[PlanetKR] [CONTACT 2014 @ ECCV] Second Call for Papers

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                           CONTACT 2014
                 First International Workshop on
   Computer vision + ONTology Applied Cross-disciplinary Technologies
                 September 7, 2014, Zurich, Switzerland
                   in association with ECCV 2014
            >> PAPER submission:         June 20, 2014<<

Image and video understanding is the process of converting elementary  
visual entities (pixels, voxels) to symbolic forms of knowledge  
(textual tags, predicates), by means of various kinds of models  
(statistical classifiers, neural networks, expert systems, etc.). It  
represents the highest processing level in a computer vision system,  
operating usually on top of a basic processing layer, which extracts  
intermediate image representations (patches, volumes). Due to the  
unconstrained nature of photographic images and videos, and the lack  
of fully reliable low-level features, the process of image  
understanding may be helped grounding it with a prior semantic model  
describing any domain knowledge, which may operate during both  
learning and inference. This semantic layer is usually represented by  
means of an ontology, intended as a set of primitive concepts and  
relations expressed by axioms providing an interpretation to the  
vocabulary chosen for the visual description of a domain.
After the early steps in the eighties, the research domain that  
cross-pollinates computer vision and formal ontology stagnated,  
limited probably by the lack of available domain ontologies. However,  
more recently, with the creation of shared resources as ImageNet,  
TinyImage, Labelme, on the computer vision side, and Wordnet on the  
formal ontology side, the area exploded, leading to an exponential  
growth in the scientific community.
The aim of CONTACT 2014 is to bring together a wide range of  
researchers in computer vision and machine learning on one side, and  
formal ontology on the other, to share innovative ideas and solutions  
for exploiting the potential synergies emerging from the integration  
of the two domains, for object and event recognition, scene, image and  
video understanding, with the long term goals of promoting the  
development of a proper visual ontology and a better understanding of  
how such a visual ontology could be used for visual inference.
CONTACT 2014 will be the first of a series of events which will have  
an interesting yet unique characteristic: in order to gradually  
connect the communities of computer vision and formal ontologies in a  
tight relationship, the CONTACT workshop will be hosted iteratively in  
a major computer vision conference (as ECCV is) and in a major  
ontology conference (as FOIS - Formal Ontologies for Information  
Systems): this way, the cross-fertilization will take place by  
involving the best of the two communities, with alternative emphasis  
on one facet or the other.

A "Best Paper Award" of 500€ granted by IOS press  
(http://www.iospress.nl/) will be conferred to the author(s) of a full  
paper presented at the workshop, selected by the Organizing Committee  
based on the best combined marks of paper reviewing, assessed by the  
Program Committee, and paper presentation quality, assessed by  
Organizing Committee at the conference venue.

     -- June 20, 2014: paper submission deadline
     -- July 25, 2014: acceptance notification
     -- July 27, 2014: pre-paper camera ready (firm deadline)
     -- September 7, 2014: workshop day
     -- Two weeks after ECCV 2014 (exact date TBD): official camera ready
Pre-papers are temporary copy of your manuscript which will be put on  
the ECCV USB stick.

The topics of interest for the convention include, but are not limited  
to, the following areas:
-   Semantic image/video understanding
-   Ontology-based cognitive vision
-   Semantic visual features
-   Visual concept ontology
-   Ontological engineering
-   Prototype theory
-   Ontology and probability theory
-   Automatic and semi-automatic ontology learning and inference
-   Web-based knowledge acquisition
-   Ontology representation for computer vision
-   Ontology- and knowledge-based vision systems
-   Ontologically driven scene understanding
-   Semantically-aided object identification
-   Semantically-aided action recognition
-   Expert systems for image and video processing
-   Video surveillance
-   Social signal processing
-   Medical imaging
-   Remote sensing

*   Fei-Fei Li, Stanford University, USA
*   Werner Ceusters, New York State Center of Excellence in  
Bioinformatics & Life Sci-ences, USA

--Workshop Organizers--
*   Marco Cristani, Università degli Studi di Verona
*   Roberta Ferrario, Italian National Research Council
*   Jason J. Corso, SUNY Buffalo
--Publicity and Web Chair--
*   Francesco Setti, Italian National Research Council

(More focused on the Computer Vision side)
- Francois Bremond, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, FR
- Rita Cucchiara, Università degli Studi di Modena, IT
- Trevor Darrell, University of California, Berkeley, USA
- Jianping Fan, UNC-Charlotte, USA
- Li Fei-Fei, Stanford University, USA
- David Forsyth, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Xian-Sheng Hua, Microsoft Research Redmond, USA
- Yu-Gang Jiang , Fudan University Shanghai, CN
- Ioannis (Yiannis) Kompatsiaris, CERTH-ITI, GR
- Mirco Musolesi, University of Birmingham, UK
- Bernd Neumann, Universität Hamburg, DE
- John R. Smith, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA
- Concetto Spampinato, Università di Catania, IT
- Rahul Sukthankar, Google Research, USA
- Qi Tian, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
- Antonio Torralba, MIT, USA
- Chris Town, University of Cambridge, UK
- Andrea Vedaldi, University of Oxford, UK
- Alessandro Vinciarelli, University of Glasgow and Idiap Research  
Institute, UK
- Song-Chun Zhu, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

(More focused on the Ontology side)
- Mehul Bhatt, University of Bremen, DE
- Antony Galton, University of Exeter, UK
- Céline Hudelot, Ecole Centrale Paris, FR
- Rongrong Ji, Xiamen University, CN
- José Manuel Molina López, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, ES
- Alessandro Oltramari, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Kate Saenko, UMass Lowell, USA
- Mohan Sridharan, Texas Tech University, USA
- Konstantin Todorov, University Montpellier 2, FR
- Shiqi Zhang, Texas Tech University, USA

Authors are invited to check the CONTACT 2014 website link
for details regarding the submission instructions.

The workshop proceedings will be published together with the  
proceedings of the main conference.

* CONTACT 2014 homepage:
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