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- Abstract of PhD thesis on page segmentation and classification
- 2nd CFP: ICPR'96
- CFP: MVA'96
- CFP: CADCV'96 (extended deadline)
- 3rd CFP: SSPR'96 (extended deadline)
- CFP: German-Russian Workshop on PR & IU
- CFP: SDRV'96
- CFP: MMM'96
- CFP: AAAI'96
- Call for participation: SDAIR'96
- Conference information: ICASSP'96
- Conference information: Visual'96
- Conference program: ECCV'96

Dear TC10 members.

Here is the last mail for 1995. First, I got this announcement from a
colleague; there are probably several people out there who will be
interested by this thesis:
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>From: "A. Antonacopoulos" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: abstract

Dear Karl,

Here is the abstract of my PhD thesis:

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"Page Segmentation and Classification
Using the Description of the Background:
A Flexible and Efficient Approach for Documents with
Complex and Traditional Layouts"

Apostolos Antonacopoulos

Department of Computation
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

1995

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NEW ADDRESS: Dept. of Computer Science, University of Liverpool, P.O. Box 147,

Liverpool, L69 3BX, UK. e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Abstract

There is a significant and growing need to convert documents from
printed paper to an electronic form. Document image analysis is
concerned with the segmentation of the document image into regions of
interest, their description, and the classification of the regions
according to the type of their contents.

In this thesis, a new unified approach to page segmentation and
classification, based on the description of the background with tiles,
is presented. The segmentation method is flexible to successfully
analyse and precisely describe regions in complex layouts where other
methods fail. Images with severe skew are handled equally well with
no additional computations, in contrast to the other approaches that
require computationally expensive skew correction. The classification
is based on textural features which are derived by simple calculations
from the representation of space in the regions, produced during the
segmentation process. This is a considerable advantage over previous
methods in which additional image accesses and lengthy computations
are necessary. Furthermore, as in the case of segmentation, documents
with complex- shaped regions and skewed images are analysed with no
extra processing. Overall, the whole approach of segmentation and
classification by white tiles is fast and efficient as no
time-consuming processes are required and the two stages co-operate
making the most out of using the description of the background space
both surrounding and inside printed regions.

The thesis starts with an introduction to document image analysis, the
stages and processes involved, and the definition of the research
problem. The different document analysis strategies reported in the
literature are categorised and reviewed next. Following that, existing
individual methods for page segmentation and for classification are
separately presented in a comprehensive way and are critically
appraised. The methods that are the subject of this thesis are
subsequently described in detail, and their performance is analysed
and discussed with illustrations of representative results. Finally,
conclusions are drawn on the effectiveness of the new document
analysis approach and some suggestions for possible enhancements and
further extensions are made.


A Brief Biographical Note

The author received his B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science
(combined honours) from the University of Kent at Canterbury in
1990. Since then he has been involved in various image processing and
analysis tasks.

He obtained an M.Sc. (by research) degree (February 1992) from the
University of Manchester (Institute of Science and Technology, UMIST)
for his work mainly in estimating three-dimensional parameters of
objects from images of two- dimensional sections. This work was also
developed by the author into a commercial system exploited by the
company that sponsored the research.

Since then, he has been carrying out research in the analysis and
understanding of document images, the main thrust of which is
described in this thesis. For his work the author has received the
Best Student Paper Award in the International Association for Pattern
Recognition workshop on Document Analysis Systems, held in
Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1994. Other projects pursued included the
development of a system for the identification of key-field
information (e.g. the name of the recipient) in scanned business
letters for the purpose of automated indexing and routing. The author
was also partly involved in a project for the analysis and recognition
of scanned Braille documents.

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| Dr Apostolos Antonacopoulos |
| Department of Computer Science |
| The University of Liverpool |
| P.O. Box 147 |
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| Fax.: +44 (151) 794 3715 |
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Again, I have received quite a lot of CFPs. I only include those who
may reasonably interest some of you. I have a larger archive at the
following WWW address:
http://www.loria.fr/~tombre/CFP/maillist.html

First, a reminder about ICPR'96, the main IAPR event in the next year:
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>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Brigitta Galian)
>Subject: CfP ICPR'96

13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on PATTERN RECOGNITION
Technical University of Vienna, Austria
August 25 - 30, 1996


General Chair: Walter Kropatsch, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
Honorary Chair: Azriel Rosenfeld, University of Maryland, USA
Program Chair: Yiannis Aloimonos, University of Maryland, USA
Program Co-Chair: Ruzena Bajcsy, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Local Organizer: Horst Bischof, Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Contributions are sought on new research in all aspects of the broad field
of Pattern Recognition. The ICPR'96 will consist of four parallel
conferences of previously unpublished contributed papers, delivered either
orally or as a poster, as well as invited papers of general or specific
interest. The program for each individual conference will be organized by
its own Program Committee. The opening session and the social events are
common to all four conference parts. In addition, a set of tutorial
sessions, given by prominent researchers in the field, will be offered
during the day prior to the actual conference (Sunday). Specialized
workshops, organized by technical committees, will be held in the local
surroundings of Vienna during the week before the conference. The results
of these workshops will be reported during the conference. The conference
proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

PAPER SUBMISSION
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Paper submission deadline: January 15th, 1996
Notification of acceptance: April 1996
Camera-ready copy: May 1996

Send six copies of the paper to: 13th ICPR'96, c/o AUSTROPA Interconvention
A- 1043 Vienna, Friedrichstrasse 7, PoB 30,
Austria/Europe

Papers should not exceed 15 pages (12 pt, 1 1/2 line spacing) and in the
first page they should include the names of the author(s) along with
affiliations and e-mail addresses. In addition to the manuscript the
submission should include a summary page answering the following questions
(please answer each question separately):

(a) What is the original contribution of this work?
(b) What is the most closely related work by others and how does this
work differ?
(c) Which track or tracks and which topics within a track are most
appropriate for the submission? (The Conference is not limited to
these topics and authors may specify that a paper falls in two or
more categories not listed. Categories are used to best match papers
with the expertise of the reviewers.)

Test data will be made available by WWW at
http://www.prip.tuwien.ac.at/icpr/icpr.html.
This WWW page provides pointers to data around the world which should
facilitate a comparison of results.
Authors are kindly requested to register before submitting their final paper.

For futher information on all ICPR conferences contact the secretariat at the
above address or use e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CONFERENCE DESCRIPTIONS
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COMPUTER VISION
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Program Chairs: Alex Pentland (MIT, USA)
James L. Crowley (INPG, France)

Topics:

Action Recognition
Active Vision
Analysis of Visual Motion
Biological Models for Machine Vision
Control of Perception
Invariants and Geometry
Learning in Computer Vision
Object Recognition
Real-Time Vision
Shape Representation and Computation
Vision Systems that Learn
Visual Computation of Range and Geometry

PATTERN RECOGNITION AND SIGNAL ANALYSIS
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Program Chairs: Josef Kittler (Univ. of Surrey, U.K.)
Harry Wechsler (G. Mason Univ., USA)

Topics:

Feature Detection
Filtering
Mathematical Morphology
Multiresolution Methods
Signal Coding, Compression,
Enhancement and Restoration
Speech Analysis
Statistical and Syntactical
Pattern Recognition
Texture Analysis
Wavelets

APPLICATIONS AND ROBOTIC SYSTEMS
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Program Chairs: Ruud Bolle (IBM, USA)
E. Dickmanns (Univ. d. Bundeswehr,Germany)

Topics:

Automation
Image Database Systems
Medical Applications
Mobile Robots
Multi-media Systems
OCR and Document Processing
Quality Control
Range Imaging
Real-Time Systems
Remote Sensing Applications
Smart Sensors

PARALLEL AND CONNECTIONIST SYSTEMS
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Program Chairs: Michael Seibert (MIT, USA)
Georg Hartmann (Univ. of Paderborn, Germany)

Topics:

Associative Memories
Biological Models
Cellular Structures
Highly Parallel Architectures
Learning Systems
Multiprocessor Systems
Multisensor Architectures
Neural Networks
Parallel Algorithms and Languages
Perceptual Models
VLSI Architectures


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The MVA workshop series has traditionnally been a place where a lot of
graphics recognition papers have been presented. It is also one of the
main themes of the workshop. Here is the CFP for the 1996 event:
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>From: Katsuhiko SAKAUE <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: MVA96

CALL FOR PAPERS http://www.etl.go.jp:8080/etl/gazo/mva96/

MVA'96: IAPR Workshop on Machine Vision Applications

November 12-14, 1996

Tokyo, Japan

The 5th IAPR Workshop on Machine Vision Applications will be held in
Tokyo from November 12 to 14, 1996. The workshop is sponsored by the
IAPR MVA Organizing Committee and co-sponsored by Keio University.
The purpose of the workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners from both academia and industry, and to exchange their
knowledge and stimulate each other through intensive discussions on
the following research topics.

Main Topic: Machine Vision and its Applications

Machine Vision Algorithms
Feature extraction, Range data and 3D analysis, Motion and/or
Image sequence analysis, Neural network applications, Color
image analysis, AI-based vision, Human interface, and related
technologies.

Industrial Applications
Factory automation, Disaster prevention and rescue, Security
control, Navigation, Mobile robots, Civil and construction
engineering, Agriculture/Forestry/Fishery, Other applications,
and related technologies.

Special Purpose Architectures
Intelligent sensors, VLSI image processor chips, Massively
parallel processing, Architectures for 3D and/or motion
processing, Image processing systems, Software environment for
image processor, and related technologies.

Document, Map and Line Drawing Processing
Document image processing, Drawing recognition, Multimedia
database, Map and engineering drawing database, Map processing
and map-based systems, 3D reconstruction from maps or drawings,
and related technologies.

The workshop will include several invited talks and about 100 papers
for oral and poster presentations on the above topics. The official
language of the workshop is English. Those who wish to present a
paper are requested to submit four copies of an extended abstract of
500-1000 words with at least one main figure by May 15, 1996 to

Prof. Mikio Takagi
Institute of Industrial Science
University of Tokyo
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106, Japan
Fax: +81-3-3402-6226

The abstract should contain the following on the first page.

1) Title of the paper
2) Name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s)
3) Name and address of the person to be contacted, and also his/her
phone/fax number(s) and E-mail address if available
4) Answers to the following questions:
a) What is the original contribution of this work?
b) Why should this contribution be considered important?

Important Dates

The paper must be submitted no later than May 15, 1996.
Acceptance of the paper will be notified by July 15, 1996.
Final camera-ready papers are due on September 13, 1996.

The information about the workshop is available by WWW at
http://www.etl.go.jp:8080/etl/gazo/mva96/.

Workshop Sponsors

Sponsored by: IAPR MVA Organizing Committee
Co-sponsored by: Keio University

IAPR MVA Organizing Committee

Workshop Co-chairs Program Chair
Mikio TAKAGI (University of Tokyo) Katsuhiko SAKAUE (ETL)
Shinji OZAWA (Keio University)

Committee Members (tentative)

Minoru ASADA (Osaka University) Shigeru SASAKI (Fujitsu)
Masakazu EJIRI (Hitachi) Takeshi SHAKUNAGA (NTT)
Kiyoshi IWATA (Fujitsu General) Shigeyoshi SHIMOTSUJI (Toshiba)
Masatsugu KIDODE (Toshiba) Yasuhito SUENAGA (NTT)
Akira MAEDA (Mitsubishi Electric) Johji TAJIMA (NEC)
Takeshi MASUDA (ETL) Masao TAKATOO (Hitachi)
Shin'ichiro OKAZAKI (NEC) Hidekazu TSUJI (Mitsubishi Electric)
Hideo SAITO (Keio University) Koji WAKIMOTO (Mitsubishi Electric)

For further information, please contact
Prof. Mikio Takagi
Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106, JAPAN
Phone: +81-3-3479-0289 Fax: +81-3-3402-6226
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Inquiry Form

Name ________________________________________________________________
Address _____________________________________________________________
Fax ____________________________ E-mail ___________________________
(Please tick if appropriate)
[_] I wish to receive further information
and registration form.
[_] I intend to participate in the workshop.
[_] I intend to submit a paper.
The tentative title of the paper is: ________________________________
______________________________________________________________________

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I have also received several other CFP or reminders which may be of
interest to some of you at least. Here is one about the CADCV
workshop, which has extended its deadline:
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>From: "Patrick J. Flynn" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: Deadline Extension: IEEE CAD-Based Vision Workshop

Call for Papers : IEEE 3rd CAD-Based Vision Workshop

**** SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN 8, 1996 ****

(this doc is equivalent to http://web.cps.msu.edu/~stockman/cadcv96.html)

In conjunction with CVPR 1996)
Hotel Nikko
San Francisco, California
June 20--21, 1996

GENERAL CHAIR:
George Stockman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dept. of Computer Science, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS:

Octavia I. Camps Patrick J. Flynn
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Dept. of Electrical Engineering School of EECS
The Pennsylvania State University Washington State University
University Park, PA 16802 Pullman, WA 99164-2752

This workshop continues the successful sequence of workshops
``Future Directions of CAD-Based Vision,'' (Maui, Hawaii, Jun. 1991)
and ``2nd CAD-Based Vision Workshop'', (Seven Springs, Penna, Feb. 1994).

AREAS OF INTEREST INCLUDE (but are not limited to):

Performance evaluation of CAD-based vision systems;
Observation-based CAD model generation techniques;
CAD-based sensor and appearance simulation techniques;
CAD-database information retrieval and feature selection techniques;
CAD-based object recognition strategies and their automatic generation;
CAD-based navigation strategies and their automatic generation
techniques landmark recognition;
CAD-based inspection strategies and their automatic generation techniques
(including sensor planning);

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:
B. Bhanu (U. of California, Riverside),
K. Bowyer (U. of South Florida),
K. Boyer (Ohio State U.),
H. Christensen (Aalborg U., Denmark),
S. Dickinson (Rutgers U.),
D. Eggert, (Edinburgh U., UK),
K. Hong, (POSTECH, Korea),
A. Jain (Michigan State U.),
X. Jiang, (U. Bern, Switzerland),
A. Kak (Purdue U.),
S. Pentland (MIT),
B. Seales (U. of Kentucky),
L. Shapiro (U. of Washington),
N. Yokoya (Nara Inst. of Science and Technology, Japan).

PAPER SUBMISSIONS:
Four copies of the full paper must be received by no later than
January 8, 1996 (extended from Dec 15, 1995) by Prof. Camps at the
address given above.

The papers should be submitted IN FINAL, CAMERA-READY FORMAT with
2 columns on 8.5 by 11 un-numbered sheets. Each column is limited
to 3 1/4 inches in width and 8 7/8 inches in length with a
3/8 inch gutter between columns. The margins are 13/16 inch on each
side, 1 1/16 inches on the top and bottom. Text must be single-spaced,
10 point Times Roman with 12 point interline spacing. The first page
of the paper should include the paper title, authors' name and
affiliation, centered on the top, below the top margin. The paper
should be 10 pages or less.

In addition, the submission should include a summary page answering the
following questions:

1. What is the original contribution of this work?
2. Why should this contribution be considered important?
3. What is the most closely related work by others and how does
this work differ?
4. How can other researchers make use of the results of this work?

Information about the entire CVPR conference, tutorials and workshops
including maps, hotels, etc. is available on the web via

http://www.cs.wisc.edu/cvpr96/


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SSPR has also extended its deadline:
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>From: Petra Perner <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

2.Call for Paper
SSPR'96
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

Co-chairpersons

Petra Perner Patrick Wang
Institute of Computer Vision and College of Computer Science
applied Computer Sciences e.V. 221 Cullinane Hall
PSF 1519 Northeastern University
04257 Leipzig, Germany Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
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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 31, 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.
- 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.



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Here is the CFP of a PR-IU workshop which may be of interest to some
of you:
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>From: "Igor B. Gourevitch" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

Dear Colleague,

I am sending You the Announcement and Call for Papers for The 4-th
Open German-Russian Workshop on Pattern Recognition and Image Unders-
tanding. I hope that You'll consider interesting to take part in the
Workshop. Will You please also inform your colleagues on the event.

Best Regards

Dr.-Eng. Igor Gourevitch
Scientific Secretary of the Workshop Committee

1. ANNOUNCEMENT and CALL FOR PAPERS

The 4-th Open German-Russian Workshop on
Pattern Recognition and Image Understanding
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General Information:
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The general goal of the series of workshops, held in former years in
Berlin, St. Petersburg, and Erlangen, is to establish and improve sci-
entific contacts between researchers from Russia, Germany, and other
countries in order to advance the important field of Pattern Recogni-
tion and Image Understanding.

Time and Location:
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The Workshop will be held from 4. March to 8. March, 1996 at the Val-
day resort area located 300 km to south-east from St.-Petersburg and
400 km to north-west from Moscow.

Details of travel information and travel arrangements will be announ-
ced at a later time.

Topics of Interest:
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Mathematical Theory of Pattern Recognition
Mathematical Theory of Image Processing, Analysis, Recognition
and Understanding
Formalization and Representation of Raw Data in PR&IU
Image Simulation and Image Models
Computer Vision
Machine Learning
Knowledge Based Recognition and Interpretation
Knowledge Based Applications
Descriptors, Features and Primitives
Object Recognition and Localization
Data Bases and Knowledge Bases for PR&IU
PR&IU Systems
Neural Nets
Applications
New Architectures, Specialized Computers, Applied and System
Software Tools for PR&IU

Participation:
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The Workshop is open to all scientists working in one of the above
"Topics of Interest". The number of participants will be limited to
about 100.

1. There will be workshop fee. Its amount will be declared in the 2-d
Announcement.

2. There is an opportunity to organize postconference tours to Moscow
and St.-Petersburg (scientific and cultural events). The details
and prices will be declared in the 2-d Announcement.

Registration and Submission of Papers:
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Please, indicate your interest in participation as soon as possible
after receiving this email by making a preliminary registration. Plea-
se, send your PRELIMINARY REGISTRATION either
by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,
or by Fax to H. Niemann, +49-9131-691185,
or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or by Fax to I.B. Gourevitch, +7-095-129-0797.

Papers will be selected by the Organizers on the basis of a 3 - 5 page
abstract.

The first page should include:
TITLE (capitals, 14 pts)
Names of Authors |
Affiliation |
Address | 1.5-spaced, 12 pts
e-mail |
Annotation (up to 10 lines)|

In addition, Posters may be submitted to the Workshop by sending an
abstract in the above format. Computers will be made available for
software demonstrations.

Please, SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT in the above format as soon as possible,
but not later than 16. January 1996.

Abstracts from the FUSSR and from the rest of the world - excluding
Germany - should be sent
either by Fax to I.B. Gourevitch, +7-095-129-0797,
or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
full address:
Dr.-Eng. Igor B. Gourevitch
Scientific Council "Cybernetics" of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
40, Vavilov str,
Moscow 117967
Russian Federation
tel.: 7-095-129-0797
fax: 7-095-129-0797
e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notification of acceptance will be by end of January, 1996.

Publication of Papers:
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A "Collection of Abstracts" will be available at the Workshop.

The presentation of a paper will have 30 minutes, including discussi-
on.

Full papers will be published in 1996 in the journal "Pattern Recogni-
tion and Image Analysis". A full paper is limited to not more than 36
pages (double-spaced, 12 pts). A poster may be published as a paper.

Addresses:
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Participants should contact:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Niemann
Forschungsgruppe Wissensverarbeitung
Bayerisches Forschungszentrum fuer Wissensbasierte Systeme (FORWISS)
Am Weichselgarten 7
91058 Erlangen
Germany
tel.: 49-9131-691195 (or 857774)
fax.: 49-9131-691185
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr.-Eng. Igor B. Gourevitch
Scientific Council "Cybernetics" of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
40, Vavilov str,
Moscow 117967
Russian Federation
tel.: 7-095-129-0797
fax: 7-095-129-0797
e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Here is another CFP:
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>From: Stanislav Kovacic <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: 3-rd Slovenian-German Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS

3rd Slovenian-German and 2nd SDRV Workshop

SPEECH AND IMAGE UNDERSTANDING

April 24 - 26, 1996

Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia


SCOPE OF THE WORKSHOP:

- image analysis and understanding,
- active vision,
- speech analysis and understanding,
- spoken queries systems.


ORGANISERS:

- The Slovenian Society for Pattern Recognition
(Slovensko drustvo za razpoznavanje vzorcev - SDRV)

- University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Lehrstuhl fuer Mustererkennung - IMMD 5


WORKSHOP STRUCTURE:

The workshop will be a three-day event consisting of oral papers
presentations and poster sesions selected by the program committee.


REQUIREMENTS & SUBMISSIONS:

Authors who wish to present a paper at the workshop should send their
full-lenght draft paper (in English) to the Workshop Secretariat by
15 February 1996.

The papers should include:
- the title of the paper,
- author's name, address, telephone and fax number, and e-mail address,
- abstract,
- up to ten pages of text and figures.

A book of abstracts will be available at the workshop.
Camera-ready papers which will be published in workshop proceedings
will be due after the workshop.


REGISTRATION FEE: 200 DEM.


IMPORTANT DATES:

FEBRUARY 15, 1996 Initial submissions
MARCH 15, 1996 Notification of acceptance, accomodation informations


AUDIO-VISUAL NEEDS:

An overhead projector will be available. Requests for other A/V
equipment should be directed to the workshop secretariat.


INFORMATION ON THE WWW:

For more and recent information about the workshop,
Ljubljana and Slovenia please look on the Internet WWW
address:

http://luz.fer.uni-lj.si/english/SPRS/workshop_96.html


WORKSHOP SECRETARIAT:

Nikola Pavesic
University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Trzaska 25,
SI-61000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tel: ++386 (61) 1768 315,
Fax: ++386 (61) 1264 630
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And the CFP for a multimedia modelingconference:
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MMM'96
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Preliminary Call for Papers

Third International Conference on
MULTIMEDIA MODELING
Toulouse, France, 12-15 November 1996


The purpose of the MMM series of conferences is to bring together
activities related to all aspects of multimedia modeling, in its
broader sense, from multimedia networking to virtual worlds.

Its ultimate goal is to provide a better understanding of the basic
paradigms and to establish conceptual links between them for a better
design of future advanced multimedia systems.

MMM'96 will be a forum for presentation of the state of the art in
the representation, processing, interaction, integration and
retrieval of multimedia information, and will also provide an
excellent orientation for newcomers.

In cooperation with IFIP WG6&10, (ACM and IEEE requested)

Research papers as well as proposals for tutorials and tool
demonstrations are solicited particularly (but not restricted to) in the
following areas:

- Multimedia and Hypermedia - Model-based Video/Vision/Graphics
- Formal models for MM & HM - Indexing & Retrieval of MM & HM
- Topological & Geometric Modeling - Integration of Graphics & Vision
- Integration of MM Information - Synchronization of MM Information
- Interactive MM & HM - MM & Virtual Reality
- MM Operating Systems - MM & HM Networking
- MM Database Modeling - Speech & Music Modeling
- Applications of MM & HM

MMM'96 will start with one day of tutorials, and will continue with
three days of technical presentations. Tool presentations will be
possible throughout the conference. The conference, organized by both
LAAS-CNRS and ENSICA, will be held at ENSICA in Toulouse.

Conference Chairperson: Michel Diaz (LAAS-CNRS, F)
Program Committee Chairperson: Jean-Pierre Courtiat (LAAS-CNRS, F)
Tutorial Chairperson: Dick Bulterman (CWI, NL)
Conference Organization Chairperson: Patrick Senac (ENSICA, F)

Program Committee: see provisional list below

Important Dates:
April 10, 1996 Submission deadline (for more details, see below)
June 6, 1996 Notification of acceptance
July 15, 1996 Camera-ready copy for final proceedings due

Submission policy:
Solicited are:
- Full original research papers (in English), 5 copies, up to 16 pages
(including bibliography), 12 point, single spaced, including an informative
abstract as well as names and affiliations of all authors, and a
list of keywords facilitating the assignment of papers to referees.
A cover letter naming a contact author (including postal and E-mail
address) is required. The cover letter should also state that the
paper has not been presented at another conference nor is it
currently being considered by another conference or by a journal.
Finally, the cover letter should include the statement that
"when accepted, one of the authors will attend the conference to present
the paper". Accepted papers will appear in a Proceedings book
published by World Scientific
- Proposals for tool demonstrations (including hard- and software
requirements)
- Proposals for tutorials.

All submissions should be sent to:
Jean-Pierre Courtiat
MMM'96
LAAS-CNRS
7, avenue du Colonel Roche 31077 Toulouse Cedex France
Tel: (33) 61.33.62.44 Fax: (33) 61.33.64.11 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information:
MMM'96 Organization Committee,
ENSICA
Place Emile Blouin 31056 Toulouse Cedex France
Tel: (33) 61.58.75.14 (Patrick Senac), Fax: (33) 61.58.75.95
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To obtain additional information, you may also browse our World-Wide
Web pages, the URL is http://www.ensica.fr/~mmm96

Expression of interest in MMM'96:
If you are interested in MMM'96, please return the following
information to the Conference Organization Chairperson (preferably by
E-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ):

Name (including title): ...............................................

Affiliation: ..........................................................

Address: ..............................................................

Tel: ................ Fax: ............. Email: .......................

o I would like to receive further information about MMM'96 by
MAIL or ELECTRONIC MAIL (please indicate), please put me on your
mailing lists.

o I intend to submit to MMM'96 a research paper

entitled: ...........................................................

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

o I intend to submit to MMM'96 a proposal for a tool demonstration

entitled: ...........................................................

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

o I would be interested in offering a tutorial

entitled: ...........................................................


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>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Charles Dyer)
>Subject: Call for Papers for AAAI-96

Thirteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence

August 4 - 8, 1996, Portland, Oregon

AAAI-96 -- the Thirteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence --
is sponsored by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Important Dates:

Electronic title page submission deadline January 3, 1996
Paper submission deadline January 9, 1996
Notification of acceptance March 11, 1996

Call for Papers

AAAI-96 is the thirteenth national conference on artificial intelligence
(AI). The purpose of the conference is to promote research in AI and
scientific interchange among AI researchers and practitioners.

Papers may represent significant contributions to any aspects of AI: a)
principles underlying cognition, perception, and action; b) design,
application, and evaluation of AI algorithms and systems; c) architectures
and frameworks for classes of AI systems; and d) analysis of tasks and
domains in which intelligent systems perform.

One of the most important functions served by the national conference is to
provide a forum for information exchange and interaction among researchers
working in different sub-disciplines, in different research paradigms, and
in different stages of research. Based on discussions among program
committee members during the past few years, we are continuing efforts to
expand active participation in the conference to include a cross-section of
the AI community and the community's research activities.

Accordingly, we encourage submission of papers that: describe theoretical,
empirical, or experimental results; represent areas of AI that may have been
under-represented in recent conferences; present promising new research
concepts, techniques, or perspectives; or discuss issues that cross
traditional sub-disciplinary boundaries. As outlined below, the paper review
criteria is intended to recognize this broader spectrum of research
contributions. We will continue the policy established in AAAI-94 of
accepting more of the papers that are submitted, relative to prior years.

Timetable for Submission

Authors must first submit their paper's title page (preferably
electronically, as described below) by January 3, 1996. Authors must then
submit six (6) complete printed copies of their papers to the AAAI office by
January 9, 1996. Papers received after that date will be returned unopened.
Notification of receipt will be mailed to the first author (or designated
author) soon after receipt. All inquiries regarding lost papers must be made
by January 23, 1996. Notification of acceptance or rejection of submitted
papers will be mailed to the first author (or designated author) by March
11, 1996. Camera-ready copy of accepted papers will be due about one month
later.

Electronic Title Page

Because of the huge number of submissions anticipated and the tight schedule
required to assign reviewers, we require that authors who desire to submit a
full paper declare their intention by sending AAAI a title page by
Wednesday, January 3, 1996. The preferred method is by using a
World-Wide-Web (WWW) browser such as Netscape to connect to:
http://www.aaai.org/Conferences/National/1996/submit.html
then filling out the form and finally pressing the submit button. (You can
also access a link to this page by connecting to AAAI's home page, which is
located at: http://www.aaai.org After submitting the form, the page will
display a unique tracking number which should be marked on the full paper
submission. Authors who do not have access to a WWW browser with forms
support should mail a printed page to the AAAI office to arrive by January
3. (These authors may omit the tracking number). The printed page should use
the following format:

* author: <name of first author>
* address: <address of first author>
* author: <name of last author>
* address: <address of last author>
* abstract: <abstract>
* content areas: <first area>,
..., <last area>

Content Areas

To facilitate the reviewing process, authors are requested to select one or
more appropriate content area keywords from the list below, to appear on the
electronic title page and submitted paper. Please use the exact phrases
below; do not make up new keywords, since they will be ignored by the paper
classification software.

* AI architectures
* applications
* art and music
* artificial life
* automated modeling
* automated reasoning
* control
* belief revision
* case-based reasoning
* causality
* cognitive modeling
* common sense reasoning
* computational complexity
* computer-aided education
* constraint satisfaction
* decision theory
* decision trees
* design
* description logics
* diagnosis
* discourse
* discovery
* distributed AI
* enabling technologies
* expert systems
* game playing
* genetic algorithms
* geometric or spatial reasoning
* information retrieval
* knowledge acquisition
* knowledge representation
* lifelike characters
* machine learning
* machine translation
* mathematical foundations
* multiagent systems
* multimedia
* natural language processing
* neural networks
* nonmonotonic reasoning
* ontologies
* perception
* philosophical foundations
* planning
* probabilistic reasoning
* problem solving
* qualitative reasoning
* reactive control
* real-time systems
* reinforcement learning, robotics
* scheduling
* scientific discovery
* search
* simulation
* software agents
* speech understanding
* syntax
* temporal reasoning
* theorem proving
* user interfaces
* virtual reality, vision

Paper Format For Blind Review

All six (6) copies of a submitted paper must be clearly legible. Neither
computer files nor fax submissions are acceptable. Submissions must be
printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch or A4 paper using 12 point type (10 characters
per inch for typewriters). Double-sided printing is strongly encouraged.
Reviewing for AAAI-96 will be blind to the identities of the authors. This
requires that authors exercise some care not to identify themselves in their
papers.

Title Page

Each copy of the paper must have a title page, separate from the body of the
paper, including the title of the paper, the names and addresses of all
authors, a short abstract of less than 200 words, a list of content areas
(see above), word count, tracking number from electronic submission of title
page (see above), statement with respect to multiple submissions (see
below), and acknowledgements (if any).

Paper Body

The second page, on which the paper body begins, should include the same
title, abstract, content areas, word count, tracking number, and statement
with respect to multiple submissions, but not the names or affiliations of
the authors. The references should include all published literature relevant
to the paper, including previous works of the authors, but should not
include unpublished works. When referring to one's own work, use the third
person, rather than the first person. For example, say "Previously, Weld
[13] has shown that...", rather than "In our previous work [13] we have
shown that...." Try to avoid including any information in the body of the
paper or references that would identify the authors or their institutions.
Such information can be added to the final camera-ready version for
publication. Please do not staple the title page to the body of the paper.

Length

The body of submitted papers must be at most 7000 words, including
footnotes, figure captions, tables, and appendices, but excluding the
bibliography. The word count should appear on the title and second pages of
the submitted paper. Papers longer than 7000 words will be returned without
review.

Review Process

Program committee (PC) members will identify papers they are qualified to
review based on the information electronically presubmitted (e.g., the
paper's title, content areas, and abstract). This information, along with
other considerations, will be used to assign each submitted paper to three
PC members. Using the criteria given below, they will review the paper
independently; these reviews will be blind to the identities of the authors
and their institutions. If the majority of the reviewers of a paper agree to
accept or reject it, that recommendation will be followed. If the reviewers
are unable to decide, the paper will be discussed by an appropriate
sub-group of the PC during its meeting in March. In general, papers will be
accepted if they receive at least two positive reviews or if they generate
an interesting controversy among the reviewers. The final decisions on all
papers will be made by the program chairs.

Review Criteria

Questions that will appear on the review form appear below. Authors are
advised to bear these questions in mind while writing their papers.
Reviewers will look for papers that meet at least some (though not
necessarily all) of the criteria in each category.

Significance

How important is the problem studied? Does the approach offered advance the
state of the art? Does the paper stimulate discussion of important issues or
alternative points of view?

Originality

Are the problems and approaches new? Is this a novel combination of existing
techniques? Does the paper point out differences from related research? Does
it address a new problem or one that has not been studied in depth? Does it
introduce an interesting research paradigm? Does the paper describe an
innovative combination of AI techniques with techniques from other
disciplines? Does it introduce an idea that appears promising or might
stimulate others to develop promising alternatives?

Quality

Is the paper technically sound? Does it carefully evaluate the strengths and
limitations of its contributions? Are its claims backed up? Does the paper
offer a new form of evidence in support of or against a well-known
technique? Does the paper back up a theoretical idea already in the
literature with experimental evidence? Does it offer a theoretical analysis
of prior experimental results?

Clarity

Is the paper clearly written? Does it motivate the research? Does it
describe the inputs, outputs, and basic algorithms employed? Are the results
described and evaluated? Is the paper organized in a logical fashion? Is the
paper written in a manner that makes its content accessible to most AI
researchers?

Videotape Support

If authors feel that an understanding of the dynamic behavior exhibited by
their system is an important factor in judging the technical merit of the
work, they may optionally include six (6) copies of a videotape of not more
than five (5) minutes duration in NTSC-VHS (US standard only) format to the
AAAI office by January 9, 1996, as part of their paper submission. Tapes
should be labeled only with the tracking number and title of the paper
submission; tapes cannot be returned.

Submissions to Multiple Conferences

Papers that are being submitted to other conferences, whether verbatim or in
essence, must reflect this fact on the title page. If a paper appears at
another conference (with the exception of specialized workshops), it must be
withdrawn from AAAI-96. Papers that violate these requirements are subject
to rejection without review.

Publication

Accepted papers will be allocated six (6) pages in the conference
proceedings. Up to two (2) additional pages may be used at a cost to the
authors of $250 per page. Papers exceeding eight (8) pages and those
violating the instructions to authors will not be included in the
proceedings.

Copyright

Authors will be required to transfer copyright of their paper to AAAI.

Paper Submissions & Inquiries

Please send papers and conference registration inquiries to:

AAAI-96
American Association for Artificial Intelligence
445 Burgess Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025-3496

Registration and call clarification inquiries (ONLY) may be sent to the
Internet address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please send program suggestions and inquiries to:

Bill Clancey, Program Cochair
Institute for Research on Learning
3450 Hillview Drive
Palo Alto, CA 54301
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Daniel Weld, Program Cochair
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Washington
P.O. Box 352350
Seattle, WA 98195-2350
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Ramesh Patil, Associate Program Chair
USC/Information Sciences Institute
4676 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
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Student Abstract & Poster Program

AAAI-96 invites submissions to the student abstract and poster program. The
goal of this program is to provide a forum in which students can present and
discuss their work during its early stages, meet some of their peers who
have related interests, and introduce themselves to more senior members of
the field. The program is open to all pre-PhD students. Non-student advisors
or collaborators should be acknowledged appropriately, as coauthors or
otherwise. However, students are requested to honor the spirit of the
program by submitting only work for which they are primary investigators.

Requirements for Submission

Authors must submit six (6) printed copies of a two-page abstract describing
their research to the AAAI office by January 9, 1996. Abstracts received
after that date will be returned unopened. Notification of receipt will be
mailed to the author. All inquiries regarding lost abstracts must be made by
January 23, 1996. Notification of acceptance or rejection of submitted
abstracts will be mailed to the author by March 11, 1996. Camera-ready copy
of accepted abstracts will be due about one month later.

Abstract Format

All six (6) copies of a submitted abstract must be clearly legible. Neither
computer files nor fax submissions are acceptable. Submissions must be
printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch or A4 paper using 12 point type (10 characters
per inch for typewriters). Each page must have a maximum of 38 lines and an
average of 75 characters per line (corresponding to the LaTeX article-style,
12 point).

Length

All abstracts must be no more than two pages, including: title, author's
full name, postal address, phone number, e-mail address, text, any figures,
tables, diagrams, and bibliography. Papers exceeding the specified length
and formatting requirements are subject to rejection without review.

Submissions to AAAI-96 or Other Conferences

Students are free to submit abstracts for work reported in a regular paper
submitted to the AAAI-96 or another conference, but not for work that has
already been published. Abstracts will be accepted or rejected for the
student session regardless of the outcomes of related paper submissions.

Review Criteria

Each abstract will be reviewed against the following criteria:

Significance: Does the work address an important problem?
Originality: Is the problem or approach presented new?
Clarity: Is the abstract clearly written?

Publication

Accepted abstracts will be allocated one (1) page in the conference
proceedings. Students will be required to transfer copyright of the abstract
to AAAI.

Poster Session

Accepted abstracts will be allocated presentation time and space in the
Student Poster Display area at the conference. Student authors of accepted
abstracts must agree to prepare a poster representing the work described in
their abstracts and to be available to discuss their work with visitors
during their allocated time in the Student Poster Display area.

Student Abstract Submissions & Inquiries

Please send abstracts to:

AAAI-96
American Association for Artificial Intelligence
445 Burgess Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025-3496

Registration and call clarification inquiries (ONLY) may be sent to the
internet address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please send student program suggestions and inquiries to:

Maja J. Mataric
Volen Center for Complex Systems
Computer Science Department
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02254
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For More Information Contact:

American Association for Artificial Intelligence / 445 Burgess Drive / Menlo
Park, California 94025-3496 / USA
Telephone: 415-328-3123 / Fax: 415-321-4457 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / URL:
http://www.aaai.org

If you have any comments, suggestions, or additions to this site,
please drop us a note.

Copyright 1995, 1996, American Association for Artificial Intelligence. All
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Now, some advance programs and calls for participation.
SDAIR is a well-known event for many of us. Here is the call for
participation to the 1996 event:
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>From: Debbie Wallace <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: SDAIR'96 - Call for Participation

SDAIR '96

Call for Participation

Fifth Annual Symposium on
Document Analysis and Information Retrieval

April 15-17, 1996
Alexis Park Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

SPONSOR

Information Science Research Institute
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

SYMPOSIUM CHAIR

Henry S. Baird
AT&T Bell Laboratories
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PROGRAM CHAIRS

Document Analysis:

Andreas Dengel
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
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Information Retrieval:

Jan Pedersen
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
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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
(702)895-1183 (fax)
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ftp site: ftp.isri.unlv.edu directory: /pub/SDAIR96

SCOPE

The symposium will present results of state-of-the-art research and provide
ample opportunity for the informal exchange of ideas in the field of
automatic extraction of information from images of printed documents.
High-quality refereed papers will be presented describing research on many
key aspects of document image analysis and information retrieval, both
theoretical and applied, with particular emphasis on:

Document Analysis:

High-Accuracy Transcription
Postprocessing of OCR Results
Keyword Search in Textual Images
Multilingual OCR, Language ID, etc.
Geometric and Logical Layout Analysis
Recognition of Forms, Tables and Equations
Models of Document Image Degradation
Methods for Performance Evaluation

Information Retrieval:

Full-Text Retrieval
Retrieval from OCR'ed Text
Image and Multimedia Retrieval
Text Categorization
Retrieval from Structured Documents
Language-Specific Influences on Retrieval
Evaluation of IR Systems
Text Representation

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

Sunday, April 14, 1996 (evening)
Welcome Reception

Monday, April 15, 1996

Invited Speakers:
Dr. H. P. Frei, Union Bank of Switzerland
Dr. Juergen Schuermann, Daimler Benz Research Center

Technical Presentations

Tuesday, April 16, 1996

Invited Speakers:
Dr. Michael Lesk, Bellcore
(to be announced)

Technical Presentations

Wednesday, April 17, 1996 (morning)

ISRI Annual Assessment Reports
Dr. Thomas A. Nartker, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Staff of Information Science Research Institute


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>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,

The 1996 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing,
better known as ICASSP-96, will be held in Atlanta, Georgia next year.
Listed in this mailing you will find information about the technical program,
tutorials, and registration information.

HIGHLIGHTS:
***********

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

http://www.ee.gatech.edu/conferences/icassp96

2) The early registration deadline is December 15. Registrations
received by this date will qualify you for a free second copy of
the Proceedings on CD-ROM. To avoid the higher on-site registration
fees, payment must be received by March 15, 1996. The fees are:

If Received
by 3/15/96 On-Site

IEEE Members: $350 $475
Non-members: $450 $575
Student IEEE members: $ 75 $100
Student Non-members: $100 $125

Registration forms will be available in the Transactions published
by the IEEE Signal Processing Society early next year. Forms will
also be available on the WWW and by anonymous ftp at

ftp.eedsp.gatech.edu/pub/icassp96

3) Since 1996 is an Olympic year for Atlanta, hotel space may be very
tight. Therefore, we recommend that you make reservations early at
the Marriott Marquis in order to guarantee a room. Please note that
there are a LIMITED number of rooms (10% of the room block) that will
be available at the government rate to government employees AND to
students.

4) If you would like to add your name to our electronic mailing
list, please send mail to

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with "subscribe spmail" as the body of the message. You may also
add someone else to the list by sending a mail to majordomo with
the message "subscribe spmail address@some.machine".


More detailed information follows. 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,
M.Hayes
General Chair, ICASSP-96


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INFORMATION ON THE TECHNICAL PROGRAM

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The ICASSP-96 technical program begins on Monday May 6 with four tutorials
(topics and presenters listed below), and the regular program begins on
Tuesday, May 7 and concludes on Friday, May 10. This year, among the
approximately 1740 papers that were submitted, 911 were accepted and placed
into 92 sessions. Of these, 52 are poster sessions and 40 are lecture.
Included in the lecture sessions are six "Special Sessions,"

1) Signal Processing for Wireless Communications Systems,
Chairman: G. Wornell (MIT)

2) Education
Chairman: R. Bamberger (WSU) and B. Evans (UC Berkeley)

3) US DoD Selection of the 2400 bps Standard
Chairman: J. Tardelli (ARCOM)

4) Sensor Array Datasets
Chairman: A. Steinhardt (MIT Lincoln Labs),
J. Krolik (Duke University), and
R. Vaccaro (University of Rhode Island)

5) Digital Video: Content Processing
Chairman: N. Jayant (AT&T Bell Labs)

6) Methods and Tools for Rapid Prototyping of DSP Systems
Chairman: M. Richards (Georgia Tech Research Institute)

Following the regular program on Friday, there will be another day of
tutorials on Saturday, May 11. This tutorial day provides a bridge into
the technical program of ISCAS-96 which begins on Sunday, May 12, and for
those who plan to continue their stay in Atlanta.

To facilitate your early planning to attend one or more of our tutorials,
the topics and presenters for each day are listed below. This program
was put together by the Tutorials Chairman, Prof. John Hansen, with the
help of the Signal Processing Education Committee, which is chaired by
Prof. Delores Etter. These tutorials were selected out of a set of over
50 proposals that were submitted, and were carefully screened and reviewed.
As a result, we believe this to be an outstanding program with a broad
range of important and timely topics. (Tutorial fees are $150 each, and
space is LIMITED).

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Tutorials, Monday, May 6, 1996
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Morning

1) Douglas O'Shaughnessy (INRS-Telecommunications, Canada),

"Voice Dialogue with Computers"

Covers human dialog system/iteraction with computers, speech
synthesis, recognition, dialog interaction.

2) Lajos Hanzo (University of Southampton, U.K.),

"Bandwidth-efficient Tetherless Multimedia Communications"

Covers mobile fundamentals, multimedia source and channel coding,
modulation and transmission fundamentals, advanced transmission and
systems aspects.

Afternoon

3) Fatos T. Yarman-Vural (Middle East Technical University, Turkey),

"An Overview for Machine Simulation of Human Reading"

Covers automatic character recognition (printed and handwritten),
statistical and syntactic techniques, application demo for
``Optical character recognition system for ancient Ottoman archives.''

4) David L. Neuhoff (Univ. of Michigan),

"Quantization Analysis (Theory of Lossy Data Compression)"


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Tutorials, Saturday May 11, 1996
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Morning

1) Malcolm Slaney, Interval Research Corp., and
Richard Lyon, Apple Computers,

"Applications of Psychoacoustics to Signal Processing"

Covers auditory, masking, applications to coding, music, recognition.

2) Jerry Mendel, University of Southern California,

"Fuzzy Logic Systems for Signal Processing"

Covers fuzzy logic systems, design methods, neural networks,
comparison.

Afternoon

3) Sam Stearns, Sandia Labs, and
Russ Mersereau, Georgia Tech.

"Principles and Techniques of Text, Waveform, and Image Compression"

Covers lossless communication/coding of symbol sequences, lossy
compression of images, VQ, JPEG, MPEG for video coding.

4) John Ackenhusen, ERIM.

"Design and Implementation of Signal Processing Systems"

Covers real-time concepts, processors, design tools, case studies in
rapid system proto-typing for signal processing.

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Here is the advance program and registration info for Visual'96. This
is a shortened version; see their WWW page or my archives
(http://www.loria.fr/~tombre/Programs/maillist.html) for all the
details.
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>From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Zheng Zhi Jie)
>Subject: Visual'96 Registration

First International Conference on Visual Information Systems
5-6 February 1996
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

All information may be viewed on the WWW at:

http://www.vut.edu.au/~visual96

Keynote Addresses
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Professor Tosiyasu Kunii, The University of Aizu, Japan
- Hyperworld Modelling
Professor Shi-Kuo Chang, University of Pittsburgh, USA
- Toward Multidimensional Languages

Associated Events (details below)
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Talk by Tosiyasu Kunii on The University of Aizu
Tutorial by Borko Furht on Interactive TV Systems
Tutorial by P. Venkat Rangan on Multimedia Systems

Aims & Scope
============
With the widespread use of multimedia information, there is a
pressing requirement to efficiently manage, store, manipulate and
retrieve images and pictorial data in a wide spectrum of
applications. As many organisations currently maintain large
collections of images, the need for flexible visual information
management is already critical. Future information systems in
commercial and scientific applications will have a high visual
content, and it is necessary to integrate the visual and image
components into the architecture of organisational information
systems. Such visual components will tend to permeate all
information systems and in time will not be regarded as a distinct
element, but will form an essential part of any information
system, working alongside and in harmony with structured
information processing components.

The conference will focus attention on the management of visual
information. Over 50 papers will be presented by authors from
Australia, Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong,
India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Singapore, UK
and USA, in these areas:
- Architecture of visual information systems
- Data modelling for visual information systems
- Memory organisation and management
- Feature recognition and extraction
- Feature and content indexing
- Picture description and representation languages
- Query model and paradigms for visual information
- Query language for visual information retrieval
- Content-based search and retrieval
- Integration of visual and non-visual information
- Compression and delivery of visual information
- Image processing and manipulation
- Parallel processing in visual information systems
- Specific applications areas of visual information systems

Venue
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Victoria University of Technology, Footscray Campus
Corner of Ballarat & Geelong Rds, Footscray VIC 3011

Contact Information
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http://www.vut.edu.au/~visual96

Visual '96 Secretariat
Department of Computer & Mathematical Sciences
Victoria University of Technology
P.O. Box 14428, MCMC
Melbourne VIC 8001 Australia

Voice: +613 9688 4249 Fax: +613 9688 4050

Clement Leung, Chair, Program Committee
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Audrey Tam, Chair, Organizing Committee
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A Partial List of Accepted Papers (full list at
http://www.vut.edu.au/~visual96/acpapers.html)
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Conference & Tutorials Registration Form
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(PostScript version is available from the Web page)

Associated Events
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Tosiyasu Kunii's Talk on The University of Aizu
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To advance knowledge for humanity in the era of information
superhighways - an establishment of a new open university -

Time: Tuesday 6 February 6pm to 7.30pm

Tutorial 1: Interactive Television Systems (Half-day)
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Time: Wednesday 7 February 9am to 12
Cost: $150/$190 before/after 7 January 1996, Full-time students
$60/$100, Regular Visual '96 Registrants $100/$140
Instructor:
Prof. Borko Furht, Director of Multimedia Laboratory at Florida
Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

Tutorial 2: Multimedia Systems (One-day)
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Time: Thursday 8 February 9am to 4.30pm
Cost: $350/$390 before/after 7 January 1996, Full-time students
$150/$190, Regular Visual '96 Registrants $300/$340
Instructor:
Prof. P. Venkat Rangan, University of California at San Diego,
California

Conference Venues (Map on WWW)
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Victoria University of Technology, Footscray Campus (corner of
Ballarat & Geelong Roads): Registration cocktails (Sunday
evening), presentations, tutorials

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Here is some conference information about ECCV'96
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>From: Rachid Deriche <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
>Subject: programme

ECCV'96 : Conference Programme

Saturday 13th/Sunday 14th
14.00-- Workshop on Object Representation in CV

Monday 15th April
09.00--10.40 Welcome; Structure from Motion (1)
11.15--12.30 Recognition (1)
14.00--15.30 Posters:Stereo/Geometry/Texture/Features
16.00--17.40 Tracking (1)
18.00--22.00 Reception and concert

Tuesday 16th April
09.00--10.40 Grouping and Segmentation
11.15--12.30 Stereo vision
14.00--15.30 Posters:Recognition and matching
16.00--17.40 Motion (2)
19.00--22.00 Programme Committee dinner and Board Meeting (Jesus College)

Wednesday 17th April
09.00--10.40 Shading and Colour
11.15--12.30 Image features
14.00--15.30 Posters: Motion/Medical Imaging
16.00--17.40 Tracking (2)
19.00--22.00 Organ recital and Conference Banquet (St John's College)


Thursday April 18th
09.00--10.40 Applications and Recognition (2)
11.15--12.30 Optics/Focus/Camera Calibration
14.00--15.30 Posters: Motion/Medical Imaging
16.00--17.40 Structure from Motion (3)
19.00--20.00 Reception at Fitzwilliam Museum for Workshop attendees

Friday April 19th
09.00--16.00 Workshops
Computer vision in man-machine interfaces
Conceptual descriptions from images
Performance characteristics of vision algorithms


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Well, this mail is more than long enough. So let me stop here, by
wishing you all a merry Christmas and a very successful and happy new
year.

Your TC10 chairman,

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