Current list of Special Sessions

Visual communications with 6 Degrees of Freedom

Organizers: Francesca De Simone (CWI), Laura Toni (UCL)

Recent advances in 3D capturing technologies and visualization techniques, such as those enabling Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR and AR), are paving the way towards the deployment of visual communications that provide six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) viewing capabilities to the user.
In a communication framework with 6DoF, the user can freely navigate the scene, changing her/his viewpoint, and spatially interact with the visual signals. Applications exploiting such scenario are of interest in a broad range of fields, from art and entertainment, to medicine and engineering. Thus, the key enabling technologies for these applications are receiving a lot of attention from main technological innovation players, both in academic and industrial communities.
In order to deploy visual communications with 6DoF, many research challenges need to be addressed across the whole signal processing chain: from the capture and representation of the new visual signals involved, namely dynamic and static volumetric signals, 3D models, etc; to their efficient storage and distribution; as well as their rendering via head mounted displays for VR and AR or classical mobile and desktop displays allowing for advanced interaction modalities. Finally, departing from the classical frame-based media consumption, the new modalities involved in 6DoF visual interactions raise new research questions concerning user’s visual perception and Quality of Experience (QoE) at large.
This special session aims at fostering discussions among the EUVIP community about the latest advances on technologies enabling visual communications with 6DoF. Topics of interest will include (being not limited to):

Contact: Francesca de Simone and Laura Toni

Contrast and its Role in Image and Video Quality Assessment

Organizers: Seyed Ali Amirshahi (NTNU) and Marius Pedersen (NTNU)

When studying the human visual system one of the most important topic is contrast and how it should be considered when it come to its use in image processing. Over the years different studies have tried to address topics such as contrast evaluation, contrast enhancement, and contrast modeling. While achromatic contrast sensitivity has been studied in detail little attention has been paid on chromatic contrast sensitivity. This special session aims to provide a platform for showcasing the theoretical and applied research advancements in this field of study. We aim to explore recent methods, challenges, and possible opportunities in this research domain. The topic of contrast and its effect on image and video quality is of special interest in fields such as medical imaging, video surveillance, remote sensing, underwater imaging, image forensics, intelligent transport systems, digital cinema, visual cultural heritage data, among others. While a large number of studies have focused on evaluating the quality of images and videos the same attention has been paid to the role of different properties such as contrast affcting the quality. Original and unpublished work is invited to be submitted in the special session. Topics of interest will include (being not limited to):

Contact: Seyed Ali Amirshahi and Marius Pedersen

Intelligent Methods and Artificial Intelligence for Biomedical Imaging Systems

Organizers: Jan Kubicek (VSB), Marek Penhaker (VSB), Vladimir Kasik (VSB), Silvia Conforto (Roma Tre), Maurizio Schmid (Roma Tre), and Daniele Bibbo (Roma Tre)

Recent technological trends in the medical informatics and biomedical engineering allow for development of complex intelligent biomedical systems including clinical computer-based decision support systems, medical knowledge acquisition, medical imaging, and computational intelligence in the biomedicine. Artificial intelligence has a significant impact on a field of the biomedicine, and such systems can be implemented for solving real-world applications based on the machine learning, neural computing, expert systems, genetic algorithms and others. Special section IMAIBIS 2019 provides a unique forum for researchers to discuss recent trends of novel aspects of the biomedical intelligent imaging systems. We invite researchers to contribute original research articles, as well as papers describing future directions of the biomedical intelligent imaging systems. Acceptance will be based on the quality, originality, and practical value of the work. Topics of the special section include, but are not limited to:

Contact: Jan Kubicek, Marek Penhaker, Vladimir Kasik, Silvia Conforto, Maurizio Schmid, and Daniele Bibbo.

Video Tracking

Organizers: Hamid Hassanpour (SUT), Faouzi Alaya Cheikh (NTNU), and Dr. Mohib Ullah Awan (NTNU)

Thanks to advances in camera technology, processing power availability and integration of cameras in a multitude of devices, cars, drones, mobile devices, to name a few, we witness a growing interest in applications using video technology. Most of these applications, try to analyze the content of a video scene by detecting objects and tracking them in time and space. This motivates a big number of researchers to work on different aspects of video tracking.  
Currently video systems are employed in various fields such as surveillance, environment monitoring and protection, military, and medical diagnosis and treatment. Even though the applications may be diverse, their performance could be hindered by similar and common disturbances due to their typically uncontrolled application domain conditions: including unwanted motion, low resolution, low contrast, background clutter, occlusion, uneven illumination and noise. These disturbances, make video tracking a rather challenging task. Tracking objects in a video provides the basis for automatic scene analysis and understanding. Hence, advancing video tracking technology can significantly improve the performance of many video-based applications.

This special session intends to bring together the state-of-the-art advances on various applications of video tracking. Topics of interest will include (being not limited to):

Original and unpublished work is invited to be submitted to the special session. The papers should be submitted through the regular submission system and will undergo the same review process as regular papers. More information about the paper submission guidelines can be found at:

Contact: Hamid Hassanpour, Faouzi Alaya Cheikh, and Mohib Ullah Awan.