Advanced Call for Papers


Campus of HCRL in Autumn

Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan

October 26-29, 2004


  • H. Fujisawa (Hitachi, Japan)
  • G. Lorette (University of Rennes, France)

Honorary Chair:

  • K. Yamamoto (Gifu University, Japan)

Program Chairs:

  • F. Kimura (Mie University, Japan)
  • J-H Kim (KAIST, Korea)
  • A. Downton (University of Essex, UK)
  • R. Sabourin (Ecole de technologie superieure, Canada)

Executive Chairs:

  • M. Nakagawa (Tokyo Institute of Agriculture & Technology, Japan)
  • H. Sako (Hitachi, Japan)


You are cordially invited to the 9th IWFHR, which will take place on October 26-29, 2004 at Hitachi Central Research Laboratory (HCRL), Kokubunji, Tokyo, Japan. The IWFHR series of workshops provides a forum for researchers and engineers in the areas of on-line and off-line recognition of handwriting for the processing of handwritten documents and forms in all languages, and pen-based interface for mobile devices and other information systems. This is the ninth of this series, and the technical sessions will be extended to 3.5 days for the first time. The program committee invites the submission of original papers for inclusion in the workshop. All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings, and the authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work in the form of oral presentations or posters. All papers and presentations will be in English.


  • Off-line and online handwriting recognition
  • Preprocessing and segmentation
  • Feature extraction
  • Information integration
  • Linguistic post-processing
  • Performance evaluation
  • Writer identification and signature verificaiton
  • Image search and retrieval
  • Application systems and architectures
  • Theoretical approaches including cognitive aspects and motor aspects
  • User interface and applications in such as WWW and mobile devices

Important Dates:

  • Paper submission: March 15, 2004
  • Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2004
  • Camera-ready manuscript: June 15, 2004

Program Committee Members:

    • A. Amin (University of New South Wales, Australia)
    • E. Anquetil (INSA/IRISA, France)
    • A. Biem (IBM, USA)
    • Souza Britto Jr (PUCPR, Brazil)
    • H. Bunke (University of Bern, Switzerland)
    • M. Cheriet (Ecole de technologie superieure, Canada)
    • X. Ding (Tsinghua University, China)
    • M. Fairhurst (University of Kent, UK)
    • V. Govindaraju (SUNY at Buffalo, USA)
    • L. Heutte (University of Rouen, France)
    • S. Impedovo (University of Bari, Italy)
    • S. Jaeger (Tokyo Univ. of Agri. & Tech., Japan)
    • Y.B. Kwon (Chung-Ang University, Korea)
    • L. Lam (The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong)
    • G. Leedham (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
    • S-W. Lee (Korea University, Korea)
    • C-L. Liu (Hitachi, Japan)
    • S. Naoi (Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan)
    • M. Okada (Waseda University, Japan)
    • S. Omachi (Tohoku University, Japan)
    • U. Pal (Indian Statistical Institute, India)
    • M. Perrone (IBM, USA)
    • G. Pirlo (University of Bari, Italy)
    • G. Ratzlaff (IBM, USA)
    • G. Rigoll (Munich University of Technology, Germany)
    • G. Seni (USA)
    • N. Sherkat (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
    • H. Shimodaira (JAIST, Japan)
    • M. Shridhar (University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA)
    • J. Snowdon (IBM, USA)
    • C.Y. Suen (Concordia University, Canada)
    • S. Tsuruoka (Mie University, Japan)
    • S. Uchida (Kyushu University, Japan)
    • C. Viard-Gaudin (University of Nantes, France)
    • N. Vincent (University of Tours, France)
    • L. Vuurpijl (University of Nijmegen, Holland)
    • T. Wakabayashi (Mie University, Japan)
    • T. Wakahara (Hosei University, Japan)

Executive Committee

  • K. Ishigaki (Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan)
  • Y. Ishitani (Toshiba, Japan)
  • M. Koga (Hitachi, Japan)
  • S. Senda (NEC, Japan)

Technical Tour and Social Programs:

A technical tour to major IT companies and a postal office where new mail sorting machines are working is being planned. An excursion will take the participants to the Hakone area near Mt. Fuji, which is one of the best sightseeing spots in Japan.

Venue of the workshop:

Contact Address:

  • 9th IWFHR Secretariat c/o Hiromichi Fujisawa
  • Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.
    1-280 Higashi-koigakubo
    Kokubunji, Tokyo 185-8601
  • E-mail: