TC18 "Discrete Geometry" Newsletter (October 2012) ================================================== Contents: ========= 1. New TC18 board to be appointed: looking for candidates 3. DGCI 2013 in Sevilla 3. Call for Proposals: DGCI 2014 in your Department ? 4. Springer LNCS 7346: "Applications of Discrete Geometry and Mathematical Morphology" Appendix: DGCI Steering Committee Guidelines for DGCI Organization ===================================================== 1) New TC18 board to be appointed: looking for candidates --------------------------------------------------------- The current board of TC18 (Ullrich Koethe, Guillaume Damiand, and Joost Batenburg) has almost completed two terms of service (i.e. four years in total). According to IAPR rules, the same board can serve at most two terms, so a new board has to be appointed, either at ICPR in Japan next month, or at DGCI 2013 in Sevilla at the latest. Since 2002, the Technical Committee 18 of the IAPR tries to promote interactions and collaboration between researchers working on discrete geometry. The main activities concern: - Information to the community via newsletters and the mailing list - A web site with material (educational, software, data sets, challenges,...) - Involved in the DGCI Steering Committee and the DGCI Best Student Paper Award - Participation in the organization of scientific exchange (workshops, special issues) We are seeking volunteers for this important community service. If you would like to nominate someone or are interested yourself, please let us know as soon as possible. 2) DGCI 2013 in Sevilla ------------------------ As you certainly know, the next DGCI takes place on 20-22 March 2013 in Sevilla, Spain. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://dgci2013.us.es/ Deadline for early registration: 4 February 2013; Some useful links: - Registration: http://dgci2013.us.es/registration.php - Accommodations: http://dgci2013.us.es/accommodation.php The Scientific Program is not yet available, as the reviewing period is just about to end. 3) Call for Proposals: DGCI 2014 in your Department ? ----------------------------------------------------- In Sevilla, the DGCI Steering Committee will decide and announce the location of the next DGCI edition. Before that, proposals should be set up and the TC18 aims at helping researchers with this step. Please have a look to the following appendix written by the DGCI Steering Committee for details. You can also find information on past editions and detailed guidelines for DGCI organization here: http://www.tc18.org/events.html#dgci If we follow the traditional rhythm, DGCI 2014 should be in France, but good proposals from other countries will also be considered. Please let us know if you are interested in organizing the next DGCI. 4) Springer LNCS 7346: "Applications of Discrete Geometry and Mathematical Morphology" ---------------------------------------------------------- A new book with selected papers on "Applications of Discrete Geometry and Mathematical Morphology" (edited by Ullrich Köthe, Annick Montanvert and Pierre Soille) has recently appeared as volume 7346 of Springer's LNCS series. The volume presents greatly enhanced and thoroughly reviewed versions of selected contributions from the WADGMM workshop that was held in Istanbul 2010 (prior to ICPR). The papers nicely reflect the diversity of discrete geometry and mathematical morphology applications and offer a variety of useful tools for the image analysis practitioner. Here is the table of contents: * Connect the Dots: The Reconstruction of Region Boundaries from Contour Sampling Points Peer Stelldinger * Digital Shape Analysis with Maximal Segments Jacques-Olivier Lachaud * Discrete Curvature Estimation Methods for Triangulated Surfaces Mohammed Mostefa Mesmoudi, Leila De Floriani and Paola Magillo * On Morphological Hierarchical Representations for Image Processing and Spatial Data Clustering Pierre Soille and Laurent Najman * Radial Moment Invariants for Attribute Filtering in 3D Fred N. Kiwanuka and Michael H. F. Wilkinson * Volumetric Analysis of Digital Objects Using Distance Transformation: Performance Issues and Extensions David Coeurjolly * Geometric Analysis of 3D Electron Microscopy Data Ullrich Köthe, Björn Andres, Thorben Kröger and Fred Hamprecht * Machine Learning as a Preprocessing Phase in Discrete Tomography Mihály Gara, Tamás Sámuel Tasi and Péter Balázs * Fast Planarity Estimation and Region Growing on GPU Michaël Heyvaert and Peter Veelaert * Writing Reusable Digital Topology Algorithms in a Generic Image Processing Framework Roland Levillain, Thierry Géraud and Laurent Najman * A New Image-Mining Technique for Automation of Parkinson’s Disease Research Igor Gurevich, Artem Myagkov and Vera Yashina Best regards Guillaume, Joost, and Ulli Appendix: DGCI Steering Committee Guidelines for DGCI Organization ------------------------------------------------------------------ Guidelines for DGCI organization and on how to prepare a DGCI proposal DGCI editions ============= DGCI is a IAPR conference, so DGCI follows most of the IAPR rules. Information on the past editions can be found on: http://www.tc18.org Submission of proposals to organize a DGCI conference ===================================================== The proposal must contain information on: - the venue (city and conference hall), main access and transportation alternatives, and accommodation; - the organizing University, laboratory/department, and research team; - proposed dates (conference dates and deadlines); - financial plan, including preliminary registration fees; - program outline, scientific policy, suggestions for invited speakers; - conference, program, and other chairs; - any other important information. Proposals should be sent to the Steering Committee members (email@example.com), at least two weeks before the upcoming DGCI. The winning proposal for the next DGCI is selected by the Steering Committee during the current one, and announced to the participants before the end of the conference. DGCI committees =============== Steering committee: It is composed of a few permanent people completed by the main organisers of several previous DGCIs (one for each) and by the chair (or vice-chair) of TC18-IAPR. It is headed by a president who is a main contact for the current organising committee. Organising committees: It is already well defined during the proposal to organise. It must prepare and send the call for paper, complete the Program Committee and the Reviewing Committee (see Reviewing Process), organise the reviewing process following DGCI rules, prepare the Proceedings (see below), and finally the conference itself. These steps are processed in relation with the Steering Committee. Organisation ============ DGCI is a three day event. Usually, there is one invited lecturer per day. The whole conference is organised as single track, with one or two poster sessions. The poster sessions should be considered as regular sessions, that is, they should not be held at the same time as oral sessions. The organisers should provide a meeting place for the Steering Committee the day before the main social event of the conference. The organisers should also provide a meeting place and time for the TC18 members. Frequency ========= DGCI is organised every 18 months. This frequency assures that the scientific community can provide new results, while a PhD student can attend two editions. It also provides some flexibility for the organizers to find convenient dates. Consequently next DGCI (the 18th) should be organised during autumn 2014. Other conferences ================= When deciding the DGCI dates, information about related conferences, for example ISMM, IWCIA, must be taken into account. Information on dates should be acquired by early exchanges between Steering Committee or organizers. Venue ===== The current tradition is to hold every other DGCI in France and to hold the others outside France. The Spring DGCIs have been held in France and the Autumn ones outside. Of course, the field of interest of IAPR-TC18 is worldwide, not limited to Europe. Costs ===== The main purpose of DGCI is to gather together researchers active in the field. Therefore travelling expenses and hotel costs must not be prohibitive, and cheap alternative for participants on a limited budget should be available. This is really more important than finding a touristically attractive spot! It is also important to have low registration fees for PhD students. Proceedings and Special issues ============================== All accepted papers should be treated equally in the DGCI proceedings, independently of if the presentation is oral or poster. The choice of presentation mode depends on suitability, rather than on perceived quality. Proceedings are traditionally published by Springer Verlag in the LNCS series. Extended versions of papers selected by the Steering Committee can be published in special issues of one or two journals, proposed by the organisers (of course contacts must be taken several months in advance). Reviewing process ================= For each main DGCI topic, one or two persons are selected to form a Program Committee. Each DGCI submission is reviewed by at least two (usually three) members of the Reviewing Committee. Program Committee members will provide reviewing reports for papers dealing with their associated topics in case of disagreement between reviewers. Submissions from the Organizing Committee are handled by an independent process. During the main steps of the reviewing process, the Steering Committee is kept informed. Items for useful discussions are: acceptance rate, session topics, etc.