Special Sessions


Already accepted Sessions:

Challenges in Spatial and Temporal Scene Analysis

Organizers: Margrit Gelautz (TU Vienna), Robert Sablatnig (TU Vienna), Florian Seitner (emotion3D)

Abstract: Current research in scene analysis benefits strongly from the large amount of data delivered by video streams and/or different types of depth cameras (based on stereo, time-of-flight, Kinect, etc.). Therefore, research questions regarding temporal change in spatial patterns are increasingly common in the area of visual computing.  The coherent and efficient analysis of these spatial and temporal datasets poses new challenges for a variety of computer vision tasks including feature detection, segmentation, classification, novel view synthesis and interpolation. This special session invites both theoretical contributions and results obtained from different fields of applications including 3D video/TV, art and architecture, robotics, and remote sensing. It is intended to bring together researchers working in the mentioned fields that show their latest work in order to stimulate discussions on the topic.


  • Classification of Gothic and Baroque Architectural Elements
  • Segmenting multiple range images with primitive shapes
  • Initializing 3D Model-based Tracking of Dice
  • Motion segmentation in videos from time of flight cameras
  • Quality Analysis of Virtual Views on Stereoscopic Video Content
  • Using an affective human-like association architecture for life-logs
  • Multiview synthesis from stereo views

Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation

Organizers: Klaus Witrisal (TU Graz)

Abstract: Despite the large number of technologies that have been investigated, there is no generic and robust solution available yet for navigation and tracking in indoor scenarios. Multipath propagation and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) situations impair on RF-based methods, while inertial sensors are prone to error accumulation. This special session has a focus on current research trends that seek to improve the robustness of these systems. Popular approaches exploit cooperation among agents, geometric information from reflected RF signals, and data fusion among different sensor technologies. It turns out that the indoor positioning problem remains an exciting, multidisciplinary research challenge.


  • Benefits from Cooperation in Simultaneous Anchor-less Tracking and Room Mapping based on Impulse Radio - Ultra Wideband Devices
  • Multipath-Assisted Single-Anchor Indoor Localization in an Office Environment
  • Distributed Localization: A Comparison of Performance Limits
  • Radio And IMU Based Indoor Positioning and Tracking
  • Infrastructureless Indoor Mapping Using a Mobile Antenna Array
  • Indoor Person Localization System through RSSI Bluetooth Fingerprinting

HIATUS (Taking Interference Alignment from the Interference Channel to Wireless Networks)

Organizer: Maxime Guillaud (TU  Vienna)

Abstract: In recent years, significant progress has been made in the understanding of efficient coding techniques for interference networks, particularly with the advent of interference alignment. However, applications of IA to wireless networks remain elusive due to the practical constraints (in particular regarding channel and network state requirements) of this medium. Several contributions in this special session present recent results on this topic obtained in the EC-funded HIATUS project.


  • An Experimental Investigation of SIMO, MIMO, Interference-alignment (IA) and Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP)
  • Interference-Free Relay Transmission without CSI-S for the MIMO Two-Hop Interference Channels
  • On the Performance of Interference Alignment over Line-of-Sight Channels
  • Interference Alignment in Frequency - a Measurement Based Performance Analysis
  • Single Antenna Interference Alignment for Finite Relay Networks

Emerging Wireless Techniques

Organizer: Jan  Prokopec (TU Brno)

Abstract: New wireless standards like LTE and LTE Advanced offer a wide field of research in the area of link level (including physical and Media Access Control layers) performance improvements. Main topics in this research area are: advanced methods of channel estimation, higher order MIMO, multiuser MIMO, user scheduling, and more. The verification of new techniques with complex simulation tools plays a key role. The simulation results should be  compared with a practical aspect of deployed test networks. The goal of this special session is to invite contributions from academia and industry to present the current development in the emerging field of wireless technologies.


  • Performance Evaluation of LTE Advanced Downlink Channel Estimators
  • Applicability Evaluation of Okumura, Ericsson 9999 and WINNER Propagation Models for Coverage
  • Planning in 3.5 GHz WiMAX Systems
  • Novel Genetic Algorithm for Computer-Aided Optimization of Multi-Femtocell Deployments
  • "WindFi" - A Renewable Powered Base Station for Rural Broadband
  • Convex Optimization for Receive Antenna Selection in Multi-Polarized MIMO Transmissions
  • Interference Cancellation Using Sparsity Property of Space: A FOCUSS Approach

Distributed Algorithms in Communications

Organizer: Pavle Belanovic (UP Madrid), Jose Garcia-Naya (Universidad La Coruna)

Abstract:There exists a strong trend in modern communication systems of moving away from traditional centralized architectures, towards fully distributed processing by the network as a whole. This change offers improved scalability, robustness, and energy savings. However, a whole new class of distributed algorithms needs to be developed according to this new paradigm. In this special session we address distributed solutions for key issues in communication systems such as
synchronization, subspace tracking, coding, primary user identification, and antenna diversity without forgetting about experimental evaluation in realistic scenarios.


  • A Novel, Scalable and Distributed Software Architecture for Software-Defined Radio with Remote Interaction
  • A Solution for Optimizing Costs and Improving Diversity of RFID Readers
  • Distributed Primary User Identification from Imprecise Location Information
  • Experimental Evaluation of MIMO Coded Modulation Systems: Concatenation with OSTBC or Spatial Multiplexing
  • Iterative timing for wireless sensor networks

3D Video

Organizers: Slawomir Mackowiak (Poznan TU), Prof. Marek Domanski (Poznan TU)

Abstract: Recently, renaissance of stereoscopic video can be recognized in many applications. On the other hand, new autostereoscopic displays are opening a new era in stereospoic video technology. These developments are related to new research challenges in 3D video technology.  The goal of the session is to summarize vital aspects of the recent development in stereo video analysis and processing including compression. Papers focused on specific applications are also invited.


  • New Coding Technology for 3D Video with Depth Maps as Proposed for Standardization within MPEG
  • Vehicle Size Estimation From Stereoscopic Video
  • Player Extraction in Sports Video Sequences

Genomic Signal Processing

Organizers: Paul Dan Cristea and Rodica Tuduce (University “Politehnica” of Bucharest)

The nucleotide genomic signal (NuGS) methodology is based on the conversion of symbolic nucleotide sequences into digital genomic signals. The global NuGS approach reveals hidden symmetries and regularities of current and ancestral nucleotide sequences, in prokaryotes, archaea and eukaryotes. In what concerns the statistical structural symmetry, a nucleotide sequence appears to be more than a plain text, as it also satisfies restrictions evoking the rhythm and rhyme in poems. These regularities can be used to "predict" individual nucleotides in nucleotide sequences, by using a methodology similar to time series prediction and allow to analyze the potential for molecular scale self-repair in processes such as replication, transcription or crossover. The NuGS approach can also be used for the local analysis of coding and non-coding nucleotide sequences, in applications like gene study, mitochondrial DNA analysis, pathogen variability and many other.


  • Distances in Hominidae Family MTDNA from Nucleotide Genomic Signals
  • Hydrophobicity and Charge signals on Protein Surface
  • An ANN - PCA Adaptive Forecasting Model
  • Nucleotide Genomic Signal comparative analysis of genes involved in Diabetes type 2 for various taxons
  • Training of Phase-Based Neurons

Special Topics in Medical Image Analysis

Organizers: Jiri Jan (Brno TU), Prof. Hornegger (Erlangen Univ.)
Abstract: The session is devoted generally to analysis of medical image data. Particular attention will be devoted to the following areas:

  • ophthalmological  image analysis with special interest in retinal imaging via classical fundus camera, HRT and OCT systems
  • ultrasonic transmissive computed tomography (USCT), both system development and image reconstruction algorithms and software
  • fMRI brain data analysis with particular interest in brain connectivity and related topics, including fMRI neural signal restoration and its relation to EEG.

Contributions of methodological interest in other areas of medical image analysis will be welcome.


  • Attenuation Reconstruction for 3D Ultrasound Computer Tomography
  • Quantization on EEG Covariance Matrix Images During TOVA Attention Test for Depression Disorder Classification
  • Dataset exploration tool for fMRI group analysis
  • Comparing fMRI data processing methods with respect to possible inaccuracy
  • Involvement of region-specific HRF in classical analysis of event-related fMRI data
  • Analysis of retinal nerve fiber layer via Markov random fields in color fundus images

Multimodal Processing

Organizer: Gregor Rozinaj (TU SK)


  • Introduction to Speech Synthesis Management Tools
  • Bio-Inspired Optimization of Acoustic Features for Generic Sound Recognition
  • Integration and Evaluation of an HMM-Based Text-To-Speech System to FIVE
  • Alternative Phonetic Class Definition in Linear Discriminant Analysis of Speech


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