[visionlist] Call for Grand Challenge - 24th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) - 2022

Shyam Rajagopalan rssundar at gmail.com
Fri Jan 28 05:15:43 -04 2022

Hi All,

[Apologies for multiple postings]

24th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction 2022
Bangalore, India, 7 - 11 Nov 2022

*Call for grand challenge*
Grand challenge proposals due January 31, 2022
Proposal notification of acceptance February 12, 2022
Grand challenge paper camera-ready August 17, 2022
Grand challenge date 7-11 November 2022

Teams are encouraged to submit proposals for one or more ICMI Multimodal
Grand Challenges.

The International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) is the
world’s leading platform for multidisciplinary research on multimodal
human-human and human-computer interaction, interfaces, and system
development. Identifying the best algorithms and their failure modes is
necessary for developing systems that can reliably interpret human-human
communication or respond to human input. The availability of datasets and
common goals has led to significant development in domains such as computer
vision, speech recognition, computational (para-) linguistics, and
physiological signal processing, for example. We invite the ICMI community
to define and address the scientific Grand Challenges in our field during
the next five years as a group. The goal of the ICMI Multimodal Grand
Challenges is to elicit fresh ideas from the ICMI community and to generate
momentum for future collaborative efforts. Tasks like analysis, synthesis,
and interaction are all feasible.

Papers submitted to the challenge will be indexed in the main proceedings
of the conference.

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. dialogue-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.

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. A detailed description of the Challenge and its relevance to
   multimodal interaction
   5. Length (full-day or half-day)
   6. Plan for soliciting participation and list of potential participants
   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. Datasets should be made
   available after the end of the challenge as well.
   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, and important dates

Proposals will be evaluated based on originality, ambition, feasibility,
and implementation plan. A challenge with the dataset(s) or system(s) that
has had pilot results to ensure its representatively 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. Grand challenge organizers are not eligible to participate in the
challenge that they are organizing.

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 31, 2022
Proposal notification February 12, 2022
Paper camera-ready August 17, 2022
Grand challenge date November 7 or 11, 2022

Proposals should be emailed to ICMI 2022 Multimodal Grand Challenge Chairs
Dr. Subhramanyam Murala and Dr. Shyam Rajagopalan (
icmi2022-challenge-chairs at acm.org). Prospective organizers are also
encouraged to contact the co-chairs if they have any questions. Proposals
are due by Jan 31, 2022. Notifications will be sent on February 12, 2022.

On behalf of the organizing committee

Shyam Rajagopalan
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