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Video Processing for Human Behavioral Analysis Track
VP-HBA 2021

The 36th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2021)

Gwangju, Korea
March 22 - March 26, 2021

VP-HBA Track

The 36th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2021) has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from around the world. SAC 2021 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and will be held in Gwangju, Korea.

The technical track on Video Processing for Human Behavioral Analysis (VP-HBA 2021) is at its second edition and will be organized within SAC 2021.

Aiming at bridging the gap between human and machine vision, video signal is probably the main cue that multimodal machine learning and pattern recognition tools rely on. Among the difficult tasks dealt with in this domain, human behavior understanding is surely accounted a challenging one. Activities such as action recognition, affective computing, human computer interaction, urban analytics, or applications in health, security, robotics and video games are undoubtedly well-established topics in which computer vision plays a fundamental role. Studying human-human or human-computer interactions has also attracted increasing attention in recent years due to its widespread meaning and applications. Furthermore, the advancements in computer vision for social behavior analysis can bring ubiquitous changes in the society. However, despite significant research progress, the automated understanding of a wide range of human activities from visual as well as multimodal data still remains a source of challenging topics.

This track mainly intends to focus on all aspects of computer vision, pattern recognition and machine intelligence devoted to the automatic analysis of human behavior by applying recent or novel video and multimodal data processing techniques.

Topics include but are not limited to
-  Human behavior analysis from visual and multimodal information
-  Information fusion for the analysis of human behavior
-  Affective computing and interaction
-  Cognitive interaction understanding
-  Visual attention models and systems
-  Crowd and social behavior understanding
-  Human and group action recognition
-  Human-machine interaction
-  Databases for human-human interaction
-  Scene understanding
-  Automatic tracking in videos
-  Social networks analysis
-  Modeling and simulation of human interactions 
-  Multimodal dyadic interaction
-  Artificial intelligence for human interaction analysis
-  Pervasive computing for human interaction understanding
-  Computer vision for health emergencies
-  Gesture and gait analysis
-  Applications of behavior analysis methods, e.g., in medicine, sports and games, well-being, security, environment 

Important dates

Submission of regular papers and SRC abstracts:  September 15, 2020 (extended to September 28)

Notification of acceptance/rejection:                         November 10, 2020

Camera-ready copies of accepted papers/SRC:     November 25, 2020

Conference:                                                                       March 22 - 26, 2021

Tuesday March 23, 2021: SRC Posters Exhibit
Wednesday March 24, 2021: Non-SRC Posters Program
Thursday March 25, 2021: SRC Oral Presentations


Original and unpublished papers are solicited from the above-mentioned areas. The file format should be PDF. The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must not appear in the paper, and self reference should be in the third person. This is to facilitate double blind review. Papers must be formatted according to the template which is available at the SAC 2021 website.

Submission system
Original manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format through the START system used by SAC 2021 conference.
Author kit is here.
Submission page is here.

Student Research Competition (SRC)
Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts (maximum of 4 pages in ACM camera-ready format) following the instructions published at SAC 2021 website. Submission of the same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed. All research abstract submissions will be reviewed by researchers and practitioners with expertise in the track focus area to which they are submitted.
Authors of selected abstracts will have the opportunity to give poster and oral presentations of their work and compete for three top-winning places. The SRC committee will evaluate and select First, Second, and Third place winners. The winners will receive medals and cash awards. Winners will be announced during the conference banquet. Invited students receive SRC travel support (US$500) and are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award Program (STAP) for additional travel support.
Please submit your research abstracts electronically to the SRC START submission system in PDF format.

Call for SRC proposal 
Submission page for SRC is here

Paper size limits and other constraints
The length of a regular paper is 8 page (included in the registration) + 2 pages (at extra charge) = 10 pages maximum.
The length of a poster is 3 pages (included in the registration) + 1 page (at extra charge) = 4 pages maximum.
The length of SRC abstracts is 4 pages maximum.
A paper cannot be sent to more than one track.

SAC No-Show Policy
Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the papers and posters in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper. This is a requirement for all accepted papers, posters, and invited SRC submissions to be included in the ACM digital library. No-show of scheduled papers, posters, and student research abstracts will result in excluding them from the ACM digital library.

Accepted papers will be published in the annual conference proceedings and will be included in the ACM digital library. Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper, poster, or SRC abstract in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper. This is a requirement for including the work in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of registered papers, posters, and SRC abstracts will result in excluding them from the ACM/IEEE digital library.

Track Co-Chairs

Donatello Conte        University of Tours, Computer Science Laboratory (LIFAT - EA 6300)             email:
Giuliano Grossi          University of Milan, Computer Science Department                                              email:
Jianyi Lin                    Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Department of Mathematics  email:
Jean-Yves Ramel     University of Tours, Computer Science Laboratory (LIFAT - EA 6300)              email:

Program Committee
Sathya Bursic (Università di Milano, Italy)
Thierry Château (Université Clermont Auvergne, France)
Gabriele Gianini (Università di Milano, Italy)
Raffaella Lanzarotti (Università di Milano, Italy)
Paolo Napoletano (Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
Florence Sedes (Université de Toulouse, France)
Naoufel Werghi (Khalifa University, UAE)
Yutaka Arakawa (Kyushu University, Japan)
Mohamed Daoudi (Université de Lille, France)
Maurice Pagnucco (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Francesca Odone (Università di Genova, Italy)
Nicoletta Noceti (Università di Genova, Italy)
Zhengping Che (Didi Chuxing Tech., China)
Bo Jiang (Didi Chuxing Tech., China)
Kristina Yordanova (University of Rostock, Germany)
Hugo Paredes (University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal)

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