It will be a pleasure to welcome in Seville three invited speakers:

Herbert Edelsbrunner (IAPR Speaker) is currently full Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology in Austria. He was the first of only two computer scientists to win the National Science Foundation's Alan T. Waterman Award and is an ISI highly cited researcher. The core of Herbert Edelsbrunner's research is a combination of mathematics and computer science, always driven by relevant questions in applications such as scientific visualization, structural molecular biology, systems biology, geometry processing, medical imaging, and orthodontics. The common theme is the importance of shape and the recognition, matching, and classification of shape. Topology is the area within mathematics whose methods most directly speak to that need. Algorithms and computer software are needed to make mathematical insights useful in applications, which is the motivation to study in topology and also geometry from a computational point of view.

Francisco Escolano obtained his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science at the Polytechnical University of Valencia (Spain) in 1992 and his Ph Degree in Computer Science at the University of Alicante in 1997. Since 1998, he has been an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Department at the University of Alicante. He has been post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Norberto M. Grzywacz at the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of South California in Los Angeles, and he has also collaborated with Dr. Alan L. Yuille at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute of San Francisco. He also visited the Liisa Holm's Bioinformatics Lab at the University of Helsinki. His research interests are focused on the development of efficient and reliable pattern recognition and computer vision algorithms. He is the head of the Robot Vision Group. He co-chaired and organized the 6th TC15-IAPR Workshop on Graph-based Representations in Pattern Recognition (Gbr), and co-chaired the 7th Gbr workshop. He is vice-president of the TC2 commitee of the IAPR. He has recently published the book "Information Theory in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition", Springer-London, July 2009. In 2010 he co-organized the Joint IAPR International Workshops on Structural and Syntactic Pattern Recognition (SSPR 2010) and Statistical Techniques in Pattern Recognition (SPR 2010). He also co-organized the workshop "Advanced ITinCVPR in a Nutshell" Anand Rangarajan in CVPR'2010. He has recently co-organized with Alan Yuille, Edwin R. Hancock and Anand Rangarajan the "1st IEEE Workshop on Inforrmation Theory in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition" jointly with ICCV 2011. In May 2012 he was invited speaker in the Royal Society Complex Networks Meeting at the Kavli Center, UK.

Konrad Polthier (IAPR Speaker) is full professor of mathematics at Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin and the DFG research center MATHEON, and chair of the Berlin Mathematical School. Konrad Polthier received his PhD from University of Bonn in 1994. His current research focuses on discrete differential geometry and mathematical geometry processing. Dr. Polthier co-edited several books on mathematical visualization, and co-produced mathematical video films. His recent video MESH (, joint with Beau Janzen, Los Angeles) has received international awards including "Best Animation" at the New York International Independent Film Festival. Polthier served as paper respectively event co-chair on international conferences including ACM/Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2006 and 2009.

17th IAPR International Conference on
Discrete Geometry for Computer Imagery

March 20-22, 2013, Sevilla, Spain


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