Conference Chair

 C.Y. Suen (Canada)


 Conference Co-Chair:

     M. Cheriet (Canada)


 Technical Program Chairs:

 H. Bunke (Switzerland)

 J. Hu (USA)

 F. Kimura (Japan)


Technical Program Members

List of PC Members


 Invited Speeches and

 Special Sessions

     R. Plamondon (Canada)

     A. Belaid (France)


 Tutorials and Demos

 A. Antonacopoulos (U.K.)



     D. Doermann (USA)

     R. Sabourin (Canada)


 Sponsorships and Exhibits

     O. Baret (France)

     M. El-Yacoubi (USA)

     S. Naoi (Japan)

     D. Ponson (Canada)

     H. Fujissawa (Japan)


     Sponsorship Information


 Student Sessions

     T. Kasvand (Canada)

     L. Oliveira (Brazil)

     J. Sadri (Canada)


 Finance and Registration

     L. Kosseim (Canada)


 Local Arrangements

    T. Bui (Concordia)

    A. Krzyzak (Concordia)

    M. Adankon (ETS)

    W. Pan (Concordia)

    C. He (Concordia)


     Tourist Information


 Social Events

    Marleah Blom (Canada)

    S. Katz (Canada)


 Web and IT

    N. Nobile (Canada)


 International Liaisons

      S. Impedovo (Italy)

      G. Lorette (France)

      S. Srihari (USA)

      K. Yamamoto (Japan)



    L. Lam (Canada)



Latest News:



<New> Conference Proceedings now available online.


Participants must register (or pick up their registration pass, for those who have already registered) prior to attending any events including the Reception on August 18th.  The registration table will be located at the main venue location (see map link on the Restaurant Guide) and is open on August 18th at 5:00 PM and each morning of the Conference.


Note: Participants who have registered as IAPR Members or as Fulltime Students must show proof on site.  All participants are required to show photo ID upon picking up their Conference Pass and their bag of goodies.


Note: Additional Proceedings and Banquet Tickets will be available on-site (only if available).


Note: On-site transactions are CASH ONLY.


Four desktop computers and wireless access will be available at the venue area only.  Login instructions will be provided to participants when they pick up the registration package.


Updated the venue map on the Tourist Restaurant Guide.


Removed one Oral paper and two Poster papers due to incomplete registration.


Social Events information has been added


Student Accommodations have been updated with more information.


A detailed program has been added.


Abstracts of our Invited Speakers have been posted.


Demos have been included and deadlines updated for the Special Session on 2-minute Presentations.


Slight changes to the technical program.


The technical program has been added.


We welcome new corporate sponsors.


Some hotel rates have been reduced.


A Special Session on 2-minute Presentations has been added to the ICFHR 2008 program. 


Important information on both registration and copyright pages has been adding which includes non-student registration requirement for paper acceptance.


Tourist Information has been updated including info. about available Student Accommodations.


Online registration is now available.  Please see the registration page for more information.


Preliminary registration and copyright information has been posted.  Online registration details will come soon as our servers are being upgraded.


Author guidelines have been posted.


Camera ready submission deadline extended to May 9, 2008


An online list of the selected papers  list can be viewer by clicking on the following links:

Selected Oral Papers

Selected Poster Papers


Contact persons of accepted oral and poster papers were notified.


At the request of authors, and to encourage more papers for the conference and for selection for the Special Issue on Handwriting Recognition in the Pattern Recognition journal, the ICFHR-2008 Organizing Committee has decided to extend the deadline of paper submission to Feb. 15, 2008 midnight North American EST.


We are pleased to announce the new ICFHR established from IWFHR as a natural promotion after ten intensive and productive editions held around the world: Montréal, Chateau de Bonas, Taipei, Colchester, Taejon, Amsterdam, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Tokyo and La Baule. ICFHR 2008 will take place on August 19-21, 2008 in Montréal, Québec.  The ICFHR/IWFHR series of conferences/workshops provide a forum for researchers in the areas of on-line and off-line recognition of handwriting, pen-based interface systems for the processing of multilingual handwritten documents and forms.  The program committee invites the submission of papers for inclusion in the Conference.  All accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings, and the authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work in the form of oral presentations or posters.  All papers and presentations will be in English. 


The best papers will be selected for consideration for publication in a Special Issue on Handwriting Recognition of Pattern Recognition journal.  The decision of the Special Issue of the Pattern Recognition Journal on Handwriting Recognition is subject to the selection of the best quality of both the accepted papers as well as the presentation during the conference.  Details will be announced in due course.


Following are some topics of interest:


·         Handwriting Recognition Techniques

·         Preprocessing & Segmentation Techniques

·         Classifiers and their Combinations

·         Multiple Sources & Multiple Experts

·         Innovative Approaches in Handwriting Recognition

·         Soft Computing for Handwriting Processing and Understanding

·         Computational Linguistics & Information Integration

·         Systems and Architectures

·         Error Reduction & Performance Enhancement

·         Writer Verification and Identification

·         Motor Models for Writing and Drawing

·         Human Reading Models & Psychological Aspects

·         Document and Image Retrieval Techniques

·         Handwritten Annotations in Documents

·         Forensic Studies and Security Issues

·         Multimedia Systems

·         Color Information Utilization

·         WWW Applications

·         PDA and Remote Applications


Submission format: Click here for camera ready submission format and presentation procedure.


Important dates:             Submission deadline: February 15, 2008

                                          Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2008

                                          Camera-ready paper: May 9, 2008


Address:         ICFHR Secretariat

                        CENPARMI, Suite EV 3.403

                        Concordia University, Montréal Québec, H3G 1M8



Websites:        http://www.icfhr2008.ca


Email:             icfhr@cenparmi.concordia.ca

Montréal region is a tourist destination and accommodations are at a premium during the summer. If you would like accommodations at local hotels offering conference rates, please make reservations no later than July 18th, 2008.