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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 technology.

Participants in the competition may write a piece of original work on either of the two questions below (one topic only). There are no style guidelines, or “correct answers”. You may reference any sources you wish (from any field of thought / endeavor).

There is a strict word limit of 1,500 words, excluding citations and footnotes. 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. Submissions should be sent in PDF or Word format to bradyessayprize@gmail.com. Your name, email address and university/ organization should be written at the top of your essay.

The winning essays will be shared with fellow summer school attendees.

Good luck!

Topic 1: Urban Landscapes
The beneficial use of surveillance and computer vision to achieve safer and more secure urban environments justifies the privacy risks. Discuss.

Topic 2: Computer Vision and Medicine
At what point does the human diagnostician’s eye no longer remain the “gold standard”?

All reports submitted for the essay competition will be accessible on 21 July 2012.

The prizes were assigned to:
Tommy Keane, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Jyotirmoy Banerjee, University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Topic 1: Urban Landscapes

Aufderheide D., South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Bartal O., Weizmann Institute, Israel

Bastanlar Y., Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey

Calore E., Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Hebbalaguppe R., Dublin City University Ireland

Keane T., Rochester Institute of Technology United States of America

Mely D., Brown University United States of America

Premachandran V., Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Zheng S., Oxford Brookes University United Kingdom

Topic 2: Computer Vision and Medicine

Banerjee J., Erasmus MC - University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Bernacchia N., Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Deza Figueroa M. A., University of California, Santa Barbara, United States of America

Dodge S., Arizona State University, United States of America

Fahmi F., Academisch Medisch Centrum, The Netherlands

Foucart A., Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Häme Y., Columbia University, United States of America

Rivera Rubio J. M., Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Seroul P., Newtone Technologies, France

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