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IbPRIA 2013 – 6th Iberian Conference on Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis Madeira, Portugal June 4-7, 2013

The Iberian Conference on Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis
(IbPRIA) is an international event co-organised every two years, by the Portuguese and Spanish Associations for Pattern Recognition.

For this edition, the conference venue will be the outstanding Pestana Casino Park Hotel, part of the most emblematic tourist complex of Madeira Island.

Further information can be found on the conference website:

We are very pleased to announce that invited speakers Prof. J.K, Aggarwal, Prof. Joachim M. Buhmann and Prof. Fernando Lopes da Silva will be giving talks at IbPRIA 2013:

Prof. J.K. Aggarwal (University of Texas, USA) Human Activity Recognition

Prof. Joachim M. Buhmann (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) Big Data: where is the information?

Prof. Fernando Lopes da Silva, (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Analysis and modeling of brain signals dynamics: some insights and many queries

Apart from the invited speakers, the programme will mainly consist of oral and poster presentations given by authors of accepted papers. A preliminary program can be found here:

In addition, two tutorials and two special sessions will be held at IbPRIA 2013:

Full registration includes: conference sessions, proceedings, lunches, coffee breaks and conference dinner.
Student registration includes: conference sessions, proceedings, lunches and coffee‐breaks. Conference dinner is not included.
For AERFAI/APRP members tutorial registration is free of charge.

Discounts for early registration is open to 25 of March 2013:

General Chairs :
João M. Sanches , Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal Luisa Micó, University of Alicante, Spain

Local Chair:
Jaime S. Cardoso, INESC TEC and Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal

Local Committee:
Pedro Quelhas, INEB and Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal Luis F. Teixeira, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal Lucian Ciobanu, INESC TEC, Portugal Ines Domingues , INESC TEC and Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal

Co-Chairs Area 1. Computer Vision:
Filiberto Pla, University Jaume I, Spain Majid Mirmehdi, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Co-Chairs Area 2. Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning Nuno Vasconcelos, University of California, San Diego, USA J. K. Aggarwal, University of Texas, USA

Co-Chairs Area 3. Image and Signal Processing José Príncipe, University of Florida, USA Mario Figueiredo, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal

Co-Chairs Area 4: Applications
Aurélio Campilho, University of Porto, Portugal Jelena Kovacevic, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

ACML-2013 (5th Asian Conference on Machine Learning), Call for Workshop Proposals

Call for Workshop Proposals

5th Asian Conference on Machine Learning,
Canberra, Australia

The 5th Asian Conference on Machine Learning invites proposals for workshops to be held on Wed 13 Nov, 2013, at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. The conference aims at providing a leading international forum for researchers in machine learning and related fields to share their new results, ideas and discuss emerging topics. Submissions from outside the Asia-Pacific region is also highly encouraged.

Workshop proposals that explore the application of machine learning methods to real-world problems are preferred. Of particular interest is exploratory research that describes novel learning tasks and applications requiring non-standard techniques. Submissions that demonstrate both theoretical and empirical rigor are especially encouraged.

Workshop proposal should contain the following within 2 pages, and submitted via email in PDF format to the Workshop Chair

• Title and specific goals
• Specific topics to be addressed
• Relevance and significance of this workshop to the main conference • A history of the workshop, if not being offered for the first time • Invited speaker(s) for the workshop, and whether they have been contacted • Estimated paper submission volume and paper acceptance rate • Expected attendance • Length – Full day or half day • A draft workshop call for contributions with:
• The names, affiliations, and email addresses of the workshop organizers, who should be experts in the related topics and preferably from multiple institutions
• The paper selection process
• A list of potential Program Committee members and their affiliations

Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on:
• Quality and level of detail of the proposal • Theme of the workshop and its relevance to the main conference • Overall balance of the conference workshop program

**Important dates**
Workshop proposals due 10 April, 2013
Acceptance notification 1 May, 2013
Workshop material/Website due Sept, 2013 ACML workshop Nov 13, 2013

ACML 2013:
General Co-chairs: Wray Buntine (NICTA and ANU) and Bob Williamson (ANU and NICTA)
PC Co-chairs: Tu Bao Ho (JAIST, Japan) and Cheng Soon Ong (NICTA)
Tutorial and Workshop Chair: Lexing Xie (ANU)
Publication Chair: Justin Domke (NICTA)

Workshop on Dynamics of Biological Networks, Edinburgh 25-26 June

Dynamics of biological networks workshop, Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, 25-26 June 2013

Workshop and registration website

Dynamical models of biological systems have received considerable attention in the machine learning and systems biology community. Two problems which have received particular attention are the inference of network structures from data (structure learning problem) and the identification of parameters and functional forms describing the dynamic of the systems given a networks structure. This workshop will bring together experts in dynamical systems, network inference and systems biology to define and address the outstanding challenges in the field, as well as presenting the latest research.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Dirk Husmeier (Glasgow)
Heinz Koeppl (ETH Zurich)
Olga Troyanskaya (Princeton)
Eric Xing (CMU)

The workshop registration will start at 11:30am on Tuesday, 25 June (followed by lunch at 12:00), and end at 3pm on Wednesday 26 June. There will be lunch available on both days, and a workshop dinner on 25. June. The programme will include invited keynote lectures, contributed talks and posters, and a discussion session.
Attendance of the workshop is free. At this point we invite contributed talks and posters. Please register and submit your abstract using the following website: Workshop Registration

Guido Sanguinetti (Edinburgh)
Edoardo Airoldi (Harvard Statistics)
Matthias Hennig (Edinburgh)

BBSRC International Partnering Award between Edinburgh and Harvard (to G.S.)
The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance

IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine: Special Issue on space systems and operations

IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (impact factor 3.368)
Special Issue on “Computational Intelligence for Space Systems and Operations”

Call for Papers

Current and future space missions require an increasing level of autonomy or intelligence distributed across the space systems that have computing capabilities to implement intelligent functionalities for decision making. Such computational intelligence (CI) allows spacecraft (vehicles and robots alike) to respond rapidly to opportunistic events in deep space when remote operations are not practical due to communication latency, or to enable ground operators to optimize complex mission (e.g., involving multiple spacecraft) planning and scheduling processes, and so on. Typical CI approaches that can be used to improve spacecraft autonomy include mathematical, probabilistic and statistical modelling, control, automation and optimization, safety and reliability, system identification, monitoring and fault detection, etc. There are therefore strong motivations to develop these expertise areas for answering to the research challenges posed by astronautics and space engineering.

This special issue invites papers that tackle space engineering problems using CI techniques, with particular interests in the following topics:
• Autonomous mission planning and scheduling for manned/unmanned single/multiple spacecraft
• Autonomous 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional path planning for space and planetary robots
• Autonomous fault detection, isolation and recovery
• Automated spacecraft vision-based feature tracking identification
• Complex space systems modelling and control
• Space software validation and verification
• Human-machine interface within space missions

Submission of Manuscripts: 1st May 2013
Notification of Acceptance: 1st June 2013
Submission of Camera-Ready Papers: 1st July 2013

Paper Submissions
The maximum length for the manuscript is typically 25 pages in single column with double-spacing, including figures and references. Authors of papers should specify in the first page of their manuscripts corresponding author’s contact and up to 5 keywords. Submission should be made via email to one of the guest editors below:

Guest Editors
Prof. Dr. Yang Gao
Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, UK
Email: yang.gao(at)

Dr. Nicola Policella
ESOC, European Space Agency, Germany
Email: nicola.policella(at)

Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchner,
DFKI, Germany,
Email: frank.kirchner(at)

More information
Visit the following webpage for further information:

Permanent position in ML in Lille

You have 10 days to apply for an assistant professor position in Lille.
Position description is available here (in french):

You need to apply on this website before March 28th, but feel free to
contact us at any time for extra information:
(in french. Beware, dealing with the website is the first selection step
🙂 )

Main topics: Machine Learning for big data, graphs and information
networks, sequential data.
Research Teams to which the assistant professor will be affiliated:
– Magnet (
– Sequel (

The candidate will be already reasonably fluent in French or willing to
learn French as soon as possible.

Marc Tommasi: marc.tommasi(at)

Call for papers – Appel à communications – JFPDA’13

JFPDA is the French Workshop on Reinforcement Learning and
Decision Making. The event is mainly French-speaking, but not


8èmes Journées Francophones sur la Planification, la Décision et l’Apprentissage pour la conduite de systèmes, Lille, 01-02 juillet 2013.

Les Journées Francophones sur la Planification, la Décision et l’Apprentissage pour la conduite des systèmes (JFPDA) ont pour but de rassembler la communauté de chercheurs francophones travaillant sur les problèmes d’intelligence artificielle, d’apprentissage par renforcement, de programmation dynamique et de tous les domaines liés à la prise de décision séquentielle et à la planification. Les travaux présentés traitent aussi bien d’aspects purement théoriques que de l’application de ces méthodes à la conduite de systèmes virtuels (jeux, simulateurs) et réels (robots, drones). Ces journées sont aussi l’occasion de présenter des travaux en cours de la part de doctorants, postdoctorants et chercheurs confirmés dans un cadre laissant une large place à la discussion constructive et bienveillante.
Après Toulouse (2006), Grenoble (2007), Metz (2008), Paris (2009), Besançon (2010), Rouen (2011) et Nancy (2012), les journées se tiendront en 2013 à Lille, dans le cadre de la plate-forme AFIA.

• Joelle Pineau (McGill University, Montréal, Canada)

Thèmes principaux
• Processus décisionnels de Markov, totalement ou partiellement observables, factorisés ou hiérarchiques, centralisés ou décentralisés
• Programmation Dynamique approchée (ADP), apprentissage par renforcement (RL)
• RL Bayésien, RL inverse, RL batch, RL multi-agents, RL multi-objectifs
• Convergence et bornes sur les performances des algorithmes RL/ADP
• Complexité en RL/ADP
• Apprentissage statistique, bornes PAC en RL/ADP
• Méthodes de Monte Carlo and quasi Monte Carlo
• Recherche directe de politiques, architectures acteur-critique
• Apprentissage de fonctions de valeurs, généralisation, représentations parcimonieuses, méthodes à base de noyaux en RL/ADP
• Planification classique, planification temporelle
• Replanification, planification en ligne
• Contrôle de systèmes continus ou discrets, réels ou simulés, mono ou multi-agents
• Approches d’inspiration biologique
• Applications et confrontations au monde réel.

Appel à communications
Les travaux soumis aux JFPDA peuvent prendre différentes formes :
• Résumé étendu (6 pages maximum, avec vocation à être présenté en poster),
• Article long original,
• Article long soumis ou accepté dans un atelier ou une conférence internationale.
Dans tous les cas, la version finale pourra être en anglais ou en français et devra comporter 16 pages au maximum dans le format donné ci-dessous. Les versions finales des papiers seront disponibles via des liens url qui seront communiqués par les auteurs eux-mêmes et rassemblés sur cette page web.
Le comité de programme proposera pour chaque travail soit une présentation en session orale (avec la possibilité de présenter en poster également si les auteurs le souhaitent), soit uniquement une présentation en session poster. Cela permettra à tous les auteurs de concourir pour le prix (symbolique) du meilleur poster (voir section “Prix du meilleur poster”).

Prix du meilleur poster
Un prix symbolique sera attribué au meilleur poster. Plus d’informations seront disponibles prochainement sur les modalités de l’attribution de ce prix.

Prix d’équipe
Un prix symbolique sera également attribué à l’équipe de recherche ayant le plus grand nombre de travaux acceptés aux JFPDA 2013 ! Les modalités de ce prix seront également précisées ultérieurement.

Dates clés
Date limite de soumission des papiers : 01/04/2013
Notification aux auteurs : 15/05/2013
Date limite de soumission de la version finale : 01/06/2013
Conférence : du 01/07/2013 au 02/07/2013

Soumission d’articles
Depuis le 01 mars 2013, vous pouvez soumettre vos travaux à l’adresse suivante:
Le format de soumission est simple : on attend un fichier au format pdf exclusivement, idéalement créé avec pdfLaTeX et le style suivant.

Comité scientifique
Président du comité de programme
Rémi Munos

Membres du comité de programme
Marta Soare
Raphael Fonteneau
Michal Valko
Alessandro Lazaric

Autres membres du comité scientifique
(En cours de construction)
Olivier Buffet (Inria – Loria, Nancy)
Lucian Busoniu (CNRS – Université de Lorraine – CRAN, Nancy)
Olivier Cappé (CNRS – Telecom ParisTech, Paris)
Yann Chevaleyre (Université Paris Dauphine – LAMSADE, Paris)
Rémi Coulom (Université Lille 3 – Inria, Lille)
Boris Defourny (Princeton University, Princeton, USA)
Christos Dimitrakakis (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Suisse)
Alain Dutech (Inria – Loria, Nancy)
Damien Ernst (Université de Liège, Belgique)
Patrick Fabiani (ONERA, Toulouse)
Humbert Fiorino (Université Joseph Fourier – LIG, Grenoble)
Aurélien Garivier (Université Paul Sabatier – IMT, Toulouse)
Matthieu Geist (SUPELEC, Metz)
Mohammad Ghavamzadeh (Inria, Lille)
Nathaniel Korda (Inria, Lille)
Guillaume Laurent (École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques – FEMTO, Besançon)
Manuel Lopes (Inria, Bordeaux)
Francis Maes (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgique)
Odalric-Ambrym Maillard (Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel)
Laetitia Matignon (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 – LIRIS, Lyon)
Cyril Pain-Barre (Aix-Marseille Université – LSIS, Aix-en-Provence)
Olivier Pietquin (SUPELEC – CNRS – GeorgiaTech, Metz)
Joëlle Pineau (McGill University, Montréal, Canada)
Cédric Pralet (Onera – IRIT, Toulouse)
Philippe Preux (Université Lille 3 – LIFL – Inria, Lille)
Emmanuel Rachelson (ISAE, Toulouse)
Daniil Ryabko (Inria, Lille)
Régis Sabbadin (INRA, Toulouse)
Olivier Sigaud (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)
Balazs Szorenyi (Inria, Lille)
Florent Teichteil-Königsbuch (Onera, Toulouse)
Olivier Teytaud (Inria, Saclay)
Vincent Thomas (Université de Lorraine – Loria, Nancy)
Gérard Verfaillie (Onera, Toulouse)
Thierry Vidal (Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tarbes)
Vincent Vidal (Onera, Toulouse)
Paul Weng (Université Pierre et Marie Curie – LIP6, Paris)
Bruno Zanuttini (Université de Caen Basse-Normandie – GREYC, Caen)

FGVC2 workshop at CVPR 2013

2nd Workshop on Fine-Grained Visual Categorization (FGVC^2)
In Conjunction with CVPR 2013

Call for Abstracts/Posters
PDF Version:

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers to
explore visual recognition across the continuum between basic level
categorization (object recognition) and identification of individuals (face
recognition, biometrics) within a category population.

Topics of interest include the following:
• Novel datasets and data collection strategies for fine-grained categorization
• Appropriate error metrics for fine-grained categorization
• Embedding human experts’ knowledge into computational models
• Fine-grained categorization with humans in the loop
• Transfer-learning from known to novel subcategories. Zero/one-shot recognition
• Domain-specific techniques that generalize to various other domains
• Attribute-based techniques for fine-grained categorization
• Using taxonomies to improve fine-grained categorization
• Part-sharing models for categorization/recognition
• Unsupervised subcategory discovery
• Learning of discriminative features for fine-grained categorization
• Multimodal (e.g. combined audio/video) techniques for fine-grained
• Fine-grained categorization systems deployed in practice

Abstract/Poster Submission:
We invite submission of 1.5-2 page extended abstracts (using the CVPR 2013
format) describing work in the domains suggested above or in closely-related
areas. Accepted submissions will be presented as posters at the workshop.
Authors may submit a draft of their poster as an optional third page. The
extended abstract and poster sketch should be submitted as a single PDF file
with no more than 3 pages. Reviewing of abstract submissions will be
double-blind. The purpose of this workshop is not as a venue for publication,
so much as a place to gather together those in the community working on or
interested in FGVC. Submissions of work which has been previously published,
including papers accepted to the main CVPR 2013 conference are allowed.

Abstract/Poster Submission Deadline: April 19, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2013
Workshop date: Friday, June 28, 2013

Submission Website:
FGVC2 Website:

Workshop Organizers:
• Ryan Farrell (ICSI, UC Berkeley)
• Steve Branson (Caltech)
• Neeraj Kumar (University of Washington)
• Anelia Angelova (NEC Labs America)
• Florent Perronnin (Xerox Research)

| **Dataset Challenge**: As a part of the FGVC workshop, we will also be |
| conducting a fine-grained recognition competition, similar to the PASCAL |
| VOC and ImageNet challenges. The challenge dataset and details will be |
| distributed shortly in a separate call for participation. |

Researcher position, Statistical Machine Translation – Xerox Grenoble, France

Researcher, Statistical Machine Translation

The Machine Learning for Document Access and Translation group of the Xerox Research Centre Europe conducts research in Statistical Machine Translation and Information Retrieval, Categorization and Clustering using advanced machine learning methods.

We are opening a position for a researcher with a background in Statistical Machine Translation to support our participation in the EU-funded project TransLectures (

Required experience and qualifications:

– PhD in computer science or computational linguistics, with focus on
statistical methods
– Experience with Statistical Machine Translation.
– Good publication record and evidence of implementing systems.
– A good command of English, as well as open-mindedness and the will
to collaborate within a team.
– Acquaintance with Spoken Language Translation is a plus.

Preferred starting date: July 2013

Contract duration: 18 months

Application instructions

Please email your CV and covering letter, with message subject “Statistical Machine Translation Researcher” to xrce-candidates and to Nicola.Cancedda at Inquiries can be sent to Nicola.Cancedda at

XRCE is a highly innovative place and we strongly encourage publication and interaction with the scientific community.

Job announcement URL:

Second Call for papers SISAP 2013


We apologize if you receive duplicates of this CFP.
Please feel free to distribute it to those who might be interested.

SISAP 2013: 6th International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications
October 2-4, 2013
A Coruna, Spain

Web site:


The International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications (SISAP) is an annual forum for researchers and application developers in the area of similarity data management. It aims at the technological problems shared by numerous application domains, such as data mining, information retrieval, computer vision, pattern recognition, computational biology, geography, biometrics, machine learning, and many others that need similarity searching as a necessary supporting service.

The SISAP initiative ( aims to become a forum to exchange real-world, challenging and innovative examples of applications, new indexing techniques, common test-beds and benchmarks, source code and up-to-date literature through its web page, serving the similarity search community. Traditionally, SISAP puts emphasis on the distance-based searching, but in general the conference concerns both the effectiveness and efficiency aspects of any similarity search problem.

The series started in 2008 as a workshop and has developed over the years into an international conference with Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) proceedings. As in previous editions, a small selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be recommended for inclusion in a special issue of Information Systems. In October 2013, SISAP will take place in A Coruna, Spain.

Keynote Speakers

Ricardo Baeza-Yates (VP of Yahoo! Research for Europe, Middle East and Latin America)
Jiri Matas (Center for Machine Perception, Czech Technical University)

Topics of interest

The specific topics include, but are not limited to:
Similarity queries – k-NN, range, reverse NN, top-k, etc.
Similarity operations – joins, ranking, classification, categorization, filtering, etc.
Evaluation techniques for similarity queries and operations
Merging/combining multiple similarity modalities
Cost models and analysis for similarity data processing
Scalability issues and high-performance similarity data management
Feature extraction for similarity-based data findability
Test collections and benchmarks
Performance studies, benchmarks, and comparisons
Similarity Search over outsourced data repositories
Similarity search cloud services
Languages for similarity databases
New modes of similarity for complex data understanding
Applications of similarity-based operations
Image, video, voice, and music (multimedia) retrieval systems
Similarity for forensics and security

Important Dates

Abstract submission: May, 3rd, 2013
Paper submission: May, 10th, 2013
Notification: June, 21st, 2013
Final version: July, 10th, 2013
Conference: October 2-4, 2013

Submission guidelines

Papers submitted to SISAP 2013 must be written in English and formatted according to the LNCS guidelines. Full papers can be up to 12 pages, while short papers, case-studies/applications, and demos can be up to 6 pages (read below for types of contribution). By submitting a paper, its authors commit to have the paper presented at the conference by at least one of them if the paper is accepted.


Authors are invited to submit previously unpublished papers on their research in the area of similarity search and applications. Papers should present original research contributions which bring out the importance of algorithms to applications. SISAP submissions can be of three kinds:

Research papers (full and short): SISAP accepts both full (12 pages) and short papers (6 pages). The full papers are expected to be descriptions of complete technical work, while the short papers will describe interesting, innovative ideas, which nevertheless require more work to mature – vision papers should also be submitted as short papers. All papers, regardless of size, will be given an entry in the conference proceedings.

Case-studies and applications: Submissions describe applications of existing similarity search technologies to interesting problems, including a description of the encountered challenges, how they were overcome, and the lessons learned. All papers on this track will be given an entry in the conference proceedings and a presentation slot, though the presentation slot duration may be shorter than for full research papers.

Demonstration papers: Submissions should provide the motivation for the demonstrated concepts, the information about the technology and the system to be demonstrated (including a system description, functionality and figures when applicable), and should state the significance of the contribution. Evaluation criteria for the demonstration proposals include: the novelty, the technical advances and challenges, and the overall practical attractiveness of the demonstrated system. Demonstration papers will also be given an entry in the conference proceedings – online demos are expected at the conference.

Program comittee chairs

Pavel Zezula, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Nieves R. Brisaboa, Universidade da Coruna, Spain

Program comittee members

Giuseppe Amato, ISTI – Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell’Informazione, Italy
Laurent Amsaleg, IRISA – Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systemes Aleatoires, France
Benjamin Bustos, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Edgar Chavez, Universidad Michoacana, Mexico
Paolo Ciaccia, University of Bologna, Italy
Richard Connor, Strathclyde University, UK
Andrea Esuli, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione, Italy
Rosalba Giugno, University of Catania, Italy
Michael Houle, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Alexis Joly, INRIA, France
Daniel Keim, Universitat Konstanz, Germany
Eamonn Keogh, University of California – Riverside, USA
Magnus Lie Hetland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Yannis Manolopoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Rui Mao, Shenzhen University, China
Luisa Mico, University of Alicante, Spain
Henning Muller, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Switzerland
Gonzalo Navarro, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Arlindo Oliveira, Lisbon Technical University, Portugal
Jose Oncina, University of Alicante, Spain
Apostolos Papadopoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Marco Patella, University of Bologna, Italy
Vladimir Pestov, University of Ottawa, Canada
Matthias Renz, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany
Hanan Samet, University of Maryland, USA
Tomas Skopal, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Bjorn Thor Jonsson, Reykjavik University, Iceland

Local organization

Nieves R. Brisaboa, Universidade da Coruna, Spain
Oscar Pedreira, Universidade da Coruna, Spain

PASCAL2 IASD challenge: Deadline extension

Interactive Annotation of Sequential Data (IASD)
PASCAL2 challenge
— Please, accept our apologies in case of multiple receptions —

*** New First Phase Deadline: March 25 ***

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce an extension of the Interactive Annotation
of Sequential Data (IASD) PASCAL2 challenge deadlines. The aim of the
IASD challenge is to explore innovative, cost-effective solutions for
generating accurate transcriptions for video lectures from
VideoLectures.NET, and, at a more general level, speech-like
sequential data. The focus is not on developing advanced speech
recognition techniques, so much as on the study of techniques for
interacting intelligently with users. These techniques should seek to
optimise the trade-off between user effort and accuracy, in such a way
that the winning approaches are those reaching the top-3 accuracy with
minimum feedback.

Important Dates (extended):

Feb 12, 2013 – First challenge phase starts.
Mar 25, 2013 – First phase ends: selection of the 3 best systems.
Mar 26, 2013 – Second phase starts (for the 3 best systems only).
Apr 5, 2013 – Second phase ends: winners annouced and ranked.
Apr 6, 2013 – Reports deadline for the winners.

Presentation and awards:

The winners will be invited to present their systems at the joint
EUCOGIII/PASCAL meeting in Palma de Mallorca on April 11, 2013, with
travel costs covered by the meeting organisation. Winners attending
the meeting will be awarded with the following net prizes (after

1st prize: €1000
2nd prize: €600
3rd prize: €300

You will find a detailed description of the challenge, data and
evaluation methodology at:

Challenge Organizers:

Nicolas Serrano, Jesus Andres, Alfons Juan (UPV)
John Shawe-Taylor, Davor Orlic (K4A)
Mitja Jermol (JSI)

Challenge sponsors:

PASCAL2 Network (
EUCOGIII Network (
transLectures project (
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (
Knowledge for all (
Jožef Stefan Institute (