*ICMI2020: Call for Multimodal Grand Challenges*


ICMI 2020: Call for Multimodal Grand Challenges


25-29 Oct 2020, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Dear all,

We are calling for teams to propose one or more ICMI Multimodal Grand

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

Challenge papers will be indexed in the main 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 weaknesses.
   - *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.
   - *Policy challenge**: *Legal, ethical, and privacy issues of Multimodal
   Interaction systems in the age of AI. The challenge could revolve around
   opinion papers, panels, discussions, etc.

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

   1. Title
   2. Abstract appropriate for possible Web promotion of the Challenge
   3. Distinctive topics to be addressed and specific goals
   4. Detailed description of the Challenge and its relevance to multimodal
   5. Length (full day or half day)
   6. Plan for soliciting participation
   7. Description of how submissions (challenge’s submissions and papers)
   will be evaluated, and a list of proposed reviewers
   8. Proposed schedule for releasing datasets (if applicable) and/or
   systems (if applicable) and receiving submissions
   9. Short biography of the organizers (preferably from multiple
   10. Funding source (if any) that supports or could support the challenge
   11. 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 2019 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 (if any) will be made from the previous year.

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

*Important Dates and Contact Details*

Proposals due

January 13, 2020

Proposal notification

February 3, 2020

Paper camera-ready

August 17, 2020

Proposals should be emailed to both ICMI 2020 Multimodal Grand Challenge
Chairs, Dr. Hayley Hung and Dr. Laura Cabrera-Quiros via
[log in to unmask] Prospective organizers are also encouraged
to contact the co-chairs if they have any questions. Proposals are due by
January 13, 2020. Notifications will be sent on February 3, 2020.



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