Special Sessions

1. Special session on Comic Computing
> Kiyoharu Aizawa, The University of Tokyo
> Ryosuke Yamanishi, Kansai University
> Yusuke Matsui, The University of Tokyo
> Motoi Iwata, Osaka Metropolitan University

Abstract: Comic is a medium constituted of images combining text and graphics elements. The authors of comic use this different visual information to narrate a story. So, the terms of comic include several categories such as Manga, American Comic, and Franco-Belgian "Bandes Dessinées." Each category has its own graphic style. Also, anime is a well-known extended media of comic. From the research point of view, comic images are attractive targets because the structure of a comic page includes various elements (such as panels, speech balloons, captions, leading characters, text, and onomatopoeia.) The design of these elements strongly depends on the author's creativity and the graphic universe. Consequently, the drawings present a huge variability. Comic image analysis is not a trivial problem and is still immature compared with other areas of image analysis and pattern recognition applications. Comic offers many challenges for researchers. For example, detecting and recognizing the characters on a page of comic is not trivial since the main character can be a human being, an animal, or even an imaginary character. The "pattern recognition" task is a tricky problem in this context. Comic analysis has aroused interest among researchers in not only computer vision but also human-computer interaction, and natural language processing. The number of scientific papers dealing with comic analysis has significantly increased in international conferences and journals during the last ten years.

- Comic/Anime Image Processing
- Comic/Anime Analysis and Understanding
- Comic/Anime Recognition
- Comic/Anime Retrieval and Spotting
- Comic/Anime Enrichment
- Interaction Analysis of Comic/Anime
- Comic/Anime Generation
- Physical/Digital Comic/Anime Interfaces
- Cognitive Processing and Comprehension of Comic/Anime
- Linguistics Analysis of Comic/Anime
- Any methods and findings with multimedia technologies and manners for comic/anime are welcomed to this session.

Submission Site: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/MMAsia2023.
For submission to be in this special session, please select “Special session on comic computing” as the primary subject area in CMT.