Call for Multimedia Grand Challenge Solutions

Call For Multimedia Grand Challenge Solutions – PDF


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. ACM Multimedia 2015 will continue the tradition by repeating previous challenges and by introducing a new challenge. Industry leaders organize challenges which are meant to engage the Multimedia research community in solving relevant, interesting and challenging questions about the industry’s 3-5 year vision for important multimedia problems. The challenges provide a direct answer to the question of “What multimedia problems are important to society and industry?”


IBM – New York City 360°

Full challenge description at

This challenge calls for new solutions of thoroughly exploring New York City from social media. The participants are encouraged to explore images and videos in social media that capture life in NYC.

Microsoft – MSR-Bing Image Retrieval Challenge

Full challenge description at

Want to see how massive search engine click data bridges the semantic and intent gap in image search and understanding? Come to join this challenge. We now have two tasks: image retrieval and visual recognition.

Yahoo – Yahoo-flickr Event Summarization Challenge

Full challenge description at

The objective of the Yahoo-Flickr Grand Challenge is to automatically uncover structure within a collection of 100 million photos/videos in the form of detecting and identifying events, and summarizing them succinctly for consumer consumption.

The updated (May 1, 2015) version announces the preselected events and timestamps.

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.

Important dates

  • Submission Deadline: 6 July 2015
  • Notification of Acceptance: 27 July 2015
  • Camera-ready Submission Deadline: 10 August 2015

Important note for the authors: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Submission Guidelines

The submissions (max 4 pages) 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 approaches, and for the evaluation-based challenges, on the performance against the task.

Accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings, and will be presented in a special event during the ACM Multimedia 2015 conference. 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.

Challenge Solutions to be submitted to


For any questions regarding the Grand Challenges & to submit proposals please email the Grand Challenge Chairs at

  • Dr Michael Lew (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
  • Dr Jie Yang (National Science Foundation, USA)