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Conference Report: IbPRIA 2009

Report prepared by:

Helder Araujo, Co-chair

Text Box: 4th Iberian Conference on Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis

10-12 June 2009
Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
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Helder Araujo (Portugal)

Ana Maria Mendonça (Portugal)

Armando Pinho (Portugal)

Maria Ines Torres (Spain)

The Iberian Conference on Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis--IbPRIA is an international event co-organised every two years, by the Spanish and Portuguese Associations for Pattern Recognition, and sponsored by the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).  IbPRIA 2009 was jointly chaired by Helder Araujo, Ana Mendonça, Armando Pinho, and Maria Torres. The conference focused on results, algorithmic improvements, and promising future directions in pattern recognition and image analysis.

IbPRIA is a single track conference. A total of 106 papers were submitted from which 33 were selected for oral presentation and 29 for poster presentation. Each paper was reviewed at least twice. The conference had keynote presentations by Dr. Samy Bengio from the Google Inc., USA, and by Prof. Joachim Weickert from Saarland University, Germany. Samy Bengio gave a talk about “Large Scale Online Learning of Image Similarity through Ranking” and Joachim Weickert talked about “Inpainting Ideas for Image Compression”. A third keynote presentation by Prof. Nando de Freitas was also planned. However Prof. Nando de Freitas could not attend for personal reasons and was replaced by Dr. Ruben Martinez-Cantin, who talked about “Probabilistic Inference and Learning Techniques for Control, Experimental Design and Planning". All the sessions were highly attended with many technical discussions during the presentations.

The paper selected for the IAPR Best Paper Award was the paper “On a Kernel Regression Approach to Machine Translation”, by N. Serrano, J. Andrés-Ferrer, and Francisco Casacuberta.  This paper was selected out of a short list of 9 papers which received the highest scores during the review process, and the final decision was taken by a committee of six experts after attending their oral presentations during the two first days of the IbPRIA2009 Conference.

The main event of the social programme was a visit (followed by the Conference Dinner) to the main cellar of a PortWine company. The cellar was located on the steep south bank of the Douro river from where a beautiful view of the city of Porto could be enjoyed.

Proceedings of the conference have been published by

Springer-Verlag in the

Lecture Notes in

Computer Science Series (Volume 5524).


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