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Second International Workshop on Multilingual OCR

25th July, 2009

In conjunction with ICDAR 2009

Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona, Catalonia - Spain

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Instructions for submission of camera-ready copies of accepted papers can be found on the Submissions page.

Registration for the workshop will be handled by the ICDAR 2009 registration system.

Visa Assistance and Letters: Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to attend the Workshop may send e-mail to the ICDAR2009 Secretariat (icdar2009@ultramarevents.com). This procedure is designed to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the conference, but does not cover registration fees or other expenses. The invitation does not imply provision of financial or other support. If you don't receive a confirmation of your request within a week, re-send your inquiry immediately. More information can be found at the Travel Information section of the ICDAR 2009 web site.

MOCR 2009 invites the submission of original, previously unpublished work in any of the areas of interest to the multilingual OCR community. Submissions could also include preliminary experimental results based on new approaches, descriptions of newly created open data sets, proposals for competitions and extended work highlighting recent results that were too late for the ICDAR 2009deadline.

The workshop will explore methodologies for multilingual document analysis systems with particular focus on OCR. The scope of Multilingual OCR is defined to include systems that are capable of reading more than one language in the same document, as well as one-language-per-document systems that can be easily retargeted to new languages. The workshop will provide a forum for technical discussions on three important themes:

  • progress in the last decade in multilingual OCR
  • adaptation and repurposing of proven methods for multilingual OCR
  • hard open research problems and promising new approaches

The workshop will focus on the following and related topics

  • Evaluation Methodologies: metrics, standards, ground truth; benchmark datasets
  • Proven Methodologies: HMMs, Script Identification, Layout Analysis, Reading Order
  • Mixed languages: Techniques applicable/retargetable to multiple languages/scripts; documents containing multiple languages (single-line, document level, e.g. dictionary),
  • Newer languages/ Scripts: Techniques for dealing with problems of scripts for which OCR technology has not matured
  • Different levels: Language vs. Scripts; Machine-print& Handwriting; Image & e-text
  • Document Analysis: Mathematical formulas; tables; videotext; abbreviations; annotations
  • Degraded Documents: Colloquialism, dialect, headline, image degradation, connectedness


Important Dates

» Paper submission due
    May 4 (Mon), 2009
» Reviews completed
    May 20 (Wed), 2009
» Notification of acceptance
    May 25 (Mon), 2009
» Camera ready copies due
    Jun 19 (Fri), 2009

» Workshop
    Jul 25 (Sat), 2009

General Chairs

Venu Govindaraju
University at Buffalo, SUNY

Prem Natarajan
BBN Technologies, MA

Technical Program Chairs

Santanu Chaudhury
IIT, Delhi, India

Daniel Lopresti
Lehigh University, PA

Web and Publications Chair

Srirangaraj Setlur
University at Buffalo, SUNY

Program Committee

Henry Baird, USA
Abdel Belaid, France
Chakravarthy Bhagvati, India
Thomas Breuel, Germany
Horst Bunke, Switzerland
Huaigu Cao, USA
Bidyut Baran Chaudhuri, India
Mohamed Cheriet, Canada
David Doermann, USA
Michel Gilloux, France
C.V. Jawahar, India
Fumitaka Kimura, Japan
Gyeonghwan Kim, S. Korea
Louisa Lam, Canada
Sriganesh Madhvanath, India
Jaehwa Park, S. Korea
Rohit Prasad, USA
Sitaram Ramachandrula, India
A.G. Ramakrishnan, India
Zhixin Shi, USA
Sargur Srihari, USA


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