We are calling for teams to propose one or more ICMI Multimodal Grand Challenges.
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 possible.
Challenge papers will be indexed in the main proceedings of ICMI.
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:
- Abstract appropriate for possible Web promotion of the Challenge
- Distinctive topics to be addressed and specific goals
- Detailed description of the Challenge and its relevance to multimodal interaction
- Length (full day or half day)
- Plan for soliciting participation
- Description of how submissions (challenge’s submissions and papers) will be evaluated, and a list of proposed
- Proposed schedule for releasing datasets (if applicable) and/or systems (if applicable) and receiving
- Short biography of the organizers (preferably from multiple institutions)
- Funding source (if any) that supports or could support the challenge organization
- 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 previous 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
||January 27, 2021
||February 3, 2021
||August 17, 2021
|Grand challenge date
||October 18 or 22, 2021
Proposals should be emailed to both ICMI 2021 Multimodal Grand Challenge Chairs, Jean-Marc Odobez and Dirk Heylen via
firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective organizers are also
encouraged to contact the co-chairs if they have
any questions. Proposals are due by January 13, 2021. Notifications will be sent on February 3, 2021.