International Computer Vision Summer School applications now open

JANUARY 2, 2009--Computer vision researchers are increasingly using algorithms from machine learning to help build robust and reusable vision systems.

JANUARY 2, 2009--Computer vision researchers are increasingly using algorithms frommachine learning to help build robust and reusable vision systems.

Just as learning is an essential component of biological visual systems, artificial systems that learn and adapt represent an important challenge in modern computer vision research.

The third edition of the International Computer Vision Summer School, to run from July 6-11, 2009, aims to provide an objective, clear, and in-depth summary of state-of-the-art research in the area of machine learning for computer vision. The courses will be delivered by global experts in the field, from both academia and industry, and will cover both theoretical and practical aspects in exploiting machine-learning techniques for real computer-vision application problems.

The school is designed to provide a stimulating space for young researchers and doctoral students. Participants are expected to benefit from direct interaction and discussions with world leaders in computer vision and machine learning. They will also have the opportunity to present the results of their research on the topic of the school, and to interact with their scientific peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

Confirmed speakers include the following:
Andrew Fitzgibbon, Microsoft Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK
David Forsyth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Zoubin Ghahramani, University of Cambridge, UK
Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Stefano Soatto, UCLA, USA

Advanced tutorials:
Michael Black, Brown University, USA
Nello Cristianini, University of Bristol, UK
Rob Fergus, New York University, USA
Tae-Kyun Kim, University of Cambridge, UK
John Winn, Microsoft Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK

Reading Group:
Stefano Soatto, UCLA, USA

Roberto Cipolla, University of Cambridge, UK
Sebastiano Battiato, University of Catania, Italy
Giovanni Maria Farinella, University of Catania, IT

The school will be open to about 100 qualified, motivated, and preselected candidates. PhD students, post-docs, young researchers (both academic and industrial), senior researchers (both academic and industrial), or academic/industrial professionals are encouraged to apply at:

The expected school fee will be in the order of EUR600 for PhD students, EUR700 for other academic positions, and EUR800 for all other students.

The fee will include all courses, handling material, coffee breaks, welcome cocktail, bus service from Catania Airport to School Location, and vice versa, WiFi Internet connection, a guided tour and social dinner to Ragusa Ibla, a folkoric exhibition of the Herbessus Sicilian Group Dancers, and bus service from School Location to Catania, Siracusa, and Taormina at the end of the school.

Applications should be completed before March 21, 2009. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by March 31, 2009.

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