We welcome you to the 3rd Iberian Conference on Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis (IbPRIA 2007), jointly promoted by AERFAI (Asociacion Espanola de Reconocimiento de Formas y Analisis de Imagenes) and APRP (Associção Portuguesa de Reconhecimento de Padroes). This year, IbPRIA was held in Girona, Spain, June 6–8, 2007, and was hosted by the Institute of Informatics and Applications of the University of Girona. It followed the two successful previous editions hosted by the Universitat de les Illes Balears (2003) and the Institute for Systems and Robotics and the Geo-systems Center of the Instituto Superior Tecnico (2005).
A record number of 328 full paper submissions from 27 countries were received. Each of these submissions was reviewed in a blind process by two reviewers. The review assignments were determined by the four General Chairs, and the final decisions were made after the Chairs meeting in Girona, giving an overall acceptance rate of 47.5%. Because of the limited size of the conference, we regret that some worthy papers were probably rejected. In keeping with the IbPRIA tradition of having a single track of oral presentations, the number of oral papers remained in line with the previous IbPRIA editions, with a total of 48 papers. The number of poster papers was settled to 108.
For the first time, some relevant related events were scheduled in parallel to the IbPRIA main conference according to the Call for Tutorials and Workshops: Antonio Torralba from MIT, USA and Aleix Martınez from Ohio State University, USA taught relevant tutorials about object recognition and Statistical Pattern Recognition, respectively, while the “Supervised and Unsupervised Ensemble Methods and Their Applications” workshop and the first edition of the “Spanish Workshop on Biometrics” were successfully developed.