ACM ICMI 2014: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MULTIMODAL INTERACTION -
CALL FOR MULTIMODAL GRAND CHALLENGES
2014 ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI
2014) November 12th-16th, 2014 Istanbul, Turkey
CALL FOR 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, and computational
linguistics 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. Multimodal Grand Challenges are driven by
ideas that are bold, innovative, and inclusive. They should inspire
new ideas in the ICMI community and create momentum for future
collaborative work. Analysis, synthesis, and interactive tasks are all
We are seeking organizers to propose and run Grand Challenge events.
Both academic and corporate organizers are welcome. We are looking for
three types of challenges:
* 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. Participants in the Challenge will evaluate
their methods against the challenge data in order to identify areas of
strengths and weakness.
* User case challenge: This challenge will provide an interactive
problem/system (e.g. dialog-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.
* Concept challenge: This challenge proposes new ideas (e.g. involving
new sensors) that, while not fully tested now, could lead to
breakthroughs if our community decided to tackle them together or
Prospective organizers should submit a five-page maximum proposal
containing the following information:
* Abstract appropriate for possible Web promotion of the Challenge
* Detailed description of the challenge and its relevance to
* Plan for soliciting participation
* Proposed schedule for releasing datasets and receiving submissions.
* Short bio of the organizers
* Funding source (if any) that supports or could support the challenge
* Preference (if any) for special session or workshop format.
Proposals will be evaluated based on originality, ambition,
feasibility, and implementation plan. The ICMI organizers will offer
support with basic logistics.
IMPORTANT DATES AND CONTACT DETAILS:
Proposals should be emailed to any of the ICMI 2014 Multimodal Grand
Challenge Chairs, Dr. Dirk Heylen (d.k.j.heylen_at_utwente.nl) or Dr.
Hatice Gunes (hatice_at_eecs.qmul.ac.uk) .
Prospective organizers are also encouraged to contact them in case of
questions. Continuation of or variants on the 2013 challenges are
welcome. We will evaluate proposals on a rolling basis. Proposals can
be submitted as soon as possible, no later than February 5, 2014.
Notifications will be sent on February 21, 2014.
Dr. Albert Ali Salah
Bogazici University, Computer Engineering Dept.
34342 Bebek - Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 359 (7774)
Bogazici University, Cognitive Science MA Program
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