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AMDO2008 was institutionally sponsored by the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), the MCYT (Comision Interministerial de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Spanish Government), the Consell de Mallorca, the AERFAI (Spanish Association in Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence), the EG (Eurographics Association), and the Mathematics and Computer Science Department of the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB). Also, important commercial sponsors collaborated with practical demonstrations; the main contributors were: VICOM Tech, ANDROME Iberica, Ndigital (NDI), Robot S.A., CESA, and DAT S.L.

The subject of the conference was ongoing research in articulated motion on a sequence of images and sophisticated models for deformable objects. The goals of these areas are to understand and interpret the motion of complex objects that can be found in sequences of images in the real world. The main topics considered as priority are: geometric and physics deformable models, motion analysis, articulated models and animation, visualization of deformable models, 3D recovery from motion, single or multiple human motion analysis and synthesis, applications of deformable models and motion analysis, face tracking, recovering and recognition models, and virtual and augmented reality systems.

The main objective of this conference was to relate fields using computer graphics, computer animation, or applications in several disciplines combining synthetic and analytical images. The use of new graphical user interfaces will be very important in the near future, meaning that convergence between multidisciplinary areas will be necessary to reach new perceptual or multimodal interfaces including combination of several perspectives of the topics above mentioned.

In this regard, it is of particular interest to encourage links between researchers in the areas of computer vision and computer graphics who have common problems and frequently use similar techniques. The conference included several sessions of oral paper presentations and three tutorials. We also had three invited speakers treating various aspects of the main topics. These invited speakers were: Prof. M. Pantic  (Imperial College London, UK / Univ. of Twente, Netherlands), Prof. E. Boyer (LJK / UJF / INRIA Rhone-Alpes, France), and Prof. J.  Abascal (Univ. of Pais Vasc, Spain).

Several nice social events contributed to stimulate scientific discussions. The welcome cocktail at Castell de Bellver given by the Local Government was simply perfect. The gala dinner was delightful, and we understood what a “typically Mallorcan” dinner means in the town of Esporlas at the “La Granja” restaurant. The conference venue was very conveniently located in the Hotel Mon Port near the small village of Puerto Andratx.  Also, the weather was very pleasant. As you have understood, AMDO 2008 was a success and a great event.

The next AMDO 2010 Conference will be held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, again in July 2010 and will be organised by the Computer Graphics & Vision Group from the Mathematics & Computer Science department at UIB. Also, an extended version of papers and new contributions has been proposed as a journal Special Issue (to be announced soon). All contributions are welcomed. See for more details about AMDO 2010.  The web page will be active, including new related conferences, interesting papers, and contents.

Best regards to all participants and we hope to see everyone again in 2010.

Conference Report:  AMDO 2008

Report prepared by the Conference Co-chairs

Text Box: V International Conference on 
Articulated Motion and Deformable Objects

9-11 July 2008
Puerto Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
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Francisco Jose Perales (Spain)

Bob Fisher (UK)

Proceedings of the conference have been published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series (volume number 5098).


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AMDO 2008 closing ceremony and all participants.

Text Box: Awards for Researchers in AMDO 2008
AMDO Best Paper: "Inverse Kinematics using Sequential Monte Carlo Methods" by Nicolas Courty and Elise Arnaud. 
Honourable Mention: "Learning to Look at Humans – What are the parts of a Moving Body?" by Thomas Walther and Rolf P. Würtz. 
Honourable Mention: "A Generative Model for Motion Synthesis and Blending Using Probability Density Estimation" by Dumebi Okwechime and Richard Bowden. 
AMDO Best Poster Paper: " Towards Efficiency in Cloth Simulation" by Fernando Birra and Manuel Santos. 
Most Suitable for Commercial Application: "Autonomous Virtual Agents for Performance Evaluation of Tracking Algorithms" by Pau Baiget, Xavier Roca and Jordi Gonzàlez. 
Selected for publication in a Journal in the Fifth International Conference on Articulated Motion and Deformable Objects (AMDO-e 2008): "Autonomous Virtual Agents for Performance Evaluation of Tracking Algorithms" by Pau Baiget, Xavier Roca and Jordi Gonzàlez.