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Michael Wimmer, Andreas Traxler, Helwig Hauser

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CESCG 2006 - Call for Participation

10th Central European Seminar on Computer Graphics 2006

Castá-Papiernicka Centre, Slovakia; April 24th - 26th, 2006

Ten-Years-Of-CESCG Celebration !!

Don't miss the first deadline (announcement of participation) - it's already soon: December 13, 2005

Introduction

We are proud to announce the 10th Central European Seminar on Computer Graphics for students, to be held in Castá-Papiernicka Centre (jointly with SCCG 2006) in April, 2006. This international seminar is a continuation of CESCG '97, CESCG '98, CESCG '99, CESCG 2000, CESCG 2001, CESCG 2002, CESCG 2003, CESCG 2004, and CESCG 2005, as well as previously held joint seminars. And yes, 2006 is the 10th year that this seminar is held! Many will agree: we have to celebrate our annual CESCG in a special way, this time, and we hope that many will join in to celebrate with great papers and/or with their enthusiasm and participation in CESCG! CESCG is organized by the Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Vienna University of Technology, and the Department of Computer Graphics and Image Processing, Comenius University, in Bratislava. The seminar is again organized under the auspices of His Excellency Martin Bolldorf, Austrian ambassador in Slovakia. The main sponsor is again SOFTIP.

Invited Groups

We are pleased to invite the following groups (in alphabetical order) to actively participate in CESCG 2006 by sending students to the seminar:

Austria Graz [CESCG icon] Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision, Graz University of Technology
Hagenberg [CESCG icon] Media Technology and Design, Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences
Vienna [CESCG icon] Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Vienna University of Technology
[CESCG icon] VRVis Research Center for Virtual Reality and Visualization
Bosnia Sarajevo [CESCG icon] Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo
Czech
Republic
Brno [CESCG icon] Department of Computer Graphics and Multimedia, Brno University of Technology
Plzen [CESCG icon] Computer Graphics Group at the Department of Computer Science, University of West Bohemia
Prague [CESCG icon] Computer Graphics Group at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University
Germany Bonn [CESCG icon] Institute of Computer Science II, Computer Graphics Group, University of Bonn
Hungary Budapest [CESCG icon] Computer Graphics Group at the Department of Process Control, Technical University of Budapest
Szeged [CESCG icon] Department of Applied Informatics, University of Szeged
Poland Szczecin [CESCG icon] Institute of Computer Graphics and Multimedia Systems, Technical University of Szczecin
Slovakia Bratislava [CESCG icon] Department of Applied Informatics and Department of Algebra, Geometry, and Didactics of Mathematics, Comenius University in Bratislava
[CESCG icon] Faculty of Informatics and Information Technology, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Košice [CESCG icon] Faculty of Electical Engineering and Informatics, University of Košice
Slovenia Maribor [CESCG icon] Laboratory for Geometric Modelling and Multimedia Algorithms, Institute of Computer Science, University of Maribor
United
Kingdom
Bristol [CESCG icon] Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol

Please note that active participation with paper and talk must be announced via email to cescg#cg.tuwien.ac.at until December 13, 2005! Otherwise an active participation will not be possible! See below for more details about the procedure of registering presentations at CESCG.

Aims and Scope of CESCG

The main idea of CESCG is to bring undergraduate students who are interested in computer graphics together across the borders of universities and countries. The seminar is also intended to be an international event, where students can present their excellent work to other students. Actively participating students are, therefore, required to have studied computer science (or something similar) for at least five or six semesters. Sufficient expertise in giving a talk as well as reasonable knowledge of the English language is also required for active participation.

Of course, the overall topic of CESCG is computer graphics. Specifically, the following fields are covered by the seminar:

  • Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality
  • Scientific Visualization, Information Visualization
  • Real-Time Rendering and Graphics Hardware
  • Rendering and Global Illumination
  • Animation, Multimedia, and Internet technologies
  • Graphical Human-Computer Interaction
  • Geometric Modelling, Computational Geometry
  • Simulation and Graphics
  • Artistic Rendering
  • Image Processing, Computer Vision

Outline of the Seminar

CESCG is planned to be held April 24-26, 2006. Students have enough time to arrive at the seminar location on the first day (in time), even from the distant locations. There are approximately 24 talks (including time for discussions) scheduled for all three days in total. The program of the seminar is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Time for lunch and coffee breaks is reserved as well. After the first and second day of the seminar, there are social programs in the evening, e.g., a welcome party and going to a pub. Accommodation is included with the seminar registration.

Ten-Years-of-CESCG Celebrations

2006 is the 10th year in which CESCG is organized -- a fair enough reason to celebrate! We are planning a number of specialties at the seminar to convert it into a great celebration, from the first day on. Be prepared that the seminar (the celebrations) might start a day earlier to accomodate for the special program. More details will be disseminated later (some no earlier than at the seminar).

International Program Committee

Papers submitted to CESCG are reviewed by well-known researchers in the field of computer graphics to provide the authors with constructive feedback so they can improve their articles before publication. This means that papers are not rejected due to reviewing. Instead, only recommendations on how to improve the papers are provided. This also means that authors of CESCG papers need to make best efforts to incorporate the suggestions of the reviewers within their papers.

The following International Program Committee (IPC) has been established for CESCG (alphabetically ordered):

  • Alan Chalmers, Bristol
  • Andrej Ferko, Bratislava
  • Markus Grabner, Graz
  • Helwig Hauser, Wien
  • Reinhard Klein, Bonn
  • Ivana Kolingerova, Plzen
  • Radoslaw Mantiuk, Szczecin
  • Martin Sperka, Bratislava
  • Laszlo Szirmay-Kalos, Budapest
  • Michael Wimmer, Vienna
  • Borut Zalik, Maribor
  • Jiri Zara, Prague

Invited Talks

Again, we will have two very interesting invited talks by recognized researchers in the fields of computer graphics and computer vision:

  • Prof. Dieter Schmalstieg (Austria) and
  • Prof. Vaclav Hlavac (Czech Republic)

Contributions

The seminar language is English, i.e., CESCG papers are written in English and presentations are also given in English.

Active participation in the form of a published and presented paper has to follow the following process:

  1. First, a certain set of computer graphics groups in Central Europe (see above) are invited to participate through the dissemination of this call for participation.
  2. Then, until the first deadline (see below), invited groups announce their active participation to the CESCG organization in Vienna via mailto:cescg#cg.tuwien.ac.at: groups tell the number of presentation slots they would like to fill at the seminar (one, two, three, or even more). Due to the limited number of talks at a CESCG seminar (up to 24 talks), only one or two slots per actively participating group can be guaranteed.
  3. After the first deadline, and according to the total sum of all talk announcements, the Vienna part of the CESCG organization compiles a so-called preliminary program, which states which groups can send how many students for active presentations. At this point in time, the number of actively participating students per group is fixed -- the students can start to work on their papers. Each student has a responsible advisor.
  4. Until the second deadline (see below), students prepare their CESCG papers under the supervision of their advisors and submit them for reviewing using the submission system on the CESCG webpage.
  5. After reviewing, CESCG students incorporate the reviewers' recommendations for improvements into their papers. It is the responsibility of the student's advisor that this happens properly, so that the hard work invested by the reviewers is not in vain. The advisor (and not the student!) then re-submits the improved paper for final publication.
  6. Papers are eventually published in printed form (printed proceedings), electronic form (on CD-ROM and as web proceedings), and as presentations directly at the seminar.

The contributions are submitted in some directly printable format for printed proceedings (preferably PDF, or, if not otherwise possible, zipped device-independent Postscript) and the paper source (LaTeX). To ensure a minimum typographic quality of the seminar proceedings, all submissions have to follow the guidelines for authors available at http://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/studentwork/CESCG/guidelines/. A LaTeX2e class (implementing these guidelines) can be downloaded from this web-page.

Students are highly encouraged to include additional material in their submissions. This additional material can be images, animations, etc., and should be assembled on an HTML page which will be included in the electronic proceedings on the web and the CD.

Note that only those contributions are included in the seminar proceedings which conform to the guidelines specified above and which are submitted in time according to the schedule of the seminar.

Eligible Contributors and Content of Contributions

CESCG is targeted at undergratuate and Master level students. Therefore, students presenting at CESCG 2006 need to be either actively enrolled in an undergraduate or Master program of their participating institution, or have been enrolled at the time the work they present was created. It is acceptable if the work has been done in cooperation with other students. However, the first author needs to be a student for whom the mentioned criteria hold.

CESCG is a chance for students to be acquainted with the procedures of scientific publishing, e.g., at conferences and in journals. Therefore, CESCG papers should contain all the elements of a scientific paper. In particular, they should include a suitable presentation of the obtained results, and they need to be based on scientific literature, containing a discussion of related and previous work with adequate references. Even though a CESCG paper is not expected to contain research results suited for a major conference, it should contain novelty. For example, a new algorithm, an improvement over an existing one, a new comparison of techniques etc.

Participation and Dates

To prepare a successful seminar, it is necessary to coordinate the relatively large set of groups in different countries. It is obvious that this can only work if all the participating groups stick to the schedule of the seminar.

The schedule for CESCG 2006 is as follows:

November 2, 2005 Call for Participation sent to invited groups. Invited groups need to check whether they want to actively participate in CESCG and if so, how many students they would like to send.
December 13, 2005 Deadline for email-announcements of participation. Invited groups announce how many students they would like to send for active participation with paper and talk (names and titles not necessarily known at this time, but appreciated of course). No more than one (or two) talks can be guaranteed from the beginning on due to the increased number of invited groups, but every group is invited to announce the actual number of students they would like to send.
December 16, 2005 Preliminary Program sent to participants. The preliminary program tells how many students are sent to the seminar per group.
February 3, 2006 Reviewing Submission Deadline. For reviewing purposes, only one version of the paper should be submitted, including names and affiliation (no anonymized version is required this year). Submissionis should be done via the submission system available on the CESCG website.
February 24, 2006 Reviews sent to authors. The authors of prospective CESCG papers receive constructive recommendations on how to improve their papers from the IPC reviewers.
March 10, 2006 Final Submission Deadline. By this day, all contributions, reviews worked in, must be submitted. Note that only a printable version (PDF or Postscript) of the contribution must be submitted. However, students are highly encouraged to provide additional material in form of images, animations, ..., assembled on an HTML page. Again, submission details will soon be published.
April 3, 2006 Final Program will be sent to participants. The final program lists all CESCG presentations with names and titles as well as the date and time of all talks as well as additional parts of the program (social program, etc.).
April 7, 2006 Registration Deadline. CESCG participants need to register electronically until this deadline for regular attendance at the seminar.
April 24-26, 2006 CESCG 2006 will take place in Castá-Papiernicka Centre.

Seminar fees

Participation in CESCG 2006 is free for attendees who present a paper or who supervise a presenter (one supervisor per paper). Participants who just wish to attend the presentations and discussions are of course also kindly invited. A registration fee of Euro 50,- (to be paid via bank transfer) is requested from such participants. Details will be published on the CESCG web page later on.

Contact and Communication

In case you have any questions or recommendations, please send an email to cescg#cg.tuwien.ac.at. CESCG 2006 is organized by Michael Wimmer, Helwig Hauser, and Andreas Traxler in Vienna, and Andrej Ferko with colleagues in Bratislava.

This CfP is available via http://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/studentwork/CESCG/CESCG-2006/cfp.html. Pages that provide general information about CESCG, guidelines for the authors, etc., can be reached via http://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/studentwork/CESCG/.

Location of CESCG 2006
We have sad news to report: the wonderful Budmerice castle is in the process of changing owners, and therefore it is not available for CESCG or SCCG this year.
We are very unhappy about this turn of events, since Budmerice castle has become a home and an integral part of CESCG, and many past participants hold dear memories of its nice surroundings. It is especially unfortunate that the 10 years of CESCG celebrations cannot be hosted in the location CESCG has become associated with.
In spite of this, life goes on and our ever-resourceful co-coorganizers from Comenius University of Bratislava have already found a new home for CESCG, not far from Bratislava:
which is a special facility of the Office of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, located about 40 km from Bratislava, surrounded by the forests of Little Carpatians. We will post more information on how to easily get there when it becomes available. A first site survey by our local organizers has shown that the centre should be very well suited to host CESCG.
Therefore, we will rise up to the new challenge and make CESCG 2006 as memorable an event as the many CESCGs before it, and we are already looking forward to a great program, both technical and social :)