Third ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC 2009)

30 August - 2 September, 2009     Como (Italy)

Important dates


The ICDSC 2009 agenda will include a session dedicated to the challenge program. The premise of the challenge program is to attract innovative solutions applied to the same multi-view video sequences, with an aim to encourage scientific discussion as well as comparative evaluation of the results obtained by different participants.

The 2009 challenge program consists of two tracks: Sports and Smart Homes. For each track, a dataset of video sequences from multiple cameras has been created and is made available to the authors. Interested authors will need to submit a full-length paper by the paper submission deadline, and designate their submission for being considered for the challenge program with the name of the challenge track specified as a footnote on the paper's title page. An award will be offered to the best paper in each track, as scored by an expert panel and rated based on objective evaluation metrics.

Challenge Tracks

A description of the scope and objectives within each track follows:

  1. Sports track:
    1. The dataset includes video sequences acquired by the European project APIDIS, and consists of seven loosely synchronized video streams, captured at 2-mega pixel resolution, with cameras distributed around a basketball field.
    2. Participation in this track is open to innovative problem formulation and resolution. However, some detection and tracking objectives are of particular interest, motivated by the ground truths and evaluation metrics provided with the dataset. Those objectives are:
      1. Tracking of the ball and/or players during the game.
      2. Detection and recognition of the digits printed on the shirts of the players.
    3. For the sequences in this track, some calibration information is provided with the dataset. It is up to the authors to decide whether to use the calibration data.
    4. The dataset for this track is available at the Sports web-page
  2. Smart Homes track:
    1. The dataset includes video sequences acquired by researchers from Philips Research and Stanford University, and contains routine in-home activities carried out by two different persons in a home environment. The videos are obtained by eight cameras with VGA resolution and include eight different activity captures for each person.
    2. Participation in this track is not limited to solving a pre-defined problem, and is open to innovative problem definition by the authors based on the available sequences. In other words, authors are encouraged to define a challenging problem based on one or more of the available multi-view sequences in the database, and offer an algorithmic solution to it, to be demonstrated graphically on the sequences, and substantiated by a submitted paper describing the mathematical and algorithmic foundation, as well as a performance evaluation analysis.
    3. For this dataset, authors should assume no camera calibration or geometry information is available with the sequences, and need to base their algorithms on the exclusive use of the dataset sequences. Still images of the background scenes for the cameras are available in the dataset.
    4. The dataset for this track is available at the Smart homes web-page

Paper Submission

The following conditions apply to all entries submitted to the challenge program:

Prospective authors can participate in one or both challenge tracks.

Submitted papers will be reviewed and the authors of accepted papers will be notified to submit their videos for evaluation. To submit a paper to the challenge program:

  1. Submit a full-length paper by the challenge paper submission deadline. The specific challenge track must be mentioned on the footnote of the paper's title page.
  2. After acceptance notification, submit supporting videos by the video submission deadline. The videos should contain the results of the reported methods on the related sequence from the challenge datasets. The address to upload the videos will be provided to the authors of accepted papers.
  3. Register for the conference as per the instructions for the main conference.

A panel of referees will score the accepted entries within each challenge track, and the authors of the best contribution will be introduced at the conference with recognition of their work and an award.

The challenge session in the conference program will consist of presentations by the authors of the accepted entries, which will include videos and performance analysis discussions. Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of ICDSC 2009.

Challenge schedule


Hamid Aghajan, Stanford University, USA
Christophe De Vleeschouwer, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium


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