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AISB event Bulletin Item


Call for Participation 
Acitrezza - Sicily - 9-14 July 2007
A fundamental and challenging problem in Computer Vision is the semantic interpretation of a scene captured by a camera. Several algorithms have been proposed to achieve automatic detection, recognition and segmentation of object classes in still images and videos. Recent studies have pointed out the importance of local and global context in solving these problems satisfactorily. State-of-the-art results have been obtained by principled modelling of the various and often hierarchical types of contextual interaction that are present in images and videos.
The first edition of the International Computer Vision Summer School is aimed to provide an objective, clear and in-depth summary of the state-of-the-art research in Detection, Segmentation and Recognition in Context. The courses will be delivered by world renowned experts in the field, from both academia and industry, and will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of the effective use of context in solving computer vision problems.
The School is especially aimed to provide a stimulating space for young researchers and Ph.D. Students. The participants will benefit from direct interaction and discussions with world leaders in computer vision and machine learning. The students will have also the possibility to present the results of their research on the topic of the school, and to interact with their scientific peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.
Speaker: Serge J. Belongie, University of California, San Diego, USA  
Lecture Title: Matching with Shape Contexts
Syllabus: Shape Context, Shape Distance, Feature Correspondence, Deformable Templates, Thin Plate Spline
Speaker: Christopher M. Bishop, Microsoft Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK        
Lecture Title: Graphical Models and Approximate Inference      
Syllabus: Graphical Models, Approximate Inference     
Speaker: Andrew Blake, Microsoft Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK         
Lecture Title: Coming soon
Syllabus: Graph Cuts
Abstract: Coming soon
Speaker: Michael Brady, Oxford University, UK            
Lecture Title: Coming soon
Syllabus: Medical Imaging  
Abstract:  Coming soon
Speaker: Sanjiv Kumar, Google Research, Carnegie Mellon University, USA     
Lecture Title: Discriminative Graphical Models for Classification
Syllabus: Graphical models, Discriminative methods, Image classification, Image context, Markov Random Field, Conditional Random Field, Discriminative Random Field    
Speaker: Pietro Perona, Computational Vision, Caltech, USA   
Lecture Title: Coming soon
Syllabus: Recognition
Abstract: Coming soon
Speaker: Cordelia Schmid, INRIA, FR
Lecture Title: Recognition and Matching Based on Local Invariant Features
Syllabus: Scale and affine invariant keypoint detectors, Image description, Object recognition, Image matching, Image classification   
Speaker: Stefano Soatto, UCLA, USA
Lecture Title: Image and Shape Matching
Syllabus: Image and shape matching   
Speaker: Philip Torr, Oxford Brookes University, UK     
Lecture Title: Coming soon
Syllabus: Markov Random Fields, Video Segmentation, OBJCUT, Applications in Computer Vision
Abstract: Coming soon
Speaker: Antonio Torralba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA     
Lecture Title: Coming soon
Syllabus: Gist, The role of Context
Abstract: Coming soon
The school will be open to about 100 qualified, motivated and pre-selected students. Ph. D. students, post-docs, young researchers (both academic and industrial) or industrial professionals are encouraged to apply.
The expected school fee will be in the order of 600,00  for Phd students and 700  for others. The application should be done before 1 February 2007. The fee will include, all courses, handling material, coffee breaks, a social guided tour to Taormina and the social dinner to Catania. Late registration and on-site payment can be done with an extra payment of 100 .
Accepted students may submit a poster to present their research activity. A selected subset from the submitted poster will be selected by the school committee for a short presentation. A best presentation prize of 600  (supported by industrial sponsor) will be given to the best presentation selected by the school committee.
Student Application: 1 February 2007
Notification Acceptance: 20 Feb 2007
Registration and Poster Submission: 31 March 2007
The school will be hosted by hotel Galatea Sea Palace ( ) in Acitrezza, Sicily from 9-14 July 2007. Sicily is one of the most beautiful island of the Mediterranean Area. The island is very rich in archeological sites from various Ancient Civilizations. The sea, weather, food and the wine are excellent.
In particular Acitrezza is located on the coast of the Ionian Sea in the Mediterranean Area and is one of the most popular resort for Italian vacationers in the summer. In front of the coast of Acitrezza there are three tall, column-shaped islands called "I Faraglioni". According to local legend, these great stones are the very same thrown at Ulysses in The Odyssey. The islands are referred to as the "isole dei ciclopi" (islands of the cyclopes), and they are a little natural protected marine paradise. The Odissey tells that these were hurled by Polyphemus against Ulysses who had blinded him. Acitrezza was chosen by the writer Giovanni Verga to set his celebrated novel "I Malavoglia" and Luchino Visconti shooted his move "La Terra Trema".
-- School Committee --
Roberto Cipolla, University of Cambridge, UK
Sebastiano Battiato, University of Catania, IT
Giovanni Gallo, University of Catania, IT
Giovanni Maria Farinella, University of Catania, IT         
Laboratory, Demonstrations and Academic Assessment
Gabriel Brostow, University of Cambridge, UK
Jamie Shotton, University of Cambridge, UK
Arasanathan Thayananthan, University of Cambridge, UK
Serge J. Belongie, University of California, San Diego, USA
Christopher M. Bishop, Microsoft Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK          
Andrew Blake, Microsoft Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK
Michael Brady, Oxford University, UK  
Sanjiv Kumar, Google Research, Carnegie Mellon University, USA        
Pietro Perona, Computational Vision, Caltech, USA      
Cordelia Schmid, INRIA, FR
Stefano Soatto, UCLA, USA
Philip Torr, Oxford Brookes University, UK       
Antonio Torralba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA        
Local Arrangements
Filippo Stanco
University of Catania, IT
Gaetano Impoco
University of Catania, IT
Local Organizers
IPLAB Staff, University of Catania, IT
-- Enquiry and Information --