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Contact - ICDAR 2017 Robust Reading Challenge on Omnidirectional Video

  • Masakazu Iwamura,
  • Naoyuki Morimoto,
  • Keishi Tainaka,
  • Dena Bazazian,
  • Lluis Gomez, 
  • Dimosthenis Karatzas,

Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Computer Vision Centre, Barcelona, Spain
Computer Vision Centre, Barcelona, Spain
Computer Vision Centre, Barcelona, Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masakazu Iwamura is an associate professor of the Department of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan. He received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D degrees in communication engineering from Tohoku University, Japan, in 1998, 2000 and 2003, respectively. His research interests include fundamental techniques including approximate nearest neighbor search through applications including document image retrieval, object recognition, character recognition, face recognition, video retrieval, reading behavior analysis and wearable devices. He has co-authored over 110 peer reviewed publications in peer-reviewed conferences and journals in these areas.
He received awards including the IAPR/ICDAR Young Investigator Award in 2011, the best paper award of IEICE in 2008, the IAPR/ICDAR best paper awards in 2007, the IAPR Nakano award in 2010, and the ICFHR best paper award in 2010.
He has contributed to the community in various roles; he has served (will serve) as an organizer of conferences/workshops by serving as a Co-Chair of IWRR 2014 and 2016, and CBDAR 2011 and 2013, a Track Chair of ICPR 2012 and ICDAR 2015, an Executive Chair and the Financial Chair of ICDAR 2017, and a Program Co-Chair of CJKPR 2010, as an organizer of the 2013 and 2015 Robust Reading Competitions, as an associate editor of the Int. Journal of Document Analysis and Recognition since 2013 as well as a guest editor for a special issue on “Robust Reading” of the journal, and as the webserver (2009-2016) and vice-chair (2016-) of IAPR TC-11 (Reading Systems), while serving as a regular member of program committees of ICDAR, DAS, ICFHR, CBDAR.

Naoyuki Morimoto is a graduate student at the Department of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan and received the B.E degrees in Information engineering from Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, in 2016. His research topic includes character recognition and managing the DOST dataset.

Dena Bazazian is currently a predoctoral researcher at the Computer Vision Centre working on text localisation and recognition in unconstrained conditions. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2008, and her master in Advanced Information Systems from the Science and Research University in 2011. Her research focuses on the combination of visual and textual data to mutually improve text extraction and scene understanding.

Lluís Gómez i Bigordà is a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Vision Center (CVC), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He received his PhD in Computer Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2016. One of his main research interests is on applying computer vision and machine learning techniques to scene text understanding. 
As a member of the Robust Reading research team at the Computer Vision Centre, and of the document analysis community, he has contributed several papers to the field and has had the chance to collaborate with a variety of research groups and venues. He has done a research stay at the Osaka Prefecture University in Japan, and has collaborated with other prominent research groups in the organization of the ICDAR Robust Reading Competition in their 2013 and 2015 editions. He served as a member of the Program Committee in the International Workshop on Camera Based Document Analysis and Recognition (CBDAR 2015), and the International Workshop on Robust Reading (2014, and 2016). In 2016 he co-organized a Tutorial on "Scene-Text Localization, Recognition, and Understanding" in the International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS 2016).

Dimosthenis Karatzas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Computer Vision Centre, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain. He received his PhD from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2003. He has co-authored over 90 publications in refereed journals and conferences.
He is leading the Robust Reading research team at the Computer Vision Centre, and has been principal investigator on numerous research and knowledge transfer projects. In 2013 he received the IAPR / ICDAR Young Investigator Award.
D. Karatzas has served in various roles at major conferences in his field (ICDAR, DAS, CBDAR, ICPR, ICFHR), including co-chairing IWRR 2016, CBDAR 2015 and IWRR 2014. D. Karatzas is a lead organiser of the Robust Reading Competitions series. He served as a guest editor for the Int. Journal of Document Analysis and Recognition special issue on “Robust Reading” in 2015. 
D. Karatzas has been a founding member and a member of the executive committee of the UK Chapter of the SPIE, while he is currently the chair of IAPR TC-11 (Reading Systems), a member of the IAPR-Industrial Liaison Committee and member of the IEEE, the SPIE and the IAPR. In 2007 D. Karatzas co-founded the spin-off company TruColour, UK, which specializes on perception-based color calibration solutions.

Important Dates

April, 15: Initial training data available

May 27: More training data available

June 10: Test data available / Submissions open

June, 30: Submission of results deadline.

November, 10-15: Results presentation.