ENS/INRIA Visual Recognition and Machine Learning 
Summer School
Paris, France, 22-26 July 2013 

Previous editions of this summer school have been organized in Grenoble 2012, Paris 2011 and Grenoble 2010


Photos (updated 26-07-2013)
On-line materials (updated 22-07-2013)
Directions (updated 18-07-2013)
ENS campus map (updated 18-07-2013)
Posters (updated 18-07-2013)
Final program (updated 02-07-2013)

Associated with:
Axes EIT-ICT ERC Technicolor

Lectures will be given by experts in computer vision and machine learning. The target audience are PhD students, MSc students, advanced undergraduates as well as academics and practitioners in the field.  Lectures will be complemented by practical sessions, where participants will obtain hands-on experience with the discussed material. Participants will also have an opportunity to bring and discuss their work during a poster session.

The summer school will take place at the ENS Ulm campus in central Paris next to the Pantheon, Sorbonne and Jardin du Luxembourg. Affordable student accommodations as well as a limited number of scholarships will be provided.

Lectures will be given by

Important dates

  • Scholarship application deadline: April 15th, 2013
  • Application deadline:  EXTENDED to May 10, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: May 15th, 2013
  • Notification of awarded scholarships: May 15th, 2013
  • Registration deadline: May 31st, 2013
  • Registration deadline (2nd round): June 10, 2013
  • Poster application deadline: June 15, 2013
  • Summer school: July 22-26, 2013


Registration fee will be 400 Euros for student participants, 700 Euros for non-student academic participants and 850 Euros for industrial participants. The fee will cover lectures, practical exercises, handouts, coffee breaks, lunches, and social events.


Some of the notable recent successes in automated visual recognition are results of combining advanced visual representations together with powerful machine learning techniques. The objective of this summer school is to provide an overview of some of the latest advances in visual recognition together with the related machine learning algorithms. A particular emphasis will be given on topics related to recognition of humans, objects, actions and dynamic scene understanding in video. 


The program will span five days with 30-35 teaching hours in total split into a number of lectures and three practical sessions.

Poster presentations

There will be a poster session, where participants will be encouraged to present their recent work. Participants will get feedback on their posters and the possibility to discuss their work with their peers. The best poster will be awarded a prize. 


The summer school will take place in central Paris at the Ecole Normale Superiéure campus.


A number of affordable student accommodations at the price of 115 Euro for 5 nights (check-in: July 21, check-out July 26) will be provided at the ENS campus, 45 rue d'Ulm, Paris.

Scholarships (updated 13-02-2013)

We will provide a limited number of student scholarships. Scholarships will cover the registration fee as well as travel expenses up to 500 Euro. Scholarships will be awarded based on a competition involving solution to a computer vision problem. Solutions will be evaluated based on their correctness, description clarity and the quality of illustrations. Priority will be given to students with limited funding. Application for scholarships has now been closed.


Zaid Harchaoui <zaid.harchaoui@inria.fr>
Ivan Laptev <Ivan.Laptev@ens.fr>
Jean Ponce <Jean.Ponce@ens.fr>
Cordelia Schmid <Cordelia.Schmid@inria.fr>
Josef Sivic <Josef.Sivic@ens.fr>