8 to 10 September 2021

ICDAR 2021 Workshop on

Industrial Applications of Document Analysis and Recognition

(WIADAR 2021, 2nd edition)

Lausanne Switzerland

A workshop of posters showcasing industrial achievements in the field of Document Analysis

Scope and motivation:

      • There is a lot of innovative work being conducted in industry, or in universities funded by industry. However, the aim of industrial innovation is not to propose novel scientific methods, but solutions to breakthrough two main dimensions: the performance (highest success with lowest critical error, resistance on specific constraints) and the user scope (application to a new domain, ability to adapt the application to another domain with a null or minimized effort). Hence, the nuance is that scientists target the methodology (how) when industrial fellows target the application (what).

      • Most applied research reuses, combines, tunes and trains existing methods with the advantage of accessing large corpuses of data. Industrial researchers either adapt or create methods with scientific innovations, but also with heuristics, workarounds, shortcuts, and whatever can pragmatically reach the target for an acceptable scope. Furthermore, we recognize that when industrial researchers create a real novel approach, the business strategy in the industrial competition prevents disclosure of the information. Hence, that applied research might not be able to be submitted at ICDAR.

      • However, all these works are indeed of interest to attendees of ICDAR, because experiments with large real-life datasets provide pragmatic feedback on technologies. They really demonstrate the state-of-the-art limitations, it infers a ranking of technology performances and, both workarounds or optimizations may point out some research perspectives. In addition, it highlights end-user problems, it shows industry orientations, i.e. it may infer academic perspectives. We do believe that, even if an application is not scientifically original or not clearly described, the result status and discussions around this method have a strong value for ICDAR attendees.

      • This workshop is an effort to make information about innovative applications available to the general ICDAR attendee, and to allow those researchers and engineers the opportunity to attend ICDAR. We hope it will also help build more interaction between industry and academia.

Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to:

      • Applications of document analysis

      • Document analysis systems

      • Document Image Processing

      • Physical and logical layout analysis

      • Character and text recognition

      • Pen‐based document analysis

      • Historical document analysis

      • Symbol and graphics recognition

      • Document forensics

      • Human document interaction

      • Scene text detection and recognition

      • Document retrieval

      • Signature verification and writer identification

      • Multimedia documents

      • Performance evaluation

      • Machine learning for document analysis

      • Cognitive issues of documents

      • Semantic information extraction from documents

      • Document summarization classification and translation

      • Document simulation and synthesis

Workshop format:

This workshop will be a poster-only workshop. Posters will be displayed during the main ICDAR conference alongside the ICDAR posters, but demarked to indicate they belong to this workshop.

Papers will still be thoroughly peer reviewed.

Evaluation criteria:

  • originality of the problem

  • pertinence of the evaluation protocol

  • pertinence of the performance compared to business competition

  • pertinence of the discussion

  • impact : genericity and adaptability of the approach, i.e. adaption effort required when facing document variability or adaptation effort to setup a new user case.

The weighting of the originality of the method will decrease if the work is applied to a new scenario with high performance, and if the method demonstrates good adaptability.

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: 17 May 2021 extended: 28 May 2021

  • Notifications: 25 June 2021

  • The camera-ready due date: 5 July 2021. This is a hard deadline because of constraints of the publisher.

17 May 2021

28 May 2021

Submission Deadline

25 May 2021


5 July 2021

Camera Ready Paper Due

The goal of this event is to share information about developments in industry from across the globe.

Let us know if you'll be attending!

This workshop builds on the success of the pilot WIADAR workshop held in 2019. We look forward to your contributions this year.