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Francesco Potortì <[log in to unmask]>
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Francesco Potortì <[log in to unmask]>
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    EvAAL-ETRI on-site and off-site Indoor Localization Competition

		     In conjunction with IPIN 2015
			 Banff, Alberta, Canada
			   13-16 October 2015


We are pleased to announce the EvAAL Indoor Localization Competition,
which is to be held during the IPIN 2015 Conference. The competition
aims at bringing together academic and industrial research communities
to work together on challenging open problems in indoor localization
based on mobile devices and sensors, with the purpose of evaluating
different approaches and envisioning new research opportunities.

Recent years have witnessed increasing interest in location-based
services and applications. In most cases, however, location information
is limited by the accessibility to Global Navigation Satellite Systems
(GNSS), which is largely unavailable in indoor environments.  While the
first commercial indoor positioning systems are starting to emerge, no
standards exist yet and the field is quickly evolving.

The competition will consist of two on-site and one off-site tracks,
results will be presented during a dedicated session during the IPIN
conference.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Data collected from competitors' systems during the on-site tracks at
the conference location will be published for the purpose of research
and comparison.

Track 1: Smartphone based positioning
Track 2: Foot-mounted pedestrian dead reckoning positioning
Track 3: Wi-Fi fingerprinting in large environments (off-site)

For Track 1 "Smartphone based positioning", the competitors can use any
sensor available on the smartphones used.

For Track 2 "Foot-mounted positioning", the candidates can use MEMS
sensors (inertial, compass and pressure sensors); electronic devices
such as tablet, notebook, etc. can be used for control and monitoring.

For Track 3 "Wi-Fi fingerprinting", the competitors will have access to
a large Wi-Fi fingerprint database, to which they will apply their
algorithms offline.

The competition will take place during the IPIN conference and the
on-ste tracks will be sponsored by ETRI, the Electronics and
Telecommunications Research Institute based in Korea.  For the on-site
tracks, competitors will be given the time to pre-test and setup their
solutions prior to the test day, during which the systems will be
measured in real-time.  For the off-site track, the ground truth will be
disclosed during the conference.

Evaluation criteria for the competition, restrictions on the accepted
technologies, technical rules to follow and a description of the
benchmarks are detailed in the technical annex of this call (to be
provided by mid-March).  Possible refinements of the annex, also based on
participating competitors' comments, will be timely distributed to all
participants. The annex will include information such as the site map,
the distribution of wireless communication devices and more.

A "competitor" can be any individual or group of individuals working as
a single team, associated to a single or a number of organizations.
Competitors apply for admission to the competition by providing a short
(2 to 4 pages) technical description of their system, including details
on algorithms and protocols.  The Program Committee will accept or
refuse the application in a short time, based on technical feasibility
and logistic constraints. In case of acceptance, competitors are invited
to submit a paper to the conference.  The paper will be subjected to
peer review: accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of
IPIN 2015.  Competitors may choose to not submit a paper, but in any
case they are required to make an oral presentation of their system
during a dedicated session at the IPIN conference.

Results from the competition and the raw data from the competitors'
systems will be published after the competition.  Application by guests,
who will have the opportunity to test their systems in the same way as
competitors, but whose results will not be disclosed, will be granted on
an individual base.  One full registration to the conference is required
from each competitor or guest system; registration covers the
presentation of a paper describing the system.

The winners of the competition will be announced during the conference.
ETRI will award a 2000$ prize to the best placed teams of tracks 1 and
2, together with a paid invitation to hold a talk at ETRI (KR).  The
winner of track 3 will receive a prize worth 500$.

We encourage submissions from both academia and industry (there are no
restrictions on the composition of competing teams) with the aim of
seeking innovative solutions based on mobile devices and sensors for
indoor applications. Please check the conference web site for more
information and regular updates on the progress of the competition.

Important Dates
Admission request: 10 June 2015
Notification of admission and invitation to submit a paper: shortly after request

Related links
Submission site: <>
Technical annex: soon to be published on <>

Organizing Committee

Competition chair: Francesco Potortì <[log in to unmask]>

Local chair: Kyle O'keefe (CA)

On-site software chair: Michele Girolami (CNR-ISTI, IT)

Off-site track chair: Joaquín Torres Sospedra (Universitat Castellón, ES)

TPC chair (on-site): Paolo Barsocchi (CNR-ISTI, IT)
TPC chair (off-site): Raúl Montoliu Colás (Universitat Castellón, ES)

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