Newsletter 32


- Some preliminary reports about IWGR, ICDAR and the contest
- Call for Nominations (IAPR): King-Sun Fu Award
- CFP: DAS'96
- 2nd CFP: SSPR96
- CFP: Int'l Workshop on Object Representation for CV

Dear TC10 members and friends,

This is the first mail in the TC10 mailing list after our Pennsylvania
graphics recognition workshop and ICDAR'95 in Montreal. Several new
people have been added to the list since last mail, so welcome to all
new members and I hope you enjoy the info provided by this list.

The workshop was deemed to be a success, as far as I understood from
the participants. Rangachar Kasturi and his team had arranged
eveything very nicely so we enjoyed all parts of our stay in
Pennsylvania. I think we will have some more detailed reports
published in this list later; as previously mentioned, I encourage
some volunteer among the participants to write a report about the
whole workshop.

The dashed-line detection contest was a novel idea we experienced with
at this workshop. Unfortunately, several groups told us that they
wanted to compete but did not have enough time to finish the
work. However, one group finished and run its program on the data at
Penn State University during the workshop. It was Dov Dori's group
from Technion in Haifa, Israel, and not only did they finish their
work, but their system was very successful in recognizing the dashed
lines, as we all could see when Dov demonstrated his system, and as
was confirmed by the performance analysis program. So Dov Dori and his
group won the contest prize. Congratulations!

As a lot of work was put into the performance analysis program and the
contest data generation, and as several groups expressed interest in
the challenge, we announce that both data generation software and
performance analysis software will continue to be available, so that
other groups can get a chance to complete (or begin!) the work and run
their system on the data. All groups who are interested in this,
please contact me, Rangachar Kasturi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and
Bob Haralick (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

We are now preparing a post-workshop book with selected papers from
the workshop + a paper describing Dov's winning program and another
paper describing the evaluation software. The different articles will
be reviewed, and we hope to have the book out in not so many
months. It will be published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes
in Computer Science series.

We have also been discussing the possibility to hold a similar
workshop in 1997, just before (or just after) ICDAR'97 in Ulm. Most
probably, this workshop will be held here in Nancy, which is just a
4-hours drive from Ulm.

ICDAR'95 in Montreal was also an interesting conference. I hope we
also will have some report about this conference later in this mailing
list. Any volunteer out there?

In Montreal, it was decided that ICDAR'99 (4 years from now) will be
held in Bangalore, India. We look forward to yet another very
interesting event, and maybe some of us already begin to plan where we
could have a graphics recognition workshop in 1999!

Well, these were some fresh news from TC10. As I said in Pennsylvania,
my next task is now to pass on the TC10 chair to somebody else next
year in Vienna, during the next ICPR. But of course, I will continue
until then to provide regular information in this mailing list, (-; as
long as there are some people listening ;-) Please feel also free to
send me information for inclusion in this list, such as PhD theses on
graphics recognition which have been finished, starting work, events,

Well, now to some announcements. First, a call for nominations issued
by the IAPR:
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Gabriella Sanniti di Baja)
>Subject: Call for Nominations (KS Fu Award)

The International association for Pattern Recognition
is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 1996


in honor of the memory of Professor King-Sun Fu.
Professor Fu was instrumental in the founding of IAPR,
served as its first president, and is widely recognized
for his extensive contributions to the field of pattern recognition.

This biennial award will be given to a living person in the recognition of
an outstanding technical contribution to the field of pattern recognition,
and will consist of a cash prize and a suitably inscribed certificate. The
prize is derived from interest income from a special fund set up for this

The award recipient shall be selected by the Award Committee, subject to
approval by the IAPR Governing Board, upon nomination by a member of a
national member society of IAPR and by endorsement of at least five
members, representing at least two member societies different from that of
the nominator's.

Members of the IAPR Executive Committee, as well as of the Award Committee,
shall be ineligible for the award and may not serve as nominators or

The 1996 award is intended to be presented at the
International Conference on Pattern Recognition
Vienna, Austria
25-30 August, 1996

The nomination must be made on a special nomination form, and must be
received by the Award Committee Chairman no later than 15 January 1996. To
obtain copies of the nomination form, contact the chairman of the Award

Dr. Herbert Freeman, Chairman, K.S. Fu Award Committee
CAIP Center/Rutgers University
CoRE Building 501, Frelinghuysen Road
P.O. Box 1390
Piscataway, NJ 08855-1390 USA

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: (908) 445-0593
There is also a next DAS workshop, in 1996. This will also be held in
Pennsylvania! Here is the CFP:
>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Jonathan Hull)
>Subject: DAS96 Call for Papers

International Association for Pattern Recognition Workshop on
Document Analysis Systems
Malvern, Pennsylvania, October 14-16, 1996

Call for Papers

An intensive, three-day, single-track, 100% participation
workshop on the research and development of systems for the
analysis of document images.

Academic and industrial researchers, end-users and students are
encouraged to attend. We expect to provide several student scholarships

Attendance will be limited to 75 people. Papers will be delivered in a
single-track format. A portion of the workshop will also be devoted
to panel discussions and working groups. Participants will be invited
to propose topics for these in advance. There will be ample
opportunity for informal discussion and socializing.


IAPR Technical Committee on Graphics Understanding (TC-10)
IAPR Technical Committee on Text Processing (TC-11)
Loral Defense Systems-Eagan
Ricoh Corporation
U.S. Department of Defense

- descriptions of complete, working document image analysis systems,
including applications to large document image databases
- applications to text, graphics, maps, logic diagrams, music, etc.
- studies of system architectures
- methods of performance evaluation
- interfaces to knowledge databases and post-processors
- algorithms for symbol recognition
- layout segmentation

Submission of Papers

Authors are invited to submit either a full paper or an abstract of
remarks. Full papers, of up to book-chapter length, will be presented
formally, published in a limited number of refereed Proceedings
available at the meeting, and considered for archival publication in a
post-workshop book. Abstracts of remarks, one page in length, will be
delivered more briefly, and will not be published in the Proceedings
unless requested. Authors should submit four copies of each paper or
abstract, cleanly typed and in English. If there are several authors,
please indicate the author that will handle all correspondence.
The email address of the corresponding author should be provided.

Acceptance of a paper or abstract will result in automatic
distribution of registration materials.

Send full papers, abstracts, or inquiries about
the technical program to:

Jonathan J. Hull
Ricoh California Research Center
2882 Sand Hill Road, Suite 115
Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA
TEL: 415-496-5723 FAX: 415-854-8740 EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Suzanne Liebowitz Taylor Loral Defense Systems-Eagan (USA)
Jonathan J. Hull Ricoh California Research Center (USA)

Program Committee

Henry Baird, AT&T Bell Laboratories (USA)
Horst Bunke, University of Berne (Switzerland)
Dick Casey, IBM Almaden (USA)
Andreas Dengel, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (Germany)
Stephen Dennis, U.S. Department of Defense
Hiromichi Fujisawa, Hitachi (Japan)
Tin Kam Ho, AT&T Bell Laboratories (USA)
Junichi Kanai, ISRI-UNLV (USA)
Louisa Lam, Concordia University (Canada)
Daniel Lopresti, Panasonic Technologies (USA)
Guy Lorette, IFSIC / IRISA, University de Rennes 1 (France)
Juergen Schuermann, Daimler Benz (Germany)
Larry Spitz, Daimler Benz (USA)
Sargur N. Srihari, CEDAR (USA)
Karl Tombre, INRIA Lorraine & CRIN/CNRS (France)
Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Gifu University (Japan)

Important Dates

April 1, 1996 Submission of Full Papers
June 15, 1996 Acceptance of full papers
July 1, 1996 Submission of abstracts
August 1, 1996 Acceptance of abstracts
August 15, 1996 Camera-ready copy
September 1, 1996 Registration payment and hotel reservation

Workshop Information

Pre-registration will be required.
Information about the workshop and the registration procedure
will be available over the World Wide Web at:


Other inquiries about local arrangements, registration,
and scholarships should be directed to:

Suzanne Liebowitz Taylor
Loral Defense Systems-Eagan
70 E Swedesford Road
Paoli, PA 19301-0517

TEL: 610-648-2009 FAX: 610-648-2288 EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IAPR TC2 is organizing the SSPR workshop series, which are also
interesting to many of us. Here is the CFP for the next one:
>From: Petra Perner <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: 2. CFP for SSPR

IAPR International Workshop on Structural and Syntactical Pattern Recognition
August 20-23, 1996
Leipzig, Bach's Home Town

General Information
Structural and syntactical pattern recognition encompasses all aspects of pattern
recognition that are related to the structure and/or syntax of patterns under
consideration as a basis for their recognition.
SSPR'96 is the sixt workshop in a series of workshops organized by the Technical
Committee on SSPR of the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR),
and held traditionally in conjunction with the large IAPR International Conference
on Pattern Recognition (ICPR).
The workshop will be held in August 1996 in Leipzig. The goal of this workshop is
to provide a forum for discussing issues related to structural and syntactic
pattern recognition. These issues include, but are not limited to, the
following issues:

- General methodology,
- Machine learning and grammatical inference,
- Structure document image analysis: handwriting, maps, technical drawings,
- Speech and one-dimensional signal analysis,
- Structural methods in image processing,
- Shape analysis,
- Structural methods in computer vision,
- Structural analysis of 3d object recognition.

Honorary Chairperson

Azriel Rosenfeld
University of Maryland, College Park, USA


Petra Perner Patrick Wang
Institute of Computer Vision and College of Computer Science
applied Computer Sciences e.V. i. Gr. 221 Cullinane Hall
PSF 1519 Northeastern University
04257 Leipzig, Germany Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
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Program Committee

Bir Bhanu - University of California, Riverside, USA
Horst Bunke - University of Bern, Switzerland
Dov Dori - Technion, Haifa, Israel
Herbert Freeman - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
Rudolf Freund - TU Wien, Austria
Robert M. Haralick - University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Vaclav Hlavac - Czech Technical University, Prag, Czech
Jonathan J. Hull - Ricoh California Research Center, Menlo Park, USA
Reinhard Klette - TU Berlin, Germany
Andreas Koschan - TU Berlin, Germany
Hsi-Jain Lee - National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Bernd Neumann - University of Hamburg, Germany
B„aerbel Mertsching - University of Hamburg, Germany
Song. D. Ma - Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Andre Oosterlinck - EKU Leuven, Belgium
Alberto Sanfeliu - Polytechnic of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Linda G. Shapiro - University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Michael I. Schlesinger - Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukrain
Gerhard Sagerer - University of Bielefeld, Germany
Gabriella Sanniti di Baja - Instituto di Cibernetica, Napoli, Italy
Karl Tombre - INRIA & CRIN/CNRS, Nancy, France
Saburo Tsuji - Wakayama University, Japan

We solicit contribution of two types:

- Research papers (extended abstracts limited to 10 double-spaced pages)
- Position papers (about any of the relevant issues).

The workshop will feature paper presentations, discussions and panels based
on position papers submitted. It is planned to publish the papers by Springer
Verlag in the series Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences. In additition to that,
outstanding papers will be selected for journal publication as late memory issue
of Prof. K.S. Fu (founder of IAPR and SSPR).

Location of the Workshop

Leipzig is a very old city in the south of Berlin. It is famous for ist cultural
traditions and facilities such as Gewandhaus, a famous music hall, and Gewandhaus
orchestra, St. Thomas Church, Bach museum, Auerbach's Cellar etc.. It is also a
very important university town. Leipzig's wealth is based on trade and industry.
Besides the conference we can offer excursions or visits, e.g. visit to Bach
museum where you are shown original handwritings of Bach and where you will
hear a concert of his music. We will also visit a castle near Leipzig. It is known
as the oldest preserved castle in the state Saxonia. It is famous for the late
gotic style chapel with wood carvings from Peter Breuer. We will have a banquet
there in historic atmosphere.

Important Dates:
December 1, 1995: Paper Submission
March 20, 1996: Notification of Acceptance
May 20, 1996: Camera Ready Paper

Six Copies of papers should be sent to the following address:

Institut fuer Bildverarbeitung und angewandte Informatik e.V. i. Gr.
- SSPR'96 -
Postfach 1519
04257 Leipzig, Germany

The address given in the first Call for Paper is also valid, but prefered is the
address given above.

Finally, here is another CFP for a workshop which may be of interest
to some of you:
>From: Jean Ponce <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: CFP: Int'l Workshop on Object Representation for CV

Announcement and First Call for Papers:


April 13-14 1996 - University of Cambridge, England
(Preceeding ECCV'96)

Co-Chairs and Organizers:

Jean Ponce Martial Hebert Andrew Zisserman
University of Illinois Carnegie-Mellon University University of Oxford
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An international workshop on object representation for computer vision
will be held at the University of Cambridge, England, on April 13-14th,
preceeding ECCV'96 which begins on April 15th.

Technical contributions are sought in all relevant areas of computer
vision, including (but not restricted to) the following:

o Shape models o Quasi invariants
o Appearance models o Automatic model acquisition
o Functional models o Indexing and recognition
o Object-class models o Representational issues
o Part decompositions in applications


In December of 1994, a workshop co-sponsored by NSF and ARPA was held
in New York City. Its goal was to evaluate current approaches to
object representation and to identify important issues and promising
research directions.

The 1996 Cambridge workshop is a follow-up to the 1994 New York
workshop. Its goals are:

o to present a state of the art of the research on object representation
for object recognition;

o to assess the progress achieved in key areas identified during the
first workshop, e.g., part decomposition and quasi invariants; and,

o to explore the representational issues involved in applications that
go beyond traditional object recognition, e.g., image databases,
manufacturing, medical imaging, or virtual reality.


The workshop will consist of three half-day sessions, each of them
including an invited lecture, presentations of accepted papers, and a

To facilitate discussions, the attendance to the workshop will be
limited to a hundred participants. Submitted papers will be reviewed
by an international program committee.

The proceedings (including the contributed papers and a summary
of the panel discussions) will be published after the workshop
and sent to all the workshop participants.

The workshop will be held just prior to ECCV'96 at the University of
Cambridge, and accommodation will be at Jesus College.

Instructions to authors:

Four copies of each submitted paper should be received no later than
December 1, 1995 by

o Andrew Zisserman (for European submissions)
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford
Parks Road


o Martial Hebert (for US and other submissions)
The Robotics Institute
Carnegie-Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Authors will be notified of acceptance by February 12, 1996.

Well, that's all for this time.

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