[visionlist] [CFP][WACV 2023] 2nd Workshop on Computer Vision for Winter Sports (CV4WS)

Matteo Dunnhofer matteo.dunnhofer at uniud.it
Tue Sep 6 10:15:48 -04 2022

*** Apologies for multiple posting ***

in conjunction with the
IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) 2023 (https://wacv2023.thecvf.com)




Winter sports such as skiing, bobsleigh, ice-skating, and ice hockey are popular winter activities. To improve human well-being and sociality, different winter sports federations want to promote such sports by increasing people's engagement in them. This is mostly obtained by the broadcasting of professional competitions. Indeed, the TV transmission of only alpine and nordic skiing competitions attracts around 6 billion viewers (source: International Ski Federation – FIS - 2019/2020 season reports) including many new potential practitioners.

Increased interest in the winter disciplines can be achieved by enhancing the viewing experience of the spectators through richer broadcasting content and higher athlete performance, and yet-to-come video technologies can drive these. The most common solutions available today to analyze athlete performance are based on sensors like IMUs or GNSS. Image and video analytics is not a predominant technology in the winter sports domain yet, even though a large amount of visual data is available through broadcast videos or can be generated at a cheap cost with standard cameras. We believe this gap is partly due to the challenging settings that snow and ice sports offer. Winter disciplines provide particular application scenarios where the performance is executed at high speed, on varying and unconstrained terrains, by controlling some kind of object, and under difficult weather conditions. These challenges must be then considered in relation to the real-time processing requirements of broadcasting or the decision-making processes performed during the training. We believe that the problems in these domains offer stimulating questions that would lead to relevant contributions to the computer vision field.

For these motivations, the goal of our workshop is twofold: on one hand to promote the employment of computer vision and AI solutions in the winter sports industry, by presenting the latest research solutions for winter sports-related problems; and at the same time, we would like to stimulate the interest of the computer vision and AI audience with new and interesting problems that could lead to the engagement of researchers and the development of new solutions. Hence, we invite researchers and engineers interested in these topics to join our workshop, submitting ongoing and recently published ideas, demos, and applications in support of increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of computer vision technologies in the winter sports domain.

Research papers are solicited in, but not limited to, the following topic areas:
- Machine learning solutions for video understanding or activity recognition regarding winter sports
- Pose estimation of athletes
- Evaluation and measurement of athlete performance
- Performance forecasting
- Detection/evaluation/prevention of injuries in winter sports with computer vision
- Crowd and spectators monitoring
- Augmented/virtual reality for winter sports and fan engagement
- Applications of computer vision/AI to winter sports (skiing, ice-hockey, ice-skating, biathlon, bobsleigh, luge, curling, etc.).
- Image/video understanding in winter/harsh weather conditions
- Camera pose estimation in broadcast videos
- Video-based trajectory reconstruction and analysis
- Winter scene reconstruction from images/videos
- Snow/ice measurements and analysis with computer vision
- Real-time processing algorithms
- Fusion of image/video data and other sensor data
- Datasets, benchmarks and annotations of winter sport data


There are two submission tracks: FULL PAPERS and EXTENDED ABSTRACTS.

FULL PAPER submissions should propose comprehensive and well-validated solutions, and adhere to the guidelines of standard WACV 2023 submissions (max 8 pages + references). Accepted full papers will be published under the WACV 2023 Workshops Proceedings and included in IEEE Xplore.

EXTENDED ABSTRACTS should be max 4 pages in length (including tables, figures and references) and can describe novel but not extensively validated ideas, on-going works, or be recaps of recently published papers (either journal or conference). The accepted abstracts will be published under an arXiv compendium.

All submissions should be compiled for double-blind review, adopt the standard WACV 2023 template (https://overleaf.com/latex/templates/wacv-2023-author-kit-template/sthdnkfzqvtf), and be submitted via the workshop's CMT platform:



Important dates for FULL PAPER submissions:
- October 12, 2022 23:59 PST: full paper submission due
- November 9, 2022: notification to authors of full paper submissions
- November 16, 2022 23:59 PST: camera-ready full papers due

Important dates for EXTENDED ABSTRACT submissions:
- November 16, 2022 23:59 PST: extended abstract submission due
- November 30, 2022: notification to authors of extended abstract submissions
- December 3, 2022 23:59 PST: camera-ready extended abstract due

Workshop date:
- January 3 or 7, 2023


Dr. Matteo Dunnhofer, University of Udine, Italy
Prof. Nicola Conci, University of Trento, Italy
Prof. Christian Micheloni, University of Udine, Italy

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