IAPR-TC11: Reading Systems

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Within the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), Technical Committee 11 (TC-11) is concerned with the theory and applications of Reading Systems. Our community's goal is to understand and develop systems that analyze media containing character symbols and return an encoded representation of the text content and structure.

Research Areas. IAPR's Technical Committee No. 11 (TC-11) is concerned with work in document image processing, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), handwriting recognition, and more generally the analysis and recognition of information in documents. For a list of research areas of interest to TC-11, please click [ here ]. These topics cover both recognition of printed texts as well as recognition of handwritten material, both off-line (from images) and on-line (from pen-and touch-based computing devices). Analysis of electronic documents such as web pages and PDF files is also of interest to TC-11.

These topics cover all levels of document processing, starting with image or planar coordinates obtained from sensors, through image and signal-processing stages, feature extraction and selection, and algorithms used to segment, classify and parse document contents. Commonly, these algorithms involve some form of statistical and/or syntactic pattern recognition, as well as machine learning techniques.

Reading System Applications. Applications include digital libraries, pen-based computing, check and mail reading, signature verification, web mining and content repurposing, web security using human interactive proofs, textual content analysis in videos, and historical document preservation and archiving.

What's New?

March 2, 2017

The February edition of the TC11 newsletter is available.

January 29, 2017

The January edition of the TC11 newsletter is available.

January 5, 2017

The TC11 Leadership Team has been renewed.

December 23, 2016

The Decmber edition of TC11 newsletter has been available.

December 23, 2016

The TC11 Leadership Team has been renewed.

November 25, 2016

The November edition of TC11 newsletter has been available.

Previous News

Full history of "What's New?"


TC-11 newsletters are published once a month.


The TC-11 Newsletter Archive contains all newsletters released since 2000, along with some other information. To see the archive, click [ here ].

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TC11 Officers


Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain)


Dr. Masakazu Iwamura (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan]


Dr. Richard Zanibbi (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)

Dataset curator

Dr. Andreas Fischer (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Education officer

Prof. Gernot A. Fink (TU Dortmund University , Germany)

Past Chair

Prof. Koichi Kise (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)


The TC-11 of the IAPR has spawned a number of lively activities in the area of pattern recognition: maintaining collections of data sets and software, three conference series, numerous workshops, and a project for the benchmarking of on-line handwriting recognizers.

Resources (Data, Software, etc.)

TC-11 maintains a collection of datasets and software packages, as well as some other projects and forums available from the links below.

TC11 Summer School

Part of the mission of TC11 is to promote high quality educational activities related to Reading Systems and Graphics Recognition. The "TC10/TC11 Summer School" is intended to become the prime educational activity of IAPR TC11 (Reading Systems) and TC10 (Graphics Recognition). The Summer School is meant to be a training activity where participants are exposed to the latest trends and techniques of Reading Systems and Graphics Recognition.

TC10/TC11 Summer Schools will be organised in a bi-annual basis on even years, interleaved with ICDAR conferences which are organised on odd years. A call for bids to host the TC10 / TC11 Summer School is distributed by TC10 and TC11 about six months before the ICDAR conference of the year before the School should takes place.

Any consortium interested in making a proposal to host the TC10/TC11 Summer School must proceed according to the Guidelines for Organising and Bidding to Host the TC10 / TC11 Summer School.


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We have two conferences and one workshop related to the TC11.


  • TC11 report September 2016 (docx, pdf)
  • TC11 Interim Report - July 2015 (pdf)
  • TC11 report November 2012 (docx, pdf)
- TC-10 / TC-11 Joint Meeting Slides on Nomember 14, 2012 (pptx, pdf)
- See also 2012 activity report of TC10.

DAS Discussion Groups

The group discussions are held at every DAS workshop. For more detail, click here.


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