by Antonis Argyros and Panos Trahanias

ERCIM sponsored the 11th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV, which took place on 4-11 September 2010 at Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Almost 800 participants from 38 countries attended and contributed to the main conference, workshops, tutorials, demonstrations and special sessions. The conference was organized by FORTH-ICS.

ECCV is a highly selective, single track conference comprising the highest quality previously unpublished papers on any aspect of Computer Vision. The 11th ECCV had an exciting programme dealing with fiel ds such as object and scene recognition, segmentation and grouping, motion and tracking, statistical models and visual learning, matching, registration, computational imaging, multi-view geometry, video and event characterization, shape representation and recognition, and more. ECCV received a record number of 1174 submissions of which 40 oral and 285 poster presentations were accepted.

The first day of the conference was dedicated to eight tutorials. This was followed by the main conference that lasted four days. Finally, the last two days were dedicated to eleven specialized workshops. Several computer vision related enterprises contributed to the conference as exhibitors. The conference program was additionally enriched by 25 research demonstrations.

The 2010 edition of ECCV coincided with the 20th anniversary of the event. In the context of this occasion, the first ECCV organizer, Prof. Olivier Faugeras, gave an exciting invited talk.

ECCV 2010 granted the following paper awards:

  • Best Paper Award, presented to L. Laticky, C. Russell, P. Kohli and P.H.S. Torr for their paper entitled “Graph Cut based Inference with Co-occurrence Statistics"
  • Runner-Up Paper Award, presented to A. Gupta, A. Efros and M. Hebert for their paper entitled "Blocks World Revisited: Image Understanding Using Qualitative Geometry and Mechanics"
  • Best Student Paper Award, presented to T. Pätz and T. Preusser for their paper entitled "Ambrosio-Tortorelli Segmentation of Stochastic Images"

Koenderink Prize 2010, jointly presented to H. Sidenbladh, M.J. Black and D.J. Fleet, for their ECCV’2000 paper entitled "Stochastic Tracking of 3D Human Figures Using 2D Image Motion" and to M. Weber, M. Welling and P. Perona, for their ECCV’2000 paper entitled “Unsupervised Learning of Models for Recognition”.

Two special ECCV’2010 sessions were organized. The first, "Vision and Industry" aimed to bring academic researchers into closer contact with leading industrial labs and firms that translate computer vision into a profitable business. R&D managers and scientists from half a dozen highly recognized enterprises delivered talks about the current and future state of computer vision products and projects. The second special session, on "Research Funding for Vision", featured invited talks from Dr. Jie Yang (IIS Division, NSF) and Dr. Cécile Huet (European Commission - Directorate-General Information Society and Media) who presented opportunities for research funding in the area of Computer Vision, Robotics and Cognitive Systems in US and EU, respectively.
Besides ERCIM, the list of ECCV’2010 sponsors included organizations and companies such as INRIA, Technicolor, Microsoft Research, Google, Point Grey, Adobe, IBM Research, Siemens, GE, Dynavox Mayer Johnson, Johnson Controls and University of Houston.

The proceedings of ECCV’2010 are published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series 6311- 6316.

The next edition of the conference - ECCV 2012 - will be held in Florence, Italy, 7-13 October 2012.


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