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"Chi-Chun (Jeremy) Lee" <[log in to unmask]>
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*Call for ICMI2018 Multimodal Grand Challenges*

The International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) is the
premier international forum for multidisciplinary research on multimodal
human-human and human-computer interaction, interfaces, and system
development. Developing systems that can robustly understand human-human
communication or respond to human input requires identifying the best
algorithms and their failure modes. In fields such as computer vision,
speech recognition, computational (para-) linguistics and physiological
signal processing, for example, the availability of datasets and common
tasks have led to great progress. We invite the ICMI community to
collectively define and tackle the scientific Grand Challenges in our
domain for the next 5 years. ICMI Multimodal Grand Challenges aim to
inspire new ideas in the ICMI community and create momentum for future
collaborative work. Analysis, synthesis, and interactive tasks are all
possible. Challenge papers will be indexed in the proceedings of ICMI.

The grand challenge sessions are still to be confirmed. We invite
organizers from various fields related to multimodal interaction to propose
and run Grand Challenge events. We are looking for exciting and stimulating
challenges including but not limited to the following categories:

   - *Dataset-driven challenge. *This challenge will provide a dataset that
   is exemplary of the complexities of current and future multimodal problems,
   and one or more multimodal tasks whose performance can be objectively
   measured and compared in rigorous conditions. Participants in the Challenge
   will evaluate their methods against the challenge data in order to identify
   areas of strengths and weakness.

   - *Use-case challenge. *This challenge will provide an interactive
   problem system (e.g. dialog-based or non-verbal-based) and the associated
   resources, which can allow people to participate through the integration of
   specific modules or alternative full systems. Proposers should also
   establish systematic evaluation procedures.

   - *Health challenge. *This challenge will provide a dataset that is
   exemplary of a health related task, whose analysis, diagnosis, treatment or
   prevention can be aided by Multimodal Interactions. The challenge should
   focus on exploring the benefits of multimodal (audio, visual,
   physiological, etc) solutions for the stated task.

We are also soliciting proposals that align with the theme of the
conference which is machine learning for multimodal interactions.

Prospective organizers should submit a five-page maximum proposal
containing the following information:

   - Title
   - Abstract appropriate for possible Web promotion
   - Distinctive topics to be addressed and specific goals
   - Detailed description and relevance of the Challenge to multimodal
   - Length (full day or half day)
   - Plan for soliciting participation
   - Description of how submissions (challenge’s submissions and papers)
   will be evaluated, and a list of proposed reviewers
   - Proposed schedule for releasing datasets (if applicable) and/or
   systems (if applicable) and receiving submissions
   - Short biography of the organizers (preferably from multiple
   - Funding source (if any) that supports or could support the challenge
   - Draft call for papers; affiliations and email address of the
   organisers; summary of the Grand Challenge; list of potential Technical
   Program Committee members and their affiliations, important dates

Proposals will be evaluated based on originality, ambition, feasibility,
and implementation plan. A Challenge with dataset(s) or system(s) that has
had pilot results to ensure its representativity and suitability to the
proposed task will be given preference for acceptance; an additional 1 page
description must be attached in such case. Continuation of or variants on
the 2017 challenges are welcome, though we ask for submissions of this form
to highlight the number of participants that attended during the previous
year and describe what changes will be made from the previous year.

The ICMI organizers will offer support with basic logistics, which includes
rooms and equipment’s to run the Workshop, coffee breaks can be offered if
synchronised with the main conference.

*Important Dates and Contact Details*

Proposals should be emailed to both ICMI 2018 Multimodal Grand Challenge
Chairs, Dr. Nicholas Cummins and Dr. Fabien Ringeval via
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encouraged to contact the co-chairs if they have any questions. *Proposals
are due by January 14th, 2018. Notifications will be sent on February 1st,
Jeremy (李祈均)

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