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ICVSS Perception, Learning and Action


Dear students and colleagues,

We would like to thank all the applicants (more than 320), their supervisors and the sponsors for their continued support and interest in ICVSS 2020 even in these unprecedented times.

Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and the health guidance information from our government authorities, the organising committee has decided to postpone ICVSS 2020 until a later date when it will be safe to travel again.

Other scientific meetings have chosen the virtual option but we strongly believe that ICVSS is unique because of the real (academic and social) interaction of students with lecturers and researchers from industry. We will therefore await a date when we can meet again physically and safely.

All applications and reference letters received so far will be considered valid for the selection of the school when we are able to fix a date.

We would like to thank you all for your patience and we really hope to be back soon with better news. Our thoughts and very best wishes are with you all.

The ICVSS School Directors
Roberto Cipolla, Giovanni Maria Farinella, Sebastiano Battiato


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 fourteenth 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. The next decade will see machine perception in embodied systems which learn representations for and from action and interaction.

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.

ICVSS was awarded the IEEE PAMI Mark Everingham Prize (2017).


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

More industries are coming soon!



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 (a confirmation email will be sent to you). Each student is strongly encouraged to submit also a reference letter (Reference letter Module) by email (icvss@dmi.unict.it) to the attention of Prof. Giovanni Maria Farinella.

The expected school fee will be in the order of €525 for Master and Phd students granted by academia, €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 2020 should be received before TO BE ANNOUNCED. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Late registration can be done with an extra payment of €150.

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 TO BE ANNOUNCED. 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 €525 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' CVs, 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 €525 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: TO BE ANNOUNCED

Essay Title 2020: What hinders assistive computer vision from applying to real life

Writing is an integral part of your PhD. Your awareness of the social impact of your research may improve the life of many and our society.

This essay competition focuses on assistive technology powered by computer vision, which may support individuals with disability and care for the aging population. This competition is a unique experience of writing an essay with other international students on a topic which matters.

This school track is sponsored by Huawei Ireland Research Center, based in Dublin. The new Video Competence Center of Huawei aims to innovate in the area of video intelligence and behavior analysis, to create the next generation of video understanding solutions, in collaboration with a wide network of academic institutions.

All students would be entered into the essay competition in groups. All essays would be published on this page. Detailed instructions would be sent via email.

The winners would be invited to present their essay at the essay award ceremony. Most importantly, the winners would be granted the opportunity of an internship at the Huawei Ireland Video Competence Center, a unique chance to research, innovate and make the difference!


Student Application:TO BE ANNOUNCED
Notification Acceptance:TO BE ANNOUNCED
Online Registration:TO BE ANNOUNCED
Early Registration Payment:TO BE ANNOUNCED
Late Registration (with extra payment of 150€):TO BE ANNOUNCED
Accommodation Reservation at Hotel Village Baia Samuele:TO BE ANNOUNCED
Poster Submission:TO BE ANNOUNCED
Local Arrangements Information:TO BE ANNOUNCED
Submission for Essay Competition:TO BE ANNOUNCED
Submission for Reading Group Competition: See details on the Reading Group page
Notification of Decision for Oral Presentation:TO BE ANNOUNCED


ICVSS 2020 will be hosted by Hotel Village Baia Samuele in Punta Sampieri - Scicli (Ragusa), Sicily in dates TO BE ANNOUNCED. 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. There are no other accommodation options. ICVSS participants must make reservations for accommodation no later than TO BE ANNOUNCED, using the accommodation reservation form (Accommodation Reservation Module) to be sent by email directly to Baia Samuele reception (icvss@igrandiviaggi.it). After TO BE ANNOUNCED we can no longer guarantee a reservation at the Hotel Village Baia Samuele (hence a place at the Summer School). Please note that no other accommodation options are available.

The accommodation prices for ICVSS participants will be similar to those of past years. More information is coming soon.


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

Catania Airport School Location 12.30 14.30
Catania Airport School Location 19.00 21.00
School Location Siracusa 09.00 10.00
School Location Catania Airport 09.00 11.00
School Location Catania 09.00 11.15
School Location Taormina 09.00 12.00


A shuttle service is available provided by Eraclea Travels Staff .

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


Useful informations on Flights and Car Rental can be found here. The main rental car companies operate at the airport of Catania.


Red markers indicate Catania Airport and the School Location.


Information on previous ICVSS editions can be found here.