ICDAR 2009: A2iA Takes First Place Among Corporations in Arabic and French Handwriting Recognition Competition

And Ranks Second All Participants Together (Businesses and Academic Research Laboratories)

Paris, (PresseBox) - ICDAR (International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition) is the leading international scientific event in the field of document processing and image analysis. Held every two years, it brings together researchers, university laboratories and businesses.

During ICDAR 2009, which took place in July in Barcelona, Spain, A2iA participated in the Arabic and French handwriting recognition competitions. Participants were asked to submit the results obtained from their automated recognition system from images of handwritten words.

- Arabic handwriting recognition competition:
A2iA presented the results of a new automated system developed in cooperation with the Telecom ParisTech Engineer School (Laurence Likforman). Still experimental, this new system offers promising results and opens significant market opportunities.

- French handwriting recognition competition (without accent detection):
A2iA combined its own handwritten word recognition engine with a new system developed in cooperation with Telecom ParisTech (Laurence Likforman) and the University of Balamand, Libanon (Ramy El-Hajj and Chafic Mokbel).

By combining its own technology with academic research projects, A2iA achieved very high recognition rates and was ranked first among the businesses in the competition and second among all participants, including businesses and universities together.

Research is at the core of A2iA's development, as the company has always relied on R&D to strengthen its technological lead. Today A2iA operates one of the world's largest private research centers specialized in cursive handwriting recognition. It employs 13 PhDs and 7 engineers, whose projects are then adapted for A2iA's recognition engines.
This approach allows A2iA to continuously improve the performance of its software.

"We are very proud of our researchers," said Jean-Louis Fages, Chairman of the Board and CEO of A2iA. "They are among the world's best in their field and demonstrate, once again, the ability of our research center to address the most complex handwriting recognition and document processing cases."


A2iA, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis, is a software company that operates one of the world's largest research centers focusing on ways to extract information from everyday paper documents that contain handwritten information. A2iA's Document Classification, OCR, ICR and IWR technologies have been reducing data-entry costs and improving business process automation for nearly 20 years. A2iA recognition engines are used to enhance the forms-processing, transaction-processing, content management, document management, and knowledge management systems from leading vendors. For more information, visit www.a2ia.com

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