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DICTA is the main Australian conference on digital image processing, machine vision and related areas hosted by the Australian Pattern Recognition Society. From its establishment in 1991, DICTA has been a biannual meeting. In 2008, for the first time, it became an annual conference. DICTA 2009 was its second annual conference and its eleventh meeting, and was endorsed by the IAPR and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc). It was sponsored by DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation), NICTA (National ICT Australia) and CiSRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia). In 2009, DICTA received 160 submissions. Each full paper manuscript was reviewed by at least two members of the Review Panel and more than 400 reviews were conducted. 76 papers were accepted in the DICTA2009 proceedings.

The conference attracted 120 delegates from 15 countries across 5 continents. It was officially opened by Prof. Ray Jarvis , the Director, Intelligent Robotics Research Centre (IRRC), Monash University, Australia.

Conference Report: DICTA 2009

Report prepared by the General Chair

Text Box: Digital Image Computing:  Techniques and Applications 2009

81-3 December 2009
Medina Grand Melbourne, Australia
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General Chair:


Hao Shi (Australia)

DICTA 2009 participants

The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, venue for the conference dinner

Proceedings of

DICTA 2009

have been published

with the

IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services

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A selection of the best papers will appear in a Special Issue of Computer Vision Journal by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology).

The DICTA2009 was addressed by four international keynote speakers. They were Professor Tat-Seng Chua (Singapore), Professor Ewert Bengtsson (Sweden), Professor Dr. Horst Bunke (IAPR Fellow, Switzerland), and Professor Michael S. Brown (Singapore). Topics included web-scale media search, biomedical image analysis, graph classification and clustering methods and computer vision.

Photo Source: Robot Hall of Fame, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University

The conference dinner was held at the Australia’s Grand Victorian Hotel Windsor and Prof. Anthony Maeder from University of Western Sydney was invited as the Dinner Speaker and he gave a speech on “Order from Chaos”.

DICTA 2009 has awarded five paper prizes. The first of these was the Best Colour paper sponsored and presented by CiSRA and awarded to Zhuhan Jiang for his paper entitled "Object Modelling in Videos via Multidimensional Features of Colours and Textures". The Best Paper Prize sponsored by the APRS and IAPR was conferred to Jamie Sherrah, Branko Ristic, and Nicholas J. Redding for their paper entitled "Evaluation of a Particle Filter to Track People for Visual Surveillance." The Best Student Paper Prize sponsored by the APRS was awarded to Andrew W. B. Smith (student) and Brian C. Lovell (IAPR President, IAPR Fellow, supervisor) for the paper "Self Occlusions and Graph Based Edge Measurement Schemes for Visual Tracking Applications." and the Best Poster Prize went to Shekhar Chandra and Imants Svalbe for their paper “A Fast Number Theoretic Finite Radon Transform”. The Special Reviewer Prize sponsored by DICTA2009 was awarded to Peter Kovesi for his significant contributions to the DICTA2009 Review Process.