IAPR TC11 Newsletter 2019 09

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September, 2019

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  • Message from the Editor
  • Dates and Deadlines
    • Deadlines
    • Upcoming Conferences and Events
  • Conferences
    • DAS 2020: 1st Call for Papers
    • ICFHR 2020: 1st Call for Papers
  • Journals
    • IJDAR: Special Issue (Vol. 22, Issue 3)
  • Datasets
    • TC11 Datasets Repository *(repost)*
  • Careers
    • Student Industrial Internship Opportunities (IAPR) *(repost)*

The ICDAR 2019 conference has been a great success. Congratulations to Michael Blumenstein, Umapada Pal, and their team for providing the document analysis community with an excellent forum for discussion, interaction, and innovation in Sydney, Australia. We are looking back at a wide range of insightful and inspiring keynote talks, oral sessions, poster sessions, workshops, competitions, tutorials, and the doctoral consortium.

For the first time, ICDAR 2019 has included a journal track with oral presentations of articles accepted for publication in the IJDAR Special Issue on Advanced Topics in Document Analysis and Recognition. Note that the publisher Springer Nature will make the articles freely available in a time frame of four weeks around the conference.

After the conference is before the conference. In this newsletter, you will find the first calls for papers for the 14th International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS 2020) in Wuhan, China, as well as the 17th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR 2020) in Dortmund, Germany. The next ICDAR 2021 will be held in two years in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Andreas Fischer, TC11 Communications Officer
( andreas.fischer@hefr.ch )

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Upcoming Conferences and Events


2021 and Later

  • ICDAR 2021. Lausanne, Switzerland (September 5-10, 2021)
  • ICFHR 2022. Hyderabad, India (December, 2022)

DAS 2020: 1st Call for Papers

The 14th International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems
May 17-20, 2020 - Wuhan, China
Web page: http://www.vlrlab.net/das2020/
Contact: das2020@vlrlab.net

PDF Version of this Call: das2020_call_for_papers.pdf

Important Dates

Regular paper submission
Dec 13, 2019  Abstract due
Dec 20, 2019  Full Papers due
Feb 15, 2020  Notification of acceptance

Tutorial proposals
Jan 10, 2020  Proposals due

Short paper submission
Mar 10, 2020  Papers due
Mar 24, 2020  Notification of acceptance

DAS 2020 is the 14th edition of the 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. Proceedings (full papers) will be published by Springer.

Topics & Technologies:

  • Document analysis systems
  • Document understanding
  • Layout analysis
  • Deep learning for document analysis systems
  • Document analysis for digital humanities
  • Document analysis for libraries and archives
  • Document analysis for the internet
  • Document analysis for mobile devices
  • Camera-based document analysis
  • Document datasets
  • Document retrieval
  • Information extraction from document images
  • Graphics recognition
  • Table and form processing
  • Mathematical expression recognition
  • Document authentication
  • Document image watermarking
  • Forensic document analysis
  • Historical document analysis
  • Multilingual document analysis
  • Multimedia document analysis
  • Pen-based input and its analysis
  • Authoring, annotation, and presentation systems
  • Performance evaluation
  • Applications

Submission Types

DAS2020 will include both 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 of ideas.

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 forum, up to 6 pages length.

Short Papers

Short papers provide an opportunity to report on research in progress, 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 DAS2020 proceedings.


DAS2020 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 DAS2020 booklet, as in the case of short papers.

Cheng-Lin Liu, Shijian Lu, and Jean-Marc Ogier, DAS 2020 General Chairs
( das2020@vlrlab.net )

ICFHR 2020: 1st Call for Papers

The 17th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition
September 8-10, 2020 - Dortmund, Germany
Web page: http://icfhr2020.org
Contact: info@icfhr2020.org

PDF Version of this Call: ICFHR2020-1stCfP.pdf

Important Dates

Mar 01, 2020  Paper Submission
Jun 08, 2020  Author Notifications
Jul 12, 2020  Camera-Ready Papers Due

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

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

  • Handwriting Recognition
  • Cursive Script Recognition
  • Symbol, Equation, Sketch and Drawing Recognition
  • Word Spotting
  • Handwritten Document Image Processing
  • Layout Analysis and Understanding
  • Language Models in Handwriting Recognition
  • Web-Based Applications
  • Handwritten Databases and Digital Libraries
  • Information Extraction & Retrieval
  • Form Processing
  • 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. Paper reviews will be double blind. Instructions for paper submission will be available on the ICFHR 2020 web site (http://icfhr2020.org).

Gernot A. Fink and Lambert Schomaker, ICFHR 2020 General Chairs
( info@icfhr2020.org )

IJDAR: Special Issue (Vol. 22, Issue 3)

The September 2019 IJDAR Special Issue on Advanced Topics in Document Analysis and Recognition has been released. Click on the links below to go directly to the Springer Link page for each article.

The articles have been presented orally at ICDAR2019 during the newly introduced journal track. Springer Nature will make the articles freely available in a time frame of four weeks around the conference, beyond being available in the archival journal.

Table of Contents

  1. Are 2D-LSTM really dead for offline text recognition? Bastien Moysset & Ronaldo Messina
  2. Boosting scene character recognition by learning canonical forms of glyphs. Yizhi Wang, Zhouhui Lian, Yingmin Tang & Jianguo Xiao
  3. Generalized framework for summarization of fixed-camera lecture videos by detecting and binarizing handwritten content. Bhargava Urala Kota, Kenny Davila, Alexander Stone, Srirangaraj Setlur & Venu Govindaraju
  4. Dynamic temporal residual network for sequence modeling. Ruijie Yan, Liangrui Peng, Shanyu Xiao, Michael T. Johnson & Shengjin Wang
  5. A comparison of local features for camera-based document image retrieval and spotting. Quoc Bao Dang, Mickal Coustaty, Muhammad Muzzamil Luqman & Jean-Marc Ogier
  6. Comic MTL: optimized multi-task learning for comic book image analysis. Nhu-Van Nguyen, Christophe Rigaud & Jean-Christophe Burie
  7. A two-stage method for text line detection in historical documents. Tobias Grüning, Gundram Leifert, Tobias Strauß, Johannes Michael & Roger Labahn
  8. On optimal stopping strategies for text recognition in a video stream as an application of a monotone sequential decision model. Konstantin Bulatov, Nikita Razumnyi & Vladimir V. Arlazarov
  9. An anchor-free region proposal network for Faster R-CNN-based text detection approaches. Zhuoyao Zhong, Lei Sun & Qiang Huo
  10. Handwritten Arabic text recognition using multi-stage sub-core-shape HMMs. Irfan Ahmad & Gernot Fink
  11. Coarse-to-fine document localization in natural scene image with regional attention and recursive corner refinement. Anna Zhu, Chen Zhang, Zhi Li & Shengwu Xiong

TC11 Datasets Repository (repost)

TC11 maintains a collection of datasets that can be found online in the TC11 Datasets Repository.

If you have new datasets (e.g., from competitions) that you wish to share with the research community, please use the online upload form. For questions and support, please contact the TC11 Dataset Curator (contact information is below).

Joseph Chazalon (TC11 Dataset Curator)
( joseph.chazalon@lrde.epita.fr )

Student Industrial Internship Opportunities (IAPR) (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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