Symposium on pattern recognition discusses future trends

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The German Association for Pattern Recognition (DAGM) looks back on a successful 38th German Conference on Pattern Recognition (GCPR 2016). This year’s conference took place from September 12 to 15 at the hotel Dormero in Hannover. It was organized by Prof. Bodo Rosenhahn, Institut für Informationsverarbeitung, Leibniz Universität Hannover, and Dr. Bjoern Andres, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Saarbrücken. 150 participants from the scientific community and industry had ample opportunity to learn and exchange ideas about the latest developments in pattern recognition and computer vision. The trendsetting topic deep learning played an important role in numerous presentations, workshops, and tutorials. In addition, keynote talks by David Fleet (University of Toronto), Thomas Wiegand (Heinrich Hertz Institut Berlin), and Patrik Perez (Technicolor) provided deep insights into groundbreaking technologies and future trends.

Outstanding achievements recognized by major awards

At the conference, the DAGM presented its annual awards in acknowledgment of outstanding achievements and publications by researchers in the field of pattern recognition and computer vision. The German Pattern Recognition Award (sponsored by Daimler) was awarded to Sebastian Nowozin, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK, for his special contributions to inference in structured probabilistic models with applications in computer vision. Christoph Vogel, Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision, Graz University of Technology, received the DAGM MVTec Dissertation Award for his dissertation entitled “Robust and accurate 3D motion estimation under adverse conditions.”

The GCPR Best Paper Award was presented to David Hafner, Peter Ochs, Joachim Weickert, Sven Grewenig (Saarland University), and Martin Reißel (FH Aachen) for their article entitled “FSI Schemes: Fast Semi-Iterative Solvers for PDEs and Optimisation Methods.” This year, the Best Master’s Thesis Award was awarded for the first time within the scope of the Young Researchers’ Forum. The recipients were Iaroslav Shcherbatyi (Saarland University) for their work “Convexification of Learning from Constraints.” The aim of the Young Researchers’ Forum is to encourage young academics to get in touch with the scientific community very early in their career.

All prize winners of the past years can be found on the DAGM website at http://www.dagm.de/preistraeger/.

High-level expert conference on pattern recognition

“We are very happy about the increasing international participation at the GCPR,” comments Prof. Carsten Steger, DAGM Press Officer and Director of Research at MVTec Software GmbH. ”This year alone, we received submissions from authors from more than 20 countries. Furthermore, we had the pleasure to welcome participants from scientific institutions and companies from more than a dozen countries and three continents. With this, the DAGM again progresses towards its aim to further internationalize the GCPR. The participants benefited from the speakers' in-depth knowledge as well as from lively, technical discussions with their international colleagues from academia and industry. We are looking forward to GCPR 2017 in Basel.”