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ICFHR 2018 Workshops: Call for Proposals

DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 15th

The 16th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR 2018) will take place in Niagara Falls New York, USA 5-8 August 2018. For the first time the conference is also welcoming bids for accompanying workshops. The workshops will take place on August 4 at the same venue as the main conference in Niagara Falls New York, USA.

Workshops provide a forum for discussion topics that will not be fully explored during the main conference, and provide opportunities for in-depth discussion of technical and application issues. Workshops are also a good opportunity to share ideas between researchers in industry and academia, and therefore both are welcome to submit workshop proposals. The ICFHR 2018 organizers will collect workshop registrations, provide facilities, and distribute electronic copies of the workshop proceedings.

Two types of workshops are envisioned:

  1. Full (mini-conference) workshops
  2. Birds of a Feather workshops

Full Workshops

Full workshops would likely include papers, posters or presentations. Full workshops may be half day or full day. We invite proposals for workshops on topics related to handwriting recognition, including domains that apply handwriting recognition such as the digital humanities or forensics. We encourage workshop organizers to submit proposals that are specific and detailed in justifying relevance and viability.

Proposals should be submitted in PDF format by email to workshops@icfhr2018.org. Please prefix the email subject with the string ‘[ICFHR 2018 Workshop]’.

Proposals should include the following information:

1. TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Workshop title.
  • Topics that will be covered, with descriptions of why they are relevant.

2. ORGANIZERS AND SPEAKERS

  • Organizers’ names, titles and affiliations, with one, potentially two, contact emails of reliably responsive people.
  • Background and experience that makes the proposers well suited for organizing the workshop.
  • Names of invited speakers. For each speaker, please indicate if attendance is tentative or confirmed.

3. LOGISTICS

  • Preference for half-day or full-day event.
  • Estimated numbers of orals, posters, and invited talks, with rough program outline.
  • Expected number of paper submissions.
  • Tentative program committee.
  • Anticipated target audience and expected number of attendees.
  • Special space or equipment requests, if any.

4. WORKSHOP DATES

  • Paper submission deadline.
  • Notification to authors.
  • Camera ready deadline.

Birds of a Feather Workshops

Birds of a Feather workshops provide a forum for discussion of the status and needs for further research within a particular subfield of handwriting recognition, beyond the paper Q&A in a conference session. Participants would optionally submit 500 word abstracts stating ideas for discussion topics, and not recent research results. Participants would not submit full papers and there would be no proceedings.

Birds of a feather workshops are envisioned to be at most a half day and could be as little as two hours centered around coffee/tea or a meal to increase informal discussion.

Meeting topics can be taken from any of the main ICFHR conference CFP topics:

  • Handwriting Recognition of a particular family
  • Cursive Script Recognition
  • Symbol, Equation, Sketch and Drawing Recognition
  • Handwritten Document Processing and Understanding
  • Language Models in Handwriting Recognition
  • Web-Based Applications
  • Handwritten Databases and Digital Libraries
  • Information Extraction & Retrieval
  • Document Characterization
  • Form Processing
  • Word Spotting
  • Bank-Check Processing
  • Historical Document Processing
  • Forensic Studies and Security Issues
  • Writer Verification and Identification

Proposals should be submitted by email to: workshops@icfhr2018.org. Please prefix the email subject with the string [ICFHR 2018 Workshop]. Proposals should include the following information:

1. TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Workshop title.
  • Topics that will be covered, with descriptions of why they are relevant.

2. ORGANIZERS AND SPEAKERS

  • Organizers’ names, titles and affiliations, background and experience that makes the proposers well suited for leading the discussion.

3. LOGISTICS

  • Preference for half-day or two-hour event.

Important dates

  • Workshop proposal deadline: March 15, 2018 (Extended)
  • Notification to workshop organizers: April 2, 2018
  • Finalized workshop program (i.e., CFP) deadline: April 20, 2018

For any questions, please contact the workshop chairs, Elisa Barney Smith (https://coen.boisestate.edu/EBarneySmith) (Boise State, USA) and Alicia Fornés (http://www.cvc.uab.es/people/afornes) (Computer Vision Center, UAB, Spain) at workshops@icfhr2018.org.

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The **International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR)** is the flagship conference for handwriting recognition research and applications. The conference brings together experts in handwriting recognition from academia and industry to share their experiences and promote research and development in all aspects of handwriting recognition and handwriting applications.

ICFHR 2018 is sponsored by the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), and organized in part by IAPR Technical Committee No. 11 (Reading Systems)

(http://www.iapr-tc11.org/mediawiki/index.php/IAPR-TC11:Reading_Systems).

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