Jean-Christophe BURIE, received his Ph.D. degree in Automatic Control Engineering and Industrial Data Processing from University of Lille, France, in 1995. He was a research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for Computer-Controlled Machinery, Osaka University, Japan from 1995 to 1997 in the framework of the Lavoisier Program of the French Foreign Office. He works at La Rochelle University since 1998. He is currently full Professor and deputy director of the L3i Lab. He has been involved in the European Project EUREKA- Prometheus and has actively contributed to the ANR projects: Navidomass and Alpage. His research interests include computer vision, color image processing, pattern recognition. His research topics concerns color document analysis indexing of Comics, characters recognition written on old palm leaves. Since 2011, he is co-leader of the e-bdtheque research program dedicated to the indexing of comics’ books. He participated for organizing the SmartDoc competition for ICDAR 2015 and the Competition on the Analysis of Handwritten Text in Images of Balinese Palm Leaf Manuscripts for ICFHR 2016. At last he is also Vice rector of the university of La Rochelle.
Pasquale FOGGIA, Pasquale Foggia received a PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering at the “Federico II” University of Naples, Italy. He is currently Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Salerno, Italy. From 2002 to 2006 he has served as the secretary of the IAPR Technical Committee 15 on Graph-based Representations in Pattern Recognition. His research activity has been focused on Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis and Computer Vision, with applications like medical and biological image analysis, robotic vision and intelligent video surveillance. Together with prof. Mario Vento, he was the organizer of the ICPR 2010 Contest on Graph Embedding for Pattern Recognition and the ICPR 2014 Contest on Graph Matching Algorithms for Pattern Search in Biological Databases.
Clément GUÉRIN, is currently a research engineer (postdoc) at the L3i Laboratory of the University of La Rochelle (France). He received his PhD degree in 2014 for his thesis titled “A framework for the automated analysis, interpretation and interactive retrieval of comic books’ images”. This work was supervised by Professors Karell Bertet and Arnaud Revel from the L3i Laboratory of the University of La Rochelle (France). He works at the intersection of several research domains, from knowledge engineering to image processing, with some interests in formal concept analysis, machine learning and recommendation systems.
Thanh Nam LE, is currently a PhD student at the L3i Laboratory, University of La Rochelle, France, under the supervision of Jean-Marc Ogier, Jean Marc Ogier and Muzzamil Luqman from L3i Laboratory. His research topic is about recognizing and analysis of drawing content in comic books, using computer vision techniques and graph representation of comic content. The goal of his thesis is towards automatic annotating/indexing of semantic content, and on content-based retrieval of the comic book images. Nam Le has his publications on the topics representing the drawing content by regional adajency graphs and using graph mining technique for the retrieval.
Muhammad Muzzamil LUQMAN, is currently a Research Engineer (Permanent) at the L3i Laboratory, University of La Rochelle (France). Luqman has worked as a Research Engineer at the Bordeaux Bioinformatics Center (Centre de Bioinformatique de Bordeaux), France and has worked as a Postdoctoral researcher with Professor Jean-Marc Ogier, at L3i Laboratory, University of La Rochelle (France). Luqman has a PhD in Computer Science from François Rabelais University of Tours (France) and Autonoma University of Barcelona (Spain). His PhD thesis was co-supervised by Professor Jean-Yves Ramel and Professor Josep Llados. He successfully defended his PhD thesis – titled “Fuzzy Multilevel Graph Embedding for Recognition, Indexing and Retrieval of Graphic Document Images” – with distinction “très honorable (magna cum laude)”, on Friday 2nd of March 2012 at François Rabelais University of Tours (France). Luqman participated in GEPR contest of ICPR 2010 and his method was ranked 3rd. His research interests include Structural Pattern Recognition, Document Image Analysis, Camera-Based Document Analysis and Recognition, Graphics Recognition, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality and Biomimicry. Luqman has authored 19 scientific publications including a book, a journal paper and conference papers. Luqman is a regular reviewer for journals (PR, IJDAR, IJPRAI, IJCSAI, TALLIP), he regularly serves on the program committees of many international scientific events (ICDAR, DAS, CIFED, ICET) and has actively participated in organizing several international conferences, workshops and scientific competitions. Luqman actively participated recently for organizing the SmartDoc competition for ICDAR 2015.
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, Professor Ogier is the head of University of La Rochelle Computer sciences laboratory which gathers more than 100 members and works mainly of Document Analysis and Content Management. Author of more than 160 publications / communications, he managed several French and European projects dealing with historical document analysis, either with public institutions, or with private companies. Between 2005 and 2013, Pr Ogier was a Deputy Director of the GDR I3 of the French National Research Centre (900 researchers depending on the French National Research Center CNRS). He is also Chair of the Technical Committee 10 (Graphic Recognition) of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), 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, …). He is also the rector of the university of La Rochelle since April 2016.
Christophe RIGAUD, is currently a research engineer (postdoc) at the L3i Laboratory of the University of La Rochelle (France). He received a double European PhD degree in computer science from the University of La Rochelle (France) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2014. His PhD thesis is title “Segmentation and indexation of complex objects in comic book images”, supervised by Jean-Christophe Burie, Jean-Marc Ogier and Dimosthenis Karatzas from the Center of Computer Vision (CVC) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His current research interest is the analysis of comic book images using computer vision techniques. He aims to discover how to make a complete and automatic description of the comic page image content, namely the position of the panels, speech balloons, text, comic characters and their interactions. Christophe Rigaud has authored 17 scientific publications including 4 book chapters, a journal paper and several international conference and workshop papers. He also serves several local and program comities such as the Concept Lattices and their Applications (CLA’13) and GREC’15 Engineering Drawing Challenge.