Grand Challenge Proposals

IEEE ICME 2023 is inviting proposals for its Grand Challenge (GC) program. Please see the following guidelines for this year’s grand challenge submission:

  1. GC organizers cannot participate as competitors in the GC they are organizing.
  2. GC organizers should provide a dataset that is open for competition, in particular: i) a training set with ground truth that is available to all participants, and ii) a testing set that is also available to participants, but whose ground truth is hidden. GC organizers are responsible for evaluating all submitted models using the testing set (plus, optionally, a second testing set that is hidden to the participants).
  3. GC organizers should coordinate reviews of GC papers that describe their submitted models. Submitted GC papers can optionally have a missing results section, which will be completed after GC organizers have completed their evaluations. GC papers have the same camera-ready deadline as regular papers, but a much tighter review cycle. GC paper submission deadline should coincide with the model submission deadline for GCs. Similarly, GC paper acceptance announcements should coincide with the model evaluation results announcement. See below listed dates for details. This gives participants the maximal amount of time to prepare their models for submission to GC organizers for evaluation.
  4. GC organizers should organize accepted GC papers into their own 2-hour GC session in the ICME’23 program, which should include GC paper presentations (oral or poster), followed by a panel or open discussion. Winners of competitions should be announced during the GC sessions.
  5. Based on the quality of the accepted GC papers, GC organizers can subsequently submit a proposal for inclusion in a special section of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia via expedited reviews. Further, GC organizers can submit renewal of successfully coordinated GC for the following ICME rendition.


Grand Challenge Proposals should follow the requirements below:

  1. Host organisation
  2. Coordinator contacts
  3. Challenge title
  4. Challenge description (maximum 500 words) and website for further details
  5. Dataset/APIs/Library URL
  6. Evaluation criteria (maximum 500 words)
  7. Deadline submission
  8. Submission guideline
  9. Additional information


Please submit the proposals in PDF format to the relevant Grand Challenge chairs

Important Dates

Grand Challenges proposal submission deadline 15-Dec-22, All submissions are due 11:59PM Pacific time.

Grand Challenge Chairs

Ning Xu

Adeia Inc., USA

Lingfen Sun

Plymouth University, UK

Vlad Zakharchenko


Jiaying Liu

Peking University, China

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