Visual Communications and Image Processing

Munich 2021

Executive Summary

Conference Name: IEEE Visual Communications and Image Processing (VCIP 2021)

Conference Theme: “Visual communications in the era of AI and limited resources”

Conference Dates: Sunday – Wednesday, December 5 – 8, 2021.

Conference Venue: Novotel Munich City, Germany

Important Dates


Submission of Tutorial and Special Session Proposals March 28, 2021
Notification of Tutorial and Special Session proposals April 12, 2021
Submission of Papers for Regular, Demo and Special Sessions June 13, 2021
Paper Acceptance Notification August 30, 2021
Submission of Camera-Ready Papers and Registration October 10, 2021
Conference December 5-8, 2021

VCIP is proudly the oldest conference in the field and one of the flagship conferences of the IEEE CAS Visual Signal Processing and Communications. Since 1986 VCIP has served as a premier forum for the exchange of fundamental and applied research in the field of visual communications and image processing. VCIP 2021 will be hosted in the beautiful city of Munich and it inherits the tradition of previous conferences in providing a fertile ground for leading engineers and scientists from around the world to disseminate their research outcomes and push forward the frontiers of knowledge within these and related areas. The main conference theme of 2021 is “Visual communications in the era of AI and limited resources”.
The VCIP 2021 Call for Papers topics cover but are not limited to:

  • Emerging Techniques for Image and Video Coding Standards
  • Image and video compression beyond standards
  • Evaluation of image and video coding standards
  • Video coding for machines
  • Compression of neural networks for visual communications
  • Dynamic Point Cloud Capture and Compression
  • Image/Video Privacy
  • Advanced Techniques for Immersive Video
  • Visual Communications
  • Visual Processing Embedded Systems and Architecture Implementations
  • Cloud Multimedia Systems, Applications and Services
  • Multimedia Content Analysis, Representation, and Understanding
  • Machine learning for Multimedia
  • Multimedia and Multimodal User Interfaces and Interaction Models
  • Multimedia Networking, Multimedia Traffic Management
  • Efficient and Massively Scalable Multimedia Service Distribution, Multimedia
  • Delivery, Multimedia Broadcasting
  • Mobile Multimedia, Wireless Multimedia Communications
  • Low Delay and Multipath Video Communication over 5G network
  • Multi- und Hyperspectral Image Communication
  • Automated Machine Learning for Visual Signal Processing


Call for Special Sessions

As usual, Special Sessions complement the regular program of VCIP 2021. They are intended to provide a sample of the state-of-the-art and also to highlight important emerging research directions in fields of particular interest to VCIP participants. The idea is to have It should be a focused effort on a ‘special topic’ rather than a broad focusly defined.


This Call is inviting Special Session Proposals from the visual communications and image processing community according to the requirements defined below.



The target for each Special Session is four accepted papers. The following information should be included in the proposal:


  • Title of the proposed special session
  • Names and affiliations of the organizers (including brief bio and contact info)
  • Session abstract (approx. 250 words) including the motivation and significance of the topic, and the rationale for the proposed special session
  • List of invited papers (including a tentative title, author list, and abstract for each paper)
  • Optionally, the proposal should describe how the special session will be organized at VCIP in order to make it truly a special event


In addition to invited papers, other potential authors will be allowed to submit papers to Special Sessions. 

All submitted special session papers shall conform to the format and length requirements of the regular session papers. If a special session has more than 4 papers being accepted, some of the papers will be moved to the regular paper sessions of the conference.


Proposals will be evaluated based on the timeliness of the topic and relevance to VCIP, as well as the track record of the organizers and anticipated quality of papers in the proposed session. Kindly note that all papers in a special session will be peer-reviewed following the regular paper review process to ensure that the contributions are of the highest quality.


To submit a special session proposal (in a single PDF file) or for additional information regarding the special sessions, please contact Special Session Co-Chairs: Fernando Pereira ( and Christian Timmerer (


Important Dates

  • Special Session proposal submission deadline: 28 March 2021
  • Special Session proposal acceptance notification: 11 April 2021
  • Special Session paper submission: 8 June 2021
  • Paper acceptance notification: 6 September 2021

The Organizing Committee of VCIP 2021 invites proposals for half-day (3 hours) tutorial as a part of the main conference program. Tutorials will be held on December 5, 2021. Tutorials addressing topics of relevance to the conference and interest to the broader visual communications and image processing community are encouraged.


Proposal Format

Tutorial proposals should be in PDF format and include the following information:


  • Title
  • Presenters: Names, affiliation, contact information (email and postal address), and a short bio for each presenter.
  • Description: A description of the tutorial topic, providing the scope and depth of the tutorial, along with a tutorial outline.
  • Expected audience: The background of the target audience and the anticipated number of attendees.
  • Recent publications: Recent publication list relevant to the tutorial topics from the speakers in the past 3-5 years.
  • Relevance: Addressing the importance and timeliness of the proposal, and its relevance to the conference as well as researchers and engineers.
  • Previous editions: If the tutorial was given before, indicate where and when, and if and how it will be modified for VCIP 2021.
  • Presentation material (optional): It is encouraged to provide a draft of the presentation material (to be distributed to the tutorial participants) for review.


To submit a tutorial proposal or inquire additional information regarding the tutorials, please contact the Tutorial Chairs: Yun He (, Frédéric Dufaux (


Important Dates

  • Tutorial proposal submission deadline: March 28, 2021
  • Tutorial proposal acceptance notification: April 12, 2021

Call for Tutorials

Organizing Committee

All names below are confirmed

Name Affiliation Country
General Chairs
Jörn Ostermann Leibniz Universität Hannover Germany
Touradj Ebrahimi Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) Switzerland
Technical Program Chairs
André Kaup Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Germany
Wen-Hsiao Peng National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) Taiwan
Plenary Session Chair
Eckehard Steinbach Technische Universität München
Special Session Chairs
Fernando Pereira Instituto Superior Técnico Portugal
Christian Timmerer University Klagenfurt Austria
Tutorial Chairs
Frederic Dufaux CNRS France
Yun He Tsinghua University China
Paper Award Chairs
Atanas Gotchev Tampere University of Technology Finnland
Matthias Wien
RWTH Aachen Germany
Publicity Chairs
Yan Ye Alibaba USA
Finance Chair
Dr. Marco Munderloh Leibniz Universität Hannover Germany
Panel Chairs
Miroslaw Bober University of Surrey Great Britain
Shan Liu
Tencent Media Lab USA
Publication Chairs
Martin Benjak Leibniz Universität Hannover Germany
Local Arrangement Chairs
Silke Kenzler Kenzler Conference Management Germany
Sponsorship Chairs

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