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January, 2018

  • 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
    • ICFHR 2018 Competitions: Call for Participation
    • ICPR 2018: Handwritten Texts for Personality Identification Competition
    • New Issue: IJDAR Dec. 2017 (Vol. 20, Issue 4)
    • IJDAR Discount for IAPR Members (repost)
  • Careers
    • Funded Masters' Thesis/Internship at L3i Lab (Univ. De La Rochelle, France)
    • Student Industrial Internship Opportunities (IAPR List) - repost

This month we feature the upcoming ICFHR conference, and the TC10/TC11 Summer School. Also, the window is closing, but short paper submissions for DAS 2018 are still open today.

ICFHR: Paper submission is now officially open. For the first time this year, reviewing will be double-blind. A number of interesting competitions are also being held - please have a look and consider participating.

TC10/TC11 Summer School. If you are at all interested in hosting the TC10/TC11 Summer School, please contact the Education Officer Dr. Gernot Fink by email (Gernot.Fink@tu-dortmund.de) to express your interest as soon as possible. The deadline for proposal submission is Jan. 31st.

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

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

Paper Submission is now Open!

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
Alicia Fornés, Computer Vision Center, Spain

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 Competitions: Call for Participation

Important Dates

    1 June 2018:  Full papers describing competitions due 
   29 June 2018:  Accepted camera-ready papers due

ICFHR 2018 is hosting seven competitions in the following areas:

  • Handwritten Document Image Binarization Contest
  • Recognition of Historical Arabic Scientific Manuscripts
  • Multi-script Writer Identification
  • Vietnamese Online Handwritten Text Recognition using HANDS-VNOnDB
  • Competition on Automated Text Recognition on a READ Dataset
  • Document Image Analysis Tasks for Southeast Asian Palm Leaf Manuscripts
  • Thai Student Signature and Name Components Recognition and Verification

Please visit the competitions web page, and contact the organizers through the available links. If you have any questions, please contact the Competitions Chairs at competitions@icfhr2018.org.

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

ICPR 2018: Handwritten Texts for Personality Identification Competition

A Competition on Multimedia Information Processing for Personality and Social Networks Analysis is being held as a part of ICPR 2018 by members of IAPR TC-12. One task in particular may be of interest to the TC-11 community:

Task 2 - HWxPI: Handwritten texts for Personality Identification. The corpus used in this task consists of handwritten Spanish essays from undergraduates Mexican students. For each essay two files are available: a manual transcript of the text and a scan image of the original sheet where the subject hand-wrote the essay. The texts of manual transcriptions have tags to mark some handwritten phenomena namely:

  • FO (well-written word (misspelling)),
  • D (description (drawing)),
  • IN (insertion of a letter into a word),
  • MD (modification of a word, that is a correction of a word),
  • DL (elimination of a word),
  • NS (when two words were written together; e.g. Iam instead of I am ) and,
  • SB (syllabification).

Each essay is labelled with five values corresponding to 5 personality traits in the Big Five Model of Personality. The traits are Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Emotional stability, and Openness to experience. The range of the value for each trait is 1 to 7.

For additional details, please contact Dr. Dimos Karatzas, who can direct you to the competition organizers.

Dimosthenis Karatzas, ICPR Contest Co-Chair

New Issue: IJDAR Dec. 2017 (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 )

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 )

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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