Newsletter 36, February 1996


- Some news from the TC10 chairman
- Announcement: International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology
- CFP: Workshop on Image DB and Multi Media Search
- CFP: EP96
- CFP: ECAI workshop
- Call for Posters: Data Analysis in Astronomy
- CFP: IEEE Digital Signal Processing Workshop
- Conference information: SDAIR'96
- Conference information: Colour Perception

Dear TC10 members.

Time for a new TC10 mailing... First of all, let me give you some news
about the post-workshop book following the graphics recognition
workshop last Summer. After a strict reviewing process and extensive
corrections made by the authors of the selected papers, prof. Kasturi
and I met a couple of weeks ago to finalize the content of the
book. Some last changes were requested from some authors, and now we
have all the material for the book more or less ready. All this will
be sent in the coming days to Springer Verlag, so in some weeks we
should have available a book entitled "Graphics Recognition -- Methods
and applications", in the "Lecture Notes in Computer Science" series.
It was a pleasant experience to see how the different contributing
authors were willing to make the (sometimes extensive) requested
changes and to do their best to come up with a nice final result.

Those of you who know the French academic system may also be
interested in knowing that I will defend tomorrow my "Habilitation a
diriger des recherches", a post-PhD degree, at "Universite Henri
Poincare Nancy 1". My document is entitled "Quelques contributions a
l'interpretation de documents techniques", for those who care...

As usual, we have several CFP and conference announcements. Some of
these are reproduced in extenso, but others are only presented in a
shortened version. I remind you that you can find complete archives of
these announcements (and others) at the WWW addresses
http://www.loria.fr/~tombre/CFP/maillist.html for the CFPs
http://www.loria.fr/~tombre/Programs/maillist.html for the programs

First, here is the announcement for an imaging journal:
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Eugene Veklerov)
>Subject: Journal Announcement

The International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology

This journal has been published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. since 1989.
The new editors are Z. H. Cho (University of California, Irvine) and
L. A. Shepp (Bell Laboratories).

This interdisciplinary quarterly journal offers comprehensive coverage
of imaging science and technology. Papers are drawn from a range of
areas, such as physics, chemistry, biomedical sciences and engineering,
radiology, geoscience, astronomy, computer science, mathematics, material
science, oceanography, etc. Articles stress research and techniques
that are common to the imaging science in these fields. The journal
therefore provides a single source for current information pertinent to
scientists, engineers and specialists working in the area of imaging
science and technology, as well as a forum for the development of new

All submitted papers should be sent to:

Professor Z. H. Cho
Department of Radiology
University of California
Irvine, CA 92717

For subscription information, write to:

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Subscription Department
605 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10158

Telephone: 212-850-6645
FAX: 212-850-6088, Attn: Journal Subscription Dept.

Our colleagues from IAPR TC12 are organizing a workshop this
Summer. The topics can be of interest for many of us:
>Subject: Workshop on Image DB and Multi Media Search

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* International Association of Pattern Recognition IAPR *
* Technical Committee 12 - Multi Media and Image Communications *
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* invites to a *
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* First International Workshop on Image Databases and Multi Media Search *
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* 22-23 August 1996, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS *
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There is more information available via the Internet:


Aims and Scope:

Over the past few years, a substantial development is
going on in the field of managing large amounts of
electronically stored image data mainly due to the
interest of building multimedia information systems
(database community) and image database
systems (computer vision community). Flexible visual
information management is needed to efficiently
store, retrieve and process of visual content. The
objective of the workshop is to bring together
researches as well as practitioners in the field of image
database and multi media research to improve
the construction of future visual information systems for
commercial and scientific applications.

The initiative for the workshop comes from the
IAPR technical committee 12 on multimedia and image
communication and it is set to precede the International
Conference on Pattern Recognition ICPR, to be
held in Vienna, Austria, August 25 - 30, 1996.

The workshop committee invites papers on the following themes:

* Image stills and video databases
* Indexing by content
* Video segmentation
* Pictorial query and retrieval definition
* Efficient data structures for image retrieval
* Interactive video search
* Video on demand
* Hyper-links in multi media document
* Continuous media synchronization
* Search strategies for multi-media browsing
* Compression and video browsing

The workshop will be held at the Faculty of WINS,
Department of Computer Science and Logic,
University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The working language of the conference is English.

Workshop Chairs:

Organizing Chair

Arnold W. M. Smeulders
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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Horace Ip
City University
Hong Kong
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Program Chair

Ramesh Jain (University of California at San Diego, USA)

Program Committee Members:

Shi-Kuo Chang (University of Pittsbur., USA)
Thijs Chanowski (BSO-Media lab, the Netherlands)
Alberto Delbimbo (Universita' di Firenze, Italy)
William I Grosky (Wayne State University, USA)
Arding Hsu (Siemens Corporate Research, USA)
Wu Jian Kang (NUS, Singapore)
Toshikazu Kato (ETL, Tsukuba, Japan)
Kangachar Kasturi (Penn State, USA)
Martin Kersten (CWI, the Netherlands)
Clement Leung (Victoria Univ. of Techn., AUS)
Rosalind Pickard (MIT, Cambridge, USA)
Dragutin Petkovic (IBM at Alamden)
Stephen W. Smoliar (FXPAL, USA)
Rohini Srihari (Cedar, USA)
Hemant Tagare (Yale, New Haven, USA)

Call for Papers:

Authors wishing to contribute to the workshop
should send 3 copies of an extended abstract (2-3 pages
in length) before 1 April 1996. Please include the title,
name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, address,
telephone, fax, and E-mail. Abstracts will be refereed
by a panel of assessors. We have made an
arrangement with the editors of Pattern Recognition Letters
to assemble a special issue on
"computational aspects of multi media search" from a selection
of the conference papers. The same
arrangement will be considered for papers
on "multi media systems" for the IEEE Multi Media.

Please submit written extended abstracts and completed manuscripts to:
Conference Secretary
Faculty of WINS, Department of Computer Science and Logic,
University of Amsterdam
Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 525 7490
Fax: +31 20 525 7463

or postscript file by email to:

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All accepted papers will be distributed to all
participants at the workshop. A contribution of $200 will
cover the conference fee ($100) as well as the
tickets for two lunches and the dinner ($100). The
contribution does not include accommodation charges.

Important Dates:

Submission of extended abstracts (three copies) 1 April 1996
Acceptance decision 1 June 1996
(max. 8 pages) completed paper submission (three copies) 1 July 1996
Workshop 22-23 August 1996

Further Information:

For requests and further information please
contact the local committee:
Carel van den Berg, Theo Gevers and Marcel Worring email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Conference Secretary
Faculty of WINS, Department of Computer Science and Logic
University of Amsterdam
Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

The conference on electronic documents also comes in its 1996
edition. Here is the CFP:
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Anne Brueggemann-Klein)
>Subject: EP96 REMINDER: Submission Deadline April 1

Archived at <URL:http://www.iao.fhg.de/Library/conferences/>.
See also http://www.xsoft.com/XSoft/ep96.html

EP96: Call for papers

EP96, the International Conference on Electronic Documents,
Document Manipulation and Document Dissemination will be
held in Palo Alto, California (USA) at the Xerox Palo Alto
Research Center, on September 24-26, 1996. Palo Alto is
approximately 65 kilometers from downtown San Francisco and
40 kilometers from the San Francisco International Airport.

This conference will be the sixth in a series of
international conferences organized to promote the exchange
of novel ideas in the area of computer manipulation of

The first two conferences in the EP series, EP86 held in
Nottingham, England, and EP88 in Nice, France, concentrated
mainly, on the specific aspects of the production of
documents by computer, from composition to printing. EP90,
which was held in Washington, adopted a broader definition
of the term Computer Assisted Publication, and accordingly,
included more material on new topics such as the
application of data-base techniques to document handling,
hypertext and hypermedia systems, and document recognition
and analysis. EP92, held in Lausanne, Switzerland, confirmed
the trend for documents to impact more and more areas in
computer science. EP94, held in Darmstadt, Germany, focused
explicitly on document representation, transformation,
management and interpretation. EP96 is expected to continue
this trajectory.


Authors are invited to submit papers describing original
research results. Submissions will be refereed by the
program committee. Accepted papers will be published, as
in the last EP conference, as a special edition of
Electronic Publishing -- Origination, Dissemination, Design.
These proceedings will be available at the conference.
Complete papers in English on the following topics are

- Modeling and representation of documents

Document structures
Integration of text, images, graphics, sound and video
Integration of document manipulation systems with other
software tools
Standards: evaluation and implementation
Active documents, documents as user agents
Object oriented approaches

- Document management

Document preparation systems
Hypermedia and multimedia: standards, production, editing
and visualization
Large document collections
Indexing and retrieval techniques
Documents, work and workflow management
Distributed documents: parallel algorithms, multi-user
User-machine interfaces

- Document recognition and interpretation

Structural recognition of documents
Filtering and image handling techniques
Multi-lingual documents
Semantic document structures

- Dissemination and presentation of documents

World-Wide Web and other forms of electronic
Presentation design for electronic dissemination and
Visual and auditory aspects of documents
Document display issues: resolution, quantization levels,
colour tables, halftoning

- Document manipulation and education

Electronic document dissemination and education
Computer assisted document production
Experiences in teaching EP
The place of EP in Computer Science Curricula

Papers should be at most 12 pages. Please send a paper version
(10 copies) or an electronic version (PostScript) to
the Program Chair.


A day of tutorials is planned for September 23, 1996,
the day before the EP conference.

PODP Workshop

The Workshop on Principles of Document Processing (PODP)
will be held on September 23, 1996, also on the day before
the EP conference. A separate call for papers is being sent
out for this workshop. Visit the PODP Web page at
http://www.cs.umbc.edu/conferences/podp/ for further

Main deadlines for EP96

Today Fill out and mail the reply form to the
Conference Secretariat.
April 1, 1996 The full paper should be received by the
Program Chair.
June 1, 1996 Notification of acceptance or rejection.
June 15, 1996 Distribution of the program.
July 1, 1996 Final version of the accepted paper should
be received by the Conference Secretariat.
September 24--26, 1996 EP96 Conference.


A block of rooms is reserved at a hotel in Palo Alto
(about three kilometers from the conference site). The hotel
is providing a shuttle bus service for conference attendees.
The hotel has agreed to accommodate attendees both before and
after the conference at the conference rate.


General Chair: Allen L. Brown, Jr.
Program Chair: Anne Bru"ggemann-Klein
Proceedings Editors: Allen L. Brown, Jr. and An Feng
Tutorials Chair: Rolf Ingold
PODP Chairs: Charles Nicholas and Derick Wood
Local Organization: Allen L. Brown, Jr. and An Feng

Sponsors: Xerox Corporation
Further interested parties are cordially
invited to contact Allen Brown at the
Conference Secretariat.

Program committee:

Jacques Andre' INRIA/IRISA, Rennes, France
Charles Bigelow Stanford University, USA
David F. Brailsford University of Nottingham, UK
Allen L. Brown, Jr. Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto, USA
Heather Brown University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Anne Bru"ggemann-Klein Technische Universita"t Mu"nchen, Germany
Giovanni Coray Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
Lausanne, Switzerland
Anton Eliens Free University, Amsterdam,
The Netherlands
An Feng Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto, USA
Hans-Peter Frei UBILAB, Union Bank of Switzerland,
Zu"rich, Switzerland
Richard Furuta Texas A&M University, USA
Roger D. Hersch Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
Lausanne, Switzerland
Christoph Hu"ser GMD-IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany
Rolf Ingold University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Brian Kernighan AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, USA
Peter King University of Manitoba, Canada
Dario Lucarella CRA-ENEL, Milan, Italy
Pierre MacKay University of Washington, USA
Robert A. Morris University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Makoto Murata Fuji Xerox Information Systems, Kawasaki, Japan
Marc Nanard CRIM, Montpellier, France
Vincent Quint INRIA/IMAG, Grenoble, France
Richard Rubinstein Sun Microsystems, USA
Christine Vanoirbeek Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
Lausanne, Switzerland
Hans van Vliet Free University, Amsterdam,
The Netherlands
Wang Xuan Peking University, Beijing, China


Send general enquiries and the EP96 reply form to
the Conference Secretariat:

Xerox Corporation
XSoft Division
3400 Hillview Avenue PAHV-127
Palo Alto, California 94304

Tel. +1 415 813-7293
Fax +1 415 813-7188

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WWW http://www.xsoft.com/XSoft/ep96.html

Send submissions of papers to the Program Chair:

Anne Bru"ggemann-Klein
Institut fu"r Informatik
TU Mu"nchen
Arcisstr. 21
80290 Mu"unchen

Tel. +49 89 450552-30
Fax +49 89 450552-22

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Send enquiries on the tutorials to the Tutorials Chair:

Rolf Ingold
Institute of Informatics
University of Fribourg
Site Pe'rolles
Chemin du Muse'e 3
CH-1700 Fribourg

Tel. +41 37 298466
Fax +41 37 299731

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Send enquiries on the PODP workshop to the PODP Chairs:

Charles Nicholas
Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Catonsville, MD 21228-5398

Tel. 410-455-2594
Fax 410-455-3969

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Derick Wood
Department of Computer Science
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon

Tel. +852 2358 6988
Fax +852 2358 1477

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EP96 reply form


1. I wish to attend the EP96 conference and receive further

2. I wish to submit a paper to EP96 and receive guidelines for
the authors

3. I wish to follow a tutorial

This workshop may be of interest to some of you:
>Subject: CFP: Spatial Expressions
>From: PATRICK LUKE OLIVIER <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >


12th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-96)
Budapest, Hungary


Following the success of the first workshop held at IJCAI-95 in Montreal, the
2nd Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Spatial Expressions is
to be held at ECAI-96 in Budapest, Hungary, on either the 12th or 13th August

Workshop Background

The size, shape, orientation and position of objects can be conveyed using a
wide range of spatial expressions. The semantic treatment of such expressions
presents particular challenges for natural language processing. The meaning
representation used must be capable of distinguishing between fine-grained
sense differences and ambiguities grounded in our experiential and perceptual

On-going research projects that in part address the problem of representing
and processing spatial expressions include:

o Spatial language for the instruction of semi- and autonomous agents.

o Dialogue understanding using "mental images".

o Interfaces to CAD and multi-media systems, eg. natural language querying
of photographic databases and speech-driven design and assembly.

o Machine translation systems, finding a systematic approach for translating
spatial expressions correctly is notoriously difficult.

o Spatial queries for Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

o Generation of spatial descriptions on the basis of maps, cognitive maps or
other spatial representations.

Workshop Issues

Though here are been many different approaches to the representation
and processing of spatial expressions, most existing computational
characterisations have so far been restricted to particularly narrow problem
domains, usually specific spatial contexts determined by overall system

To date, artificial intelligence research in this field has rarely taken
advantage of studies of language and spatial cognition carried out by the
cognitive science community. One of the intentions of this workshop is to
bring together researchers from both disciplines in the belief that
artificial intelligence has much to gain from an appreciation of cognitive

In addition to presenting original research participants will be asked where
possible to address the following questions:

o How does your work draw upon, differ from, refine or extend existing
linguistic, cognitive and artificial intelligence approaches? What are the
limitations and assumptions of your approach?

o How should knowledge about space be represented? What is your underlying
knowledge representation and reasoning formalism and what issues have
motivated your choice?

o How important is the issue of cognitive plausibility?

o How should the lexicon be organised with respect to spatial prepositions
and spatially relevant words? How can multiple meanings for such words be

o The meaning of spatial expressions cannot be addressed in isolation.
Indeed spatial expressions are used in many different physical contexts
and environments. How should the meanings of individual spatially relevant
words be composed during processing to obtain meanings of complex spatial

o Object knowledge is generally thought to play an important role in the
interpretation of spatial words especially spatial prepositions. How can
this be realised and are there any other factors which affect the
interpretation of spatially relevant words?

o How language dependent is your approach?

o What are the open questions?

Organizing Committee

Klaus-Peter Gapp (Saarbruecken, Germany)
Amitabha Mukerjee (IIT, Kanpur, India)
Patrick Olivier (University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK)
Simone Pribbenow (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Joerg Schirra (University of Bremen, Germany)
Laure Vieu (IRIT, Toulouse, France)

Workshop Format and Attendance Requirements

It is specifically intended that this workshop will be highly interactive.
In addition to conventional paper presentations, attendees may also be
required to deliver commentaries on other papers, coordinate group discussion
and contribute to key issue debates.

Between 30 and 40 people will attend the workshop. All workshop participants
are expected to register for the main ECAI conference.


To facilitate the organisation of the workshop there will be two classes of
submission: (1) a full paper or (2) a statement of interest.

Papers must be a maximum of 15 pages, each page having no more than 43 lines
with 12 point type. Title, abstract, figures and references must be included
within this limit.

Statements of interest must be at most 4 pages long.

Electronic submission is strongly encouraged (preferably postscript or
self-contained LaTeX), submissions should be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For
hard copy submissions double sided printing is preferred and four copies
should be mailed to the following address:

Patrick Olivier
Centre for Intelligent Systems
University of Wales
Dyfed, SY23 3DB, UK

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Tel: +44 1970622447
Fax: +44 1970622455


Submission deadline: 11th March 1996
Notification of acceptance: 8th April 1996
Camera ready copy due: 29th April 1996


Accepted papers and statements of interest will be published in the workshop
notes/preprints by ECAI. Revised versions of the Montreal workshop's papers
are in the process of being published as a book by Laurence Erlbaum. If there
is sufficient interest this year, we hope to do the same again.

Abstracts from the first workshop's papers can be found at:


Here is a (shortened) call for posters in a topic which may be a
little bit "off the main track" for most of you, but who knows?
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Cettina Maccarone)
>Subject: Call for Posters - "Data Analysis in Astronomy V" Int. Workshop

5-th International Workshop on


CCSEM, Ettore Majorana Center for Scientific Culture,
October 27 - November 3, 1996, Erice, Italy

First Announcement
Call for Posters

Current information on the programme and the organization
is available via World Wide Web:



Purpose of the Workshop

"Data Analysis in Astronomy" Workshop series provides an overview
of advanced methodologies and their applications to astronomy and
astrophysics; it is a natural forum where astrophysicists and
computer scientists discuss, debate and compare results and methods,
theory and experiments.

Scientific Programme

The scientific programme will be mainly concentrated on advanced methods
of analysis, data fusion, information retrieval, and their application
to astronomical data. Emphasis will be given to the space missions now
in operation. A special session will be devoted to the Italian/Dutch
satellite SAX for wide band observations in X-ray astronomy, scheduled
for launch in April 1996.
The topics will be covered by invited and solicited lectures, and
contributions in guided poster sessions.

Invited Lecturers

Advanced Methods:

P.A. DEVIJVER, ENST de Bretagne, Brest, France
A. HECK, Astronomy Obs., Strasbourg, France
A.K. JAIN, Michigan State University, MI, USA
T. TAXT, University of Bergen, Norway

Astronomical Data:

B. HANISCH, STScI, Baltimore, MA, USA
K. HURLEY, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
L. PADRIELLI, IRA/CNR, Bologna, Italy
H.U. ZIMMERMANN, MPE Garching, Germany

Special Session on SAX:

L. SCARSI, Univ. Palermo and IFCAI/CNR, Palermo, Italy

Guided Poster Sessions

Contributions are expected to form poster sessions, distributed during
the entire Workshop period. To emphasize the main relevant points, the
authors of accepted posters will introduce them in a quick oral
presentation (3 minutes) just before the related poster session.
Poster contributions will be refereed by the Scientific Committee.
Extended abstract must be received by the end of March 1996. The
abstract must be sent together with the enclosed Registration Form
(electronic submission is encouraged) to the Scientific Secretary of the
Workshop. Notification of acceptance will be given no later than May 31,
1996, with detailed instructions.


The total fee, which includes full board, social events and lodging is
$700 USD. It can be paid at your arrival in Erice.

Other Participants

Persons, outside lecturers and contributors, wishing to attend the
Workshop should apply in writing to the Directors of the Workshop.
They should specify:
- date and place of birth, and present nationality;
- degree and other academic qualifications;
- present position and place of work;
- complete address;
- list of pubblications.
Young persons with only little experience should include a letter of
recommendation from the head of their research group or from a senior
scientists active in the field.
The total fee, which includes full board, social events and lodging
(arranged by the CCSEM Center) is $700 USD. Thanks to the generosity of
the sponsoring Institutions, partial support can be granted to some
deserving students who need financial help. Requests to this effect must
be specified and justified in the letter of application.
Closing date for application is August 30, 1996.
A letter will be sent to succesful applicants no later than September
25, 1996. Admission to the Workshop will be decided by the Scientific
Committee. It is regretted that it will not be possible to allw any
person not selected by the Scientific Committee to attend the Workshop.

Importan Dates

March 31, 1996 Deadline for poster extended abstract submission

May 31, 1996 Posters acceptance notification

August 30, 1996 Deadline for participants registration

September 25, 1996 Participants acceptance notification

Oct. 27 - Nov. 3, 1996 Workshop

Contact Addresses

Workshop Web page:



Prof. Livio Scarsi
DEAF - University of Palermo
Via Mariano Stabile 172
90139 Palermo
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fax: +39 91 332889

Prof. Vito Di Gesu'
DMA - University of Palermo
Via Archirafi 34
90123 Palermo
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fax: +39 91 6165425

Scientific Secretary:

Dr. M. Cettina Maccarone
Piazza Giuseppe Verdi 6
90138 Palermo
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fax: +39 91 6055355

Local Secretary:

Dr. Mario Tripiciano
Piazza Giuseppe Verdi 6
90138 Palermo
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fax: +39 91 6055355


Registration Form for Poster Contributors

To be returned within March 31, 1996, to:

Dr. M.C. Maccarone Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
IFCAI/CNR Fax: +39 91 605 5355
Piazza Giuseppe Verdi 6
90138 Palermo

Name ...........................................................

Surname ...........................................................

Affiliation .......................................................


Address ...........................................................


Country ...........................................................

phone ...........................................................

fax ...........................................................

e.mail ...........................................................

URL ...........................................................

Proposed poster (title)............................................



Extended abstract follows


A last CFP, also a little bit "out of scope" for this mailing list,
but not that much...
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Pierre Duhamel)


September 1--4, 1996

Alexandra Hotel, Loen, NORWAY


The seventh IEEE Digital Signal Processing Workshop will be held at
Alexandra Hotel in Loen, Norway, a beautiful fjord and mountain resort
on the west coast of Norway. The event is sponsored by the IEEE Signal
Processing Society and the Norwegian Signal Processing Society,
NORSIG, and cosponsored by Nera Telecommunications. The latest
workshop information and forms may be found on World Wide Web server
URL http://www.tele.unit.no/dspws96/ or by anonymous ftp to
ftp.tele.unit.no (IP address in /pub/dspws96. You may
also request information by sending e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Original papers are solicited for technical poster sessions on the following
nonexclusive list of topics:

* DSP techniques for Digital Communications
* DSP techniques for Multimedia Applications
* Adaptive Filtering and Beamforming
* Statistical Signal Processing
* Design and Applications of Multirate Transforms
* Time-Frequency and Wavelet Representation
* Coding and Quantization
* Nonlinear Systems, Chaos, and Fractals
* Signal Reconstruction and Estimation
* DSP Algorithms and Architectures
* Applications of DSP
* DSP Education

In addition to contributed poster presentations, the workshop will
include a number of invited plenary talks on topics of general
interest and organized panel discussions.

Plenary talks :

* Ezio Biglieri, Politecnico di Torino (Italy) "Recent results on the impact of
space diversity combined with coded modulation on multi-user fading channels"
(Work done with G. Caire, G. Taricco, and J. Ventura-Traveset)
* Cliff Reader, chairman of MPEG 4 (USA) "DSP requirements for the MPEG4
* Mark Smith, Georgia Tech (USA) "New Approaches to Data Compression and
their Application
to Telemedicine"

Special sessions (preliminary list):

* "Signal Processing and Multimedia" organized by Ahmed Tewfik
of Univ. of Minnesota (USA)
* "Blind (multichannel) equalization" organized by Dirk Slock
of Institut Eurecom (France)
* "Impact of Communication techniques on DSP" organized by P. Duhamel
of Telecom Paris (France)
* "Subband and Wavelet Transforms in Communications" organized by Pankaj Das
of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Prospective authors are invited to send four (4) copies of three-page
summaries including figures and references to:

Ali Akansu
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102, USA
Tel: +1 201-596 5650
Fax: +1 201 596 5680
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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 papers of maximum four pages, which will form the
published workshop proceedings.

*** SCHEDULE ***

Submission of proposal: To be received by MARCH 1, 1996
Notification of acceptance: To be mailed out by APRIL 1, 1996
Submission of four-page paper: To be received by MAY 15, 1996

The SDAIR'96 symposium is coming soon; here is its advance program and
registration information:
>From: Debra Wallace <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: SDAIR'96 - Advance Program

Fifth Annual Symposium
on Document Analysis
and Information Retrieval

April 15 - 17, 1996

Alexis Park Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada

Sponsored by the

Information Science Research Institute
The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Symposium Chair

Henry S. Baird, AT&T Bell Laboratories

Invited Speakers

Hans-Peter Frei, Union Bank of Switzerland
Michael Lesk, Bellcore
Juergen Schuermann, Daimler Benz Research Center

Debate Teams

Henry S. Baird, AT&T Bell Laboratories
Robert Haralick, University of Washington
Daniel Lopresti, Panasonic Technologies, Inc.
George Nagy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Symposium Manager

Debbie Wallace
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Information Science Research Institute
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 454021
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4021
(702)895-3338 fax:(702)895-1183
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Sunday, April 14, 1996

7:00pm - 10:00pm Alexis Park Resort
Reception and Registration

Monday, April 15, 1996

7:00am - 11:00am Alexis Park Resort

8:15am - 8:30am Alexis Park Resort

Henry S. Baird, Symposium Chair
AT&T Bell Laboratories

William R. Wells, Dean
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kazem Taghva, Associate Director
Information Science Research Institute
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

8:30am - 9:15am Alexis Park Resort
Invited Speaker

Substituting Images for Books: Library Economics, Technology,
and Politics
Michael Lesk

9:15am - 10:15am Alexis Park Resort
Session 1

Maximum Spanning Trees for Text Segmentation
Antonio P. Dias; Harvard University

In-house Mail Distribution by Automatic Address and Content
Thomas Bruckner, Peter Suda, Hans Ulrich Block, Gerd
Maderlechner; Siemens AG, Corporate Research and Development

10:15am - 10:30am Alexis Park Resort
Refreshment Break

10:30am - 12:00pm Alexis Park Resort
Session 2

USeg: A Retargetable Word Segmentation Procedure for Information
Jay M. Ponte, W. Bruce Croft; University of Massachusetts

Text Categorization: A Symbolic Approach
Isabelle Moulinier, *Gailius Raskinis, Jean-Gabriel Ganascia;
University of Paris, *Vtautas Magnus University

Support Tools for Visual Information Management
Gokhan Kutlu, Bruce A. Draper, Eliot B. Moss, Edward M.
Riseman; University of Massachusetts

12:00pm - 1:15pm
Lunch Alexis Park Resort

1:15pm - 2:00pm Alexis Park Resort
Invited Speaker

Text Recognition - From Pixels to Meaning
Juergen Schuermann
Daimler Benz Research Center

2:00pm - 3:30pm Alexis Park Resort
Session 3

Edit Distance of Regular Languages
Horst Bunke; University of Bern

Language Identification: Examining the Issues
Penelope Sibun, *Jeffrey C. Reynar;
Northwestern University, *University of Pennsylvania

Fast Decision Tree Ensembles for Optical Character Recognition
Harris Drucker; AT&T Bell Laboratories

3:30pm - 3:45pm Alexis Park Resort
Refreshment Break

3:45pm - 5:15pm Alexis Park Resort
Session 4

Length Normalization in Degraded Text Collections
Amit Singhal, Gerard Salton, Chris Buckley; Cornell University

Extraction of Thematically Relevant Text from Images
Francine R. Chen, Dan S. Bloomberg;
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

Measuring the Effects of Data Corruption on Information Retrieval
Elke Mittendorf, Peter Schauble;
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)

6:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour
Boyd Dining Room, Frank and Estella Beam Hall,
William F. Harrah College of Hotel Adminstration, UNLV

Tuesday, April 16, 1996

7:30am - 11:00am Alexis Park Resort

8:00am - 8:45am Alexis Park Resort
Invited Speaker

Information Retrieval - From Academic Research to Practical
Hans-Peter Frei
Union Bank of Switzerland

8:45am - 10:15am Alexis Park Resort
Session 5

Keyword-Based Browsing and Analysis of Large Document Sets
Ido Dagan, Ronen Feldman, *Haym Hirsh;
Bar-Ilan University, *Rutgers University

Tailoring a Retrieval System for Naive Users
Adrienne J. Kleiboemer, Manette B. Lazear, *Jan O. Pedersen;
MITRE Corporation, *Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

Improving Full-Text Precision on Short Queries using Simple Constraints
Marti A. Hearst; Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

10:15am - 10:30am Alexis Park Resort
Refreshment Break

10:30am - 12:00pm Alexis Park Resort
Session 6

Degraded Character Image Restoration
John D. Hobby, Henry S. Baird; AT&T Bell Laboratories

Automatically-Generated High-Reliability Features for Dichotomies
of Printed Characters
George Nagy, Xiaoyin Wang; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Retrieval Strategies for Noisy Text
Daniel Lopresti, Jiangying Zhou; Panasonic Technologies, Inc.

12:00pm - 1:15pm
Lunch Alexis Park Resort

1:15pm - 2:00pm Alexis Park Resort
Team Debate

"Defect Models are Important to Advance the State-of-the-Art
of Optical Character Recognition"

Affirmative Team:

Henry S. Baird
AT&T Bell Laboratories

Robert Haralick
University of Washington

Negative Team:

Daniel Lopresti
Panasonic Technologies, Inc.

George Nagy
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Tom Nartker
Information Science Research Institute

2:00pm - 3:30pm Alexis Park Resort
Session 7

A General-Purpose Japanese Optical Character Recognition System
Sargur N. Srihari, Geetha Srikantan, Tao Hong, Brian Grom;
State University of New York at Buffalo, Center of Excellence
for Document Analysis and Recognition

OCR and Voting Shell Fulfilling Specific Text Analysis Requirements
Thorsten Jager;
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Histograms to Evaluate OCR Accuracy and OCR Coupling
Philippe Lefevre; EDF-Direction des Etudes et Recherches

3:30pm - 3:45pm Alexis Park Resort
Refreshment Break

3:45pm - 5:15pm Alexis Park Resort
Session 8

Logotype Detection in Compressed Images using Alignment Signatures
A. Lawrence Spitz; Daimler Benz Research and Technology Center

Reliable Recognition of Handwritten Marks in Checkboxes
B. Latanzio, A. Garzotto;
Swiss Life Information Systems Research

Generalized Form Registration Using Structure-Based Techniques
Michael D. Garris, Patrick J. Grother;
National Institute of Standards and Technology

5:15pm Alexis Park Resort
Symposium Adjourn

Wednesday, April 17, 1996

8:20am - 8:30am Alexis Park Resort
ISRI Welcome

Thomas A. Nartker, Director
Information Science Research Institute
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

8:30am - 9:45am Alexis Park Resort
The Fifth Annual Test of OCR Accuracy
Steve Rice
Information Science Research Institute

9:45am - 10:00am Alexis Park Resort
Refreshment Break

10:00am - 12:00pm Alexis Park Resort
ISRI Research Reviews
ISRI Staff



Pre-Registration: before March 15, 1996

On-site Registration: Sunday, April 14, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday, April 15, 7:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, April 16, 7:30am to 11:00am

Location: Alexis Park Resort

Cost: $425.00 before March 15, 1996
$500.00 after March 15, 1996

Dinner Monday April 15, 1996

The College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas is one of the finest programs of its type in the nation, and has an
international reputation as well. We are delighted to have the students
from the College's Food and Beverage Management Department prepare and serve
an outstanding dinner for symposium guests on Monday evening from 6:00pm to
10:00pm. The dinner will be held in the Boyd Dining Room in Frank and Estella
Beam Hall. The cost is $20 per person. For resevations please fill out the
section on the attached symposium registration form.

Hotel Accommodations

Alexis Park Resort, located near the center of the Las Vegas strip,
is the host hotel for the 1996 Symposium. If you choose to stay at the
Alexis Park Resort, please make hotel reservations no later than March 14
to ensure room availability. A reservation form is included in this
advance program for your convenience.
Due to convention season in Las Vegas, ROOMS WILL FILL UP QUICKLY
AT ALL HOTELS. Please make hotel reservations as soon as possible. Should
you choose to stay at a hotel other than the host hotel, the Las Vegas
Convention and Visitors Authority can give hotel information and make all
hotel room reservations throughout the city of Las Vegas. For more
information please call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority


Fifth Annual Symposium on
Document Analysis and Information Retrieval
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
April 15-17, 1996

Conference Registration Form

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Title: _______________________________________________________________________

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Address: _____________________________________________________________________

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Registration Fees Pre-Reg Regular Amount
before 3/15/96 after 3/15/96

Conference Registration $425.00 $500.00 $____________
Includes lunch Monday, 4/15/96;
and lunch Tuesday, 4/16/96)

Monday Dinner (per person) $ 20.00 $____________

Conference Proceedings (Extra Proceedings) $ 50.00 $____________
(One Proceedings is included as part of the
registration fee)

1995 CD-ROM $100.00 $____________
(1995 Conference Proceedings and Annual Report)

1992, 1993 and 1994 CD-ROM $100.00 $____________
(1992, 1993 and 1994 Conference Proceedings
and 1993 and 1994 Annual Report)

TOTAL AMOUNT DUE: $____________

Enclosed is my payment payable by (check one):

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For payment by credit card please fill out the following information:

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signature: ___________________________________

Mail completed conference registration form and payment to:

Symposium Manager
Information Science Research Institute Telephone (702)895-4571
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Fax (702)895-1183
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Alexis Park Resort
Hotel Registration Form
P.O. Box 95698
Las Vegas, NV 89193-5698

Rooms reserved under the name: SDAIR '96
Mail your reservation directly to Alexis Park Resort or call

Room Reservations: (800)582-2228
Fax: (702)796-4334

Reservations received after March 14, 1996 will be accepted on a space
available basis only.

Please reserve accommodations for:

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Home Address: ________________________________________________________________

City: _____________________ State/Country: __________________ Zip: ___________

Company Name: ________________________________________________________________

Business Address: ____________________________________________________________

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Business Phone: ______________________________________________________________

SINGLE OCCUPANCY - $100.00 (+8% tax) TRIPLE OCCUPANCY - $115.00 (+8% tax)
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY - $100.00 (+8% tax) QUAD OCCUPANCY - $130.00 (+8% tax)

Will Arrive: _____________________________, 1996 Time: ____________________

Will Depart: _____________________________, 1996 Time: ____________________

Enclosed is my deposit payable by (check one):

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Here is the announcement of a conference on colour perception:
>From: Brian Funt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: Color conference Feb 9-10, 1996. Vancouver.


COLOUR Perception: Philosophical, Psychological, Artistic
and Computational Aspects

Ninth Annual Vancouver Cognitive Science Conference

February 9-10, 1996

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Presented by

Cognitive Science Program, Simon Fraser University

with support from

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Faculty of Arts Simon Fraser University
Faculty of Applied Sciences Simon Fraser University
School of Computing Science Simon Fraser University
Polaroid Corporation and Pthalo Systems Inc.

Conference Chair
Brian Funt
Simon Fraser University

[details on program and registration info available in the programs

Well, that's it for this time. Your TC10 chairman,

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