The International Association for Pattern Recognition
"The International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) is an international association of non-profit, scientific or professional organizations (being national, multi-national, or international in scope) concerned with pattern recognition, computer vision, and image processing in a broad sense. Normally, only one organization is admitted from any one country, and individuals interested in taking part in IAPR's activities may do so by joining their national organization."
IBM Pen Technologies
"The IBM Pen Technologies team at the Thomas J Watson Research Center has developed a writing tablet that allows users to write on paper and store their handwritten notes and drawings in their computers for later use. The writing tablet consists of a digitizer, a small display for status information, and memory to store data. A ball-point pen (with additional electronics to mark the digitizer surface through two-thirds of an inch of paper) is used to capture a digital copy of the information written on paper. Side buttons, activated by the pen, allow the user to tag portions of the ink. One of uses of tagging is to mark keywords and bookmarks in the document, that can be used to build a base of terms associated with the handwritten notes, and used to efficiently retreive documents when needed. A serial connection transmits the digital data (also called digital ink) to the desktop or mobile companion PC. Software at the server allows the user to view, index, search and organize the handwritten information. Handwriting recognition software developed at Watson can, if needed, transform handwritten ink into text."
The International Graphonomics Society (IGS)
"During the second international graphonomics conference in 1985, the decision was made to establish the International Graphonomics Society (IGS). The general aims of the IGS are the advancement of research in the field of graphonomics. These aims include an exchange of views and expertise, joint-project research, and the dissemination and application of knowledge wherever appropriate. Some means to achieve these goals are: the organization of conferences and workshops and the publication of their proceedings, the stimulation of communication and research contacts by any other means, the transmission of information through a regular bulletin (BIGS), an electronic list (Scrib-L) and the maintenance of a graphonomics research directory. The IGS has the status of a legal non-profit organization. It was established as a foundation ('stichting') under the law of the Netherlands on January 30th, 1987. "
National institute of Standards and Technology
http://www.nist.gov/srd/nistsd19.htm Special Database 19 contains NIST's entire corpus of training materials for handprinted document and character recognition. It publishes Handprinted Sample Forms from 3600 writers, 810,000 character images isolated from their forms, ground truth classifications for those images, reference forms for further data collection, and software utilities for image management and handling. It supersedes NIST Special Databases 3 and 7.
http://www.itl.nist.gov/iaui/vip/databases/defs/nist_ocr.html NIST FORM-BASED HANDPRINT RECOGNITION SYSTEM (RELEASE 2.1), a public domain release of end-to-end recognition software.
NICI Handwriting Recognition Group
Nijmegen University, The Netherlands
On-Line Handwriting Recognition, User-Interfacing in Pen Computers, Outline-based Image search
Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information
"The NICI is a Research Institute for Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Information Technology. It is affiliated with the University of Nijmegen. The NICI conducts interdisciplinary research and provides training in cognitive psychology and its neighbouring disciplines. Psychological and neuro-biological principles of information processing are jointly studied by scientists from various disciplines."
Reading/Coding, automatically sorting
Siemens levert de apparatuur voor de post herkenning van PTT Post. Zie ook http://www.siemens.nl/instituut/referentie/pttpost.asp.
"Postal services are faced with the challenge every day – getting millions of mail pieces delivered on time. The necessary information for the processing is contained in the address found on every mail piece, or in the bar code. Our core competence is the fast and reliable extrication of sorting information from the addresses and bar codes. We read postal codes, town and street names, states/provinces, countries, house and post office box numbers. In fact, we can automatically read and sort by the name of the family and given names of the recipient. No matter whether the address is handwritten or typed."