Second International Workshop on
Recognition, Analysis and Tracking of Faces and Gestures in Real-time Systems
(RATFG-RTS 2001)

In conjunction with ICCV 2001, Vancouver, Canada 13th July 2001. (Workshop 9)

The workshop is over. Thank you to all who attended or contributed to making it a successful workshop. We look forward to seeing you again at the next RATFG workshop. This will probably with ICCV 2003 in Beijing.


Many applications such as human-computer interaction, surveillance or video indexing require the accurate, detection and tracking of faces and hands, as well as recognition and interpretation of their gestures and recognition of the faces. Common to all these application fields is that they have to meet relatively fixed real-time demands. The workshop is intended to expand the scope of the ICCV conference to novel approaches in the area of face and hand gesture tracking and recognition, and the visual monitoring of human activity. The workshop will stress techniques and systems which tackle problems in real-time. A major goal of the workshop is to highlight and discuss the relevance of recent developments to industrial applications. We therefore encourage the participation of representatives from industry.


8:45 Welcome
9:00 Invited talk by Dr. Hans Peter Graf
Sample-based Synthesis of Talking Heads
9:50 A. Tal Reconstruction of Movies of Facial Expressions
S.-H.Lai An Integrated Approach to 3D Face Model Reconstruction from Video
10:40 Break
11:00 Invited talk by Prof. Rama Chellappa
Tracking with Attributes Using Probabilistic Techniques
11:50 N. Shimada Real-time 3-D Hand Posture Estimation based on 2-D Appearance Retrieval Using Monocular Camera
Y. Li Video-based online face recognition using identity surfaces
12:40 Lunch
14:00 Invited talk by Prof. Matthew Turk
Why Eigenfaces (don't) Work
14:50 F. de la Torre Automatic Learning of Appearance Face Models
S. Li Nonlinear Mapping of Multi-View Face Patterns Into a Zero Mean Gaussian Distribution in a Low Dimensional Space
15:40 Break
16:00 Luo Ruijiang Real-Time Stereo Tracking of Multiple Moving Heads
F. Kjeldsen Facial Gestures
J. Ahlberg Using the Active Appearance Algorithm for Face and Facial Feature Tracking
17:15 Poster & Demo introduction talks (2min each), poster session & demos.
18:30 Buffet.(posters and demos continue)



Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Instructions to authors

Invited speakers

The workshop will include invited talks from the following:
Hans Peter Graf AT&T Labs Research
Matthew Turk University of California, Santa Barbara
Rama Chellappa University of Maryland

The following spoke at RATFG-RTS 1999:
Bill Freeman MERL, USA;
James Crowley INRIA, France;
Dimitris Metaxas, University of Pennsylvania;
Thomas Vetter, MPI Fuer Biol. Kybernetik, Germany.


Proceedings will be published by the IEEE, and camera-ready papers will have to meet their guidelines. Electronic submission of final papers will be necessary.

Important dates

Papers due 6 February 2001.
Notification of acceptance 22 March 2001.
Camera ready copy due to aws(AT) 18 April 2001.
Workshop 13 July 2001.


We will have a number of demonstrations of face and gesture systems. Please contact The demonstration chair: Markus Michaelis if you would like to bring a demonstration of your system.

Organizing committee

Andrew Senior. IBM Research, USA.
Rainer Herpers Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany.
Markus Michaelis Plettac Electronics & INRIA Rhone-Alpes.
W. James MacLean University of Toronto, Canada.


We are very pleased to receive very generous sponsorship from Cognitec AG,
and administrative support from IBM Research

Programme committee

H.P. Graf AT&T Labs Research
S. Gong Queen Mary & Westfield College, London.
J. Crowley I.N.P. Grenoble, General Chair FG 2000
D.N. Metaxas Vision, Analysis and Simulation Technologies Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania
S. Kollias National Technical University of Athens
F. Kjeldsen IBM Research
J. Ferryman Reading University, UK.
G. Sommer University of Kiel.
A. Stoschek Infineon Technologies, Corporate Research.
M. TurkUniversity of California, Santa Barbara.
J. J. Atick/P.GriffinC.E.O./C.T.O, Visionics Corporation.
S. ClippingdaleNHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Science & Technology Research Labs.
G. Iyengar IBM Research
F. WeberCognitec AG
A. Hampapur IBM Research
C.Wren MERL Cambridge, USA

Web page

The workshop web page is at and is being updated regularly. Please check back here for more information.

Note: All email addresses are mangled. substitute `@' for (AT)
Andrew Senior aws(AT)
Last modified: Thu Aug 9 12:11:27 EDT 2001