Graphonomics for e-citizens: e-health, e-society, e-education

in Special Issue   Posted on August 13, 2017 

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Handwriting analysis and recognition has been widely studied for many years contributing to the development of a research field, which produced a large amount of both theoretical and experimental results. In this framework, the automatic processing of handwriting and drawing features, both on-line and off-line, in order to automatically classify specimens of handwriting, represents the core information processing technology behind many successful applications that are in daily use. Examples of the such applications can be found in human-machine interfaces, such as the electronic pen pad and automatic signature verification equipment, mail sorting, check reading and form processing, just to mention a few. The term graphonomics, coined in 1982, intends to capture the multidisciplinary and
interdisciplinary nature of the entire research field. It denotes the scientific and technological effort involved in identifying relationships among the planning and generation of handwriting and drawing movements, the resulting spatial traces of writing and drawing instruments (either conventional or electronic), and the dynamic features of these traces. Even if many effective methods have been proposed in the literature and successfully applied in a number of real applications, these problems are still very far from being solved in the general case.

The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together the works of many experts in this multidisciplinary subject that involves different competences and knowledge, which span from
the study of the handwriting generation models to the development of machine learning techniques for handwriting recognition. The Special Issue should allow us to highlight the
advances on these topics from a wide-angle perspective, as well as to stimulate new theoretical and applied research for better characterizing the state of the art in this subject.
The special issue should follow the 18th Conference of the International Graphonomics Society (IGS2017) that will take place from 18 to 21 June 2017 in Gaeta, Italy, but submissions will be not restricted to IGS2017 contributors.


• Handwriting recognition: Human reading; Pen computing; On-line and off-line recognition;
• Cultural Heritage application: Historical document analysis and processing; Palaeography;
Large digital archives.
• Forensic applications: Handwriting features; Writer identification and verification; Signature
• Medical applications: Early detection and monitoring of neurological diseases implying
handwriting disorders;


Managing Guest Editor
Claudio De Stefano,
University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy)

Guest Editors
Francesco Fontanella,
University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy)

Angelo Marcelli,
University of Salerno (Italy)


Submission period: 1 – 31, October 2017
First review notification: December 10, 2017
Revision submission: January 25, 2018
Second review notification: February 28, 2018
Final notice of acceptance/rejection: March 5, 2018

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