Report on CIP 2010

The 2nd edition of the IAPR workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) was organized in Italy by a bunch of people from the University of Pisa, with the precious help of a number of colleagues from abroad. The General Co-Chairmen were Prof. Fulvio Gini (University of Pisa) and Prof. Sergios Theodoridis (University of Athens). The Technical Program Co-Chairmen were Dr. Maria Sabrina Greco (University of Pisa) and Prof. Merouane Debbah (SUPELEC, France).

Fulvio GiniandSergiosTheodoridis during the opening session.

CIP2010 was sponsored by the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP), and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). It also has the technical cosponsorship of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society and the IEEE Signal Processing Society (the complete list of sponsors can be found in the web at: by.php)

CIP2010 took place in Italy, in the beautiful Tuscan island of Elba, at the Grand Hotel Elba International, which dominates the Bay of Naregno. It aimed at bringing together researchers from the machine learning, pattern recognition, statistical signal processing, communications and radar communities in an effort to promote and encourage crossfertilization of ideas and tools.


The workshop featured keynote addresses and technical presentations, invited (oral and poster) and regular (poster), all of which have been included in the workshop proceedings, that will be available on IEEEXplore. The technical program spanned from learning theory to collaborative sensing techniques, from cognitive radio to cognitive radar. The workshop enjoyed 6 distinguished talks given by world-wide known researchers: “Third generation machine intelligence”, by Christopher Bishop (Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK), “Modelling and design of cognitive behaviour”, by Nello Cristianini (University of Bristol, UK),“Situation awareness for homeland security: from KBS to cognitive system technology”, presented by Afonso Farina (SELEX-SI, Italy),“Distributed and sequential sensing of spatio-temporal spectra for cognitive radios”, by Georgios Giannakis (University of Minnesota, USA), “Perpetual motion machines, theCramér—RaoRao bound and localization of cognitive radios'' by Marco Luise (University of Pisa, Italy), and “Spectrum crowding and cognitive radars” by Michael C. Wicks (AFRL Sensors Directorate, USA). We are also indebted to all the special session (5 oral and 1 poster) organizers for their outstanding contributions.

Response to the CALL FOR PAPERS was quite interesting, also taking into account the time overlap with various other related workshops (ICML, ICA, EEGLAB, CrownCom, MIKON, IRS, SPW, FUNEMS, N++ Event, SPAWC). We received 112 submissions from 31 countries, 35 were invited papers and 77 regular papers. All the papers have been evaluated by a review process in which we obtained on the average 5.2 reviews per paper. The Technical Program Committee finally selected 83 papers for presentation, including 34 invited papers and 49 regular papers, including 38 student papers. The acceptance rate for regular paper was about 63%. The number of attendees was 120. The invited papers have been organized in 5 special oral sessions and 1 poster special session, covering the most innovative research fields related to cognitive information processing. All the regular papers have been scheduled for poster presentation.

A poster session.

CIP2010 hosted a Student Paper Competition. The 38 student papers have been evaluated and ranked, based on the relevance of the topic, the quality of the technical content, the style of writing, and the originality. Various prizes and 10 travel grants for the best student papers have been presented during the conference banquet.

The winners of the Student Contest.

CIP2010 was certainly an enjoyable and productive gathering and the organized social events guaranteed to the attendees the possibility to experience the wonderful panorama of the Elba Island.

The General Co-Chairs
Fulvio Gini, University of Pisa, Italy
Sergios Theodoridis, University of Athens, Greece