Sixth Call for Challenge Proposals - Spring 2007
Deadline : May 4th, 2007
As in the previous calls, we are primarily interested in Challenges
relevant to Cognitive Systems in their diverse modalities (language,
voice, vision, haptics, brain signals, games, society formation,...).
- investigating new or old fields of application of Machine Learning
(program synthesis, control and robotics, art and preferences, ...) , or
- revisiting the fondamentals of ML (prior knowledge, feature
construction, clustering, validation...) or
- reconsidering algorithmic issues (randomized algorithms, distributed
algorithms and agregations)
are also welcome (non exhaustive list).
Besides the fact that the Pascal Challenges are greatly visible
and fun, they also provide the ML community with new and smart
A new perennial repository is being created to store all previous
challenge datasets; please think of sharing your datasets whenever possible...
Funds are meant to cover the preparation of the data if needed (circa
10,000 euros for the largest challenges) and the organizers
participation to the Challenge Wshop.
- Electronic submissions: May 4th, 2007
- Notification of acceptance: June 15th, 2006
Template for Submission
Authors of challenge proposals should address the following
- Title of the proposal
- Description of the challenge (including major applicative and/or fundamental questions addressed)
- Relevance to PASCAL
- Expected impact on machine learning research and field of interest
- Description/availability of the data
- Time and budget required to set up the datasets and resources
- Evaluation procedure
- Results already obtained (established baseline)
- Estimated number of interested teams to participate to the challenge
- Indication of proposed challenge duration and schedule including when data (if any) would become available, deadlines for submissions, and challenge workshop targeted.
Challenges will lead to the publication of the results/methods developed, through a book or a special issue in a journal, edited by the organizers.
The organizers will also foster the discussion about the main issues raised by the Challenge, summarizing the main lessons learned (see for instance the summary of the Uncertainty Challenge) or through the Pascal Wiki site.
Previous Pascal Challenges have touched upon many
aspects of cognitive systems, such as Vision, Language, Semantics, Prior knowledge,
Interactions, and we call for new submissions of
challenge proposals, on any topic:
- relevant to Cognitive Systems (common sense modelling, user modelling, games, music, robotics, ...)
- or, related to societal issues (health care, environment, development,...) or other Networks of Excellence,
- or, related to fundamental issues (non iid data, learning across datasets, self adaptive algorithms,...)
- and more generally, appropriate to innovative investigation, either
of a theoretical or applicative nature.