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The Scandinavian Conferences on Image Analysis is hosted in turn by the Scandinavian countries every second year, the first having been in Sweden in 1980. Following the long line of conferences, the16th in the series took place in Norway where 144 participants from 25 countries were gathered. The proceedings were published by Springer as a Lecture Notes in Computer Science (volume 5575), and were distributed to the participants at the conference. Kristin Klepsvik Filtvedt did a fantastic job as conference chair.

The program committee was chaired by Arnt-Børre Salberg. SCIA received 154 papers, and 79 were accepted as oral or poster presentations. The conference was organized as a single-track conference. The program covered high-quality scientific contributions within image analysis, human and action analysis, pattern and object recognition, colour imaging and quality, medical and biomedical applications, face and head analysis, computer vision, and multispectral colour analysis. The session on multispectral colour science was organized in cooperation with the 11th Symposium of Multispectral Color Science (MCS 2009). Since 2009 was proclaimed the “International Year of Astronomy” by the United Nations General Assembly, the conference also contained a session on the topic “Image and Pattern Analysis in Astronomy and Astrophysics”.

The conference was preceded by two interesting tutorials. The first tutorial “Principles and methods of image fusion” was given by Prof. Jan Flusser from The Institute of Information Theory and Automation, Czech Republic. The second tutorial “The Dissimilarity Representation for Pattern Recognition: Introduction and Examples” was held by Prof. Robert P. W. Duin, IAPR Fellow, from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

We proudly presented the following IAPR keynote talks for the conference participants:

· "Video-based Modeling and Recognition of Human Actions" by Prof. Rama Chellappa, IAPR Fellow, University of Maryland, USA

· "Relevance from Gaze Patterns" by Prof. Samuel Kaski, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

· "Complete Photoconsistency Optimization in Multi-View Stereo" by Prof. Peter Sturm, INRIA Rhône-Alpes, France

· "Computational Photography and Near Infrared: Improve the Visible with the Invisible" by Prof. Sabine Süsstrunk, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

"A Multiscale View of the Solar Atmosphere" by Prof. Peter Gallagher, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

SCIA has a reputation of having a friendly environment, in addition to high-quality scientific contributions. We focused on maintaining this reputation by designing a technical and social program that we hope the participants found interesting and inspiring for new research ideas and network extensions.

Conference Report: SCIA 2009

Report prepared by Arnt B. Salberg (Norway)

Text Box: 16th Scandinavian Conference on Image Analysis
15-18 June 2009
Oslo, Norway
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General Chair:


Kristin Klepsvik Filtvedt (Norway)

Proceedings of the conference have been published by

Springer-Verlag in the

Lecture Notes in

Computer Science Series (Volume 5575).


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