Machine Learning for Computer Vision

School Committee
School Courses
Location and Accommodation

Call for Student Posters
Poster Submission
Best Presentation Prize
Local Arrangements
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Posters Submitted to ICVSS 2009

Computer vision researchers are increasingly using algorithms from machine learning to help build robust and reusable vision systems. Just as learning is an essential component of biological visual systems, the design of machine vision systems that learn and adapt represent an important challenge in modern computer vision research.

The third edition of the International Computer Vision Summer School aims to provide an objective, clear and in-depth summary of the state-of-the-art research in the area of Machine Learning for Computer Vision.

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 exploiting machine learning techniques for real computer vision 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 also have 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.


Michael Black
Brown University, USA

Nello Cristianini
University of Bristol, UK

Rob Fergus
New York University, USA

Andrew Fitzgibbon
Microsoft Research Ltd,
Cambridge, UK

David Forsyth
University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, USA

Dariu Gavrila
Daimler Research, D, and
University of Amsterdam, NL

Zoubin Ghahramani
University of Cambridge, UK

Dan Huttenlocher
Cornell University, USA

Matthew Johnson
Nokia Point and Find
San Francisco, USA

Takeo Kanade
Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Pushmeet Kohli
Microsoft Research Ltd,
Cambridge, UK

Tae-Kyun Kim
University of Cambridge, UK

Stefano Soatto

Björn Stenger
Toshiba Research Europe Ltd,
Cambridge, UK

John Winn
Microsoft Research Ltd,
Cambridge, UK

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

Master Students, 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 application at ICVSS 2009 should be done before 21 March 2009. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by 31 March 2009.

Accepted students may submit a poster to present their research activity. The poster should b'e submitted before 10 May 2009. Suitable space will be reserved to students for showing their posters. The electronic version of the posters will also be available from the ICVSS web site.

Best Presentation Prize
A selected subset from the submitted posters will be selected by the school committee for short oral presentation. A best presentation prize (supported by Toshiba Research Europe) will be given to the best presentation selected by the school committee.

A scholarship (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 2009
Notification Acceptance: 31 March 2009
Early Registration: 10 April 2009
Late Registration (with extra payment of 150 €): After 10 April 2009
Accommodation Reservation at Hotel Village Baia Samuele: 10 April 2009
Poster Submission: 10
May 2009
Notification of Decision for Oral Presentation: 08 June 2009
Local Arrangements Information: 14 June 2009

ICVSS 2009 will be hosted by Hotel Village Baia Samuele in Punta Sampieri - Scicli (Ragusa), Sicily from 6-11 July 2009. 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 may choose either to stay at Hotel Village
Baia Samuele (school location) at very special rates. ICVSS participants must make reservations for accommodation at Hotel Village Baia Samuele, no later than 10th April 2009, using the attached form (Accommodation Reservation Module) to be sent by fax (+39 0932848603) to Baia Samuele reception. After 10th April 2009 there is no guarantee for reservations in Hotel Village Baia Samuele. For any further information please send an email to Baia Samuele Staff (To the attention of Dr. Tania Tricoli).

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
Residence Marsa Siclà

Appartamenti Vacanze Unesco

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

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Sunday 5 July 2009 ARRIVAL - Sunday 5 July 2009
Catania Airport School Location - Baia Samuele 12.00 14.00
Catania Airport School Location - Baia Samuele 18.30 20.30

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Saturday 11 July 2009 ARRIVAL - Saturday 11 July 2009
School Location - Baia Samuele Siracusa 8.30 9.30
School Location - Baia Samuele Catania Airport 8.30 10.30
School Location - Baia Samuele Catania 8.30 10.45
School Location - Baia Samuele Taormina 8.30 11.30

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Sunday 12 July 2009 ARRIVAL - Sunday 12 July 2009
Baia Samuele Catania Airport 8.30 10.30

A shuttle service is available provided by Eraclea Travels Staff.
Reservation can be done directly on site during the school or by email to (To the attention of Dr. Barbara Iurato)

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
From Pozzallo Train Station to School Location Taxi to Baia Samuele

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

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

Useful informations on Flights and Car Rental can be found here

Red markers indicate Catania Airport and the School Location.

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