Newsletter 39, Avril 1996


- Update information about GREC'97
- 3rd UW CDROM
- CFP: Multimedia Tools and Applications -- Special Issue on
Multimedia Document Systems
- CFP: IWVF'97
- CFP: ICAI'96
- Call for Demos: CVPR'96
- Announcement: Survey of the State of the Art of Human Language
- Information on Advanced MSc in IR, DB & MM, in Glasgow

Dear TC10 members and friends,

I sent out a survey recently about the feasibility of a new graphics
recognition workshop, in connection with ICDAR'97. I got around 40
answers to this survey. Thanks to all who responded. All those who
answered thought it was a good idea to organize such a workshop
again, even those few who already know that they will not be able to
attend. Everybody (except 1) was in favor of doing it here in the
Nancy area. So this seems to be OK.

Things become more difficult with respect to when we should have the
workshop. Of course, a number of us can have it the week before or the
week after ICDAR, they have no constraints. The problem is more with
those who have constraints. Here it appears that some colleagues
cannot attend if it is the week before ICDAR, and some other
colleagues (especially from North America) cannot attend if it is the
week after. Still, there are more people who are in favor of the week

Many of you answered that to have the workshop during the same week as
ICDAR is not very convenient, but still possible. I agree. But as a
couple of you suggested, it would be less inconvenient if we shift it
one day away from ICDAR. ICDAR is planned to be held from Monday 18 to
Wednesday 20, in August 1997. If we have our workshop on Friday 22 and
Saturday 23, this gives more time between the two events. I remind you
that the workshop will be around a 4-hour drive from Ulm, and we can
arrange bus transportation if there is sufficient interest. The only
inconvenience with this shift is that we have to work on Saturday. But
it will still be possible to catch planes in Paris, Stuttgart,
Frankfurt or Zurich on Sunday morning.

So I make the following proposition:
- 1st choice: workshop on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23.
- 2nd choice: workshop on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26.

If some of you have really problems with the 1st choice but are fine
with the 2nd choice, feel free to tell me. In any case, I will
appreciate any feedback on this proposition. But I now have to start
making reservations for the hotel, etc. so please be quick!

Now to the usual list of events, announcements, etc. As usual, some of
these announcements are shortened, but you can find full versions of
those (and of others) in my archives:

http://www.loria.fr/~tombre/CFP/maillist.html for the CFPs
http://www.loria.fr/~tombre/Programs/maillist.html for the programs
http://www.loria.fr/~tombre/Misc/maillist.html for misc. announcements

The University of Washington has just come out with its 3rd CD-rom
with document images. This one is of special interest to the TC10
community, as it contains technical documents and graphics:
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
>Subject: UW cdrom3

UW-III English/Technical Document Image Database

Document Images and Software for Research and Development

UW-III is the third in a series of document image databases produced
by the Intelligent Systems Laboratory, at the University of
Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA. UW-III is designed and
constructed by a team of undergraduate and graduate students, led by
Dr. Ihsin Phillips, Dr. Bhabatosh Chanda, and Dr. Robert Haralick at
the Intelligent Systems Laboratory.

UW-III contains:
25 pages of Chemical formulae and groundtruth in XFIG
25 pages of Mathematical formulae and groundtruth in XFIG and \LaTeX
40 pages of Line drawings and groundtruth in AUTOCAD AND IGES
44 TIFF images of engineering drawings ground-truthed in AUTOCAD
33 TIFF images of English text generated from \LaTeX\ and their
character level groundtruth
33 printed and scanned pages containing English
text and their character level groundtruth
979 pages from UW-I in DAFS format, corrected for skew, and the word
bounding boxes for each word on these pages
623 pages from UW-II in DAFS format corrected for skew, and the word
bounding boxes for each word on 607 of these pages
Software for:
generating groundtruth for synthetic documents;
synthetically degrading document images;
registering ideal document images to real document images;
transfering character groundtruth between a pair of registered images;
estimating document degradation model parameters;
validating degradation models;
formatting Arabic, Hindi, and music documents in \LaTeX;
testing hypotheses about parameters from a multivariate Gaussian population
TIFF libraries (public domain sofware from ftp.sgi.com)

As in previous UW CDROMs, each document page has associated with it:
Bounding box information for each zone on the page
Coarse level attributes for each document page
Qualitative information on the condition of each page

The price is \$200 plus \$10 shipping and handling in US and \$20 shipping
and handling non US. Make out your Purchase Order to:

Intelligent Systems Laboratory
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Attention: Dr. Robert M. Haralick

Phone: (206) 685-4974
FAX: (206) 543-3842
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please make checks payable to Intelligent Systems Laboratory,
Univ. of Washington.

Here is the CFP for a special issue on multimedia document systems, in
a journal:
>From: Arif Ghafoor <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: Call for Paper


An International Journal

Special Issue on Multimedia Document Systems

Multimedia is emerging as a new information technology that will allow users
to store, retrieve, share and manipulate complex information. This technology
requires substantial changes in our approach used in designing, presenting,
publishing, delivering, and authoring conventional document systems.

The Multimedia Tools and Applications journal identifies this area to be a
significant research topic and invites original, unpublished contributions
highlighting the issues, research results or applications in the area of
Multimedia Document Systems. Topics of interest include (but are not
limited to):

- Document Modeling/Architectures: Logical/Hyperlinked/Scheduled Document
- Document Databases
- Document Authoring: Automatic or Semi-automatic Creation of
Document Structures
- Multimedia Document Query/Scripting Languages and Processing
- Document Delivery (Printing-on-Demand, Document Broadcasting,
Cross-Platform CD-ROM Delivery Remote Printing, etc.)
- Video, Image and Audio Data Management in Documents
- Indexing and Access Methods of Multimedia Document Objects
- Document Browser and Media Viewers
- Document-Based Groupware and Conferencing
- Multimedia Document Workflow
- Distributed and Enterprise Multimedia Document Management
- Internet-Based Multimedia Document Servers/Browsers/Agents
- Experimental/Industrial/Business Document System Applications and Toolkits
- Document Standards (SGML/HyTime, HTML, OpenDoc, ODA, etc.)

To be considered for this special issue of Multimedia Tools and Applications,
perspective authors should submit six copies of their manuscript by May 15,
1996 to: Ms. Judith A. Kemp, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 101 Philip Drive,
Assinippi Park, Norwell, MA 02061, Tel: (617) 871-6600; Fax: (617) 871-6528;
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Notification of Acceptance: July 30, 1996; Final
Manuscript Due: August 30, 1996; Publication: December 1996.

Guest Editors:
Peiya Liu
Siemens Corporate Research, Inc.
755 College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08540
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: (609) 734-3349
Fax: (609) 734-6565

Arif Ghafoor
School of Electrical Engineering,
Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907, U.S.A.
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: (317) 494-0638
Fax: (317) 494-6440

Instructions for Authors are regularly published in the Journal and may also
be obtained from Ms. Judith A. Kemp. Multimedia Tools and Applications is an
archival, peer reviewed journal publishing six issues per year.

The 3rd international workshop on visual form has sent out its CFP:
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (iwvf3 Secretariat)
>Subject: IWVF3-CfP

Capri, Italy, May 28-30, 1997

The 3rd International Workshop on Visual Form (IWVF3) is organized
jointly by the Department of Computer Science and Systems of the
University of Naples and by the Institute of Cybernetics of the
National Research Council of Italy. IWVF3 is sponsored by the
International Association for Pattern Recognition.

IWVF3 Chairmen
Carlo Arcelli, Istituto di Cibernetica, Arco Felice, Naples
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Luigi P. Cordella, DIS-Universita' di Napoli, via Claudio 21, Naples
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Gabriella Sanniti di Baja, Istituto di Cibernetica, Arco Felice, Naples
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

IWVF3 Scientific Committee
Keiichi Abe (Japan), Sergey V. Ablameyko (Belarus), Gunilla Borgefors
(Sweden), Alfred Bruckstein (Israel), Virginio Cantoni (Italy), Dmitry
Chetverikov (Hungary), Leila De Floriani (Italy), Dov Dori (Israel), Leo
Dorst (The Netherlands), G=F6sta Granlund (Sweden), Erik Granum (Denmark),
Richard Hall (USA), Rangachar Kasturi (USA), Benjamin Kimia (USA), Josef
Kittler (UK), Walter Kropatsch (Austria), Anthony J. Maeder (Australia),
Evangelos E. Milios (Canada), Annick Montanvert (France), Giorgio Musso
(Italy), Theo Pavlidis (USA), Pier Carlo Ravasio (Italy), Hanan Samet
(USA), Franc Solina (Slovenia), Albert Vossepoel (The Netherlands), Piero
Zamperoni (Germany)

Scientific Program
The scientific program will include invited talks and contributed papers.
The goal of IWVF3 is to provide a discussion forum for researchers and
practitioners interested in 2D and 3D shape analysis. Original and
unpublished work in all aspects of this field is welcome. Main topics

-Shape Perception -Shape Representation -Shape Decomposition
-Shape Description -Shape Recognition -Other topics related to shape

Prospective contributors are encouraged to submit papers and to attend
IWVF3. Each paper will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Accepted
papers will be discussed in a single track, or presented as posters. All
the presented contributions will be included in the proceedings volume,
which will be published in book form after the workshop.

Invited Speakers
Kim L. Boyer (USA) Jan-Olof Eklundh (Sweden)
Robert M. Haralick (USA) Jan J. Koenderink (The Netherlands)
Michael Leyton (USA) Gerard Medioni (USA)
Jean Serra (France) Steve W. Zucker (Canada)

Important Dates
October 31, 1996: Submission of contributions
March 1, 1997: Notification of acceptance
May 1, 1997: Camera-ready papers due

Paper submission

Four copies of full papers (no more than 10 pages, double-spaced,
12-point font) should be received no later than October 31, 1996 by
the IWVF3 Scientific Secretariat, at the address listed below. The
manuscript should include a separate title page, containing the names
and the addresses of the authors (including e-mail and fax), an
abstract of up to 200 words, one or more categories as listed above,
and 3-5 keywords that can be used to match submissions to
reviewers. Papers submitted by fax or email will not be reviewed.

IWVF3 Scientific Secretariat
Istituto di Cibernetica, CNR
Via Toiano 6
80072 Arco Felice, Napoli, Italy

IWVF3 Secretariat email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WWW home page
Updated information is maintained at

Concomitant events

During the week preceding IWVF3, participants will have the
opportunity to attend the International Workshop on Energy
Minimization Methods in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
(EMMCVPR'97), to be held in Venice, May 21-23, 1997. For additional
information, please contact the program co-chairmen Marcello Pelillo
(email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Edwin R. Hancock (email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or see

IWVF3 Scientific Secretariat
Istituto di Cibernetica - CNR
Via Toiano 6 - 80072 Arco Felice (Naples) ITALY

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
fax: + 39 81 5267654
www home page: http://amalfi.dis.unina.it/IWCF3/iwvf3cfp.html
Here is the CFP for an artificial intelligence conference where the
topics of interest also included ours:
>From: johnw@water (Chih-Hung Wu)
>Subject: CFP ICAI-96


1996 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (TAAI-96)
------ joint with 1996 International Computer Symposium (ICS'96) ------
December 19-21, 1996
National Sun Yat-Sen University
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC

Sponsored by the Ministry of Education, ROC,
the National Science council, ROC,
the Computer Society of ROC,
the IEEE, Taipei Section,
Taipei/Taiwan ACM Chapter, and
the Taiwanese Association for Artificial Intelligence (TAAI)

Conference Chair
Cheng-Seen Ho, National Taiwan Institute of Technology, ROC

Program Chair
Shie-Jue Lee, National Sun Yat-Sen University, ROC

This conference is intended to provide a forum to discuss current research
developments and practices, and to explore future trends and applications
in artificial intelligence technology.

Topics of interest include:
AI Applications Machine Learning and Knowledge Acquisition
AI Architectures Natural Language Processing
Automated Reasoning Pattern Recognition
Cognitive Modeling Planning
Common-Sense Reasoning Probabilistic and Uncertainty Reasoning
Distributed AI Problem Solving and Search
Fuzzy and Neural Networks Robotics
Hybrid Systems Speech Recognition and Synthesis
Intelligent Agents Vision
Knowledge-Based Systems Other Related Topics
Knowledge Representation

``Heuristics Learning for Performance Enhancement in Engineering
Applications'' by Benjamin W. Wah, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, USA

Authors are invited to submit 4 copies of a complete paper of about
5000 words (no longer than 20 double-spaced pages in A4/letter format
using no less than 11-point font) by July 15, 1996, to the following

Prof. Chu-Sing Yang (Far East Region)
ICS'96 Program Chair
Institute of Computer and Information Engineering
National Sun Yat-Sen University
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 80424, ROC

Prof. Lionel M. Ni (Other Regions)
Department of Computer Science
Michigan State University
A714 Wells Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027, USA

The cover page of each paper should contain:
1) name of the conference;
2) title of the paper;
3) a short abstract;
4) name, current affiliation, postal address, email address,
telephone number, and fax number for each author;
5) name of the contact author; and
6) a list of keywords indicating the content areas related to the paper.

The results presented in the paper must be unpublished and not submitted for
publication elsewhere, including the proceedings of other conferences or
workshops. One author of each accepted paper will be expected to present the
paper at the conference.

Important Dates:
Paper Submission Due: July 15, 1996
Acceptance Notification: September 15, 1996
Final Camera Ready Due: October 15, 1996

Web page

Prof. Shie-Jue Lee
Dept. of Electrical Eng., National Sun Yat-Sen Univ.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 80424, ROC
Fax: +886-7-5615137 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The topic of this workshop may be a little bit out of scope for TC10,
but I still think there are people on this list who are interested in
cross-linguistic, multilingual information retrieval:
>From: Jacques Ducloy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: SIGIR' 96


SIGIR'96 Workshop on
Cross-Linguistic Multilingual Information Retrieval
August 22, 1996
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Zurich, Switzerland

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: As more and more information sources are
becoming available on the Web, the portion of internationally
available non-English text is slowing growing, and surely the
numbers of non-English speaking users is growing much faster. The
problem of accessing unrestricted information with queries
expressed in a language different from the source language of the
documents will become more widespread. This workshop aims to
bring together researchers working on this problem of
cross-linguistic multilingual information retrieval.

We invite papers describing implementations of cross-linguistic
retrieval; use of bilingual dictionaries, of parallel corpora, or
of non-parallel comparable bilingual corpora applied to the
retrieval problem; or providing answers to any of the following
questions: Does automatic translation solve the problem? Are
word-to-word correspondances sufficient? How should ambiguity in
translation be dealt with? What kind of user interaction can help
resolve ambiguities? How can test collections be built for
multilingual information retrieval? How can retrieved documents
in different languages be scored and ranked in a comparable
fashion? What unique features are required by multilingual user
interfaces? What can be learned from four decades of machine
translation for the cross-linguistic retrieval problem?

WORKSHOP FORMAT: A limited number of papers will be accepted for
presentation. Accepted papers will be alloted a 20-30 minute
presentation followed by 20-30 minutes of questions and

Extended abstracts (max 5 pages) in plain ascii should be
e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Final version: For the final version to be distributed to
workshop participants, a camera-ready uuencoded postscript file
will be necessary.


Submission Deadline: June 7, 1996

Notification Date: July 1, 1996

Full paper due: July 22, 1996

Workshop date: Aug 22, 1996

It's still time to propose a demo at CVPR:
>From: Charles Dyer <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: CVPR '96 Call for Demos



Experience state-of-the-art computer vision, and
pattern recognition technologies at the CVPR Demo
Session. The Challenge: Don't just talk! Demo it!

CVPR is now accepting submissions for demonstrations
of computer vision, and pattern recognition technologies.
Proposals can include the demonstration of either
hardware or software tools on all aspects of computer
vision and pattern recognition. Possible examples include
but are not limited to: Scanners, Stereo Assemblies
Imaging Devices, Image Analysis Systems, etc. Proposed
demonstrations will be reviewed by the Demo Program
Committee. If you have any questions, send email to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact:

Professor Lynne Grewe
Media Learning Complex
California State University Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 95933
Telephone: (408) 582-3789

For latest information see the CVPR homepage at:

Note: In case you did not receive a copy of the Advance Program
in the mail, the complete advance program and registration information
is now available on the above web page.

Submission Guidelines

One electronic version of the proposal should be submitted
no later than May 7, 1996 to the following email address
with a subject title of "CVPR Demo Proposal":

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

The proposal should be no longer than two pages
and it should adhere to the following form:

1) Names of Participants: with address, phone and
e-mail address.
2) Explanation of Demonstration: concise description
of demonstration process and goal.
3) Time and Space Needs: description of space needed
as well as approximate time to run a complete
4) Related Publications: list of related publications.

Participant Fees

Non-Profit Organizations: No fee.
For-Profit Organizations: $500 (US)

Important Dates

May 7, 1996 - Proposals due.
May 15, 1996 - Notification of acceptance

CNED'96, the French national conference on character and handwriting
recognition and document analysis, will be held in July, in Nantes
(France). Here is a shortened and translated preliminary program. A
complete version is available in my archives.
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Michel Gilloux)
>Subject: CNED'96
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 1996 09:56:02 +0200

4eme Colloque National sur l'Ecrit et le Document
Nantes, 3-5 juillet 1996

Programme technique

Mercredi 3 juillet

10h00-10h30 - Opening session

10h50-12h30 - Session SO. 1 : online handwriting recognition

14h00-15h30 - Session SA. 1 : poster session

15h50-17h30 - Session SO. 2 : Document image processing and recognition

Jeudi 4 juillet

9h00-11h05 : Session SO. 3 : Document image preprocessing

11h30-12h30 - Session C1 : Invited conference

George NAGY

Dept. of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY, USA

14h00-15h30 - Session SA. 2 : poster session

15h50-17h30 - Session SO. 4 : Character recognition

Vendredi 5 juillet

9h00-10h00 - Session C2 : Invited conference

10h25-12h30 - Session SO. 5 : Handwriting characterization and recognition

Here are a couple of updates on the coming ICASSP'96 conference
>From: "Monty Hayes" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: ICASSP-96


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Greetings from the ICASSP-96 Technical Committee,
Listed below you will find an ICASSP-96 Update.


1) The April 19th deadline to register for one of the ICASSP-96 tours
is close upon us. Although it may be possible to sign up for a tour
after arriving in Atlanta, a space cannot be guaranteed. So, if
you plan on attending one of these tours, please make sure that you
fill out the Tour Registration form, which may be found in the
Conference Program or on the WWW at


2) In case you missed the last update, we are pleased to announce that
The Mathworks will again be providing internet services to conference

3) TI Design Contest. On Wednesday morning, from 10:00-12:00am in the
Picard-Chablis room, Texas Instruments will have the 3 Finalists in
the Texas Instruments Design Competition demonstrating their entries.
The judges who will be evaluating these entries, will select the
winner and announce their decision at about 12:45pm. The prize?


4) There are still plenty of rooms at the Marriott Marquis that are
being held for ICASSP-96 attendees. However, rooms that have not
been reserved by APRIL 15 will be RELEASED. After that, we cannot
guarantee that a room will be available when you try to make a

Therefore, if you want to stay in the conference hotel, we encourage
you to make your reservations very soon.


1) The technical program may be viewed on the WWW at


along with other useful information such as travel, dining, and

2) If you would like to remove your name from this electronic mailing
list, send mail to

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

with "unsubscribe spmail" as the body of the message.

If you have any other questions or need additional information, feel free
to contact me or the appropriate member of our technical committee.

We are looking forward to seeing you at ICASSP-96 and to a successful
conference. We thank you for your interest and participation.

With Regards,
General Chair, ICASSP-96

>From: "Monty Hayes" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: ICASSP-96


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International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing

Greetings from the ICASSP-96 Technical Committee,


1) The ICASSP '96 technical program is now on the WWW in a
searchable form, complete with abstracts. While you search,
you can also create a personalized schedule of papers to
attend. Check it out on the ICASSP '96 website at


2) There are still some rooms available at the Marriott Marquis.
Some nights, however, are close to being sold out. If you
would like a room at the hotel and have not yet made your
reservations, we encourage you to do so immediately. When
phoning, please make sure to identify yourself as an attendee
to the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and
Signal Processing. There has been some confusion, at times,
with ISCAS, which is the week following ICASSP. Since ISCAS
has no rooms available for the week of ICASSP, some people
have been told that the rooms for ICASSP were sold out.

3) If you ordered a paper copy of the proceedings and requested
it to be mailed, you should be receiving it soon. Mailing
began on Friday, April 19, and is scheduled to be completed by
Monday, April 22.

We are looking forward to welcoming all of you that will be coming to

This book has also parts dealing with document analysis, and written
by well-known colleagues from our field:
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
>Subject: Survey of the State of the Art of Human Language Technology

A book entitled "Survey of the State of the Art of Human Language
is now available at http://www.cse.ogi.edu/CSLU/HLTsurvey/ .

The survey consists of articles by 97 authors in the following

1. Spoken Language Input
2. Written Language Input
3. Language Analysis and Understanding
4. Language Generation
5. Spoken Output Technologies
6. Discourse and Dialogue
7. Document Processing
8. Multilinguality
9. Multimodality
10. Transmission and Storage
11. Mathematical Methods
12. Language Resources
13. Evaluation

Within a few months, the Survey will be published as a book by
Giardini Publishers in Italy and by Cambridge University Press
elsewhere. The electronic version of the Survey will remain on-line,
but will be modified slightly based on copy-editing by the publishers.

The Survey was funded by the National Science Foundation and the
European Commission, with additional support provided by the Center
for Spoken Language Understanding at the Oregon Graduate Institute and
the University of Pisa.


Editorial Board

Ron Cole Editor-in-Chief
Joseph Mariani
Hans Uszkoreit
Annie Zaenen
Victor Zue

Managing Editors

Giovanni Battista Varile
Antonio Zampolli

A colleague from Glasgow sent me this announcement for a MSc; maybe
some of you are interested to forward this to students you know...
>From: Mark Dunlop <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: Information on Advanced MSc in IR, DB & MM

University of Glasgow
Computing Science Department

MSc Advanced Information Systems

The MSc in Advanced Information Systems at the University of Glasgow
is a new advanced masters programme designed to give students the
intellectual and practical skills required to address the explosive growth
in large-scale, networked, information systems. With world-class research
groups in databases, information retrieval and interactive systems, the
Computing Science Department at Glasgow is uniquely placed to provide
a course to develop these skills. This one year advanced masters is
composed of five components:

* database and persistent systems
* information retrieval
* interactive multimedia systems
* an introductory foundations fortnight
* a large project resulting in a thesis

These components are designed to address the challenges of expanding
access to large collections of information, for example over the
internet. As well as technical issues of efficient and accurate searching
of traditional data many other issues need to be addressed, such as
accessing non-structured text and multimedia information, providing access
to computer naive users, social implications of large information systems,
browsing based access and general user interface issues. The graduates
of this course will be well qualified for research or development work
in academia, industry, commerce, or the public sector.

The foundations fortnight gives an overview of the three areas and covers
introductory material which is common to the other components. This is
followed by three specific courses on the main topics of the programme -
all of these modules are compulsory, as the course is already specialised,
and contain a high literature reading and presentation element. Finally,
a research project must be carried out, under weekly supervision, to MSc
standards. The course is assessed primarily on examinations of the main
topics and submission of the research project. Although all successful
students will graduate with an advanced MSc after one year, many are
expected to carry on into PhD programmes (either in Glasgow or elsewhere).

The Department of Computing Science at Glasgow is a large department
which has achieved the highest assessment in both research and teaching
- having received a 5 rating in the last UK research assessment and a
rating of excellent in the 1994 SHEFC teaching assessment. The department
currently has about 120 students on an MSc IT degree and around 40 on
our PhD programme. The University has an overall postgraduate student
population of approximately 2 500 and has extensive sports and social
facilities (including a dedicated postgraduate research club).

For further information on the MSc in Advanced Information Systems
either contact us for a paper booklet (and application form) or look
at the information on our web pages. Applications for entry in 1996/7
close on 21 April 96. Although late applications will be accepted until
1 June, priority will be given to applications received by 21 April 96.

Web: http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/courses/ais/
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: +44 141 330 6041 (inside UK replace +44 with 0)
Fax: +44 141 330 4913

Post: MSc AIS Information
Computing Science Department
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ

Mark Dunlop
(course director)

Well, that's it. Don't forget to comment on my GREC'97 workshop
proposition. Please don't followup to the whole list, but mail only to

Your TC10 chairman,

Karl Tombre - INRIA Lorraine & CRIN-CNRS --- Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Post: 615 rue du jardin botanique, BP 101, 54602 Villers CEDEX, France --or--
Batiment LORIA, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre CEDEX, France
Phone: +33 --- Fax: +33 --or-- +33
WWW URL: http://www.loria.fr/~tombre