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Salford scientist appointed to international association executive committee

Oct 30, 2014

Dr Apostolos Antonacopoulos
Dr Apostolos Antonacopoulos

Academic colleague Dr Apostolos Antonacopoulos – who has been working on projects such as digitising the content of the British Library – has been elected to the Executive Committee of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) as Treasurer.

Apostolos, who leads the Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis (PRimA) Research Lab (www.primaresearch.org) in the School of Computing, Science and Engineering, is the only UK-based member of the Executive Committee of the IAPR which promotes research, development and learning in pattern recognition and the allied branches of engineering, arts and sciences.

His current appointment marks a record third term in the Executive Committee in which he has previously served in different roles (First and Second Vice-President).

His focus on improving digitisation and automatic reading of paper documents has led to the development of software that improves the effectiveness of large-scale digitisation projects, especially in the difficult domain of historical books and newspapers.

He has worked with, and advises, a number of leading institutions which are keen to improve their digital collections, including the British Library and national libraries in France, Germany, Austria and The Netherlands.