iapr

Newsletter 52, October 1997


TC10 News #52

Contents:
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Report: GREC'97
Announcement: IJDAR special price
Announcement: GREC'97 Proceedings
Announcement: New Procedure for Best Student Paper Selection for ICPR98

CFP: Statistical Techniques in PR, SPR'98, Sydney, Australia
CFP: Vision Interface, VI'98, Canada
CFP: Special Issue of PR - Image Registration
CFP: South African Workshop on PR, PRASA97, Rhodes Univ., South Africa
CFP: European Conf. on Machine Learning, ECML'98, Chemnitz, Germany
CFP: Int. Conf. on Accoustics, Speech & Signal Proc., ICASSP 98
CFP: Int. Conf. on Image Processing, ICIP-98, Chicago, IL, USA
CFP: Systems, Signals & Image Processing, IWSSIP98, Zagreb, Croatia
CFP: Special Issue AI Review - Data mining the Internet
CFP: DSP Workshop '98, Utah, USA
CFP: IEEE Expert - Special Issue on Vision-based Driving Assistance
CFP: Multimedia Information Analysis and Retrieval, MINAR'98,Hong Kong
CFP: Special Issue, Deformable Models and Techniques

Book Announcement: Intro. to Interpretation of Graphic Images

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Dear TC10 members and friends,

This is the first TC10 news after GREC'97 and ICDAR'97. This issue
begins with a report on the GREC workshop. Since it has been about two
months from the date of the last TC10 news, a lot of announcements
have accumulated for this issue.

Some of the session chairs and session scribes for GREC'97 have given
us their feedback on the respective sessions. The chairs and scribes
who haven't contacted us yet, please send us your impressions, notes,
or transcripts from the respective sessions. We hope to incorporate
these in the post workshop book. Please e-mail the notes, etc. to
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Karl Tombre has written a report on the GREC'97 workshop. The report,
along with my additions, is included below. I would welcome other
participants' impressions of GREC'97. Perhaps some of you have more
interesting thoughts/memories of GREC'97. Please e-mail me your
comments.

Deadlines for some workshops/conferences that are of great interest to
the TC10 community are fast approaching.

RIDT'98 (Raster Imaging and Digital Typography) has a submission
deadline of October 15. The CFP can be found in the last issue of
TC10 news.

Vision Interface'98 has a deadline of October 31. The CFP is
included below.

The Pattern Recognition journal is accepting submission for a
special issue on Image Registration. The deadline for submissions is
November 1. CFP is included below.

SSPR'98 (Structural and Syntactic PR) and SPR'98 (Statistical PR)
have submission deadlines of December 1. The SPR'98 CFP is included
below. The SSPR'98 CFP was included in the last issue of TC10 news.

TC10 News is available on-line at the following URL. Back issues are
also archived at this URL.

http://www.iapr-tc10.or.kr/TC10-News
Now to the regular announcements and calls for papers.

-Atul

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Subject: Report: GREC'97

Report on the GREC'97 workshop

The second International Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC'97),
organized by IAPR TC-10, was held in Nancy (France) on August 22--23.
Around 60 persons from 16 different countries attended this event.
The largest national groups came from the USA and France (15 persons
each), followed by Japan (7 participants). Around 40 participants came
from academic institutions (universities, research centers) and around
20 from industry or other organizations.

The scientific program was organized into six topical sessions:
vectorization and separation, interpretation of engineering drawings,
recognition of business graphics and forms, analysis of maps, diagrams
and symbol recognition, performance evaluation. Each session started
with an introduction to the state of the art of the addressed topic by
a leading scientist. This was followed by short, to-the-point
presentations of the technical contributions. Each session was
concluded by an open 25 minutes panel discussion, where conclusions
were drawn for the different topics and the audience interacted with
the speakers and with each other. These discussions were of high
quality, and we had several thorough exchanges on the big challenges
in graphics recognition.

An international graphics recognition contest was also organized
during the workshop. This contest aimed at testing the participants'
ability to segment text from graphics and to recognize graphical
primitives such as lines, arcs, and circles, both solid and dashed.
Three commercial software packages and one academic software package
participated in this contest. The systems were evaluated on two axes
-- number of missed entities and number of false alarm
entities. Matching of detected entities with the ground truth entities
was done using the methods described in the proceedings paper "A
Performance Evaluation Protocol for Engineering-drawing Recognition
Systems." The testing methodology generated a lot of controversy at
the workshop. Since some of the contest participants were not present
in person at the contest, the contest organizers ran their software on
the test images. It was felt that we did not do a good job fine tuning
the operating parameters of each software for each type of
drawing. Therefore, it was decided to run the contest again, off line,
giving the participants an opportunity to determine the optimal
settings for the operating parameters of their systems. The packages
are currently being re-evaluated. Upon completion of this work, a
report on the contest will be made available through the TC10 web
site.

In addition to the proceedings of the workshop (some copies can still
be ordered for 100 FRF by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ),
we are preparing a book which will include a selection of articles in
revised form, reports from the panel discussions and from the contest,
etc. This book will be published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture
Notes in Computer Science series, and should come out in Spring 1998.
Authors should receive feedback from reviewers later this
month. Authors of the accepted papers will be given until late
December to submit camera ready papers. The precise deadline will be
stated in the acceptance letters.

These days gave also the opportunity to have useful and rich exchanges
on an informal basis, during lunches, coffee breaks and social events.
The welcome reception, the walking tour of Nancy, and the banquet &
canal cruise attracted most of the participants. The optional
post-workshop tour to the Vosges mountains seemed to have frightened
most participants. Only ten people showed up for this tour. The hike
on gradual mountain slopes provided a welcome reprieve from the rigors
of the workshop. Some photographs from the social events will soon be
placed on the TC10 web site.

At the end of the workshop, it was decided that the next workshop
would be held in connection with ICDAR'99, somewhere in India. The
GREC'99 workshop will be co-chaired by Atul Chhabra and Dov
Dori. ICDAR'99 is being held in Bangalore, India, Sepbember 20-22,
1999. Currently, the plan is to organize GREC'99 on September 24 and
25, 1999.

Karl Tombre and Atul Chhabra

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Subject: Anouncement: IJDAR special price

Dear colleagues,

There is a special subscription price to IJDAR for individual members
of IAPR and IAPR member societies: DM 75 + carriage charges (instead
of DM 98 + carriage).

Karl

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From: Karl Tombre <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
Subject: Announcement: GREC'97 Proceedings

There are a few extra GREC97 proceedings left, which can be ordered by
e-mail to me for 100 FRF, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Karl

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From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Gabriella Sanniti di Baja)
Subject: Announcement: New Procedure for Best Student Paper Selection for ICPR98

Dear All,

the following message is of interest to all students submitting a
contribution to the 14th ICPR and willing to participate in the competition
for the Best Student Paper Prize to be given during the ICPR.

The IAPR Education Committee has decided to have a new proceure in the
selection of the Stdudent Prize for the best student-authored paper of ICPR98.
The procedure is following:

"The papers submitted to ICPR98 and to be considered for the Student Prize
should have at most 2 authors (student alone or student + his/her advisor).
With their submission the author(s) should mention that the paper is a
candidate for the Student Prize and in case of 2 authors the advisor should
certify that the paper is mainly the work of the student."

.........................

Dr Gabriella Sanniti di Baja
Istituto di Cibernetica, CNR
Via Toiano 6, 80072 Arco Felice (Naples) ITALY

Tel. + 39 81 8534 237
Fax + 39 81 5267 654
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Adnan Amin)
Subject: CFP: Statistical Techniques in PR, SPR'98, Sydney, Australia


Second International Workshop on Statistical Techniques in Pattern Recognition

Call for Papers and Participation
Swiss Grand Hotel, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia August 11-13, 1998

The WWW page is http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/spr98
Deadline for Submission December 1, 1997

You are invited to participate in the 2nd International workshop on
Statistical Techniques in Pattern Recognition (SPR'98) to be held on August
11-13. 1998 at the Swiss Grand Hotel, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.

Honorary Chairman
Herbert Freeman,
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Co-chairmen
Adnan Amin Pavel Pudil
School of Computer Science&Engineering Inst. of Information Theory and Automation
University of New South Wales Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic
2052 Sydney, NSW, Australia Czech Republic
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Program Committee
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H. Asada Toshiba Corp. Kansai Lab. Japan
L. P. Cordella Naples University, Italy
R. W. Duin Delft University of Technology. The Netherlands
F. Ferri University of Valencia, Spain
D. Geiger Courant Institute, New York University, USA
M. Gilloux SRTP, France
N. Gorsky USSR Acadmey of Science, USSR
J. Grim UTIA Acad. of Sciences, Prague
T. M. Ha University of Berne, Switzerland
L. Hamey Macquarie University, Australia
J.P. Haton INRIA CRIN France
V. Hlavac Czech Technical University, Prague
A. Hoffmann University of New South Wales, Australia
A. K. Jain Michigan State University, MI, USA
J. Jin University of New South Wales, Australia
J. Kittler University of Surrey, U.K.
A. Maeder University of Ballarat, Australia
N. Murshed PUC-PR, Brazil
J. Novovicova UTIA Acad. of Sciences, Prague
S. Raudys Vilnius University, Lithuania
R. Sabourin Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Canada
M. Schlesinger Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
S. Singh University of Plymouth, UK
J. Sklansky University of California, CA, USA
C. Y. Suen Concordia University, Canada
T. Taxt University of Bergen, Norway
H. Yan Sydney University, Australia

Aim and Scope
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The workshop aims to promote interaction and collaboration not only among
researchers working directly in Statistical Pattern Recognition but also among
those specialized in other fields but using or developing statistical
techniques. In this relation it is of particular interest to stimulate links
with many mathematical theoreticians and practitioners alike who work at
present outside the pattern recognition community. These issues include, but
are not limited to, the following issues:

* General methodology
* Statistical Classification Techniques
* Feature Extraction and Feature Selection
* Density Estimation
* Approximation by Mixtures
* Neural Networks
* Clustering Techniques
* Contextual Methods
* Syntactical and Hybrid Methods
* Learning Systems
* Random Fields
* 2D and 3D Object Recognition
* Statistical techniques in image processing
* Speech and one-dimensional signal analysis.
* techniques on document image analysis: handwriting, maps,etc...

Submission Procedure
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Papers should describe original and unpublished work. Prospective authors
should submit five copies of their contribution(s) by December 1, 1997 to:

SPR'98 SECRETARIAT
c/o Adnan Amin (SPR'98)
School of Computer Science and Engineering
University of New South Wales
Sydney, 2052, NSW, Australia
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax : (61) 2 9385 5995

The manuscript submitted should be no longer than 10 pages (double space). The
first page should contain: title, author's name, affiliation and address,
phone/fax number and e-mail address of the contact author. The second poage
should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and keywords. All manuscripts
will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. Accepted
papers will appear in the proceedings which are expected to be published in
the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science by Springer-Verlag, and will be
distributed to all participants at the workshop. We do not review papers
submitted by facsimile or e-mail.

Special Issue of Pattern Recognition
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Selected papers from the workshop will be published in a special edition of
the Journal PATTERN RECOGNITION scheduled for July 1999. Prospective authors
will be asked to submit enhanced papers for review at the workshop.

Homepage:
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Information on the workshop is maintained at

http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/spr98

The page will include information on accepted papers and the final program.

Important Dates
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Extended paper submission deadline: December 1, 1997
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 1998
Camera-ready paper due: 1 May 1998

Location
~~~~~~~~
Sydney is a city of over 4 million people located on the East coast of
Australia. Sydney, with its breathtaking harbour and the Opera House, is one
of the most beautiful cities in the world. The original colony of New South
Wales began here and many of Australia's treasured historic landmarks are
found in its streets and in the nearby countryside. It is the hub of
contemporary Australian life and home to some of Australia's most creative
artists, actors, fashion designer, and musicians.

Some of the most beautiful spots on earth lie in and around Sydney, from
magnificent beaches, many practically deserted most of the year, to mountains
for hiking. Sydney is a vibrant, pulsating city offering a varied cultural
life, many shopping areas, and a great variety of restaurants.

Workshop Site
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The workshop site, Swiss Grand Hotel, is located on Bondi Beach in the
Eastern suburbs of the city. The site is only 7km from Sydney Airport and
5km from the City Centre. Within a 5km radius of the hotel are 8 Premier
Golf Courses, Randwick Racecourse, The Sydney Showground, Football Stadium,
and Cricket Ground.

Weather:
~~~~~~~~
Sydney has a temperate climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers.
The conference will be held in Winter, with daytime temperatures ranging from
16 degrees celcius to 21 degrees celcius. For the month of August, the
average maximum temperature is 18.7 degrees celcius and the average minimum
is 10.4 degrees celcius.

If you intend to participate or would like further information, please send
e-mail to:

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From: Cheriet Mohamed <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
Subject: CFP: Vision Interface, VI'98, Canada

Vision Interface '98

VI '98 - the eleventh Canadian conference devoted to computer vision,
signal and image processing, and pattern recognition - is sponsored by
the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society and the
International Association of Pattern Recognition. VI '98 will have a
theme:
"Computer Vision for Real World Applications". The 1998 conference will
be held in conjunction with Artificial Intelligence and Graphics
Interface. Contributions describing original and unpublished research
results are solicited on this theme and in other areas of computer
vision, image processing and pattern recognition.

http://www.etsmtl.ca/VI98

Program Co-Chairs:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mohamed Cheriet, Ecole de technologie superieure
Yee-Hong Yang, University of Saskatchewan

Important Dates
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Five (5) copies of full papers should be sent to the Program Chair by
31 October 1997.
Acceptance or Rejection will be sent by 31 January 1998.
Full copies of accepted papers are due by 28 March 1998.

For Further Information Contact Mohamed Cheriet or:
Wayne Davis, PO Box 817, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0
Phone: 403-553-3029, Fax: 403-553-2745, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vision Interface '98 - Papers must be received by: 31 October 1997.

VI'98 will have a theme: "Computer Vision for Real World Applications".

Contributions describing original and unpublished research results
are solicited on this theme and in other areas of computer vision, image
processing and pattern recognition. Topics of the conference include,
but not limited to, the following:

2D and 3D scene analysis
Biomedical image analysis
Image database
Industrial visual inspection and applications
Active and real-time vision
Image compression and coding
Image segmentation
Image processing in multimedia computing
Mathematical morphology
Stereo and motion analysis
Neural networks Document compression and coding
Document analysis
Content-based image retrieval
Object recognition
OCR and Handwriting recognition
Texture analysis
Video retrieval and indexing
Web or network-based image processing and retrieval

Five (5) copies of full papers of not more than 15 double-spaced pages
should be submitted to either of the Program Co-chairs before 31 October
1997. Each paper must have a cover page with the title of the paper, the
authors, the affiliation, physical and email addresses, telephone and
fax numbers, an abstract with no more than 250 words, and at most 5
keywords in descending order of preference to classify the paper. In
addition, authors are required to submit a cover letter indicating: (1)
the physical address and e-mail address of the corresponding author,
(2) telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author, (3) that the
submitted paper has not been and will not be simultaneously submitted to
another conference or journal, and (4) that one of the authors will
present the paper at the conference if the paper is accepted. Each paper
is alloted up to 8 pages in the Conference Proceedings. Selected papers
will appear in a special issue of The International Journal of Pattern
Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. The selection process will be
done by the program committee.

Program Co-chairs:

Mohamed Cheriet
Dept de Genie de la Prod Automatisee
Ecole de Technologie Superieure
Universit=E9 du Qu=E9bec
1100, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montreal, PQ H3C 1K3
Ph: 514-396-8972
Fax: 514-396-8595
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yee-Hong Yang
Dept of Computer Science
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9
Ph: 306-966-4891
Fax: 306-966-4884
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Program Committee:
Horst Bunke, Bern University
Yoshua Bengio, Universit=E9 de Montr=E9al
Roland T Chin, Hong Kong U of S&T
Frank Ferrie, McGill University
Denis Gingras, INO
Robert E. Haralick, University of Washington
Geoffrey Hinton, University of Toronto
Rangashar Kasturi, Penn State University
Denis Laurendeau, Universit=E9 de Laval
Xiaobo Li, University of Alberta
Ze-Nian Li, Simon Fraser University
Jim Little, University of British Columbia
Rejean Plamondon, Ecole Poly de Montr=E9al
Robert Sabourin, Ecole de Tech Sup
Georges Stamon, Paris-Sorbonne
Ching Y Suen, Concordia University
Tardi Tjahjadi, University of Warwick
Patrick Wang, Northeastern University
Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Gifu University

--- Mohamed Cheriet
VI'98 Co-Chair

Laboratoire d'Imagerie, de Vision et d'Intelligence Artificielle
LIVIA
Ecole de Technologie Superieure
Universite du Quebec

Mohamed Cheriet, ing., Ph.D.,
Professeur,
Departement de Genie de la Production Automatisee,
Ecole de Technologie Superieure,
1100, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montreal (Quebec) Canada H3C 1K3

Tel: (514) 396-8972 Fax: (514) 396-8595 Email: =
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Web Sites : http://www.etsmtl.ca/prof/cheriet.htm

http://www.etsmtl.ca/VI98

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From: Ardeshir Goshtasby <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
Subject: CFP: Special Issue of PR - Image Registration

LAST CALL FOR PAPERS
Special Issue of PATTERN RECOGNITION on Image Registration

Image registration is a basic operation involving determination of
correspondence between all points in two or more images of the same
scene. This operation is needed in many image analysis tasks such as
change detection, image data fusion, and image geometric correction.
The need for image registration has tremendously increased due to the
increased use of temporal and moultimodal 2-D and 3-D images in
medical, remote sensing, and industrial applications. The aim of this
special issue is to survey existing image registration techniques and
introduce new techniques that improve over existing ones.

TOPICS:
Papers are solicited covering theory as well as applications of
image registration including but not limited to: feature selection,
feature correspondence, similarity metrics, image geometric
transformation, image resampling, sub-pixel accuracy, evaluation,
comparison of existing techniques; as well as registration techniques
that are application-dependent and take into consideration special
properties of medical, remote sensing, and industrial images.

PAPER SUBMISSION:
Submit four copies of your paper to either of the guest editors.
Papers covering general and application-independent topics should be
submitted to:
Dr. Ardeshir Goshtasby
303 Russ Engineering Center
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Wright State University
Dayton, OH 45435

and papers covering application-specific topics should be submitted
to:
Dr. Jacqueline Le Moigne
USRA/CESDIS Code 930.5
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771

IMPORTANT DATES:
Paper Submissions: Nov. 1, 1997
Notification of Acceptance: Feb. 1, 1998
Paper in Final Form: May 1, 1998

HOMEPAGE:
More complete information about this special issue can be found at
http://www.cs.wright.edu/people/faculty/agoshtas/ImgReg.html

FURTHER INFORMATION:
For further information, please contact
Dr. A. Goshtasby (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or
Dr. J. Le Moigne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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Subject: CFP: South African Workshop on PR, PRASA97, Rhodes Univ., South Africa

PRASA 97

Dear Potential Participant

We have just discovered to our horror that our mailing system failed
to distribute our First Call for papers, which was meant to go out to
a mailing list of 200 people over three weeks ago! We apologise for
the delay - here are the details:

PRASA 97

Call for Papers for the 1997 SA Pattern Recognition Workshop.

I would appreciate it if you could circulate this document as far as
possible. Any persons not contacted directly could email me (Allon
Poole) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) so that I can add them to the email
address list. It would be appreciated if you could inform me of
anybody that can only be reached by way of fax or mail in order for me
to contact them.

Any suggestions for special sessions or special types of discussions
are also welcomed.

The call for papers and other details are available on the workshop
web page at
http://phlinux.ru.ac.za/hoia/prasa97.html

Note: You are encouraged to send your abstracts as email messages.

.....................................................................

Announcement and call for papers for the
Eighth Annual South African Workshop on Pattern Recognition

to be held at

Rhodes University

26-27 November 1997

(*** Please note slight change of dates from those advertised at
COMSIG)


1. PRASA

This workshop will be the fourth one organized as the main annual
event of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA).
PRASA is affiliated with the "International Association for Pattern
Recognition" (IAPR). Therefore, members of PRASA will also enjoy the
benefits of the IAPR. Registration for this workshop is all that is
required to become a member of PRASA.

2. Call for Papers

Those interested in presenting their work at the workshop are invited
to submit abstracts consisting of no more than 500 words to the
Pattern Recognition Workshop (via mail, fax or email as provided
below). Topics which would be considered include (but are not
limited to) the following:

1 Pattern Recognition Theory
2 Pattern Recognition Applications
3 Image Processing
4 Signal Processing
5 Neural Networks
6 Remote Sensing
7 Computer Vision
8 Document Processing
9 Neural Dynamics


2.1 Abstract Requirements

Title
Name(s) of Author(s) and affiliation(s)
Name of Corresponding Author
Oral or Poster Presentation preferred
Associated topics from above list (if possible)
Abstract
Postal Address
Fax Number
Email Address


The submission deadline is 30 October 1997. Authors will be notified
by 8 November 1997 whether their papers have been accepted for
presentation. Depending on the number of contributions, some of these
may be required to be presented as poster papers. A special poster
session and informal panel discussion will be arranged if
necessary. Posters should be indicated on abstract submissions
especially if the work being reported is of a nature which makes
extended discussion particularly useful. All authors should provide a
camera ready copy of their papers at the workshop for the published
proceedings. Fifteen minutes will be allowed for each of the oral
presentations, followed by five minutes for questions. Two awards
will be presented for the best papers: one for the best paper overall
and one for the best paper presented by a student.

3. Registration

The venue of the Workshop will be in the Continuing Education Centre
on the Rhodes campus. The CEC is an ideal venue for an informal
workshop style conference, set in quiet, wooded surroundings. The
venue can viewed on our webpage. At this stage, the workshop is
scheduled to begin at 13h00 on Wednesday 26 November, and end at 13h00
on Thursday 27 November. These times may change, depending on the
response. The full registration fee is R300. This includes a copy of
the proceedings and the conference dinner. It also serves as a fee for
one year regular PRASA membership.

Extra dinner tickets for partners are available at R90.

Full-time students may register at the student fee of R150 and this
includes a copy of the proceedings. (Extra Proceedings may be ordered
separately) It also serves as a fee for one year PRASA student
membership.

A registration form appears at the bottom of this document. To avoid
problems of reconciling payments with registration forms, please print
the registration form, complete it and return to the Workshop Chair
together with your cheque (made payable to PRASA97 - RU), by
mail. Your registration will be acknowledged on receipt.


4. Accommodation and Travel

4.1 Accommodation

Participants are expected to make their own accommodation
arrangements. Accommodation at a reasonable price is available in the
CEC itself - these are single, en suite bedrooms (R105 B&B, R125 B&B +
lunch). Click on the webpage to view this accomodation. Then contact
Leslie Futter (0461) 318138, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Double room
accomodation within walking distance (10 mins) is available at
Historic Cottages (R100 sharing, R120 single). Contact Roswita Hobson
(0461) 28936. For details of hotel accomodation, contact Grahamstown
Tourism (0461) 23241.


4.2 Traveling

Conference attendees are expected to make their own travel
arrangements. Grahamstown is about 1.5 hour's drive from the nearest
airport at Port Elizabeth. The Leopard Express minibus service runs
back and forth once a day. For more details, contact:

Leopard Express (0461) 24589
Grahamstown Tourism (0461) 23241


5. Organizing Committee

Allon Poole This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. za
Lee-Anne McKinnell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ac.za
Justin Jonas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


6. Workshop contact Address

Mail address: Pattern Recognition Workshop
Department of Physics and Electronics
Rhodes University
P.O. Box 94
Grahamstown
6140

Fax : (0461) 25049
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7. Registration form:

Name: ....................................................
Affiliation: ....................................................
Address: ....................................................
....................................................
....................................................
...................................................
Telephone: ....................................................
Fax: ....................................................
E-mail: ....................................................
Payment (Yes/No):..................................................
(for Full membership /registration : R300
for Student membership registration : R150 )

...........

Lee-Anne McKinnell (nee Williscroft)
Physics Department
Rhodes University
Grahamstown
6140
Tel: +27 (0461) 318450
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From: Donato Malerba <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
Subject: CFP: European Conf. on Machine Learning, ECML'98, Chemnitz, Germany


Call for Papers

TENTH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON MACHINE LEARNING (ECML'98)

Chemnitz, Germany, April 21-24 1998

Up-to-date information on the conference can be found at
http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/informatik/ecml98/


GENERAL INFORMATION:

The 10th European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML-98) will be
held in Chemnitz (ex- Karl Marx Stadt, near Dresden), Germany, from
April, 21st to 24th 1998.


PROGRAM

The scientific program (April 21 - 23) will include invited talks,
presentations of accepted papers, summary and commenting sessions on
current and upcoming issues in machine learning, tutorials, an
industrial session as well as poster and demonstration
sessions. Saturday, April 24, will be devoted to workshops.

Separate calls for proposals will be issued (please, consult ECML'98
web page or contact ECML'98 chairpersons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for
details).


RELEVANT RESEARCH AREAS

Submissions are invited that describe empirical and theoretical
research in all areas of machine learning. In addition, papers from
related disciplines that deal with adaptive intelligence,
(semi-)automated knowledge acquisition, or (semi-)automated knowledge
organization are welcome.

Submissions that describe the application of machine learning methods
to real-world problems are encouraged, but such submissions should
speak of general issues of machine learning, perhaps illustrating
novel learning methods or demonstrating the utility of established
methods in previously unexplored settings.

Key Words (non exhaustive list)

abduction knowledge base refinement
analogy knowledge discovery in databases
artificial neural network knowledge intensive learning
bayesian network machine learning of natural language
case-based learning multi-agent learning
cognitive modelling multistrategy learning
computational learning theory pattern recognition
cooperative learning planning and learning
evolutionary computation reinforcement learning
genetic learning revision and restructuring
grammatical inference robot learning
inductive learning scientific discovery
inductive logic programming statistical approaches
information retrieval and learning vision and learning
knowledge acquisition and learning web navigation, web mining


SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Two kinds of submissions are solicited: full papers describing
substantial completed research or applications, and research notes
reporting on work in progress. Submissions must be clearly marked as
one of these two kinds. The programme committee may decide to move
accepted contributions from the full paper to the research note
category. All accepted papers will be presented at plenary sessions
and will be published in the conference proceedings. The conference
proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag, Berlin, as part of
the "Lecture Notes in AI (LNAI)" series.

A copy of the review form can be obtained at
http://www.lri.fr/~ecml98/reviewform.html or by mail request to
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Format: The size limit for submissions is 12 pages for full papers, 6
pages for research notes (excluding title page and bibliography, but
including all tables and figures). Submissions exceeding this limit
will not be reviewed. Submitted papers should preferably be formatted
according to the LNAI guidelines.

Formatting instructions and LaTeX style files for LNAI are available
at http://www.lri.fr/~ecml98/llncs/ or can be obtained by e-mail
request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A separate title page must contain the title of the paper, the names
and addresses of all authors, a list of keywords, and an abstract of
maximum 200 words. The full address of the first author (or the
contact person), including phone, fax and e-mail, must be given.

The following items must be submitted by October 31, 1997. Four hard
copies of the paper, an electronic version (uuencoded and compressed
PostScript) of the paper, and an electronic version of the titlepage
only (plain ASCII).

POSTER and DEMONSTRATION SESSION

Slightly moderated poster and demonstration sessions will be
organized. People willing to present research work, activities of a
research group or project, news, demonstration of software, etc. are
invited to send a two page description. The selection criterion will
be relevance with respect to the scope of the
conference. Contributions will be published separately from the
proceedings as a technical report of Chemnitz University.


REGISTRATION AND FURTHER INFORMATION

For information about paper submission and program that would not be
available on the web site, please contact the program chairs. For
information about local arrangements, registration forms, etc.,
please, contact the local organizers at

FIRST Business Travel International
Innere Klosterstr. 19
D-09111 Chemnitz Germany
Phone: 0049-371-6752212
Fax: 0049-371-6752233
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IMPORTANT DATES:

Submission deadline: 31 October 1997
Notification of acceptance 13 January 1998
Camera ready copy 9 February 1998
Conference 21-24 April 1998


PROGRAM CHAIRPERSONS

Claire Nedellec and Celine Rouveirol (University of Paris-Sud, France)


LOCAL CHAIR:

W. Dilger (Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany)


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:

A. Aamodt (Norway) N. Lavrac (Slovenia)
D. Aha (USA) R. Lopez de Mantaras (Spain)
F. Bergadano (Italy) S. Matwin (Canada)
I. Bratko (Slovenia) K. Morik (Germany)
P. Brazdil (Portugal) G. Nakhaeizadeh (Germany)
W. Daelemans (Netherlands) D. Page (UK)
L. De Raedt (Belgium) L. Saitta (Italy)
M. Dorigo (Belgium) D. Sleeman (UK)
F. Esposito (Italy) M. Van Someren (Netherlands)
T. Fogarty (UK) P. Vitanyi (Netherlands)
J. Fuernkranz (Austria) S. Wrobel (Germany)
Y. Kodratoff (France) G. Widmer (Austria)


IMPORTANT ADDRESS

Submitted papers, and poster / demonstration descriptions should be
sent to :

Claire Nedellec and Celine Rouveirol (ECML'98)
LRI, Bat 490
Universite Paris-Sud
F-91405 Orsay Cedex FRANCE
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.................

F. Esposito & D. Malerba
University of Bari, Italy

Donato MALERBA
Universita' degli Studi di Bari Tel.: +39 - 80 - 5443269
Dipartimento di Informatica Fax.: +39 - 80 - 5443196
via Orabona 4 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bari I-70126
Italia
http://lacam.uniba.it:8000/pagine/people/donato/Donato.html

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From: Mei-Yuh Hwang <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
Subject: CFP: Int. Conf. on Accoustics, Speech & Signal Proc., ICASSP 98


DEAR COLLEAGUE,

Finally, ICASSP 98 is ready for accepting paper submission. This year,
IEEE Signal Processing Society has decided a new submission procedure
--- only one full-paper submission due November 3, 1997. No more early
abstract submission and NO REVISION ON ACCEPTED PAPERS, either.

ICASSP 98 is also attempting to automate the process of generating the
conference guide, etc., by ELECTRONIC Paper Cover Sheet. In addition,
you will be able to verify your paper's outlook on CD-ROMs when you
FTP your Postscript file to the ICASSP 98 server.

For details, please follow the instruction on our Web site:
HTTP://ICASSP98.MICROSOFT.COM/ to submit your paper. You can find the
Author's Kit and various forms on the Web. If you cannot access ICASSP
98 Web site, you can also acquire all the relevant information via
anonymous FTP to ICASSP98.MICROSOFT.COM; then "cd icassp98/akit". An
ASCII text version can also be obtained by sending e-mail to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with body text "info icassp98" (without
quotes).

If you receive this e-mail, but not a hard copy of our Call-For-Papers
(which has been mailed at the beginning of September, 1997), please
send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for our record, and to get a
hard copy of the Call-For-Papers, if you want.


TO SUBMIT A PAPER
In summary, the steps to submit a paper are:

1. Read the Paper Preparation and Abstract Preparation in the Author's Kit
first, regarding the format of your paper.
In general, the format is the same as past ICASSPs. Likewise, we also
provide templates for Word and LaTex.

2. Prepare a CAMERA-READY paper, at most 4 pages long, including figures
and references, and find an appropriate subcategory from the Paper
Categories for your paper.

3. Do Electronic Submission of the Paper Cover Sheet. If the electronic
submission is not successful, you will need to fill out the Paper Cover
Sheet manually and prepare a floppy disk containing the Cover Sheet
information and the abstract of your paper.

4. If you succeed at Step 3, FTP the postscript file of your full paper
to the ICASSP 98 server.

5. Fill out one copy of the Copyright Form.

6. Mail the following package in a large envelope with a cardboard to
prevent bending.

a) 1 Copyright form,
b) 6 hard copies of your full paper, with one Paper Cover Sheet on top
of each copy,
c) the floppy disk if your electronic submission is not successful.

The package has to be received by the conference office on or before
November 3, 1997. The address of the conference office is:
ICASSP-98
Courtesy Associates
2000 L Street NW, Suite 710
Washington DC, 20036 USA


SCHEDULE

Both Electronic submission and camera-ready package:
To be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by November 3, 1997.

Notification of acceptance:
To be mailed out on January 31, 1998.


NOTE

The year of 1998 is also the 50th anniversary of the IEEE Signal
Processing Society. ICASSP 98 will celebrate the 50th anniversary by a
full morning of special plenary speech, given by world-wide famous
researchers and industrial leaders. So join us at ICASSP 98 to
retrospect the past 50 years and plan for the next 50 years.

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Subject: CFP: Int. Conf. on Image Processing, ICIP-98, Chicago, IL, USA


IEEE Signal Processing Society
1998 International Conference
on Image Processing
October 4-7, 1998
Chicago, Illinois, USA

ICIP-98 CALL FOR PAPERS

ICIP-98, sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society, has been
recognized as the premier forum for presentation of technological
advances and research results in the fields of theoretical,
experimental, and applied image and video processing. Held annually
since 1994, ICIP brings together worldwide leading engineers and
scientists in image and video processing. Research frontiers in
fields ranging from traditional image processing applications to
evolving multimedia and video technologies are regularly advanced by
results first reported in ICIP's technical sessions.

SCOPE:
1. GENERAL TECHNIQUES AND ALGORITHMS Filtering, Enhancement, Restoration,
Coding, Segmentation, Multiresolution Processing, Multispectral
Processing, Image Representation, Image Analysis, Image Understanding,
Interpolation and Spatial Transformations, Neural Networks for Image
Processing, Architectures and Software.
2. COMPUTED IMAGING
Acoustic, Radar, Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, Geophysical and Seismic,
Speckle Imaging, Radio Astronomy, Computer Holography, Confocal,
Electron Microscopy, X-ray Crystallography, Coded- Aperture Imaging,
Real-Aperture Arrays.
3. IMAGE SCANNING DISPLAY AND PRINTING
Scanning and Sampling, Quantization and Halftoning, Color Reproduction,
Rendering, Graphics and Fonts, Image Quality, Visualization.
4. VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA
Multimedia, HDTV, Enhanced Quality TV, Packet Video, Motion Detection,
Analysis and Estimation, Image Sequence Processing, Video Data Base, Low
Bit Rate and Very Low Bit Rate Coding, Video over Wireless Channels, Video
Signal Processor ICs, Access to and Retrieval from Multimedia Databases.
5. APPLICATIONS
Application of Image Processing Technology to any field, including the
Biomedical Sciences, Astronomy, Geosciences, and Environment and Document
Processing.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES
Prospective authors are invited to propose papers for presentation in any
of the technical areas listed above. To submit a proposal, prepare a 2-3
page summary of the paper including figures and references. Send six
copies of the paper summary each with a cover sheet stating: (1) paper
title, (2) technical area(s), (3) nature of problem which you have
addressed and its importance, (4) original contribution, (5) contact
author's a. first (personal) name, b. last (family) name, c. address, d.
telephone number, e. fax number, and f. electronic mail address to:

Conference Management Services
3109 Westchester Avenue
College Station, TX 77845-7919, USA

Each selected paper (five-page limit) will be published in the Proceedings
of ICIP-98. Presentations will be assigned to a lecture or poster session
by the technical committee. Style files in LaTeX will be provided for the
convenience of the authors. Additional information can be obtained at our
web site:

http://mri.beckman.uiuc.edu/ICIP98/


ICIP-98 SCHEDULE:
Paper proposals due: 16 January 1998
Notification of Acceptance: 10 April 1998
Camera-Ready papers due: 5 June 1998


[ You may obtain the paper submission cover sheet from the web site
above -AKC ]

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From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Mislav Grgic)
Subject: CFP: Systems, Signals & Image Processing, IWSSIP98, Zagreb, Croatia


5th International Workshop on Systems, Signals and Image Processing

June 3-5, 1998 - Zagreb, Croatia

C A L L F O R P A P E R S


After successful workshops in Budapest (1994 and 1995), Manchester (1996) and
Poznan (1997), the 5th International Workshop on Systems, Signals and Image
Processing, IWSSIP'98, will be organized by the Faculty of Electrical
Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb and co-sponsored by IEEE, IEE
and European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP). IWSSIP'98 is an
international workshop on theoretical, experimental and applied signal and
image processing. The workshop intends to attract high quality papers
and bring together researchers from both sides of the Atlantic as well
as from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

SCOPE

1. General techniques and algorithms. Adaptive DSP algorithms. Digital filter
implementations. Multidimensional signal processing. Image analysis and
segmentation. Image restoration and enhancement. Image representation and
modeling. Digital transforms.
2. Technologies. Neural networks. Expert systems. Fuzzy systems.
Edge detection. Pattern/object recognition. Multisensor data fusion.
3. Image and video coding. Vector quantization. Fractals. Transform coding.
Subband and Wavelet coding. Motion estimation. Shape description and
recognition. Texture coding. Colour processing. Standards.
4. Multimedia networks and protocols. Multimedia services. Multimedia servers.
B-ISDN and ATM. Internet. Wireless and mobile networks.
5. Implementations. Analog and digital circuits and systems for audio, image
and video processing. Architectures and VLSI hardware. Programmable signal
processors. Real time software.
6. Applications: communications, television, digital production, broadcasting,
medical, sensing, robotics, telepresence, virtual reality.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Prospective authors are invited to propose papers in any of the technical areas
listed above. To submit a proposal prepare a 2-3 page summary of the paper
including figures and references. Send four copies of the paper summary and a
cover sheet stating the (1) paper title, (2) technical area(s), (3) contact
author's name, (4) address, (5) telephone and fax number and (6) e-mail address
to:
prof. Branka Zovko-Cihlar
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Department of Radiocommunications - IWSSIP'98
CROATIA, 10000 Zagreb, Unska 3

Each accepted paper (four-page limit) will be published in the Proceedings.

SCHEDULE

Extended summaries: January 15th, 1998
Notification of acceptance: March 1st, 1998
Submission of camera-ready papers: April 1st, 1998

CONFERENCE SITE

IWSSIP'98 will be held at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing,
University of Zagreb, Unska 3, Zagreb, Croatia.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Program Chair
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Branka Zovko-Cihlar, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Program Co-chair
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sonja Grgic, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Publicity Chair
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Panos Liatsis, UMIST, UK

Financial Chair
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Kalman Fazekas, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary

Tutorials Chair
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Marek Domanski, Poznan University of Technology, Poland

Proceedings Chair
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Basil Mertzios, Democritos University of Thrace, Greece

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

H.Babic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
M.Brady, University of Oxford, UK
V Capellini, University of Firenze, Italy
A.Davies, King's College London, UK
M Domanski, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
K.Fazekas, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
A. Fettweis, Ruhr University, Germany
M.Ghanbari,University of Essex, UK
J.Konrad, University of Quebec, Canada
M.Kunt, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
P.Liatsis, UMIST, UK
W.Mecklenbrauker, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
B.Mertzios, Democritos University of Thrace, Greece
H.G.Musmann, University of Hannover, Germany
P.Podhradsky, Slovak Technical University, Slovak Republic
J.Turan, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
J. Vandewalle, Chatolic University of Leuven, Belgium
K.Wajda, University of Mining and Metallurgy, Poland
B.Zovko-Cihlar, University of Zagreb, Croatia

SECRETARY

Mislav Grgic
University of Zagreb, Croatia

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http://grgicnt.cc.fer.hr/iwssip98

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Subject: CFP: Special Issue AI Review - Data mining the Internet


Artificial Intelligence Review:
Special Issue on Data Mining on the Internet


The advent of the World Wide Web has caused a dramatic increase in usage
of the Internet. The resulting growth in on-line information combined
with the almost chaotic nature of the web necessitates the development
of powerful yet computationally efficient algorithms to track and tame
this constantly evolving complex system.

While traditionally the data mining community has dealt with
structured databases, web mining poses problems not only due to the
lack of structure, but also due to the intrinsic distributed nature of
the data. Furthermore, mining on the Internet involves also dealing
with multi-media content consisting of not only natural language
documents but also images, audio and video streams. Several
interesting and potentially useful applications have already been
developed by academic researchers and industry practitioners to address
these challenges. It is important to learn from these initial endeavors,
if we are to develop new algorithms and interesting applications.

The purpose of this special issue is to provide a comprehensive
state-of-the-art overview of the technical challenges and successes
in mining of the Internet. Of particular interest are papers
describing both the development of novel algorithms and applications.
Topics of interest could include but are not limited to:

* Resource Discovery
* Collaborative Filtering
* Information Filtering
* Content Mining (text, images, video, etc.)
* Information Extraction
* User Profiling
* Applications, e.g., one-to-one marketing

In addition to the call for full-length papers, we request that any
researchers working in this area submit abstracts and/or pointers to
recently published applications for the purposes of compiling a
comprehensive survey of the current state-of-the-art.

The mission of Artificial Intelligence Review: The Artificial
Intelligence Review serves as a forum for the work of researchers and
application developers from Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science
and related disciplines. The Review publishes state-of-the-art
research and applications and critical evaluations of techniques and
algorithms from the field. The Review also presents refereed survey
and tutorial articles, as well as reviews and commentary on topics
from these applications.

Instructions for submitting papers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Papers should be no more than 30 printed pages (approximately 15,000
words) with a 12-point font and 18-point spacing, including figures
and tables. Papers must not have appeared in, nor be under
consideration by other journals. Include a separate page specifying
the paper's title and providing the address of the contact author for
correspondence (including postal, telephone number, fax number, and
e-mail address). Send FOUR copies of each submission to the guest
editor listed below. Papers in ascii or postscript form may be
submitted electronically. Instructions for on-line submission are
given below.

Information For on-line submission
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Kluwer Academic Publishers allows on-line submission
of scientific articles via ftp and e-mail. We will make
this system more user-friendly by incorporating it into our
KAPIS WWW server and use Netscape as the user-interface.
This is currently being prepared and will be implemented by
the end of this year. Below, please find the procedure that
should be used until then.

- an author sends an e-mail message to "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " containing the
following line
REQUEST SUBMISSIONFORM AIRE

AIRE = Artificial Intelligence Review (the 4-letter code that is used
at Kluwer)

- the author receives the electronic submission form (see attachment)
via e-mail with a dedicated file name filled in (and also the
information that is given at point 4: the journal's four-letter code plus
the full journal title)

- the author fills in the submission form and send it back to:
"This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

- at the same time, the author submits his/her article via anonymous ftp
at the following address: "ftp.wkap.nl" in the subdirectory
INCOMING/SUBMIT, using the dedicated file name with an appropriate
extension

- at Kluwer, the article is registrated and taken into production in the
usual way


Important Dates
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Papers Due: December 15, 1997
Acceptance Notification: March 1, 1998
Final Manuscript due: June 1, 1998
Guest Editor: Shivakumar Vaithyanathan, net.Mining, IBM Almaden Research Center,
650 Harry Road, San Jose, CA 95120
(408)927-2465 (Phone)
(408)927-2240 (Fax)
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Subject: CFP: DSP Workshop '98, Utah, USA


CALL FOR PAPERS --- Eighth Digital Signal Processing Workshop


The Eighth Digital Signal Processing Workshop, sponsored by the IEEE
Signal Processing Society, will be held August 9-12, 1998 in Ruby's
Inn near the entrance to the Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The
Park is approximately one hour from St. George, Utah by car, about
2-1/2 hours from Las Vegas and about five hours from the Salt lake
City. Papers are solicited for technical poster sessions on the
following topics:

Time-Frequency Signal Analysis
Nonlinear Systems
Signal Reconstruction and Estimation
Adaptive Filtering
DSP Algorithms and Architectures
Statistical Signal Processing
Multirate Filter Banks
Signal Compression
DSP for Communications
Applications of DSP

Prospective authors are invited to send four copies of two-page paper
summaries to Lee Swindlehurst for review:

A. Lee Swindlehurst
Dept. of Electrical and Comp. Engg.
459 CB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

The top of the first page of the summary should include a title,
names, affiliations, addresses, phone and fax numbers, and email
addresses of the authors. Authors of accepted papers will then submit
camera-ready four-page papers, which will form the published workshop
proceedings. In addition to the contributed poster presentations, the
workshop will include a number of invited plenary talks on topics of
general interest.

Deadlines:

Submission of two-page summary ................... January 1, 1998
Notification of acceptance ....................... February 10, 1998
Submission of four-page papers ................... April 1, 1998
Room Deposit ..................................... June 30, 1998

Rates:

IEEE member registration (before May 1, 1998) ............ $220
Non-member registration (before May 1, 1998) ............. $275
IEEE member registration (after May 1, 1998) ............. $275
Non-member registration (after May 1, 1998) .............. $325
Student registration (before May 1, 1998) ................ $150
Student registration (after May 1, 1998) ................. $200
Room (single or double occupancy) ........................ $85/night
Room (triple or quad occupancy) .......................... $90/night

Additional Information:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: http://www.egr.msu.edu/DSP98/


Workshop Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

General Chairman

V. John Mathews
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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+ 1 801 581 7869

Technical Program

A. Lee Swindlehurst
Dept. of Electrical and Comp.
Engg.
459 CB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

Scott C. Douglas
University of Utah

Mark J. T. Smith
Georgia Tech

Jogn Triechler
Applied Signal Technology

Andrew Yagle
University of Michigan

Local Arrangements

Brian Jeffs
Brigham Young University

Workshop Proceedings

Stephen Pohlig
M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory

Publicity

Robert Nowak
Michigan State University

Finance/Registration

Todd Moon
Utah State University

International Liaisons

Europe: Pierre Duhamel
SIG/ENST

Asia: V. U. Reddy
Indian Institute of Science

Australia: Robert Bogner
University of Adelaide

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From: Alberto Broggi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
Subject: CFP: IEEE Expert - Special Issue on Vision-based Driving Assistance


C A L L F O R A R T I C L E S

IEEE Expert Magazine


VISION-BASED DRIVING ASSISTANCE IN VEHICLES OF THE FUTURE
http://www.ce.unipr.it/expert

ALBERTO BROGGI, Guest Editor

Thanks to the increasing computational power of current computer systems
and to the reduced costs of image-acquisition devices, in the last few
years vision-based sensing of the surrounding environment has gained a
strategic importance not only in military applications, but also in the
automotive field. This special issue will address the problems of
autonomous vehicle driving, describe common techniques, and present the
state of the art. Suggested topics include

- Vision-based guidance of unmanned vehicles.
- Analysis of real-time constraints for vehicle driving.
- Vehicle navigation in unknown environments.
- Integration of specialized hardware on vehicles.
- Description of research prototypes.
- Legal aspects.
- Analysis of future trends.

Expert seeks two kinds of articles:

- TUTORIALS and SURVEYS introducing this field and reviewing the state
of the art or the state of the practice of work done in this area,
with the aim of comparing different solutions and techniques. Such
articles should be approximately 6,000 words (9-10 magazine pages),
with extensive references to widely available published works. One or
two such articles will likely be included.

- ARTICLES describing prototypes of autonomous vehicles developed
worldwide by universities, research centers, corporations, and
government institutions. These articles should describe both the
techniques and the results obtained, and the references should allow
the interested reader to follow up on both. Articles describing the
fusion of data coming from sensors other than vision are also welcome.
These articles should be from 5,500 to 6,000 words (8-9 magazine
pages), with no more than 12 references. A consistent and useful set
of definitions and examples can often help explain the underlying
mathematics. Such aids can be presented as sidebars in the published
article. Four or five such articles will likely be included.

All authors should submit six hard copies of their article by December
20, 1997, to the guest editor, Alberto Broggi. Authors intending to
submit tutorials or survey articles are encouraged to discuss this with
the guest editor or to send an extended abstract to him by October 1,
1997.

Guest Editor: Alberto BROGGI
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione
Universita` di Parma
I-43100 Parma
ITALY
Fax 39 (521) 90-5723
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Schedule:
Submission of manuscripts: December 20, 1997
Acceptance/rejection notification: April 12, 1998
Revised manuscripts due: June 7, 1998
Publication: September 1998

For more information, access http://www.ce.unipr.it/expert

IEEE Expert: Intelligent Systems and Their Applications publishes
technically substantive articles that are referenced extensively in the
literature and read by 8,000-9,000 people worldwide. Expert is a magazine
of applied AI - a bridge between the research community and the user
community. Its readers want to learn about the tools, techniques,
concepts, and systems that have potential for real-world applications.
Conceptual or theoretical papers are welcome, provided they clarify and
present items of importance to applications. Clear, not overly formal,
writing is essential.

All articles will be carefully peer reviewed. Authors whose articles are
accepted on technical grounds will work with the magazine's staff editors
to arrive at a final article that is clear, straightforward, and valuable
to the user community.

Full publication guidelines are available at
http://computer.org/pubs/expert/edguide.htm, or from the managing editor
at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Gabriella Sanniti di Baja)
Subject: CFP: Multimedia Information Analysis and Retrieval, MINAR'98,Hong Kong

Dear IAPR Community Members,

please find enclosed the CfP of MINAR'98, organised by TC12 - Multimedia
Systems.

Best regards

Gabriella Sanniti di Baja
IAPR Secretary
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FIRST CALL FOR PAPER

IARP International Workshop on
Multimedia Information Analysis & Retrieval
(MINAR'98)

Organised by IAPR TC12 - Multimedia Systems

13-14 August 1998 (Thursday-Friday), HONG KONG

This international workshop will focus on the latest technologies for
the modelling, indexing, and retrieval of multimedia information with
emphasis on pictorial data.

Following a similar highly successful Workshop held in Amsterdam prior
to ICPR'96, this workshop, to be held in Hong Kong, is located
conveniently for participants attending ICPR'98 to be held in
Brisbane, 17-20 August 1998, Australia.

General Chair: Horace H S Ip (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Programme Chair: Arnold Smeulders (Amsterdam University, The
Netherlands)

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Ramesh Jain (UCSD,USA)

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Indexing methods: theoretical foundation and performance
analysis
Content-based media retrieval
Dynamic composition of multimedia content
Invariant and multi-resolution techniques for image/video
retrieval
Multimedia information visualization
Content analysis and analysis tools
System integration
Multimedia databases and information management
Applications

International Programme Committee
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S K Chang (Pittsburg U, USA)
A del-Bimbo (U of Firenze, Italy)
W Grosky (Wayne State, USA)
R Kasturi (Penn State, USA)
T Kato (ETL, Japan)
C Leung (Victoria U, Australia)
S D Ma (Academica Sinica, PRC)
D Petkovic (IBM, Almaden USA)
H Samet (Maryland U, USA)
S Smoliar (FXPAL,, USA)
R Srihari (Cedar, USA)
H Tagare (Yale, USA)
J K Wu (NUS, Singapore)

Proceedings of the workshop will be published by Springer-Verlag as as
a volume in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series.

Submission Instruction
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Authors are requested to submit full paper (in English) of no more
than 20 pages (double-spaced, 12-point, including text, figures and
references) describing original results of their research work. Each
copy of the paper should have a cover page containing the title of the
paper, names and addresses of the authors, and an abstract of no more
than 200 words.

Deadlines
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Paper Submission 15 January 98
Notification of Acceptance 15 March 98
Final Camera-ready paper 15 April 98

Five hard copies of each paper should be sent to:

Prof. Horace H S Ip
Professor & Head
Department of Computer Science
City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon,
Hong Kong
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: +852 2788-8614

Local Organising Committee:
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Publicity Irwin King (CUHK)
Local Arrangements K C K Law (CityU)
Publication T C Pong (HKUST)


Sponsored by IAPR and the Hong Kong Society for Multimedia and Image
Computing
Co-operated with IEEE (HK) Computer Society (to be confirmed)

Enquiries: Prof. Horace H S Ip (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Image Computing Group
Department of Computer Science
City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon,
Hong Kong

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Subject: CFP: Special Issue, Deformable Models and Techniques

Dear IAPR Community Members,

please find enclosed the CfP for a special issue of Signal Processing.

Best regards

Gabriella Sanniti di Baja
IAPR Secretary
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CALL FOR PAPERS

Signal Processing
An International Journal
Special Issue on
DEFORMABLE MODELS AND TECHNIQUES
FOR IMAGE AND SIGNAL PROCESSING


GUEST EDITORS:

Aurelio Campilho
INEB-Instituto de Engenharia Biomedica
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
4050 Porto, Portugal

Mohamed Kamel
Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence Lab.
Dept. of Systems Design Engineering
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L3G1, Canada


THEME OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE:

The use of deformable models has attracted the attention of many researchers
due to the uniqueness and powerful characteristics of this approach in
dealing with the representation of complex and flexible 2D and 3D shapes.
Furthermore, these models provide a powerful analytical and theoretical
framework overcoming ad-hoc approaches for image analysis and representation.
The focus of this issue will be on designing, developing, and implementing
methods which are based on deformable models and theory and which are aimed
at solving problems in applications such as: biomedical signals and images,
character recognition, computer vision and visualization.


TOPICS FOR ARTICLES IN THIS SPECIAL ISSUE INCLUDE:

* Deformable model theory: mathematical models, dynamical models, geometrical
deformation, free form deformation, time varying deformation, etc..
* Methods and techniques: finite element methods, constraint methods, energy
minimization methods, spline methods, blended methods, elastic and nonrigid
matching, tracking, morphing, classification and segmentation.
* Analysis: modal analysis, shape description and recognition, motion tracking
and analysis, vibration analysis, image sequence analysis.
* Applications (include but not limited to): biomedical imaging, character
recognition, computer vision, industrial inspection, visualization and
citology.


TIMETABLE:

Manuscript Due: Nov 10, 1997
Notification of acceptance decision: April 20, 1998
Final Version due: June 10, 1998


SUBMISSION:

Five copies of papers written in English, should be received by the guest
editors at the address below, on or before Nov 10th, 1997. The paper length
should be at least 15 and at most 25 double spaced pages, 12pt font on 8.5
by 11 inch or A4 paper. Please include a covering page containing full
contact details and e-mail address. All submissions will be peer reviewed
for originality, technical contents and relevance to the theme of the special
issue. Electronic submission is not acceptable.


SUBMISSION ADDRESS:

Prof. A. Campilho
Signal Processing Special Issue
INEB-Instituto de Engenharia Biomedica
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Pr. Coronel Pacheco, 1
4050 Porto, Portugal

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From: "Sergey Ablameyko" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
Subject: Book Announcement: Intro. to Interpretation of Graphic Images

I would like to propose to attention of TC10 members information about
my book entitled "AnIntroduction to Interpretation of Graphic Images"
that has been published last month by SPIE. I believe that it should
be interesting to our community.

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

S.Ablameyko

An Introduction to Interpretation of Graphic Images, SPIE Press, TT27,
USA, 1997, 182 pages.

Includes 8 chapters, 550 bibliographical references and index

ISBN 0-8194-2380-7

Price: SPIE member $34, WG member $39, Nonmember $42.
The book can be ordered from SPIE - The International Society for
Optical Engineering

Phone: (1) 360 676-3290
Fax: (1) 360 647-1445
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
WWW: http://www.spie.org


Author's coordinates:

S.Ablameyko
Institute of Engineering Cybernetics
Minsk, Byelorussia

Phone: +375 (17) 268-51-44
Fax: +375 (17) 231-84-03
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The book summary

The image analysis community has put much effort into developing
systems for the automatic reading of various types of documents
containing text, graphic information, and pictures. A closely related
but much more problematic task is the reading and interpretation of
line drawings such as maps, engineering drawings, and diagrams. This
book considers the problem in detail, analyzes its theoretical
foundations, and analyzes existing approaches and systems.

The book is organized in the sequence in which line drawings are
usually analyzed. The first chapter considers the problem of
line-drawing interpretation. A comparison is made between manual and
automatic line-drawing input, and between vector and raster types of
information representation; line-drawing specifics are analyzed in
detail. A brief overview of the existing research systems is given as
well as commercial systems existing in the Russian market.

The second chapter is devoted to a general methodology of the
line-drawing interpretation process. First, the main requirements for
an interpretation technology are given. We then consider the basic
technology stages and show how an initial image is transformed to a
final representation. All intermediate image models are classified and
described in detail. Finally, possible output image representations
for maps and engineering drawings are considered.

The third chapter addresses image scanning and binarization. The main
characteristics of existing scanners are shown and how they can be
used to input line drawings. An analysis of existing image file
formats is given, leading to a discussion of the binarization of
gray-scale images. Finally, the two principal theoretical tools for
binary image processingCthe distance transform and mathematical
morphologyCare introduced.

The binary image preprocessing stage is analyzed in the next
chapter. First, the general principles of raster-to-vector transform
of binary images are introduced. Then, noise reduction algorithms for
binary images are presented, as well as classification of thinning
algorithms and a developed thinning algorithm. The medial axis
transform operation, to obtain object middle lines, and image
contouring are also discussed.

Chapter 5 addresses the main techniques for image vectorization.
Feature extraction and thinned image vectorization stages are
described, polygonal approximation algorithms are classified, and an
example of a data structure to represent the vectorized images is
given. Since the vectorized image usually has defects (structural
noise), algorithms to reduce object defects are considered.

The sixth Chapter is devoted to recognition of cartographic objects. A
general methodology of map recognition is proposed that incorporates
the three main object classes: line objects, area and texture objects,
and symbols. Its classification is given and algorithms to recognize
these object classes are described. Note that recognition algorithms
for line objects and symbols are based on vector object
representation, while recognition of texture objects is based on
raster representation.

Chapter 7 examines the problem of engineering drawing (ED) entities
recognition. Specifics of ED image vectorization are introduces that
take into account as much information about the initial drawing as
possible. Algorithms to recognize all main ED entitiesCarcs, circles,
line types, dimensions, crosshatching areas, and blocksCare proposed.
Recognition examples are given.

The final chapter explores output image representation. Because
automatic recognition alone cannot produce the required output,
interactive techniques for map interpretation are described. Control
of the digitized data is considered and its main notions are
introduced. Existing devices for drafting the vectorized image models
are investigated. Practical applications of map and engineering
drawing interpretation, and recommendations for design of such
systems, are given. Finally, topics for further development of this
problem are discussed.

We have attempted to examine all problems of line-drawing
interpretation and hope this book will be useful for creation of such
systems.

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That's all for now. In the next TC10 news, I hope to present the
results of the graphics recognition contest.

As you may notice in my signature, the name of my employer has
changed. My ex-employer, NYNEX, has merged with another US regional
phone company, Bell Atlantic. The new Bell Atlantic is now the second
largest phone company in the US.

Your TC10 chairman,
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Bell Atlantic Network Services, Fax: (914)644-2561
Advanced Technologies Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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