Grand Challenges

Description

With the significant growth of 3D sensing technologies point clouds have become a viable solution, since they provide practical ways for capture, storage, delivery and rendering in augmented reality, mixed reality, virtual reality, medical imaging and 3D printing applications, among others. There is a need for an interchange and delivery format allowing an efficient point cloud compression with minimal or no impact on their quality. This challenge solicits contributions for this purpose. Moreover, new evaluation methodologies are sought. Furthermore, additional publicly accessible point cloud content along with evidence for compression efficiency as well as other attractive features are also accepted.

Website

https://mmspg.epfl.ch/ICME2018GrandChallenge

Organizers

Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL
Antonio Pinheiro, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes and UBI
Anthony Vetro, Mistubishi Electric Research Labs

Description

This grand challenge is focused on heterogeneous face recognition, specifically on polarimetric thermal-to-visible matching. The motivation behind this challenge is the development of a nighttime face recognition capability for homeland security and defense. The challenge organizers will provide a polarimetric thermal and visible face database for algorithm development. Participants will be asked to provide heterogeneous face recognition algorithms in the form of executables, that take a pair of images (an aligned polarimetric thermal face image and an aligned visible face image) as input and provide a similarity score as output. Algorithms will be ranked by their face verification performance using ROCcurves.

Website

https://sites.google.com/view/hfr-challenge18/home

Organizers

Shuowen (Sean) Hu, US Army Research Laboratory
Nathan Short, Booz Allen Hamilton
Benjamin Riggan, US Army Research Laboratory
M. Saquib Sarfraz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Description

One of the most successful efforts to reduce the latency of HTTP streaming is to utilize the HTTP chunked transfer coding, which enables a video segment to be generated and transmitted concurrently. For more technical details, please read Twitter’s recent technical blog Introducing LHLS Media Streaming

However, compared with segment-based HTTP download, chunked transfer coding makes the bandwidth estimation a lot harder for any ABR playback algorithm. This Grand Challenge is to call for signal-processing/machine-learning algorithms that can effectively estimate download bandwidth based on the noisy samples of chunked-based download throughput.

Website

https://blog.twitch.tv/twitch-invites-you-to-take-on-the-icme-2018-grand-challenge-2b3824d3537b

Organizers

Yueshi Shen, Twitch.tv
Yuechuan Li, Twitch.tv
Mark Kalman, Twitter Inc.
Sebastiaan Van Leuven, Twitter Inc.

Description

Densely-sampled light field (DSLF) is a discrete representation of the 4D approximation of the plenoptic function, where multi-perspective camera views are arranged in such a way that the disparities between adjacent views are less than one pixel. DSLF is an attractive representation of scene visual content, particularly for applications which require ray interpolation and view synthesis. However, direct DSLF capture of real-world scenes is not practical. In this Grand Challenge, proponents are invited to develop and implement algorithms for DSLF reconstruction from decimated-parallax imagery, i.e. from a given sparse set of camera images.

Website

http://www.tut.fi/civit/index.php/icme-2018-grand-challenge-densely-sampled-light-field-reconstruction/

Organizers

Suren Vagharshakyan, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland
Olli Suominen, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland
Robert Bregovic, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland
Atanas Gotchev, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland

Description

The MPEG DASH standard provides an interoperable representation format but deliberately does not define the adaptation behavior for the client implementations. In a typical deployment, the encoding is optimized for the respective delivery channels, but various issues during streaming (e.g., high startup delay, stalls/re-buffering, high switching frequency, inefficient network utilization, unfairness to competing network traffic, etc.) may limit the viewer experience.

The goal of this grand challenge is to solicit contributions addressing end-to- end delivery aspects that will help improve the QoE while optimally using the network resources at an acceptable cost. Such aspects include, but are not limited to, content preparation for adaptive streaming, delivery in the Internet and streaming client implementations.

A special focus of 2018’s grand challenge will be related to immersive media applications and services including omnidirectional/360-degree videos.

Website

https://github.com/Dash-Industry-Forum/Academic-Track/wiki/DASH-Grand-Challenge-at-IEEE-ICME-2018

Organizers

Ali C. Begen (on behalf of DASH-IF), Ozyegin University and Networked Media
Christian Timmerer (on behalf of DASH-IF), Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and Bitmovin

Description

Recent VR/AR applications still face important challenges. Particularly, understanding how users watch and explore 360° content and modelling visual attention is a key tech to develop appropriate rendering, coding and streaming techniques to create a good experience for consumers.

Salient360! 2018 is the follow-up of ICME’17 Salient360! Grand challenge. The first edition set the baseline for several types of visual attention models for 360° images, and ad-hoc methodologies and ground-truth data to test each type of model. With this second edition, it is expected to:

  1. consolidate and improve the existing modeling.
  2. extend the type of models.
  3. extend the type of input contents.

Website

TBA

Organizers

Jesus Gutierrez, University Of Nantes, Nantes, France
Patrick Le Callet, University Of Nantes, Nantes, France

Important Dates

Grand Challenges Chair

Vasudev Bhaskaran, Qualcomm, USA
Lei Zhang, MSR, USA