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Workshop on
Computer Vision Applications
for the Visually Impaired (CVAVI 08)

Marseille, France, Oct. 18, 2008

A Satellite Workshop of ECCV 2008

Keynote Speakers

Jan-Ingvar Lindström
Rehabilitation International

James Nolan

Workshop Chairs

James Coughlan
Smith-Kettlewell, San Francisco

Roberto Manduchi
UC, Santa Cruz

Program Committee

Serge Belongie
UC, San Diego

Nikolaos Bourbakis
Wright State Univ.

Kostas Daniilidis
Univ. Pennsylvania

Alyosha Efros

Francisco Escolano
Univ. Alicante

Jana Kosecka
George Mason Univ.

Erik Learned-Miller
UMass Amherst

Stergios Roumeliotis
Univ. Minnesota

Bosco Tjian
Univ. Southern California

Sylvie Treuillet

Manik Varma
Microsoft Research India

Workshop Goals

A growing number of computer vision researchers are becoming interested in applications for persons with visual impairments (VI), including low vision and blindness. Recent advances in algorithms, sensors and embedded computing hold the promise to enable computer vision technology that can address the needs of this disadvantaged population. Developing assistive tools for the VI community requires informed knowledge of several relevant human factor and technological issues:

  1. The actual problems impairing the daily quality of life of these users;
  2. An awareness of existing assistive aids;
  3. A realistic understanding of the possibilities offered by the available interfaces (visual, audio, tactile);
  4. A system-level approach to the design of algorithms and hardware that takes into consideration practical factors such as size, speed and cost.

This workshop aims to bring together computer vision researchers and experts in VI rehabilitation and assistive technology. Attendance by VI experts outside the computer vision community will also be encouraged. By addressing the context in which assistive technology is used and designed, the workshop seeks to help researchers identify fruitful areas of overlap between the most pressing needs of the VI population and the capabilities of computer vision technology.  A general discussion session at the end of the workshop will facilitate the exchange of ideas between computer vision researchers and VI experts.

A previous version of this workshop under the same title took place in 2005 as a satellite workshop of the IEEE CVPR conference. The proposed workshop is thus the second in this series. We believe that advances in technology and applications (e.g. the increasingly powerful and ubiquitous mobile/cell phone platform), as well as increased interest in the computer vision community for the area of assistive technology, will make the proposed workshop a venue for exciting and novel ideas and discussions.

Workshop Program


Keynote Talk #1
Jan-Ingvar Lindström
Independent Navigation for Visually Impaired Persons: Problems and Possibilities

Session 1: Low Vision and Color Impairment

J. -B. Huang, S.-Y. Wu and C.-S. Chen. 
Enhancing Color Representation for the Color Vision Impaired
.  pdf download

J.-B. Bernard, E. Tlapale, G. Faure, E. Castet and P. Kornprobst.
Navisio: Towards an integrated reading aid system for low vision patients.
 pdf download

Coffee break

Session 2: Mobility

J.M. Sáez and F. Escolano.
Stereo-based Aerial Obstacle Detection for the Visually Impaired.
 pdf download 

V. Pradeep, G. Medioni and J. Weiland. 
Piecewise Planar Modeling for Step Detection using Stereo Vision.
 pdf download 

C. McCarthy, N. Barnes, K. Anstey and M. Horswill.
Towards a Hazard Perception Assistance System using Visual Motion.
 pdf download


Keynote Talk #2
James Nolan

Vision Enhancement Technology for Low Vision and Blind Populations: A Look into the Future

Session 3: Sonification

B. Deville, G. Bologna, M. Vinckenbosch and T. Pun.
Guiding the focus of attention of blind people with visual saliency.  pdf download

B. Durette, N. Louveton, D. Alleysson and J. Herault.
Visuo-auditory sensory substitution for mobility assistance: testing TheVIBE.  pdf download

Coffee break

Session 4: Systems

O. Koch and S. Teller.
A Self-Calibrating, Vision-Based Navigation Assistant.  pdf download     supplemental video download

S. Krishna, D. Colbry, J. Black, V. Balasubramanian and S. Panchanathan.
A Systematic Requirements Analysis and Development of an Assistive Device to Enhance the Social Interaction of People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired.  pdf download

Gemstone Team Vision, B. Bobo, R. Chellappa and C.-M. Tang.
Developing a Real-Time Identify-and-Locate System for the Blind.  pdf download

Financial Support:

We are grateful to The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute for funding transportation and lodging costs for our keynote speakers.