Meta-learning for Image/Video Segmentation

  in Special Issue   Posted on June 3, 2020

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Sun 15 Nov 2020
Journal Impact Factor : 7.196
Journal Name : Pattern Recognition
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

Pattern recognition (PR) is in transition as the fast convergence of digital technologies and data science holds the promise to liberate consumer data and provide a faster and more cost-effective way of improving human initiatives. Particularly, deep learning, as one of the automatic discovery methods of regularities in data, is heavily influencing in the computer vision applications, including image segmentation, object tracking and recognition. The data driven-based deep learning algorithms have the potential to reshape the expectations of human’s actions, the way that companies’ stakeholders collaborate, and revamp business models in the various industries.

However, most of recent big data driven-based deep learning algorithms remain challenging to discover patterns in small data, which are insufficient to train deep networks.

To tackle these challenges, meta-learning is a recent technique to entail acquiring a prior over previous tasks and experiences, such that new tasks be learned from small amounts of data. It aims at using machine learning itself to automatically learn the most appropriate algorithms and parameters for deep learning algorithms. Particularly, meta-learning approaches that utilize neural network representations have made progress in few-shot image classification, reinforcement learning, and, more recently, image semantic segmentation, the training algorithms and model architectures have become increasingly specialized to the few-shot domain.

The objective of this special issue is to generate a comprehensive understanding of meta-learning in image/video segmentation for both theoretical and practical implications. This special issue is focused on the scope from responsible small data augmentation, meta-learning engine, to meta-learning applications. Authors are invited to submit outstanding and original unpublished research manuscripts focused on the latest findings in this field.

The following (but not limited to) topics are the particular interests of this special issue, including:

  • Novel theoretical insights on meta learning
  • Learning from model evaluations
  • Siamese networks
  • Meta data augmentation
  • Prototypical networks
  • Relation and matching networks
  • Memory-augmented neural networks
  • Model agnostic meta learning
  • Meta-SGD
  • Gradient agreement
  • Entropy maximization/reduction
  • Meta imitation learning
  • Meta learning in image/video segmentation
  • Meta learning in classification/tracking

Submission Guidelines

Papers should be formatted in a single column with double spacing and be no more than 40 pages in length. Before submitting the manuscript, please read the Instructions for Authors for Pattern Recognition journal ( The manuscript should be submitted via the official website If you are not sure whether your work is suitable to the special issue, please feel free to contact the guest editors before the submission. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important that authors select “VSI: metalearning4segmentation” when they reach the “Article Type Name” step in the submission process. We are happy to receive extensions of works presented in top conferences but with a substantial revision (30 percent is generally considered “substantial”). Please visit for more detailed information.

Important Dates

Manuscript submission: September 15th, 2020

Manuscript submission deadline: November 15th, 2020

Final editorial decision: May 15th, 2021

Guest Editors

Huimin Lu, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan (Lead Guest Editor)

Dong Wang, Dalian University of Technology, China

Pin-Han Ho, University of Waterloo, Canada

Mohsen Guizani, University of Idaho, USA

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