Welcome of GSI'13 General Chair


   On behalf of both organizing and scientific committees, it is a great pleasure to welcome all delegates, representatives and participants from around the world to the first International SEE conference on “Geometric Science of Information”, GSI’13, hosted by Ecole des Mines de Paris, from 28th to 30th of August 2013.

   GSI’13 benefits from scientific sponsor of SMF (Société Mathématique de France: http://smf.emath.fr/), and financial sponsor by THALES (www.thalesgroup.com), INRIA (http://www.inria.fr/en/), GDR CNRS MIA (https://fadili.users.greyc.fr/mia/) and GDR CNRS Maths & Entreprises (http://www.maths-entreprises.fr/).  The conference is also organized in the frame of the relations set up between SEE (http://www.see.asso.fr/) and scientific institutions or academic labs: Ecole des Mines de Paris, Supelec, Université Paris-Sud, Institut Mathématique de Bordeaux, SONY Research.

    Let me express all my thanks to the Mathematical Department of Ecole des Mines de Paris for hosting this first scientific event at the interface between Geometry, Probability and Information Geometry.

    GSI’13 event has been motivated in the continuity of first initiatives launched by Leon Brillouin seminar (http://repmus.ircam.fr/brillouin/home) since 2009 on “Geometric Sciences of Information” by THALES, IRCAM and Ecole Polytechnique: among others, the French-Indian Workshop organized at Ecole Polytechnique and Thales Research & Technology in 2011 on “Matrix Information Geometry” with proceedings published by SPRINGER (http://www.springer.com/engineering/signals/book/978-3-642-30231-2) and GDR CNRS MIA Symposium at Institut Henri Poincaré on “Optimal Transport and Information Geometry” (https://www.ceremade.dauphine.fr/~peyre/mspc/mspc-thales-12).

   The technical program covers all the main topics and highlights in the domain of “Geometric Science of Information” including Information Geometry Manifolds of structured data/information and their advanced applications.  GSI’13 addresses inter-relations between different mathematical domains like shape spaces (geometric statistics on manifolds and Lie groups, deformations in shape space,…), probability/optimization & algorithms on manifolds (structured matrix manifold, structured data/Information, …), relational and discrete metric spaces (graph metrics, distance geometry, relational analysis,…), computational and hessian information geometry, algebraic/infinite dimensionnal/Banach information manifolds, divergence geometry, tensor-valued morphology, optimal transport theory, manifold & topology learning, … and applications like geometries of audio-processing, inverse problems and signal processing.

   Papers are presented in keynote and plenary oral sessions in the morning, parallel oral sessions in the afternoon, with one poster session the first day. 100 publications will be presented and testify the world wide interest for topics covered by GSI’13. Three international experts have been scheduled with a keynote presentation each day: Yann Ollivier on “Information-geometric optimization” (Université Paris-Sud, France), Hirohiko Shima on “Geometry of Hessian Structures” (Yamaguchi University, Japan) and Giovanni Pistone on “Nonparametric Information Geometry” (Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy).  Talk of Professor Shima will be dedicated to Professor Jean-Louis Koszul work on flat manifold and at the origin of the notion of Hessian structures. As guest speaker, we have the great honor to welcome Professor Shun-ichi Amari (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan) for a tutorial on “Information Geometry and Its Applications:  Survey”.

   I would like to acknowledge all the Organizing and Scientific Committee members for their hard work, in evaluating submissions. I also give my thanks to authors and co-authors, for their tremendous effort and scientific contribution.



SEE/SMF GSI’13 General Chair

President of SEE SI2D Club (Signal, Image, Information & Decision)

Senior Scientist & Advanced Studied Manager, Thales Land & Air Systems