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September, 2021

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  • Message from the Editor
  • Dates and Deadlines
    • Deadlines
    • Upcoming Conferences and Events
    • ICDAR 2021 Proceedings: Foreword from the General Chairs
    • Call for Hosting Proposals: ICDAR 2025
  • Conferences
    • Call for Papers: 15th International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS 2022)
    • Call for Papers: 26th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2022) *(repost)*
    • 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) was a great success. For the first time in 30 years, the conference was held in hybrid mode from September 5-10 in Lausanne, Switzerland, bringing together over 200 on-site and over 400 online participants. Registered participants can still access the digital memory of the conference and review the recorded videos of the keynotes and the oral sessions, both for the main conference and the pre-conference events. The Springer proceedings are also available online, with free access for everyone through the links on the conference website. The foreword of the General Chairs is included in this newsletter, to provide an overview of the conference.

Following the strategic plan of the Document Analysis and Recognition community, ICDAR will be held annually from 2023 onwards. The next two editions of the conference will be organized in San José, USA (ICDAR 2023) and Athens, Greece (ICDAR 2024). The latter bid was presented and approved by vote at the TC10/11 joint meeting session during ICDAR 2021.

Interested in hosting ICDAR 2025? A call for proposals can be found below. The deadline for submitting hosting proposals is February 28, 2022.

Several events related to Document Analysis and Recognition are lining up next year, including DAS 2022, IGS 2021, ICPR 2022, and ICFHR 2022. Check the Dates and Deadlines section for the submission deadlines. The first call for papers of the 15th International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS 2022) is provided below.

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

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Upcoming Conferences and Events


  • ACPR 2021. Jeju Island, Korea (November 9-12)

2022 and Later

  • DAS 2022. La Rochelle, France (May 22-25, 2022)
  • 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)
  • ICDAR 2023. San José, USA (2023)
  • ICDAR 2024. Athens, Greece (2024).

ICDAR 2021 Proceedings: Foreword from the General Chairs

Online version: ICDAR 2021 Proceedings

Our warmest welcome to the proceedings of ICDAR 2021, the 16th IAPR International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, which was held in Switzerland for the first time. Organizing an international conference of significant size during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of welcoming at least some of the participants physically, is similar to navigating a rowboat across the ocean during a storm. Fortunately, we were able to work together with partners who have shown a tremendous amount of flexibility and patience including, in particular, our local partners, namely the Beaulieu convention center in Lausanne, EPFL, and Lausanne Tourisme, and also the international ICDAR advisory board and IAPR-TC 10/11 leadership teams who have supported us not only with excellent advice but also financially, encouraging us to setup a hybrid format for the conference.

We were not a hundred percent sure if we would see each other in Lausanne but we remained confident, together with almost half of the attendees who registered for on-site participation. We relied on the hybridization support of a motivated team from the Luleå University of Technology during the pre-conference, and professional support from Imavox during the main conference, to ensure a smooth connection between the physical and the virtual world. Indeed, our welcome is extended especially to all our colleagues who were not able to travel to Switzerland this year. We hope you had an exciting virtual conference week, and look forward to seeing you in person again at another event of the active DAR community.

With ICDAR 2021, we stepped into the shoes of a longstanding conference series, which is the premier international event for scientists and practitioners involved in document analysis and recognition, a field of growing importance in the current age of digital transitions. The conference is endorsed by IAPR-TC 10/11 and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with the 16th edition. The very first ICDAR conference was held in St. Malo, France in 1991, followed by Tsukuba, Japan (1993), Montreal, Canada (1995), Ulm, Germany (1997), Bangalore, India (1999), Seattle, USA (2001), Edinburgh, UK (2003), Seoul, South Korea (2005), Curitiba, Brazil (2007), Barcelona, Spain (2009), Beijing, China (2011), Washington DC, USA (2013), Nancy, France (2015), Kyoto, Japan (2017), and Syndey, Australia (2019).

The attentive reader may have remarked that this list of cities includes several venues for the Olympic Games. This year the conference was be hosted in Lausanne, which is the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. Not unlike the athletes who were recently competing in Tokyo, Japan, the researchers profited from a healthy spirit of competition, aimed at advancing our knowledge on how a machine can understand written communication. Indeed, following the tradition from previous years, 13 scientific competitions were held in conjunction with ICDAR 2021 including, for the first time, three so-called “long-term” competitions addressing wider challenges that may continue over the next few years.

Other highlights of the conference included the keynote talks given by Masaki Nakagawa, recipient of the IAPR/ICDAR Outstanding Achievements Award, and Mickaël Coustaty, recipient of the IAPR/ICDAR Young Investigator Award, as well as our distinguished keynote speakers Prem Natarajan, vice president at Amazon, who gave a talk on “OCR: A Journey through Advances in the Science, Engineering, andProductization of AI/ML”, and Beta Megyesi, professor of computational linguistics at Uppsala University, who elaborated on “Cracking Ciphers with ‘AI-in-the-loop’: Transcription and Decryption in a Cross-Disciplinary Field”.

A total of 340 publications were submitted to the main conference, which was held at the Beaulieu convention center during September 8-10, 2021. Based on the reviews, our Program Committee chairs accepted 40 papers for oral presentation and 142 papers for poster presentation. In addition, nine articles accepted for the ICDAR-IJDAR journal track were presented orally at the conference and a workshop was integrated in a poster session. Furthermore, 12 workshops, 2 tutorials, and the doctoral consortium were held during the pre-conference at EPFL during September 5-7, 2021, focusing on specific aspects of document analysis and recognition, such as graphics recognition, camera-based document analysis, and historical documents.

The conference would not have been possible without hundreds of hours of work done by volunteers in the organizing committee. First of all we would like to express our deepest gratitude to our Program Committee chairs, Joseph Lladós, Dan Lopresti, and Seiichi Uchida, who oversaw a comprehensive reviewing process and designed the intriguing technical program of the main conference. We are also very grateful for all the hours invested by the members of the Program Committee to deliver high-quality peer reviews. Furthermore, we would like to highlight the excellent contribution by our publication chairs, Liangrui Peng, Fouad Slimane, and Oussama Zayene, who negotiated a great online visibility of the conference proceedings with Springer and ensured flawless camera-ready versions of all publications. Many thanks also to our chairs and organizers of the workshops, competitions, tutorials, and the doctoral consortium for setting up such an inspiring environment around the main conference. Finally, we are thankful for the support we have received from the sponsorship chairs, from our valued sponsors, and from our local organization chairs, which enabled us to put in the extra effort required for a hybrid conference setup.

Our main motivation for organizing ICDAR 2021 was to give practitioners in the DAR community a chance to showcase their research, both at this conference and its satellite events. Thank you to all the authors for submitting and presenting your outstanding work. We sincerely hope that you enjoyed the conference and the exchange with your colleagues, be it on-site or online.

Andreas Fischer, Rolf Ingold, and Marcus Liwicki
ICDAR 2021 General Chairs

Call for Hosting Proposals: ICDAR 2025

Deadline: February 28, 2022
Submission Method: Email to faisal.shafait@seecs.edu.pk and jean-christophe.burie@univ-lr.fr

The International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR) is the flagship event of TC10/11 which has been held bi-annually since its inception in 1991. The aim of ICDAR is to bring together international experts to share their experiences and to promote research and development in all areas of Document Analysis and Recognition. Since ICDAR will be organized as an annual event starting from 2024, the ICDAR Advisory Board is seeking proposals to host the 19th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, to be held in 2025 (ICDAR 2025).

Any consortium interested in making a proposal to host an ICDAR should first familiarise themselves with the “Guidelines for Organizing and Bidding to Host ICDAR” document which is available on the TC10 and TC11 websites (https://iapr-tc10.univ-lr.fr and http://www.iapr-tc11.org, respectively).

A link to the most current version of the guidelines appears below. Please check on the website of TC11 for the latest version.


The submission of a bid implies full agreement with the rules and procedures outlined in that document.

The submitted proposal must define clearly the items specified in the guidelines (Section 5.2).

It has been the tradition that the location of ICDAR conferences follows a rotating schedule among different continents. Hence, proposals from Asia are strongly encouraged. However, high quality bids from other locations, for example, from countries where we have had no ICDAR before, will also be considered. Proposals will be examined by the ICDAR Advisory Board.

Proposals should be emailed to Dr Faisal Shafait at faisal.shafait@seecs.edu.pk and Dr Jean-Christophe Burie at jean-christophe.burie@univ-lr.fr by February 28, 2022.

ICDAR Advisory Board,
Faisal Shafait (Chair, TC11), Jean-Christophe Burie (Chair, TC10), Elisa Barney Smith (Chair, IAPR C&M), Koichi Kise, C V Jawahar, Dimosthenis Karatzas

Call for Papers: 15th International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS 2022)

22-25 May 2022, La Rochelle, France

Important Dates

Jan 2022: Paper submission deadline
Mar 2022: Acceptance notification
Apr 2022: Camera-ready version


The 15th International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS 2022) will be held from 22-25 May 2022 at the University of La Rochelle, situated in a beautiful historical city on the French west coast. The city is easily accessible by train, plane and car.

Topics and Technologies

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

Jean-Marc Ogier (General Chair)
Jean-Christophe Burie, Mickaël Coustaty, Antoine Doucet (Conference Chairs)

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

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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