Following the successful organization of the ICDAR2007 Handwriting Segmentation Contest, we are pleased to invite all researchers in the field of off-line Handwriting processing to register and participate in the ICDAR2009 Handwriting Segmentation Contest. The general objective of this contest is to use well established evaluation practices and procedures in order to record recent advances in off-line handwriting segmentation. We plan to create two benchmarking datasets (one for text line detection and one for word detection) and use a common evaluation platform in order to test and compare recent algorithms for handwritten document segmentation in realistic circumstances. A training dataset toolkit (the ICDAR2007 Handwriting Segmentation Contest benchmarking dataset along with an evaluation software) will be given to all participants just after registering. Datasets will contain B/W handwritten document images produced by many writers in several languages (English, French, German and Greek).
An agreement will be signed by the participants and the organizers in order to protect the rights of the submitted software. The results of the competition will be announced during a particular ICDAR2009 session. A report on the competition will be published in the ICDAR2009 conference proceedings.
Note: You may participate in this contest even if you do not plan to attend the ICDAR 2009 conference.
B. Gatos, N. Stamatopoulos and
Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications
National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Greece