Dr Apostolos Antonacopoulos

Senior Lecturer

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  • E: A.Antonacopoulos@primaresearch.org
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I am currently the 2nd Vice-President of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) and lead the Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis (PRImA) research lab within the School of Computing, Science and Engineering.  I received my PhD from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK in 1995.  For my doctoral research I received the Best Student Paper award at IAPR DAS'94. From 1995 to 2004 I worked as Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool where I founded PRImA. In 2005, I received the IAPR/ICDAR Young Investigator Award for "outstanding service to the ICDAR community and my innovative research in historical document processing applications."

I have worked and published on various problems of Document Analysis and Understanding as well as on other applications of Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis.  I have co-edited the first book on Web Document Analysis.  I am a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition and of the Electronic Letters on Computer Vision and Image Analysis journal, Advisory Board member of ICDAR, past Chair of the IAPR Conferences and Meetings Committee, past Vice-Chair of the IAPR Technical Committee on Reading Systems (TC11), past Chair of the IAPR Education Committee, Chair of ACM DocEng2010, Program Co-Chair or ICDAR2009, Chair (Publications) of ICDAR2003, Chair (Publicity) ICFHR2010, Chair (Tutorials and Demos) ICFHR2008, Co-Chair of WDA2001 and WDA2003, and a Program Committee member of most current and recent editions of conferences in his field of research: ICPR, ICDAR, DAS, ACM DocEng, SPIE DRR, ACM SAC, CAIP etc.  I am member of the IET (MIET), the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society, the ACM and the British Machine Vision Association.

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My portfolio includes teaching in a wide range of both specialist and mainstream modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  I consider active cross-fertilisation between teaching and research (particularly in specialist modules) crucial to staying at the forefront of the subject matter and to ensuring wider relevance in the real-world. Themes include:

  • Document analysis and engineering;
  • Pattern recognition and image analysis;
  • Group software project work.

Research Interests

  • Pattern Recognition
  • Image Analysis
  • Document Image Analysis and Understanding
  • Digital Restoration of Old and Historical Documents
  • Document Conversion for Digital Libraries and Archives
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Web Document Analysis
  • Human Interactive Proofs (HIPs and CAPTCHAs)

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (Hons), Kent

MSc (Research), Manchester

PhD, Manchester



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