Proceedings of the 8th Int. Workshop on Pattern Recognition in Information Systems (PRIS 2008)
Huge amounts of information in digital format are currently available; for example, the world-wide-web is an immense source of text, audio, images and video. Organizing and understanding this multimodal information is a difficult problem, which requires advanced techniques from pattern recognition and related fields such as machine learning, computer vision and human language technology. An increasingly important aspect of this problem is human-computer interaction, especially multimodal interactive systems in which humans and machines seamlessly cooperate to efficiently solve a given task. On the other hand, accessibility issues also arise in this problem, with personal identification techniques playing a key role in human-computer interfaces for security and restricted-access systems. This volume contains all the papers presented at the 8th International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in Information Systems (PRIS 2008), held in Barcelona, Spain, June 12 - 13, 2008. A total of 24 papers were selected from 39 submitted papers; 17 papers were presented orally and 7 papers were presented at a poster session. In addition, two distinguished researchers were invited to give keynote lectures: Prof. Dr. Horst Bunke, from IAM - Bern (Switzerland), who spoke on "Recent Developments in Graph Classification and Clustering Using Graph Embedding Kernels" and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Ney, from RWTH Aachen Germany, with a talk entitled "Statistical Pattern Recognition and Machine Translation from 1988 to 2008: What Has Happened?".