The IMTA-4 workshop continues the successful series of the IMTA workshops associated with VISAPP conferences and is devoted crucial aspects of image mining automation. The latter is one of the most important strategic goals in image analysis, recognition and understanding both in scientific and technological aspects. The main subgoals are developing and applying of mathematical theory for constructing image models and representations accepted by efficient pattern recognition algorithms and for constructing standardized representation, selection and application of image analysis transforms. Taking as a strategic goal the automated image mining it is necessary to provide image analysis professionals and final users with the following opportunities: - automated design, test and adaptation of techniques and algorithms for image recognition, estimation and understanding; - automated selection of techniques and algorithms for image recognition, estimation and understanding; - automated
testing of the raw data quality and suitability for solving the image recognition problems; - standard technological schemes for image recognition, estimation, understanding and retrieval. Automation of image mining is possible by combined application of mathematical theory of image analysis/understanding/recognition and mathematical theory of pattern recognition. Automation of image processing, analysis, estimating and understanding is one of the crucial points of theoretical computer science having decisive importance for applications, in particular, for diversification of solvable problem types and for increasing the efficiency of problem solving. The role of an image as an analysis and estimation object is determined by its specific and inalienable informational properties. Image is a mixture and a combination of initial (raw, “real”) data and its representation means, of computational and physical nature and of the models of objects, events and processes to be represented via an image. The specificity, complexity and difficulties of image analysis and estimation (IAE) problems stem from necessity to achieve some balance between such highly contradictory factors as goals and tasks of a problem solving, the nature of visual perception, ways and means of image acquisition, formation, reproduction and rendering, and mathematical, computational and technological means allowable for the IAE. We may consider that the main contradiction is related to the “pictorial nature” of an image and the “formal” (symbolic) foundations of IAE: it is well known that to take an advantage from data representation in an image form is necessary to reduce the latter to a “non-image” form. In IAE it is used a wide spectrum of mathematical techniques from algebra, geometry, discrete mathematics, mathematical logics, probability theory, mathematical statistics, calculus, as well as the techniques of mathematical theory of pattern recognition, digital signal processing, and physics (in particular, optics). The mathematical theory of image analysis is not finished and is passing through a developing stage. It appeared not so long that only intensive creating of comprehensive mathematical theory of image analysis and recognition (in addition to the mathematical theory of pattern recognition) could bring a real opportunity to solve efficiently application problems via extracting from images the information necessary for intellectual decision making. The transition to practical, reliable and efficient automation of image mining is directly dependent on introducing and developing of new efficient mathematical means for IAE. The natural way to overcome the above mentioned contradiction between “pictorial nature” of an image and the “formal” (symbolic) foundations of IAE is to introduce pattern recognition oriented image models and necessary means and techniques for reduction of an image to a recognizable form without loss of image specificity advantages. The careful study of the challenge revealed the opportunity to solve it via a theory establishing reasonable ties between an image nature, IAE applications, pattern recognition philosophy, formal symbolic image representations and models, IAE transforms, and corresponding information technologies implementing the combinations of these approaches, means and techniques. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss methodologies, mathematical and computational techniques for automation of image mining on the base of mathematical theory for IAE. Another important task of the workshop is to discuss linguistic tools for image mining – image knowledge bases and image science ontologies – and to estimate the prospects of the algebraic approach in representation of image analysis knowledge in this environment. The interpretations of mathematical and linguistic techniques are illustrated by application problems. We hope that the IMTA-IV is an important next step on a way to a comprehensive mathematical theory of image analysis The workshop is organized in the framework of the 8th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - VISIGRAPP 2013 in cooperation with the Technical Committee No. 16 "Algebraic and Discrete Mathematical Techniques in Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis" of the International Association for Pattern Recognition and with the National Committee for Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The workshop scientific program includes 3 invited talks, 1 plenary paper, 14 regular papers, informal discussions, and a wrap-up session. The workshop starts with an opening session to introduce the workshop topics, goals, participants, and expected outcomes. The invited talks give overviews of the key topics. Contributed talks represents a mix of new results based on completed work, work in progress, research challenges, and applications. In a whole, given the increasing interest on this subject, the IMTA-IV workshop is intended to offer the possibility to discuss the most recent advances in this very important and challenging branch of theoretical and applied computer science. All papers were peer-reviewed by at least 2 members of IMTA Workshop Program Committee. All accepted and registered papers are published in a current version of the workshop proceedings book with an ISBN reference, which is issued by SCITEPRESS Press. There is also a CD-ROM publication. Full revised texts of all papers presented at the workshop will be published in the special issue of the international journal “Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis. Advances in Mathematical Theory and Applications” (MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”, Moscow, Pleiades Publishing distributed worldwide by SPRINGER), 2013. We acknowledge the invaluable contribution into the workshop and the Proceedings preparation and organization of IMTA-4 scientific secretaries Dr. Yulia Trusova and Dr. Vera Yashina from Dorodnicyn Computing Center, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation.
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