The First International Workshop on
coMics ANalysis, Processing and Understanding

December 4, 2016
Cancun Center, Cancun, Q.Roo, Mexico

To be held in conjunction with the 23rd International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR2016).

CFP | Important dates | Registration | Scope and Topics | Datasets | Paper submissions |
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Call for Papers

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Call for papers (PDF)

Comics is a medium constituted of images combined with text and other visual information in order to narrate a story. Nowadays, comic books are a widespread cultural expression all over the world. The market of comics continues to grow, for example, the market in Japan is about 4.25 billion USD in 2015. Moreover, from the research point of view, comics images are attractive targets because the structure of a comics page includes various elements (such as panels, speech balloons, captions, leading characters, …), the drawing of which depends on the style of the author and presents a large variability. Therefore comics image analysis is not a trivial problem and is still immature compared with other kinds of image analysis.

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Important Dates

September 16, 2016   Title and abstract submission deadline (extended!)
September 23, 2016   Paper submission deadline (extended!)
October 14, 2016   Notification of acceptance (extended!)
December 4, 2016   Workshop

Note: Early-bird registration fee will be applied to the authors of accepted papers.

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Registration should be done via the 23rd International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR2016) Registration page.

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Scope and Topics

The scope of this workshop includes, but is not limited to,
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To evaluate the proposed works, participants will be able to use the following datasets that are publicly available. Researchers can request to download them at each website.

eBDtheque consists of 100 images with ground truth for panels, speech balloons, tails, text lines, leading characters.

Manga109 consists of over 20 thousand images of 109 volumes (21,142 images).

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Paper Submissions

The proceedings of MANPU2016 will be published in the ACM Digital Library within its International Conference Proceedings Series. Manuscripts should be formatted using the ACM proceedings templates( The manuscript length is 6 pages maximum. Only PDF files are accepted. MANPU2016 follows a single-blind review process. Authors are required to include their names and affiliations in their papers. Dual submission or concurrent submission to the MANPU2016 workshop and other conference or journal are not allowed.

Submission site
Paper submissions for MANPU2016 will be handled through the Easy Chair conference management system.
Please visit

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Opening Ceremony
10:00 - 10:10
Invited Speech
10:10 - 11:00
    Manga Generator, a future of interactive manga media
Akihiko Shirai (Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan)
Oral Session 1
11:00 - 12:00
Manga109 Dataset and Creation of Metadata
Azuma Fujimoto, Toru Ogawa, Kazuyoshi Yamamoto (The University of Tokyo, Japan), Yusuke Matsui (National Institute of Informatics, Japan), Toshihiko Yamasaki and Kiyoharu Aizawa (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Detection of Comic Books Twin Pages with a Non-overlapping Stitching Method
Clément Guérin, Jean-Christophe Burie and Jean-Marc Ogier (University of La Rochelle, France)
Retrieval of Comic Book Images Using Context Relevance
Thanh Nam Le, Muhammad Muzzamil Luqman, Jean-Christophe Burie and Jean-Marc Ogier (University of La Rochelle, France)
Lunch Time
12:00 - 13:00
Oral Session 2
13:00 - 14:00
Pose Estimation of Anime/Manga Characters: A Case for Synthetic Data
Pramook Khungurn and Derek Chou (Cornell University, USA)
Comics image processing: learning to segment text
Nina Hirata, Igor Dos Santos Montagner and Roberto Hirata Jr (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Comic visualization on smartphones based on eye tracking
Olivier Augereau, Mizuki Matsubara and Koichi Kise (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
Coffee Break
14:00 - 14:15
Poster Session
14:15 - 15:45
Designing A Question-Answering System for Comic Contents
Yukihiro Moriyama, Byeongseon Park, Shinnosuke Iwaoki and Mitsunori Matsushita (Kansai University, Japan)
Manga Content Analysis Using Physiological Signals
Charles Lima Sanches, Olivier Augereau and Koichi Kise (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
Emotional arousal estimation while reading comics based on physiological signal analysis
Mizuki Matsubara, Olivier Augereau, Charles Lima Sanches and Koichi Kise (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
Toward speech text recognition for comic books
Christophe Rigaud, Srikanta Pal, Jean-Christophe Burie and Jean-Marc Ogier (University of La Rochelle, France)
Estimation of Structure of Four-Scene Comics by Convolutional Neural Networks
Miki Ueno (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan) , Naoki Mori (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan) , Toshinori Suenaga and Hitoshi Isahara (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)
A Sustainable Practice Method of Hand-drawing by Merging User's Stroke and Model's Stroke
Natsumi Kubota, Shinjiro Niino, Satoshi Nakamura and Masaaki Suzuki (Meiji University, Japan)
Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:15
Panel Discussion
16:15 - 17:30
17:30 - 17:40

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General Co-Chairs
Jean-Marc Ogier                 University of La Rochelle, France
Kiyoharu Aizawa                 The University of Tokyo, Japan
Koichi Kise                 Osaka Prefecture University, Japan

Program Co-Chairs
Jean-Christophe Burie             University of La Rochelle, France
Toshihiko Yamasaki             The University of Tokyo, Japan
Motoi Iwata             Osaka Prefecture University, Japan

Program Committee
Ying Cao     City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Wei-Ta Chu     National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Mathieu Delalandre     Tours University, France
Clément Guérin     University of La Rochelle, France
Seiji Hotta     Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Dimosthenis Karatzas     Computer Vision Centre, Spain
Johannes Kopf     Facebook, USA
Rynson W. H. Lau     City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Muhammad Muzzamil Luqman     University of La Rochelle, France
Yusuke Matsui     National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Mitsunori Matsushita     Kansai University, Japan
Naoki Mori     Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Satoshi Nakamura     Meiji University, Japan
Srikanta Pal     University of La Rochelle, France
Christophe Rigaud     University of La Rochelle, France
Akihiko Shirai     Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan
Takaaki Shiratori     Oculus Research, USA
Tien-Tsin Wong     Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Workshop Secretariat:
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