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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 seventh 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.

Serge J. Belongie, University of California, San Diego, USA
Horst Bischof, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Vance Bjorn, DigitalPersona, USA
Daniel Cremers, Technische Universität München, Germany
Trevor Darrell, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Irfan Essa, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Andrea Fusiello, Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy
Svetlana Lazebnik, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Yann LeCun, New York University, USA
Vincent Lepetit, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Pietro Perona, California Institute of Technology, USA
Bernt Schiele, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Germany
Jamie Shotton, Microsoft Research Cambridge, United Kingdom
Stefano Soatto, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Antonio Torralba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Andrea Vedaldi, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

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 500,00 € for Master and Phd students, 700 € for other academic positions and 900 € for all the others. The fee will include all course materials, coffee breaks, bus service from Catania Airport to School Location and viceversa, WiFi Internet Connection, a guided tour to Santa Severina, a social dinner, a party on the beach, a folcloristic exhibition, a boat trip and bus service from School Location to Catania, Siracusa and Taormina at the end of the school.

Applications to attend ICVSS 2013 should be received before 31 March 2013. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by 15 April 2013.

Accepted students may submit a poster to present their research activity. The poster should be submitted before 15 May 2013. 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 scholarship of 500€ (supported by 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 grant.

A selected subset from the submitted posters will be selected by the school committee for short oral presentation. A best presentation prize of 500€ (supported by Toshiba Research Europe) will be given to the best presentation selected by the school committee.

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.

This year's practical session will be a on visual recognition. The purpose of the practical session is to give the attendees the opportunity to get in hand experience whilst exploiting state of the art computer vision techniques.

More Information to follow.

ESSAY COMPETITION - The Social Impact of Computer Vision
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.

Student Application: 31 March 2013
Notification Acceptance: 15 April 2013
Early Registration: 30 April 2013
Late Registration (with extra payment of 150 €): After 30 April 2013
Accommodation Reservation at the IGV Resort: 10 May 2013
Poster Submission: 15 May 2013
Local Arrangements Information: 15 June 2013
Essay Competition: 15 June 2013
Submission for Reading Group Competition: 15 July 2013 (first day of the school)
Notification of Decision for Oral Presentation: 19 July 2013 (same day of the presentation)

ICVSS 2013 will be hosted by Le Castella Resort located in Calabria from 14-20 July 2013. Calabria is a region in Southern Italy. It's considered the Caribbean of Europe thanks to its pristine beaches, stunning landscape, and rustic charms. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples and Byzantine churches dot the countryside of Italy's best kept secret.
The sea, weather, food, wine and naturalistic places are excellent.

ICVSS participants will be hosted by Le Castella Resort (i.e., school location) located in Calabria at very special rates.
ICVSS participants must make reservations for accommodation no later than 10 May 2013, using the accommodation reservation form (Accommodation Reservation Module) to be sent by email directly to the resort reception (Mrs. Antonella Belloni icvss2013@igrandiviaggi.it). After 10 May 2013 there is no guarantee for reservations.

The accommodation prices for ICVSS participants are the following:

Accommodation from 14 (in) to 20 (out) Price
Single Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner € 780 per pax (only 38 single rooms are available)
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 € 265 per pax
Children from 6 to 12 years € 330 per pax

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

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Sunday 14 July 2013 ARRIVAL - Sunday 14 July 2013
Catania Airport School Location 12.30  
Catania Airport School Location 19.00  

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Saturday 20 July 2013 ARRIVAL - Saturday 20 July 2013
School Location Siracusa 04.30 12.30
School Location Catania Airport 04.30 11.30
School Location Catania 04.30 11.45
School Location Taormina 04.30 10.30

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