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Computer Vision: What Happens Next?

Reading Group
Industrial Session
Location and Accommodation

Call for Posters
Poster Submission
Presentation Prize
Essay Competition
Local Arrangements
Previous Editions

Computer vision is the science and technology of making machines that see. It is concerned with the theory, design and implementation of algorithms that can automatically process visual data to recognize objects, track and recover their shape and spatial layout.

The tenth edition of the International Computer Vision Summer School aims to provide both an objective and clear overview and an in-depth analysis of the state-of-the-art research in Computer Vision. The last decade has seen a revolution in the theory and application of computer vision and machine learning. In this special edition we look at the future: what will happen next?

The courses will be delivered by world renowned experts in the field, from both academia and industry, and will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of real Computer Vision problems as well as examples of their successful commercialisation.

The school aims to provide a stimulating opportunity for young researchers and Ph.D. students. The participants will benefit from direct interaction and discussions with world leaders in Computer Vision. Participants will also have the possibility to present the results of their research, and to interact with their scientific peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.


Michael Black, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
Dhruv Batra, Virginia Tech, USA
William T. Freeman, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, USA

Andrej Karpathy, Stanford University, USA
Koray Kavukcuoglu, Google DeepMind, UK
Yann LeCun, Facebook AI Research & NYU, USA
Sergey Levine, UC Berkeley, University of Washington, Google, USA

Devi Parikh, Virginia Tech, USA
Pietro Perona, California Institute of Technology, USA
Ashutosh Saxena, Stanford University and Cornell University, USA
Shahram Izadi, Microsoft, USA
Bernt Schiele, Max-Planck-Institut fur Informatik, Germany
Jamie Shotton, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK
Stefano Soatto, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Antonio Torralba, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, USA

Courses details are available here.

SPECIAL SESSION - Industry meets Student

In addition to the academic programme, we are organizing a special session to allow students to meet and learn about the opportunities and activities at the world leading research laboratories and companies which are exploiting computer vision.

Industrial Panel
Facebook Ai Research, USA
Google DeepMind, UK
Microsoft Research Cambridge, United Kingdom and USA
OSRAM Corporate Technology, Germany
Qualcomm Research, Austria
Rakuten, Japan
Toyota Research Europe, Belgium
Toshiba Research Europe, United Kingdom
Xerox Research Centre Europe, France

Roberto Cipolla, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Sebastiano Battiato, University of Catania, Italy
Giovanni Maria Farinella, University of Catania, Italy

The school will be open to about 100 qualified, motivated and pre-selected candidates.

Master Students, Ph. D. students, Post-Docs, young researchers (both academic and industrial), senior researchers (both academic and industrial) or academic/industrial professionals are encouraged to apply.

The expected school fee will be in the order of 525,00 € for Master and Phd students, 750 € for other academic positions and 960 € for all the others. The fee will include all course materials, coffee breaks, bus service from Catania Airport to School Location and viceversa, WiFi Internet Connection, a guided tour, a social dinner, a party on the beach, a folkloristic exhibition and bus service from School Location to Catania, Siracusa and Taormina at the end of the school.

Applications to attend ICVSS 2016 should be received before 31 March 2016. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by 15 April 2016.

Applications can be done through the online module.

Accepted students may submit a poster to present their research activity. The poster should be submitted before 15 May 2016. Suitable space will be reserved to students for showing their posters. The electronic version of the posters will also be available from the ICVSS web site.

More information about the submission procedure is available here.

A scholarship of 500€
(supported by Toshiba Research Europe) will be awarded to the best PhD student attending the school. The decision will be made by the school committee at the time of the school, taking into account candidates' cv, poster and oral presentation. All PhD students attending the school will be considered for the grant.

A selected subset from the submitted posters will be selected by the school committee for short oral presentation. One best presentation prize of 500€
will be given to the best presentation selected by the school committee.

During a typical PhD and subsequent research year, students will read probably more than 100 papers. Reading research papers is a skill that can be acquired and that is very different from reading a novel. This session is to introduce students to that skill.

Good ideas have deep roots. Understanding such roots is key to being able to generate new ideas moving forward. The main goal of the Reading Group is to practice ways in which exploration of these roots can be performed. The homework prior to the commencement of the school consists in studying (not just reading) one or more of the references provided by the school commitee, and tracing the ideas as far back as you can.

Detailed instructions will be sent to students after acceptance notification.

ESSAY COMPETITION - The Social Impact of Computer Vision
Deadline for submission is: 15 June 2016

This essay competition reflects the importance of considering the "real world" social impact of technology alongside the fundamental goals of basic R&D. Computer Vision is an area of scientific and technological development that will continue to have a profound impact on society. It will redefine the way in which information technology intersects and interfaces with medicine and other disciplines, it will play a key role in the care of an ageing population and it is already a fundamental aspect of modern security technology.

Participants in the competition may write a piece of original work on the topic reported below. There are no style guidelines, or “correct answers”. You may reference any sources you wish (from any field of thought / endeavor). You may contextualize the discussion to your specific area of investigation and research interest. It is however requested that the discussion be scientific and grounded on current technological and research achievements, e.g. start-ups, patents, publications. There is a strict word limit of 1,500 words, excluding citations and footnotes. Through an entirely subjective, qualitative and irreproducible selection process, one successful essay will have his €525 attendance fees at the ICVSS 2016 reimbursed.

Submissions should be sent in PDF or Word format to icvss@dmi.unict.it. Your name, email address and university/ organization should be written at the top of your essay. Deadline for submission is 15 June 2016. The winner of the competition will be announced on 22 July 2016. The essays will be shared with fellow summer school attendees.

Essay Topic:
Assistive computer vision: ten years of technological transfer and research with future prospects.

Student Application: 31 March 2016
Notification Acceptance: 15 April 2016
Early Registration: 30 April 2016
Late Registration (with extra payment of 150 €): After 30 April 2016
Accommodation Reservation at Hotel Village Baia Samuele: 10 May 2016
Poster Submission: 15 May 2016
Local Arrangements Information: 15 June 2016
Essay Competition: 15 June 2016
Submission for Reading Group Competition: 13 July 2016 (first day of the school)
Notification of Decision for Oral Presentation: 22 July 2016 (same day of the presentation)

ICVSS 2016 will be hosted by Hotel Village Baia Samuele in Punta Sampieri - Scicli (Ragusa), Sicily from 17-23 July 2016. Sicily is one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean. The island is very rich in archeological sites from various Ancient Civilizations. The sea, weather, food and the wine are excellent.
In particular Punta Sampieri - Scicli (RG) is located in the south east of Sicily in a late Baroque area called Val di Noto. The Val di Noto area is included in the Unesco World Heritage List and includes eight nearby towns: Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli.
The location of the school rises in the middle of an ample bay delimited on the west from Sampieri and on the east from a cliff, on which is founded an ancient furnace, rare example of industrial archaeology. The Hotel Village “Baia Samuele” stretches in a gentle slant to the beach: 120 thousand square meters delimited from rows of secular cypresses. An ultramodern village with an original architecture, pleasant design and all comforts you can imagine. The frame of plants and flowers, typical of this angle of Sicily, in front of the island of Malta, completes this gilded dream of the Mediterranean.

ICVSS participants will be hosted at Hotel Village
Baia Samuele (school location) at very special rates. ICVSS participants must make reservations for accommodation no later than 10 May 2016, using the accommodation reservation form (Accommodation Reservation Module) to be sent by email directly to Baia Samuele reception (icvss@igrandiviaggi.it). After 10 May 2016 there is no guarantee for reservations in Hotel Village Baia Samuele.

The accommodation prices for ICVSS participants are the following:

Accommodation from 17 (in) to 23 (out) July 2016 Price
Single Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner € 850 per pax (only 30 single rooms are available)
Double room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner € 730 per pax
Triple room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner € 585 per pax
Quadruple room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner € 475 per pax
Children sleeping in parents room
Reductions for children sleeping in parents room are:  
Children from 0 to 2 years € 150 per pax
Children from 2 to 6 years € 285 per pax
Children from 6 to 12 years € 355 per pax

The following bus service will be provided by the school (without charge - supported by IAPR):

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Sunday 17 July 2016 ARRIVAL - Sunday 17 July 2016
Catania Airport School Location 12.30 14.30
Catania Airport School Location 19.00 21.00

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Saturday 23 July 2016 ARRIVAL - Saturday 23 July 2016
School Location Siracusa 9.00 10:00
School Location Catania Airport 9.00 11.00
School Location Catania 9.00 11.15
School Location Taormina 9.00 12.00

A shuttle service is available provided by Eraclea Travels Staff:

  • Taxi max 4 passengers - about 176 Euro
  • Mini Bus max 8 passengers - about 209 Euro

Reservation can be done directly on site during the school or by email to: info@eracletravels.it

Information on previous ICVSS editions can be found here.

For more information, send an email to: icvss@dmi.unict.it