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ASCI Newsletter March 25, 2011

From the ASCI Office

Dear ASCI members,

As you may know ASCI is up for a renewal of its accreditation by the KNAW-ECOS (Research School Accreditation Committee). On April 13 a delegation of the ASCI management and board will meet the committee to answer questions and discuss relevant matters.

The ECOS would also like to meet a delegation of four ASCI PhD's to ask them about their experience with ASCI. So if you already have a few years of ASCI experience and you would like to discuss ASCI matters with the ECOS committee in a constructive way, please let me know. The meeting with the ASCI PhD's will take place from 13-13.45 on April 13 in Amsterdam (english can be spoken if necessary). 

Back to our usual business, we have the following events and courses lined up:

March 31-April 1: annual GNARP workshop.
May 9 - 13: ComplexHPC Spring School (A14 course will not take place in the regular way this year. Instead it will be integrated in this spring school).
May 23-27: A1 - Advanced Pattern Recognition
June 6-10: A6 - Measuring Features
October: A8 - Front-End Vision & Multi-Scale Image Analysis

The next ASCI newsletter will appear on April 22. If you would like to post a vacancy or a news item please send an email to the ASCI Office April 20 at the latest.

With regards,

Ilse Oonk
ASCI Office


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CfP: International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI-11)

International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI-11)
'Shaping the Next Decade'
November 16-18, 2011 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

Ambient Intelligence (AmI) represents a vision of the future in which products and services will be responsive to the user context, offering a rich variety of applications in the professional and consumer domains. AmI combines concepts of ubiquitous technology, intelligent systems and advanced user interface design putting the humans in the centre of technological developments.

Starting as the European Symposium on Ambient Intelligence in 2003 the event has grown to an annual international conference that brings together researchers and serves as a forum to discuss the latest trends and solutions.

Following the publication of early scenarios on Ambient Intelligence in 2001 by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the theme of AmI-11 will focus on the “The Road Ahead, Shaping the Next 10 Years”

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts of original, unpublished work in all areas related to AmI. The contributions can be research papers, landscape sessions, late-breaking result posters, demonstrations and workshops, describing significant advances in AmI on the following themes:

-Multimodal / Tangible Interaction / Natural User Interfaces
-Smart Spaces / Social Intelligence / Context Awareness
-Embedded User Interfaces
-Prototyping / Tools
-Design Methods / Evaluation
-Smart Input / Display / Vision
-Security / Privacy / Trust
-Business Models
-Knowledge Systems / Computational Intelligence / Pattern Detection
-Autonomic Systems / Agents

Contributions are welcomed for the following conference tracks:
– FULL PAPERS (10 pages): Original, high quality research contributions advancing the state of the art in AmI. Work reflecting various interdisciplinary aspects of AmI research with clear results.

– LANDSCAPES (5 pages): These provide a forum for presenting ongoing work and new initiatives and activities, overviews of significant projects, testbeds, organizations and laboratories in the field of AmI.

– WORKSHOPS: An opportunity to meet in the context of the conference and to discuss emerging and future areas in a field of interest. Organized as full day workshops (6 hours per day) and half-day workshops (3 hours per day).

– LATE BREAKING PAPERS (5 pages): Results based on scientific evidence toward novel and valuable contributions in the field of AmI. Work of high potential and well positioned in the state of the art.

– DEMOS & POSTERS : Ongoing work with a high potential to attract interest and to create discussions with other conference participants. Submissions include a 4-page extended abstract laying out research approach, contributions and results.

The conference proceedings will be published by Springer. Authors are invited to submit original papers, not previously submitted to other conferences or journals, of not more than 10 pages for full papers and 5 pages for late breaking/landscape papers in single-column, single-spaced text following the Springer LNCS manuscript guidelines ( ).

Full and short paper submissions must be anonymised to facilitate blind review. Instructions for manuscripts preparation and paper submission will be found on the conference web site .

Regular Papers
Submission deadline: May 20, 2011
Notification: July 6, 2011
Final, revised camera-ready version: August 22, 2011

Landscape Papers
Submission deadline: June 3, 2011
Notification: July 6, 2011
Final, revised camera-ready version: August 22, 2011

Late Breaking Papers
Submission deadline: July 11, 2011
Notification: August 20, 2011
Final, revised camera-ready version: August 29, 2011

Doctoral Colloquium
Deadline for submitting applications to the Doctoral Consortium: August 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: September 18, 2011

Demos and exhibitions
Submission deadline: October 3, 2011
Notification of acceptance: October 10, 2011

Ben Kröse, University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands


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CfP: CONET Summer School - Networked Embedded Systems

Networked Embedded Systems: Humans in the Loop
CONET Summer School
Bertinoro, Italy, July 24-30, 2011

Sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, and cooperating objects are becoming an important part of our daily life. Humans build, deploy, use, and maintain these systems that can sense our activities and influence our behavior. We will increasingly rely on these networked embedded systems, therefore also requiring a secure and privacy-preserving treatment of sensitive human-centric data. Novel paradigms and solutions are also needed to allow humans to interact with these systems. This school explores the manifold relationship between networked embedded systems and humans as their creators, users, and subjects.

The goal of the summer school is to survey fundamental and applied aspects of networked embedded systems and their relationship to humans, as well as to identify novel opportunities and research directions in these areas through a series of lectures by international experts. Participants will also experience the relevant technologies during hands-on courses and be given a chance to present their own work during a participants' workshop. The school will provide a great opportunity to know other people working in the field, to meet distinguished scholars, and to establish contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future. We expect about 60 participants. The intended audience are postgraduate students, PhD students, and young researchers from universities and industrial laboratories around the world.


- Design and implementation of networked embedded systems
- Debugging and validation of networked embedded systems
- Management and maintenance of networked embedded systems
- Sensing and affecting behavior of humans and other organisms
- Participatory sensing
- Interacting with networked embedded systems
- Security, privacy, and dependability
- Applications, such as smart energy and smart healthcare
- Experience from real-world deployments

SPEAKERS (Preliminary)

- Srdjan Capkun (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
- Tanzeem Choudhury (Dartmouth College, USA)
- Peter Corke (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
- Anna Foerster (SUPSI, Switzerland)
- Mark Hansen (UCLA, USA)
- Lars Erik Holmquist (Mobile Life @ SICS, Sweden)
- Marc Langheinrich (University of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland)
- Friedemann Mattern (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
- Luca Mottola (SICS, Sweden)
- Angelika Peer (TU Munich, Germany)
- Gian Pietro Picco (University of Trento, Italy)
- Kay Roemer (University of Luebeck, Germany & ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
- Andreas Terzis (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
- Thiemo Voigt (SICS, Sweden)

Prospective participants should apply online before April 30, 2011 at the summer school website. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 60. If we receive more applications, participants will be selected based on their work area and background, geographic distribution, and date of application. Acceptance notifications will be sent end of May. The registration fee (480 EUR in shared double room, 570 EUR in single room) covers participation in the summer school, accommodation, all meals, and excursions. CONET provides 15 grants of 480 EUR each for selected European participants, that is, participation for recipients of a grant is free of charge when sharing a double room.

The school is directed by Kay Römer (University of Luebeck, Germany and ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Friedemann Mattern (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), and Luca Mottola (SICS, Sweden), and organized by the European Network of Excellence CONET.


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CfP: Congress on Image and Signal Processing (CISP 2011) and on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (BMEI2011)

4th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing (CISP 2011)
and the 4th International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (BMEI 2011)
15-17 October 2011, Shanghai, China

All papers in conference proceedings will be indexed by both EI Compendex and ISTP, as well as included in the IEEE Xplore (IEEE Conference Record Number for CISP'11: 18205; IEEE Conference Record Number for BMEI'11: 18206. CISP-BMEI 2008-2010 papers have already been indexed in EI Compendex). Substantially extended versions of best papers will be considered for publication in a CISP'11-BMEI'11 special issue of the Computers and Electrical Engineering journal (SCI-indexed).

CISP-BMEI is a premier international forum for scientists and researchers to present the state of the art of multimedia, signal processing, biomedical engineering and informatics. The previous CISP-BMEI each attracted over 3000 submissions from all over the world, with acceptance rate around 50%. The registration fee of US$390 includes proceedings, lunches, dinners, banquet, coffee breaks, and all technical sessions. CISP'11-BMEI'11 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

To promote international participation of researchers from outside the country/region where the conference is held (i.e., China’s mainland), researchers outside of China’s mainland are encouraged to propose invited sessions. The first author of each paper in an invited session must not be affiliated with an organization in China’s mainland. All papers in the invited sessions can be marked as "Invited Paper". The organizer(s) for each invited session with at least 6 registered papers will (jointly) enjoy an honorarium of US*D 400. Invited session organizers will solicit submissions, conduct reviews and recommend accept/reject decisions on the submitted papers. Invited session organizers will be able to set their own submission and review schedules, as long as a list of recommended papers is determined by 30 May 2011. Each invited session proposal should include: (1) the name, bio, and contact information of each organizer of the invited session; (2) the title and a short synopsis of the invited session. Please send your proposal to CISP-BMEI(at)

For more information, visit the conference web page:  


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CfP: 8th International Symposium on Networks in Bioinformatics

14-15 April, 2011
Science Park Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The 8th International Symposium on Networks in Bioinformatics (ISNB 2011)is scheduled on 14 and 15 April 2011 and is likely to continue its successfrom previous years in bringing different disciplines together to discussongoing research in bioinformatics and biology of networks. The focus of the 8th International Symposium on Networks in Bioinformatics will be onbiological networks such as metabolic networks, signal transduction pathways and genetic regulatory networks.

This year we also aim to include topics like modeling of cells, tissues, gene regulation, from DNA to transcriptional behaviour and biomineralisation. We also want to invite researchers working on gene networks in plants (e.g. Arabidopsis), model organisms such as Drosophila and organisms with a relatively simple and basal body plan such as sponges and scleractinian corals. Understanding of these networks is crucial for understanding molecular and cellular processes in the organism or system under study. This field is subject of lively research and both experimental and computationalapproaches are used to elucidate the biological networks.

The bioinformatics of biological networks involves a broad range of research and approaches. Research includes the identification of regulatory elements in DNA, developmental biology, genome context analysis, modelling and simulation of pathways, reconstruction of pathways from experimental data, visualization of pathways, and the representation of pathways in database, graphs and mark-up languages.


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CfP: 24th IEEE International SoC Conference (SOCC)

24th IEEE International SoC Conference (SOCC)
September 26 –28, 2011
Grand Hotel –Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

System on Chip(SoC) has been the enabling technology behind the evolution of many of today’s ubiquitous technologies, such as Internet, mobile wireless technology, and highdefinition television. The informationtechnologyage, inturn, has fuelled a global communications revolution. SoC devices today include some or all of the major electronics technologies, comprising RF, analog, optical, digital, and Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS). Recent advances in systems, deep-submicron and nanoprocess technology  are unleashing new opportunities, but also creating newc hallenges. Managements of design and verification complexity, EDA tools, on-chip communication, and design reuse for SoCs are significant complications, and SoC fault detection is becoming more difficult as chipsize is increasing.
The SOC Conference is a premier forum for sharing advances in SoC technologies and applications in the areas of digital systems, circuit architectures, design methods, tools, automation, manufacturing, test, and emerging technologies. The 24th SOCC will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, and will offer three days of technical papers, technical workshops, and a vendor exhibition. For updates, please check our website regularly or follow us on twitter“@ieee_socc” (or

Electronic paper submissions require a full paper in pdfformat, limited to six double-column IEEE format pages, and including figures and references. Paper submission deadline is April11, 2011. SOCC 2011 also welcomes embedded tutorial proposals in the related areas of SoC. Aproposal with title, a half-page summary, and speaker's short bio should be submitted to the Tutorial Chair, Dr. Nagi Naganathan(Nagi.Naganathan(at)  by May3, 2011. The SOCC proceedings will be published on IEEEXplore®.

Papers are invited which address new and previously unpublished results in the area of Systems on Chip, and related topics.
•Analog, Mixed-Signal, and Biomedical Circuits and Systems
•Wireline and Wireless Communication Circuits and Systems
•Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Circuits and Systems (Video, Multimedia, Software-DefinedRadio, etc.)
•Green Circuits, Systems, and Design Methodologies
•Embedded Systems, Multi/ManyCore Systems and Embedded Memory Technologies
•Network on Chip (NoC), Interconnects, and3D-IC
•Reconfigurable and Programmable Circuits and Systems, System on Programmable Devices (FPGAs)
•System Level Design Methodology, EDA and Design Tools for SoC
•Signal Integrity, Design for Testability, and Design Verification
•Design for Manufacturability, Variation-Aware Methodologies

Please visit the conference web site or contact the SoCConference office at info(at) for more information.

Paper submission deadline: April 11, 2011
Notification of acceptance: June 13, 2011
Final camera-ready paper due: July 11, 2011



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(Associate) Professor position - Biomedical Image Analysis (TU/e)

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has the following vacancy:

(Associate) Professor Biomedical Image Analysis (V50.1284)

in the section Biomedical Image Analysis of the Department of Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is one of the nine departments of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, the Netherlands). It has strong collaborations with many universities, and institutes, including academic hospitals, both nationally and internationally. Research areas of the department include Biomedical Imaging & Modeling, Molecular Bioengineering & Molecular Imaging, and Biomechanics & Tissue Engineering. TU/e is situated in the European technology hotspot ‘Brainport Eindhoven’, known for its many high-tech industries and start-ups and has a sparkling environment with opportunities for talented people. The BME Department is responsible for the Bachelor and Master programs in Biomedical Engineering and is the largest in the Netherlands (500 students).

Recently TU/e established the Imaging Science and Technology Eindhoven Institute (IST/e), which aims to grow to a leading research institute on the crossroads of image acquisition, mathematical modeling, algorithmics, visualization and biomedical applications of complex images or image sequences on the basis of advanced acquisition techniques. This ambitious goal is feasible through synergy of perfectly complementary research groups in TU/e and their collaborative partners at Philips Healthcare and Philips Research and regional and academic medical centers.

Job description
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology seeks a Senior Researcher (associate level, fulltime, tenure track) in the field of Biomedical Image Analysis.
Medical imaging has developed revolutionary, and has become the prime source of information for diagnosis and interventions. The need for sophisticated analysis and visualization algorithms is strongly increasing, not only due to the sheer complexity of the data, now encompassing many modalities and being more and more multi-valued (vector and tensor data, multi-scale, multi-orientation etc.), but also due to the advent of acquisition and visualization of many functional parameters (e.g. strain, diffusivity etc.), the need for image guided surgery and interventions, and the sheer volume of the data.

The Biomedical Image Analysis group, headed by Bart M. ter Haar Romeny, and established in 2001, has developed a solid position in research and teaching in this field, and operates at world-class level. See: The scientific research in the group BMIA focuses on three closely intertwined areas:
• Design of advanced mathematical algorithms
• Visualization of multi-valued data
• Cardiovascular and neuro applications
The strength of the group is the close interaction between these areas.
Since the group leader will retire over 3 years, there is the perspective that the senior becomes the new chair.

The Netherlands have traditionally a strong base in image analysis, and the group has established excellent research- and application collaborations with Philips Healthcare (Best), KCL (London), Utrecht University, Maastricht University and many others. BMIA participates in a large Dutch grant application program ‘Innovative Medical Devices Initiative NL’ (2011-2016).
The group is heavily involved in teaching, and has continuously 15-20 (1-year) MSc projects active. The group is embedded in the Imaging Science & Technology Institute /eindhoven, and has strong collaboration with Philips Healthcare and Philips Research (both 4 km away), and a range of (international) hospitals.

Your research should deal with the long-term topics of BMIA in the fields of visualization and clinical applications. You will strengthen and expand the current research program. You will lecture in the Bachelor (in Dutch) and Master (in English) BME programs.
The candidate we seek is an excellent researcher in one of the focus areas described above. S/he has published pioneering contributions in major research journals and top conference proceedings. The candidate holds a PhD degree in a relevant discipline (physics, computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering) and is an excellent teacher. The candidate should also fulfill the following requirements:
• The candidate is an enthusiastic team player with the ambition to strengthen, expand and focus the current research program. Experience in initiating and participating in collaborative projects with scientific and industrial partners and (international) research programs is advantageous.
The candidate has a proven record of attracting substantial research funding.
• The candidate has a good scientific network, and has been invited for keynote lectures, reviews, editor activities and/or conference organization.
• The candidate will, preferably, have experience with different application domains and a keen eye for technical solutions.
• The candidate has good managerial capabilities.
• S/he has an excellent command of the English language.

Employment conditions
A challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious University
• We offer a salary with a minimum of € 4.651 and a maximum of € 5.920 gross per month (salary scale 14, CAO NU (Dutch Universities)) on a full-time basis and related to relevant experience and knowledge, plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of the year allowance
• an attractive package of fringe benefits (including 13th month salary, holiday allowance of 8%, excellent work facilities, child care and sport facilities)

More information
For more information about the position, please contact the dean prof.dr. P.A.J. Hilbers, email p.a.j.hilbers(at)
Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application; a CV/resume/picture; a list of publications; details of three references; and a statement of research, teaching and leadership. The documents should be submitted using this link:
Due to the planned advertisement in 'Medical Image Analysis' the first selection of the applications will take place in the middle of April.


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PhD position - Music Information Retrieval (UU)

PhD position in Music Information Retrieval at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

The PhD student will be a team member of the NWO-VIDI project “Modelling musical similarity over time through the variation priniciple”, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The project will last for 5 years, principal investigator is Anja Volk.

The aim of the project is to develop a cognition-based computational model of music similarity in the symbolic domain that grounds in the variation principle. The project will investigate the fundamental principle of variation in music studied in Musicology and Cognitive Science as a means to establish similarity. Specifically, it will develop computational approaches to music similarity by modeling the interaction between global and local features of the music. The project will deliver both a theoretic framework and a computational model of music similarity that covers three major styles, namely classical, folk and popular music. The project team will include the principal investigator, a postdoc, a PhD student and a scientific programmer.

Detailed information:

The PhD student will concentrate on methods of Music Retrieval.
Specific tasks include:
*developing segmentation methods
*extracting relevant musical features
*designing similarity measures and algorithms
*performing system evaluation

* Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics, Humanities Computing, or any other relevant discipline
*proven affection with and knowledge of music (notation, basic theory) and programming.

For more information on the project you can contact Dr. Anja Volk, tel: +31 (0)30 253 7885, email:,

For information on the application procedure (please apply before 8 april 2011) see



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PostDoc position - COBRA project (TU/e)

The TU/e (Eindhoven University of Technology) ( is looking for a

PostDoc for the COBRA (Computing Fabric for High performance Applications) project

Project Description
We are living in an era where wireless connectivity has become an integral part of our lives. Wireless technology is penetrating into unanticipated segments of the economy beyond the traditional telecommunications and data-networking market (e.g. for monitor/control purposes in medical/healthcare, manufacturing, retail, as well as for security / transportation / identification / banking, etc.)
Future wireless systems need tremendous compute capacities, beyond 1 TeraFlops, but have a very restricted power budgets, resulting in energy requirements down to 1 pJ per operation. To enable this new processor architecture, application mapping, resource management and power saving techniques have to be researched and applied. This is the context of the European Catrene project COBRA.
In the Dutch part of the COBRA project, we will tackle this design problem using complex multi-core/manycore system-on-chips (SoCs) that enable the use of such leading-edge wireless technologies. To stear the research COBRA considers two main applications: Cellular connectivity (4G and beyond i.e. LTE/LTE-Advanced); Wireless connectivity for automotive (Car-infotainment, car-to-car and/or car-to-infrastructure communications).

Future wireless systems will have to run multiple radio applications simultaneously. The design of an architecture supporting this is quite a complex undertaking considering the variety of interdisciplinary challenges involved in the entire design process. Research challenges tackled within COBRA are, among others, Multi-core HW processor architectures, including vector DSPs, interconnect, memory hierarchy, interfaces, and HW support for Radio OS. Radio OS: a streaming framework for running possibly multiple radios (SDR: software defined radio). Efficient resource management: low energy, memory, CPU utilization etc., possibly based on Scenario techniques. Design flows and tools involved: application analysis and parallelization using the dataflow paradigm, tools such as compilers, C-to-dataflow translation, etc. Predictable and Composable design, with respect to real-time requirements, based on adequate models of computation (MoCs) and platform virtualization (giving guarantees on available resources).

Involved TU/e Research Groups
Within TU/e 2 research groups are joining COBRA: 1) The Electronic Systems (ES) group within the Electrical Engineering department, and 2) The System Architecture and Networks (SAN) group within the Computer Science Department. Both groups closely colaborate with industrial partners.

Project Collaboration
The project is granted within the European Catrene context. COBRA, which stands for "Computing Fabric for High Performance Applications", is a cooperation lead by STMicroelectronics, and having partners in France, Spain, and The Netherlands.
Within the Netherlands the partners are TUE, TUDelft, ST-Ericsson, NXP, Synopsys (Virage Logic), ACE and Compaan.

The PostDoc should have a PhD in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science and a strong affinity with embedded-systems design. We are searching for top candidates which have excellent research skills, very good programming skills in C and C++, which are highly motivated, and have good communication skills. You should be eager to push the state-of-the-art, and show your research results with working demonstrators and publications in top conferences and journals.

What we offer
As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent secondary benefits (annually holiday allowance and end year allowance etc.). Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. For the Postdoc position: the appointment is for three years. A gross monthly salary in accordance with the Collective Labor agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU) will be given. An offer will be based on your knowledge and experience. Candidates can start as soon as possible.

Contact information
For information about the COBRA project:
Prof. dr. Kees van Berkel: email , tel +31 40 2922553
Prof. dr. Henk Corporaal: email, tel +31 40 247 5462
Prof. dr. Kees Goossens: email, tel +31 40 247 3404
Your resume should include: 1) motivation letter, 2) list and grades of followed BSc and MSc courses, and if possible your (relative) ranking, 3) references.
Applications can be send to Ms. Marja de Mol - Regels: (phone +31 40 - 247 5195)


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