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Wei Zhang <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 24 Mar 2023 22:03:55 -0400
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Call for Participation: the 2nd Conversational Head Generation Challenge @ ACM Multimedia 2023

We are pleased to invite multimedia researchers to participate the 2nd "Conversational Head Generation Challenge," co-located with ACM Multimedia 2023.

About the Challenge: 
Conversational head generation highlights both the talking and listening roles generation in an interactive face-to-face conversation. Generating vivid talking head video and proper responsive listening behavior are both essential for digital humans during face-to-face human-computer interaction. More details can be found via: https://vico.solutions/challenge/2023

This distinctive challenge is based on the newly extended ViCo dataset (https://vico.solutions/vico), composed with conversation videos between real humans. Our aim is to bring face-to-face interactive head video generation into a visual competition through this challenge. This year, two tracks will be hosted: 
- Talking head video generation (audio-driven speaker video generation) conditioned on the identity and audio signals of the speaker.
- Responsive Listening Head Video Generation (video-driven listener video generation) conditioned on the identity of the listener and with real-time responses to the speaker's behaviors.

As a starting point for the participates, we also provide an open-source baseline method (https://github.com/dc3ea9f/vico_challenge_baseline) that includes audio/video-driven head generation, rendering, and scripts for 13 evaluation metrics.

Important Dates:
- Dataset available for download (training set): March 27th.
- Challenge launch date: April 3rd.
- Paper submissions deadline: July 14th.
- Top submissions will have the opportunity to present their work at the workshop during ACM Multimedia 2023. We encourage all participating teams to submit a paper (up to 4 pages + up to 2 extra pages for references only) briefly describing their solution.

Find out more about the challenge:
- Challenge mainpage (including challenge registration, online evaluation results): https://vico.solutions/challenge/2023
- Challenge page at ACM MM 2023: https://www.acmmm2023.org/grand-challenges-2/

We believe this challenge would greatly benefit from your knowledge and expertise. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or require further information.

Contact: Yalong Bai, Mohan Zhou, Wei Zhang
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The organizing team
March 2023

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