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Posters Submitted to ICVSS 2008

An essential and challenging problem in Computer Vision is the ability to infer the geometric structure and the semantic meaning of scenes, objects and surfaces captured by one or more cameras. Several theories and algorithms have been proposed to accurately reconstruct scene and object in an automatic way from still images and video. Recent studies have pointed out the importance of combining the reconstruction procedures with the recognition tasks in solving the problem of inferring satisfactorily the geometric structure of scenes and objects.

The second 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 3D Reconstruction and Recognition of Scenes, Objects and Surfaces. 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 in solving reconstruction and recognition for real application 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. Participants 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, 700 € for others academic position and 800 € for all the others. The application should be done before 21 March 2008. The fee will include, all courses, handling material, coffee breaks, welcome cocktail, bus service from Catania Airport to School Location and viceversa, WiFi Internet Connession, a social guided tour to Siracusa, a social dinner to Ragusa Ibla and a folcloristic exhibition of the Herbessus Sicilian Group Dancers. Late registration and on-site payment can be done with an extra payment of 150 €.

Accepted students may submit a poster to present their research activity. The poster should be submitted before 10 May 2008. Suitable space will be reserved to students for showing their posters. A subset from the submitted posters will be selected by the school committee for a short oral presentation. A best presentation prize of 700 € (supported by Toshiba) will be given to the best presentation selected by the school committee.

A scholarship of 700 euros (grant offered by the GIRPR) will be awarded to the best PhD student attending the school. The decision will be made by the School Committee at the time of the School, taking into account candidates'cv, poster and oral presentation. All PhD students attending the school will be considered for the GIRPR grant.

Student Application: 21 March 2008
Notification Acceptance: 31 March 2008
Early Registration: 10 April 2008
Late Registration (with extra payment of 150 €): After 10 April 2008
Poster Submission: 10
May 2008
Notification of Decision for Oral Presentation: 25 June 2008

ICVSS 2008 will be hosted by Hotel Village Baia Samuele in Punta Sampieri - Scicli (Ragusa), Sicily from 14-19 July 2008. 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 10th April 2008, using the attached form (Accommodation Reservation Module) to be sent by fax (+39 0932939725) to Baia Samuele reception. After 10th April 2008 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 150 Euro - pax - per day
Double room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 130 Euro - pax - per day
Accommodation in Village
Single Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 135 Euro - pax - per day
Double room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 110 Euro - pax - per day
Triple room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 104,50 Euro - pax - per day
Reductions for children sleeping in parents room are:  
Children from 0 to 2 years Free
Children from 2 to 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 13 July 2008
Catania Airport School Location - Baia Samuele 12.00 A.M.
Catania Airport School Location - Baia Samuele 18.30 P.M.

Saturday 19 July 2008 the social tour to Siracusa (without charge) includes the possibility to have a bus stop at Catania Airport with the following schedule:

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Saturday 19 July 2008 ARRIVAL - Saturday 19 July 2008
Baia Samuele Siracusa 8.30 A.M. 9.30 A.M.
Siracusa Catania Airport 17.00 P.M. 18.00 P.M.
Catania Airport Baia Samuele 18.15 P.M. 20.15 P.M.

A shuttle service is available provided by Baia Samuele Staff:

  • Taxi max 3 passengers - about 170 Euro
  • Mini Bus max 8 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: