ICDSC 2019


13th International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras

Trento, 9-11 September, 2019

Smart camera networks are a fundamental piece of our intelligent cities, buildings, and homes, progressively inserting themselves into our lives. From smart surveillance systems composed of a multitude of smart camera nodes to small wearable cameras able to render a visual log of our daily experience, these devices interact with each other and with a wealth of other smart things, through the Internet. Their rapid development has been possible thanks to the convergence of several technologies. From advanced image sensors and vision chips to embedded vision systems capable of efficient feature extraction, image encoding and wireless transmission of the relevant visual content: this technology opens the door to new application domains, where video analytics and semantic information extraction is performed in a distributed fashion, implementing novel cooperative and/or collaborative frameworks for scene understanding. ICDSC is the appropriate forum to discuss recent advances and open issues in these topics.


ICDSC 2019 is seeking original high quality submissions addressing innovative research in the broad field of camera networks. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Distributed smart cameras and network architectures
  • Distributed video analytics
  • Data aggregation and information fusion
  • Smart cameras in Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 and smart transportation
  • Smart image sensors and vision chips
  • Mobile vision
  • 3D reconstruction
  • Autonomous vehicles and autonomous driving
  • Social robots
  • Body-worn cameras
  • Machine learning in distributed camera networks
  • Emerging applications (e.g., smart cities, virtual/augmented reality, health monitoring)
  • Deep learning on embedded systems

Keynote Speaker Bernhard Rinner "Can we trust smart cameras?"

Technological advances have changed our conception of cameras as boxes that capture images into the notion of networked, smart devices that analyze their environment and trigger decisions. Since smart cameras have become key enabling components for cyber-physical systems, trust in these devices is gaining importance.
In this talk I will discuss some trust challenges for smart cameras and will then focus on selected approaches towards secure and privacy-aware cameras. The key idea is to protect the sensitive data by onboard adaptive privacy filtering and hardware-assisted data security.
Adaptive privacy filtering modifies the strength of image deterioration based on the captured scene. Hardware-assisted security is achieved by exploiting inherent hardware properties of the SOC platform in form of physical unclonable functions. I will conclude with an overview of our prototypes developed over the last decade.

Bernhard Rinner is professor at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria where he is heading the Pervasive Computing group. He is deputy head of the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems and served as vice dean of the Faculty of Technical Sciences from 2008-2011. Before joining Klagenfurt he was with Graz University of Technology and held research positions at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and 1998/99.
His current research interests include embedded computing, camera and sensor networks, multi-robot systems and pervasive computing. Bernhard Rinner has been co-founder and general chair of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras and has served as chief editor of a special issue on this topic in The Proceedings of the IEEE.
Currently, he is Associate Editor for Ad Hoc Networks Journal and EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems. Together with partners from four European universities, he has jointly initiated the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program on Interactive and Cognitive
Environments (ICE). He is senior member of IEEE and member of the board of the Austrian Science Fund.

Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems
Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, AUSTRIA

Keynote Speaker Davide Scaramuzza "Autonomous, Agile, Vision-controlled Drones: from Frame to Event Vision"

Autonomous quadrotors will soon play a major role in search-and-rescue and remote-inspection missions, where a fast response is crucial. Quadrotors have the potential to navigate quickly through unstructured environments, enter and exit buildings through narrow gaps, and fly through collapsed buildings. However, their speed and maneuverability are still far from those of birds. Indeed, agile navigation through unknown, indoor environments poses a number of challenges for robotics research in terms of perception, state estimation, planning, and control. In this talk, I will show that active vision is crucial in order to plan trajectories that improve the quality of perception. Also, I will talk about our recent results on event based vision to enable low latency sensory motor control and navigation in low light and high dynamic environment, where traditional vision sensor fail.

Davide ScaramuzzaDavide Scaramuzza (born in 1980, Italian) is Professor of Robotics and Perception at both departments of Informatics (University of Zurich)  and Neuroinformatics (ETH Zurich and University of Zurich), where he does research at the intersection of robotics and computer vision. He did his PhD in robotics and computer vision at ETH Zurich and a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2009 to 2012, he led the European project sFly, which introduced the PX4 autopilot (used in half a million commercial drones today) and pioneered vision-based autonomous navigation of micro drones. For his research contributions, he was awarded the prestigious IEEE Robotics and Automation Early Career Award, the SNSF-ERC Starting Grant, a Google, Qualcomm, and INTEL awards, and several paper awards. He coauthored the book "Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots" (published by MIT Press; 10,000 copies sold) and more than 100 papers on robotics and perception. He has served as a consultant for the United Nations (UN) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fukushima Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, and several drone and computer-vision companies. In 2015, he cofounded Zurich-Eye, which later became Facebook-Oculus Zurich. Many aspects of his research have been prominently featured in the popular press, such as Discovery Channel, BBC, The New York Times, IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review Magazine.


Special Session "Trends in Free Navigation Technologies"

Organizers: Marco Cagnazzo & Attilio Fiandrotti, LTCI, Telecom-ParisTech, Université Paris-Saclay
marco.cagnazzo@telecom-paristech.fr attilio.fiandrotti@telecom-paristech.fr

Free Navigation is described as a technological framework allowing a video user to navigate into a real scene captured by a set of cameras, with the ability to freely change the viewpoint and the gaze, something comparable to the ability gamers have to navigate across computer-generated virtual environments. This topic is gathering attention from the researchers, and the MPEG standardization body has recently issued a call for proposal on 3DoF+ Visual1, 3DoF+ standing for three degrees of freedom plus a limited translational movement capability. Given this increasing activity in the field of immersive media, several innovative technological solutions and scientific results are expected to emerge in the next few months. These breakthroughs are needed since, notwithstanding the impressive recent technological advances in the field of immersive media processing, compression and transmission, several barriers need to be lifted in order to enable an effective, user-friendly free navigation system. 

Registration fees (VAT included) are as follows:

Early fee* 
ACM member €       600,00
Student €       450,00
Non members €       650,00
Standard fee 
ACM member €       700,00
Student €       550,00
Non members €       750,00
ICDSC-ICIAP joint fee 
Full (early bird)*€        850,00
Student (early bird)*€        600,00
Full (Late)€        950,00
Stedent (late)€        700,00

If you intend to take part in the conference, please 

* up to August 5, 2019

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please remember that all conference papers *MUST* have at least one registered author at full (non student) rate



Instructions for presenters:
- each oral presentation will have a slot of 20 minutes including questions
- special session presentations will have a slot of 25 minutes including questions
- Each demo and Ph.D forum presenter is required to prepare a 2-minutes teaser presentation that will be held right before the session begins
- Demo presenters are allowed to bring an A0-sized poster (boards will be provided) in support to the demo
- Ph.D forum presenters are required to prepare a poster (A0 format) illustrating their research. 
- Power plugs, extensions, tables and chairs can be provided upon prior request to the conference organizers at icdsc2019@unitn.it
Download the Technical Programme

Programme (PDF | 317 KB )

Call 4 Papers

ICDSC reviewing is double blind. In line with the previous editions, ICDSC 2019 will feature a PhD Forum and a Demo Session. 

The proceedings of ICDSC 2019 will be published by ACM in the Conference Proceeding Series, indexed by Scopus.

SPECIAL ISSUES: authors of high quality papers will be invited to extend their work and submit it for a special issue on two journals: 
- IET Computer Vision, "“Computer Vision for Smart Cameras and Camera Networks”
- MDPI Sensors, "Cooperative Camera Networks"

Please download the file, below available, to get detailed info.

> Kindly notice: papers must be submitted in PDF format according to the ACM conference template 
To ensure a smooth double-blind review process, please remove any identifying information, such as authors' names or affiliations, from your manuscript before submission. 
Papers can be no longer than 6 pages, including all text, figures, and references. Additional pages will be charged 100 Euros each.

Camera ready papers 

Each author must submit on the CMT both the PDF and the source files, reporting authors and affiliations. 
The copyright notice at the footer of the first page should report the information given in the copyright form you should have received from ACM: 
ICDSC 2019, September 9–11, 2019, Trento, Italy
The ISBN associated to the conference is ISBN 978-1-4503-7189-6/19/09
The DOI is reported in the Copyright form you have returned to ACM. 
The maximum length of the paper is 6 pages. Each extra page will be charged 100 Euro

Call 4 Papers (PDF | 339 KB )

Demo Papers and Ph.D Forum

As a tradition of ICDSC, Ph.D students are invited to submit their work for the Ph.D forum, discussing the progress in their research with the conference audience, exchanging ideas, and develop person-to-person network. 
During the conference a Demo session will also be hosted, where researchers are invited to showcase the outcome of their research with a hands-on approach. 
Prospective authors for both the Ph.D Forum and Demo Session are asked to submit a 2-pages proposal (same ACM format as the main conference) including: 
- Demo/Ph.D Forum: Title
- Authors
- Abstract
- Short description
- Images and/or link to videos

Important dates

  • February 25, 2019 Special Session Proposals
  • March 4, 2019 Special Session Selection
  • May 24, 2019  extended deadline for Paper Submission 
  • July  5, 2019 Notification of acceptance
  • extended deadline: July 31, 2019 Submission of camera-ready papers 
  • July 27, 2019 Submission of Demo and Ph.D Forum papers


The event will be co-located with the 20th edition of ICIAP (International conference on Image Analysis and Processing), organized biennially by the Italian Member Society (CVPL) of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) and will be held at the Palazzo di Economia, via Inama 5, Trento 

Getting in

By Plane

The nearest airports to Trento are:
1. Verona Valerio Catullo, Italy (90 km);
2. Treviso A. Canova (135 km)
3. Venice Marco Polo, Italy (163 km);
4. Innsbruck, Austria (172 km)
5. Bergamo Orio al Serio, Italy (180 km)
6. Milano Linate and Malpensa, Italy (250 km)
7. Munich, Germany (312 km)

Verona Valerio Catullo Airport Verona-Trento by train takes about 1 hour. The closest airport to Trento is the International Airport of Verona Valerio Catullo.
The airport offers connections to the major European destinations, including the international hubs of Frankfurt, Paris, London Gatwick, and Rome, and some low-cost flights (RyanAir from Frankfurt and Bremen; Transavia from Amsterdam; Germanwings from Berlin, Bonn and London Stansted). For more information visit the airport website. From the Verona Catullo airport to Verona Porta Nuova Railway Station, an Aerobus service is available every day, every 20 minutes.
You can find the shuttle to the railway station just outside the arrivals terminal of the Verona airport. You can buy the ticket online, directly on the bus or inside the airport in a ticket booth. The cost of a one-way ticket is 6 EUR.
The bus is available from 6:35 AM to 9:10 PM, every 20 minutes; from 20:10 to 11:30 every 40 minutes. The trip from the airport to the train station is around 15 minutes. For prices and timetables for the Verona-Trento train, please visit the site Trenitalia.

Treviso A. Canova The international airport A. Canova can be considered to reach Trento. Treviso-Trento by train takes about 3 hours. Treviso international A. Canova Airport is connected by a bus and taxi service to the nearby Treviso and Venezia Mestre railway stations: Locations served by bus from Treviso Antonio Canova Airport • Treviso: ACTT Line 6 • Venice railway station and Piazzale Roma: ATVO line.
The bus can be caught from the airport: in Via Noalese, to the right of the airport exit. Tickets can be bought at the ticket office in the Arrivals hall on the ground floor of Treviso Airport terminal building or on the bus. Connections between Treviso Canova international Airport and the Treviso and Venezia Mestre railway stations • Treviso station • ACTT Line 6 Journey time: 15-20 minutes
A bus can be caught from the airport: in Via Noalese, to the right of the airport exit. For more info please visit. http://www.trevisoairport.it/en/transport/train.html

Venice Marco Polo Airport. Venice-Trento by train takes about 2.5 hours
The International Airport of Venice Marco Polo can be considered to reach Trento. The Venice airport is well connected to the railway station of Venice-Mestre and Venice-Santa Lucia by ATVO and ATCV buses. Venice-Mestre railway station is reachable by bus no 15, Venice-Santa Lucia railway station is reachable by bus no 5.
Please, note that if you consider Venice-Santa Lucia railway station you have to get off the bus in Piazzale Roma and from there walk 10 minutes over the bridge Ponte della Costituzione. You can buy the ticket from a ticket booth or online before your arrival. The cost of a one-way ticket is 8 EUR.
The bus line is available from 6 AM to 12:00 PM. The trip from the airport to the train stations is around 35 minutes. For prices and timetables for the Venice-Trento train, please visit the site of Trenitalia.

Innsbruck Airport. Innsbruck-Trento by train takes about 2.5 hours The International Airport of Innsbruck (Austria) can be considered to reach Trento. The Innsbruck main train station is easily accessed by train or bus from the Innsbruck Airport. Bus route F connects the Innsbruck main station with the airport main building. The journey takes about 20 minutes.
For prices and timetables for the Innsbruck-Trento train, please visit the site of Austrian railways.

Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport. Bergamo-Trento by train takes about 3.5 hours.
The International Airport of Bergamo Orio al Serio is a basis for many low-cost flights (e.g., RyanAir from London Stansted, Paris Beauvais, Barcelona Girona, Valencia). The Bergamo railway station is easily reachable by ATB shuttle bus from the airport in only 15 minutes You can buy the ticket either from a newspaper kiosk or from a ticket booth. The cost of a one-way ticket is 2 EUR.
The bus line is available from 6:15 AM to 12:00 PM, every 20 minutes. The trip from the airport to the train station is around 15 minutes. For prices and timetables for the Bergamo-Trento train, please visit the site of Trenitalia.

Milano Linate Airport. Milano-Trento by train takes about 3 hours.
The airport of Milano Linate can be considered to reach Trento. Milano Linate is just 7 km from the Milano city centre and can be easily reached with various airport shuttles and with ATM lines 73 Urban line 73 Milan Piazza San Babila M1 - Linate First departure: 5:35 a.m. Last departure: 12:35 a.m. Departures every 10 minutes, every day Fare: 1,5 euro Company: ATM www.atm.it
Further info on: http://www.milanolinate-airport.com/en/directions-and-parking/by-bus
Also, a taxi can be considered.
For prices and timetables for the Milano-Trento train please, visit the site of Trenitalia.

Milano Malpensa Airport Milano-Trento by train takes about 3 hours.
The International Airport of Milano Malpensa can be considered to reach Trento. From Malpensa airport take the Malpensa Express train to Milano, Stazione Nord. Once there, take subway line 2 (green line) to reach the Central Train Station. For prices and timetables for the Milano-Trento train, please visit the site of Trenitalia.

Munich Airport. Munich-Trento by train takes about 4.5 hours.
The International Airport of Munich (Germany) can be considered to reach Trento. Trento can be directly reached by train from Munich: for the train schedule, please visit the site of the German State railways. By train Train tickets can be purchased at the railway station. Italian train tickets must be stamped with the yellow machines available at the platform (binario) entrance before getting on the train. In buying your ticket you should specify the arrival station (Trento), the train you are planning to take (some InterCity trains require a supplement that is more expensive if purchased on the train) and the class: 1st (prima) or 2nd (seconda). First class is more comfortable and about 60% more expensive.
Find trains and purchase tickets online • Trenitalia (Italian State Railways) • Deutsche Bahn (German State Railways) • Obb (Austrian State Railways) • Sbb (Swiss State Railways)

By Car

If you are reaching Trento from the north, exit the A22 motorway at TRENTO NORD and follow the signs to go to the Trento city center. If you are reaching Trento from the south, exit the A22 motorway at TRENTO SUD and follow the signs to go to the Trento city center. ViaMichelin is a good link for getting detailed driving directions. Please note that trip advisors may still suggest: TRENTO CENTRO as A22 motorway, but this is closed.

By Train

You can reach Trento by train from almost everywhere in Europe. The main companies which travel to Trento are:

OBB http://www.oebb.at/en/

BAHN https://www.bahn.com/

TRENITALIA http://www.trenitalia.com/

About the City

The city of Trento: the unique charm of a renaissance alpine city, where history is art.

Trento is a city rooted in art and history, where the Italian and Mitteleuropean cultures meet. Unique amongst the alpine cities, the City of the Council (1545 - 1563) still keeps its precious monuments as tokens of its rich artistic and historic heritage. Built in the elegant renaissance style, they have been enhanced by recent refurbishing works.

Special mention goes to the Castello del Buonconsiglio, the Castle for several centuries residence of the Prince-Bishops of Trento; the Duomo, the Cathedral of Trento dedicated to San Vigilio, its gorgeous piazza and fountain dedicated to Neptune, the frescoed houses and Council churches as well as the museums and exhibitions which make the city of Trento a true landmark of alpine arts, culture and traditions.

Concilio di Trento (Concilium Tridentinum)

The Council of Trento, held between 1545 and 1563 in Trento and Bologna, was one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most important ecumenical councils. Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation.

Castello del Buonconsiglio (Buonconsiglio Castle)

The Castello del Buonconsiglio is the largest and most important monumental complex of the Trentino Alto Adige region.

It was the residence of the Principi Vescovi (Prince-Bishops) of Trentofrom the 13th century to the end of the 18th century, and is composed of a series of buildings of different eras, enclosed by walls and positioned slightly higher than the city:

  • the Castelvecchio is the oldest part, dominated by an imposing cylindrical tower
  • the Magno Palazzo is the 16th century expansion in the Italian Renaissance-style as commissioned by the Prince-Bishop and Cardinal Bernardo Clesio (1485-1539)
  • the Baroque-style Giunta Albertiana dates from the end of the 17thcentury
  • at the extreme south of the complex is the Torre Aquila, within which is conserved the famous Cycle of the Months, one of the most fascinating secular pictorial cycles of the late Middle Ages.

Also of exceptional interest are the extensive cycle of frescoes commissioned by the bishops to decorate the interior walls of the Castle, mainly in the late Middle Ages to the Renaissance period. After the end of the Episcopal principality (1803) the castle was used as a barracks; following its restoration in 1924, it became the National Museum, and since 1973 it belongs to the Autonomous Province of Trento.

Duomo di Trento (Cathedral of Trento)

Trento’s Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Vigil and has ancient origins.

There are in fact records that indicate the first church was built on the burial ground of this saint, martyred in the fifth century. It was then enlarged, whilst its present appearance is owed to Bishop Federico Vanga, who entrusted the redesigning of the cathedral to Adam d’Argogno in 1212. The position of the church is the result of his plan.

The construction, continued over the centuries by d’Arogno’s descendants, underwent various changes with respect to the original project due both to the churches needs and the changes in construction techniques. The contrast between the Romanesque style and the height of the vaults recalling gothic cathedrals is extraordinary. Two climbing staircases built into the lateral walls lead up to the two bell towers, in the opposite direction to the altar. Amongst the numerous works of art it is worth noting the worshipped wooden statue of Our Lady of Sorrow, some of the altars, a series of canvasses, the Romanesque sculpture (credited to Adam d’Arogno) called the Madonna of the Drowned, at whose feet the bodies of people who drowned in the Adige or the irrigation channels that flowed through the city and funeral monuments of numerous famous political and religious characters were placed.

In the southern aisle the Alberti Chapel can be found. This contains a large crucifix, in front of which, on 4 December 1563 at the end of the Council, the decrees of the counterreformation were promulgated.

The high Altar with a baroque canopy above, erected in the middle of the eighteenth century with the annulment of the citizens vote during the French siege of 1703, holds the urn with the relics of Saint Vigil.

The frescoes, created between the 13th and 15th century, can be attributed to painters from Venetian, Lombardian and late gothic schools and depict classic Christian themes.

The palaeochristian basilica can be entered from the northern transept, which an excavation campaign lasted several years made accessible.

Trento offers visitors its richly historical and artistic heritage all year around. Visitors can admire its beauties while strolling around the city centre’s alleys, enjoying shopping or visiting the city’s museums.

Museo del Castello del Buonconsiglio

The castle has numerous art and archaeological collections that were first assembled in the mid-19th century within the Civic Museum of Trento and include objects that date from prehistory up to the first half of the 19thcentury documenting the historical and artistic events of Trento and its surrounding territory.

For more information, please see the dedicated website.

MUSE, Museo delle Scienze (MUSE, Science Museum)

MUSE is a place of constant change, from the main exhibitions, up to date with the latest developments, to special projects, with prestigious national and international collaborations, and finally to MUSE Lab, where the most advanced experiments in the field of new technologies take place.

The exhibition of Muse uses the metaphor of the mountain to describe life on Earth.

You start from the top: the terrace and the 4th floor allow us to encounter the sun and ice, and from there you descend to investigate the issues of biodiversity, sustainability, and evolution, until you reach the basement and the wonder of the tropical greenhouse.


Trento has special agreements with local Hotels and B&B to grant keen rates to the Congress' participants. Please find in the enclosed lists 2018 fees. Please notice that the mentioned rates can be granted according to the availability and only with personally contacting the hotel for booking.

Hotel rates offered to the University of Trento

Organizing Committees 

General Co-Chairs
Nicola Conci, University of Trento, Italy
Caifeng Shan, Philips, The Netherlands

Technical Program Co-Chairs
Lucio Marcenaro, University of Genova, Italy
Jungong Han, Univesity of Warwick, UK

Special Session Chair
Federica Battisti, Roma Tre University, Italy

Steering Committee
Hamid Aghajan, Gent University, Belgium 
Bernhard Rinner, Alpen-Adria Universität, Austria
Richard Kleihorst, Senso2me & Gent University, Belgium
Andrea Prati, University of Parma, Italy


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