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The Marr Prize is awarded to the best paper(s) at ICCV. The prize commemorates David Courtnay Marr, a Cambridge (UK) theoretical neuroscientist with a background in mathematics who made profound contributions to the theory of both human and machine vision at the MIT AI Lab in the 1970's. Marr died of leukemia in 1980. His posthumous book Vision: A Computational Investigation into the Human Representation and Processing of Visual Information (1982) deeply influenced the field in the 1980's and 1990's, and its emphasis on the need for effective computational modeling of cognitive processes is increasingly relevant today.
The Marr Prize for the best papers at ICCV 2003 was awarded jointly to three papers :
In view of the number of prize winners, no further papers were selected for honorable mention.
The selection committee was chaired by the ICCV'01 General Chair David Lowe, and included Mike Brady, Bill Freeman, Katsu Ikeuchi, Jitendra Malik and Bill Triggs. Andrew Zisserman also took part in the initial stages, but dropped out when his own paper was shortlisted. Together, the members of the committee scanned all of the papers accepted for ICCV (43 orals and 156 posters), proposing among them 42 papers for further consideration. The process was independent of the ICCV selection process, but strongly confirmed the ICCV poster/oral decisions. The number of candidates was reduced to 16 and then to 8 by a two round voting process. Finally, all members of the committee read, reviewed and discussed the 8 remaining papers, and the three winners were selected by a final round of voting. There was a remarkable degree of consensus about the three papers chosen, and they were so closely ranked that we decided to award the prize jointly to all three.
The prize was sponsored by Microsoft Research, who awarded $1000 to each paper, and by Realviz S.A., who awarded each paper a copy of their professional Stitcher mosaic building software.
For the best paper prizes at other ICCV's and CVPR's, see this PAMI-TC page (local copy from June 2005).