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The IAPR community is preparing for the 20th Edition of the International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on August 23-26, 2010. ICPR is IAPR’s main event and, again this year, will attract a large number of papers in the conference’s six tracks. We all look forward to an exciting scientific program.  Once the final submission of the manuscript is completed, the Conference Program will be available at the ICPR2010 web site.  Visit the conference website for this and other news on the event.

Again this year, the ExCo announced that a number of travel stipends, to the amount of US$700 each, would be made available to authors of accepted ICPR papers, oral or poster, who would not be able to attend the ICPR without this contribution. The interest from the community was very high and a significant number of applications have been received to date. The announcement of the list of recipients will be made before the deadline for early bird registration at ICPR 2010.

The ballots on the K. S. Fu and J. K. Aggarwal Prizes are currently being held. The results of the vote will be announced later this summer and the recipients will be invited to present a lecture at the ICPR2010.

The IAPR Fellow Committee has also completed its job and has proposed 17 new IAPR Fellows who will receive their Fellow certificates at ICPR2010. The number of new Fellows to be elected is based on a percentage (0.25%) of the total membership of IAPR. In addition to the traditional certificate, a new IAPR Fellow pin will be given to all recipients.  The Fellow Committee was pleased to follow up on this idea from the ExCo and to make it happen with the help of Linda O’Gorman from the IAPR Secretariat. It is worth mentioning that this year the nomination/endorsement process was entirely web-based, thanks to the Chair of the Fellow Committee, Walter Kropatsch, and to the IAPR Webmaster, Edward J. Sobczak.

The next Governing Board (GB) meeting will be held in Istanbul on Tuesday August 24, 2010. The venue and time of the meeting will be know in a short while and communicated to GB members in due time. Again, the information and documents on the GB meeting will be posted in the GB reserved area of the IAPR website. GB members will be informed by email of when the documents will be available. No mailing of the documents will be done.

News from the


Executive Committee

by Denis Laurendeau (Canada)