 and TC2 but also among those
specialized in other fields but using or developing statistical,
syntactic or structural techniques. In this relation it is of
particular interest to encourage links with mathematical
statisticians, theoreticians and practitioners alike who work at
present outside the pattern recognition community.

Submission deadlinefor SSPR and SPR 2000: December 10, 1999

More details please see the web site: http://www.dlsi.ua.es/ssspr2000

> From: Lambert Schomaker <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
> Subject: CFP: IWFHR 2000, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Seventh International
Workshop on Frontiers
in Handwriting Recognition

11-13 September 2000
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Chairmen: We are pleased to announce the 7th IWFHR,
which will take place 11-13 September 2000
L. Schomaker & S. in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (in the week
Impedovo after the ICPR'2000 in Barcelona). The
IWFHR series of conferences aims at
Program Committee: providing a platform for researchers in the
areas of on-line and off-line recognition
Andras Kornai (USA) of handwriting, in the area of pen-based
Andreas Hennig (GER) interface development and systems for the
Andrew Downton (UK) processing of handwritten documents and
Angelo Marcelli (Italy) forms in all languages. The program
Bernadette Dorizzi (FR) committee invites the submission of papers
Ching Y. Suen (Canada) for inclusion in the conference. All
Claudie Faure (France) accepted papers will be published in the
Daniel Lopresti (USA) conference proceedings and the authors of
Fang-Hsuan Cheng (Taiwan) accepted papers will be invited to present
Giovanni Seni (USA) their work in the form of oral
Graham Leedham (Singapore) presentations or posters.
Greg Hullender (USA)
Guy Lorette (France) A number of themes have been defined for
Hans Dolfing (Germany) the 7th IWFHR:
Jochen Gloger (Germany)
Jonathan Hull (USA) * multiple-source information
Josef Kittler (UK) integration
Juergen Franke (Germany) * multiple-agent technology in pattern
Kazuhiko Yamamoto (Japan) recognition
Lambert Schomaker (NL) * recognition and interactivity in small
Lindsay Evett (UK) mobile systems
Louis Vuurpijl (NL) * handwriting recognition in multimedia
Mal Shridhar (USA) * pen-based systems and multimedia
Marc Parizeau (Canada) * high-performance off-line recognition
Markus Schenkel (Switzerland) systems
Masaki Nakagawa (Japan) * benchmarking methodology and
Michael Fairhurst (UK) performance evaluation
Michel Gilloux (France)
Michel Weinfeld (France) Program Chairs
Paul Gader (USA) ==============
Rejean Plamondon (Canada) dr. L.R.B. Schomaker (NICI, NL)
Sargur Srihari (USA) prof. S. Impedovo (Univ. Bari,IT)
Sebastiano Impedovo (Italy)
Seong-Whan Lee (Korea) Submission
Simon Lucas (UK) ==========
Torsten Caesar (Germany) 10-page full papers. A LaTeX style will
Venu Govindaraju (USA) be provided
Yannis Dimitriadis (Spain)
Young-Bin Kwon (Korea) Important dates
Submission deadline: Jan. 15th, 2000
Notification of acceptance: Apr. 3rd, 2000
7th IWFHR Secretariat
Nijmegen University/NICI
P.O.Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands
* Website: http://hwr.nici.kun.nl/7th.iwfhr.2000/
* Venue: Golden Tulip Barbizon Palace, Amsterdam

> From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
> Subject: CFP: EEMCV 2000, Empirical Evaluation Methods in CV, Dublin, Ireland


Second Workshop on
Empirical Evaluation Methods in Computer Vision

In Conjuntion with ECCV 2000, June 2000 -- Dublin, Ireland


In order for computer vision to mature from both scientific and
industrial points of view, we must have objective methods for
evaluating algorithms. Towards this end, we are organizing the the
Second Workshop of Empirical Evaluation of Methods in Computer
Vision. As with the first workshop, one of the goals of the workshop
is to bring together researchers in the computer vision community to
present papers and discuss methods for empirical evaluation of vision
algorithms. We hope to foster interaction and discussion on this
subject, and to learn from related fields that have successfully used
empirical evaluation methods. Read a report about the first
evaluation workshop at CVPR'98.


The workshop program will include tutorials, invited speakers, and
presentations of contributed papers. The emphasis for the invited
speakers will be on methods for statistically analyzing performance
results; i.e., when is the difference in performance between two
algorithms statistically significant.

Contributed papers will be reviewed based on content relevant to the
theme of the workshop, with an emphasis on sound empirical methods and
results. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

methods / tools / databases for performance evaluation,
empirical comparison of different algorithms for vision problems,
evaluation of medical imaging algorithms in clinical settings,
evaluation of algorithms for industrial applications,
and statistical analysis of algorithm performance results.


Papers should be submitted no later than 1 February 2000. Submission
are to be made electronically. Each submission should have a cover
page which includes the address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail
address of the corresponding author. Papers are limited to 25
double-spaced pages (12 pt, 1 inch margins), including figures,
references, etc. Accepted papers will be published as part of an
edited book or in a proceedings volume.



> Subject: CFP: DAS2000, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Fourth IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems
December 10-13, 2000 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

> Subject: CFP: IJDAR Sepcial Issue on Graphics Recognition


Graphics Recognition: Enabling Machines
to Understand Line Drawings and Symbols

With the acceleration of options to convert paper documents into
digital ones, the need for advanced graphics recognition technologies
is on the rise, so as to take full advantage of the semantics conveyed
by the graphics as an important and frequently the crucial part of a
document or scene.

This special issue of IJDAR is devoted to graphics recognition. The
papers to be included in this issue will provide a broad perspective
of state-of-the-art graphics recognition technologies, systems and
techniques and their relation to document understanding and computer
vision/pattern recognition.

Areas covered may include, but are not limited to:

Basic Techniques: Vectorization; Shape recognition; Graphics/text
separation; Symbol recognition.

System Approaches: Graphics recognition; Generic graphics recognition
and reusability; Patterns and frameworks in graphics recognition;
Incorporating graphics recognition into document analysis systems.

Applications: Graphics Recognition over the Internet: Principles,
requirements and uses; Applications to E-commerce; Content-based image
retrieval. Line drawing understanding: Maps, cartography and GIS;
Engineering drawings; Diagrams and schemas; Utility drawings.
Non-textual symbol-based languages: Music, Chemistry, and
Mathematics. Robotics and navigation: Fiducial recognition for indoor
industrial and home applications; AGV homing through graphics
recognition. Outdoor applications: Traffic sign recognition; Car plate
recognition; Intelligent highway applications.

Electronic Submission of Manuscripts: Please submit your manuscript
electronically in PDF format, through the IJDAR Electronic Submission
Page by March 31, 2000.


Preliminary Abstract: ASAP
Full paper: March 31, 2000
Editors' Decisions: May 30, 2000
Final Manuscript Due: June 30, 2000
Tentative Publication Date: September 2000


Dov Dori (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa 32000

Karl Tombre (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Campus scientifique, B.P. 239
54506 Vandoeuvre-l?-Nancy CEDEX

Atul K. Chhabra (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Bell Atlantic Network Systems,
Advanced Technology
500 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10604

Other upcoming IJDAR special issues include Document Analysis for
Office Systems and Performance Evaluation. For more information on
this and other IJDAR special issues, see http://ijdar.cfar.umd.edu

> From: Luc Vincent <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
> Subject: Call for Participation: Math. Morphology & its apps, Palo Alto, USA

Applications to Image and Signal Processing (ISMM 2000), June 26-28,
2000, Palo Alto, California, USA.

This symposium is the fifth in a series of international workshops
devoted to the area of mathematical morphology and its applications in
image and signal processing. The scientific program will include
invited talks and contributed papers. The size of the workshop will be
limited in order to enable interaction between the participants.

Please visit the official ISMM 2000 site at:


> From: Dan Lopresti <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
> Subject: Call for Participation: Doc. Recog. and Retrieval VII, San Jose, USA

Document Recognition and Retrieval VII

Wednesday-Thursday 26-27 January 2000
Part of IST/SPIE's 12th Annual International Symposium on Electronic Imaging
San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, California, USA

Conference Chairs: Daniel P. Lopresti, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs.;
Jiangying Zhou, Summus Technologies, Inc.

Sessions include:

OCR Techniques
Non-English OCR
Document Image Processing
Equations, Forms, and Drawings
Document Categorization
Document Archiving and Retrieval
Segmentation and Compression

The detailed program for this conference can be found at:


> From: George Nagy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
> Subject: Book Announcement: OCR: An illustrated guide to the frontier

OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION: An Illustrated Guide to the Frontier

Stephen V. Rice, George Nagy, Thomas A. Nartker

The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science
Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999 (194 pages, hardcover)

Optical character recognition (OCR) is the most prominent and
successful example of pattern recognition to date. There are
thousands of research papers and dozens of OCR products. This book
offers a perspective on the performance of current OCR systems by
illustrating and explaining actual OCR errors. The pictures and
lighthearted analysis provide insight into the strengths and
weaknesses of current OCR systems, and a road map to future progress.

The first chapter compares the character recognition abilities of
humans and computers. The next four chapters present 280 illustrated
examples of recognition errors, in a taxonomy consisting of Imaging
Defects, Similar Symbols, Punctuation, and Typography. These examples
were drawn from large-scale tests conducted by the authors. The final
chapter discusses possible approaches for improving the accuracy of
today's systems, and is followed by an annotated bibliography.


That's all for now. To my US friends, wish you happy thanksgiving

Your TC10 chairman.
Atul K. Chhabra Phone: (914)644-2786
Bell Atlantic Network Sytems, Fax: (914)644-2561
Advanced Technology Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
500 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10604, USA

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