ICPRAM (1st International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods - http://www.icpram.org/) has an open call for papers, whose deadline is set for July 26, 2011. We hope you can participate in this conference by submitting a paper reflecting your current research in any of the following tracks: - Theory and Methods - Applications ICPRAM 2012 will be held in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal next year, on February 6-8, 2012. The conference will be sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning (PASCAL2), and technically co-sponsored by IEEE Signal Processing Society, Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP) Technical Committee of IEEE, AERFAI (Asociacion Espanola de Reconocimiento de Formas y Analisis de Imagenes) and APRP (Associacao Portuguesa de Reconhecimento de Padroes). INSTICC is member of the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC). ICPRAM would like to become a major point of contact between researchers, engineers and practitioners on the areas of Pattern Recognition, both from theoretical and application perspectives. Contributions describing applications of Pattern Recognition techniques to real-world problems, interdisciplinary research, experimental and/or theoretical studies yielding new insights that advance Pattern Recognition methods are especially encouraged. The conference program features a number of Keynote Lectures to be delivered by distinguished world-class researchers, including those listed below. The proceedings of ICPRAM will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index, INSPEC, DBLP and EI. All accepted papers (full, short and posters) will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support. BMKW A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in a AISC Series book. Top selected papers in specific areas of interest will be published as a special issue in the Neurocomputing Journal. Best paper awards will be distributed during the conference closing session. Please check the website for further information (http://www.icpram.org/best_paper_awards.asp). All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SciTePress Digital Library (http://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/). Workshops and special sessions are also invited. If you wish to propose a workshop or a special session, for example based on the results of a specific research project, please contact the secretariat. Workshop chairs and Special Session chairs will benefit from logistics support and other types of support, including secretariat and financial support, to facilitate the development of a valid idea. Please check further details at the ICPRAM's conference website (http://www.icpram.org). Should you have any question please don't hesitate contacting me. ICPRAM 2012 will be held in conjunction with ICAART 2012 (http://www.icaart.org/home.asp) in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal next year, on February 6-8, 2012. Registration to ICPRAM will enable free access to the ICAART conference (as a non-speaker). We hope to welcome you in Vilamoura, Algarve next February 2012! Kind regards, Patricia Alves ICPRAM Secretariat Av. D.Manuel I, 27A 2.Esq. 2910-595 Setubal, Portugal Tel.: +351 265 100033 Fax: +44 203 014 8556 Email: icpram.secretariat@insticc.org ICPRAM website: http://www.icpram.org IMPORTANT DATES: Conference date: 6-8 February, 2012 Regular Paper Submission: July 26, 2011 Authors Notification: October 6, 2011 Final Regular Paper Submission and Registration: October 26, 2011 TECHNICALLY CO-SPONSORED BY - IEEE - Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP) Technical Committee of IEEE - AERFAI - APRP IN COOPERATION WITH - AAAI - PASCAL2 CONFERENCE TRACKS: TRACK 1: THEORY AND METHODS - Exact and Approximate Inference - Density Estimation - Bayesian Models - Gaussian Processes - Model Selection - Graphical and Graph-based Models - Missing Data - Ensemble Methods - Neural Networks - Kernel Methods - Large Margin Methods - Classification - Regression - Sparsity - Feature Selection and Extraction - Spectral Methods - Embedding and Manifold Learning - Similarity and Distance Learning - Matrix Factorization - Clustering - ICA, PCA, CCA and other Linear Models - Fuzzy Logic - Active Learning - Cost-sensitive Learning - Incremental Learning - On-line Learning - Structured Learning - Multi-agent Learning - Multi-instance Learning - Reinforcement Learning - Instance-based Learning - Knowledge Acquisition and Representation - Meta Learning - Multi-strategy Learning - Case-based Reasoning - Inductive Learning - Computational Learning Theory - Cooperative Learning - Evolutionary Computation - Information Retrieval and Learning - Hybrid Learning Algorithms - Planning and Learning - Convex Optimization - Stochastic Methods - Combinatorial Optimization TRACK 2: APPLICATIONS - Natural Language Processing - Information Retrieval - Ranking - Web Applications - Economics, Business and Forecasting Applications - Bioinformatics and Systems Biology - Audio and Speech Processing - Signal Processing - Image Understanding - Sensors and Early Vision - Motion and Tracking - Image-based Modelling - Shape Representation - Object Recognition - Video Analysis - Medical Imaging - Learning and Adaptive Control - Perception - Learning in Process Automation - Learning of Action Patterns - Virtual Environments - Robotics KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Ludmila Kuncheva, Bangor University, U.K. Tiberio Caetano, NICTA, Australia Francis Bach, INRIA, France Jose C. Principe, University of Florida, U.S.A. Joachim M. Buhmann, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (list not yet complete) CONFERENCE CHAIR: Ana Fred, Technical University of Lisbon / IT, Portugal PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS: J. Salvador Sanchez, Jaume I University, Spain Pedro Latorre Carmona, Jaume I University, Spain PAPER SUBMISSION: Authors should submit an original paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, using the on-line submission procedure. The initial submission must have between 3 to 13 pages otherwise it will be rejected without review. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. A "double-blind" paper evaluation method will be used. To facilitate that, the authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper, WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors. This means that is necessary to remove the authors personal details, the acknowledgements section and any reference that may disclose the authors identity. Submission types: A) Regular Paper Submission A regular paper presents a work where the research is completed or almost finished. It does not necessary means that the acceptance is as a full paper. It may be accepted as a "full paper" (30 min. oral presentation), a "short paper" (20 min. oral presentation) or a "poster". B) Position Paper Submission A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to, without the need to present completed research work and/or validated results. It is, nevertheless, important to support your argument with evidence to ensure the validity of your claims. A position paper may be a short report and discussion of ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research (bibliographic, experimental, theoretical, or other) focused on one of the conference topic areas. The acceptance of a position paper is restricted to the categories of "short paper" or "poster", i.e. a position paper is not a candidate to acceptance as "full paper". PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Please check the program committee members at http://www.icpram.org/program_committee.asp