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Workshop Report:  CIP 2012

Report prepared by Aníbal R. Figueiras-Vidal, General Chair

Text Box: 3rd International Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing  

May 28-30, 2012
Parador de Baiona, Spain
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General Chair:

Aníbal R. Figueiras-Vidal (Spain)


Technical Committee:

Miguel A. Lagunas (Spain)

Ana Pérez-Neira (Spain)

Enric Monte (Spain)


Special Sessions:

Jan Larsen (Denmark)

Jerónimo Arenas (Spain)

Proceedings of the workshop have been published by IEEE


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Following the orientation of the first CIP (2008, Santorini, Greece; General Chair, Prof. Sergios Theodoridis) and its second edition (2010, Elba Island, Italy; General Chair, Prof. Fulvio Gini), the third workshop on Cognitive Information Processing was held in Baiona, Spain, from May 28 to 30, 2012. Sixty-five researchers in inference algorithms which include cognitive components, from the knowledge fields of Signal Processing, Machine Learning, Communications, Psychology, and Neuroscience, joined at Parador Conde de Gondomar, a Middle Age fortress at the border of the sea which has been transformed into a splendid hotel, to present and discuss methods to design these algorithms and their applications.

The worshop was technically sponsored by EUSIPCO, IAPR, IEEE, and IET. Eight distinguished invited speakers lectured their key addresses at plenary sessions.

Prof. Jose M. F. Moura (CMU, USA) offered the IAPR Invited Lecture “Distributed vs. Centralized: The Role of Network”, a vision of recent advances in distributed signal processing with a high tutorial value.

The other seven invited speakers –Prof. Shigeru Katagiri (Doshisha Univ., Japan), Prof. Massimiliano Pontil (Univ. College London, UK), Drs. Susana Martínez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik (Barrow Neurological Inst., USA), Prof. Lars-Kai Hansen (DTU, Denmark), Dr. Lior Rokach (Ben Gurion Univ. at the Neguev, Israel) and Prof. Mario A.T. Figueiredo (IST Lisbon, Portugal) presented deep perspectives on highly relevant topics that also originated very active discussions. All these contributions, as well as the papers corresponding to special and regular sessions, are available at IEEE Xplore.

Three special sessions, with a total of 14 contributions, were dedicated to:

· Collaborative and Distributed Signal Processing for Wireless Networks, Organizer: Carlos Anton-Haro (CTTC, Spain)

· Cognitive Radio, Organizers: Fernando Pérez-González and Carlos Mosquera (U. Vigo, Spain)

· Cognitive Audio Modeling and Crowd Sourcing, Organizers: Jan Larsen (DTU, Denmark) and Jerónimo Arenas-Garcia (UC3M, Spain)

Additionally, 32 more papers were presented at six regular sessions:

· Advanced Machine Learning

· Distributed and Cooperative Processing

· Applications of Cognitive Signal Processing

· Cognitive Modeling, Processing, Decision Making, and Human- Machine Interaction

· Cognitive Communications, Radar, Surveillance and Navigation

· Information Mining

It is worth mentioning that the authors of the different classes of papers come from 16 different countries.

Several organizations provided financial support for CIP’2012: Amper, Cosound, Ericsson, the IEEE Spain Section, Gradiant, the Spain Real Academia de Ingeniería, Telefónica, the Telefónica-UC3M Chair, and the Universities Carlos III de Madrid and of Vigo: They merit the gratitude of the organizers and participants for their generous help.

In particular, the IEEE Spain Section sponsored the Best Student Paper Award, which was selected by an “ad hoc” committee from among the student contributions that received the best marks from the reviewers (one hundred of recognized experts who carried out this critical work with remarkable rigor and without delays). Pablo García-Moreno, a Ph. D. student at UC3M, received this award for his paper “A Hold-Out Method to Correct PCA Variance Inflation” (coauthored by Antonio Artés-Rodríguez and Lars-Kai Hansen).

Prof. Lars-Kai Hansen (DTU, Denmark) will be the General Chair of CIP’2014, which will be one additional important step towards extending the interest and the applications of these techniques.