Report on the 2nd European Workshop on Visual Information Processing (EUVIP2011) 46 July 2011, Paris, France

 

The 3rd European Workshop on Visual Information Processing - EUVIP2011 - was held 46 July 2011 in Paris, France. The number of attendees was around 89. There was a good balance of student attendees and senior researchers. The local arrangement committee comprised graduate students and researchers from L2TI laboratory, University Paris 13. Both the organizing and Technical program committees had an international mix; they included researchers from Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and Africa. This year EUVIP 2011 has attracted many more sponsors and exhibitors.

The goal of the workshop was to explore recent theoretical advances and emerging practical applications of visual information processing, with particular emphasis on algorithms inspired by the human visual system. The ethos of the workshop was to encourage and facilitate constructive interactions among scientists, practitioners and developers of visual information processing technologies. The aim was not to just create another scientific gathering but a forum where all aspects of visual information processing, including the technological impact on society and environment, are explored in a friendly and supportive environment.

 

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A total of 81 regular papers were submitted to the technical program from the five continents. All regular and invited papers underwent a double-blind peer review process: each paper was reviewed by three experts in the field. From these, 44 have been accepted. The rate of acceptance was around 54%. Authors were from industries as well as from universities, thus the event presented a good mixture of applied science, technologies and theoretical developments. As in the previous event, this workshop offered carefully prepared mix of three keynote talks (Alan Bovik, Raimondo Schettini, Bernadette Bouchon-Meunier), five invited papers, and forty-six regular papers, presented in four oral and three poster sessions. The workshop also included an additional student poster session. The student poster presentations were selected based on an extended abstract evaluated by at least two reviewers. Eighteen extended abstracts were submitted. Thirteen proposals were accepted. These abstracts were published in the booklet of the workshop.

 

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As in the previous edition, a student best paper Award ceremony was organized just before the workshop closing. For the best student paper, six student papers were selected according to the double blind review process. These six papers were distributed to six reviewers for a second double blind review. The reviewers were asked to rank the six papers. Three best student papers and one best student poster were selected to receive awards. The winners are Azhar Hadmi, Quoc Bao Do and Miryem Hrarti for the best student papers and Ilona Kowalik-Urbaniak for the best poster award.

 

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A panel discussion was organized on 5 July 2011 to discuss some important issues. The new challenging problems and new advances in Visual Information Processing were discussed. Another critical point regarding the role of young researchers in promoting small scientific events such as EUVIP and the quality of research were discussed.

 

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Since EUVIP has been organized for the third time in Paris, it has been decided to organize the next in another country. Some options have been considered. The decision will be taken in the near future.

 

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A. Beghdadi and A. Bouzerdoum

EUVIP2011 Workshop Co-Chairs