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Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi delivers an invited talk at the IEEE Signal Processing Society - Denver Chapter

On August 13th, 2009, Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi delivers an invited talk entitled JPEG XR and AIC at an event hosted by the IEEE Signal Processing Society of Denver.


Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 18:00
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi delivers two seminars at Qualcomm

Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi delivered two seminars at Qualcomm in San Diego on the future of Image compression, and future of Video compression.

The seminars took place on August 5th, 2009, at Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego.


Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 17:57
Francesca de Simone receives the Qualcomm best student paper award at QoMEX 2009

Francesca de Simone has received the best student paper award sponsored by Qualcomm at QoMEX 2009, for the paper entitled:

SUBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF H.264/AVC VIDEO SEQUENCES TRANSMITTED OVER A NOISY CHANNEL by F. De Simone, M. Naccari, M. Tagliasacchi, F. Dufaux, S. Tubaro, T. Ebrahimi

More information about QoMEX 2009 are available at http://www.qomex.org, including the video of awards ceremony.


Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 17:55
Acivs 2009 : Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems

                            Acivs 2009

                       Advanced Concepts for
                    Intelligent Vision Systems
                Organised by the SEE

                  September 28 - October 2, 2009

            Mercure Chateau Chartrons, Bordeaux, France


                          Call for Papers


  Acivs 2009 is a conference focusing on techniques for building adaptive,
  intelligent, safe and secure imaging systems. Acivs 2009 consists of four
  days of lecture sessions, both regular (25 mns) and invited presentations,
  poster sessions and a special session on performance assessment of
  vision systems. The proceedings of Acivs 2009 will be published by
  Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and are
  listed in the ISI conference proceedings citation index.

  Acivs 2009 will feature a conference dinner, and other social
  activities. The social activities are detailed below.

  The conference fee includes the social program (conference dinner, opening
  reception, and cultural activities), coffee breaks, daily lunches and a
  hard-copy of the proceedings. Students, IEEE and SEE members can register
  at a reduced fee .

Invited speakers

  Acivs 2009 will feature the following invited speakers:
   * Patrick S.P. Wang (Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
     and East China Normal University, Shanghai, China).
   * Steve Sangwine (University of Essex, UK).
     Colour image processing by linear vector methods using projective
     geometric transformations.
   * Jordi Inglada (CNES, France).
     Multi-modal similarity measures for change detection and image
     registration. Theory overview and perspectives for high and very
     high resolution remote sensing data.

Topics include (but are not limited to)

    * Vision systems, including multi-camera systems
    * Image and Video Processing (linear/non-linear filtering and
      enhancement, restoration, segmentation, wavelets and multiresolution,
      Markovian techniques, color processing, modeling, analysis,
      interpolation and spatial transforms, motion, fractals and
      multifractals, structure from motion)
    * Pattern Analysis (shape analysis, data and image fusion, pattern
      matching, neural nets, learning, grammatical techniques) and
      Content-Based Image Retrieval
    * Remote Sensing (techniques for filtering, enhancing, compressing,
      displaying and analyzing optical, infrared, radar, multi- and
      hyperspectral airborne and spaceborne images)
    * Still Image and Video Coding and Transmission (still image/video
      coding, model-based coding, synthetic/natural hybrid coding, quality
      metrics, image watermarking, image and video databases, image search
      and sorting, video indexing, multimedia applications)
    * System Architecture and Performance Evaluation (implementation of
      algorithms, benchmarking, evaluation criteria, algorithmic evaluation)

  Both classical research papers and application papers are welcome.

Techno-Vision special session: performance assessment of vision systems

  The objective of this special session is to provide a forum for
  researchers, industry, and users of vision systems to present and
  discuss the state-of-the-art in performance assessment of machine
  vision and image processing systems. 

  Prospective authors are invited to submit papers addressing issues
  such as (but not limited to): database construction, task
  decomposition, metrics selection and/or design, protocols, workflow
  automation, scientific, technical and organizational conclusions
  provided by the experiments conducted in the evaluation campaigns,

  The papers should be submitted in the same way as regular papers,
  but authors should indicate their preference for the special
  session during the electronic paper submission process.


  The conference will take place in the Mercure Chateau Chartrons, Bordeaux,
  France on September 28 - October 2, 2009. Bordeaux is 12 km from the
  Merignac International Airport (http://www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/).
  Bordeaux can also be reached by train from Paris (average travel time: 3

Paper submission and review process

  Prospective authors should prepare a full paper and submit it
  electronically. The paper should consist of 8-12 pages in A4 format and
  should conform to the style guidelines outlined on the Acivs 2009

  Papers should be submitted in LaTeX format or MsWord format. However the
  use of MSWord is strongly discouraged since MSWord documents, especially
  those containing equations, often suffer from poor typesetting.

  LaTeX style sheets, MSWord templates and more detailed information on
  the submission process can be found on the Acivs 2009 website
  (http://acivs.org/acivs2009/). It is absolutely essential that
  submitted papers are based on the provided templates. Accepted papers
  which do not satisfy the requirements or which cannot be processed without
  changes will be returned to the authors and may not be published.
  All submissions will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the Program
  Committee; additional reviewers will be consulted if needed. The papers
  should provide sufficient background information and should clearly
  indicate the original contribution. They should state and discuss the main
  results and provide adequate references. Paper submission implies that one
  of the authors will present the paper if it is accepted.

Conference proceedings

  The proceedings of Acivs 2009 will be published by Springer Verlag in the
  Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. LNCS is published, in
  parallel to the printed books, in full-text electronic form via Springer
  Verlags internet platform (http://www.springerlink.com).

Important deadlines

             April 15, 2009  Full paper submission
              June 15, 2009  Notification of acceptance
               July 1, 2009  Camera-ready papers due
              July 12, 2009  Registration deadline for authors of
                             accepted papers
            August 31, 2009  Early registration deadline
  September 28 - October 2,  Acivs 2009

Steering Committee

    Jacques Blanc-Talon, DGA/MRIS, Bagneux, France.
    Wilfried Philips, Ghent University, Belgium.
    Dan Popescu, CSIRO, Sydney, Australia.
    Paul Scheunders, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Organising Committee

    Alain Appriou, ONERA, Châtillon, France.
    Frederic Barbaresco, THALES, Limours, France.
    Jacques Blanc-Talon, DGA, Bagneux, France.
    Pierre Melchior, ENSEIRB, Talence, France.
    Beatrice Valdayron, SEE, Paris, France.

Program committee

    Hamid Aghajan, Stanford University, Stanford, USA.
    Marc Antonini, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France.
    Kenneth Barner, University of Delaware, Newark, USA.
    Ismail Ben Ayed, GE Healthcare, London, Canada.
    Jenny Benois-Pineau, LaBRI, Talence, France.
    Laure Blanc-Feraud, INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France.
    Philippe Bolon, University of Savoie, Annecy, France.
    Don Bone, Canon Information Systems Research Australia, Sydney,
    Salah Bourennane, Ecole Centrale de Marseille, Marseille, France.
    Marco Cagnazzo, ENST, Paris, France.
    Umberto Castellani, Università degli Studi di Verona, Verona, Italy.
    Jocelyn Chanussot, INPG, Grenoble, France.
    Pamela Cosman, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, USA.
    Yves D'Asseler, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
    Jennifer Davidson, Iowa State University, Ames, USA.
    Arturo de la Escalera Hueso, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganes,
    Touradj Ebrahimi, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne,
    Don Fraser, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia.
    Edouard Geoffrois, DGA, Arcueil, France.
    Jerome Gilles, DGA/CEP, Arcueil, France.
    Georgy Gimel'farb, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Markku Hauta-Kasari, InFotonics Center Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland.
    Mark Holden, Canon Information Systems Research Australia, Sydney,
    Dimitris Iakovidis, University of Athens, Athens, Greece.
    Frédéric Jurie, CNRS - INRIA, Saint Ismier, France.
    Arto Kaarna, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta,
    Konstantinos Karantzalos, National Technical University of Athens,
    Athens, Greece.
    Andrzej Kasinski, Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland.
    Soo-Kyun Kim, Paichai University, Korea.
    Ron Kimmel, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
    Richard Kleihorst, VITO, Belgium.
    Nikos Komodakis, University of Crete, Crete.
    Murat Kunt, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
    Hideo Kuroda, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan.
    Olivier Laligant, IUT Le Creusot, Le Creusot, France.
    Kenneth Lam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.
    Patrick Lambert, POLYTECH SAVOIE, Annecy le vieux, France.
    Peter Lambert, Ghent University, Ledeberg-Ghent, Belgium.
    Yue Li, CSIRO ICT Centre, Sydney, Australia.
    Xavier Maldague, Université de Laval, Québec, Canada.
    Joseph Mariani, Université Paris VI, Paris XI, Orsay, France.
    Gérard Medioni, USC/IRIS, Los Angeles, USA.
    Alfred Mertins, Universität zu Lübeck, Luebeck, Germany.
    Amar Mitiche, INRS, Montréal, Canada.
    Rafael Molina, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain.
    Adrian Munteanu, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.
    Henri Nicolas, LaBRI, Talence, France.
    Frank Nielsen, Ecole Polytechnique - Sony CSL, Palaiseau, France.
    Michel Paindavoine, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.
    Sankar Pal, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India.
    Nikos Paragios, Ecole Centrale de Paris, Chatenay-Malabry, France.
    Jussi Parkkinen, University of Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland.
    Fernando Pereira, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal.
    Stuart Perry, Canon Information Systems Research Australia, Sydney,
    Aleksandra Pizurica, Ghent University - IBBT, Ghent, Belgium.
    Gianni Ramponi, Trieste University, Trieste, Italy.
    Paolo Remagnino, Faculty of Technology, Kingston University, Surrey, UK.
    Luis Salgado Alvarez de Sotomayor, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid,
    Madrid, Spain.
    Guna Seetharaman, AFRL, Rome, USA.
    Hugues Talbot, ESIEE, Noisy-le-Grand, France.
    Frederic Truchetet, Universite de Bourgogne, Le Creusot, France.
    Ewout Vansteenkiste, Ghent University - IBBT, Ghent, Belgium.
    Peter Veelaert, University College Ghent, Ghent, Belgium.
    Gerald Zauner, Fakultät für Technik und Umweltwissenschaften, Wels,
    Djemel Ziou, Sherbrooke University, Sherbrooke, Canada.

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 10:54
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi gives an interview to the Swiss Radio RSR on Brain Computer Interface and Emotional Tags

The content of the interview, and some links can be found at the following url:



Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 19:52
Lutz Goldmann joins MMSPG as a new post-doctoral fellow

Dr. Lutz Goldmann has joined MMSPG since March 1st, 2009. He is a Ph.D. graduate from TU Berlin.

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 2:21
Mourad Ouaret receives his Ph.D. thesis during a public ceremony

The latest Ph.D. thesis from MMSPG came from Mourad Ouaret who defended it during a public ceremony on January 9th, 2009, and hence became the 14th Ph.D. from MMSPG since its creation, 10 years ago.

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 15:43
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi delivers a seminar at Sharp Laboratories America

Prof. Ebrahimi gave an invited seminar at Sharp Laboratories of America, in Vancouver, WA, on January 3th, 2009, on recent advances on brain computer interface.

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 15:37
Elsevier Journal Signal Processing: Image Communication - Special Issue on Image and Video Quality Assessment


Elsevier Journal Signal Processing: Image Communication
Special Issue on Image and Video Quality Assessment


Call for Papers
Quality control of images and videos from the input (capture device) to the final output (display and its environment) presented to the human user is essential for image/video applications and services.
PSNR and other connected measures have long been the most popular quality criteria used by engineers and researchers to evaluate and optimise the performances of digital image and video processing schemes. However, these simple-to-compute measurements are not in good agreement with human visual quality judgment. Therefore, there is an established need for efficient Image and Video Quality Assessment schemes (IQA/VQA).
Over the two past decades, objective image & video quality assessment methods have been extensively studied, and many criteria have been designed. Depending on the application considered and the type of information accessible, IQA/VQA can be classified into three types: Full Reference metrics (FR), Reduced Reference metrics (RR), and No Reference Metrics (NR). All these types of visual quality metric are now considered for standardization by various groups, including the Video Quality Experts Group (VQEG) for video and JPEG Advanced Image Coding (AIC) for images.
Even if improvements have been achieved compared to PSNR, there is a need for more efficient and generic IQA/VQA algorithms that are more robust to the image & video content and also to the different types of impairments introduced by the degrading systems.
The aim of this special issue is to provide an overview of state-of-the-art IQA/VQA methods and to address new developments of quality criteria towards many directions such as higher performances in specific applications (coding scheme, resolution, etc.), robustness to the image/video content (content adaptation), and others. This issue calls for high quality, original contributions, including both theory- and practice-oriented papers. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
-          Impairment-based annoyance modelling (supra-threshold)
-          No reference robust visual impairment detection and measurement
-          Spatio-temporal mechanism modelling
-          Modelling of temporal human visual quality judgment (from on the fly to a global video quality assessment)
-          Modelling of spatial or spatio-temporal pooling
-          Error sensitivity-based approaches
-          Impact of transmission errors on visual quality (current coding standards and next generation standards)
-          HVS model-based objective quality metrics
-          Other objective quality metrics: impairment-based, structural-based, application-based (hybrid IQA/VQA), …
-          Objective quality metrics for multimedia (audio-visual quality assessment)
-          VQA metrics for mid- to low-quality regimes and for high-quality regime (HDTV)
-          Full color IQA/VQA metrics
-          Perception, annoyance, IQA/VQA modelling in 3D image/video

Special Issue Structure: the special issue will consist of two invited papers and the 7-8 best papers from an open call selected on a competitive basis. The invited papers will come from distinguished researchers in the field, presenting the latest developments of IQA and VQA criteria. The open call targets the wider research community.

Submission procedure: Prospective contributors are invited to submit manuscripts in PDF format only. Papers should be submitted electronically using online manuscript submission at http://ees.elsevier.com/image. Authors should indicate that their submission is intended for this special issue (on Image and Video Quality Assessment) in the remarks field.
Special issue timeline:
-          Manuscript submission deadline: 1 May 2009
-          Preliminary review results: 1 August 2009
-          Revised manuscript due: 1 October 2009
-          Expected publication date: January 2010
Guest Editors:
Dominique BARBA, Université de Nantes, France, email: dominique.barba@univ-nantes.fr
Vittorio BARONCINI, FUB, Roma, Italy, email: vittorio@fub.it
Frédéric DUFAUX, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, email: frederic.dufaux@epfl.ch
Stefan WINKLER, Symmetricom, San Jose, USA, email: swinkler@symmetricom.com
Posted by Frédéric Dufaux at 14:55
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi keynote speaker at the COST 292 Workshop in Lyon, France.

Prof. Ebrahimi was the keynote speaker at the final workshop of COST 292, which took place in Lyon, France on 28th November 2008.

The url of the workshop is given below:



Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 23:17
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