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August, 2021

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  • Message from the Editor
  • Dates and Deadlines
    • Deadlines
    • Upcoming Conferences and Events
  • ICDAR 2021
    • Call for Participation: 14th Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC 2021)
    • Call for Participation: 3rd Future of Document Analysis and Recognition Workshop (FDAR 2021)
    • Call for Participation: 1st Workshop on Document Visual Question Answering (DocVQA 2021)
  • Conferences
    • Call for Papers: 26th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2022)
    • Call for Papers: 20th Conference of the International Graphonomics Society (IGS 2021) *(repost)*
  • Datasets
    • TC11 Datasets Repository *(repost)*

Dear TC11 members,

The 16th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 2021) is about to begin, both physically in Lausanne, Switzerland, and also virtually. The program booklet is available here.

Over 200 on-site participants and over 350 online participants are looking forward to meet and exchange their latest research during the most important conference of our community. Last-minute registration is still possible. The Swiss COVID regulations have remained unchanged since several weeks. On-site participants are required to wear masks when indoors. The conference is also present on Twitter, share your impressions with #icdar2021!

All registered ICDAR participants are invited to follow the pre-conference events, which are included in the registration fee. Below the calls for participation of the 14th Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC 2021), the 3rd Future of Document Analysis and Recognition Workshop (FDAR 2021), and the 1st Workshop on Document Visual Question Answering (DocVQA 2021).

Have a look at the Upcoming Conferences and Events section to look further ahead to the next DAR-related events. In this newsletter, we include the call for papers of the 26th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2022). It contains a track on Document and Media Analysis and the paper registration deadline is January 10, 2022.

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

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Upcoming Conferences and Events


  • ICDAR 2021. Lausanne, Switzerland (September 5-10)
  • ACPR 2021. Jeju Island, Korea (November 9-12)

2022 and Later

  • IGS 2021. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (June 7-9, 2022)
  • ICPR 2022. Montreal, Canada (August 21-25, 2022)
  • ICFHR 2022. Hyderabad, India (December, 2022)
  • DAS 2022. La Rochelle, France (2022)

Call for Participation: 14th Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC 2021)

The 14th IAPR International Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC 2021), organized by the IAPR TC-10 (Technical Committee on Graphics Recognition), will take place just before the 16th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 2021) on Sunday 5th September 2021.

The GREC workshops provide an excellent opportunity for researchers and practitioners at all levels of experience to meet colleagues and to share new ideas and knowledge about graphics recognition methods. The workshops enjoy strong participation from researchers in both industry and academia.

GREC will be organized as an hybrid event.
GREC 2021 will be held at the University EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) on the ground floor of the BC building).
(How to access to EPFL campus of Lausanne ?)
A link for remote participants will be provided to registered people on the platform set up for the GREC Workshop.

The program is already available on the GREC 2021 website.


All people interested in Document Analysis and Graphics Recognition are welcome.

GREC is an interactive workshop. In order to ensure that each session is dynamic interactive and productive, the papers will be available on the platform few days before the workshop. We encourage the participants to have look to the papers before attending to the sessions.

Moreover, for this edition, we will propose 2 general discussions on Graphic Recognition. If you want to propose a specific topic, please send your suggestion to Richard Zanibbi (rxzvcs@rit.edu)

We look forward to welcoming you at GREC in Lausanne or remotely.

JC Burie, General Chair
R. Zanibbi, P. Riba, M. Iwata, Program Co-chairs

Call for Participation: 3rd Future of Document Analysis and Recognition Workshop (FDAR 2021)

Tuesday, September 7th https://sites.google.com/view/darstrategy/fdar-2021

Since 2017, the FDAR workshops offer a space for reflecting on the past and envisioning the future of our community. The Third Future of DAR Workshop (FDAR 2021) is held in conjunction with ICDAR 2021 and will focus on the future directions of document analysis and recognition, possible synergies with other communities, and the Grand Challenges that should be driving the community over the next decade.

Workshop format

The FDAR workshop is a fully interactive, 100% participation event. This edition will be hybrid, so both online and physical attendance are welcome.

The workshop will have three parts:

Flash talks, envisioning “possible futures” of DAR. The 5-min flash talks should focus on something tangible, with two parts:
1. I HAVE A DREAM. What a reading machine/system will look like and how it will hugely improve aspects of our life in 10-15 years from now?
2. CHALLENGES. What specific challenges our community will need to tackle (probably not alone) in order to get there?

Work in groups. The workgroups will focus on analyzing such “possible futures’’ raised during the flash talks. There will be a special focus on deriving concrete actions to tackle the challenges identified, and defining strategic alliances with other disciplines and types of actors that we need to foster.

Summary and final conclusions. All workgroups will present their ideas to all participants, and the final discussion stage will provide useful feedback and future directions to the TC10 and TC11 leadership.

Call for flash talks

If you are willing to give a flash talk, please send an email to dimos@cvc.uab.es. There will be limited time for flash talks, and we will implement a first come, first serve policy.


In order to best plan for the workshop given current space restrictions and to ensure that everyone can actively participate in the workgroups, please indicate your intention to attend the FDAR workshop here: https://sites.google.com/view/darstrategy/fdar-2021

Call for Participation: 1st Workshop on Document Visual Question Answering (DocVQA 2021)


Visual Question Answering has become a key task in the vision and language field, while it has also become clear lately that there are numerous questions of common interest which cannot be answered unless written information in the image could be read and understood in the context provided by the visual information.

Document Visual Question Answering (DocVQA) aims to bring VQA to the Document Image Analysis field, that focuses on understanding written communication in images. DocVQA is proposed as a generic paradigm for purpose-driven document analysis and recognition, where natural language questions drive the information extraction and document understanding processes. This challenges current practice in Document Image Analysis Recognition where research has historically focused on generic bottom-up information extraction tasks (character recognition, table extraction, word spotting), largely disconnected from the final purpose the extracted information is used for.

Invited Speakers

Amanpreet Singh (Facebook AI Research) – “Towards models that can read and reason about scene text”.

Brian Price (Adobe Research Labs) – “Understanding Data Visualizations via Question Answering”

Yijuan Lu (Microsoft Azure AI) – “Scene Text-Aware Pre-training for Text-VQA and Text-Caption”

Challenge Session

Winners of the 2021 edition of DocVQA challenge will be presenting their winning submissions at the workshop.


The DocVQA 2021 workshop will take place at the Int. Conf. on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 2021) on September 6, 2021, as a virtual event.


Minesh Mathew, IIIT Hyderabad, India
Ruben Perez, Computer Vision Centre, Spain
Dimosthenis Karatzas, Computer Vision Centre, Spain
C.V. Jawahar, IIIT Hyderabad, India
R. Manmatha, Amazon, USA

Call for Papers: 26th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2022)

August 21-25, 2022
Montreal, Canada
PDF version of this call

Important Dates

Jan 10   Paper registration deadline
Jan 17   Paper submission deadline
Mar 14   Acceptance/Rejection/Revision decision
Apr 11   Revision/rebuttal deadline
May 09   Final decision on submissions
Jun 06   Camera ready manuscript deadline
Jun 06   Early bird registration deadline

ICPR 2022 is the premier world conference in Pattern Recognition. It covers both theoretical issues and applications of the discipline. We solicit original research for publication in the main conference. Topics of interest include all aspects of Pattern Recognition, not limited to the following detailed list:

Track 1: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning for Pattern Analysis:

  • Classification and clustering
  • Statistical learning theory
  • Syntactic and structural pattern recognition
  • Neural network architectures and models
  • Graph models
  • Deep learning
  • Representation learning
  • Online learning and continual learning
  • Supervised, unsupervised, self-supervised and semi-supervised learning
  • Transfer learning and meta learning
  • Multi-modal and multi-view learning
  • Active and ensemble learning
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Compressed sensing and sparse representation
  • Large scale learning and big data
  • Recurrent networks, temporal models and non-feed-forward methods
  • Low-shot and long-tailed learning
  • Generative models

Track 2: Computer Vision and Robotic Perception:

  • Early and low-level vision
  • Stereo and 3D vision
  • Multiple view geometry
  • Object detection and recognition
  • Motion, tracking and video analysis
  • Deformable models and registration
  • Learning for vision
  • Scene analysis and understanding
  • Action and behavior recognition
  • Vision and language
  • Perception for autonomous navigation and/or driving
  • Vision for robotics, robot navigation and SLAM
  • Perceptually driven reinforcement learning

Track 3: Image, Video, Speech, and Signal Analysis:

  • Sensor array and multichannel signal processing
  • Image and video processing
  • Enhancement, restoration and filtering
  • Segmentation, features and descriptors
  • Coding, compression and super-resolution
  • Speech and speaker recognition
  • Audio and acoustic processing
  • Computational photography
  • Models, representations, and techniques for image mining
  • Image analysis with ill-structured and spatial information

Track 4: Biometrics and Human-Machine Interaction:

  • Hard biometrics: face, iris, fingerprint, palmprint
  • Soft biometrics: skin, hair, ear, vein, facial expression
  • Gait and behavior
  • Multi-biometrics
  • Person identification and re-identification
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Brain-computer interfaces
  • Social robotics
  • Human body motion and gesture-based interaction
  • Speech and natural language-based interaction
  • Affective computing
  • Surveillance and security
  • Ethics and fairness issues in the use of biometrics

Track 5: Document and Media Analysis:

  • Text and symbol recognition
  • Handwritten text recognition
  • Document image analysis
  • Document understanding
  • Natural language processing
  • Scene text detection and recognition
  • Graphics recognition
  • Content based image retrieval and data mining
  • Visual question and answering
  • Multimedia document analysis
  • Media analysis for augmented and virtual reality
  • Multimodal fusion
  • Table detection, recognition, and structure extraction
  • Video text detection and recognition
  • Human-document interaction

Track 6: Biomedical Image Analysis and Informatics:

  • Data-driven modeling of clinical care
  • Clinical predictive modeling
  • Biostatistics
  • Biomedical imaging techniques
  • Quantitative microscopy
  • Medical image analysis
  • Interactive segmentation
  • Visualization and 3D printing
  • Medical applications
  • Submission guidelines

Submission Guidelines

ICPR 2022 will employ a two-round review process. Papers must be registered prior to submission and all submissions take place through the PaperCept Conference Management Submission.

Papers submitted by the paper deadline will be reviewed using single-blind peer review. Authors are required to include their names and affiliations in their paper as illustrated in the sample paper templates. Submissions must identify the preferred track among the six conference tracks.

The result of the first review round will either be accept (possibly with recommended changes), reject, or revise to resubmit for a second review round. Accepted papers will be published by IEEE and be available in IEEE Xplore. Submissions must be limited to six pages plus additional pages for references.

IAPR Ethical Requirements for Authors

IAPR requires that all authors wishing to present a paper declare that:

  • The paper is substantially original and that no paper substantially similar in content has been submitted or will be submitted to any other conference or journal during the review period.
  • The paper does not contain any plagiarism.
  • The paper will be presented by the author or a co-author in person or online.
  • IAPR retains the right to eliminate any papers in violation of these requirements and to exclude the authors of such papers from future IAPR community activities.

For the full statement of IAPR ethical requirements for authors, see the webpage https://iapr.org/constitution/soe.php.

In case of no-show, where neither an author nor a proxy presents the paper at the conference, ICPR 2022 reserves the right to exclude the paper from distribution and publication after the conference by removal from IEEE Xplore.

Call for Papers: 20th Conference of the International Graphonomics Society (IGS 2021) (repost)

Conference Title: Intertwining Graphonomics with Human Movements Conference Venue: Museo Elder, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Conference Dates: June 7-9, 2022 (On-site)
Deadline for Submissions: January 8, 2022
Website: https://www.graphonomics.net/igs2021

First Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the twentieth edition of the biennial conference of the International Graphonomics Society that will take place from 7 to 9 June 2022 in the “Elder museum of science and technology” in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. The overall objective of this conference is to provide a single track space of discussion about the graphonomic impact trends in other skilled human movements and vice versa. To this aim, IGS2021 is intended to be a stimulating conference to encourage research and discussion from an interdisciplinary point of view.

Topics of interest (but not limited to) are:

  • Neuroscience
  • Handwriting generation, analysis and recognition
  • Biometrics: writer identification and signature verification
  • Symbol, Equation, Sketch and Drawing
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Sports movements assessment
  • Medical applications
  • Forensic applications
  • Cultural Heritage applications
  • Large digital archives
  • 2D/3D Kinematics analysis
  • Creativity, cognitive and brain-inspired art

Authors are invited to submit original contributions. Guidelines for submission and camera ready format are available on the website: https://www.graphonomics.net/igs2021

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 )

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