NICOGRAPH International 2019

July 5-7, 2019, Yangling, Shaanxi

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Welcome to NICOGRAPH International 2019

The 18th annual international conference "NICOGRAPH International 2019", organized by the Society for Art and Science and Northwest A&F University will take place during 5th-7th July 2019 in the rich culture city of Yangling, Shaanxi, China.

NICOGRAPH has quarter-century history. Its foundation can be traced back to 1985. The time-honored annual conferences have been organized by the Society for Art and Science since 2000, which aim at promoting the research combining science and art in computer graphics and related fields as well as to advance the development of interactive media art. In 2002, the first international conference NICOGRAPH International rose out of the domestic series, and since then NICOGRAPH international conference has been organized annually.

The international conference mainly aims at providing good opportunities for young researchers and students to exchange their ideas with young colleagues from all over the world. Through this activity, the organizing committee and supporting members hope to rise the next generation of leaders in the interdisciplinary field combining academy, art and industry.

From 2016, all accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings to be published by Conference Publishing Services (CPS) and submitted to the IEEE Xplore and Computer Society digital libraries and submitted for possible indexing through INSPEC, EI (Compendex), Thomson ISI, and other indexing services (to be confirmed). Authors of all accepted full papers will also be invited to submit an extended version to the special issue of Journal of The Society of Art and Science.

Topics and keywords of the conference include but not limited to: 

Computer Graphics 
Computer Vision 
Image/Video Processing 
Non-Photorealistic Rendering 
Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality 
Digital Art 
Video Game 
Content Design 
Affective Computing 

Group photo at the conference


Important Date

  • Abstract Submission (Required): February 9th, 2019 → March 9th, 2019
  • Paper Submission: February 16th, 2019 → March 16th, 2019
  • Author Notification: March 20th, 2019 → April 24th, 2019
  • Poster Submission: April 2nd, 2019 → April 30th, 2019
  • Camera-ready: April 15th, 2019 → May 12th, 2019
  • Submission

    Submission categories include full paper (up to 8 pages), short paper (up to 4 pages) and poster (1 page). All papers will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Topics and keywords of the conference include but not limited to:

  • Computer Graphics
  • Compute Vision
  • Image/Video Processing
  • Visualization
  • Non-Photorealistic Rendering
  • Animation
  • Multimedia
  • Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality
  • Digital Art
  • E-Heritage
  • Video Game
  • Content Design
  • Affective Computing
  • Submission Site (Click this link to start a new submission)

    All accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings to be published by Conference Publishing Services (CPS) ( and submitted to the IEEE Xplore and Computer Society digital libraries and submitted for possible indexing through INSPEC, EI (Compendex), Thomson ISI, and other indexing services. Authors of all accepted full papers will be invited to submit a revised version to the special issue of Journal of The Society of Art and Science. The papers must be written in English, and formatted to Conference Publishing Services Manuscript Formatting Guidelines , Please use the following templates for preparing you papers:

    Word Template (DOC) or LaTex Package (ZIP)
    (8.5" x 11", US Letter).

    Authors may optionally upload supplementary material, which may include videos, audios and images to showcase results/demo of the proposed approach/system. With the electronic submission system, you can submit your papers and edit your submission as many times as you need before the submission dateline. The authors are encouraged not to wait till the submission dateline and register their paper titles and abstracts as earlier as possible to facilitate the reviewing process. By submitting a paper the authors confirm that their paper represents original previously unpublished work, and if accepted, at least one of the authors will register for the conference and present the paper.

    Registration & Payment

    The online registration for "NICOGRAPH International 2019" is now open, and we are looking forward to an exciting workshop with a lot of highly interesting contributions.

    Registration Site (Click this link to start a new registration)

    * Please note that the registration cite is developed based on Google Doc, if you have problem with accessing it, please either use VPN or contact us from here.

    Registration Fee

    Early Registration:
    On or before May 24

    Late Registration:
    After 24

    (Member* with banquet)

    27,000 JPY
    1,680 CNY
    248 USD
    33,000 JPY
    2,050 CNY
    304 USD

    (Non-Member with banquet)

    33,000 JPY
    2,050 CNY
    304 USD
    38,000 JPY
    2,360 CNY
    350 USD

    (Member* with banquet)

    10,000 JPY
    620 CNY
    92 USD
    22,000 JPY
    1,360 CNY
    202 USD

    (Non-Member with banquet)

    13,000 JPY
    800 CNY
    120 USD
    25,000 JPY
    1,550 CNY
    230 USD
    *Member of the Society for Art and Science

    Please remind that:
    - At least one author of each accepted paper (full/short/poster) has to pay registration fee no later than May 24, 2019.

    Payment Information

    Early/Late registrant: Option 1

    Please make a bank transfer to 

    BANK NAME: Japan Net Bank Suzume-Branch (ID: 002) 
    ACCOUNT NO: 6996886 
    BENEFICIARY:The Society for Art and Science 

    BANK NAME: ジャパンネット銀行 すずめ支店 (ID: 002) 
    ACCOUNT NO: 6996886 

    Please note that transfer fee is not included in the above amount. Please make the transfer at your own expense. Participants from Japan are strongly recommended to take this option.

    Early/Late registrant: Option 2

    Please pay with credit card.  You will receive an email of payment instruction after submitting the online registration form.

    Early/Late registrant: Option 3

    Please pay with Alipay or WeChat by scanning the QR code below (CNY only).

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    Program at a Glance

    2019/7/5   Day 1   
        9:00   9:30         Registration
        9:30   10:00         Opening
        10:00   11:05     65min     Session 1: Computer Vision / Image Processing
        11:05   14:30           Lunch & Rest
        14:30   15:30     60min     Session 2: Computer GraphicsI
        15:30   15:45   15min     Break
        15:45   18:15     150min     Poster Session
        18:45               Banquet
    2019/7/6   Day 2   
        9:00   9:30         Registration
        9:30   10:25   55min     Session 3: Image Processing for Applications
        10:25   10:40   15min     Break
        10:40   11:45   65min     Session 4: Art & Multimedia
        11:45   14:30           Lunch & Rest
        14:30   15:20   50min     Session 5: Animation & Others
        15:20   15:35   15min     Break
        15:35   16:25   50min     Session 6: Computer GraphicsII
        16:25   16:55         Closing
    2019/7/7   Day 3   
    Session 1: Computer Vision / Image Processing
    Chair: Kazuya Ueki (Meisei University, Japan)

    • S1-1(S) Research on 3D Point Cloud Data Acquisition Technology Based on Linear Structured Light
      Zhiyi Zhang, Di Wang, Ni Liu, Xuemei Feng, Nan Geng and Shaojun Hu

    • S1-2(S) Local Texture Based Borderline Detection of Mowing
      Jiashun Xia, Uuganbayar Ganbold, Yi Zhang, Hayato Sasaki, Daisuke Shima and Takuya Akashi

    • S1-3(F) Segmentation based Non-learning Product Detection for Product Recognition on Store Shelves
      Haitian Sun, Kenji Hanata, Hideomi Sato, Ichiro Tsuchitani and Takuya Akashi

    • S1-4(S) An Ensemble Classification of Useful Melanoma Image Features Applied the Theory of Cinema Audio
      Suleiman Mustafa and Akio Kimura


    Session 2: Computer GraphicsI
    Chair: Long Yang (Northwest A&F University, China)

    • S2-1(S) 3D Face Alignment for Japanese Terracotta Figurines (Haniwa)
      Xin Lu, Chunyuan Li, Tsutomu Kinoshita, Akio Kimura and Kouichi Konno

    • S2-2(S) From Image Sequence to 3D Reconstructed Model
      Zhiyi Zhang, Xuemei Feng, Ni Liu, Nan Geng, Shaojun Hu and Zepeng Wang

    • S2-3(S) A Fast Rendering Technique for Artistic Volume Light
      Guangming An, Changlei Jiang and Taichi Watanabe

    • S2-4(S) Unfoldment of Surface Pattern with Highlighting Decoration via Rotationally Symmetric Jomon Earthenware
      Zepeng Wang, Chunyuan Li, Tsutomu Kinoshita, Zhang Zhiyi and Kouichi Konno


    Session 3: Image Processing for Applications
    Chair: Shaojun Hu (Northwest A&F University, China)

    • S3-1(S) Clothing Model Fitting for Laundry Folding Assistance
      Megumi Kido and Hiroki Takahashi

    • S3-2(F) Perceptual Font Manifold from Generative Model
      Yuki Fujita, Haoran Xie and Kazunori Miyata

    • S3-3(F) Visual Feedback for Core Training with 3D Human Shape and Pose
      Haoran Xie, Atsushi Watatani and Kazunori Miyata


    Session 4: Art & Multimedia
    Chair: Mitsunori Matsushita (Kansai University, Japan)

    • S4-1(F) Ontology-based 3D Relief Models Retrieval
      Xiaolong Zhao, Tingting Li, Jiahui Mao and Meili Wang

    • S4-2(S) The “Diagram” as the Audio-Visual Image
      Hiroya Shimoyama

    • S4-3(S) Learning Effect of Fore-Aft Perception of Familiar and Unfamiliar Sounds
      Haruka Yajima, Keiko Ochi and Yasunari Obuchi

    • S4-4(S) Training Data Clustering for Key-Sound Estimation in Rhythm Action Games
      Daiki Fukunaga, Keiko Ochi and Yasunari Obuchi


    Session 5: Animation & Others
    Chair: Yasunari Obuchi (Tokyo University of Technology, Japan)

    • S5-1(S) The Recombination of Gesture Nodes Enables Higher Accuracy in Small Data Sets
      NYuan Feng, Ning Xie, Yuxin Gu, Shixiao Fan and Chun Yang

    • S5-2(S) Development and Application of VR Support System for Medical Students
      Mingwei Cai, Reika Sato, Kenji Yoshida and Kenta Takayasu

    • S5-3(S) A Study of e-books for Infants to Learning
      Gao Yuankai, Tezuka Masatoshi, Youhei Seta, Meeko Kuwahara and Kazuya Ueki

    • S5-4(F) Granular Material Display: Information Presentation System using Two Layers of Granular Material and Speakers
      Satoshi Nakanishi, Shumpei Akahoshi and Mitsunori Matsushita


    Session 6: Computer GraphicsII
    Chair: Meili Wang (Northwest A&F University, China)

    • S6-1(F) Registration of Botanic Tree Point Cloud Based on Pseudo Feature Point
      Nan Geng, Xu Jiang, Xuemei Feng, Shaojun Hu, Long Yang and Zhiyi Zhang

    • S6-2(S) Shape Representation of Fractal Dimension on Point Cloud
      Zhiyi Zhang, Ni Liu, Xuemei Feng, Di Wang, Long Yang and Zepeng Wang

    • S6-3(S) Study on Spray Cloud Behavior depending on Waterfall Height
      Nobuhiko Mukai, Yuka Sunaoshi and Youngha Chang


    ※ (F): Full paper 20 mins, (S): Short paper 15 mins


    Poster Session
    Chair: Akio Kimura (Iwate University, Japan)

    • P01 Adding New Classes in Semantic Segmentation
      Kazuya Ueki

    • P02 Research on Algorithm of Sugarcane Nodes Identification Based on Machine Vision
      Deqiang Zhou, Yunlei Fan, Ganran Deng, Fengguang He and Meili Wang

    • P03 Verification of Paired Image-to-Image Translation using Cycle-Consistent Adversarial Networks
      Wanaka Sato, Ayumu Shinya, Ruck Thawonmas and Tomohiro Harada

    • P04 A Visual Analysis of Gameplay in a Fighting Game
      Ryota Ishii, Suguru Ito, Tomohiro Harada and Ruck Thawonmas

    • P05 Improving Rolling Horizon Evolutionary Algorithm in a Fighting Game
      Hayato Noguchi, Ryota Ishii, Ruck Thawonmas and Tomohiro Harada

    • P06 Verification of Applying Curiosity-Driven to Fighting Game AI
      Hideyasu Inoue, Yoshina Takano, Ruck Thawonmas and Tomohiro Harada

    • P07 Self-Play for Training General Fighting Game AI
      Yoshina Takano, Hideyasu Inoue, Ruck Thawonmas and Tomohiro Harada

    • P08 A Proposal of Interactive Projection Mapping by Touching Rays Visualized by Smoke
      Nao Kotani and Shinji Mizuno

    • P09 Expanding the characteristics of shadows by combining optical materials
      Rika Sumitomo and Mitsunori Matsushita

    • P10 A Method of Feature Lines Generation of Cultural Relics Based on Point Clouds
      Zepeng Wang, Yiyuan Zu, Yixin Shen, Xianmiao Wang, Xi Yang and Zhiyi Zhang


    Honorary Chair

  • Dongjian He (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Steering Committee

  • Issei Fujishiro (Keio University, Japan)
  • Takayuki Itoh (Ochanomizu University, Japan)
  • Shinji Mizuno (Aichi Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Hiroaki Sawano (Aichi Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Kiyoshi Kiyokawa (NAIST, Japan)
  • Xiaoyang Mao (University of Yamanashi, Japan)
  • Conference Chairs

  • Kouichi Konno (Iwate University, Japan)
  • Program Chairs

  • Takayuki Itoh (Ochanomizu University, Japan)
  • Hiroki Takahashi (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan)
  • Zhiyi Zhang (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Publicity Chair

  • Yuki Morimoto (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Zepeng Wang (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Local Organizing Committee

  • Zhiyi Zhang (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Shaojun Hu (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Meili Wang (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Long Yang (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Zepeng Wang (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Mengbo You (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Kouichi Konno (Iwate University, Japan)
  • International Program Committee

  • Takuya Akashi (Iwate University, Japan)
  • Enkhbayar Altantsetseg (National University of Mongolia, Mongolia)
  • Toshitaka Amaoka (Meisei University, Japan)
  • Thomas Auzinger (Institute of Science and Technology, Austria)
  • Yosuke Bando (Toshiba, Japan)
  • Jian Chang (Bournemouth University, UK)
  • Youngha Chang (Tokyo City University, Japan)
  • Jun Chen (Ningbo University of Technology, China)
  • Issei Fujishiro (Keio University, Japan)
  • Paul Guerrero (University College London, UK)
  • Masaki Hayashi (Uppsala University, Japan)
  • Shaojun Hu (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Yuki Igarashi (Meiji University, Japan)
  • Masataka Imura (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)
  • Yoshihiro Kanamori (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
  • Kiyoshi Kiyokawa (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Kouichi Konno (Iwate University, Japan)
  • Hiroyuki Kubo (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Zhanli Li (Xi'an University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Youquan Liu (Chang'an University, China)
  • Xiaoyang Mao (University of Yamanashi, Japan)
  • Akihiro Matsuura (Tokyo Denki University, Japan)
  • katsutsugu Matsuyama (Iwate University, Japan)
  • Kazunori Miyata (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Shinya Miyazaki (Chukyo University, Japan)
  • Shigeo Morishima (Waseda University, Japan)
  • Tomohiko Mukai (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan)
  • Makoto Okabe (Shizuoka University, Japan)
  • Jorg Peters (University of Florida, USA)
  • Shengfeng Qin (Northumbria University, UK)
  • Kaisei Sakurai (Dwango Co., Ltd.)
  • Tsutomu Terada (Kobe University, Japan)
  • Masahiro Toyoura (University of Yamanashi, Japan)
  • Reiji Tsuruno (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Meili Wang (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Zhenhua Wang (Zhejiang University of Technology, China)
  • Taichi Watanabe (Tokyo University of Technology, Japan)
  • Xiaosong Yang (Bournemouth University, UK)
  • Long Yang (Northwest A&F University, China)
  • Xi Zhao (Xi'an Jiaotong University, China)
  • Yan Zhao (Jiangsu University, China)
  • Venue

    NICOGRAPH International 2019 will take place in Northwest A&F University in the high-tech city of Yangling.

    Northwest A&F University is a key national comprehensive university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education. As one of the leading universities in China, NWAFU is supported by Ministry of Education's "Project 985" and “Project 211”. The University is located in Yangling, Shaanxi Province, the birthplace of Chinese Agricultural civilization and today’s the National Agriculture High-tech Industrial Demonstration zone.

    The University originated from National Northwest Junior College of Agriculture and Forestry which was founded in 1934, and other research and educational institutes that were later founded in Yangling. In September 1999, approved by the State Council, seven teaching and scientific research institutions, namely Northwest Agricultural University, Northwest Forestry College, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Northwest Institute of Water Resources Science, Shaanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shaanxi Provincial Academy of Forestry, and Northwest Institute of Botany merged and became today’s Northwest A&F University.

    The past eighty years since the university’s establishment has witnessed generations of its faculty and students adhering to the educational philosophy of “managing state fundamentals, solving civilian livelihood, and respecting scientific research” and practicing the University motto of “Sincerity, Simplicity, Bravery and Perseverance ”. We give prime concern to our nation and people; we inherit Hou Ji’s resolution from the ancient time and practice “Farming Teaching” in modern way; we persist in close integration of production-learning-research, and have made significant contributions to China’s agricultural modernization and scientific research.

    NWAFU is the only education institution in China that is completely equipped with disciplines of agriculture, forestry, and water science. Currently there are all together 23 colleges (departments, institutes) and Graduate School, covering disciplines of agriculture, science, engineering, economics, business, liberal arts, law, philosophy, history, medicine, education, arts, etc.. The recruitment of undergraduate students has been initiated in 1934 and post-graduate students in 1941. During the past eight decades, more than 130,000 professional talents have stepped out of campus to work home and abroad, among whom 15 have become academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering; they have made outstanding contributions to Northwest area and whole China in world agriculture modernization and rural economic social development.

    NWAFU always aims at frontier development of high technology. In accordance with national and regional strategic demands, NWAFU has conducted applied researches in areas of Animal and Plant Breeding, Plant Protection, Agricultural Biology Technology, Agriculture and Irrigation Technology in Dry Areas, and Comprehensive Treatment to Water and Soil Loss in China’s Loess Plateau have developed distinguished features and priorities. NWAFU has acquired more than 5000 accumulated scientific achievements in various areas, among which over 1800 achievements are awarded. Outstanding research accomplishments include“Bima-1”, the most widely planted wheat variety in China, and “Xiaoyan-6”, the leading replacement variety. The university researchers also developed the apple variety “Qinguan”, the most commonly planted apple variety in China. The direct economic benefit of promoting these achievements values over 200 billion RMB.

    With “Issues of agriculture, farmer and rural area” as its development theme, NWAFU has always stuck to the practice of close integration of production-learning-research, and has developed from agriculture-oriented to agriculture-oriented-multidisciplinary-coordinated national key university. At present, guided by the new plan and strategy of NWAFU, all faculty and students are working together and striving to realize the goal of “highlighting close integration of production-learning-research, and constructing the world first-level agricultural university.

    See more at: .

    Campus Map (Northwest A&F University)

    Hotel Information

    Name: Northwest A&F University Foreign Expert Apartment
    Address: Yangling District, Xianyang, China
    Phone: +86-029-87082888
    Detail Information by
    Hotel Reservation Form
    Participants who want to book Northwest A&F University Foreign Expert Apartment, please fill this form before June 20th, 2019 and you will get a discounted price.


    a) Taxi: Airport -> Hotel (1 hours)

    b) Bus: Airport -> Yangling Station -> Hotel (2.5 hours)

    Bus schedule:09:20 10:30 11:30 12:30 14:00 15:30 17:00 19:00
    Price:35.00 RMB
    Tel: 029 - 88796015

    Transportation from airports


    c) Hotel: Northwest A&F University Foreign Expert Apartment

    Route: Yangling Station -> Hotel





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