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Uppsala August 12, 2012

The IAPR community continues to prepare for the 21st International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), to be held in Tsukuba, Japan, on November 11-15, 2012. The ICPR conference series is IAPR’s main event. Please, visit the ICPR 2012 web site for current information. The Technical Program will be available in due time as well as other news on the event.

By the deadline for the ICPR 2012 early registration on July 15, there were already more than 1000 registrations for the conference, and this number is increasing every day. The organisers recommend that you arrange for accommodation as soon as possible.

The ExCo has announced availability of a limited number of IAPR Travel Stipends of US$700 to authors of accepted ICPR papers. By the deadline, we had received as many as 265 stipend applications. Since we can fund only 40 stipends, we entered a difficult ranking process. Our strategy this year was to give high priority to PhD students. We also favoured authors presenting multiple papers who are members of an IAPR member society, in addition to other criteria. We regret that only a small percentage of the applications could be granted, but believe that we identified 40 recipients for whom the stipend will make a big difference in the ICPR 2012 participation.

It is our pleasure to announce that the recipient of the King-Sun Fu Prize, the most prestigious IAPR award, in 2012 is Professor Rama Chellappa, University of Maryland, USA. Professor Chellappa will receive his prize for his outstanding contributions to our field at the ICPR 2012. The K.-S. Fu ceremony and lecture is traditionally presented during the opening ceremony. On behalf of the IAPR Executive Committe, I congratulate Professor Chellappa on this achievement.

Currently, there is an IAPR Governing Board ballot on the recipient of the J. K. Aggarwal Prize in 2012. This prize will also be awarded at the ICPR 2012 to a young scientist in our field who has brought substantial contribution and whose research work has already had a major impact.

In this edition of the IAPR Newsletter, we are fortunate to “get to know” three IAPR Fellows:  Professors Masakazu Ejiri, Robert Duin, and Sankar Pal. As usual, we can also read a number of book reviews and meeting reports thanks to our contributors.

I am looking forward to meeting old and new colleagues in Tsukuba in November. See you there!

News from the


Executive Committee



by Ingela Nyström (Sweden)

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11-15, 2012