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Uppsala January 14, 2012

We have now entered 2012, the year when the 21st International Conference on Pattern Recognition will take place in Tsukuba, Japan. We are very much looking forward to the many things that will occur in connection with this major event for the IAPR community.

Please visit the conference website,, and especially the information available on the paper submission page. The deadline for submission is March 31. Note also the information on Awards and Prizes that will be given at the time of the conference.

I take this opportunity to welcome new members of the Governing Board. Recently, new IAPR GB representatives for Austria, Cuba, Denmark, Israel, Portugal, and Taiwan were elected. On behalf of the IAPR ExCo, it is my pleasure to welcome Professors Robert Sablatnig, Edel GarcÝa-Reyes, Rasmus Larsen, Chen Sagiv, J. Miguel Sanches, Jin-Jang Leou, and Chung-Lin Huang as new Governing Board representatives for the Austrian, Cuban, Danish, Israeli, Portuguese, and Taiwanese member societies, respectively. Their contribution to IAPR will be greatly appreciated.

The ExCo would also like to express our gratitude to Professors Walter Kropatsch, JosÚ Ruiz-Shulcloper, Knut Conradsen, Moshe Porat, Helder Ara˙jo, Shiaw-Shian Yu, and Yung-Chang Chen for their work as Governing Board representatives for the past years.

In this January edition of the IAPR Newsletter, we are "Getting to Know" Professor Theo Pavlidis, well-known in the IAPR community for many years. We can also read a book review and a number of conference reports thanks to our contributors.

From the ExCo, we extend to you our best wishes for a successful 2012!

News from the


Executive Committee



by Ingela Nystr÷m (Sweden)

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