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April, 2023

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  • Message from the Editor
  • Dates and Deadlines
    • Deadlines
    • Upcoming Conferences and Events
  • 5th TC10/TC11 Summer School on Document Analysis (SSDA 2023)
  • Call for Papers for ACPR 2023 *(repost)*
  • Call for Papers for IACT 2023 Workshop *(repost)*
  • ICDAR 2023
    • Workshops of ICDAR 2023 *(repost)*
  • Call for Hosting Proposals: ICDAR 2026 *(repost)*
  • Datasets
    • TC11 Datasets Repository

Dear TC11 members,

The 5th edition of the summer school for document analysis (SSDA 2023) is open for registration starting 4th May. The summer school will take place in Fribourg, Switzerland (July 3-7, 2023). The theme of this edition is Statistical and Structural Methods for Document Analysis. Researchers from academia and industry who are interested in document analysis are encouraged to register. Note that there is a possibility to apply for financial support till 22nd May.

This newsletter issue contains reposts of the many calls of the last issue with some updated deadlines. I would also like to remind you to check out the call for proposals for hosting ICDAR 2026.

Happy reading!

Nibal Nayef, TC11 Communication Officer
( n.nayef@gmail.com )

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  • May 2 IACT 2023 - paper submission deadline (extended)
  • May 4 SSDA 2023 - registration open
  • May 22 ACPR 2023 - paper submission deadline (corrected)
  • June 30 Hosting ICDAR 2026 - Call for proposals submission deadline

Upcoming Conferences and Events

2023 and Later

  • SSDA 2023. Fribourg, Switzerland (July 3-7, 2023)
  • IACT 2023. Taipei, Taiwan (July 27, 2023)
  • ICDAR 2023. San José, USA (August 21-26, 2023)
  • ACPR 2023. Kitakyushu, Japan (November 5-8, 2023)
  • ICDAR 2024. Athens, Greece (September, 2024)

Website: https://ssda2023.isc.heia-fr.ch
Dates: July 3-7, 2023
Location: Fribourg and Moléson-sur-Gruyères, Switzerland

Important Dates

May  4, 2023  Registration open
May 22, 2023  Application for financial assistance
Jun  5, 2023  Early bird registration deadline
Jun 23, 2023  Registration closed 

We are pleased to announce that the 5th TC10/TC11 Summer School on Document Analysis and Recognition (SSDA), endorsed by TC-10 (Graphics Recognition) and TC-11 (Reading Systems), will be held in Switzerland from July 3 to 7, 2023.

SSDA 2023 continues the tradition of the past summer schools held in Jaipur (India) in 2017, La Rochelle (France) in 2018, Islamabad (Pakistan) in 2019, and Luleå (Sweden) in 2021.

A link for online registration will be available [here] (https://ssda2023.isc.heia-fr.ch/registration/) on May 4, 2023. The number of places is limited. First come, first served. We would like to welcome you all, but in case all the places are taken, a waiting list will be set up. Several grants are available for students, specifically for students coming from countries with low financial status. More information here. The deadline for submitting an application for financial support is May 22, 2023.

The scientific theme of the SSDA 2023 is Statistical and Structural Methods for Document Analysis. The theme highlights the importance of both statistical and structural pattern recognition approaches. The latter plays a central role for understanding not only the individual elements of a document but also their relations. With the advent of Transformers for sequence analysis and geometric deep learning for graph-based analysis, new perspectives are opening up in the field of structural deep learning. Topics of interest include document image processing, indexing and retrieval of documents, handwriting recognition, historical document analysis, document analysis for literature search, document summarization and translation, and document understanding, among others.

The SSDA is also a great occasion to get in touch with experienced researchers from the field of Document Analysis and Recognition (DAR). The following invited speakers have already agreed to hold a lecture at the summer school (list is still subject to change):

  • Andreas Fischer, University of Fribourg and University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
  • C.V. Jawahar, International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad, India

Besides traditional lectures, a focus will be put on practical sessions, with a programming competition in document analysis. The summer school is also an opportunity to meet young and not so young researchers in the community. Therefore, participants are asked to prepare a short pitch and a poster about their research.

Two awards will be presented on the last day of the summer school: the Best Poster Award and the Excellence Award, both with a financial reward. The winner of the Excellence Award will be selected among the participants for their knowledge, collaboration ability, and their performance in the competition.

In addition, to create and reinforce interactions between participants, several social activities will be organized depending on the weather, such as a visit of an alpine cheese factory, a visit of the medieval town of Gruyère and its castle, and a panoramic walk up to 2000 meters of altitude to the summit of the Moléson mountain.

As Switzerland’s cost of living is expensive, in order to reduce the fees for students and to provide a stimulating work environment, the SSDA will be organized as follows: On the first and the last day (Monday and Friday), it will take place on the university campus in Fribourg. During the week (Monday evening until Friday morning), the summer school will be held in a chalet in the mountains near Fribourg. The registration fees are all-inclusive: scientific program, social activities, accommodation, all meals and coffee breaks.

Registration: https://ssda2023.isc.heia-fr.ch/registration/

Contact: ssda2023@hefr.ch

The Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR) is an IAPR endorsed event. It was first held in 2011 and takes place every two years. The 7th Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR 2023) will be held on November 5-8, 2023 at Kitakyushu International Convention Center, Fukuoka, Japan. Prof. Cheng-lin Liu is the general co-chair of the conference.

Here is the Call for Papers for the 7th Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR 2023):

The Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR) is an international conference that facilitates knowledge sharing among researchers in the Asia-Pacific region and also encourages participation from all over the world. The 7th Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR 2023) will be held on November 5-8, 2023 at Kitakyushu International Convention Center, Fukuoka, Japan. The conference will be held in a hybrid format allowing for both in-person and virtual participation. ACPR 2023 solicits high-quality original research for publication in its main conference and co-located workshops. All accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and indexed by ISI, Scopus, EI, Google Scholar, DBLP, etc.

Topics of interest include all aspects of pattern recognition and applications, including but not limited to:

  • Pattern classification
  • Feature extraction and dimensionality reduction
  • Clustering and probability density estimation
  • Support vector machines and kernel methods
  • Structural pattern recognition
  • Neural networks and deep learning
  • Semi-supervised and self-supervised learning
  • Domain adaptation and generalization
  • Online and continual learning
  • Multi-modal learning
  • Graph-based learning and reasoning
  • Biologically inspired learning and recognition
  • Image processing and enhancement
  • 3D vision
  • Object detection and recognition
  • Motion analysis and tracking
  • Behavior recognition
  • Scene understanding
  • Human computer interaction
  • Speech recognition
  • Image forensics
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Document analysis and understanding
  • Biometric systems
  • Biomedical signal analysis
  • Applications of pattern recognition and computer vision

Guidelines for submission and camera ready format are available on the website: https://ericlab.org/acpr2023/

The 1st International Workshop on Implicit Author Characterization from Texts for Search and Retrieval (IACT’23) will be held in conjunction with the 46th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval.

To bring the research community’s attention to the limitations of current models in recognizing and characterizing AI vs. human authors, we organize the first edition of IACT workshop under the umbrella of the SIGIR conference. Research works submitted to the workshop should foster scientific advances in all aspects of author characterization.

Organizing Committee:

  • Marina Litvak - marinal@ac.sce.ac.il; Shamoon College of Engineering Beer Sheva; Israel
  • Irina Rabaev - irinar@ac.sce.ac.il; Shamoon College of Engineering Beer Sheva; Israel
  • Alípio Mário Jorge - amjorge@fc.up.pt; University of Porto; Porto, Portugal
  • Ricardo Campos - ricardo.campos@ipt.pt; Polytechnic Institute of Tomar INESC TEC, Portugal; Porto, Portugal
  • Adam Jatowt - adam.jatowt@uibk.ac.at; University of Innsbruck; Innsbruck, Austria

Invited Speakers:

  • Prof. Mark Last - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • Prof. Dr. Valia Kordoni - Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Germany

IACT’23 proceedings will be published at CEUR workshop proceedings (indexed in Scopus and DBLP) as long as they do not conflict with previous publication rights.


  • Dr. Marina Litvak: litvak.marina@gmail.com
  • Dr. Irina Rabaev: irinar@ac.sce.ac.il

ICDAR 2023-related calls:

Workshops of ICDAR 2023 (repost)

A number of interesting workshops will be held in conjunction with ICDAR 2023. The workshops are listed below along with links to their websites.

ICDAR 2023 Workshop on International Workshop on Computational Document Forensics (4th edition) (https://warwick.ac.uk/siplab/IWCDF2023/)

ICDAR 2023 Workshop on Computational Paleography (2nd edition) (https://www.csmc.uni-hamburg.de/iwcp2023.html)

ICDAR 2023 Workshop on Camera-Based Document Analysis and Recognition (https://dll.seecs.nust.edu.pk/cbdar2023)

ICDAR 2023 International Workshop on Graphics Recognition (15th edition) (https://grec2023.univ-lr.fr/)

ICDAR 2023 Workshop on Automatically Domain-Adapted and Personalized Document Analysis (ADAPDA) (https://sites.google.com/view/adapdaicdar23)

ICDAR 2023 International Workshop on Historical Document Imaging and Processing (7th edition) (HIP’23) (https://blog.sbb.berlin/hip2023/)

ICDAR 2023 Workshop on Machine vision and NLP for Document Analysis (1st edition) (VINALDO) (https://sites.google.com/view/vinaldo-workshop-icdar-2023/home)

ICDAR 2023 International Workshop on Machine Learning (4th edition) (WML) (https://www.isical.ac.in/~cvpr/ICDARWML23/)

ICDAR 2023 Workshop on Scaling-up document Image understanding (http://cvit.iiit.ac.in/scaldoc2023/)

Deadline: June 30, 2023

Submission Method: Email to the TC10/11 chairs Andreas Fischer andreas.fischer@hefr.ch and Jean-Christophe Burie jean-christophe.burie@univ-lr.fr

The International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR) is the flagship event of TC10/11. It has been established as a bi-annual conference in 1991 and is now held annually, starting 2023. 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. The ICDAR Advisory Board is seeking proposals to host the 20th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, to be held in 2026 (ICDAR 2026).

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.

Note that the current guidelines still refer to a bi-annual event. An updated version is coming soon that will reflect the change to an annual conference.


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 the Americas 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 the TC10/11 chairs Andreas Fischer andreas.fischer@hefr.ch and Jean-Christophe Burie jean-christophe.burie@univ-lr.fr by June 30, 2023.

ICDAR Advisory Board,
Andreas Fischer (Chair, TC11), Jean-Christophe Burie (Chair, TC10), Anna Esposito (Chair, IAPR C&M), C.V. Jawahar, Dimosthenis Karatzas, Koichi Kise

TC11 Datasets Repository

Where to share datasets

Did you know it? We have two official places for datasets:
- Our historical platform for storage and listing: http://datasets.iapr-tc11.org

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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