This volume includes the articles presented at the 14th International Workshop
on Combinatorial Image Analysis, IWCIA 2011, held in Madrid, Spain, May
23–25, 2011. The 13 previous meetings were held in Paris (France) 1991, Ube
(Japan) 1992, Washington D.C. (USA) 1994, Lyon (France) 1995, Hiroshima
(Japan) 1997, Madras (India) 1999, Caen (France) 2000, Philadelphia (USA)
2001, Palermo (Italy) 2003, Auckland (New Zealand) 2004, Berlin (Germany)
2006, Buffalo (USA) 2008, and Playa del Carmen (Mexico) 2009.
Over the last 20 years, the IWCIA series has been promoting research on
combinatorial approaches to image analysis and processing. In many cases, the
proposed solutions have appeared to be more efficient and accurate than those
based on continuous models and numeric computation.
Following the call for papers, IWCIA 2011 received 60 submissions. After a
rigorous review process, 25 of them were accepted for oral presentation and 13 for
poster presentation and for inclusion in this volume. The IWCIA 2011 Program
Committee consisted of 81 renowned experts from 26 different countries, and
submissions came from about 20 different countries from Asia, Europe, North
and South America. The submission and review process was carried out with
the help of the OpenConf conference system. Review assignments were largely
done matching paper topics to topics of expertise indicated by the reviewers.
The reviewing process was quite rigorous: each paper received at least three
double-blind reviews by members of the Program Committee. The most important
selection criterion for acceptance or rejection of a paper was the overall
score received. Other criteria included: relevance to the workshop topics, correctness,
originality, mathematical depth, clarity, and presentation quality. We
believe that as a result, only high-quality papers were accepted for presentation
at IWCIA 2011 and for publication in the present volume.
The scientific program of the workshop included oral and poster presentations
of contributed papers, as well as keynote talks by four distinguished researchers:
Jake Aggarwal, Valentin Brimkov, Concettina Guerra, and Sebasti´an Cerd´an.
In addition to the main theoretical track of IWCIA 2011, for the third time a
Special Track on Applications was organized. It provided researchers with the
opportunity to present their latest achievements and discuss various applications.