Newsletter 19

Hello everybody,

The (relatively) quiet weeks of Summer holidays (for the Northern
hemisphere at least) come progressively to an end and lots of new
annoucements have come out these last days. So I think it is time for
a new issue of our mailing list, to keep every issue to a reasonable
length (which I'm afraid this issue will exceed).

Our Israeli friends are continuing to organize the major IAPR event,
i.e. the next ICPR in Jerusalem in October. Here are some of the
latest updates about this conference:
>Subject: Updates on 12-ICPR, Jerusalem
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Shmuel Peleg)
>Organization: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

***** Updates As Of 23 August *****
9-13 October 1994
Renaissance Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel

1. A new PANEL has been added on THURSDAY 16:00 - 17:30:
Future Research Directions in Computer Vision - An International Perspective
Chairman: Oscar Firschein, ARPA (USA)
Participants: B. Dom (IBM - USA), E. Riseman (UMass - USA), O. Faugeras
(INRIA - France), S. Tsuji (U. Osaka - Japan), Z. Meiri
(Elscint - Israel), Someone from ESPRIT.

Funding authorities are forcing computer vision researchers to be
more relevant; this panel will explore the effects of this pressure
on future research directions.

2. The following TUTORIALS will be held due to sufficient advance
registration. The other tutorials will not be held:

A1: O. Faugeras - "Invariant Theory for Pattern Recognition"
B1: Yann le Cun - "Neural Networks in Pattern Recognition"
B2: H. Baird and L. O'Gorman - "Document Image Analysis"
E2: A. Jain - "Statistical Pattern Recognition"

3. A border crossing has been opened between Israel and Jordan near Eilat.
If you Get a Jordanian entry visa before leaving to Israel, you could add
a side trip to Petra, and other historical sites in Jordan.

From Previous Updates:

4. A network of 15 Silicon Graphics computers and 10 NCD X-terminals, with
a high-speed Internet link, will be available. Bring your Demonstrations!!
You could also telnet to your own computer, of course, and read E-Mail.

5. On-Line information about Jerusalem can be obtained by telnet into
"www.huji.ac.il", login as www, and then select "??Line Mode Interface"
followed by "??Databases in Israel" and "?3?The Jerusalem Mosaic".
Dont worry if you get some funny symbols. If you have Mosaic you can select:

6. The Banquet will be a Bedouin feast, combined with a special
sight-and-sound show, at the foot of Massada. An unfogettable experience!
During the banquet, the following announcements will be made:
* IAPR Announcement: New IAPR Executive Committee, Venue for 14-ICPR
* Nomination of IAPR Fellows
* Best Industry-Related Paper Award
* Best-Paper-Award by the journal "Pattern Recognition"

7. The opening session of the conference will be on Monday, 10 Oct, 08:30 AM.
8:30 Welcome Address: J. Aggarwal, President of IAPR
8:40 Presentation of the K.S. Fu Award
8:45 Address by the winner of the K.S. Fu Award
9:15 Welcome Address: 12-ICPR Conference Chairmen
9:30 Plenary Talk: Avnir, D. - Hebrew University - THE PATTERNED NATURE
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Start of 4 Parallel Sessions

8. For full information about ICPR send E-Mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The secretariat can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Another very interesting announcement for all people working in
document analysis is this announcement about a public domain OCR from
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Mike Garris x2928)
>Subject: Announcement: Public Domain OCR



Michael D. Garris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
James L. Blue, Gerald T. Candela, Darrin L. Dimmick, Jon Geist,
Patrick J. Grother, Stanley A. Janet, and Charles L. Wilson

National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Building 225, Room A216
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899
Phone: (301)975-2928 FAX: (301)840-1357

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a
standard reference form-based handprint recognition system for evaluating
optical character recognition (OCR). NIST is making this recognition system
freely available to the general public on an ISO-9660 format CD-ROM. The
recognition system processes the Handwriting Sample Forms distributed with
NIST Special Database 1 and NIST Special Database 3. The system reads
handprinted fields containing digits, lower case letters, upper case letters,
and reads a text paragraph containing the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

This is a source code distribution written primarily in C and is organized
into 11 libraries. There are approximately 19,000 lines of code supporting
more than 550 subroutines. Source code is provided for form registration,
form removal, field isolation, field segmentation, character normalization,
feature extraction, character classification, and dictionary-based post-
processing. A host of data structures and low-level utilities are also
provided. These utilities include the application of CCITT Group 4 decompres-
sion, IHead file manipulation, spatial histograms, Least-Squares fitting,
spatial zooming, connected components, Karhunen Loeve (KL) feature extraction,
optimized Probabilistic Neural Network classification, multiple-key sorting,
Levenstein distance dynamic string alignment, and dictionary-based post-
processing. Two supporting programs are provided that compute eigenvectors
and KL feature vectors for training classifiers. Unlike the recognition
system (which is written entirely in C), these two programs contain FORTRAN
subroutines. To support these programs, a training set of 168,365 segmented
and labeled character images is provided. About 1000 writers contributed to
this training set.

The NIST standard reference recognition system is designed to run on UNIX
workstations and has been successfully compiled and tested on a Digital
Equipment Corporation (DEC) Alpha, Hewlett Packard (HP) Model 712/80, IBM
RS6000, Silicon Graphics Incorporated (SGI) Indigo 2, SGI Onyx, SGI Challenge,
Sun Microsystems (Sun) IPC, Sun SPARCstation 2, Sun 4/470, and a Sun SPARC-
station 10.** Scripts for installation and compilation on these architectures
are provided with this distribution.

A CD-ROM distribution of this standard reference system can be obtained free
of charge by sending a letter of request to Michael D. Garris at the address
above. The letter, preferably on company letterhead, should identify the
requesting organization or individuals. This system or any portion of this
system may be used without restrictions. However, redistribution of this
standard reference recognition system is strongly discouraged as any
subsequent corrections or updates will be sent to registered recipients only.
This software was produced by NIST, an agency of the U.S. government, and by
statute is not subject to copyright in the United States. Recipients of this
software assume all responsibilities associated with its operation,
modification, and maintenance.

** Specific hardware and software products identified were used in order to
adequately support the development of this technology. In no case does
such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National
Institute of Standards and Technology, nor does it imply that the
equipment identified is necessarily the best available for the purpose.

The ICARCV'94 conference (Singapore, Nov. 1994) has sent out advance
program and registration information. There are some papers about
document analysis in this conference. IF YOU HAVEN'T ACCESS TO FTP, I
can also send you the full advance program, which I ftp'ed from their



8-11 NOVEMBER 1994

The Third International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Computer
Vision, ICARCV'94, will be held in Singapore on 8-11 November 1994 at the
Shangri-La Hotel,Singapore.The theme of ICARCV'94 is "Intelligent Automation"
The first day of the conference is reserved for tutorials; the next 3 days
are reserved for presentations of the papers.

The conference registration fee includes the proceedings, coffee and
lunches. The registration fee for the conference is S$680 for IEEE or IEE
or ICS or InstMC members and S$730 for non-members.
Participants who register for the conference before the 30th of Sept. will
get a S$30 discount. For any organization sending four or more delegates,
a 15% discount or the registration fee will be given.

Payment for registration should be sent to:
ICARCV'94 Conference Secretariat
c/o The Institution of Enginers, Singapore (IES)
70 Bukit Tinggi road, Singapore 1128
Republic of Singapore

(Note: Please indicate your membership status and number while you
make the payment, also state your correspondece address and

The following rates for different hotels are obtained through Diners
World Travel
1) Shangri-La Hotel at S$199 per night (US$1 = S$1.57)
2) Imperial Hotel at S$135 per night(single) and $145 (twin sharing)
3) Equatorial Hotel at S$125 per night
The rates cover twin sharing also. (if you share it with someone you pay
1/2 the rates).

Confirmation of room is valid only upon receipt of the full payment,
no later than 30th of September 1994 at the following address:

Diners World Travel Pte. Ltd
7500E Beach Road #02-201
The Plaza, Singapore 0719
Republic of Singapore
Attn: M. Chua/L. Ann (ICARCV'94)
Tel: (65) 294-5544 Fax: (65) 295-1481

Keynote Speakers:
The keynote speakers will be
1) Dr J. Engelberger
Chairman, Transitions Research Corporation, USA
2) Dr O. Faugeras
Research Director, INRIA, France
3) Dr R. Hara
Vice Chairman, Seiko Instruments Inc, Japan

The tutorials will be held on the 8th of November 1994. The registration
fee for tutorials is S$300 for IEEE or IEE members or ICS or InstMC
members and S$320 for non-members. Participants who register for tutorials
before the 30th of Sept. will get a S$20 discount. The four Tutorials
sessions will be:

1) Three Dimensional Computer Vision
Dr O. Faugeras, INRIA, FRANCE

2) Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic for Intelligent Control
Dr M. Vidyasagar, Centre for AI & Robotics, INDIA

3) Learning, Representation, Understanding and Recognition of Patterns:
An Intelligent Approach
Dr P. Wang, Northeastern University, USA

4) Robot Application in Consumer Electronics Manufacturing
Mr T. Ishida, Seiko, Japan

Payment for Tutorials should be sent to:
ICARCV'94 Conference Secretariat
c/o The Institution of Enginers, Singapore (IES)
70 Bukit Tinggi road, Singapore 1128
Republic of Singapore
The advance program is ready for you to collect. It is in the ftp
site ntuix.ntu.ac.sg (or You may ftp to this machine
using anonymous login. The file is in the directory "outgoing",
called "ICARCV94_advance_program".

Dr. Wang Han , School of EEE
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore 2263
voice: (+65) 799-1253
(direct line&answer machine)
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (internet)
I also have a number of announcements and call for papers for coming
events more or less relevant to our research area. First, the 5th
International Conference on Computer Vision:
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (W. Eric L. Grimson)
>Subject: Call for Papers -- ICCV 95
>Date: Mon, 22 Aug 94 16:08:59 EDT


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
June 20--23, 1995

General Chair: Eric Grimson
Artificial Intelligence Lab
545 Technology Square
Cambridge MA 02139
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Fax: 617-258-6287

Program Co-Chairs: Steve Shafer Andrew Blake Kokichi Sugihara
Dept. of Comp. Sci Dept. of Eng. Sci Dept. of Math. Eng.
Carnegie Mellon Univ Univ. of Oxford Univ. of Tokyo
Pittsburgh PA 15213 Oxford OX1 3PJ, UK 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo 113, Japan

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THE PROGRAM: will consist of a single track of highest quality
previously unpublished contributed papers, delivered either orally or
as a poster. Contributions are sought on new research on any aspect
of computer vision, including but not restricted to the following:

Physics based vision
Integration of modules and cues
Active and real-time vision
CAD-based vision
Motion analysis
Shape and object representation
Object recognition
Vision-guided robotics
Medical computer vision
Learning in computer vision
Segmentation, grouping
Low level processing
Systems and applications
Invariants, geometry

Four copies of complete manuscripts should be received no later than
NOVEMBER 15, 1994 by the general chair at the address listed
above. By submitting a paper to ICCV, the author(s) warrant that it
(and any related paper with essentially the same technical content)
has not been and will not be submitted to any other conference during
the ICCV review period.

The manuscript should include the following (in this order):

(1) Title page -- containing the names and addresses of the authors
(including e-mail), an abstract of up to 200 words, and one or
more categories as listed above or other keywords that can be used to
match submissions to reviewers.

(2) Second Title page -- with just the title and abstract (authors
and institution not identified).

(3) Summary page -- attach answers to the following questions
(please answer each separately):

(3.1) What is the original contribution of this work?

(3.2) Why should this contribution be considered important?

(3.3) What is the most closely related work by others and how does
this work differ?

(3.4) How can other researchers make use of the results of this work?

(4) Paper -- no more than 30 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font)
including text, figures, references.

As has been customary with ICCV, all reviewing will be double blind.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society.


Minoru Asada Osaka Nicholas Ayache INRIA
Michael Black Xerox Aaron Bobick MIT
Chris Brown Rochester Heinrich Bulthoff Max Planck
Peter Burt Sarnoff Bernard Buxton GEC
Larry Davis Maryland Jim Duncan Yale
Jan-Olof Eklundh KTH Olivier Faugeras INRIA
Frank Ferrie McGill Brian Funt Simon Fraser
Jonas Garding KTH Allen Hanson U Mass
Bob Haralick Washington Bob Hummel NYU
Dan Huttenlocher Cornell Katsushi Ikeuchi CMU
Anil Jain Michigan State Ramesh Jain UCSD
Kenichi Kanatani Gunma Gudrun Klinker DEC
Jan Koenderink Utrecht Dave Kriegman Yale
Jim Little British Columbia Jitendra Malik Berkeley
Takashi Matsuyama Okayama Gerard Medioni USC
Roger Mohr LIFIA Hans-Hellmut Nagel Fraunhofer Inst.
Shree Nayar Columbia Yuichi Ohta Tsukuba
Robyn Owens Western Australia Pietro Perona Caltech
Jean Ponce Illinois Giulio Sandini Genoa
Takeshi Shakunaga NTT Rick Szeliski DEC
Demetri Terzopoulos Toronto Carlo Tomasi Stanford
Saburo Tsuji Wakayama Shimon Ullman Weizmann
Luc Van Gool Leuvan Alessandro Verri Genoa
Daphna Weinshall Hebrew Andrew Zisserman Oxford

Next, the Second Asian Conference on Computer Vision
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Wang Han)
>Subject: ACCV'95 Call-4-Papers
>Date: 2 Aug 1994 14:37:50 +0800



5-8 DECEMBER 1995

The Second Asian Conference on Computer Vision, ACCV'95, will be held
in Singapore on 5-8 December 1995. The theme of ACCV'95 is "Computer Vision
for the Twenty First Century". The conference will provide a forum
for researchers to exchange up-to-date technical knowledge and experience.
The conference will focus on theory as well as applications of computer
vision. In addition to the technical sessions, there will be plenary, invited
and tutorial sessions. Also an exhibition of products related to the theme
of the conference will be held.

Papers describing original work in, but not limited to, the following
research areas are invited:


Submission Procedure:
Papers must be written in English and should describe your work in some
details. Three copies of the extended summary of the papers (1000 - 1500 words)
must be submitted for review. Please include in the forwarding letter the
author's name (underline surname) to whom the correspondence should be
addressed. Also include address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and
the broad classification of your paper.

Upon acceptance, at least one of the authors will be required to register
and then present the paper. The length of the final papers in the proceedings
will be limited to a maximum of 5 pages (5 mats A4 size, single space, font
size 10), including figures, tables and references.

Invited Sessions : The Programme Committee is also soliciting proposals for
invited sessions focusing on topics related to the theme of ACCV'95. Please
submit your proposals to the Technical Programme Chairman, Mr Eric Sung, before
31 May 1995.

Exhibitions: Proposals for participation in ACCV'95 are also invited. More
information is available from Dr S. M. Krishnan at the address given below.

Please submit three copies of the extended summary of your paper for
review to:

Mr Eric Sung, Technical Programme Chairman of ACCV'95
c/o Research lab IV
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 2263
Republic of Singapore
Tel : (65) 799-5419, or (65) 799-5470
Fax : (65) 791-2687
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Author's Schedule :
31 May 1995 Submission of summary of the papers
31 July 1995 Notification of Acceptance
31 Sept. 1995 Submission of Camera Ready Manuscripts

School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University
IEEE Singapore Section, Computer Chapter

The Inst. of Elect. Info. and Comm. Engineers of Japan (IEICE)
Info. Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ)
National Science and Technology Board (NSTB)
The Inst. of Engineers, Singapore (IES)
Defence Science Organization (DSO)
GINTIC Institute of Manufacturing Technology (GIMT)
Singapore Computer Society(SCS)
Singapore Industrial Automation Assoc. (SIAA)

Then we have the next Canadian "Vision Interface" conference:
>From: Denis Laurendeau <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: CFP-Vision Interface '95



Hotel Loews Le Concorde
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, May 15-19 1995

The Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society (CIPPRS)
sponsors the ninth Vision Interface Canadian conference devoted to computer
vision and image processing. The Vision Interface '95 conference (VI'95) will
be held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, May 15-19, 1995 in conjunction with
Graphics Interface '95. May 15-16 are reserved for VI'95 tutorials and workshops,
with three full days of paper presentations on May 17-19.

Quebec City, located in the Province of Quebec in Canada, is a recipient of the
World Heritage Title of the UNESCO and is the heart of French America.


Dr Wayne Davis Dr Denis Poussart
GI/VI '95 Laboratoire de vision et systemes numeriques
Box 1098 Departement de genie electrique
134 Sumac Drive Universite Laval
Summerland, BC Quebec, Quebec
Canada, V0H 1Z0 Canada, G1K 7P4
Tel: (604) 494-9056 Tel: (418) 656-3554
Fax: (604) 494-4033 Fax: (418) 656-3594
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PROGRAM Co-Chairs:

Dr Robert J. Woodham Dr Denis Laurendeau
Dept of Computer Science Laboratoire de vision et systemes numeriques
University of British Columbia Departement de genie electrique
2366 Main Mall Universite Laval
Vancouver, BC Quebec, Quebec
Canada, V6T 1Z4 Canada, G1K 7P4
Tel: (604) 822-4368 Tel: (418) 656-2979
Fax: (604) 822-5485 Fax: (418) 656-3594
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The theme of the 1995 Vision Interface Conference will be: "Machine Vision:
Current and Future Applications".

Contributions on this theme or the following topics are welcome:

- Robot Vision - Autonomous & Teleoperated Systems
- 3-D Vision - Industrial & Biomedical Applications
- Sensor Fusion of Computer Vision
- Surface Reconstruction - Architectures for Computer Vision
- Document Processing - Neural Networks
- Remote Sensing - Knowledge Representation
- Motion Detection - Non Destructive Testing
- Handwriting Processing
& Recognition

FOUR copies of a full paper (including full name, address, phone & fax numbers
and e-mail address of contact author) presenting original unpublished research
results should be sent to either of the VI'95 PROGRAM Co-Chairs (Woodham or
Laurendeau). Topics for workshops can also be proposed for the first two days of
the Conference.

Full paper proposal due by: 31 OCTOBER 1994
Workshop Proposals due by: 31 NOVEMBER 1994
Authors Notified by: 23 JANUARY 1995

Note that at least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the
conference to present the work.

For more information on VI'95, please contact Denis Laurendeau at above phone/fax
number or e-mail address.

Finally, here is the announcement of a Portuguese pattern recognition
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Jose Alberto Rafael)
>Subject: Conference on PATTERN RECOGNITION (RecPad 95)
>Date: Tue, 2 Aug 1994 19:15:32 GMT
>Organization: Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

RecPad' 95
Seventh Annual Conference on PATTERN RECOGNITION
March 23-24, 1995

The 7th RecPad is organised by the Portuguese Association of Pattern Recognition
and will be held in the city of Aveiro, on the coast, 60Km South from Oporto.

The topics include, but are not limited to:
- Pattern Recognition Methodology and Systems
- Computer and Medicine Vision
- Image, Speech and Signal Analysis
- Architectures for Vision and Pattern Recognition

Submit 3 copies of an extended Abstract (2 to 4 pages A4) to:
RecPad 95
Antonio Sousa Pereira
Depart. Electronica e Telecomunicacoes
Universidade de Aveiro
3800 Aveiro

Telephone: +351 34 370501 Fax: +351 34 370545
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Abstract submission: 14 Nov. 1994
Acceptance notification: 30 Dec. 1994
Final paper: 31 Jan. 1995

So there are plenty of opportunities to present your work and to take
part in interesting and stimulating scientific events in the coming
months. But don't forget our main 1995 rendez-vous, with GREC'95
followed by ICDAR'95!!!!! These events have been announced several times
in this list so I don't repeat them here, but if some of the newcomers
to the list (or others who have lost the info) want an E-mail copy of
the call for papers for ICDAR and GREC, feel free to ask for it. I
will be happy to forward this info to you. Plese spread also the info
around you.

I hope to be able to give you soon a precise date and time for our
TC10 meeting during ICPR in Jerusalem. You will probably get the info
in the next TC10 news... In any case, I hope many of you will be there
so we can have stimulating discussions about our Technical Committee.
If you have new ideas about things we could do as an IAPR Technical
Committe, please bring them with you or send me a mail if you are not
able to come to Jerusalem in October.

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: Batiment LORIA, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre CEDEX, France --or--
615 rue du jardin botanique, BP 101, 54602 Villers CEDEX, France
Phone: +33 --- Fax: +33 --or-- +33
WWW URL: http://www.loria.fr/~tombre