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The 5-MICC contest is open for submissions from IEEE SPS members, including undergraduate and graduate students of all majors, as well as researchers from all over the world. Each team must be composed of: (i) One faculty member (the Supervisor); (ii) At most one graduate student (the Tutor), and; (iii) At least three but no more than five undergraduates. At least three undergraduate team members must be either IEEE SPS student members or SPS members by the time they submit the full 5-minute video. The 5-MICC is held at IEEE ICASSP.
Organizer: Dr. Paolo Bestagini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
The Signal Processing Society is pleased to announce the 5-Minute Video Clip Contest (5-MICC) at ICASSP 2021 in Toronto, Canada (6-11 June, 2021).
The topic chosen this year is Deepfake Video Detection. Deepfake techniques enable realistic AI-generated videos of people doing and saying fictional things. These videos can be used maliciously as a source of misinformation, harassment and persuasion, thus badly impacting on society. For this reason, development of robust methodologies to detect whether a video is pristine, or it has been manipulated through deepfake technologies is an urgent necessity.
The submitted videos can cover any aspect of the deepfake video detection problem. For example, videos may deal with the process of creating realistic deepfakes, from face detection and tracking, to face manipulation. Alternatively, videos can focus on forensic techniques developed to fight the spread of this kind of manipulated content.
Nonetheless, the contest will also accept “open topic” video submissions, regarding signal processing theories and applications, even if they are not directly related to the topic of deepfakes. The rationale for this is to engage the broad Signal Processing community to come up with creative ideas. Open topic submissions will compete together with submissions of the chosen yearly topic, evaluated by a judging panel with additional members reflecting the submitted open topic areas.
The contest is open for submissions from IEEE SPS members, including undergraduate and graduate students of all majors, as well as researchers from all over the world. Each team must be composed of: (i) One faculty member (the Supervisor); (ii) At most one graduate student (the Tutor), and; (iii) At least three but no more than five undergraduates. At least three undergraduate team members must be either IEEE SPS student members or SPS members by the time they submit the full 5-minute video (see below).
There will be three stages for the call:
1.) Submission of 30-Second Trailers:
Submission deadline: April 30, 2021.
Announcement of the best 10 teams: May 3, 2021.
Each submission should include a report, in the form of an IEEE conference paper, up to 2 pages, on the main idea / concept of the full video that will be submitted with the related written script. The selected best 10 teams will be identified and invited to send the final 5-minute video to participate in the final competition.
2.) Submission of the Full 5-Minute Video:
Submission deadline: May 21, 2021.
Announcement of the 3 best videos: May 25, 2021.
Voting period ends: June 8, 2021.
Three finalist teams will be selected by the judging panel and three student members per team will be invited to the ICASSP conference by offering travel grants in addition to complimentary conference registration . The three finalist videos will be ranked by the organizing committee.
3.) Final Contest at ICASSP 2021 in Toronto:
Conference dates: June 6-11, 2021
The three finalist teams’ 5-minute videos will be available on the ICASSP website at least one month before the conference and they will be voted by the conference participants until 2-days into the conference. The final ranking will be decided by the judging panel, also taking into account the popular vote. The winners and final team ranking will be announced during the conference. The finalist teams will also be invited to join the Conference Banquet, as well as the Job Fair, so that they can meet and talk to SPS leaders and global experts. Notification of Winner is announced during the ICASSP conference.
Grand Prize: US$5,000
First Runner-Up Prize: US$2,500
Second Runner-Up Prize: US$1,500