IAPR-TC11: Newsletter 2017/12

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December, 2017

  • Message from the Editor
  • Dates and Deadlines
    • Deadlines
    • Upcoming Conference Dates
  • Call for Hosting Proposals for the TC10/TC11 Summer School
  • Conferences
    • ICFHR 2018: Call for Papers (repost)
    • ICFHR 2018: Call for Competitions (repost)
    • ICPR 2018: Call for Papers (repost)
    • IEEE ASAR 2018: Call for Papers: Deadline Extended
    • New Issue: IJDAR Vol. 20, Issue 4
    • IJDAR Discount for IAPR Members (repost)
  • Careers
    • Faculty Positions in Computer Science at RIT (USA) (repost)
    • Funded Masters' Thesis/Internship at L3i Lab (Univ. De La Rochelle, France)
    • Ph.D. Position in Math-Aware Search (IR + Machine Learning) at RIT (USA)
    • Student Industrial Internship Opportunities (IAPR List) - repost

As 2017 draws to a close, our community remains very active: the DAS workshop had over 130 full paper submissions (https://das2018.cvl.tuwien.ac.at/en/), and a new issue of IJDAR was released in early December (the Table of Contents with links to papers is included in this issue).

Careers/Study. There are new opportunities for Master's and Doctoral research at the University de la Rochelle (France) and RIT (USA). RIT has faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level, and people from our community are stongly encouraged to apply (full disclosure: this is my home institution).

Conferences. ICFHR and ICPR Calls for Papers are also included in this issue, along with the ICFHR call for competitions. There is also just one week left to submit your papers to the ASAR conference. Please consider submitting your work to these venues.

In closing, on behalf of myself and the TC-11 officers, Happy Holidays, and we wish you and your families all of the best in the New Year. I'll talk to you again in 2018!

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. Sydney, 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

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

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 (repost)

International Conference on Pattern Recognition 2018
Beijing, China

Important Dates:

Paper Submission            January 5, 2018
Acceptance Notification     April 5, 2018
Camera-ready submission:    May 20, 2018

Guidelines for submission:

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.

The call for paper submission is 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: Deadline Extended

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 29, 2017* (Extended)
Acceptance notifications:  January 25, 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, …TS, University of Quebec, Canada
( asar@ieee.tn, http://asar.ieee.tn/committee )

New Issue: IJDAR Vol. 20, Issue 4

Table of Contents

Click on the links to go directly to the Springer Link page for each article.

A restoration method for distorted comics to improve comic contents identification.
Authors:Sang-Hoon Lee, Doyoung Kim, Sagar Jadhav, Sanghoon Lee

Character segmentation and transcription system for historical Japanese books with a self-proliferating character image database. Authors: Chulapong Panichkriangkra, Liang Li, Takaaki Kaneko, Ryo Akama, Kozaburo Hachimura

Recognition of handwritten Lanna Dhamma characters using a set of optimally designed moment features. Authors: Papangkorn Inkeaw, Phasit Charoenkwan, Hui-Ling Huang, Sanparith Marukatat, Shinn-Ying Ho, Jeerayut Chaijaruwanich

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 )

Faculty Positions in Computer Science at RIT (USA) (repost)

Important Dates:

Application Deadline          Jan. 31, 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 )

Funded Masters' Thesis/Internship at L3i Lab (Univ. De La Rochelle, France)

The following funded masters thesis/internship is available at the L3i Lab at the University of Rochelle (France), under the supervision of a young and dynamic team. Please forward this information to students at your institution.

Topic: Applications of Scene Text Detection/Recognition for the Visually Impaired and/or Tourist Guidance

Executive Summary

Text appears everywhere in our natural surrounding environments such as in traffic signs, license plates, advertisement billboards, business cards, building signs, labels on posted parcels and on name plates. People who suffer from visual impairment face challenges reading the text in all those situations, whether reading such text is a necessity for their everyday life or simply for navigating and/or enjoying the world around them. We propose to develop an app for mobile and/or wearable devices to assist the visually impaired by narrating the text in their surrounding natural scenes.

This internship would produce a complete working pipeline of a mobile scene text accessibility system for the visually impaired. The main modules of this pipeline of a smartphone app are: video capture, preprocessing and frame selection, text detection, text recognition (OCR), text-to-speech and/or augmented reality. The app will be tested on Android smartphones and smart-glasses.

Key Words

Scene text detection, scene text recognition, OCR, text accessibility for the visually impaired, Android, wearable devices, mobile-captured images

For more details please refer to the website of L3i La Rochelle: http://l3i.univ-larochelle.fr/Emplois-Stages.

Muzzamil Luqman, L3i Lab, Univ. de la Rochelle
( mluqma01@univ-lr.fr )

Ph.D. Position in Math-Aware Search (IR + Machine Learning) at RIT (USA)

Important Dates

Jan. 15th, 2018 (Priority review date)

Richard Zanibbi (Department of Computer Science, RIT, USA)
Douglas Oard (iSchool and UMIACS, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, USA)

Apply Online:
RIT Ph.D. in Computing and Information Science Degree Requirements


We are looking for a Ph.D. student interested in doing a combination of machine learning and information retrieval research. Given a large collection of technical documents, we will apply machine learning techniques to construct associations between the formulae and words used to explain mathematical ideas, and determine how to translate automatically between those two forms of expression. These text-math relationships will then be used to produce a scalable math-aware search engine for a large public collection of technical documents (CiteSeerX: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/index).

These associations and translations between math and text can then be used by students who write what they are looking for using words, with the search engine finding documents that express those same ideas, even if only in mathematical notation. This project also aims to allow scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and students to locate technical information using words, mathematical notation, or some of each. For example, a mathematician studying graph theory could use these new capabilities to find related applications in physics, ecology, and social network analysis, despite any differences in the notation and terminology used in those disciplines.

The DPRL Lab (www.cs.rit.edu/~dprl)

The Document and Pattern Recognition Lab at RIT has developed state-of-the-art techniques for formula search, math-aware search interfaces and automatic recognition of handwritten and typeset mathematical notation. There are currently two other Ph.D. students working on this project, along with a number of Master's-level Research Assistants.

This Ph.D. is part of a larger project funded by the NSF and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation aiming to bring math search to the masses, through developing usable math-aware search engines that make the location and discovery of technical information simpler for both experts and non-experts.


If you have questions, please contact the project leads at: <rlaz@.cs.rit.edu> and oard@umd.edu

Richard Zanibbi, Director, Document and Pattern Recognition Lab (RIT)

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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