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One of the main international events organized by the Belarusian Association for Image Analysis and Recognition is the PRIP conference, which gathers scientists active in theoretical and applied research in the fields of Pattern Recognition and Information Processing. Since the 4th edition, held in 1997, PRIP has been sponsored by IAPR.

The 10th edition of PRIP was held at the Belarusian State University of Minsk under the chairmanship of Victor Krasnoproshin, Sergey Ablameyko, and Rauf Sadykhov. By the submission deadline, 126 papers were uploaded by 256 authors from 30 countries, and the international PRIP Program Committee selected 80 contributions for presentation at the conference, all included in the conference proceedings.

The three-day conference was organized in plenary sessions during which seven invited lectures by IAPR Distinguished Speakers were given and parallel sessions where the regular contributions were all orally presented. A variety of topics were faced during the seven invited lectures. Igor Gurevich (IAPR Fellow, Russia) presented his work with V. Yashina “Image Representation in Image Analysis”. Angelo Marcelli (Italy) talked about “Reverse Handwriting: from Ink to Word”. Gerhard Rigoll (Germany) discussed the work, co-authored by Frank Wallhoff, “Joint Cooperation between Humans and Cognitive Systems for Complex Task Solving”. Gunilla Borgefors (IAPR Fellow, Sweden) presented the lecture, co-authored by R. Strand, “On Maximal Balls in Three Volume Grids”. Ingela Nyström (IAPR 2nd Vice President, Sweden) illustrated the work, done together with F. Malmberg, E. Vidholm and E. Bengtsson, “Segmentation and Visualization of 3D Medical Images through Haptic Rendering”.  The lecture of Kim Boyer (IAPR Fellow, IAPR Treasurer, USA) had W. Dijia as co-author and was titled “A New Gaussian Clustering Method for High Dimensional Classification Problems”.  The talk given by myself (Gabriella Sanniti di Baja, IAPR Fellow, Italy), done in cooperation with M. Frucci and P. Perner, IAPR Fellow, was titled “Making Image Segmentation Fully Automatic by Case-Based-Reasoning”. Regular papers were focusing on Pattern Recognition and Classification; Image Analysis, Signal and Information Processing; 3D Image Processing and Modeling; Knowledge-based Expert and Decision Support Systems; and Applications of Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis.

PRIP 2009 participants had the opportunity to discuss and exchange opinions not only during the technical sessions, but also in a more relaxed atmosphere during the social events. The nice conference banquet was a pleasant occasion for all participants to appreciate the Belarusian food (and drink a lot of vodka!).  And a really unique opportunity was the visit to the Minsk Bolshoi Theater, where attendees enjoyed the ballet Giselle.

Minsk is a beautiful town, clean and full of flowers, and Belarusians are hospitable people and perfect conference organizers. Also the weather, warm and sunny during the whole conference period, contributed to the success of PRIP 2009, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit Minsk and attend the conference. The next PRIP conference will be organized in 2011 in Minsk (General Chair: Prof.Rauf Sadykhov from Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics). Let me suggest you to put a note on your agenda and to consider a visit to Minsk for PRIP 2011.

Conference Report: PRIP 2009

Report prepared by

Gabriella Sanniti di Baja, IAPR Fellow (Italy)

Text Box: 10th International Conference on 
Pattern Recognition and Information Processing

19-21 May 2009
Minsk, Belarus
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General Chair:


Victor Krasnoproshin (Belarus)


Vice-General Co-Chairs:


Sergey Ablameyko, IAPR Fellow (Belarus)

Rauf Sadykhov (Belarus)

The Bolshoi Theater

The PRIP 2009 opening session

PRIP 2009 participants in front of the entrance of the Rectorate Building,

State Belarusian University, Minsk, venue for the conference.

Proceedings information:



“Pattern Recognition and Information Processing”,

V. Krasnoproshin, S. Ablameyko

and R. Sadykhov, Eds.,

Belarusian State University Publishing Center, 2009. ISBN 978-985-476-704-8