Computer Vision and the Internet (09w5126)


(University of Toronto)

(University of Washington)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Computer Vision and the Internet" workshop next week, August 30 - September 4, 2009.

With billions of photographs online, the Internet comprises the
richest photographic record ever assembled. Within this collection
are the world's significant sites, people, things and events,
photographed from almost every conceivable viewing position and angle,
different times of day and night, changes in season, weather, and
decade. The availability of such imagery presents profound
opportunities for computer vision research in such areas as 3D modeling
and recognition, and exciting practical applications.
At the same time, the huge diversity and size of such collections
poses major challenges for the field, requiring the development of new
mathematical, statistical, and algorithmic tools.

The proposed workshop will bring together, for the first time, leading
thinkers in computer vision and related areas to explore the impact
that the Internet will have on the field of computer vision (and vice versa), and identify key developments, challenges, research directions, and opportunities. As such, the workshop will help define and lay the groundwork for this emerging field, and foster collaborations.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologí­a (CONACYT).