About the school

Microsoft Сomputer Vision School (MCVS) will take place in Moscow, Russia, on July 28 – August 3, 2011. The school is sponsored by Microsoft Research and organized in cooperation with Lomonosov Moscow State University. The school follows highly successful MIDAS 2010 and HPC school held in 2009. In 2011 Microsoft Computer Vision School will be preceded by Summer School in Software Engineering and Verification.


  • To offer students a unique opportunity to learn about fundamental and state of the art results on Computer Vision from top scientists in the area.
  • To provide a stimulating environment for students to meet and establish ties with each other and school lecturers.


  • (20/03/2012) Video footage of most of the lectures was finally uploaded to website! Links to pages with slides and videolectures are available on Courses and Schedule pages.
  • (10/08/2011) Practical task results are now available.
  • (5/08/2011) Photos are available.
  • (5/08/2011) Courses slides are available for download and online viewing on courses webpages.
  • (25/07/2011) School guide published.
  • (25/07/2011) Assignment test data published.
  • (14/07/2011) School booklet published.
  • (17/06/2011) Practical task is available online.
  • (2/06/2011) The submission is now over! Competition was particularly stiff this year. The number of registrations at the school website exceeded 500 and the overall acceptance rate was less than 20%. Many of the applications were very strong and the decision was particularly difficult. 82 students have been selected for participation in the school, representing 32 cities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and 48 academic institutions and companies. Some statistical data available in Newsletter.
  • (9/03/2011) Submission is now open
  • Site launched.


  • Andrew Blake (Microsoft Research, UK)
    An overview of current vision research at MSR Cambridge
  • Victor Eruhimov (ITSeez.com and Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia)
    OpenCV and High-Performance Vision on GPU
  • Andrew Fitzgibbon (Microsoft Research, UK)
    Topics in 3D Vision and Continuous Optimization for Computer Vision
  • Сhristoph Lampert (Institute of Science and Technology, Austria)
    Max-margin methods in Computer Vision
  • Ivan Laptev (INRIA and École normale supérieure Paris, France)
    Action Recognition
  • Vincent Lepetit (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
    Real-time computer vision
  • Carsten Rother (Microsoft Research, UK)
    Discrete Models: Optimization and Applications
  • Andrew Zisserman (University of Oxford, UK)
    Visual search and recognition

Additional Lectures

School Director


Advanced undergraduates, PhD students and young scientists and developers interested in computer vision and image analysis are encouraged to apply. The school is primarily aimed at Russian residents, but students residing abroad who do not need a visa to enter Russia may apply (see FAQ). English is the working language of the school, but some presentations will be in Russian so the students should be fluent in both languages. Minimal necessary background includes an introductory algorithms class and basic programming skills (in C++). Accepted students will pay no tuition, and the school will cover their accommodations on the MSU campus, meals, and social program. The students are expected to pay for their travel to Moscow and back. A limited number of partial or full travel grants may be provided.


The school will have lectures, practical sessions, poster presentations and a programming project.

When and How to Apply

Qualified candidates should complete their application by April 30, 2011. Application material (including supervisor's recommendation, short CV, as well as either scientific paper, term paper or other research paper) can be uploaded and updated any time until the application deadline.

For additional information, send an email to summerschool2011@graphicon.ru.