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By Denis Laurendeau

Further to approval by the GB in an electronic ballot (see the last issue of the Newsletter [html]   [pdf]), we are pleased to announce the creation of the “J.K. Aggarwal Prize”. This new prize will recognize the achievements of outstanding young researchers (under the age of 40 at the deadline for nominations) in the IAPR community.

As a result of this vote, the first “J.K. Aggarwal Prize” will be awarded at ICPR2006 in Hong Kong according to the following procedure. The IAPR President, Walter Kropatsch, will, with the help of ExCo members, set up a selection committee for the prize and nominate a Committee Chair. A Call for Nominations will be sent to the IAPR community as soon as possible. The ExCo will prepare nomination and endorsement forms that will need to be submitted to the appointed Chair  before February 1, 2006. Except for minor details, the nomination  and endorsement forms will be similar to the ones that are currently used for the K.S. Fu Prize. Based on the received nomination and endorsement forms, the Selection Committee will proceed to the selection of the recipient of the  first "J.K. Aggarwal Prize".  Except for minor details, the selection will  be based on a procedure similar to the one that is currently used for the K.S.  Fu Prize. The Constitution and Bylaws Committee will be asked to prepare a formal procedure and set of rules for the new prize. This procedure and the new rules will be submitted to the GB for approval at ICPR2006 in Hong Kong.

The Chair for TC1, Fabio Rolli, has informed the ExCo that the winner of the Pierre Devijver award for 2006 is Professor Robert P.W. Duin. Professor Duin will present the Pierre Devijver Lecture during the S+SSPR Workshop in Hong Kong, China, August 17-19, 2006, that will take place immediately before ICPR2006.

Speaking of ICPR2006, the deadline for paper submission has been extended to January 16, 2006.  The ExCo invites the IAPR community to submit high quality papers and to participate actively in the success of this ICPR. The Call for Paper as well as the instructions for formatting the manuscripts (IEEE templates) can be found at www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/~icpr06/.

The sad news about the sudden demise of Dr. Adnan Amin has been brought to the Pattern Recognition community (see related article in this issue). Dr. Amin was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Through his publication of scientific papers, his presentations to conferences and workshops, and his active participation in the activities of TC2 of the IAPR as Chairman from 1998 to 2002, Professor Amin has been acknowledged as a respected researcher and as a friend. The ExCo has sent a letter of condolences to Professor Amin’s family expressing its compassion in these difficult times.

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