Organizer & Workshop Chairs:

Riad I. Hammoud
Delphi Electronics & Safety
World Headquarters, IN, USA  

Lawrence Wolff
Equinox Corporation

Guoliang Fan
Oklahoma State University, USA

Benchmark Chair:

James W. Davis
Ohio State University, USA

Program Committee

Besma Abidi
U of Tennessee, USA

Gregory Baratoff
SiemensVDO Automotive, Germany

George Bebis
U of Nevada, USA

Bir Bhanu
U of California, Riverside, USA

Nizar Bouguila
Concordia University, Canada

Alberto Broggi
Universita di Parma, Italy

James W. Davis
Ohio State University, USA

Larry Davis
U of Maryland, USA

Guoliang Fan
Oklahoma State University, USA

Riad Hammoud
Delphi E&S, USA

Katsushi Ikeuchi
IIS, U of Tokyo, JAPAN

Stan Z. Li
Center for Biometrics and Security Research  &  NLPR, CHINA

Swarup Medasani
HRL Laboratories, CA, USA

Robert McMillan
U.S. Army Space & MDC, USA

Gerard Medioni
U of Southern California, USA

Nasser Nasrabadi
Army Research Lab, USA

Barbara Lynn O'Kane
US Army Night Vision Lab, USA

J.-M. Odobez
University of Maine, Le Mans, FRANCE

Ioannis Pavlidis
U of Houston, USA

Ali Pezeshki
Princeton University, USA

Fatih Porikli
Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab

Firooz Sadjadi
Lockheed Martin Corp, USA

Andrea Salgian
The College of New Jersey, USA

Diego Socolinsky
Equinox Corporation, USA

Mubarak Shah
U of Central Florida, USA

Mohan Trivedi
U of California, San Diego, USA

Nitin M. Vaidya
Millivision Technologies, USA

Lawrence Wolff
Equinox Corporation

Djemel Ziou
U of Sherbrooke, Canada












5th Joint IEEE International Workshop on

Object Tracking and Classification in and
Beyond the Visible Spectrum

Anchorage, Alaska, June 27, 2008

In conjunction with IEEE CVPR 2008

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[Important Dates]  [Paper Submission]  [Final Program]

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Important Dates: 
   Submission of Papers: March 15, 2008 (extended to March 17)
    Notification to Authors: April 14, 2008
    Revised Submission Due: April 28, 2008
    OTCBVS Workshop: June 27, 2008

Aims and Scope:

The scope of Object Tracking and Classification Beyond the Visible Spectrum workshop series encompasses many disciplines, including infrared, far infrared, millimeter wave, microwave, radar, and synthetic aperture radar sensors as well as the very dynamic topics of signal processing, computer vision, and pattern recognition. It is a fertile area for growth in both analysis and experimentation and includes both civilian and military applications. The availability of ever improving computer resources and continuing improvement in sensor performance has given great impetus to this field of research. This technology "push" has been balanced by a technology "pull" resulting from increasing demand from potential users of this technology including both military and civilian entities as well as needs arising from the growing field of Homeland Security.

The original tentative of the vision community has been focused mostly on the development of vision algorithms for object detection, tracking, and classification associated with visible range sensors in day and office-like environments. In the last decade, infrared, thermal and other non-visible imaging sensors were used only in special areas like medicine and military. That lower interest level in infrared imagery was due in part to the high cost of non-visible range sensors, low image resolution, high image noise, lack of widely available data sets, and lack of consideration of the potential advantages of non-visible lights. These historical objections are becoming less relevant as infrared imaging technology advances and their cost is dropping dramatically. Image sensing devices with high dynamic range and high IR sensitivity have started to appear in a growing number of applications ranging from military and automotive domains to home and office security applications.

In order to develop robust and accurate vision-based systems that operate in and beyond the visible spectrum, not only existing methods and algorithms originally developed for the visible range should be improved and adapted, but also entirely new algorithms that consider the potential advantages of non-visible ranges are certainly required. The fusion of visible and non-visible ranges, like radar and IR images, or thermal and visible spectrum images, is another dimension to explore for a higher performance of vision-and-signal based systems. The non-visible light is widely employed in night vision-based systems, and many detection and recognition systems available today in the market are relying on physiological phenomena produced by IR and thermal wavelengths. Using artificial controlled lights is a practical solution to eliminate challenging ambient light effects.

This series of OTCBVS workshop creates connections between different communities in the machine vision world ranging from public research institutes to private, military, and medical laboratories. It brings together pioneering academic, industrial and military researchers and engineers in the field of computer vision, image analysis, pattern recognition, signal processing, sensors, and human-computer interaction. 


Topics of Interest:

Special attention will be given to vision algorithms where non-visible sensors are employed. However, we also encourage the submission of high quality papers that deal with object tracking and classification in the visible spectrum. Additionally, emphasis will be placed on new and non-traditional applications of visible and non-visible imagery.

In this second annual meeting of OTCBVS, a benchmark/test dataset of images and videos recorded in and beyond the visible spectrum is available ( The dataset is to be used to compare, evaluate, and adapt state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms. It will fill out the lack of experimental non-visible data in the vision community, and will allow a large spectrum of CVPR participants to explore the benefits of the non-visible spectrum in real-world applications, and contribute to OTCBVS workshop series. We also invite people to participate in the extension of this dataset. Comparative evaluation studies across the non-visible spectrum for a given computer vision or pattern recognition task are encouraged. Applications using non-visible sensors from various domains are welcome. Sensors of interest include visible, infrared, millimeter wave, radar, and hyper-spectral. The topics of interested in OTCBVS08 include


  • Target classification

  • Feature extraction and matching

  • Automatic object detection

  • Object tracking 

  • Face recognition in IR & thermal images


  • Smart systems/sensors

  • Combining visible & non-visible signals

  • Information fusion from disparate sensors

  • Enhanced detection/tracking/recognition performance using fusion

  • Vision augmentation enabling system concepts and components


  • Medical applications

  • Military application

  • Automotive applications

  • Driver vision enhancement systems

  • Avionics systems with augmented vision

Sponsorship & Best Paper Award: 

To be announced soon.

Past Meetings:  

The first, second and third meeting of this workshop series were successfully organized in conjunction with 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 IEEE CVPR conferences. More details about the programs, attendees, and papers can be found at these web pages:


 Please send your questions about this work shop to the Workshop Chairs.


Paper Submission:

The paper submission site is now open that is the Microsoft CMT submission system. The submission is electronic, and must be in PDF format. Papers should not exceed 8 double-column pages or exceed 2MB. The paper format must follow the standard IEEE 2-column format of single-spaced text in 10 point Times Roman, with 12 point interline space. All paper submissions must be anonymous. See CVPR 2008 Author Instructions page for detailed guidelines. 

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