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1. Information Mining From Complex Signals And Systems
2. Face Recognition
3. Scalable Video Coding (SVC)
4. Wireless Ad-hoc Multimedia Networks
5. Information Technologies (IT) and their Applications
6. Multi-Model Signal Processing & Applcations


1. Information Mining From Complex Signals And Systems

The aim of this special session is to investigate state of the art efficient techniques and algorithms for knowledge extraction from large systems, including database systems and complex signals / images. Such tools are of concern during the recent years. The papers to be submitted should present methods capable of effectively analyzing large systems or complex signals/ images/video in order to extract interesting patterns or system configurations. This special session will focus on the support of the information mining process by methods from optimization theory, signals and systems theory as well as soft computing, including the main constituents fuzzy logic, neural networks, evolutionary algorithms and their hybrids. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the use of such techniques in:

  • feature extraction from signals/images/video,
  • complex or ill-defined systems (including communication networks, sensors-actuators systems, control systems etc.) analysis for extracting useful patterns,
  • data sequences analysis (including biosequences),
  • handling of incomplete and heterogeneous data,
  • information mining methods (association analysis, classification and prediction, clustering, outlier analysis, regression, ), database querying and ad hoc information mining,
  • visualization and presentation of information mining results.

Organized by Prof. Dimitrios A. Karras
Dept. of Automation, Chalkis Institute of Technology, Hellas

2. Face Recognition

The aim of this special session is to bring together researchers to present new results in face recognition research and applications. The scope of the session is to provide solid grounds for discussions about technology development and performance issues of face recognition systems relevant to practical systems (outdoor images, large image database performance, ...)
Target topics:
1. Detection and Tracking
2. Recognition
3. Recognition in outdoor environments
4. Algorithms comparisons
5. Expression analysis / emotion recognition
6. 3D analysis

Organized by Prof. Mislav Grgic and Mr. Kresimir Delac
University of Zagreb

3. Scalable Video Coding (SVC)

The aim of the special session is to present papers on recent advances that have been achieved in the ongoing standardization process for SVC. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following issues:

  • Video Coding
  • Transmission of SVC
  • Signaling
  • Storage and File Format

Organized by Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wiegand
Fraunhofer Institute for Telecomm, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI)
Please submit your papers as .pdf or .doc files to the following address: wiegand@hhi.de until June 20, 2005

4. Wireless Ad-hoc Multimedia Networks

The vision of a new forth generation (4G) all-IP mobile/wireless network is emerging rapidly. In the forthcoming era, apart from the installed infrastructure based networks, Wireless Ad-hoc personal area and sensor networks are expected to fulfill the "anywhere and anytime" ubiquitous services' requirement. Users will require forming "ad-hoc" networks to communicate with colleagues at work, at conferences, at "hot-spots", at home, or on the move. Ad-hoc PAN networks will include any collection of systems that belong to or are carried by a networked user (e.g. cell phone, laptop, earphones, GPS navigator, palm pilot, beeper, portable scanner, etc.) and form his/her personal "PAN-bubble". The bubble may expand or shrink dynamically depending on user's environment and needs, and connect to routers, actuators or wireless ambient sensors. Such access is critical when the mobile user enters into a new location and aims to quickly sense and control the environment (e.g. gain access/ connectivity, control the temperature, adjust the lighting) or get recognized by the environment sensors (e.g. welcome message, uninterrupted communication, automatic selection of a background music, etc.).
This Special Session will tackle research issues in Wireless and Ad-hoc networks including:

  • New standards for Wireless Multimedia Networks
  • Efficient Routing
  • Energy Consumption and Energy Efficient routing
  • QoS Issues and Multimedia Routing

Organized by Prof. Stamatis Voliotis and Dr. Theodore Zahariadis
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Chalkis Institute of Technology, Hellas

5. Information Technologies (IT) and their Applications

Information technologies are the key technologies of modern information society. They are dealing with information acquisition and extraction, information processing, visualisation, and the storing and transmitting in electronic form. The goal is to improve human life, work and environment with the applications of IT in broad areas, from e-communication, e-learning, e-traffic, e-working, e-health, telemedicine, remote sensing and control, etc. The aim of this special section is to join together researchers of different IT applications, in order to exchange common experiences, problems and trends in future research and development. The topics of interest are:

  • e-transport
  • e-health
  • e-work
  • e-learning
  • e-health
  • e-communications
  • remote sensing and control
  • other applications of IT

Organized by dr. Peter Planinsic
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor

6. Multi-Model Signal Processing & Applcations

Description: The session focuses on the applications of the Multi-Model Partitioning and the Filter Bank Theories on: Estimation, Detection, Modelling and Prediction, with special focus on the Adaptive Algorithms introduced by Prof. D.G. Lainiotis. The Workshop's scope are signal processing, filter bank theory and relative applications.
The Paper Reviewers will be Prof. Sokratis K. Katsikas & Prof. Demetrios G. Lainiotis.

Organized by Prof. Sokratis K. Katsikas, Co-chairman: Dr Vassilios C. Moussas
Dept. of Inf. & Comm. Systems, Univ. of the Aegean, Samos


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