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The slides of keynote speeches and invited talk can be downloaded at Keynote.

Program at a Glance:

Presentation Instructions:

Oral Presentation
The organizing committee will provide a computer and video projector for display in the meeting room. The presenting author is recommended to arrive at the room 10min before the start of session, and copy the presentation material (PPT or PDF) into the computer provided by the organizing committee. Each oral paper has 20min, including 15min for presentation and 5min for questions and discussions.

Note that the competition papers have different time lengths (10min) for presentation. The presentation of each competition paper includes technical report and presenting certificates to competition winners.

Poster Presentation
The poster boards will be attached sequential numbers #1, #2, #3 (paper index in the reviewing process). The presenting author should have the poster attached on the board of assigned number before the start of the poster session. If the authors would like to show demonstrations, they should use their own laptop with battery. The organizer will not provide desks and electricity for poster presentations.

The poster board will be 250cm high and 100cm wide. The author is recommended to prepare a poster of A0 size (120cm high and 84cm wide) or smaller in portrait orientation.

Detailed Program:

ICFHR2016 Program: 23-26, October, 2016, Shenzhen, China.

Oct 23 (Sunday)






Welcome reception

Oct 24 (Monday)






Keynote 1: Lambert Schomaker  Chair: Umapada Pal


How deep is deep and what's next in computational intelligence?




Oral Session 1: Document Segmentation and Understanding  Chair: Angelo Marcelli


#23: Bastien Moysset, Jerome Louradour, Christopher Kermorvant and Christian Wolf. Learning text-line localization with shared and local regression neural networks


#21: Sheng He, Petros Samara, Jan Burgers and Lambert Schomaker. Discovering Visual Element Evolutions for Historical Document Dating


#37: Majeed Kassis and Jihad El-Sana. Scribble Based Interactive Page Layout Segmentation Using Gabor Filter


#88: Umair Muneer Butt, Muhammad Imran Malik, Faisal Shafait and Sheraz Ahmad. Automatic Signature Segmentation Using Hyper-spectral Imaging


#109: K. S. Raghunandan, Palaiahnakote Shivakumara, B. J. Navya, G. Pooja, Navya Prakash, G. Hemantha Kumar, Umapada Pal and Tong Lu. Fourier Coefficients for Fraud Handwritten Document Classification Through Age Analysis




Poster session 1  Chair: Tong-Hua Su


#3: Majeed Kassis and Jihad El-Sana. Word Spotting using Radial Descriptor Graph


#5: Sangheeta Roy, Palaiahnakote Shivakumara, Umapada Pal, Tong Lu and Chew Lim Tan. New Tampered Features for Scene and Caption Text Classification in Video Frame


#8: Moises Diaz, Sukalpa Chanda, Miguel Ferrer, Chayan Kr. Banerjee, Anirban Majumdar, Cristina Carmona-Duarte, Parikshit Acharya and Umapada Pal.Multiple Generation of Bengali Static Signatures


#10: Martin Bresler, Daniel Prusa and Vaclav Hlavac. Recognizing Off-line Flowcharts by Reconstructing Strokes and Using On-line Recognition Techniques


#12: Yunxue Shao, Guanglai Gao and Chunheng Wang. A Connection Reduced Network for Similar Handwritten Chinese Character Discrimination


#14: Ji Liu, Long-Long Ma and Jian Wu. Online Handwritten Mongolian Word Recognition Using MWRCNN and Position Maps


#15: Mauricio Villegas, Alejandro H. Toselli, Verónica Romero and Enrique Vidal. Exploiting Existing Modern Transcripts for Historical Handwritten Text Recognition


#20: Fan Daoerji and Gao Guanglai. DNN-HMM for Large Vocabulary Mongolian Offline Handwriting Recognition


#22: Sheng He and Lambert Schomaker. Co-occurrence features for writer identification


#27: Song Wang, Li Chen, Liang Xu, Wei Fan, Jun Sun and Satoshi Naoi, Deep Knowledge Training and Heterogeneous CNN for Handwritten Chinese Text Recognition


#28: Kai Chen, Mathias Seuret, Marcus Liwicki, Jean Hennebert, Cheng-Lin Liu and Rolf Ingold. Page Segmentation for Historical Handwritten Document Images Using Conditional Random Fields


#30: Nicholas Howe, Andreas Fischer and Baptiste Wicht. Inkball Models as Features for Handwriting Recognition


#33: Hemmaphan Suwanwiwat, Michael Blumenstein and Umapada Pal. An Investigation of Novel Combined Features on Automatic Off-line Short Answer Assessment System


#36: Dona Valy, Michel Verleysen and Kimheng Sok. Line Segmentation Approach for Ancient Palm Leaf Manuscripts using Competive Learning Algorithm


#39: Xi Shen and Ronaldo Messina. A method of synthesizing handwritten Chinese images for data augumentation


#41: Fatma Chabchoub, Yousri Kessentini, Slim Kanoun and Véronique Eglin, Frank Lebourgeois. SmartATID: A mobile captured Arabic Text Images Dataset for multi-purpose recognition tasks


#43: Suliman Alsuhibany and Mohammad Tanvir Parvez. Secure Arabic Handwritten CAPTCHA Generation Using OCR Operations


#46: Rui Wu, Shuli Yang, Dawei Leng, Zhenbo Luo and Yunhong Wang. Random Projected Convolutional Feature for Scene Text Recognition


#49: Kha Cong Nguyen and Masaki Nakagawa. Enhanced Character Segmentation for Format-Free Japanese Text Recognition


#50: Hung Tuan Nguyen, Cuong Tuan Nguyen, Pham The Bao and Masaki Nakagawa. Preparation of an Unconstrained Vietnamese Online Handwriting Database and Recognition Experiments by Recurrent Neural Networks


#52: Kapil K. Upreti and Soumen Bag. Segmentation of Unconstrained Handwritten Hindi Words Using Polygonal Approximation


#56: Youbao Tang and Xiangqian Wu. Scene Text Detection via Edge Clue and Multi-Features


#58: Li Chen, Song Wang, Wei Fan, Jun Sun and Satoshi Naoi. Cascading Training for Relaxation CNN on Handwritten Character Recognition


#61: Made Windu Antara Kesiman, Jean-Christophe Burie, Jean-Marc Ogier, Gusti Ngurah Made Agus Wibawantara and I Made Gede Sunarya.AMADI_LontarSet: The First Handwritten Balinese Palm Leaf Manuscripts Dataset


#65: Daniel Martín-Albo, Luis A. Leiva and Réjean Plamondon. On the Design of Personal Digital Bodyguards: Impact of Hardware Resolution on Handwriting Analysis


#67: Lei Hu and Richard Zanibbi, Line of Sight Stroke Graphs for Handwritten Math Formula Representation and Symbol Segmentation


#68: Ting Zhang, Harold Mouchère and Christian Viard-Gaudin. Online Handwritten Mathematical Expressions Recognition by Merging Multiple 1D Interpretations


#78: Dewi Suryani, Patrick Doetsch and Hermann Ney. On the Benefits of Convolutional Neural Network Combinations in Offline Handwriting Recognition


#79: Leonard Rothacker and Gernot A. Fink. Robust Output Modeling in Bag-of-Features HMMs for Handwriting Recognition


#80: Fredrik Wahlberg, Tomas Wilkinson and Anders Brun. Historical Manuscript Production Date Estimation using Deep Convolutional Networks


#82: Yann Leydier, Jean Duong, Stephane Bres, Véronique Eglin, Frank Le Bourgeois and Martial Tola. libcrn, an Open-Source Document Image Processing Library


#120: Jianjuan Liang, Bilan Zhu and Masaki Nakagawa. A candidate lattice refinement method for online handwritten Japanese text recognition


#134: Adolfo Santoro, Antonio Parziale and Angelo Marcelli. A human in the loop approach to historical handwritten document transcription


Oral Session 2: Deep Learning for Handwriting Recognition  Chair: Thierry Paquet


#11: Paul Voigtlaender, Patrick Doetsch and Hermann Ney. Handwriting Recognition with Large Multidimensional Long Short-Term Memory Recurrent Neural Networks


#13: Bruno Stuner, Clément Chatelain and Thierry Paquet. A Lexicon Verification Strategy in a BLSTM Cascade Framework


#32: Zenghui Sun, Lianwen Jin, Zecheng Xie, Ziyong Feng and Shuye Zhang. Convolutional Multi-directional Recurrent Network for Offline Handwritten Text Recognition


#94: Cuong Tuan Nguyen and Masaki Nakagawa. Finite State Machine Based Decoding of Handwritten Text Using Recurrent Neural Networks




Oral Session 3: Online Handwriting Recognition  Chair: Richard Zanibbi


Invited: Réjean Plamondon, Personal Digital Bodyguards for e-Security, e-Health and e-Learning: an International Journey


#17: Chengcheng Wang, Harold Mouchère, Christian Viard-Gaudin and Lianwen Jin. Combined Segmentation and Recognition of Online Handwritten Diagrams with High Order Markov Random Field


#71: Minh Khanh Phan, Anh Le Duc and Masaki Nakagawa. Semi-Incremental Recognition of Online Handwritten Mathematical Expressions


#92: Brian Iwana, Seiichi Uchida and Volkmar Frinken. A Robust Dissimilarity-based Neural Network for Temporal Pattern Recognition


#122: Tonghua Su and Li Sun. Deep LSTM Networks for Online Chinese Handwriting Recognition

Oct 25 (Tuesday)


Keynote 2: Hermann Ney  Chair: Youbin Chen


Handwriting and Speech Recognition: From Bayes Decision Rule to Deep Neural Networks




Oral Session 4: Document Retrieval  Chair: Shivakumara Palaiahnakote


#2: Sebastian Sudholt and Gernot Fink. PHOCNet: A Deep Convolutional Neural Network for Word Spotting in Handwritten Documents


#63: Giorgos Sfikas, George Retsinas and Basilis Gatos. Zoning Aggregated Hypercolumns for Keyword Spotting


#35: Praveen Krishnan, Kartik Dutta and C V Jawahar. Deep Feature Embedding for Accurate Recognition and Retrieval of Handwritten Text


#47: Zhong Zhuoyao, Weishen Pan, Lianwen Jin, Harold Mouchère and Christian Viard-Gaudin. SpottingNet: Learning the Similarity of Word Images with Convolutional Neural Network for Word Spotting in Handwritten Historical Documents


#72: Bartosz Bogacz, Nicholas Howe and Hubert Mara. Segmentation free spotting of Cuneiform using part structured models


#121: Tomas Wilkinson and Anders Brun. Semantic and Verbatim Word Spotting using Deep Neural Networks




Poster session 2  Chair: Fei Yin


#16: Vicente Bosch Campos, Jorge Calvo-Zaragoza, Alejandro Héctor Toselli and Enrique Vidal. Sheet Music Statistical Layout Analysis


#24: Jorge Calvo-Zaragoza, Alejandro Héctor Toselli and Enrique Vidal. Early Handwritten Music Recognition with Hidden Markov Models


#62: Made Windu Antara Kesiman, Jean-Christophe Burie and Jean-Marc Ogier. A New Scheme for Text Line and Character Segmentation from Gray Scale Images of Palm Leaf Manuscript


#66: Verónica Romero, Alicia Fornés, Enrique Vidal and Joan Andreu Sánchez. Using the MGGI Methodology for Category-based Language Modeling in Handwritten Marriage Licenses Books


#70: Lei Hu and Richard Zanibbi. MST-Based Parsing of Online Handwritten Mathematical Expressions


#76: Liang Xu, Wei Fan, Jun Sun and Satoshi Naoi. An HMM-based Over-segmentation Method for Touching Chinese Handwriting Recognition


#77: Alejandro Toselli, Joan Puigcerver and Enrique Vidal. Two Methods for Improving Confidence Scores for Lexicon-free Word Spotting in Handwritten Text


#83: Salil Kanetkar, Ayush Pathania, Vivek Venugopal and Suresh Sundaram. Offline Writer Identification using Local Derivative Pattern


#85: Patrick Doetsch, Albert Zeyer and Hermann Ney. Bidirectional decoder networks for attention-based end-to-end offline handwriting recognition


#87: Sovann En, Caroline Petitjean, Stephane Nicolas, Frederic Jurie and Laurent Heutte. Region Proposal for Pattern Spotting in Historical Document Images


#93: Soumik Bhattacharya, Durjoy Sen Maitra, Ujjwal Bhattacharya and Swapan Kr. Parui, An End-to-End System for Bangla Online Handwriting Recognition


#95: Zhaoxin Chen, Eric Anquetil, Harold Mouchère and Christian Viard-Gaudin. A dataset for evaluating simultaneous composition of structured documents in a multi-user and multi-touch environment


#97: Fan Yang, Lianwen Jin, Weixin Yang, Ziyong Feng and Shuye Zhang. Handwritten/Printed Receipt Classification using Attention-Based Convolutional Neural Network


#98: Anh Le Duc and Masaki Nakagawa. Comparison of parsing algorithms for recognizing online handwritten mathematical expressions


#100: Ali Mirza, Momina Moetesum, Chawki Djeddi and Imran Siddiqi. Gender Classification from Offline Handwriting Images using Textural Features


#101: Hanen Khlif, Sophea Prum, Yousri Kessentini, Slim Kanoun and Jean-Marc Ogier, Fusion of explicit segmentation based system and segmentation-free based system for on-line Arabic handwritten word recognition


#108: Seiichi Uchida, Shota Ide, Brian Iwana and Anna Zhu,  A Further Step to Perfect Accuracy by Training CNN with Larger Data


#110: Fuxi Jia, Cunzhao Shi, Kun He, Chunheng Wang and Baihua Xiao. Document Image Binarization using Structural Symmetry of Strokes


#112: Bilan Zhu, Arti Shivram, Masaki Nakagawa and Venu Govindaraju. Online handwritten cursive word recognition by combining segmentation-free and segmentation-based methods


#113: Anshuman Majumdar, Praveen Krishnan and C V Jawahar. Visual Aesthetic Analysis for Handwritten Document Images


#115:  Chandranath Adak, Bidyut B. Chaudhuri and Michael Blumenstein, Offline Cursive Bengali Word Recognition using CNNs with a Recurrent Model


#116: Rajib Ghosh and Partha Pratim Roy. Comparison of Zone-Features for Online Bengali and Devanagari Word Recognition using HMM


#124: Louisa Kessi, Frank Lebourgeois and Garcia Christophe. An Efficient New PDE-based Characters Reconstruction After Graphics Removal


#138: Antonio Parziale, Adolfo Santoro and Angelo Marcelli. Writer verification in forensic handwriting examination: a pilot study


#141: Riaz Ahmad, Muhammad Zeshan Afzal, Sheikh Faisal Rashid, Marcus Liwicki, Thomas Breuel and Andreas Dengel. KPTI: Katib's Pashto Text Imagebase and Deep Learning Benchmark


#142: Mathias Seuret, Rolf Ingold and Marcus Liwicki. N-light-N: A Highly-Adaptable Java Library for Document Analysis with Convolutional Auto-Encoders and Related Architectures


#143: Arnau Baró, Pau Riba and Alicia Fornés. Towards the recognition of compound music notes in handwritten music scores


#144: Fotini Simistira, Mathias Seuret, Nicole Eichenberger, Angelika Garz, Marcus Liwicki and Rolf Ingold. DIVA-HisDB: A Precisely Annotated Large Dataset of Challenging Medieval Manuscripts


#146: Mahmoud Ltaief, Hala Bezine and Adel M.Alimi. A spiking motor-model for online handwriting movements generation


#147: Cristinel Codrescu,  FIRMLP for Handwritten Digit Recognition


#149: Keigo Matsuda, Wataru Ohyama, Tetsushi Wakabayashi and Fumitaka Kimura. Effective Random-impostor Training for Combined Segmentation Signature Verification


#153: Arie Shaus, Barak Sober, Eli Turkel and Eli Piasetzky. Beyond the Ground Truth: Alternative Quality Measures of Document Binarizations


#159: Nabil Aouadi, Afef Kacem and Abdel Belaid. Localization Of Touching Letters In Arabic Handwritten Documents




Oral Session 5: Handwritten Character Recognition  Chair: Abdel Belaid


#73: Cheng Cheng, Xu-Yao Zhang, Xiao-Hu Shao and Xiang-Dong Zhou. Handwritten Chinese Character Recognition by Joint Classification and Similarity Ranking


#99: Hong-Ming Yang, Xu-Yao Zhang, Fei Yin, Zhenbo Luo and Cheng-Lin Liu. Unsupervised Adaptation of Neural Networks for Chinese Handwriting Recognition


#119: Yuanping Zhu, Xingle An and Kuang Zhang. A Handwritten Chinese Character Recognition Method Combining Sub-Structure Recognition


#137: Bogdan-Ionut Cirstea and Laurence Likforman-Sulem. Tied Spatial Transformer Networks for Digit Recognition


TC11 session


Social event



Oct 26 (Wednesday)


Keynote 3: Masaki Nakagawa  Chair: Cheng-Lin Liu


Online handwriting recognition: past, present and future




Oral Session 6: Handwritten Text Recognition  Chair: Lianwen Jin


#26: Théodore Bluche and Ronaldo Messina. Faster Segmentation-Free Handwritten Chinese Text Recognition with Character Decompositions


#29: Wassim Swaileh, Julien Lerouge and Thierry Paquet. A Unified French/English syllabic model for handwriting recognition


#90: Joan Andreu Sánchez and Umapada Pal. Handwritten Text Recognition for Bangla


#107: Zi-Rui Wang and Jun Du. Writer Code Based Adaptation of Deep Neural Network for Offline Handwritten Chinese Text Recognition


#158: Irfan Ahmad and Gernot Fink. Class-Based Contextual Modeling for Handwritten Arabic Text Recognition


#129: Akram Khemiri, Afef Kacem Echi, Abdel Belaid and Mourad Elloumi. A System for off-line Arabic Handwritten Word Recognition based on the Bayesian Approach




Oral Session 7: Writer Identification  Chair: Seiichi Uchida


#55: Youbao Tang and Xiangqian Wu. Text-independent Writer Identification via CNN Features and Joint Bayesian


#53: Isht Dwivedi, Swapnil Gupta, Vivek Venugopal and Suresh Sundaram. Online Writer Identification using Sparse Coding and Histogram based descriptors


#45: Jun Tan, Ning Bi, Ching Y Suen and Nicola Nobile. Multi-Feature Selection of Handwriting for Gender Identification Using Mutual Information


#18: Linjie Xing and Yu Qiao. DeepWriter: A Multi-Stream Deep CNN for Text-independent Writer Identification


Panel discussion: New Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition

Chair: Michael Blumenstein

Panlists: Youbin Chen, Gernot Fink, Qiang Huo, Christopher Kermorvant, Lambert Schomaker




Competitions  Chair: Jean-Marc Ogier


Florence Cloppet, Véronique Eglin, Van Cuong Kieu, Dominique Stutzmann, Nicole Vincent. ICFHR2016 Competition on the Classification of Medieval Handwritings in Latin Script


Jean-Christophe Burie, Mickael Coustaty, Setiawan Hadi, Made Windu Antara Kesiman, Jean-Marc Ogier, Erick Paulus, Kimheng Sok, I Made Gede Sunarya, Dona Valy. ICFHR2016 Competition on Analysis of Handwritten Text in Images of Balinese Palm Leaf Manuscripts


Chawki Djeddi, Somaya Al-Maadeed, Abdeljalil Gattal, Imran Siddiqi, Abdellatif Ennaji, Haikal El Abed. ICFHR2016 Competition on Multi-script Writer Demographics Classification Using "QUWI" Database


Harold Mouchère, Christian Viard-Gaudin, Richard Zanibbi, Utpal Garain. ICFHR2016 Competition on Recognition of Handwritten Mathematical Expressions (CROHME2016)


Ioannis Pratikakis, Konstantinos Zagoris, Georgios Barlas, Basilis Gatos. ICFHR2016 Handwritten Keyword Spotting Competition (H-KWS 2016)


Ioannis Pratikakis, Konstantinos Zagoris, Georgios Barlas, Basilis Gatos. ICFHR2016 Handwritten Document Image Binarization Competition (H-DIBCO 2016)


Michael Murdock, Jack Reese, Shawn Reid ICFHR2016. Competition on Local Attribute Detection for Improving Handwriting Recognition


Joan Andreu Sánchez, Verónica Romero, Alejandro H. Toselli, Enrique Vidal. ICFHR2016 Competition on  Handwritten Text Recognition  on the READ Dataset


Award presentation, Closing