Call for Nominations – Pierre Devijver Award

The Pierre Devijver Award commemorates Pierre Devijver, one of the founders of statistical pattern recognition. The award is presented at a special lecture at S+SSPR to an outstanding scientist who has contributed significantly to the field of statistical pattern recognition.

We call for nominations of candidates for the 2024 award. The lecture will be presented at S+SSPR 2024, the IAPR Joint International Workshops on Statistical Techniques in Pattern Recognition (SPR 2024) and Structural and Syntactic Pattern Recognition (SSPR 2024):

For more information, please see the Pierre Devijver Award page.

Nomination Deadlines Announced for Prizes and Awards at ICPR 2024

Please use the links below to view the Call for Nomination pages for these prizes and awards to be presented at ICPR 2024.

The King-Sun Fu, J. K. Aggarwal, and Maria Petrou Prize Committees have announced the following deadline schedule:

  • Preliminary nomination deadline:  January 31, 2024; nomination forms must be submitted by this date; these and previously submitted nominations may be modified until the Endorsement/final deadline, but no new nominations will be accepted after the nomination deadline.
  • Endorsement/final deadline:  March 31, 2024; all endorsements must be submitted and all forms related to the nomination must be complete and final by this date.

The IAPR Fellow Award:

  • Nomination and Endorsement deadline:  March 31, 2024; all nominations and endorsements must be received by this date.

Call for Bids to Host ICPR 2028

The International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR) is the major scientific event organized under the auspices of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). The aim of this conference is to bring together international experts to share their work and experiences and to promote research and development in Pattern Recognition.

The conference is hosted by an institution under the auspices of an endorsing IAPR member organization (national pattern recognition society). Any such institutions interested in making a proposal to host an ICPR must proceed according to the rules outlined in the latest version of the guidelines.

It has been the tradition that the location of ICPR conferences follows a rotating schedule among different continents. Hence, proposals from Europe are strongly encouraged. However, high quality bids from other locations will also be reviewed for consideration.

Please see the official call for bids on the ICPR Proposals page for additional details.

IAPR Prizes and Awards 2022

Biennially, at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition, the IAPR awards three prestigious prizes and names its Fellows.

ICPR 2022 will take place August 21-25, 2022 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. 

The IAPR encourages geographic, ethnic, and gender diversity in nominations for its prizes and awards.

Calls for Nominations have been posted at the IAPR website for:

  • The King-Sun Fu Prize, given in recognition of an outstanding technical contribution to the field of Pattern Recognition. Deadlines:  April 2, 2022 (nomination); April 4, 2022 (endorsements)
  • The J. K. Aggarwal Prize, given to a young scientist (under 40 at the nominations deadline) who has brought substantial contribution to a field relevant to the IAPR community and whose research work has had a major impact on the field. Deadline:  May 1, 2022 (all forms)
  • The Maria Petrou Prize, given to a female scientist/engineer who has made substantial contributions to the field of Pattern Recognition (or a closely related field) and who may be regarded as a model to aspiring and established researchers. Deadline:  May 1, 2022 (all forms)
  • The IAPR Fellow Award, conferreed on persons to acknowledge their distinguished contributions to the field of Pattern Recognition and to IAPR activities. Deadline:  January 31, 2022 (all forms)

Call for Nominations for IAPR Fellows

Deadline for Submission of Nomination and Endorsement Forms is January 31, 2022.

We welcome nominations for IAPR Fellowship (FIAPR). In particular, the IAPR would like to see nominations from a broader geographical region and from under-represented ethnicities and genders.

Information about eligibility and details on how to submit a nomination can be found here: 

Call for Nominations for IAPR Fellows

The IAPR appreciates your efforts to support its fellowship program!

The IAPR Fellow Committee:
  Massimo Tistarelli,  Chair
  Rita Cucchiara
  Sven Dickinson
  Stan Z. Li
  Umapada Pal
  Rene Vidal
  Josiane Zerubia

Call for Nominations: 2021 Young Biometrics Investigator Award

Deadline:  June 30, 2021

The Young Biometrics Investigator Award is presented biennially to an outstanding scientist, under the age of 40 at the nomination deadline,

who has made substantial contributions to the IAPR Biometrics community and whose research has had a major impact in biometrics. 

The prize consists of a cash amount and a suitably inscribed certificate. The recipient of the 2021 award will deliver a plenary talk at IJCB 2021 ( 

A full Call for Nominations has been posted here with links to nomination and endorsement forms.

Spring 2021 Survey

Dear IAPR Community Members,

Please take a few minutes to respond to the IAPR Spring 2021 Survey (, an anonymous, short, online form focusing on your opinions and attitudes in the face of the pandemic and our recovery from it as an international research community.

Together we can make your IAPR even better.

Many thanks,

The IAPR 2020-2022 ExCo

Dan Lopresti, Lale Akarun, Terence Sim, Arjan Kuijper, Bob Fisher, and Apostolos Antonacopoulos

In Memoriam: Herbert Freeman

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Herb Freeman, a pioneer in our field and one of the founders of the IAPR more than 40 years ago.  The ExCo expresses our deepest condolences to Herb’s family, friends, and colleagues on behalf of the entire IAPR community.

Herb had a long and productive career that touched many, many people. He worked on the development of the first electronic computers in the early days of computing, and helped initiate computing engineering as a discipline at three major U.S. universities.  He published over 100 papers, authored a number of books, and helped to establish important journals. He was one of the select group of founders who organized the first “ICPR” in 1973, which marked the start of his leadership service that culminated in his role in the formal founding of IAPR in 1978.  Over the years Herb served as a Vice President, Treasurer, and ultimately President of the IAPR.  He was awarded the K.S. Fu Prize in 1994.

Herb’s numerous important contributions in the early days of our field place him in very rare company; he will be missed. I encourage you to read the personal remembrances of Herb in the January 2021 Special Issue of the IAPR Newsletter.

With deep sympathy,

Dan Lopresti, IAPR President