Drawings and abstract Imagery: Representation and Analysis (DIRA)

ECCV 2022, Tel Aviv, Israel
24 October 2022

Welcome to the second edition of the workshop on

Drawings and abstract Imagery: Representation and Analysis (DIRA)!

Illustrations, drawings, technical diagrams, and charts can communicate difficult concepts very quickly to humans. This type of visual information is prevalent in technical, scientific, and scholarly publications; as well as instruction manuals, textbooks, and infographics in popular media. However, many open challenges in computer vision for automatically processing this visual data remain. These abstract images have very different properties from natural images; for example, informative pixels are sparse, while the shape and spatial information are more important than color, texture, and shading which dominate natural images. While deep learning methods are quite successful in object detection and content-based retrieval in natural images; it is not clear when these approaches will transfer successfully to these much sparser abstract drawings.

The DIRA workshop aims to bring together researchers from both industry and academia who are working in diverse areas of research in the representation, analysis, and applications of abstract images, such as illustrations, drawings, technical diagrams, charts, and plots. The goal of the workshop is to explore and highlight technical challenges, insights, and solutions that exist in representation, information extraction, semantic understanding, content-based retrieval, question-answering, and various other topics pertaining to the representation and analysis of abstract images, which has traditionally lagged behind progress in their natural image counterparts.

The DIRA workshop will also host a data competition focused on abstract drawing retrieval on the DeepPatent dataset to encourage increased research and engineering activity in this field.

We hope to see you in Tel Aviv or Online!


  • Workshop taking place live on Monday, October 24 at the David Intercontinental, Salon I

  • Schedule now posted (check below in case of any changes).

  • The DIRA Data Challenge is online on CodaLab!

  • Call for papers -- See below!

  • DIRA workshop has been accepted for a full-day hybrid event at ECCV 2022. We will accept both short and full-length papers.

Invited Speakers

Niloy Mitra

Professor,University College London
Principal Scientist,
Adobe Research

Yulia Gryaditskaya

Assistant Professor,University of Surrey

Anjali Adukia

Assistant Professor,University Chicago

Changjian Li

Assistant Professor,University of Edinburgh


Monday, October 24, 2022

David Intercontinental, Salon I

Remote participation instructions will be provided to registrants.

All times are local to Tel Aviv (GMT+3)


Diane Oyen

Los Alamos National Lab

Kushal Kafle

Research Scientist,
Adobe Research

Pradyumna Reddy

Ph.D. Student,
UCL, London

Michal Kucer

Postdoctoral Researcher,
Los Alamos National Lab

Cory B. Scott

Assistant Professor,
Colorado College

Call for Papers

The DIRA workshop is currently soliciting papers describing new work in the following subject areas, as well as any other subject relevant to automated understanding of sparse images

  • Image Analysis

  • Image Segmentation

  • Semantic Image Understanding

  • Geometric Deep Learning

  • Sparse Machine Learning Models

  • Information Retrieval for Technical Documents

  • Knowledge Graph Construction

  • Optical Character Recognition

  • Feature Extraction

  • Multimodal Machine Learning

  • Plagiarism Detection

Additionally, the workshop seeks dataset papers describing new datasets in the subject areas of:

  • Technical Diagrams

  • Illustrations

  • Plots and Charts

  • Scientific Reports

  • Patents

Submission link will be available soon.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions will be handled electronically via the CMT Website and following the procedures required by ECCV. Full papers submissions are double-blind. Full papers will be published in the ECCV Workshop Proceedings; and are a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum of 14 pages in the ECCV style, with cited references allowed on additional pages. Please refer to the following site and files for detailed formatting instructions:

Short papers are a maximum of 4 pages and will not appear in the published proceedings. They will be selected based on relevance to the workshop and quality as judged by the organizing committee.

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline (Full papers): July 15, 2022 (https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/DIRA2022/)

Paper submission deadline (Extended Abstracts): August 1, 2022 (https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/DIRA2022/)

Notification to Authors: August 15, 2022

Camera-ready submission deadline: August 22, 2022

All submission dates refer to 11:59pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) on the given date.