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May, 2023

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  • Message from the Editor
  • Dates and Deadlines
    • Deadlines
    • Upcoming Conferences and Events
  • ICDAR 2023: Call for Doctoral Consortium
  • Call for Nominations for the IAPR/ICDAR Outstanding Achievements Award *(repost)*
  • International Conference on TPDL (Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries)
  • Call for Papers for ICPR 2024
  • Job Offer: Post-doctoral position at the Computer Vision Center, Barcelona
  • Call for Hosting Proposals: ICDAR 2026 *(repost)*
  • Datasets
    • TC11 Datasets Repository

Dear TC11 members,

The conference season is approaching! Our list of events is packed: workshops, summer schools, doctoral consortiums and of course, conferences. Make sure to check out the “Dates and Deadlines” section for various calls and events in this newsletter.

I would like to start by encouraging our PhD students to submit an application to ICDAR’s doctoral consortium by 26th June. The application process is detailed in this issue.

The Early bird registration deadline for the IAPR TC10/TC11 Summer School on Document Analysis (SSDA 2023) is 5th June, and the application for financial support is still open. The SSDA is the primary educational activity of IAPR TC11 (Reading Systems) and TC10 (Graphics Recognition), offering training on the latest trends and techniques of our domain.

In an IAPR/ICDAR-related announcement, the deadline for submitting nominations for the IAPR/ICDAR outstanding achievements award has been extended to 15th June.

The international conference on TPDL (Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries) calls for paper submission, with the deadlines 5th and 12th June for long and short papers respectively. Quite a few of TPDL’s tracks are related to document analysis, you may consider submitting the papers which missed the ICDAR submission deadline.

I would also like to remind you to check out the call for proposals for hosting ICDAR 2026.

This issue also contains a new job offer for a post-doc researcher at the CVC, Barcelona. Finally, have a look at the “datasets repository” section to see recently submitted datasets.

Happy reading!

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

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  • June 5 SSDA 2023 - Early registration deadline
  • June 5 TPDL 2023 - Full paper submission deadline
  • June 12 TPDL 2023 - Short paper submission deadline
  • June 15 Nominations due for the IAPR/ICDAR outstanding achievements award (extended)
  • June 26 ICDAR-DC 2023 - Doctoral consortium application deadline
  • June 30 Hosting ICDAR 2026 - Call for proposals submission deadline

Upcoming Conferences and Events

2023 and 2024

  • SSDA 2023. Fribourg, Switzerland (July 3-7, 2023)
  • IACT 2023. Taipei, Taiwan (July 27, 2023)
  • ICDAR 2023. San José, USA (August 21-26, 2023)
  • TPDL 2023. Zadar, Croatia (September 26-29, 2023)
  • ACPR 2023. Kitakyushu, Japan (November 5-8, 2023)
  • ICDAR 2024. Athens, Greece (August 30 - September 4, 2024)
  • ICPR 2024. Kolkata, India (December 01-05, 2024)

In 2011, the first Doctoral Consortium in the Document Analysis community was organized in conjunction with the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR). This has led to successful successor events at ICDAR 2013, ICDAR 2015, ICDAR 2017, ICDAR 2019, and ICDAR 2021. The tradition of having a Doctoral Consortium as a satellite event to the ICDAR main conference will further be continued at ICDAR 2023 in San José, California, USA.

The goal of the ICDAR 2023 Doctoral Consortium is to create an opportunity for PhD students to test their research ideas, present their current progress and future plans, and receive constructive criticism and insights related to their future work and career perspectives. A mentor (a senior researcher who is active in the field) will be assigned to each student to provide individual feedback. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present an overview of their research plan during a special poster session.

Participation in the ICDAR 2023 Doctoral Consortium will be limited to 25 students. Prospective participants are encouraged to submit their application by June 26, 2023. The Doctoral Consortium Chairs will then review all applications received. Preference will be given to students who are at a stage in their studies most likely to benefit (i.e., they have identified a research direction and published some initial results, but the thesis is not yet set in stone).

Participation to the Doctoral Consortium will be free for all accepted students. There will be no extra registration fees.

The ICDAR 2023 Doctoral Consortium will take place the day after the main conference, i.e., on Thursday, August 24.


Students willing to participate should submit an application in a SINGLE pdf file. The submission should be prepared using the instructions and style files for Springer computer science proceedings. The LaTeX template for LNCS can be downloaded here. It is also available on Overleaf.

The pdf file should contain the following information:

  • Student’s name
  • University
  • Title of your thesis
  • Supervisor of the thesis
  • Starting and expected finalization date of the PhD
  • Short research plan (1-2 pages about the work)
  • Short CV (1-2 pages)

The research plan should contain an overview of the PhD topic, the steps made so far (including a list of publications), and the actions planned before finishing the PhD, especially novel research ideas to be pursued.

Submission should be done before June 26, 2023 to:



  • Submission deadline: June 26, 2023
  • Acceptance notification and Mentor assignment: July 10, 2023
  • Mentoring period: July 10 to August 24, 2023
  • Doctoral consortium: August 24, 2023

We are looking forward to your participation!

Andreas Fischer and Veronica Romero, Doctoral Consortium Chairs, dc-chairs@icdar2023.org

Important Dates

Nominations Due:  June 15, 2023 (extended)

The IAPR/ICDAR Award Program is an established program designed to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Document Analysis and Recognition in one or more of the following areas:

  • Research
  • Training of students
  • Research/Industry interaction
  • Service to the community

There are two awards categories, which have been presented together bi-annually in the past: The Young Investigator Award (less than 40 years old at the time the award is made) and the Outstanding Achievements Award. Because of the new yearly schedule of ICDAR, the two categories will alternate in odd and even years.

For ICDAR 2023, nominations are invited for the following award category:

  • IAPR/ICDAR Outstanding Achievements Award

The award will consist of a token gift and a suitably inscribed certificate. The recipient will be invited to give the opening keynote speech at the ICDAR 2023 conference, introduced by the previous recipient of the award.

The nomination pack should include the following:

  1. A nominating letter (1 page) including a brief citation to be included in the certificate.
  2. Supporting letters (1 page each) from 3 active researchers from at least 3 different countries.

A nomination is usually put forward by a researcher (preferably from a different institution than the nominee) who is knowledgeable of the scientific achievements of the nominee, and who organizes letters of support.

The submission procedure is strictly confidential, and self-nominations are not allowed.

Please send nomination packs electronically to the TC10/11 chairs: Andreas Fischer andreas.fischer@hefr.ch and Jean-Christophe Burie jean-christophe.burie@univ-lr.fr. The deadline for receiving nominations is April 30, 2023 but early submissions are strongly encouraged.

For over twenty-five years, TPDL has been an international reference forum focused on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. Its topics of interest include document analysis, Knowledge creation (AI / Machine Learning/ Data mining for DLs, Entity Extraction and Linking, …). Many of the papers we see at ICDAR are related to tracks of TPDL.

TPDL is a conference ranked B by CORE, and has a deadline that is traditionally in May, for a conference in September, which is very adequate for the resubmission of ICDAR papers. You can find all the information (topics, deadlines etc.) at the conference website: https://tpdl2023.dei.unipd.it/.

The 27th International Conference on Pattern Recognition ICPR 2024 will be held in Kolkata (December 1-5, 2024). Find the call for papers at (https://icpr2024.org/cfp.html).

The ICPR 2024 organizing committee invites proposals for workshops, tutorials, demos and competitions to be presented in parallel to the main conference.

We are seeking one postdoctoral researcher to join the Vision, Language and Reading group at the Computer Vision Center (CVC), in Barcelona, Spain, focused on FEDERATED LEARNING AND DIFFERENTIAL PRIVACY. The position is available for a minimum of 2 years and is linked to the “European Lighthouse on Secure and Safe AI” (ELSA), a European Project funded by Horizon Europe and backed by the ELLIS network of excellence. The project covers research topics that include robustness, privacy and human agency and will develop use cases in areas such as autonomous driving, robotics, health and document intelligence.

The candidate should possess a PhD in machine learning or computer vision and have a strong publication record. We are looking for candidates who have publications in top conferences like CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, ICDAR, NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR.

The candidate should have a strong background in machine learning and computer vision. Experience on document image analysis and/or visual question answering would be positive. The applicants are expected to be fluent in both oral and written communication in English. They should work well in a team while demonstrating initiative and independence. The candidate is expected to co-supervise PhD students.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the design and development of AI solutions for document understanding, employing privacy preserving techniques and infrastructures set up by the ELSA project.

The selected candidate will work in the Computer Vision Centre (CVC), Barcelona, a research institute comprising more than 130 researchers and support staff, dedicated to computer vision research and knowledge transfer. With a strong international projection and links to the industry, the Computer Vision Centre offers an exciting environment for scientific career development. The Computer Vision Centre has a plan for expansion of its permanent research staff base and has received the “HR Excellence in Research” award as a provider and supporter of a stimulating and favorable working environment.

The direct responsible for these posts will be Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas, leading the Vision, Language and Reading research group at the CVC.

Barcelona is a vibrant city and an important Artificial Intelligence hub. The high quality of life is combined with an open and international looking character of the city. Barcelona is very well connected by air, sea and ground transportation. The region of Catalonia boosts its own AI strategy, in which the CVC is a key player.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas for more information and applications (dimos@cvc.uab.es)

Apply by filling in the online form at:
Computer Vision: http://www.cvc.uab.es/blog/2023/01/11/postdoc-position-in-computer-vision/
FL and DP: http://www.cvc.uab.es/blog/2023/01/11/postdoc-position-in-computer-vision/

ELSA project: https://elsa-ai.eu/
Computer Vision Center: http://www.cvc.uab.es/
Vision, Language and Reading group: https://www.vlr.ai/

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

Recent Datasets

A new dataset of historical handwritten documents has been shared on our platform: the Bullinger Dataset for Writer Adaptation (BullingerDB).

The Bullinger dataset is composed of a comprehensive letter correspondence of Heinrich Bullinger (1504-1575), an important Swiss Reformer. He wrote about 2,000 letters and received around 10,000 letters from over 1,000 people. This correspondence is one of the largest from the 16th century. The letters are written mainly in Latin, but parts are also in Early New High German. Transcriptions are available for 8,600 letters, which can have one or more pages. Automatic line segmentation and transcription alignment were performed using the Transkribus platform.

Find the details of this dataset and download information here

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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