ICGST International Conference on Graphics, Vision & Image Processing, GVIP-06 (GVIP 06)

Venue: Cairo, Egypt

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Event Date/Time: Dec 19, 2006 End Date/Time: Dec 19, 2006
Registration Date: Sep 15, 2006
Early Registration Date: Aug 15, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 15, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Jun 15, 2006
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The GVIP-06 focuses on theoretical and experimental graphics, vision and image processing techniques, in particular:

Image analysis and understanding

Scene analysis, modeling, and understanding

Pattern matching and pattern recognition

Image synthesis, including 3D imaging and solid modeling

Mathematical approaches to image processing, analysis, and synthesis

Image models and transforms

Visualization and graphical data presentation

Diagrammatic knowledge representation and reasoning

Monocular and stereo vision

Modeling of human visual perception

Biomimetic vision

Innovative uses of various graphic and vision devices and systems

Automated analysis of video sequences

Mosaic and frames registration

Perceptual interfaces for immersive activities

Activity recognition

Graph-based approach merging local and global registrations

Automatic extraction of 3D building models from multiple images and other data

Computational models of the human visual system

Early vision

Data structures and representations needed for high-level vision

Shape representation and extraction

Range data analysis

Use of motion for recognition and interpretation

Architectures and languages for image processing

Multimodal and multisensor models of image formation

Motion analysis, visual navigation and active vision

Geometrical and structural models of objects and scenes

Fractal and chaos theory in image analysis

Modeling of human visual perception and mental imagery

Structure reconstruction, 3D imaging and image synthesis

Infrared, laser, sonar etc. imaging

Virtual reality and pictorial interaction

Pictorial data bases and archiving

Applications of computational geometry in vision and graphic systems

Computer-aided graphic design, arts and animation

Industrial, medical and other applications

Video surveillance and monitoring

Rapid and affordable generation of terrain and detailed urban feature data

3D site modeling

Aerial images and finding regions as an aid in building extraction

Methods for detection and tracking of moving objects

1- A Special Session on:"Perceptual User Interface (PUI) and Immersive Activities"

Overview: Perceptual user interfaces offer the potential for considerable flexibility, broad utility, and usage by a larger and more diverse population than ever before. A long-term goal of PUI research is to incorporate natural means of interaction in computer that humans employ to communicate with each other. Hence, the ability to develop PUI system depends on the knowledge of the natural integration patterns that typify humans combined use of different input modes. But the technologies available for PUI have lagged behind and most interfaces are hard to use, require extensive training, and often impede rather than support collaborative and immersive activities.

Given the complex nature of users' multimodal interaction a multidisciplinary approach is required in designing a multimodal system that integrates complementary modalities to yield a highly synergistic blend. The purpose of this special session is to bring together researchers from academia and industry with common interests in making human-computer interaction more natural and collaborative by integrating dialogue-enabled devices, based on natural, multimodal interfaces. The small size and focus will make this special session an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, share research results and learn about issues and technologies driving the next generation of perceptual user interfaces.

Topics of interest may include (but not limited to) system architecture that can support mutual disambiguation of input signals in perceptual interfaces, co-analysis of audio visual signal to improve the speech and gesture recognition error resolution in generating multimodal command, human machine dialogue, interactions with attentive/intelligent environments, vision-based interfaces, speech and dialogue enabled interface, interactions with virtual/augmented/mixed reality, learning and user modeling, cognitive studies related to perceptive interfaces, systems integration issues associated with perceptive user interfaces, interoperability of heterogeneous platforms, performance metric and usability studies to evaluate multimodal. Panel discussion will be conducted in panel break-out session intending to promote and provoke relevant discussion.

2- Special Session on "Image-based Electronic Editions"
The presented research stems from our work developing the Edition Production Technology (EPT) software: a comprehensive and integrated set of tools for building, manipulating and presenting image-based electronic editions of manuscripts representing significant cultural materials. At the center of the process are digitized images of often severely damaged medieval manuscripts. There are usually many images of a single manuscript page, with different levels of detail and taken in various lighting conditions: bright overhead light, ultraviolet, or fiber-optic backlight.

We will present a formalism and approaches that connect the realm of computational geometry with algorithmic problems faced when working with images of manuscripts in preparing electronic editions. The problem can be classified with respect to dimensionality: The textual content of the manuscript can be viewed as a sequence of characters, wrapping from one line to the next. Annotations or markup pertaining to textual features such as words or sentences, then, correspond to one-dimensional intervals within the document's text. The need for representing collections of such intervals in a way that efficiently supports queries is addressed with geometric data structures.

Other feature of the manuscript page, such as the sizes and forms of individual letters and the locations of marginal notes, are best described in two dimensions. Of particular interest are the shapes of damaged regions of the manuscript, and the algorithmic and image processing techniques which may be applied to perform virtual repairs on the page. Also important are image-processing techniques for identifying damaged, obscure, or otherwise hard-to-read characters.

Finally, the physical manuscript page is a three-dimensional object, often distorted from its original form. Image-processing techniques based on mesh models and algorithmic methods can be used to virtually "flatten" images of a wrapped or deformed manuscript page. We will illustrate all these problems and algorithmic solutions with the software developed by researchers in our Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities.

3- Special Session on: "PDE-Based Modeling in Medical Imaging Analysis"
Partial Differential Equations (PDE) have been used extensively in medical image analysis and offer a great promise in soft tissue modeling. In conjunction with the GVIP-05 International Conference, this special session will be mainly invited talks by a number of prominent researchers in the field, and will also include a selected number of papers which will be evaluated by the organizing committee. The theme of the special session will be very specific to using PDE models in medical image analysis. The proceedings of the special session will be printed with the GVIP-05 including the papers, presentations, and all videos of the special session (a DVD for the special session may be provided if necessary). The following are the main topics to be covered:

PDE Models for Surface and Volume Segmentation
PDE Models for Elastic registration with Shape Information
PDE Models for Tissue Deformations
PDE Models for Medical Imaging Visualization
Reviews of Basic Principles of PDE Models in Medical Image Analysis
In the above context, papers on level sets, active contours, and finite element simulations of soft tissue models are adequate. All papers must be original and not published in other forums.

4- Special Session on "Advances in Biometrics"

Overview: The terms Biometry and Biometrics have been used since the early 20th century to refer to the analysis methods used with biological data. Recently, however, the term "Biometrics" has been more often used to refer to the emerging field of technology devoted to identification techniques utilizing physiological and behavioral characteristics (e.g., fingerprint, iris, and face) to either verify a claimed identity (biometric verification) or establish the identity of an individual (biometric identification). Concerns about security, fraud, and illegal access prompted governments, airlines, banks, and others to become more interested in the technology.

The purpose of this special session is to provide a unique scientific opportunity for researchers, engineers, vendors, and designers to report recent advances in this important area of identification and verification using biometrics.

Topics include, but not limited to, the following:

Biometric Technologies

fingerprint, face, iris, retina, speech, signature, hand, palm, typing pattern, multi-modal biometrics, and emerging biometrics such as gait, odor, and era structure
Biometric System Design

sensing and data acquisition, performance evaluation, architectures for large-scale identification, real-time embedded systems, smart cards.
Biometric Applications

travel and transportation, border control, healthcare, banking and finance, access control, airport security, automotive, cybersecurity, encryption and watermarking, time and attendance reporting, computer data base and network access, residential access and security alarm control, point-of-sale identity verification, inmate identity verification, refugee and POW identification, law enforcement, cellular telephone security
Biometrics Standardization:

need for standardization, data format, accuracy tests, application program interfaces, trends in standardization
We emphasize that articles to appear in this special session must satisfy the high standards of the GVIP international conference. Submissions will be evaluated on Novelty, Generality, Significance, Clarity and Support criteria. We invite the submission of full length papers to GVIP international conference special session that will detail the state-of-the-art technology and trends in Biometrics.

5- Special Session on Soft Computing in Image Processing
edge detection and segmentation

feature extraction

noise reduction in images

image enhancement

image compression

similarity between images

image analysis

6- Special Session on Morphological Image Processing

geometrical image analysis

order-statistics image filtering

geometrical and topographical segmentation

colour and multi-channel morphology

morphological pattern recognition

motion analysis

texture analysis

shape analysis

image coding

algorithms and data structures for morphology

Applications on geo-science and remote sensing, bio-medical imaging, materials science, document processing, etc.

7- Special Session on Computer Animation

autonomous characters

Image Warping and Morphing

Physically-based animation

facial animation

real-time animation, animation for games

group and crowd behavior

expressive motion / communication

nonphotorealistic animation

physical realism / measuring the real world for animation

nature in motion (natural phenomena, plants, clouds...)

planning / learning / optimization for animation

intuitive interfaces for creating and editing animations

sound and speech for animation

perceptual metrics for animation

mathematical foundations of animation

new time-based art forms on the computer

8- Special Session on 3D Data Visualization and Transmission

3D photography

3D view registration and surface modeling

Surface reflectance recovery and modeling

3D texture processing

Image-based rendering and multi-view image processing

Augmented reality

Compression, transmission and distributed visualization of 3D information

3D Content-based retrieval and recognition

Man/machine interaction with 3D data

3D printing and rapid prototyping

Psychophysics of 3D sensing and haptics

3D imaging in biomedicine

Structural analysis and pattern discovery in bioinformatics

3D imaging in virtual heritage and virtual archeology

3D imaging in e-commerce.

9- Special Session on Wavelets in Image Processing Applications

wavelets compression, coding

wavelets theory and multirate filter banks

frames and over-complete representations

multiresolution algorithms

Gabor transforms and space-frequency localization

wavelets-based noise reduction and restoration

wavelets-based feature extraction and detection

wavelet texture analysis and segmentation

wavelets-based fractal analysis

multiscale random processes

wavelets and approximation theory

image representations from wavelet maxima or zero-crossings

wavelets in medical imaging.

10- Special Session on Texture based Image Retrieval

Feature extraction and representation

Image search and browsing techniques

Query models, paradigms and languages for image retrieval

Similarity retrieval of images and video

Semantic retrieval of images and video

Evaluation and user issues

Neural network techniques for image retrieval

Image retrieval applications and systems

User interface issues

Database architectures for image retrieval

Image crawling and the net