A scientist who has worked on projects such as digitising the content of the British Library has been appointed as the only UK-based executive committee member of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).
Dr Apostolos Antonacopoulos was elected as Vice-President (2nd) of the Association, which promotes research, development and learning in pattern recognition and the allied branches of engineering, arts and sciences.
In the case of Dr Antonacopoulos, from the School of Computing, Science & Engineering, the focus is on improving digitisation and automatic reading of paper documents. This has led in the past to the development of software which improves the effectiveness of large-scale digitisation projects, especially in the difficult domain of historical books and newspapers.
A number of current projects within his PRImA (Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis lab (www.primaresearch.org) continue to improve on several aspects of the digitisation workflow as well as creating the infrastructure to evaluate multi-million pound digitisation initiatives.
He has worked with and advises a number of leading institutions which are keen to improve their digital collections, including the British Library and national libraries in France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.
In his new role, Dr Antonacopoulos will oversee the work of the 17 Technical Committees spanning the different fields of the IAPR’s interests. As a member of the executive committee he will also help to manage the planning and implementation of the Association’s strategic goals before he steps down in 2014.
He said: “I’m really pleased that there is British representation at the highest level of this important group. The research carried out by the members is playing a huge part in organising and interpreting the vast amounts of data which scientists and industry have to work with in the Internet age.”