Opening Keynote

"Developing Multilingual OCR at Google"

Ashok Popat (Google)

In this talk I will I reflect on our team's experiences in developing a multilingual OCR system at Google: enabling factors, effective practices, and challenges. I'll tell you what I think I've learned along the way, drawing on some experiences with other projects inside and outside Google.

Ashok C. Popat received the SB and SM degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and 1990, and the PhD from the MIT Media Lab in 1997. He is a Research Scientist at Google in Mountain View, CA. Prior to joining Google in 2005 he worked at Xerox PARC. His interests include signal processing, data compression, machine translation, and pattern recognition. He enjoys running, skiing, sailing, hiking, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

IAPR Keynote

"How Companies and the Academic World Can Interact Together to Generate Innovations Related to Document Analysis"

Jean-Marc Ogier (Université de La Rochelle)

Document analysis is the area of knowledge concerned with principles, tools and processes that improve our ability to create, manage, store, compact, access, protect and maintain documents. The fields of document recognition and retrieval have grown rapidly in recent years, crossing now different scientific communities. Such developments have been fueled by the emergence of new application areas such as the World Wide Web (WWW), digital libraries, video- and camera-based OCR, and more recently security management problems.

Industrial market and companies impose to take a fresh look on « document analysis problems », and highlight the necessity to enlarge the way to consider document, through the crossing of different disciplines. This talk will try to show what kind of conditions are required for developing interactions between industry and academic worlds in an efficient manner.

Two main applications contexts with industrial partners will illustrate how the notion of «document» have been re-considered for solving societal challenges. Some perspectives will try to draw potential perspectives concerning document analysis field.

Jean-Marc Ogier received his PhD degree in computer science from the University of Rouen, France, in 1994. During this period (1991-1994), he worked on graphic recognition for Matra Ms&I Company. From 1994 to 2000, he was an associate professor at the University of Rennes 1 during a first period (1994-1998) and at the University of Rouen from 1998 to 2001. Now full professor at the university of la Rochelle, Pr Ogier is the head of URL laboratory which gathers more than 120 members and works mainly of Document Analysis and Content Management. Author of more than 230 publications / communications, he managed several French and European projects dealing with historical document analysis, either with public institutions, or with private companies. Pr Ogier was Deputy Director of the GDR I3 of the French National Research Centre (CNRS) between 2005 and 2013. He was also Chair of the Technical Committee 10 (Graphic Recognition) of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) from 2010 to 2015, and is the representative member of France at the governing board of the IAPR. Jean-Marc Ogier has been the general chair of the program chair of several international scientific events dealing with document analysis (DAS, ICDAR, GREC, …) At last he is also Vice rector of the university of La Rochelle and president of VALCONUM association, which is an association aiming at forstering relations between industries and research organizations.

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