CFP for fuzzy session at KES98

Beatrice Lazzerini (beatrice@iet.unipi.it)
Sat, 11 Oct 1997 15:07:58 +0200 (MET DST)

Dear Reader concerned in Fuzzy Systems,

I am trying to organise a Session in the Second International Conference
on
Knowledge-Based Intelligent Electronic Systems: KES '98, 21st - 23rd
April
1998, Adelaide, Australia (For more details on this conference, please
consult the KES '98 home page:
http://www.kes.unisa.edu.au/kes98/kes98.html).
The title of the Session is

"Fuzzy Methods for Handwriting Recognition"

Handwriting recognition is undoubtedly one of the most challenging areas
of
pattern recognition. It is extremely useful in a wide range of real
world
practical problems, including mailing address interpretation, bank check
processing, signature verification, document analysis, and many others.

Several pattern recognition approaches have been applied to both on-line
and off-line handwriting recognition, including statistical methods,
structural and syntactic methods, and neural networks. Some reading
systems
identify strokes, others try to identify characters, groups of
characters,
or entire words. Some systems are trained on the specific handwriting,
others recognize the handwriting of any writer. Typically, some
contextual
information is used to get robust and efficient handwriting recognition
for
a given application.

Nevertheless, the recognition of handwritten text cannot yet approach
human
performance. High error rates are frequently produced as a consequence
of
such reasons as the low quality of the text image, touching or
overlapping
characters, background noise, etc.

Recently, as an alternative to traditional handwriting recognition
systems,
there has been a growing interest in approaches to handwriting
recognition
based upon soft decisions, for a more faithful emulation of the human
reading process. It is in this context that fuzzy logic has proved to be
a
powerful tool to represent vague, uncertain or imprecise character
patterns, which can be described by means of fuzzy linguistic terms,
thus
supporting style variations, ambiguous character shapes, etc.

Aim of the Session:
The aim of this session is to deal with fuzzy logic based tools and
techniques that recognise complex character patterns and represent
imprecise, commonsense knowledge about the general appearance of
characters, words and phrases.

Participation:
Prospective authors are requested to send papers to the address
indicated
below (electronic submissions are NOT allowed). Papers should be written
in
English (5 to 10 pages maximum). The typesetting information of papers
can
be found at the afore-mentioned KES '98 home page. Contrary to the
official
KES '98 schedule, I will use the following deadlines:

Important dates:
Receipt of papers: 15th November 1997
Notification of acceptance: 15th December 1997
Receipt of final papers: 15 January 1998

Papers must be written in English (5 to 10 pages maximum). The
typesetting
information of papers can be found at the afore-mentioned KES '98 home
page.

Best regards
Beatrice Lazzerini

Beatrice Lazzerini
Dipartimento di Ingegneria della Informazione
Via Diotisalvi, 2
56126 Pisa - Italy

tel: ++39 50 568558
Tefax: ++39 50 568522
e-mail: beatrice@iet.unipi.it