Conference Automatic Pattern Recognition and Historical Handwritting Analysis

The number of historical documents which are available in digital form has dramatically increased throughout the last five to ten years. Consequently, there has also been a significant growth in the development of computerized tools for the support of the analysis of such documents. The project “Script and Signs. A Computer-based Analysis of Highmedieval Papal Charters. A Key to Europe’s Cultural History”, which is funded by the e-humanities initiative of the German Ministry of Education, therefore organizes a international symposium. The aim of this symposium is to bring the world’s leading experts on historical document analysis from a diverse set of fields, such as Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision, Medieval History and Auxiliary Sciences of History together.
This inital point provide a compilation of results of single projects in order to focus on them in the future.


June 14, 2013
8:00 Registration
8:30 Welcome
Joachim Hornegger
Vice-President of University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

8:45 Message from Chairs
Klaus Herbers, Irmgard Fees
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

9:00 Script and Signs. A Computer-based Analysis of High Medieval Papal Charters. A Key to Europe’s Cultural History
Vincent Christlein
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

09:15 Presentation of the Papal Documents Database
Thorsten Schlauwitz
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Section I. Traditional Palaeography

09:30 Considerations of the Identification of Scribes: Aims and Methods of Traditional Palaeography
Martin Wagendorfer
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

10.10 Forensic Handwriting Analysis
Gudrun Bromm
Mannheim Laboratory for Script and Document Analysis

10:50 Break

Section II. Writer Identifcation

11:10 The Right Hand of the Pope: on the Authenticity of the Cardinal Signatures in Registers from the 12th and 13th Centuries
Werner Maleczek
University of Vienna

11:50 Role of Automation in the Examination of Handwritten Items: the Lindbergh Case
Sargur Srihari
University at Buffalo – State University of New York

12:30 The necessity of simultaneous multiple perspectives in digital identification of the hand
Lambert Schomaker
University of Groningen

13:10 Lunch Break

Section III. Digital Palaeography

14:10 The Evolution of Handwriting in the Papal Curia of the 15th Century
Thomas Frenz
University of Passau

14:50 In Meaning versus Mining, and Putting the Palaeographer in Charge
Peter Stokes
King’s College London

15:30 Break

15:50 Image Analysis and Clustering of Medieval Scripts: an Evaluation Protocol
Dominique Stutzmann
French National Center for Scientific Research

16:30 Handwritten Word Spotting in Historical Documents: the Project Five Centuries of Marriages
Josep Lladós
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

June 15, 2013

Section IV. General Document Analysis

8:30 Layout and Writer Identifcation
Otfried Krafft
University of Marburg

9:10 Multispectral Image Acquisition and Analysis for Manuscript Research
Robert Sablatnik
Vienna University of Technology

09:50 Break

Section V. Automatic Handwriting Recognition and Analysis

10:10 Diptychon: a Transcription Assistant System for the Separation of Glyphs in Medieval Handwritings
Björn Gottfried, Matthias Lawo
University of Bremen / Monumenta Germaniae Historica and Humanities

10:50 Searching Handwritten Manuscripts
Raghavan Manmatha
University of Massachusetts

11:30 Automatic Tools for Historical Manuscript Analysis
Lior Wolf
Tel Aviv University

12:10 Concluding Discussion
Kurt Gärtner
Union of the German Academies of Sciences

13:00 Lunch & guided tour in Bamberg

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