MANPU 2024

The 6th International Workshop on
coMics ANalysis, Processing and Understanding

August 30, 2024
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Athens, Greece

organized in conjunction with ICDAR2024 The 18th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Athens, Greece, August 30 - September 4, 2024

Important dates | Registration | Scope and Topics | Datasets | Paper submissions | Program | Organizers | Contact

Why should we research on Comics?

Comics is a medium constituted of images combining text and graphics elements. This different visual information is used by the authors to narrate a story. Nowadays, comic books are a widespread cultural expression all over the world and especially in the United States, European countries, and Asian countries. So, the terms of Comics include several categories such as Mangas, American Comics, and Franco-Belgian “Bandes Dessinées”. Each category has its own graphic style. From the research point of view, comics images are attractive targets because the structure of a comics page includes various elements (such as panels, speech balloons, captions, leading characters, text, onomatopoeia, and so on). The design of these elements strongly depends on the creativity of the author and his graphic universe. Consequently, the drawings present a very large variability. Therefore, comics image analysis is not a trivial problem and is still immature compared with other areas of application of image analysis and pattern recognition. Comics offer many challenges for researchers. For example, the detection and recognition of the characters in a comics page are not trivial since the main character can be a human being, an animal, or even an imaginary character. In this context, the “pattern recognition” task is a tricky problem. Comics analysis has aroused interest among researchers. The number of scientific papers dealing with comics analysis has significantly increased in international conferences and journals during the last ten years. The original approaches proposed in these papers in the area of computer vision, pattern recognition, and machine learning, show that comics analysis and understanding can be considered as a research topic. Moreover, the drawings of some comics are very similar to the ones of cartoons. So, some approaches can be applied to both media.

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Important Dates

Title and abstract submission due:   March 20th, 2024
Paper submission due:   March 24th, 2024
Notification of acceptance:   April 15th, 2024
Camera-ready paper due:   April 30th, 2024
Workshop:   August 30th, 2024
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Registration

TBA

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Scope and Topics

The scope of this workshop includes, but is not limited to,
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Datasets

To evaluate the proposed works, participants will be able to use the following datasets that are publicly available. Researchers can request to download them at each website.

eBDtheque consists of 100 images with ground truth for panels, speech balloons, tails, text lines, leading characters.
website: http://ebdtheque.univ-lr.fr/

Manga109 consists of over 20 thousand images of 109 volumes (21,142 images).
website: http://www.manga109.org/en/

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Paper Submissions

Submission and Review

All papers will have to be submitted through the EasyChair submission system on or before the submission deadline. Authors can update their papers before the submission deadline. MANPU 2024 will follow a single-blind review process. The accepted papers will be published in the "ICDAR pre-conference volume" edited by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Paper format and length

Papers should be formatted with the style files/details available at Information for Authors of Springer Computer Science Proceedings. The LaTeX template for LNCS can be downloaded here. It is also available on Overleaf. Only PDF files are accepted. A complete paper should be submitted in the proper format. Papers accepted for the workshop will be allocated up to 15 pages (usually not counting references) in the proceedings. Submissions are expected to be in the range of 10-15 pages.

Notes

Papers should describe original work on an MANPU-related topic. By submitting a manuscript to MANPU 2024, authors acknowledge that it has not been previously published or accepted for publication in substantially similar form in any peer-reviewed venue including journals or conferences. Also authors confirm that no paper substantially similar in content has been or will be submitted to another conference or workshop during the review period. The acceptance of a paper to MANPU 2024 requires that at least one of the authors registers for the workshop and presents the paper there. MANPU 2024 does not allow submission of any additional supplementary file.

Submission site

Paper submissions for MANPU2024 will be handled through the Easy Chair conference management system. Please visit https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=manpu2024.

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Program

TBA

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Organizers

General Co-Chairs
Jean-Christophe Burie             University of La Rochelle, France
Motoi Iwata             Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan
Yusuke Matsui     The University of Tokyo, Japan

Program Co-Chairs
Rita Hartel                 Paderborn University, Germany
Tien-Tsin Wong           The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Ryosuke Yamanishi           Kansai University, Japan

Advisory Board
Kiyoharu Aizawa                 The University of Tokyo, Japan
Koichi Kise                 Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan
Jean-Marc Ogier                 University of La Rochelle, France
Toshihiko Yamasaki             The University of Tokyo, Japan


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Contact

Workshop Secretariat:
i-m-manpu2024-inquiry [at] ml.omu.ac.jp
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