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                            CONTACT 2014
                  First International Workshop on
    Computer vision + ONTology Applied Cross-disciplinary Technologies
                  September 7, 2014, Zurich, Switzerland
                    in association with ECCV 2014
          ---BEST PAPER AWARD (500 euros) offered by IOS Press---    (02)

        ---BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD (300 euros) offered by IAOA---
             >> PAPER submission:         June 20, 2014<<
************************************************************************    (03)

Image and video understanding is the process of converting elementary
visual entities (pixels, voxels) to symbolic forms of knowledge (textual
tags, predicates), by means of various kinds of models (statistical
classifiers, neural networks, expert systems, etc.). It represents the
highest processing level in a computer vision system, operating usually
on top of a basic processing layer, which extracts intermediate image
representations (patches, volumes). Due to the unconstrained nature of
photographic images and videos, and the lack of fully reliable low-level
features, the process of image understanding may be helped grounding it
with a prior semantic model describing any domain knowledge, which may
operate during both learning and inference. This semantic layer is
usually represented by means of an ontology, intended as a set of
primitive concepts and relations expressed by axioms providing an
interpretation to the vocabulary chosen for the visual description of a
After the early steps in the eighties, the research domain that
cross-pollinates computer vision and formal ontology stagnated, limited
probably by the lack of available domain ontologies. However, more
recently, with the creation of shared resources as ImageNet, TinyImage,
Labelme, on the computer vision side, and Wordnet on the formal ontology
side, the area exploded, leading to an exponential growth in the
scientific community.
The aim of CONTACT 2014 is to bring together a wide range of researchers
in computer vision and machine learning on one side, and formal ontology
on the other, to share innovative ideas and solutions for exploiting the
potential synergies emerging from the integration of the two domains,
for object and event recognition, scene, image and video understanding,
with the long term goals of promoting the development of a proper visual
ontology and a better understanding of how such a visual ontology could
be used for visual inference.
CONTACT 2014 will be the first of a series of events which will have an
interesting yet unique characteristic: in order to gradually connect the
communities of computer vision and formal ontologies in a tight
relationship, the CONTACT workshop will be hosted iteratively in a major
computer vision conference (as ECCV is) and in a major ontology
conference (as FOIS - Formal Ontologies for Information Systems): this
way, the cross-fertilization will take place by involving the best of
the two communities, with alternative emphasis on one facet or the other.    (04)

A "Best Paper Award" of 500 euros granted by IOS press will be conferred to
the author(s) of a full paper presented at the workshop, selected by
the Organizing Committee based on the best combined marks of paper
reviewing, assessed by the Program Committee, and paper presentation
quality, assessed by Organizing Committee at the conference venue.    (05)


A "Best Student Paper Award" of 300 euros granted by IAOA (International
Association for Ontology and its Applications) will be conferred to a PhD
student who is among the authors of a full paper presented at the workshop,
selected by the Organizing Committee based on the best combined marks of
paper reviewing, assessed by the Program Committee, and paper presentation
quality, assessed by Organizing Committee at the conference venue. Moreover,
free membership to the IAOA will be granted to three PhD students who are
among the authors of papers selected following the same criteria.    (07)

      -- June 20, 2014: paper submission deadline
      -- July 25, 2014: acceptance notification
      -- August 8, 2014: camera ready submission
      -- September 7, 2014: workshop day    (08)

The topics of interest for the convention include, but are not limited
to, the following areas:
-   Semantic image/video understanding
-   Ontology-based cognitive vision
-   Semantic visual features
-   Visual concept ontology
-   Ontological engineering
-   Prototype theory
-   Ontology and probability theory
-   Automatic and semi-automatic ontology learning and inference
-   Web-based knowledge acquisition
-   Ontology representation for computer vision
-   Ontology- and knowledge-based vision systems
-   Ontologically driven scene understanding
-   Semantically-aided object identification
-   Semantically-aided action recognition
-   Expert systems for image and video processing
-   Video surveillance
-   Social signal processing
-   Medical imaging
-   Remote sensing    (09)

*   Fei-Fei Li, Stanford University, USA
*   Werner Ceusters, New York State Center of Excellence in
Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, USA    (010)

--Workshop Organizers--
*   Marco Cristani, Universit? degli Studi di Verona
*   Roberta Ferrario, Italian National Research Council
*   Jason J. Corso, SUNY Buffalo
--Publicity and Web Chair--
*   Francesco Setti, Italian National Research Council    (011)

(More focused on the Computer Vision side)
- Francois Bremond, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, FR
- Rita Cucchiara, Universit? degli Studi di Modena, IT
- Trevor Darrell, University of California, Berkeley, USA
- Jianping Fan, UNC-Charlotte, USA
- Li Fei-Fei, Stanford University, USA
- David Forsyth, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Xian-Sheng Hua, Microsoft Research Redmond, USA
- Yu-Gang Jiang , Fudan University Shanghai, CN
- Ioannis (Yiannis) Kompatsiaris, CERTH-ITI, GR
- Mirco Musolesi, University of Birmingham, UK
- Bernd Neumann, Universit?t Hamburg, DE
- John R. Smith, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA
- Concetto Spampinato, Universit? di Catania, IT
- Rahul Sukthankar, Google Research, USA
- Qi Tian, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
- Antonio Torralba, MIT, USA
- Chris Town, University of Cambridge, UK
- Andrea Vedaldi, University of Oxford, UK
- Alessandro Vinciarelli, University of Glasgow and Idiap Research
   Institute, UK
- Song-Chun Zhu, University of California, Los Angeles, USA    (012)

(More focused on the Ontology side)
- Mehul Bhatt, University of Bremen, DE
- Marcello Frixione, University of Salerno, IT
- Antony Galton, University of Exeter, UK
- C╚line Hudelot, Ecole Centrale Paris, FR
- Rongrong Ji, Xiamen University, CN
- Jos╚ Manuel Molina L█pez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, ES
- Alessandro Oltramari, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Kate Saenko, UMass Lowell, USA
- Mohan Sridharan, Texas Tech University, USA
- Konstantin Todorov, University Montpellier 2, FR
- Shiqi Zhang, Texas Tech University, USA    (013)

Authors are invited to check the CONTACT 2014 website link
for details regarding the submission instructions.
A CMT server is available for submission at:
https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/CONTACT2014/    (014)

The workshop proceedings will be published together with the proceedings
of the main conference.    (015)

A special issue of a top-class journal on the topics of the workshop is
planned for the next year (2015).    (016)

* CONTACT 2014 homepage:
* Twitter:
https://twitter.com/contactws    (017)

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