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Vitomir Struc <[log in to unmask]>
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IJCB 2020 CALL FOR COMPETITIONS

We invite competition proposals for the 2020 International Joint 
Conference on Biometrics (IJCB 2020) in Houston, Texas, USA. The main 
goal of the competitions is to benchmark state-of-the art algorithms, to 
consolidate research, identify open biometrics-related problems and most 
importantly to present novel insights based on a group benchmarking 
effort within a specific problem area of biometrics. We solicit 
competition proposals on any topic of interest to the broader biometric 
community and strongly encourage proposals focusing on new emerging 
fields and open research questions that are able to attract a 
significant number of participants. Competition organizers having a 
strong track record in the field are especially welcome.

The deadline for submitting competition proposals is May 8th, 2020. 
Decisions will be circulated by May 12th, 2020.

*** Competition Proposal Submission ***
Competition proposals should be sent to the IJCB 2020 competition 
co-chairs, Hien V. Nyugen ([log in to unmask]) and Anush Sankaran 
([log in to unmask]), with the email subject »IJCB 2020 
Competition Proposal: [title of your competition]«. The proposal should 
include the following information to facilitate the decision process:

• Title of the competition.
• Names, affiliations, contact information, and a brief CV of the 
competition organizers.
• A list of three most relevant publications related to the competition 
for each organizer.
• Justification:
     o Motivation for the competition, expected outcomes and anticipated 
impact,
     o Relevance to IJCB 2020,
     o Relationship to previous competitions, if any.
• Contribution
     o Description of the novelty of the competition,
     o Research questions to be investigated,
     o Expected contributions of the competition.
• Execution:
     o  Description of the dataset(s) used for the competition and the 
available annotations,
     o Details on the experimental protocol and result 
generation/submission procedure,
     o Information on the platform used (for data sharing, submission, 
verification of the results), if any,
     o Description of the evaluation criteria (performance metrics) and 
available baseline implementations/code (e.g., a starter kit).
• Organization:
     o Expected minimum number of external participants (separate from 
the organizers),
     o Plan for promoting the competition and attracting participants,
     o Description of the planned coordination activities,
     o A detailed timeline for the competition.
• Other relevant information.

The authors are encouraged to use the template, available at the IJCB 
2020 web page for their proposal: 
https://ieee-biometrics.org/ijcb2020/Program.html#cfc

*** Schedule ***
The competitions should preferably start in May or early June 2020 and 
be completed by the summary-paper submission deadline on August 15th, 
2020. Competition organizers will also be requested to prepare a web 
page for the competition, which will be linked from the conference web 
site. The website should be online before the start of the competition.

*** Proceedings and Presentation ***
Competition organizers will be invited to submit a summary paper 
discussing organization, datasets, and results by August 15th, 2020. The 
summary papers will be considered for inclusion in the IJCB 2020 
conference program and should follow the same formatting and 
presentation rules as regular papers. Unlike regular papers, competition 
papers will be reviewed by the IJCB program chairs. Organization of a 
competition in the scope of IJCB 2020 does not guarantee acceptance of 
the summary papers. The papers need to make a clear contribution either 
in terms of new insight, novel research questions addressed, novel 
research problems or novel algorithmic solutions. The presentation 
format (if accepted) will be determined based on the quality of the 
submission. Accepted summary papers will be included in the proceedings 
of IJCB 2020 and send for inclusion into IEEE Xplore.

*** Important Dates ***
Deadline for submitting proposals:      May 8th, 2020
Decisions to organizers:         May 12th, 2020
Submission of summary papers:       August 15th, 2020

For any additional information please contact the IJCB 2020 Competition 
Co-Chairs:
Hien V. Nyugen ([log in to unmask]) and
Anush Sankaran ([log in to unmask])

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