August 21, 2022
Canada/Eastern timezone

The 5th Workshop on Computer Vision for Analysis of Underwater Imagery (CVAUI) 2022 will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on 21 August 2022 in conjunction with the International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR) 2022.

Monitoring marine ecosystems is of critical importance for gaining a better understanding of their complexity, including the effects of climate change and other anthropogenic influences on the ocean environment.

Recently, oceanographic data acquisition has been greatly facilitated by the establishment of seafloor cabled observatories whose co-located sensors support interdisciplinary studies and real-time observations. Traditional oceanographic research involved mostly ship-based sampling and autonomous deployments. These methods offer only a limited temporal sampling of complex underwater phenomena. Prior to the advent of cabled observatories, the majority of deep-sea video data was acquired by ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), and was analyzed and annotated manually.  In contrast, seafloor cabled observatories such those operated by Ocean Networks Canada offer a 24/7 presence, resulting in unprecedented volumes of visual data. Scheduled recordings of underwater video data and static images are gathered with Internet-connected fixed and PTZ cameras, which observe a variety of biological processes. Automated analysis of underwater imagery, for both fixed and mobile camera systems, is an emerging and rapidly growing field.

The analysis of underwater imagery imposes a series of unique challenges, which need to be tackled by the computer vision community in collaboration with biologists and ocean scientists. We invite submissions from all areas of computer vision and image analysis relevant for, or applied to, underwater image analysis. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • underwater image enhancement
  • physical models of reflectance and light transport
  • underwater scene understanding
  • classification, detection, segmentation
  • autonomous underwater navigation
  • detection and monitoring of marine life
  • automated analysis for fisheries research
  • object tracking
  • automatic video annotation and summarization
  • context-aware machine learning and image understanding

CVAUI is a flagship event of IAPR TC5 Computer Vision for Underwater Environmental Monitoring. CVAUI 2022 will be the fifth edition, and, like the four previous, successful and well-attended workshops, will also be held as satellite workshops of ICPR.

The proceedings of the previous workshops are available via IEEE Xplore  for 2014 and 2016, and Springer for 2018 and 2020. Proceedings of CVAUI 2022 will be published as part of the ICPR 2022 Proceedings.

View the Call for Papers.




Workshop Organizers

Alexandra Branzan Albu, PhD

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

Maia Hoeberechts, PhD

Associate Director, Learning & Community Engagement, Ocean Networks Canada, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada


Technical Program Committee Important Dates
Jacopo Aguzzi Institut de Ciències del Mar, Spain
Melissa Côté University of Victoria, Canada
Duane Edgington Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, California, USA
Bob Fisher School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK
Hervé Glotin Institut Universitaire de France and Université de Toulon, France
Nina S. T. Hirata Department of Computer Science, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Anthony Hoogs Kitware Inc., New York, USA
Reinhard Koch University of Kiel, Germany
David Nakath GEOMAR, Helmholz Centre for Ocean Research, Germany
Thibault Napoléon ISEN Yncréa Ouest, France
Tim Nattkemper Bielefeld University, Germany
Gaoang Wang Zhejiang University, China
Submission deadline: 6 June 2022
Author notification: 15 July 2022
Camera-ready submission: 1 August 2022
Workshop date: 21 August 2021