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Singapore team wins document image binarisation contest at DIBCO 2009

Zafar Anjum | Aug. 26, 2009
Beats 35 other international teams to secure the top spot

SINGAPORE, 26 AUGUST 2009 Two researchers from Singapore have beaten 35 other competitors to clinch the first place in the 2009 Document Image Binarization Contest (DIBCO 2009) in Athens, Greece.

Document image binarisation is a technology often used in optical character recognition (OCR) software, useful in scanning software.

According to A*Star, Singapore's scientific and research body, the winning duo are Dr Lu Shijian from the A*Star Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and Professor Tan Chew Lim from the National University of Singapore's school of computing.

The contest was organised by the National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos'. DIBCO 2009 was held in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 2009) in Barcelona, Spain, in July 2009, an important international forum for the document analysis research community.

The pair's submission demonstrated clear strengths among 35 research groups from all over the world including reputable research organisations from Europe, US, Australia and Asia, that had participated in the competition with 43 different algorithms (several participants submitted more than one algorithm), said the research organisation. Eventually, the best detection performance was achieved by Algorithm 26 that was submitted by Dr S. Lu of I2R and Professor C.L. Tan of NUS school of computing from Singapore.


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