Friday, December 14, 2007

50th International Symposium ELMAR-2008

The 50th International Symposium ELMAR-2008, the oldest conference in Europe, will be traditionally held in the beautiful old town Zadar on the Croatian Adriatic coast. While the scientific program is expected to create stimulating professional interaction, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, warm summer atmosphere and wealth of historic monuments promise a pleasant and memorable stay.

During the 50 years of activity ELMAR symposium became a significant scientific conference in the field of multimedia communications, image and video processing, navigation systems, speech and audio processing, telecommunications, wireless commununications, electronics in marine, naval architecture, sea ecology, and other advanced research areas. Besides, every year ELMAR symposium gathers specialists of various kinds (government representatives, navy, industry, universities and various business people from the region) to discuss the most recent issues and contribute to appropriate market development in Croatia.

The scientific program includes keynote talks by eminent international experts and contributed papers. Papers accepted by two independent reviewers will be published in symposium proceedings available at the symposium and abstracted in the INSPEC and IEEExplore database. ELMAR-2008 symposium is sponsored by the Croatian Society Electronics in Marine (ELMAR), technically co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8, IEEE Croatia Section, IEEE Croatia Section Chapter of the Signal Processing Society, IEEE Croatia Section Joint Chapter of the Antennas and Propagation / Microwave Theory and Techniques Societies and organized in cooperation with EURASIP (European Association for Signal, Speech and Image Processing).


Image and Video Processing
Multimedia Communications
Speech and Audio Processing
Wireless Commununications
Antennas and Propagation
e-Learning and m-Learning
Navigation Systems
Ship Electronic Systems
Power Electronics and Automation
Naval Architecture
Sea Ecology
Special Session Proposals - A special session consist of 5-6 papers which should present a unifying theme from a diversity of viewpoints

Windows Vista SP1 Release Candidate

Install Windows Vista SP1 Release Candidate through Windows Update
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC) is available through Windows Update.

Windows Vista SP1 RC requires the installation of either two or three prerequisite updates prior to installing the service pack itself. These prerequisite updates will be delivered to most users over Windows Update as part of regularly scheduled monthly updates prior to the release of the service pack. This will help ensure that reboots required by the prerequisite updates occur with other updates that require a reboot. However, because these prerequisite updates have not been released, installing Windows Vista SP1 RC will require 3 to 4 separate installations over Windows Update. Please note that the instructions below are primarily required for the RC installation and will not be required for most users using Windows Update to install the final Service Pack.

The prerequisite updates consist of two updates which service specific Windows components prior to the installation of the service pack and a third update which services the installation software built into Windows Vista. The following are the prerequisite updates.
KB935509 This updates is only required on Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate editions (which have Bitlocker capabilities). This update is required prior to installing KB938371, the second prerequisite update and is required to prevent potential loss of data on Bitlocker encrypted systems during updating.
KB938371 This update consists of fixes for several components (including the TrustedInstaller), increases the success rate for installing the service pack and enables the service pack to be uninstalled successfully.
KB937287 This is an update to the “Servicing Stack” or the Windows Vista component installer technologies built into Windows Vista. This update enables the built-in installer to properly and successfully install the service pack.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

32nd OAGM/AAPR workshop, May 26-27 2008

The 32nd annual workshop of the Austrian Association for Pattern Recognition (OAGM/AAPR) provides a platform bringing together researchers of the fields of image analysis, image processing, and pattern recognition for discussing relevant and important topics of the computer vision discipline.
It is organized in workshop form presenting the latest work of Austrian and international institutes in the domain of computer vision and pattern recognition.
Special attention will be paid to Aspects of Image Analysis and Pattern Recognition that focus on Challenges in the Biosciences. People working in this field are especially encouraged to participate by submitting their work and attending the workshop.

16. February 2008 Submission of full papers
05. March 2008 Notification of acceptance
30. March 2008 Submission of final papers
26. May 2008 Start of Workshop
27. May 2008 End of Workshop

Monday, December 10, 2007


The International Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIAMIS) is one of the main international fora for the presentation and discussion of the latest technological advances in interactive multimedia services. The objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers and developers from academia and industry working in all areas of image, video and audio applications, with a special focus on analysis. After Louvain (1997), Berlin (1999), Tampere (2001), London (2003), Lisboa (2004), Montreux (2005), Incheon (2006), and Santorini (2007), WIAMIS 2008 is held at Klagenfurt University, Austria.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

Multimedia content analysis and understanding
Content-based browsing, indexing and retrieval of images, video and audio
2D/3D feature extraction
Advanced descriptors and similarity metrics for audio and video
Relevance feedback and learning systems
Segmentation of objects in 2D/3D image sequences
Identification and tracking of regions in scenes
Voice/audio assisted video segmentation
Analysis for coding efficiency and increased error resilience
Analysis and understanding tools for content adaptation
Multimedia content adaptation tools, transcoding and transmoding
Content summarization and personalization strategies
End-to-end quality of service support for Universal Multimedia Access
Semantic mapping and ontologies
Multimedia analysis for advanced applications
Multimedia analysis hardware and middleware
Multimedia standards: MPEG-7 (incl. Query Format), MPEG-21

The proceedings of the workshop will be published by the IEEE Computer Society. Accepted papers will be available through IEEE Xplore™ and through the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library. The format of papers will have to be prepared according to IEEE Computer Society standards. Only IEEE Xplore™-compliant PDF files can be accepted for final paper submissions

Important Note:
The Workshop proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society and made available through IEEE Xplore™ and the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library. Papers must be formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society standards and their length must not exceed 4 IEEE double column style pages including all figures, tables, and references.

I have contact Mr Hermann Hellwagner asking him about extra page charge. A fifth page can be submitted at the cost of USD 50!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Visual Studio 2008 Overview

Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 delivers on the Microsoft vision of smart client applications by enabling developers to rapidly create connected applications that deliver the highest quality, rich user experiences. With Visual Studio 2008, organizations will find it easier than ever before to capture and analyze information to help them make effective business decisions. Visual Studio 2008 enables organizations of every size to rapidly create more secure, manageable, and reliable applications that take advantage of Windows Vista™ and the 2007 Office system.

Visual Studio 2008 delivers key advances for developers in three primary pillars:

Rapid application development
Effective team collaboration
Break through user experiences
Visual Studio 2008 provides advanced development tools, debugging features, database functionality, and innovative features for quickly creating tomorrow's cutting-edge applications across a variety of platforms.

Visual Studio 2008 includes enhancements such as visual designers for faster development with the .NET Framework 3.5, substantial improvements to Web development tools and language enhancements that speed development with all types of data. Visual Studio 2008 provides developers with all the tools and framework support required to create compelling, expressive, AJAX-enabled Web applications.

Developers will be able to take advantage of these rich client-side and server-side, frameworks to easily build client-centric Web applications that integrate with any back-end data provider, run within any modern browser, and have complete access to ASP.NET application services and the Microsoft platform.

Rapid Application Development
To help developers rapidly create modern software, Visual Studio 2008 delivers improved language and data features, such as Language Integrated Query (LINQ), that make it easier for individual programmers to build solutions that analyze and act on information.

Visual Studio 2008 also provides developers with the ability to target multiple versions of the .NET Framework from within the same development environment. Developers will be able to build applications that target the .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0 or 3.5, meaning that they can support a wide variety of projects in the same environment.

Break Through User Experience
Visual Studio 2008 offers developers new tools that speed creation of connected applications on the latest platforms including the Web, Windows Vista, Office 2007, SQL Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008. For the Web, ASP.NET AJAX and other new technologies will enable developers to quickly create a new generation of more efficient, interactive, and personalized Web experiences.

Effective Team Collaboration
Visual Studio 2008 delivers expanded and improved offerings that help improve collaboration in development teams, including tools that help integrate database professionals and graphic designers into the development process.

Use the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
The .NET Framework enables the rapid construction of connected applications that provide outstanding end-user experiences by providing the building blocks (pre-fabricated software) for solving common programming tasks. Connected applications built on the .NET Framework model business processes effectively and facilitate the integration of systems in heterogeneous environments.

Together Visual Studio and the .NET Framework reduce the need for common plumbing code, reducing development time and enabling developers to concentrate on solving business problems.

The .NET Framework 3.5 builds incrementally on the .NET Framework 3.0. Enhancements have been made to feature areas including the base class library, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, and Windows CardSpace.