24th Portuguese Conference on Pattern Recognition


October 26th, 2018



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A full day
of networking and exciting research work on pattern recognition.

RECPAD is the annual Portuguese Conference on Pattern Recognition, sponsored by APRP (Portuguese Association for Pattern Recognition). It is a one-day conference with an invited keynote speaker and poster sessions along the day. This year, RECPAD2018 will be held at the Centro Cultural D. Dinis, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the University of Coimbra , on October 26th, 2018. Please feel extremelly welcome!

Call For Papers

RECPAD 2018 aims to promote the collaboration between the Portuguese scientific community in the fields of Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis and Processing, Soft Computing, and related areas, including, but not limited to:

- Biometrics

- Character recognition

- Classification clustering ensembles and multi-classifiers

- Data mining and big data

- Feature extraction, discretization and selection

- Fuzzy logic and fuzzy image processing

- Gesture recognition

- Hybrid methods

- Image description and registration

- Image enhancement and restoration

- Image segmentation

- Deep Learning

- Image understanding

- Information theory

- Intelligent systems

- Machine vision

- Neural network architectures

- Object recognition

- Pattern recognition applications

- Sensors and sensor fusion

- Soft computing techniques

- Statistical methods

- Syntactical methods

- Transfer Learning


The papers should be submitted via EasyChair. The submission is done in four steps: set up an account with EasyChair, enter a paper title and abstract, and finally upload your paper. Please be sure to read the formatting instructions. Some common questions about submission can be send via the contact email. Submitted papers should be prepared according to the published specification for formatting and style.

Download the pdf version of the call for papers HERE.


Important Dates

Submission of papers: September 10th​​ September 17th (deadline extension)

Notification of paper acceptance: September 24th​​ September 30th

Submission of camera-ready papers: October 10th​​

Author registration: October 10th

Conference: October 26th

Invited Speaker

Advanced Biometric Technologies

Biometrics concerns the study of automated methods for identifying an individual or recognizing an individual among many people by measuring one or more physical or behavioral features. Certain physical human features or behaviors are characteristics that are specific and can be uniquely associated to one person. Retinas, iris, DNA, fingerprint, palm print, or pattern of finger lengths are typical physical features that are specific to individuals. Also the voice print, gait, or handwriting can be used to this purpose.

Nowadays biometrics is rapidly evolving. This science is getting more and more accurate in recognizing and identifying persons and behaviors. Consequently, these technologies become more and more attractive and effective in critical applications, such as to create safe personal IDs, to control the access to personal information or physical areas, to recognize terrorists or criminals, to study the movements of people, to monitor the human behavior, and to create adaptive environments. The use of biometrics in the real life often requires very complex signal and image processing and scene analysis, for example encompassing biometric feature extraction and identification, individual tracking, face tracking, eye tracking, liveness/anti-spoofing tests, and facial expression recognition. This talk will review the main biometric traits and analyze the opportunities offered by biometric technologies and applications to support a broad variety of applications. Attention will be given to the current trends in research and applications.


Vincenzo Piuri has received his Ph.D. in computer engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy (1989). He is Full Professor in computer engineering at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy (since 2000). He has been Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and at George Mason University, USA.

His main research interests are: intelligent systems, signal and image processing, machine learning, pattern analysis and recognition, theory and industrial applications of neural networks, biometrics, intelligent measurement systems, industrial applications, fault tolerance, digital processing architectures, and cloud computing infrastructures. Original results have been published in more than 400 papers in international journals, proceedings of international conferences, books, and book chapters.

He is Fellow of the IEEE, Distinguished Scientist of ACM, and Senior Member of INNS. He has been IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities (2015), IEEE Director, President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Vice President for Education of the IEEE Biometrics Council, Vice President for Publications of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society and the IEEE Systems Council, and Vice President for Membership of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Systems Journal (2013-19), and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, and has been Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. He received the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Technical Award (2002). He is Honorary Professor at Obuda University, Budapest, Hungary, Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology, China, Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan, and the Amity University, India.



The papers should be submitted via EasyChair. The submission is done in four steps: set up an account with EasyChair, enter a paper title and abstract, and finally upload your paper. Please be sure to read the formatting instructions. Some common questions about submission can be send via the contact email. Submitted papers should be prepared according to the published specification for formatting and style.

Submit an article to RecPad 2018 HERE.

Formatting your paper

The authors are invited to submit papers in PDF format with not more than two (2) pages including results, figures and references, according to the formatting style. Papers which are overlength will not be reviewed.

Typesetting for review

Papers must be formatted for blind review and according to the following templates:

MS Word template HERE.

LaTex template HERE.

Poster presentations

You will have a space for A0 portrait poster (85 x 110 cm maximum);

Velcro pads or pins will be provided for affixing posters to the display boards.


Organizing Committee

Bernardete Ribeiro

Hélder Araújo

Catarina Silva

César Teixeira

Joel Arrais

Joana Costa

Francisco Antunes

Scientific Committee

Ana Oliveira Alves, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra

André Victor Alvarenga, Inmetro

António Dourado, University of Coimbra

António Eduardo de Barros Ruano, Universidade do Algarve

António Neves, University of Aveiro

António Pinheiro, University of Beira Interior

Armando J. Pinho, University of Aveiro

Augusto Silva, University of Aveiro

Aurélio Campilho, University of Porto

Beatriz Sousa Santos, Universidade de Aveiro/IEETA

Bernardete Ribeiro, University of Coimbra

Carlos Pereira, ISEC

Catarina Silva, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria / CISUC

César Texeira, University of Coimbra

Fernando Monteiro, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança

Filipe Rodrigues, Technical University of Denmark - DTU

Francisco Antunes, University of Coimbra

Francisco Camara Pereira, Technical University of Denmark - DTU

Helder Araújo, University of Coimbra

Hélder Oliveira, University of Porto

Hugo Proença, Univeristy of Beira Interior

Irene Pimenta Rodrigues, Universidade de Évora

Jaime Cardoso, University of Porto

Jaime Santos, University of Coimbra

Joana Costa, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria










João Rodrigues, University of the Algarve

Joaquim Pinto Da Costa, University of Porto

Joel Arrais, University of Coimbra

Jorge Barbosa, University of Porto

Jorge S. Marques, IST / ISR

Jorge Santos, ISEP

Jorge Torres, Academia Militar

José Silva, Academia Militar

Luís A. Alexandre, UBI and Instituto de Telecomunicações

Luís Teixeira, University of Porto (FEUP)

Mário Antunes, Polytechnic Inst. Leiria / INESC-TEC, CRACS, Univ. Porto

Mário Figueiredo, IT / IST

Miguel Coimbra, FCUP

Miguel Correia, Universidade de Lisboa

Noel Lopes, IPG - CISUC

Nuno Martins, ISEC - IPC

Nuno Rodrigues, IT - Instituto Politécnico de Leiria

Paulo Salgado, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Pedro Martins, ISR - University of Coimbra

Pedro Pina, Universidade de Lisboa

Pedro Salgueiro, Dep. Informática / CENTRIA, Universidade de Évora

Petia Georgieva, University of Aveiro

Rui Gomes, University of Coimbra

Samuel Silva, DETI / IEETA - Universidade de Aveiro

Sérgio Faria, IT - Instituto Politécnico de Leiria

Thomas Gasche, Academia Militar

Verónica Vasconcelos, ISEC-IPC

Conference Program


- 09:00 Registration

- 10:00 Welcome session

- 10:15 Invited talk: Advanced Biometric Technologies, Prof. Vincenzo Piuri, FIEEE Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

- 11:15 Coffee break

- 11:45 Poster session 1

- 12:45 Lunch

- 14:15 Poster session 2

- 15:15 Coffee break

- 15:45 Poster session 3

- 16:45 Awards and closing session

- 17:00 Visit to Science Museum


The detailed program is available HERE.

The conference proceedings are available HERE.


Registration rates

Registration: 55€

Registration + Dinner: 80€

Hotel reservation available in registration below.

Registration Deadline

October 10th


To complete your registration, please follow this LINK.


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Location and Venue

area full of great restaurants and sights.

Spend an inspiring day in the cultural and cosmopolitan city of Coimbra. The area is full of great hotels, restaurants and sights.


Centro Cultural D. Dinis

Largo Marquês de Pombal, 272

3000 - Coimbra, Portugal

Getting to Centro Cultural D. Dinis

Centro Cultural D. Dinis is in the Campus I of the University of Coimbra, which is located right in the city centre and easily accessible by public transportation. If you are driving, use the map for directions.