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Pierre Devijver Award


On request of the IAPR the Technical Committee on Statistical Pattern Recognition (TC1) established a special award to commemorate Pierre Devijver, one of the founders of statistical pattern recognition, who left us all in 1996. It was decided to set up a Pierre Devijver Award Lecture, to be presented at regular TC1 workshops. The presenter would be selected from among outstanding scientists who had contributed significantly to the field of statistical pattern recognition.

The 2012 Pierre Devijver award committee was made up of: Prof. Luc Devroye, Prof. Bob Duin, Prof. Josef Kittler, Prof. Anil Jain, Prof. Erkki Oja, Dr Tin Kam Ho and Dr. Terry Windeatt as TC1 chairman.

The Pierre Devijver Award assignment protocol is described here.



2016 Award Winner in Merida, Mexico

Mário Figueiredo
Professor Figueiredo presented the Pierre Devijver Award Lecture during the S+SSPR Workshop in Merida, Mexico, December 1, 2016.

2012 Award Winner in Miyajima-Itsukushima, Hiroshima

George Nagy
Professor Nagy will present a talk on Estimation, Learning and Adaptation Systems at S+SSPR2012 in Miyajima-Itsukushima, Hiroshima, on November 8, 2012.

2010 Award Winner in Izmir, Turkey

Luc Devroye
Professor Devroye presented the Pierre Devijver Lecture during the S+SSPR Workshop in Izmir, Turkey, August, 2010. The title of his presentation was:

Classification and Trees

2008 Award Winner in Orlando, Florida

Tin Kam Ho
We are very happy to announce that the Pierre Devijver Award winner for 2008 is: Dr Tin Kam Ho.
She will present the Pierre Devijver Lecture during the next S+SSPR Workshop in Orlando, Florida, December 4-6, 2008. The title of her presentation was:

Data Complexity Analysis

2006 Award Winner in Hong Kong, China

Robert P.W. Duin
The 2006 Pierre Devijver Award winner was Robert P.W. Duin. He presented the Pierre Devijver Award Lecture during the Workshop on Statistical Pattern Recognition (SPR2006) in Hong Kong, Cina, 17-19 August, 2006. The title of his presentation was:

Structural inference of sensor-based measurements

2004 Award Winner in Lisbon, Portugal

Erkki Oja
The 2004 Pierre Devijver Award winner was Erkki Oja. He presented the Pierre Devijver Award Lecture during the Workshop on Statistical Pattern Recognition (SPR2004) in Lisbon, Portugal, August 18-20, 2004. The title of his presentation was:

Finding clusters and components by unsupervised learning

2002 Award Winner in Windsor, Canada

Anil K. Jain
The 2002 Pierre Devijver Award winner was Anil K. Jain. He presented the Pierre Devijver Award Lecture during the Workshop on Statistical Pattern Recognition (SPR2002) in Windsor, Canada, 6-9 August 2002. The title of his presentation was:

Fingerprint classification and matching

2000 Award Winner in Alicante, Spain

Josef Kittler
The first ever winner of this award was Josef Kittler. He presented the Award Lecture during the joint SPR&SSPR Workshop (SSSPR 2000) in Alicante, August 2000. The TC1 decision was based on his outstanding scientific work in the field. Josef Kittler has been for many years the closest scientific collaborator of Pierre Devijver. His lecture was entitled:

A Framework for Classifier Fusion: Is it still needed?

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