Rediff Centre for Indian Language Content Management


International School of Information Management 

 University of Mysore
Brainstorming Workshop on OCR for Indian Languages
16-17 March, 2007, Hotel Regalis, Mysore

OCR technology and tools are critical for effective management of content in Indian languages. This Workshop is proposed as a kickoff meeting to understand the feasibility of and develop a plan of action for carrying out a R & D Project in OCR for Indian languages

Workshop Goals

  • Bring together experts and provide a framework for presentations and deliberations on the topic of OCR and Indian Languages
  • Discuss the feasibility and challenges of developing OCR system for Indian languages
  • Draw up a check list of R & D Challenges for OCR in Indian languages
  • Scoping and identifying the languages for the first phase of R & D

Workshop Outcomes

  • A status report on OCR for Indian languages
  • A feasible framework for developing OCR for two of the Indian Languages
  • A roadmap for a Research Project on OCR for Indian Languages
  • A Network of experts committed to contribute to the Project on OCR in Indian Languages

Workshop Schedule

Day 1 Day 2
Session 1 (15:00 - 18:00 hrs) Session 2 (09:00 - 11:00 hrs) Session 3 (11:30 - 13:30 hrs) Session 4 (14:30 - 16:30 hrs)
OCR Technologies -  Status & Trends OCR and Indian Languages - Current Status and Future Possibilities Challenges of Developing OCR Systems for Indian Languages Framework and Roadmap for R & D in Indian Languages

Workshop Participants

International Participants
Prof. Graham Leedham Dr. Simone Marinai
Professor of Computer Engineering & Information   Dipartimento di Sistemi e Informatica. Via di Santa
Technology, University of New South Wales (Asia) Universita di Firenze, Marta, 3 - 50139
1 Kay Siang Road, Singapore 248922 Firenze, Italy
Prof. Sargur N. Srihari  
SUNY Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Computer   
Science and Engineering & Director, CEDAR  
University at Buffalo, State University of New York  
Indian Participants
Mr. V. N. Manjunath Aradhya Dr. D.R. Ramesh Babu 
Research Fellow, Cognition Technology Lab, Dept. of Professor, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering 
Studies in Computer Science, Univ. of Mysore, Mysore PESIT, Bangalore
Mr. Ajit Balakrishnan Prof. B. B. Chaudhuri
Founder Chairman & Chief Executive Officer  Professor & Head, Computer Vision & Pattern India Ltd. Recognition Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Dr. Anirban Ray Chaudhuri Prof. K. Chidananda Gowda
CMATER, Department of Computer Science & Engg. Former Vice-Chancellor, Kuvempu University &
Jadavpur University Former Principal and Professor, Dept. of Computer
Kolkata 700 032 Science & Engineering, SJCE, Mysore
Dr. D. S. Guru Dr. Gurpreet Singh Lehal
Senior Faculty Member Professor and Head
Department of Studies in Computer Science Department of Computer Science, Punjabi University
University of Mysore, Mysore Patiala - 174001
Dr. K. Narayana Murthy Dr. P. Nagabhushan
Reader  Professor & Chairman
Department of Computer & Information Sciences Department of Studies in Computer Science
University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500 046 University of Mysore, Mysore
Dr. Atul Negi Mr. Venki Nishtala
Reader, Department of Computer & Information Science Chief Technology Officer
AI Lab, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad India Ltd.
Dr. Umapada Pal Prof. C. Patvardhan
Faculty Member, Computer Vision and Pattern  Department of Electrical Engineering
Recognition Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra 282 004
Dr. A.G. Ramakrishnan Mr. V.N. Shukla
Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engg. Scientist 'F' & Head - Language Technology
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore CDAC, Noida 201 307
Dr. Chandan Singh    
Professor, Department of Computer Science  
Punjabi University, Patiala - 174 001  
ISiM Participants
Dr. Shalini R. Urs Mr. T. N. Vikram
Executive Director Research Fellow
ISiM, University of Mysore, Mysore ISiM, University of Mysore, Mysore
Mr. M. A. Angrosh  
Project Manager  
ISiM, University of Mysore, Mysore  

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