Call for Multimedia Grand Challenge Solutions


The Multimedia Grand Challenge presents a set of problems and issues from industry leaders, geared to engage the Multimedia research community in solving relevant, interesting and challenging questions about the industry’s 3-5 year vision for multimedia.
The Multimedia Grand Challenge was first presented as part of ACM Multimedia 2009 and has established itself as a prestigious competition in the multimedia community. This year’s conference will continue the tradition with by repeating previous challenges, and by introducing brand new challenges.


Submissions should:

  • Significantly address one of the challenges posted on the web site.
  • Depict working, presentable systems or demos, using the grand challenge dataset where provided.
  • Describe why the system presents a novel and interesting solution.

Submission Guidelines

The submissions (max 4 pages) should be formatted according to ACM Multimedia formatting guidelines. The submissions should be formatted according to ACM Multimedia formatting guidelines. Multimedia Grand Challenge reviewing is Double-blind so authors shouldn’t reveal their identity in the paper. The finalists will be selected by a committee consisting of academia and industry representatives, based on novelty, presentation, scientific interest of the approache and, for the evaluation-based  challenges, on the performance against the task.

Finalist submissions will be published in the conference proceedings, and will be presented in a special event during the ACM Multimedia 2013 conference in Barcelona, Spain. At the conference, finalists will be requested to introduce their solutions, give a quick demo, and take questions from the judges and the audience.
Winners will be selected for Multimedia Grand Challenge awards based on their presentation.
An additional prize (sponsored by Technicolor) will be awarded to the most innovative multimodal  solution.

Submission System

The Multimedia Grand Challenge submission system (easyChair) is:

Important Dates

Challenges Announced: February 25, 2013
Paper Submission Deadline: July 1, 2013 (23:59 UTC-11)
Notification of Acceptance: July 29, 2013
Camera-Ready Submission Deadline (updated): August 7, 2013


For any questions regarding the Grand Challenges please email the Multimedia Grand Challenge Solutions Chairs:

Neil O’Hare (Yahoo!, Spain) nohare -at-
Yiannis Kompatsiaris (CERTH, Greece) ikom -at-

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