1st International Workshop on Computer Vision Applications for Developing Regions in Conjunction with ICCV 2007
Travel Support
A number of travel and/or conference registration grants is available for students and researchers from developing regions. Please click here for application details.
Important Dates
Submission deadline: August 7, 2007  
Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2007
Camera ready: October 5, 2007
Workshop date: October 15, 2007
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Technical Program
Invited Talks
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Call For Papers

Motivation. Recent economic growth in developing regions (particularly in Asia and Latin America) together with the widespread use of technology (e.g., cell phones in China and India, ATMs worldwide, etc.) suggest that there is a huge potential for technology to have an impact on development. Since most of the world's population lives in developing regions, worldwide initiatives to bring technology to under-served communities around the globe have broken political barriers and resulted in programs and initiatives of the technical research community in many areas. In particular, research in information and communication technology for development (ICTD), whose goal is to invent technology for the sake of socioeconomic growth, is experiencing fast growth, as evidenced by a number of international conferences and workshops devoted to this topic in areas such as education, health, and several others.

Computer vision in developing regions is also experiencing fast growth, especially in the automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging, and electronic industries. Although high quality research is carried out in many educational institutions and industry laboratories in developing regions, the visibility of these efforts within the international community is rather low. Many of the projects in developing regions, however, can bring new perspectives to the international research community, because the constraints and conditions of research projects on developing regions are frequently different from what researchers in developed regions typically encounter. On the other hand, computer vision has many applications in developing regions that can have an important impact on development, e.g. manufacturing, education, medicine, natural interaction with computers, and many others.

Scope. The goal of this workshop, in conjunction with ICCV 2007, is to highlight the efforts of computer-vision researchers working with developing regions, with particular emphasis on those who have unique experience doing computer vision research in developing regions, with students and colleagues from developing regions, or on technical problems specific to developing regions. The location of the workshop will naturally draw a Latin American audience, but the workshop welcomes participation worldwide, from anyone in academia, industry, or development who resonates with these topics. The goal is to expose the international computer vision community to specific challenges of vision in developing regions, to identify specific needs for computer vision research in the context of developing regions, and and to encourage future collaborations.

To this end, we will solicit submissions that fall roughly in the following three areas: (1) computer-vision research that addresses particular problems of developing regions; (2) careful analysis of problems specific to developing regions that may be amenable to a computer-vision solution; and (3) descriptions of attempts to spread computer-vision research to a wider audience within developing regions. More specifically, the workshop welcomes papers that fall into the following categories:

  • Papers that describe current industrial and academic research projects in computer vision in developing regions;
  • Technical papers that discuss novel techniques, applications, systems, or theoretical frameworks that highlight challenges, research opportunities, and open issues in areas of interest in computer vision for developing regions, including low-cost vision (hardware/software) for use in resource-constrained environments;
  • Applications of computer vision that address specific challenges in developing regions in
    • Agriculture
    • Automotive
    • Business process outsourcing (BPO)
    • Education
    • Healthcare/Medical/Pharmaceutical
    • Human computer interaction (HCI)
    • Microfinance
    • Mining
    • Robotics
    • Safety/Surveillance
    • Etc.
  • Position papers on any of the topics above, and papers that describe experiences about teaching or doing research in computer vision in developing regions (e.g., that describe cultural and social issues in deployment and implementation of vision applications in developing regions, among others).
All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee and evaluated based on originality, clarity of presentation, and technical quality.
Paper Submission: Please make sure you read the section below before you submit a paper
Summary page: Given the nature of the workshop, the authors will be asked to state in the abstract a clear connection of their paper with the workshop objectives.

Paper format and length: All submissions to CVDR 2007 must be electronic and in Acrobat PDF format. A complete paper should be submitted in camera-ready format. The length should match that intended for final publication. Papers accepted for the workshop will be allocated 12 pages in the proceedings, with the option of purchasing up to 2 extra pages. Authors should use the LNCS format, which can be obtained here.

Dual submission: By submitting a manuscript to CVDR 2007, the authors assert that it has not been previously published in substantially similar form. ICCV 2007 allows double submissions to ICCV workshops and the main conference. In case of acceptance, the author will have to decide where the paper should appear (main conference or workshop).

Supplemental Material: Authors may optionally upload supplemental material. Typically, this material might include videos of results that cannot be included in the main paper, anonymized related submissions to other conferences and journals, and appendices or technical reports containing extended proofs and mathematical derivations that are not essential for understanding of the paper. Note that the contents of the supplemental material should be referred to appropriately in the paper and that reviewers are not obliged to look at it. All supplemental material must be zipped or tarred into a single file and sent by e-mail to avinash@cis.jhu.edu. There is a 30MB limit on the size of this file. The deadline for supplemental material is August 7, 11:59pm, EST. Files must be named A< paper id>CVDR.zip, e.g. A22VCDR.zip.
Prof. Alejandro Jaimes, IDIAP Research Institute, Switzerland
Siome Klein Goldenstein, UNICAMP, Brazil
Kentaro Toyama, Microsoft Research, India
Luis Velho, Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada, Brazil
René Vidal, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Program Committee
Narendra Ahuja
Eduardo Bayro-Corrochano
Tiberio Caetano
Octavia Camps
Daniel Gatica-Perez
Pedro Felzenszwalb
José Hernández
Shang-Hong Lai
Ramesh Jain
Roberto Marcondes Cesar-Jr
Walterio Mayol
Domingo Mery
Mario Munich
Gustavo Olague
Gregory Randall
Antonio Robles-Kelly
Romer Rosales
Salvador Ruiz-Correa
Javier Ruiz-del-Solar
Guillermo Sapiro
Andrew Senior
Alvaro Soto
Luis Sucar
Mario Sznaier
José Torreao
Chi-Keung Tang
Gabriel Taubin
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
NICTA and Australian National University, Australia
Northeastern University, USA
IDIAP, Switzerland
University of Chicago, USA
Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
National Tsing Hua University, China
University of California at Irvine, USA
University of São Paulo, Brazil
University of Bristol, UK
Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Evolution Robotics, USA
Cicese, Mexico
Universidad de la República, Uruguay
NICTA, ANU, Australia
Siemens CAD, USA
Children's National Medical Center, USA
Universidad de Chile, Chile
University of Minnesota, USA
IBM Research, USA
Universidad Católica de Chile
INAOE, Mexico
Northeastern University
UFF, Brazil
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Brown University, USA