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ICVSS Computer Vision in the Age of Large Language Models

MOTIVATION AND DESCRIPTION

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 eighteenth 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).

LIST OF SPEAKERS

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

SCHOOL DIRECTORS

SCHOOL APPLICATION

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 €575 for Master and Phd students granted by academia, €800 for other academic positions and €1000 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 2024 should be received before 31 March 2024. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by 15 April 2024.

Late registration can be done with an extra payment of €175.

Applications can be done through the online module.

POSTER SUBMISSION

Accepted students may submit a poster to present their research activity. The poster should be submitted before 7 June 2024. 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.

SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of €575 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.

BEST PRESENTATION PRIZE

A selected subset from the submitted posters will be selected by the school committee for short oral presentation. One best presentation prize of €575 will be given to the best presentation selected by the school committee.

READING GROUP

Detailed instructions will be sent to students after acceptance notification.

ESSAY COMPETITION - The Social Impact of Computer Vision

Deadline for registration to the competition is: 15 May 2024

Deadline for submission is: 20 June 2024

Essay Title 2024: Life and work at the time of llm, risks and opportunities. LLMs have opened-up the Pandora's box and reached all people. As scientists, we realize there is probably much more potential than evident to the general audience. Discuss how LLMs have, and will change the life and work of all, what lies behind the fears of many and what scientific research may alleviate risks.

Writing and Networking

Writing is an integral part of your PhD and networking is one of the finalities of the school. For the essay competition, you will be entered into groups of international students, formed to maximize diversity, to provide you with a unique experience. You will cooperatively write a brief essay (1500 words) with your team on the essay title before the school, which will also be the chance to get to know some of your fellow schoolmates before the school. All essays will be published on this page. The winners would be invited to present their essays at the award ceremony at the school.


Social Impact

The essay competition wishes to grow your awareness of the societal impact of your research, and how it may improve the life of many and our society. Positive examples are assistive technologies, powered by computer vision, which support individuals with a disability and care for the aging population. The essay is about a topic that matters.


Sponsoring the competition

This school track is sponsored by Panasonic, a renowned worldwide leader in technological innovation. Panasonic was born over 100 years ago with the mission to have a positive impact on society. Today, research at Panasonic is motivated by the belief that technology can play a fundamental role in making the world a better place. The winners would be considered for an internship at the Panasonic R&D Laboratories in San Francisco, CA, USA.


Instructions will be distributed to students after acceptance to the school.

SCHOOL DEADLINES

Student Application:31 March 2024
Notification Acceptance:15 April 2024
Online Registration:15 May 2024
Early Registration Payment:15 May 2024
Late Registration (with extra payment of 175€):22 May 2024 (last date for registration)
Accommodation Reservation at Hotel Village Baia Samuele:from 2 May 2024 to 31 May 2024
Poster Submission:7 June 2024
Local Arrangements Information:15 June 2024
Essay Competition Registration:15 May 2024
Submission for Essay Competition:20 June 2024
Submission for Reading Group Competition: See details on the Reading Group page
Notification of Decision for Oral Presentation:12-July-2024 (same day of the presentation)

LOCATION OF ICVSS 2024

ICVSS 2024 will be hosted by Hotel Village Baia Samuele in Punta Sampieri - Scicli (Ragusa), Sicily from 7-13 2024. 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.

ACCOMMODATION RESERVATION AT HOTEL VILLAGE BAIA SAMUELE

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 from 2 May 2024 to 31 May 2024, using the accommodation reservation form (Accommodation Reservation Module) to be sent by email directly to Baia Samuele reception (icvss@igrandiviaggi.it). After from 2 May 2024 to 31 May 2024 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.

NOTE THAT ONLY ATTENDEES REGISTERED AT ICVSS CAN BOOK A ROOM AT BAIA SAMUELE WITH THE ACCOMMODATION MODULE AND ICVSS RATES. REQUESTS FOR ACCOMPANYING PERSONS WILL BE NOT CONSIDERED. BAIA SAMUELE WILL CHECK THE NAMES OF THE ACCEPTED STUDENTS TO CONFIRM THE BOOKING.

The accommodation prices for ICVSS participants are the following:

Accommodation from 7 (in) to 13 (out) July 2024 Price
Single Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 1100€ per pax (10 rooms - first come first served)
Single Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 1300€ per pax (from the 11th to the 20th single room - first come first served)
Double room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 800€ per pax
Triple room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 650€ per pax
Quadruple room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner 550€ per pax

SCHOOL BUS SERVICE

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

FROM TO DEPARTURE - Sunday 7 July 2024 ARRIVAL - Sunday 7 July 2024
Catania Airport School Location 12.30 14.30
Catania Airport School Location 19.00 21.00
FROM TO DEPARTURE - Saturday 13 July 2024 ARRIVAL - Saturday 13 July 2024
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

SHUTTLE SERVICE

A shuttle service (from Catania Airport to Baia Samuele or viceversa) is available provided by Eraclea Travels Staff:

  • Taxi 1 passenger - €180
  • Taxi from 2 to 3 passengers - €200
  • Taxi from 4 to 6 passengers - €220

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

FLIGHTS TO SICILY AND CAR RENTAL

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

MAP

Red markers indicate Catania Airport and the School Location.

PREVIOUS EDITION

Information on previous ICVSS editions can be found here.