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Detailed ICVSS 2012 Programme

Posters Submitted to ICVSS 2012

Computer vision is the science and technology of making machines that see. It is concerned with the theory, design and implementation of algorithms that can automatically process images and videos.

The sixth edition of the International Computer Vision Summer School aims to provide both an objective and clear overview and an in-depth analysis of the state-of-the-art research in 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 of real Computer Vision problems as well as examples of their successful commercialisation.

The school aims to provide a stimulating opportunity for young researchers and Ph.D. students. The participants will benefit from direct interaction and discussions with world leaders in Computer Vision. Participants will also have the possibility to present the results of their research, and to interact with their scientific peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

Lourdes Agapito, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Francis Bach, INRIA, France
Michael Bronstein, Università della Svizzera Italiana, CH
Andrew Davison, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Alberto Del Bimbo, University of Firenze, Italy
Rob Fergus, New York University, USA
Graham Finlayson, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Jan Koenderink, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Jitendra Malik, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Marcello Pelillo, University of Venice, Italy
Deva Ramanan, University of California at Irvine, USA
Daniel Rueckert, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Julia Schnabel, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Amnon Shashua, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Stefano Soatto, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Roberto Cipolla, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Sebastiano Battiato, University of Catania, Italy
Giovanni Maria Farinella, University of Catania, Italy

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 expected school fee will be in the order of 600,00 € for Master and Phd students, 750 € for others academic position and 900 € for all the others. The fee will include, all courses, handling material, coffee breaks, welcome cocktail, bus service from Catania Airport to School Location and viceversa, WiFi Internet Connection, a guided tour and social dinner to Ragusa Ibla, a folcloristic exhibition of the Herbessus Sicilian Group Dancers, and bus service from School Location to Catania, Siracusa and Taormina at the end of the school.

The application at ICVSS 2012 should be done before 21 March 2012, GMT +1 , 23:59. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by 31 March 2012.

Accepted students may submit a poster to present their research activity. The poster should be submitted before 15 May 2012, GMT +1 , 23:59. 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.

A selected subset from the submitted posters will be selected by the school committee for short oral presentation. A best presentation prize of 700 € (supported by Toshiba Research Europe) will be given to the best presentation selected by the school committee.

A scholarship of 600 € (supported by IAPR) 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 grant.

During a typical PhD and subsequent research year, students will read probably more than 100 papers. Reading research papers is a skill that can be acquired and that is very different from reading a novel. This session is to introduce students to that skill.

Good ideas have deep roots. Understanding such roots is key to being able to generate new ideas moving forward. The main goal of the Reading Group is to practice ways in which exploration of these roots can be performed. The homework prior to the commencement of the school consists in studying (not just reading) one or more of the references provided by the school commitee, and tracing the ideas as far back as you can.

Detailed instructions will be sent to students after acceptance notification.

The Brady Prize : Essay Competition
Deadline for submission is: 15 June 2012

The Social Impact of Computer Vision
This essay competition is a tribute to Prof. Sir Michael Brady’s extensive contribution to the field of computer vision. In parallel to his outstanding track record as an academic at MIT and Oxford, Prof. Brady’s passion for engineering real-world solutions has also made him a prolific inventor and serial entrepreneur. This essay competition reflects the importance of considering the “real world” social impact of technology alongside the fundamental goals of basic R&D.

Computer Vision is an area of scientific and technological development that will continue to have a profound impact on society. It will redefine the way in which information technology intersects and interfaces with medicine, it will play a key role in the care of an ageing population and it is already a fundamental aspect of modern security and warfare technology.

Participants in the competition may write a piece of original work on either of the two questions (one topic only). There are no style guidelines, or “correct answers”. You may reference any sources you wish (from any field of thought / endeavor). Through an entirely subjective, qualitative and irreproducible selection process, two successful essayists will have their €600 attendance fees at the 2012 ICV Summer School reimbursed.

See the rules of engagement here.

Student Application: 21 March 2012
Notification Acceptance: 31 March 2012
Early Registration: 15 April 2012
Late Registration (with extra payment of 150 €): After 15 April 2012
Accommodation Reservation at Hotel Village Baia Samuele: 15 April 2012
Poster Submission: 15 May 2012
Local Arrangements Information: 15 June 2012
Notification of Decision for Oral Presentation: 20 July 2012 (same day of the presentation)
Submission for Reading Group Competition: 16 July 2012

ICVSS 2012 will be hosted by Hotel Village Baia Samuele in Punta Sampieri - Scicli (Ragusa), Sicily from 15-21 July 2012. 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 will be hosted at Hotel Village
Baia Samuele (school location) at very special rates. ICVSS participants must make reservations for accommodation no later than 15 April 2012, using the accommodation reservation form (Accommodation Reservation Module) to be sent by email directly to Baia Samuele reception (Mrs. Stefania Di Stefano: baiasamueleicvss@baiasamuele.it). After 15 April 2012 there is no guarantee for reservations in Hotel Village Baia Samuele.

The prices for ICVSS participants are the following:

Accommodation in Village from 15 (in) to 21 (out) Price
Single Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner € 750 per pax
Double room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner € 650 per pax
Triple room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner € 550 per pax
Quadruple room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner € 425 per pax
Children sleeping in parents room
Reductions for children sleeping in parents room are:  
Children from 0 to 2 years € 130 per pax
Children from 2 to 6 years € 325 per pax
Children from 6 to 12 years € 455 per pax

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

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Sunday 15 July 2012 ARRIVAL - Sunday 15 July 2012
Catania Airport School Location 12.00 14.00
Catania Airport School Location 18.30 20.30

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Saturday 21 July 2012 ARRIVAL - Saturday 21 July 2012
School Location Siracusa 8.30 9.30
School Location Catania Airport 8.30 10.30
School Location Catania 8.30 10.45
School Location Taormina 8.30 11.30

A shuttle service is available provided by Eraclea Travels Staff. Reservation can be done directly on site during the school or by email to
info@eracletravels.it (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.

For more information, send an email to: icvss@dmi.unict.it