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IEEE Video and Image Processing Cup

The Video and Image Processing Cup (VIP Cup) competition encourages teams of students to work together to solve real-world problems using video and image processing methods and techniques. Three final teams are chosen to present their work during ICIP to compete for the US$5,000 grand prize!

The current Call for Proposals for the VIP Cup can be found on the SPS Call for Proposals page. Please note that your proposal must be endorsed by one of the TCs. For endorsement, you must submit your proposal for endorsement to the SPS Technical Committee (TC) that best fits your proposal by deadline. You can find the Society’s TCs located on the Technical Committees page on the SPS website.

The submission deadline for TCs to submit endorsed proposals is TBA for the 2025 VIP Cup.

Technical Committees interested in submitting a call for proposal for the upcoming VIP Cup competitions, please visit the Technical Committees page for more information.

SPS VIP Cup Competition Terms & Conditions

IMPORTANT:  All team members must fully read and agree to the terms in this SPS Student Competition Terms and Conditions document in order to be  eligible in any SPS Student Competition. By checking the agreement checkbox during team registration, all team members agree to all of the Terms & Conditions mentioned in this document:

>> Download a copy of the full SPS SP Cup and VIP Cup Competition Terms & Conditions

IMPORTANT: [Judges and Team Supervisors] The IEEE Conflict of Interest form must be completed before participating in the competition. Complete the Conflict of Interest form.

Each team participating should be composed of one faculty member or someone with a PhD degree employed by the university (the Supervisor), at most one graduate student (the Tutor), and at least three, but no more than ten undergraduate students. At least three of the undergraduate team members must hold student memberships of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Undergraduate students who are in the first two years of their college studies, as well as high school students who are capable of contributing are welcome to participate in a team. A participant cannot be on more than one team.

Team Composition

  • Each team MUST be composed of: (i) One faculty member (the Supervisor) and (ii) At least 3 but no more than 10 undergraduates; Optionally (iii) At most one graduate student (the Tutor).
    • At least three of the undergraduate team members must be SPS student members at time of team registration.
  • Further definitions of each team position are as follows:
    • Faculty (Supervisor): A faculty member or someone with a PhD degree employed by the university. Postdocs and research associates are not considered as faculty members.
    • Graduate Student (Tutor): A graduate student is a student having earned at least a 4-year University degree at the time of submission. Please note: Tutors are not eligible to receive travel grants or prize money.
    • Undergraduate: An undergraduate student is a student without a 4-year degree.
  • Team members cannot be changed after the team registration deadline.
  • At least one undergraduate team member must be in attendance (in-person) of the final round of the competition held at the respective conference (ICASSP or ICIP) to present the team’s work.*
  • Students receiving the travel grant and prize payments MUST be active SPS members at time of team formation. Signal Processing Society membership can be added here.

Team ineligibility (Further clarification)

Specific team ineligibility, in addition to the above. Any of these criteria will result in the team being disqualified/ineligible to continue in the competition:

  • Teams that are composed with 50% or more of its members being students who have previously participated on a finalist team of another SPS competition within the last calendar year are not eligible.
  • Teams with the exact same member composition of a previously placed team in the top 3 of another SPS competition within the last calendar year are not eligible.
  • Any team member who has placed in the top three teams of any SPS competition held during the previous conference and/or calendar year, i.e. a member from one of the 3 finalist teams of the 2023 SP Cup or 5-MICC (at ICASSP) will not be eligible to participate in the 2023 VIP Cup or 5-MICC (at ICIP).
  • Team members cannot simultaneously participate in more than one competition at the same time.
  • Team members cannot participate on more than one team at the same time.

Important notice: Upon registering a team for the competition, the team must commit to at least one undergraduate team member representing the team by attending the physical competition and participating in the final round of the competition at the physical conference. Should a team not be able to participate physically (in-person) in the final round of the competition held at the respective conference (ICASSP or ICIP) for any reason, at any point in the competition, then the team must notify SPS Staff and organizers immediately. This will likely result in the team being ineligible to continue in the competition, therefore forfeiting their position in the competition. Teams must make every effort to attend the final round at the conference; visa issues may be an exception. If all team members are unable to obtain visas, please be prepared to present proof of visa process, communication to obtain visa, as well as a visa denial. All eligibility decisions are at the discretion of the SPS Student Services Committee and competition organizers.

Should a team be disqualified or forfeit their finalist position for any reason, the next team selected by the organizers may be contacted to compete in the final round, following the same rules listed above.

The judging for the final phase of the competition held live at the conference will be based on five equally weighted criteria, unless otherwise specified by the competition organizers in the Official SP Cup Document/Call for Participation. Each of the three finalist teams will be scored on the five criteria and the team with the highest score will place 1st, the team with the second highest score will place 2nd, and the team with the third highest score will place 3rd in the competition.

The five equally weighted criteria are:

  1. Innovation of the proposed approach
  2. Performance of the first stage competition (by choosing the best submission, score as indicated on the website)
  3. Performance of the last submission (second phase held live at the conference) separately on the dataset(s)
  4. Quality and clarity of the final report
  5. Quality and clarity of the presentation

Each criterion is scored with a 1, 2, or 3; the best team in each criterion will receive 3 points, the second best team will receive 2 points, and the third best team will receive 1 point. The final winning rankings will be based on the highest points awarded from the five criteria during judge deliberations at the end of the competition. Final rankings are ultimately decided by the judges, at their discretion.

Any judge or team supervisor participating in the competition must sign a Conflict-of-Interest Form agreeing to the following key points. Full information is on the Conflict-of-Interest Form.

Conflict of Interest concerns shall be disclosed and addressed in accordance with IEEE Policies 9.9 A, B. and C and IEEE Policy 4.4.H. - Eligibility and Process Limitations. Judges involved at any stage of the team rankings/scoring process for an SP competition shall be ineligible to judge/vote on the outcome of team rankings for the competition in which the conflict exists. Any real and perceived conflict of interest shall be avoided. Conflict of interest shall be defined as any relationships, professional or otherwise, that can affect impartiality and objectivity. Such relationships include, but are not limited to the below list.  This list also applies.

  1. faculty supervisor/student,
  2. faculty supervisor/post-doc,
  3. manager/employee,
  4. shared institutional affiliations,
  5. recent (less than five years) research collaborations or joint authorship,
  6. judge/team supervisor
  7. In the case of a conflict of interest, the judge should neither listen to nor speak in the discussion and should not vote on the team scoring/ranking process.

In our SPS Policies and Procedures. The IEEE Conflict of Interest form (also mentioned above) must be completed before participating in the competition.

​​Conflict Resolution Process

The Society leadership will create an ad hoc committee to handle each matter requiring conflict resolution.

  1. Composition. The composition of each ad hoc committee will include area experts. The experts should be chosen based on mediation experience or subject area experience. All members of the ad hoc committee should be non-conflicted, e.g., no prior involvement in the situation, no collegial work relationship, etc. The committee may be augmented with the agreement of all members of the ad hoc committee. The committee will select its own chair.
  2. Process. During the first meeting of the ad hoc committee, the committee shall create a timeline detailing the conflict resolution process, as well as determine any operational rules for the ad hoc committee’s operation (e.g., length of final report; length of statement of dissent, etc.) The individual who brought the conflict matter forward shall be informed of the timeline. All discussions and information presented to the ad hoc committee shall be handled in a confidential manner.

    Decisions need not be unanimous; final outcomes may be determined by majority vote of the membership of the ad hoc committee. Dissenting members may include their dissenting opinion as part of the report; the length of such dissent will be determined as part of the committee’s operational rules.

    After the ad hoc committee has determined its final ruling, the ad hoc committee chair shall be responsible for preparing a short report documenting the committee’s findings. The report shall be provided to the individual who brought the conflict matter forward.

  3. Appeal. If the individual who brought the conflict matter forward feels that the matter has not been adequately resolved by the ad hoc committee at the Society level, the individual may escalate the matter further to TAB or IEEE. The ad hoc committee report shall be shared with TAB and/or IEEE.

The three teams with highest performance in the open competition based on the judging criteria will be selected as finalists and invited to participate in the final competition at ICIP. The 1st place (Champion) team will receive a grand prize of US$5,000. The teams placing 2nd (First Runner-Up) and 3rd (Second Runner-Up) will receive a prize of US$2,500 and US$1,500. See the current Official VIP Cup Document below for full details on the prize offerings.

  • Up to three student members from each finalist team will be provided limited travel support to attend the conference in-person. In-person attendance of the physical conference is required for reimbursement. Travel grant funds are offered on a reimbursement basis of up to $1,200 for continental travel and $1,700 for intercontinental travel; there are no exceptions.
  • Funds will be issued by way of a bank transfer after the competition via IEEE’s NextGen Expense Reimbursement (Concur) tool. Detailed information on this step will be sent via email to the finalist team members that will be receiving reimbursement.
  • Receipts are required for all expenses reimbursed under the travel support..

    • Prior to claiming your travel grant award, you must submit receipts of your travel expenses that are equal to or exceed the grant amount in order to receive the full travel grant payment. Travel expenses include: air fare, train tickets, hotel, visa fees, transit, meals, and conference registration. Receipts are required for all items and must equal to or exceed the total reimbursement amount. The receipts must show the form of payment used, name, date, and amount paid. Hotel reservation confirmations or bookings, invoices, or quotes for airfare are not acceptable receipts unless the proof of payment is also provided with the document.

    • All travel expenses must be submitted through IEEE’s NextGen Expense Reimbursement (Concur) tool. Detailed instructions on how to create an account and properly input receipts will be shared with the (up to) 3 undergraduate members from finalist teams receiving travel support.
  • Complimentary conference registration for up to three team members of finalist teams.
    • These complimentary conference registrations cannot be used to cover any papers accepted by the conference.
    • You must notify Jaqueline Rash, via email, of the three team members who have been chosen to receive complimentary registration. A registration promo code will be provided.
    • VISA: Once registered for the conference, each individual will have the opportunity to request an invitation letter through the conference website to be used for the visa application process. This is the only way to receive a letter; please follow instructions given on the conference website.To prevent delays, please do not request an invitation letter via email to SPS Staff.

IEEE SPS Video and Image Processing Cup at IEEE ICIP 2024
SS-OCT Image Analysis

IEEE ICIP 2024 Website | 27-30 October 2024 | 2024 VIP Cup 2024 Official Document
[Sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society]

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a retina non-invasive imaging technique widely used for diagnosis and treatment of many eye-related diseases. Different anomalies such as Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) or Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) can be diagnosed by OCT images.  Due to the importance of early stage and accurate diagnosis of eye-related diseases, providing high resolution and clear OCT images is of high importance. Therefore, analyzing and processing of OCT images have been known as one of the important and applicable biomedical image processing research areas. 

Different processings have been applied on OCT images, such as image super-resolution, image de-noising, image reconstruction, image classification and image segmentation. Despite many algorithms working on OCT image analysis, still there is a need for improving the quality of the resulting images and the accuracy of classification. Therefore, this challenge has been dedicated to the problem of OCT image enhancement and classification.

Task Description

The challenge contains the following three tasks:

  1. De-noising of noisy OCT images.Since many of captured OCT images are noisy and this can highly decrease the accuracy of diagnosis of eye related diseases, de-noising can be considered as one of the important steps in OCT image analysis. Hence, this task is dedicated to the problem of OCT image de-noising. The task is to de-noise the available noisy OCT B-scans and try to produce the best results.  A sample for a noisy B-scan has been shown in Figure.1


  2. Super-resolution. To prevent motion artifacts, capturing OCT images is usually done at rates lower than nominal sampling rate, which results in low resolution images. Using super-resolution methods, high resolution images can be reconstructed from the low resolution ones. Due to the importance of this issue, this task has been dedicated to the super-resolution problem. The aim is to obtain high-resolution OCT B-scans from low-resolution OCT B-scans.
  3. Volume-based classification of OCT dataset into several sub-classes. The aim of this task is to classify several observed cases (where there are several B-scans for each case) into healthy (0), diabetic patients with DME (1) and non-diabetic patients with other ocular diseases (2) classes.
    Keywords:Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), De-noising, Super-resolution, Classification.

Full technical details, dataset(s), evaluation metrics, and all other pertinent information about the competition is located in the 2024 VIP Cup Official Document.

Important Dates

  • Challenge announcement:  January 2024
  • Release of the training dataset: 31 January 2024
  • Team Registration Deadline: 30 March 2024 (Register and submit team's work)
  •  Release of the test-dataset 1: 30 April 2024 (Download dataset)
  • Final Submission of Team’s Work Deadline: 15 June 2024
  •  Announcement of 3 finalist teams: 15 July 2024
  • Final competition at ICIP 2024: October 27-30, 2024

Registration and Important Resources

Official VIP Cup Team Registration

  • All teams MUST be registered through the official competition registration system before the deadline in order to be considered as a participating team. Teams also MUST acknowledge, agree to the SPS Student Terms and Conditions, and meet all eligibility requirements at the time of team registration as well as throughout the competition. The Agreement Form can be found in the Official Terms & Conditions document linked in the top section of this page.
  • Registration Link: Register your team for the 2024 VIP Cup before 30 March 2024 and submit work before 15 June 2024! 
  • Download the training dataset!

Competition Organizers

Medical Image and Signal Processing Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

  • Professor Hossein Rabbani, Medical Image and Signal Processing Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • Dr. Azhar Zam, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, USA  and Division of Engineering, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Farnaz Sedighin, Medical Image and Signal Processing Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • Dr. Parisa Ghaderi-Daneshmand, Medical Image and Signal Processing Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • Dr. Mahnoosh Tajmirriahi, school of Advanced Technologies in Medicine , Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • Dr. Alireza Dehghani, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran  and Didavaran Eye Clinic, Isfahan, Iran
  • Mohammadreza Ommani, Didavaran Eye Clinic, Isfahan, Iran
  • Arsham Hamidi, Biomedical Laser and Optics Group (BLOG), Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland


  • Competition Organizers (technical, competition-specific inquiries): 
    Medical Image and Signal Processing Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. Email:
  • SPS Staff (Terms & Conditions, Travel Grants, Prizes): Jaqueline Rash, SPS Membership Program and Events Administrator
  • SPS Student Services Committee: Angshul Majumdar, Chair


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