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13 November 2013

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The 24th  British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC) was held at the University of Bristol in September 2013 - one of the top international forums for presenting the latest research in Computer Vision. The conference was hosted by the  Visual Information Laboratory, and was chaired by four academics from Computer Science: Tilo Burghardt, Dima Damen, Walterio Mayol-Cuevas and Majid Mirmehdi. This year, the conference received the most number of papers it has ever received - 439 submissions. 131 papers were accepted, with an overall acceptance rate of 30%. Although "British" in its title, 88% of the accepted submissions were from overseas; 15% from a UK-based institute, 44% from Europe (excluding UK), 21% from Asia, 19% from North America and 2% from Australia. Over the five days of the conference (9-13 Sep 2013), more than 200 delegates attended the talks and poster presentations.

The conference had two keynotes from distinguished scholars, Prof. Andrew Zisserman from the University of Oxford and Prof. Frank Dallaert from Georgia Institute of Technology. Tutorials were given by Dr. Andreas Krause from ETH Zurich and Dr. Adam Coates from Stanford University. The Student Workshop included two keynote speeches from Dr. Gabriel Brostow from University College London and Dr. Edward Rosten from Computer Vision Consulting.

In addition to the scientific content, BMVC had an exciting social programme with a conference reception at the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building which featured a talk from the Bristol-based internationally-renowned Aardman Animation studios' technical director, Tom Barnes. The banquette took place at the Bristol city hall. The VI lab wishes to thank Qualcomm, Dyson, Microsoft, HP and the IET for their financial support of BMVC.