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Competition Track of the 15th IEEE International Conference on Automatic 
Face and gesture recognition

May 18-22, 2020; Buenos Aires, Argentina


We invite proposals for the 2020 IEEE International Conference on 
Automatic Face and gesture recognition (FG 2020) competition track to be 
held in Buenos Aires,Argentina. After the success of the past years, a 
new edition of the competition track will be held at FG 2020. We solicit 
competition proposals on any topic of interest to the FG community. We 
especially encourage competition proposals from emerging new fields or 
new application domains related to FG. Interdisciplinary topics that 
will attract a significant cross-section of the community are especially 
highly encouraged.

There will be two types of competitions:

     Standard data science competitions, where participants will compete 
to obtain the best score on a machine learning task of interest to the 
FG  community based on a problem and data defined and released by the 
organizers of the competition.

     Live competitions, which will be held in a “science-fair” manner at 
FG 2020. Participants will present live demos at FG 2020 which apply 
methodology to an application domain defined by the organizers of the 
live competition.

There will be a competition track at FG 2020, co-located with the 
conference workshops, where competition results will be presented and 
discussed. Competition organizers will be asked to propose a tentative 
schedule for presentation of the competition and its results during an 
assigned time slot; FG will provide coffee breaks and, if necessary, 
poster facilities. Competition organizers and participants may be 
invited to contribute a book chapter the upcoming FG 2020 Competition 
Volume of the Springer Series on Challenges in Machine Learning (pending 


Reviewing and selection process


A competition program committee will be formed, consisting of experts on 
the scope of the conference and on challenge organization. Each proposal 
will be reviewed by at least three members of the committee. The factors 
that will be considered when evaluating proposals include:

     Task chosen: Impact, originality, relevance to the FG community 
will all be considered. Tasks that include humanitarian and/or positive 
societal impact are especially highly encouraged this year, although 
other topics relevant to the FG community will also be considered. If 
humanitarian projects are submitted, the involvement of the community in 
question is strongly desired, and “parachute science” is strongly 

     Protocol of competition: Feasibility of the task chosen, soundness 
of the evaluation criteria, and clarity and fairness of the competition 
rules will all be considered.

     Logistics: Schedule, plan for attracting competition participants, 
and experience and diversity of the organizers will all be considered. 
The specific plan for attracting participants of groups 
under-represented at FG  will be considered.


Proposal preparation and submission


Standard data science and live competition proposals must both be 
submitted via CMT at:

Please carefully follow the provided Latex template when preparing 


Important dates


     Competition proposal submission deadline: September 15, 2019 (extended)

     Acceptance notification: September 30, 2019

     Competition track: May, 2020


Additional comments


     Competition organizers should propose a timeline for running the 
competition to ensure that participants have enough time to contribute a 
high-quality entries. It is recommended that competitions be completed 
by the end of February, 2020 at the absolute latest.

     Competition organizers that require help or suggestions regarding 
competition platforms for running the competition can contact the 
competition chair for advice.


Previous competitions


     2019 accepted competitions:

     2018 accepted competitions:


Competition chairs


Hugo Jair Escalante, INAOE, CINVESTAV, Mexico, ChaLearn, USA 
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Isabelle Guyon, Université Paris-Saclay (UPSud/INRIA), France, ChaLearn, USA

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