International Computer Vision Summer School 2007

Detection, Recognition and Segmentation in Context

Sicily   ~   9-14 July 2007

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A fundamental and challenging problem in Computer Vision is the semantic interpretation of a scene captured by a camera. Several algorithms have been proposed to achieve automatic detection, recognition and segmentation of object classes in still images and videos. Recent studies have pointed out the importance of local and global context in solving these problems satisfactorily. State-of-the-art results have been obtained by principled modelling of the various and often hierarchical types of contextual interaction that are present in images and videos.

The first edition of the International Computer Vision Summer School is aimed to provide an objective, clear and in-depth summary of the state-of-the-art research in Detection, Segmentation and Recognition in Context. The courses will be delivered by world renowned experts in the field, from both academia and industry, and will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of the effective use of context in solving computer vision problems.

The School is especially aimed to provide a stimulating space for young researchers and Ph.D. Students. The participants will benefit from direct interaction and discussions with world leaders in computer vision and machine learning. The students will have also the possibility to present the results of their research on the topic of the school, and to interact with their scientific peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

The school will be open to about 100 qualified, motivated and pre-selected candidates.

Ph. D. students, post-docs, young researchers (both academic and industrial), senior researchers (both academic and industrial) or academic/industrial professionals are encouraged to apply.

The expected school fee will be in the order of 600,00 € for Phd students and 700 € for others. The application should be done before 1 February 2007. The fee will include, all courses, handling material, coffee breaks, a social guided tour to Taormina, tour and social dinner at the Donnafugata Castle and bus service from Catania Airport to School Location and viceversa. Late registration and on-site payment can be done with an extra payment of 100 €.

students may submit a poster to present their research activity. Suitable space will be reserved to students for showing their posters. A selected subset from the submitted posters will be selected by the school committee for a short oral presentation. A best presentation prize of 600 € (supported by an industrial sponsor) will be given to the best presentation selected by the school committee.

Student Application: 1 February 2007 (Officially Closed!)
Notification Acceptance: 20 Feb 2007
Registration: 31 March 2007
Poster Submission:
The deadline has been extended: 31 March 2007 --> 15 April 2007
Oral Presentation Notification: 25 June 2007

The school will be hosted by Hotel Village Baia Samuele in Punta Sampieri - Scicli (Ragusa), Sicily from 9-14 July 2007. Sicily is one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean. The island is very rich in archeological sites from various Ancient Civilizations. The sea, weather, food and the wine are excellent.
In particular Punta Sampieri - Scicli (RG) is located in the south east of Sicily in a late Baroque area called Val di Noto. The Val di Noto area is included in the Unesco World Heritage List and includes eight nearby towns: Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli.
The location of the school rises in the middle of an ample bay delimited on the west from Sampieri and on the east from a cliff, on which is founded an ancient furnace, rare example of industrial archaeology.
The Hotel Village “Baia Samuele” stretches in a gentle slant to the beach: 120 thousand square meters delimited from rows of secular cypresses. An ultramodern village with an original architecture, pleasant design and all comforts you can imagine. The frame of plants and flowers, typical of this angle of Sicily, in front of the island of Malta, completes this gilded dream of the Mediterranean.

ICVSS participants must make reservations for accommodation at Hotel Village Baia Samuele, no later than 15 March 2007, using the attached form (Accommodation Reservation Module) to be sent by fax (+39 0932939725) to Baia Samuele reception. After 15 March 2007 there is no guarantee for reservations in Hotel Village Baia Samuele.

The prices for ICVSS participants are the follows:

Accommodation in Hotel
Single Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 160 Euro - pax - per day
Double room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 132 Euro - pax - per day
Accommodation in Village
Single Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 140 Euro - pax - per day
Double room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 116 Euro - pax - per day
Triple room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 112 Euro - pax - per day
Reductions for children sleeping in parents room are:  
Children from 0 to 3 years Free
Children from 3to 12 years 50% of reduction

The following accommodations are located near Sampieri city (1 Km far from School Location):

Hotel Le Dune
Via Cipro 31, Sampieri, 97018 Scicli (RG)
tel. 0932 939248, fax. 0932 939156
  Poggio Bella Vista
Contrada Trippatore, Sampieri, 97010 Scicli (RG)
tel./fax. 0932 939068
  Appartamenti Vacanze Unesco


The following bus service will be provided by the school (without charge):

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Sunday 8 July 2007
Catania Airport School Location - Baia Samuele 12.00 A.M.
Catania Airport School Location - Baia Samuele 18.00 P.M.

Saturday 14 July 2007 the social tour to Taormina (without charge) includes the possibility to have a bus stop at Catania Airport with the following schedule:

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Saturday 14 July 2007 ARRIVAL - Saturday 14 July 2007
Baia Samuele Catania Airport 8.30 A.M. 10.30 A.M.
Catania Airport Taormina 10.45 A.M. 11.30 A.M.
Taormina Catania Airport 16.30 P.M. 17.15 P.M.
Catania Airport Baia Samuele 17.15 P.M. 19.15 P.M.

A shuttle service is available provided by Baia Samuele Staff:

  • Taxi max 3 passengers - about 150 Euro
  • Mini Bus max 11 passengers - about 220 Euro

Reservation can be done directly on site during the school or by email to:

The following indications can be used for participants who want to use public transportation:

Catania Airport --> Pozzallo Station --> School Location (Baia Samuele)
From Catania Airport to Pozzallo Train Station Bus - AST Lines- Timetable
From Pozzallo Train Station to School Location Taxi to Baia Samuele (about 15 Euro)

School Location (Baia Samuele) --> Pozzallo Station --> Catania Airport
School Location to Pozzallo Train Station Taxi to Pozzallo Train Station (about 15 Euro)
From Pozzallo Train Station to Catania Airport Bus - AST Lines - Timetable

Route 1 (From Catania to School Location through Ragusa):

Catania - Ragusa (SS 194), go on in direction Marina di Modica, go out at the exit for Sampieri-Marina di Modica. 2 Km after Marina di Modica you arrive to the village.
Get Detailed map on Route 1

Route 2 (From Catania to School Location through Siracusa):
Catania - Siracusa (SS 114), Siracusa-Gela (A18), go on in direction Pozzallo (SS 115), go on direction Sampieri-Marina di Modica. 2 Km after Marina di Modica you arrive to the village.
Get Detailed map on Route 2

Route 3 (From Palermo to School Location through Caltanissetta):
Palermo - Caltanissetta (A 19), Exit SS 626 Caltanissetta/Gela/Agrigento, go on in direction Modica by SS 115, go on direction Sampieri-Marina di Modica. 2 Km after Marina di Modica you arrive to the village.
Get Detailed map on Route 3

Red markers indicate Catania Airport and the School Location.

For more information, send an email to: