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ESSAY COMPETITION - The Social Impact of Computer Vision
Deadline for submission is: 15 June 2013

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 the topic reported below. 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, the successful essayist will have his €500 attendance fees at the ICVSS 2013 reimbursed.

Submissions should be sent in PDF or Word format to icvss@dmi.unict.it. Your name, email address and university/ organization should be written at the top of your essay. Deadline for submission is 15 June 2013. The winner of the competition will be announced on 19 July 2013. The essays will be shared with fellow summer school attendees.

Essay Topic:
The Visually Impaired and the Ageing Society: the beneficial use of computer vision in these contexts. Discuss.

All reports submitted for the essay competition will be accessible on 15 July 2013.

The prize was assigned to:
Rina Rudyanto, University of Navarra, Spain

Bharath Sankaran, University of Southern California, USA

Chong Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Darya Trofimova, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Fabio Narducci, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Filip Radenovic, University of Montenegro, Montenegro

John Thiessen, University of Trento, Italy

Lakshmi Prabha Nattamai Sekar, University of Rome, Italy

Marian George, ETH, Zurich

Mauricio Hess-Flores, University of California, USA

Núria Cirera, Computer Vision Center, Spain

Olivier Canevet, IDIAP, Switzerland

Rina Rudyanto, Centre for Applied Medical Research, Pamplona, Spain

Safoura Rezapour Lakani, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Samuel de Sousa, Vienna University of Technology,Austria

Soumyabrata Dev, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore

Valsamis Ntouskos, University of Rome, Italy

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