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IEEE VIP Cup at ICIP 2019

IEEE VIP Cup 2019: Activity Recognition from Body Cameras

IEEE ICIP 2019 | September 22-25, 2019 | VIP Cup 2019 Website | Details Document



IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS)
Computational Health Informatics Group, Oxford University
IBM Research Africa
Centre for Intelligent Sensing, Queen Mary University of London


The increasing availability of wearable cameras enables the collection of first-person videos (FPV) for the recognition of activities at home, in the workplace and during sport activities. FPV activity recognition has important applications, which include assisted living, activity tracking and life-logging. The main challenges of FPV activity recognition are the presence of outlier motions (for example due to other people captured by the camera), motion blur, illumination changes and self-occlusions.

The 2019 VIP-Cup challenge focuses on FPV from a chest-mounted camera and on the privacy-aware recognition of activities, which include generic activities, such as walking, person-to-person interactions, such as chatting and handshaking, and person-to-object interactions, such as using a computer or a whiteboard. As videos captured by body cameras may leak private or sensitive information about individuals, the evaluation of the IEEE VIP-Cup challenge entries will include privacy enhancing solutions jointly with the recognition performance.

A dataset of activities from several subjects is provided with the annotation for training and validation. The evaluation will be performed based on separate test datasets.


  • The Champion: $5,000
  • The 1st Runner-up: $2,500
  • The 2nd Runner-up: $1,500


Each finalist team invited to the ICIP 2019 will receive travel support by the IEEE SPS on a reimbursement basis. A team member is offered up to $1,200 for continental travel, or $1,700 for intercontinental travel. A maximum of 3 members per team will be eligible for travel support.


Each team must be composed of: (i) One faculty member (the Supervisor); (ii) At most one graduate student (the Tutor), and; (iii) At least 3 but no more than 10 undergraduates. At least three of the undergraduate team members must be either IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) members or SPS student members. Download full details document.


  • April 30, 2019 - Participation Guidelines and Initial Training Dataset released
  • May 5, 2019 - Additional Training Dataset released
  • June 30, 2019 - Submission Deadline
  • July 15, 2019 - Finalists (best three teams) announced
  • July 30, 2019 - Test Dataset 1 released
  • September 22, 2019 - Competition on Test Dataset 2 at ICIP 2019

REGISTER: VIP Cup 2019 Registration Page


  • Girmaw Abebe Tadesse, University of Oxford
  • Oliver Bent, University of Oxford
  • Kommy Woldemariam, IBM Research
  • Andrea Cavallaro, Queen Mary University of London


Grand Prize - Team Name: PolyUTS
University: University of Technology Sydney and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Supervisor: Sean He | Tutor: Rui Zhao
Students: Hayden Crain, Alex Young, Van Khai Do, Nirosh Rambukkana, Tianqi Wen,
Jichen Zhang, Zihang LYU, Yifei Fan, Chris Lee, Evan Cheng


First Runner-Up - Team Name: BUET Ravenclaw
University: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Supervisor: Mohammad Ariful Haque
Students: Sheikh Asif Imran Shouborno, Md. Tariqul Islam,
K. M. Naimul Hassan, Md. Mushfiqur Rahman


Second Runner-Up - Team Name: BUET Synapticans
University: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Supervisor: Taufiq Hasan | Tutor: Asif Shahriyar Sushmit
Students: Ankan Ghosh Dastider, Nayeeb Rashid, Ridwan Abrar,
Ahsan Habib Akash, Md. Abrar Istiak Akib, Partho Ghosh

Questions should be directed to Dr. Girmaw Abebe Tadesse.


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