Date: Thursday 7 – Friday 8 July 2005
Location: University of Edinburgh
It is our great pleasure to introduce the proceedings of VVG’05, the Second International Conference on Video, Vision and Graphics. This event follows the first, successful conference at Bath in July 2003.
There has never been a more exciting moment to work in this area. As technology moves forward relentlessly, memory becomes ever cheaper and more powerful, bandwidths larger, and processors faster and faster. It is now possible with relatively little effort and certainly limited costs to set up complex multi-view, multi-screen systems with large numbers of digital cameras and programable graphics cards that process video data quantities unimaginable not that many years ago. At the same time, we are witnessing the emergence of new applications, from mobile and wireless communications to immersive collaborative environments, from reverse engineering of large-scale objects to video post-production.
VVG’05 confirms its position as an ideal opportunity to discuss and present convergence research. It remains a mainly academic forum, designed to attract high-quality presentations and ignite technical discussion among researchers moving through the fertile territory straddling computer vision, computer graphics and video communications.
We are indebted to all those who contributed in many different ways to VVG’05. Thank you to Andre’ Gagalowicz, Joern Ostermann, Hans-Peter Seidel, and Demetri Terzopoulos, the VVG’05 invited speakers, for their attendance and contributions.We thank Adrian Hilton, Min Chen and John Robinson, Area Chairs for Vision, Graphics and Video areas respectively, for their work on reviewing and publicity. A warm thank you to the whole technical committee
for their work and time. We are fortunate to have the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) as main sponsor of this event; we thank especially Lucy Nye for her assistance throughout the last year, David Youdan, and also Ralph Martin for starting the whole VVG adventure in 2002. Thank you to Stefanie Behnke and Dieter Fellner of Eurographics for taking care of proceedings production very efficiently. VVG’05 runs under the combined auspices of IMA, EPSRC, Eurographics and the British Machine Vision Association; we thank all these organisations for their support.
And last but not least, thank you to all the authors and delegates, the ultimate raison d’etre of any conference.
We wish you all a successful, stimulating and enjoyable conference.
Emanuele Trucco and Mike Chantler
Emanuele Trucco, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
Mike Chantler, Heriot Watt University
Vision: Adrian Hilton, University of Surrey
Video: John Robinson, University of York
Graphics: Min Chen, University of Wales, Swansea