The 13th edition of the International Conference on Image Analysis and Processing (ICIAP) was held in Cagliari, the chief town of Sardinia, Italy.  It was organized by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari and chaired by Fabio Roli and Sergio Vitulano.


The conference is organized every two years by the Italian group of researchers affiliated with IAPR (GIRPR) with the aim of bringing together researchers in image processing and pattern recognition from around the world.  The central theme of ICIAP 2005 was Pattern Recognition in the Internet and Mobile Communications Era, and main conference topics concerned the theory of image analysis and processing and its classical and internet-driven applications.


About 150 researchers from several countries attended the conference.  A total of 143 high-quality papers were presented, selected by the program committee from 217 submissions.  Fifteen papers were collected by the two special sessions dealing with Pattern Recognition for Computer Network Security and Computer Vision for Augmented Reality and Augmented Environments.


The central theme of the conference was addressed directly by two of the invited talks.  In “Biometric Recognition: How Do I Know Who You Are?” Anil K. Jain illustrated strengths and weak points of current biometric systems and showed how multiple biometric modalities can alleviate some of the problems faced by unimodal biometric systems.  In his talk “Interactive, Mobile, Distributed pattern Recognition”, George Nagy described some interactive classification systems, in which humans and machines take turns to reach a decision that assigns a particular object to a particular class.  This methodology was particularly effective in the recognition of natural patterns performed on mobile devices, such as pocket computers, possibly connected on a wireless network.


The other invited talks, even if not strictly focused on Internet and Mobile Communications, were nevertheless very stimulating and covered areas of Business (Giovanni Garibotto, “How to Make Business with Computer Vision Technology), Cognitive Vision (Josef Kittler, “Unsupervised Symbol Grounding and Cognitive Bootstrapping in Cognitive Vision”), and Shape-From-Shading (Edwin Hancock, “Single View Face Reconstruction Using Shape-From-Shading”).


As for the previous editions, the best paper by a young author was selected by an international committee. The award, which honours the memory of Prof. Edoardo R. Caianiello, went to Eric Dahai Cheng for the paper “Track Matching by Major Color Histograms Matching and Post-matching Integration”, co-authored with Massimo Piccardi.


The social events were most enjoyable, including tours of the old town centre of Cagliari.  The conference banquet was excellent and in the tradition of the warm Sardinian welcome.


The next ICIAP will be organized by Rita Cucchiara and will be held in Modena in September, 2007.

Conference ReportICIAP 2005

Text Box: 13th International Conference on Image Analysis and Processing
6-8 September, 2005, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

Report Prepared by:  Francesco Tortorella
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General Chair: 

Fabio Roli

Program Co-chair:

Sergio Vitulano

Proceedings from ICIAP2005 are available in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series, Volume 3617

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