ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2010

Hi everybody,

As you know, I attended the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI) which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

I arrived in Atlanta on Friday, 9th of April. After driving from Klagenfurt to Munich, and flying from Munich through Frankfurt to Atlanta, I finally arrived. On Saturday and Sunday several workshops took place. Since I didn’t attend any of them and just registered for the main conference program, I had time to get a feeling of Atlanta by walking around in different neighborhoods, visiting the CNN headquarters, the Georgia Aquarium, the Dr. Martin Luther King, jun. museum and many other interesting places – together with my advisor Mathias Lux, who also attended the conference.

On Monday, 12th of April, the actual conference program started. It was very interesting. Besides listening to exciting presentations and new ideas, learning a lot concerning researching, designing studies and experiments etc., I also had the chance to network and meet new people. I talked to people of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Skype, and Microsoft Research just to mention a few. Conferences like this one really provide the possibility to expand one’s network, share thoughts and have interesting discussions. Although a big conference like ACM CHI with 2300+ attendees has a lot of “closed networks of people and communities”, it is still interesting to see the dynamics and activities that are existent.

On Wednesday, 14th of April, we had our big day: the poster presentation about our paper “A Classification Scheme for User Intentions in Image Search” was on. We set up the poster in the morning in a huge exhibit room. Afterwards, between 10.30 and 11.30, we had the possibility to present our poster and talk with other researchers about our work. Together with Mathias Lux (main author of the paper) and Oge Marques from Florida Atlantic University, who traveled from Boca Raton, Florida to Atlanta on Sunday evening, we got a lot of input for our future research.

Thank god I already traveled back home to Austria on Wednesday (I arrived on Thursday), since the ash clouds of the burst of volcano Eyjafjalla on Iceland induced the cancelation of all transatlantic flights.

I’ll provide you a final report of the journey and the interesting conference in the next couple of days.

Have a good time!



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Re: Promising avenues for interdisciplinary research in vision

Am 25. Juni 2009 hielt Dr. Oge Marques, Florida Atlantic University oben genannten Vortrag und hier möchten wir nochmals einen Rückblick auf diesen Vortrag wagen.
Abstract: Research in vision science has an intrinsic potential for integrating contributions from psychology, computer science, engineering, optics, neuroscience, and physiology, among many other areas of knowledge. During the past 15 years, many vision researchers have successfully demonstrated that the results of such interdisciplinary efforts can advance the state of the art and lead to promising discoveries. This talk presents representative research results that blend experiments in human visual perception and computer vision models to solve challenging vision problems. Particularly, it discusses the issues of object and scene recognition and the role of context and shows how they are being addressed by the leading researchers in the field. After introducing selected basic concepts of object detection and recognition, scene recognition and analysis, and the role of context, we will discuss representative attempts to model the process of context influences in object perception. We will then motivate further research efforts by presenting a number of fascinating open problems in this field and suggesting how they can be approached in a truly interdisciplinary way.
CV: Dr. Oge Marques is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He is currently a guest professor with ITEC at University of Klagenfurt. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Florida Atlantic University in 2001, his Masters in Electronics Engineering from Philips International Institute (Eindhoven, NL) in 1989 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from UTFPR (Curitiba, Brazil), where he also taught for more than 10 years before moving to the USA. His research interests include: image processing, analysis, annotation, search, and retrieval; human and computer vision; and video processing and analysis. He has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience in the fields of image processing and computer vision, in different countries (USA, Austria, Brazil, Netherlands, Spain, and India) and capacities. He is the (co-) author of 4 (four) books in these topics, including the forthcoming textbook “Practical Image and Video Processing Using MATLAB” (Wiley, 2010). He has also published several book chapters and more than 50 refereed journal and conference papers in these fields. He serves as a reviewer and Editorial Board member for several leading journals in computer science and engineering. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Education Society, and the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon.
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