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The Twelfth IAPR Conference on Machine Vision Applications (MVA2011) was co-sponsored by the MVA Organization, IAPR TC-8, and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology. The venue was Nara Centennial Hall at the center of Nara city. The oral sessions were held in Harmony Hall, with a capacity of over 400; the posters were presented in the foyer around the conference room. In the hall and room for the presentations, wireless network was provided to all the participants.

In spite of the disaster that struck Japan in March, 2011, there were 217 participants from 29 countries. The topics of the conference were algorithms and architectures of machine vision applications. From 208 submissions, 36 oral presentations and 108 poster presentations were selected. In addition to the accepted papers, there were three IAPR invited talks: “Model Guided Multimodal Imaging and Visualization for Computer Assisted Interventions” by Prof. Nassir Navab of the Technical University of Munich, Germany; “Behavior Imaging: Using Computer Vision to Study Autism” by Prof. James M. Rehg of the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; and “Stereo Vision System on Automobile for Collision Avoidance” by Prof. Keiji Saneyoshi, of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.

The first MVA workshop was held in Tokyo in 1988, and at every MVA conferences after MVA’98, the Most Influential Paper over the Decade Award is given to the authors of papers appearing in the conference 10 years earlier which have been recognized as having had the most significant influence on machine vision technology over the subsequent decade. At MVA2011, three papers presented at MVA2000 were selected for this award:

· Dense Disparity Map Estimation Respecting Image Discontinuities: A PDE and Scale-Space Based Approach” by Luis Alvarez, Rachid Deriche, Javier Sanchez, and Joachim Weickert;

· Radial Distortion Snakesby Sing Bing Kang.

· Optimized Camera Viewpoint Determination System for Soccer Game Broadcastingby Keisuke Matsumoto, Satoshi Sudo, Hideo Saito, and Shinji Ozawa;

At MVA2011, a Best Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, and Best Poster Award were established,  and the papers listed below were selected for the awards from those presented at the conference.

Best Paper Award

"Homogenous Superpixels from Random Walks" by Frank Perbet and Atsuto Maki

Best Application Paper Award

"A Head-Wearable Short-Baseline Stereo System for the Simultaneous Estimation of Structure and Motion" by Hernan Badino and Takeo Kanade

"Fast and Structure-preserving Inpainting Based on Probabilistic Structure Estimation" by Takashi Shibata, Akihiko Iketani, and Shuji Senda

Best Poster Award

"Fast Combined Separability Filter for Detecting Circular Objects" by Yasuhiro Ohkawa, Chendra Hadi Suryanto, and Kazuhiro Fukui

The awards were handed out at the banquet held at Hotel Nikko Nara, which is located just a few minutes walking distance from the conference venue.

In addition to the presentations, an exhibition of machine vision-related products was held to stimulate participants and promote their discussions about future research topics of machine vision applications which those products can innovate.

Furthermore, a technical tour was held to visit the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology. The participants enjoyed demonstrations of augmented reality, robot vision, large 3D display without glasses, and so on.

The MVA Organization is now planning MVA2013. We wish to once again have a lot of excellent papers and discussions with many researchers from all over the world..

Conference Report:  MVA 2011

Report prepared by the General Chair

Text Box: 12th IAPR Conference on Machine Vision Applications

June 13-15, 2011
Nara, Japan
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General Chair

Keiji Yamada (Japan)

Program Chair

Yasuyo Kita (Japan)

IAPR Invited Speakers