IAPR-TC11: Newsletter 2017/11

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November, 2017

  • Message from the Editor
  • Dates and Deadlines
    • Deadlines
    • Upcoming Conference Dates
  • Call for Hosting Proposals for the TC10/TC11 Summer School
  • Conferences
    • DAS 2018: Call for Papers (EXTENDED: Abstract Nov. 30, Papers Dec. 10)
    • DAS 2018: Call for Tutorials
    • ICFHR 2018: Call for Papers (repost)
    • ICFHR 2018: Call for Competitions (repost)
    • ICPR 2018: Call for Papers and Proposals (repost)
    • IEEE ASAR 2018: Call for Papers (repost)
  • Journals
    • Latest Issue: IJDAR Vol. 20, Issue 3 (repost)
    • IJDAR Discount for IAPR Members (repost)
    • Deadline Extended: Journal of Imaging, Special Issue: "Document Image Processing" (repost)
  • Careers
    • Faculty Positions in Computer Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA (repost)
    • Student Industrial Internship Opportunities (IAPR List) (repost)

ICDAR 2017 was a fantastic success! Congratulations to Dr. Koichi Kise and his team for hosting an inspiring, productive and fun meeting in Kyoto. At this edition of ICDAR a number of excellent paper and keynote talks were given, and the workhops and poster sessions were well-attended and lively. The ICDAR 2017 photo album is online here.

ICDAR Awards. Congratulations to the IAPR/ICDAR award recipients (Prof. Rangachar Kasturi (Outstanding Achievements Award) and Dr. Alicia Fornés (Young Investigator Award)), along with the recipients of the ICDAR 2017 Awards for Best Paper (Jerod Weinman), Best Student Paper (Joan Puigcerver), and Best Poster (Emilien Royer, Joseph Chazalon, Marçal Rusiñol, and Frédéric Bouchara). Details may be found online here. Congratulations also to the 15 recipients of the Outstanding Reviewer Awards.

In other news, the DAS deadline has been extended. Paper abstracts are due Nov. 30th, but full papers are not due until Dec. 10th. Please consider submitting your work to this important meeting. Calls for Papers are also out for ICFHR, ICPR and ASAR.

Lastly, there are open faculty positions in Computer Science at RIT (USA) and student internship opportunities listed under the Careers section of the newsletter. Please have a look if these may be of interest to you.

Thanks again to Dr. Kise and his team for running a very successful ICDAR, and I'll talk to you all again next month. Take care until then.

Join us! If you are not already a member of the TC-11 community, please consider joining the TC11 mailing list.

Richard Zanibbi, TC-11 Communications Officer




Upcoming Conference Dates


2019 and Later

  • ICDAR 2019, Brisbane, Australia (September 22-25, 2019)
  • ICFHR 2020. Dortmund, Germany (September 8-10, 2020)

Important Dates

Proposal Submission          Jan. 31, 2018

Part of the mission of IAPR TC11 and TC10 is to promote high quality educational activities related to Reading Systems and Graphics Recognition. Responding to this need, TC10 and TC11 have decided to establish a bi-annual series of summer schools. After the successful organization of the first summer school in Jaipur, India, we are now are soliciting proposals for the organisation of the second "IAPR TC10/TC11 Summer School on Document Analysis" in 2018 or early 2019.

The "IAPR TC10/TC11 Summer School on Document Analysis" is intended to become the prime educational activity of IAPR TC11 (Reading Systems) and TC10 (Graphics Recognition). The School is meant to be a training activity where participants are exposed to the latest trends and techniques of Reading Systems and Graphics Recognition.

The aim of the School is to provide both an objective and clear overview and an in-depth analysis of the state-of-the-art research in selected topics of Reading Systems and Graphics Recognition. The School should aim to provide a stimulating opportunity for young researchers and Ph.D. students in the field.

Individuals and groups who are interested in Reading Systems and Graphics Recognition are invited to submit proposals for organizing and hosting the 2018 IAPR TC10 / TC11 Summer School. As the last summer school was organized in Asia, organizing teams from Europe or the Americas are encouraged to submit a bid in order to facilitate the envisioned rotational scheme of the IAPR TC10 / TC11 Summer School.

It is expected that proposers familiarise themselves with the guidelines for organising the School first, to fully plan their bid. The Guidelines can be found at the TC11 Web site:


The submission of a bid implies full agreement with the rules and procedures for organising the School. Especially, this means that organizers will apply for IAPR support and that the event will use the series title "IAPR TC10/TC11 Summer School on Document Analysis" with an optional sub-title denoting a special focus of the respective event.

Proposals should be sent to:

Gernot A. Fink, TC-11 Education Officer, gernot.fink@udo.edu
Syed Saqib Bukhari, TC-10 Educational Officer, saqib.bukhari@dfki.de

The deadline for submitting written proposals is

Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Gernot Fink, TC-11 Education Officer
( Gernot.Fink@tu-dortmund.de )

DAS 2018: Call for Papers (EXTENDED: Abstract Nov. 30, Papers Dec. 10)

Dear researchers,

We are pleased to inform you that we have again extended the deadline for the full paper submissions. The abstract of the papers have to be handed in at November 30th, 2017 but for the manuscripts you have additional 10 days for submission (December 10th, 2017, 11:59 p.m. GMT) The Document Analysis Systems workshop will take place from April 24-27, 2018 in Vienna, Austria

You can find the Call for Papers here: Call for Papers

For more information, please visit the conference website.

We are looking forward seeing you at DAS 2018! Additional details are provided below.

CFP: 13th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems
April 24-27 2018, Vienna, Austria
PDF Version of CFP

Important Dates

Full paper abstracts:      *Nov. 30, 2017*  (EXTENDED)
Full papers due:           *Dec. 10, 2017*  (EXTENDED)  
* Decision notification:    Jan. 15, 2018  
Short papers due:           Jan. 19, 2018  
* Decision notification:    Jan. 31, 2018  
Tutorial proposals due:     Nov. 30, 2017

Overview. DAS 2018 is the 13th edition of the 100% participation single-track IAPR sponsored workshop focusing on system-level issues and approaches in document analysis and recognition. The workshop comprises invited speaker presentations, oral, poster, tutorial and demo sessions as well as working group discussions.

DAS 2018 will be organized at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), in the heart of Vienna’s city center, which places the attendees within walking distance to a large variety of world-famous historical and cultural attractions. The program will include long and short papers, posters and demonstrations of working or prototype systems. All submissions will undergo a rigorous review process with a minimum of 3 reviews considering the originality of work, the quality of research or analysis of experience, the relevance to document analysis systems, and quality of presentation.

Information regarding paper submissions is provided below. Note: Submission of a paper involves a commitment that, if accepted, one or more authors will attend the workshop.

Full Papers. Full papers should describe complete works of original research. Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers that are not being considered in another form, up to 6 pages length.

Short Papers. Short papers provide an opportunity to report on research in progress and to present novel positions on document analysis systems. Authors may submit short papers (up to 2 pages in length). Short papers will also undergo review and will appear in an extra booklet, not in the official DAS 2018 proceedings.

Demonstrations. DAS 2018 seeks public demonstrations of novel systems, to be presented to the workshop as a whole during breaks between paper sessions. Prospective demonstrators should submit a two-page summary of the system to be demonstrated. Demonstration proposals will undergo review and summaries of accepted demonstrations will appear in the extra DAS 2018 booklet, as in the case of short papers.

For Topics & Technologies and Commitees, please see the DAS 2018 website: http://www.das2018-conference.org

DAS 2018: Call for Tutorials

Important Dates

Tutorial Proposals due:     30th November 2017
Tutorial Announcement:      15th January 2018
Tutorial Date:              24th April 2018

Overview. DAS2018 intends to offer conference participants high quality half day tutorials reflecting current topics and trends in all areas of Document Analysis and Recognition. As tutorials are educational events they must include a comprehensive introduction to the state-of-the-art in the corresponding subject. Tutorials should be aimed at varied audience: research students, experienced researchers, practitioners, academics and representatives of governments and funding agencies who wish to learn new technologies.

For details see:


Contact: das2018@caa.tuwien.ac.at

Robert Sablatnig and Florian Kleber, DAS 2018 General Chairs
(sab@caa.tuwien.ac.at, kleber@caa.tuwien.ac.at)

ICFHR 2018: Call for Papers (repost)

The 16th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition
August 5 - 8, 2018 - Niagara Falls, USA
Web page: icfhr2018.org

PDF Version of this Call: ICFHR2018_CFP.pdf

Important Dates

March 2, 2018  Paper abstract submission
March 9, 2018  Full paper submission
 May 25, 2018  Author notifications
June 22, 2018  Camera-ready papers due

The International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR) is the flagship conference for handwriting recognition research and applications. The conference brings together experts in handwriting recognition from academia and industry to share their experiences and promote research and development in all aspects of handwriting recognition and handwriting applications.

ICFHR 2018 is sponsored by the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), and organized in part by IAPR Technical Committee No. 11 (Reading Systems).

Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to:

  • Handwriting Recognition
  • Cursive Script Recognition
  • Symbol, Equation, Sketch and Drawing Recognition
  • Handwritten Document Processing and Understanding
  • Language Models in Handwriting Recognition
  • Web-Based Applications
  • Handwritten Databases and Digital Libraries
  • Information Extraction & Retrieval
  • Document Characterization
  • Form Processing
  • Word Spotting
  • Bank-Check Processing
  • Historical Document Processing
  • Forensic Studies and Security Issues
  • Writer Verification and Identification
  • Performance Enhancement and System Evaluation
  • Electronic Ink and Pen-Based Systems
  • Other Offline and Online Applications

Authors are invited to submit full-length papers of not more than six (6) pages. Papers must describe original work, and paper reviews will be double blind. Instructions for paper submission will be available on the ICFHR 2018 web site (icfhr2018.org).

Questions about paper submission should be directed to the Program Chairs ( pc@icfhr2018.org ).

ICFHR 2018 Organizing Committee

General Chairs
Venu Govindaraju, University of Buffalo, USA
R. Manmatha, A9/Amazon, USA
Richard Zanibbi, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Program Chairs
Luiz S. Oliveira, Federal University Parana, Brazil
Umapada Pal, Indian Statistical Institute, India
Christian Viard-Gaudin, University of Nantes, France

Tutorial and Workshop Chairs
Elisa Barney-Smith, Boise State, USA
Seiichi Uchida, Kyushu University, Japan

Competition Program Chairs
Harold Mouchère, University of Nantes, France
Nicholas R. Howe, Smith College, USA

Publicity Chairs
Thierry Paquet, University of Rouen, France
Utkarsh Porwal, eBay, USA
Masaki Nakagawa, Tokyo University Agriculture and Technology, Japan

Publications Chair
Srirangaraj Setlur, University of Buffalo, USA

Organizing Chairs
Srirangaraj Setlur, University of Buffalo, USA
Ifeoma Nwogu, Rochester Insitute of Technology, USA

Sponsorship Chair
Prem Natarajan, University of Southern California (ISI), USA

Richard Zanibbi, Co-Chair, ICFHR 2018

( rxzvcs@rit.edu )

ICFHR 2018: Call for Competitions (repost)

Online Version: http://icfhr2018.org/competitions.html

Important Dates

 8 January 2018:  Submission of competition proposals
15 January 2018:  Notification of acceptance
22 January 2018:  Competitions on icfhr2018.org, open to participants.
    1 June 2018:  Full papers describing competitions due 
   29 June 2018:  Accepted camera-ready papers due

The ICFHR 2018 Organizing Committee invites proposals for competitions addressing current research challenges in handwriting recognition and related areas of pattern recognition and vision. Competitions should aim at evaluating the performance of individual methods and systems that fall within the context of the conference’s Call for Papers. Competitions should also participate in the sharing and standardisation of handwriting recognition processes.

Proposal Requirements. Proposals should include a brief description of the competition, including the particular task under evaluation, and why this competition would be of interest to the ICFHR community. Please check online for the complete call with submission requirements and competition rules (http://icfhr2018.org/competitions.html).

Submissions of proposals. Proposals should be submitted by electronic mail to the ICFHR 2018 Competitions Chairs, Harold Mouchère and Nicholas Howe (competitions@icfhr2018.org).

Questions should be directed to the ICFHR2018 Competitions Chairs at competitions@icfhr2018.org.


Harold Mouchère and Nicholas Howe, ICFHR 2018 Competition Chairs
( competitions@icfhr2018.org )

ICPR 2018: Call for Papers and Proposals (repost)

International Conference on Pattern Recognition 2018
Beijing, China

Important Dates:

Submission Open             November 5, 2017
Call for Contests           December 1, 2017
Proposals for Workshops     December 15,2017
Proposals for Tutorials     December 15, 2017
Paper Submission            January 5, 2018
Acceptance Notification     April 5, 2018
Camera-ready submission:    May 20, 2018

Guidelines for submission:

Call for Contests (deadline December 1, 2017)

Call for Tutorials (deadline December 15, 2017)

Call for Workshops (deadline December 15, 2017)

The 24th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2018), sponsored by the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), will take place at the China National Convention Center, Beijing, during August 20-24, 2018.

ICPR provides an international forum for researchers and practitioners in the broad area of pattern recognition, including pattern recognition and machine learning, computer vision, speech, image, video and multimedia, biometrics and human computer interaction, document analysis and recognition, biomedical imaging and bioinformatics.

Calls for paper submission, workshop proposals, tutorials, and contest proposals are now available through the conference web pages (http://www.icpr2018.org). Please have a look and consider submitting to this important meeting for the IAPR and broader pattern recognition community.

Cheng-Lin Liu, Program Co-Chair, ICPR 2018 ( liucl@nlpr.ia.ac.cn )

IEEE ASAR 2018: Call for Papers (repost)

2nd IEEE Int. Workshop on Arabic and Derived Script Analysis and Recognition
Dates: 12-14 March 2018
Venue: The Alan Turing Institute, London, United Kingdom
Endorsements: IEEE Region 8, IAPR
Website: http://asar.ieee.tn    E-mail: asar@ieee.tn

Important Dates

Paper submission:          December 1, 2017
Acceptance notifications:  January 2, 2018
Camera-ready papers:       February 1, 2018

Publication: Registered and Presented papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases. Authors of some selected accepted papers presented at ASAR workshop will be invited to submit extended versions of their manuscripts for consideration in related international Journals.

Travel Grant Programs:
IEEE Region 8 VCF: http://www.ieeer8.org/category/voluntary-contribution-fund
IEEE Women In Engineering: http://wie.ieee.org/travel-grant

Plenary Speakers

  • Umapada Pal (Indian Statistical Institute, India)
  • Volker Märgner (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany)
  • Daniel Lowe (The British Library, United Kingdom)

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Arabic and derived Script Analysis and Recognition (ASAR 2018), which will be hosted by the Alan Turing Institute, London, in collaboration with the LORIA laboratory (University Lorraine, France) and REGIM-Lab. (University of Sfax, Tunisia), and will be held in London (United Kingdom) on March 12-14, 2018. ASAR 2018 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8, IEEE UK&IR section, IEEE Tunisia section, and IAPR (under approval). The ASAR workshop provides an excellent opportunity for researchers and practitioners at all levels of experience to meet colleagues and to share new ideas and knowledge about Arabic and derived script document analysis and recognition methods. The workshop enjoys strong participation from researchers in both industry and academia. The workshop program will include keynote speakers, discussion sessions, and oral sessions.

Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Printed/Handwritten text recognition
  • Arabic Document image watermarking
  • Word spotting
  • Forensic Arabic document analysis
  • Language and script recognition
  • Historical Arabic document analysis
  • Authoring, annotation, and presentation systems
  • Pen-based user interface
  • Camera-based Arabic document image analysis
  • Arabic Document retrieval systems
  • Arabic Document analysis for mobile devices, for the internet
  • Information extraction
  • Arabic Document databases and digital libraries
  • Arabic Document understanding
  • Multilingual Arabic document analysis
  • Performance evaluation

Sponsors & Exhibitions
We invite your organisation to be a sponsor. It will play an essential role for the success of the workshop. We expect to welcome experts and researchers from all over the world and numerous high-ranking guests. Therefore, we anticipate extensive coverage of the event. To take advantage of these opportunities and to help enhance them, corporations, research centers, universities and individuals are invited to become sponsors of ASAR workshop. It will be a good opportunity to present your enterprise and your expertise to a distinguished audience. We are looking forward to a successful cooperation with you!

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK is a national institute for data science. Five universities (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, University College London and Warwick) and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences) created The Alan Turing Institute in 2015. The mission of The Alan Turing Institute is to make great leaps in data science research in order to change the world for the better. The Institute's goals are to undertake world-class research in data science, apply its research to real-world problems, driving economic impact and societal good, lead the training of a new generation of data scientists, and shape the public conversation around data.

Website: http://www.turing.ac.uk

We are looking forward to a successful cooperation with you!

General Chairs
Adel M. Alimi, Univesity of Sfax, Tunisia
Abdel Belaïd, University of Lorraine, France
Mohamed Cheriet, ÉTS, University of Quebec, Canada
( asar@ieee.tn, http://asar.ieee.tn/committee )

Latest Issue: IJDAR Vol. 20, Issue 3 (repost)

Table of Contents

A multi-one-class dynamic classifier for adaptive digitization of document streams
Anh Khoi Ngo Ho, Véronique Eglin, Nicolas Ragot & Jean-Yves Ramel

A sigma-lognormal model-based approach to generating large synthetic online handwriting sample databases
Ujjwal Bhattacharya, Réjean Plamondon, Souvik Dutta Chowdhury, Pankaj Goyal & Swapan K. Parui

On writer identification for Arabic historical manuscripts
Abedelkadir Asi, Alaa Abdalhaleem, Daniel Fecker, Volker Märgner & Jihad El-Sana

Post-processing coding artifacts for JPEG documents
The-Anh Pham & Mathieu Delalandre

Mean-Shift segmentation and PDE-based nonlinear diffusion: toward a common variational framework for foreground/background document image segmentation
Fadoua Drira & Frank LeBourgeois

IJDAR Discount for IAPR Members (repost)

IAPR is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with Springer, the publisher of IJDAR, the International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition. This new agreement will allow IAPR members to receive a subscription to the electronic version of IJDAR at a discount of nearly 50%. For additional details, see the links below:

Koichi Kise, Daniel Lopresti and Simone Marinai, IJDAR Editors-in-Chief
( kise@cs.osakafu-u.ac.jp, lopresti@cse.lehigh.edu, simone.marinai@unifi.it )

Deadline Extended: Journal of Imaging, Special Issue: "Document Image Processing" (repost)

The deadline for manuscript submission is EXTENDED to
December 15, 2017. For more details please visit the website:


The Journal of Imaging (ISSN 2313-433X) is currently running a Special Issue entitled Document Image Processing. Dr. Ergina Kavallieratou (University of the Aegean, Greece) and Dr. Laurence Likforman-Sulem (Telecom ParisTech/TSI) are serving as the Guest Editors for this Special Issue.

The intention of this Special Issue is to collect the experiences of leading scientists of the field, but also to be an assessment tool for people who are new to the world of document image processing.

This Special Issue intends to cover the following topics, but is not limited to them:

  • Document Image Analysis
  • Document Understanding
  • Document Analysis Systems
  • Document Processing
  • Camera-based Document Processing
  • Document Databases and Digital Libraries
  • Mining Document Image Collections
  • Document Forensics [...]

Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (jimaging@mdpi.com and alma.wu@mdpi.com), as this will help us with planning.

The Journal of Imaging is an open access publication, which provides unlimited free access by readers. While open access publications typically require an article processing charge (or similar), the Journal of Imaging does not currently require authors to pay any sort of fee.

For further details on article formatting and the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website:


Guest Editors Dr. Ergina Kavallieratou University of the Aegean, Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, Samos, Greece ( kavallieratou@aegean.gr )

Dr. Laurence Likforman-Sulem Telecom ParisTeach/TSI (likforman@telecom-paristech.fr )

Faculty Positions in Computer Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA (repost)

Important Dates: Application Deadline: January 1, 2018

Web Page: https://cs.rit.edu/news/we-are-hiring

The Department of Computer Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (USA) is in a period of growth. The Department’s student-centered programs are home to over 1,200 students pursuing BS, MS, BS/MS, and PhD degrees. Student employment rates upon graduation are over 98%, often with leading technology companies. 

The department’s innovative problem-based introductory programming sequence has been continuously revised and updated, in part through research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In recent years, the department’s research presence has increased significantly while maintaining commitment to excellence in student instruction.

The department invites applications from candidates to fill the following positions:

  • Two tenure-track assistant professor positions in all areas of computer science that strengthen our department (No. 3444 BR)
  • One tenure-track assistant professor position in the areas of cybersecurity, including cryptography (No. 3442 BR)
  • One non-tenure track teaching position (No. 3445 BR)

Candidates for the tenure-track positions are expected to have strong commitment to research, doctoral student mentoring, and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates for the non tenure-track position are expected to have a strong commitment to teaching. Interested applicants should visit: http://careers.rit.edu/faculty and refer to the appropriate BR number listed above for additional information about the position and the application process.

Please direct any inquires to the Hiring Committee Chair, Edith Hemaspaandra (eh@cs.rit.edu).

Edith Hemaspaandra, Chair, RIT CS Hiring Committee
( eh@cs.rit.edu )

Student Industrial Internship Opportunities (IAPR List) - repost

IAPR's Industrial Liaison Committee is pleased to announce the opening of its Company Internship Brokerage List.

The web page lists internship opportunities for students at different levels of education and specialism. We expect many additional internship opportunities to be listed here as the community becomes more aware of the site.

IAPR Company Internship Brokerage List:


Bob Fisher, Chair, IAPR Industrial Liason Committee ( rbf@inf.ed.ac.uk )

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