Call for Grand Challenge Problem Proposals

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The Multimedia Grand Challenge was first presented as part of ACM Multimedia 2009 and has established itself as a prestigious competition in the multimedia community.  The purpose of the Multimedia Grand Challenge is to engage with the multimedia research community by establishing well-defined and objectively judged challenge problems intended to exercise state-of-the-art techniques and methods and inspire future research directions.

Industry leaders and academic institutions are invited to submit proposals for specific Multimedia Grand Challenges to be included in this year’s program.

A Grand Challenge proposal should include:

  • A brief description motivating why the challenge problem is important and relevant for the multimedia research community, industry, and/or society today and going forward for the next 3-5 years.
  • A description of a specific set of tasks or goals to be accomplished by challenge problem submissions.
  • Links to relevant datasets to be used for experimentation, training, and evaluation as necessary. Full appropriate documentation on any datasets should be provided or made accessible.
  • A description of rigorously defined objective criteria and/or procedures for how submissions will be judged.
  • Contact information of at least two organizers who will be responsible for accepting and judging submissions as described in the proposal.

Grand Challenge proposals will be considered until March 1st and will be evaluated on an on-going basis as they are received. Grand Challenge proposals that are accepted to be part of the ACM Multimedia 2017 program will be posted on the conference website and included in subsequent calls for participation. All material, datasets, and procedures for a Grand Challenge problem should be ready for dissemination no later than March 14th.

While each Grand Challenge is allowed to define an independent timeline for solution evaluation and may allow iterative resubmission and possible feedback (e.g., a publicly posted leaderboard), challenge submissions must be complete and a paper describing the solution and results should be submitted to the conference program committee by July 14, 2017.

Grand Challenge proposals should be sent via email to the Grand Challenge chair, Ketan Mayer-Patel.

Those interested in submitting a Grand Challenge proposal are encouraged to review the problem descriptions from ACM Multimedia 2016 as examples. These are available here:

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