Training Schools
TS Coordinator: Prof. Jon Hardeberg (NO)

Training Schools within the framework of the Action topic are aimed at:
• Widening the knowledge of the Action activities.
• Providing intensive training on a new and emerging subject.
• Offering familiarisation with unique equipment or know how in one of the laboratories of the Action.
Training Schools are not intended to provide general training or education. Those attending a Training School are typically – but not exclusively – young researchers from across Europe. Furthermore, Training Schools may also cover appropriate re-training as part of life-long learning. A Training School can also take the form of an Early Stage Researchers (less than PhD + 8 years) network created as a "think tank". COST support covers organisation of the school and participation support to both trainers (including external experts) and trainees.

Duration: between three days and two weeks
Eligible costs: local organiser (see local organiser support), Trainers (travel and substistence for trainers – same as for participants to COST meetings, Trainees (individuals grants, decided by MC but cannot exceed the normal reimbursement rates of COST
Local Organiser: Request for a TS has to be sent via the Chair to the MC after MC approval of the programme and the list of paid participants to the Grant Holder
Trainers and Trainees: Register on the e-COST application

Invitation Flyer for the Warsaw Training School 2013 and Application form.

Invitation Flyer for the Florence Training School 2014.

Invitation Flyer for the Szeged Training School 2015.

Invitation Flyer for the Germolles Training School 2016.

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Participants of the Training School in Germolles.


2015 Training School in Szeged

The 2015 COSCH Training School on "Heterogeneous Visual Data Fusion Techniques – Acquisition and Algorithms" was organised in Szeged (Hungary) by the Research Group on Visual Computation at the Institute of Informatics, University of Szeged (7-9 December 2015).

The goal of the Training School was to provide a detailed overview of the techniques used in heterogeneous visual data fusion in Cultural Heritage, starting from the acquisition of the data, through processing in the 2D / 3D domains and finally the fusion techniques.

The Training School was attended by 21 trainees and 6 trainers, coming from 14 European countries with different backgrounds, a true multi-disciplinary group.

Participants of the COSCH Training School in Szeged.

The first day of the programme started with a welcome speech given by Prof. Tibor Csendes, the Head of the Institute of Informatics. The morning session included two lectures, the first, given by Levente Tamas from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania), was an introduction to 3D point cloud processing, the second lecture, given by Alain Trémeau from the University Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne (France), presented a survey of colour and depth data fusion with colour compensation. In the afternoon we had a demo session related to the morning lecture of Levente Tamas. During this lab session everyone had the chance to familiarise with 3D point clouds as well as processing, filtering, aligning point clouds on their own notebooks.

The morning session on the second day included two lectures, the first, given by Zoltan Kato from the University of Szeged (Hungary), explained in detail how relative pose estimation is performed in the fusion of 2D spectral and 3D depth data, while the second lecture, given by Csaba Benedek from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Computer Science and Control (SZTAKI), presented a vast selection of laser scanning techniques for cultural heritage applications. In the afternoon we had another lab session, where every participant could try out the correspondence-less 2D-3D fusion method presented by Zoltan Kato in his morning lecture. Students got access to multiple datasets provided by the i3mainz – Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology of the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, on which they could perform the complete pipeline of such a fusion task, starting from data preprocessing, 2D and 3D segmentation, pose estimation, and fusion.

On the last day of the Training School we had a lecture by Frank Boochs from the i3mainz providing an in-depth view over the acquisition and fusion of heterogeneous data sets using external references, followed by the lecture about processing historical documents, given by Laszlo Czuni from the University of Pannonia, Veszprém (Hungary). As for closing the last day we have visited the Mora Ferenc Museum and then had a short walk in the city center ending at the Dom square with the Christmas fair.

All the presentations as well as the links for the lab sessions can be found on the following Training School website:

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