ENS/INRIA Visual Recognition and Machine Learning 
Summer School
Paris, France, 25-29 July 2011 

Previous edition of this summer school has been organized in Grenoble, 2010


On-line materials (updated 30-07-2011)
Final program (updated 22-07-2011)
ENS Campus map (updated 22-07-2011)
Social events (updated 22-07-2011)
Directions to the summer school (updated 06-07-2011)

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 takes place at the ENS Ulm campus in central Paris next to the Pantheon, Sorbonne and Jardin du Luxembourg.

Lectures will be given by

Important dates

  • Application deadline EXTENDED to May 9, 2011 
  • Notification of acceptance: May 15th 2011
  • Registration deadline: June 1st 2011
  • Summer school: July 25-29, 2011

Application and Registration

Registration fee is 400 Euros and covers the lectures, practical exercises, handouts, coffee breaks, lunches, receptions and a banquet on the Seine.  


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. 

Program (updated 22-07-2011)

The final program of the summer school is available here. The program includes 28 hours of lectures, 3 hours of practical sessions, two receptions, one poster session on Tuesday and a banquet on the boat on Wednesday evening.

Poster presentations

There will be a poster session, where participants are encouraged to bring and 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. 

Location (updated 22-07-2011)

The summer school will take place in central Paris at the Ecole Normale Superiéure (ENS) campus. See directions to ENS here. To navigate on the ENS campus, see the map of ENS.


A number of student accommodations are provided on the ENS campus 45, rue d'Ulm, see ENS map. The check-in to the ENS rooms is scheduled on Sunday 24/7 during 2pm-8pm.
The latest check-out is at 11:00 on Friday 29/7.
If you are looking for accommodation near ENS, you may consult this list.

Social Events (updated 22-07-2011)

We organize three social events: Welcome Reception at 19:00 on Monday 25/7, Wine and Cheese Reception at 17:30 on Tuesday 26/7 as well as Cocktail Buffet on the Seine on Wednesday 27/7 starting at 19:00. Monday and Tuesday receptions are organized at ENS, the reception on Tuesday is combined with the Poster Session, see program here. On Wednesday we organize a Cruise on the Seine with food, drinks and a disco party, don't miss it!


Ivan Laptev <Ivan.Laptev@ens.fr>
Jean Ponce <Jean.Ponce@ens.fr>
Cordelia Schmid <Cordelia.Schmid@inria.fr>
Josef Sivic <Josef.Sivic@ens.fr>