29th Picture Coding Symopsium, 7-9 May 2012, Kraków, Poland

General Information

PCS history

In recent years, the picture coding community has been meeting once every 18 months to share their most important achievements and discoveries. The long history of the PCS can be summarized by listing the previous meeting places:

1969 Cambridge, USA
1970 Raleigh, USA
1971 Lafayette, USA
1973 Los Angeles, USA
1974 Goslar, Germany
1976 Asilomar, USA
1977 Tokyo, Japan
1979 Ipswich, England
1981 Montreal, Canada
1983 Davis, USA
1984 Cesson Sevigne, France
1986 Tokyo, Japan
1987 Stockholm, Sweden
1988 Turin, Italy
1990 Cambridge, USA
1991 Tokyo, Japan
1993 Lausanne, Switzerland
1994 Sacramento, USA
1996 Melbourne, Australia
1997 Berlin, Germany
1999 Portland, USA
2001 Seoul, Korea
2003 Saint-Malo, France
2004 San Francisco, USA
2006 Beijing, China
2007 Lisbon, Portugal
2009 Chicago, USA
2010 Nagoya, Japan

Other events

The PCS2012 will be held in the week directly after the 100th MPEG meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

Immediately after the PCS2012, on May 10-11, 2012 a Packet Video Workshop will take place in Munich, Germany. Munich can be easily reached from Krakow by plane. The flight takes about 90 minutes.

About Krakow

Krakow is the second largest Polish city and the former capital of Poland. Krakow is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Poland, with more than 7 million visitors each year.

Contrary to most of Polish cities it was only moderately damaged during the Second World War, preserving the most of its historical buildings. Its center keeping the charm of an old and ever important mid-European city is included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage.

Thanks to many universities and cultural establishments, Krakow is a city of great importance to Polish culture and history. The first Polish university was founded in Krakow in 1364 and is now known as Jagiellonian University (Uniwersytet Jagiellonski). Along with Warsaw, Krakow is the main cultural center of Poland, hosting many famous theaters, museums and other cultural institutions. The royal castle in Krakow - Wawel, home to many Polish kings, has been a place of burial of Polish heads of the State up to these days.

Nearby destinations

Wieliczka Salt Mine (13 km from Krakow city center) - one of the oldest companies in the world, salt mining in this area dates back to 11 h century.
Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945) (70 km from Krakow ) - the place of inprisonment and murder of many hundreds of thousands of people during the Second World War.
Tatry mountains (106 km from Krakow) - the highest Polish mountains, a popular tourist destination in Poland.