January 2022 Newsletter

The January 2022 Issue of the IAPR Newsletter is now available at:  

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IN THIS ISSUE you will find:

— “Going against the main stream:  turning penny stocks into blue chips” by   Masaki Nakagawa, recipient of the 2021 ICDAR Outstanding Achievements Award
— Calls from the IAPR Education Committee, Industrial Liaison Committee, and ExCo
— Calls for Nominations for Awards to be presented at ICPR 2022
— Call for Bids to Host ICPR 2026!
— IAPR…The Next Generation:  Alexander Mattick
— From the ExCo:  News plus Encouraging diversity in Summer/Winter Schools and IAPR Prizes and Awards
— In Memoriam:  Michael Duff
— ICPR 2022 Call for Papers, Workshops, Tutorials and Challenges
— IAPR Technical Committee (TC) News:  TC4, TC9, TC12, TC18 and TC19 
— Meeting Reports, ICDAR 2021 Section:  ICDAR 2021, Awards, and Workshops
— Meeting Reports:  PRIP 2021 and IWAIPR 2021
— Bulletin Board
— Meeting and Education Planner

Wishing you all happy reading!

Stay safe,
Jing Dong
IAPR Newsletter Editor
Associate Professor, National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition
Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Call for Nominations for IAPR Fellows

Deadline for Submission of Nomination and Endorsement Forms is January 31, 2022.

We welcome nominations for IAPR Fellowship (FIAPR). In particular, the IAPR would like to see nominations from a broader geographical region and from under-represented ethnicities and genders.

Information about eligibility and details on how to submit a nomination can be found here: 

Call for Nominations for IAPR Fellows

The IAPR appreciates your efforts to support its fellowship program!

The IAPR Fellow Committee:
  Massimo Tistarelli,  Chair
  Rita Cucchiara
  Sven Dickinson
  Stan Z. Li
  Umapada Pal
  Rene Vidal
  Josiane Zerubia

Call for Nominations: 2021 Young Biometrics Investigator Award

Deadline:  June 30, 2021

The Young Biometrics Investigator Award is presented biennially to an outstanding scientist, under the age of 40 at the nomination deadline,

who has made substantial contributions to the IAPR Biometrics community and whose research has had a major impact in biometrics. 

The prize consists of a cash amount and a suitably inscribed certificate. The recipient of the 2021 award will deliver a plenary talk at IJCB 2021 (http://ijcb2021.iapr-tc4.org/). 

A full Call for Nominations has been posted here https://iapr.org/fellowsandawards/awards_ybiometrics.php with links to nomination and endorsement forms.

Spring 2021 Survey

Dear IAPR Community Members,

Please take a few minutes to respond to the IAPR Spring 2021 Survey (https://tinyurl.com/iaprsurvey2021), an anonymous, short, online form focusing on your opinions and attitudes in the face of the pandemic and our recovery from it as an international research community.

Together we can make your IAPR even better.

Many thanks,

The IAPR 2020-2022 ExCo

Dan Lopresti, Lale Akarun, Terence Sim, Arjan Kuijper, Bob Fisher, and Apostolos Antonacopoulos

In Memoriam: Herbert Freeman

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Herb Freeman, a pioneer in our field and one of the founders of the IAPR more than 40 years ago.  The ExCo expresses our deepest condolences to Herb’s family, friends, and colleagues on behalf of the entire IAPR community.

Herb had a long and productive career that touched many, many people. He worked on the development of the first electronic computers in the early days of computing, and helped initiate computing engineering as a discipline at three major U.S. universities.  He published over 100 papers, authored a number of books, and helped to establish important journals. He was one of the select group of founders who organized the first “ICPR” in 1973, which marked the start of his leadership service that culminated in his role in the formal founding of IAPR in 1978.  Over the years Herb served as a Vice President, Treasurer, and ultimately President of the IAPR.  He was awarded the K.S. Fu Prize in 1994.

Herb’s numerous important contributions in the early days of our field place him in very rare company; he will be missed. I encourage you to read the personal remembrances of Herb in the January 2021 Special Issue of the IAPR Newsletter.

With deep sympathy,

Dan Lopresti, IAPR President