The IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) 2023 is soliciting proposals for scientific challenges. Challenges have become an intrinsic part of ISBI in the past few years. The aim of the challenges is to accelerate the pace of biomedical science on demanding research and clinical problems. To achieve this goal, a challenge should aid quantitative comparisons of competing approaches to cutting-edge research problems in biomedical image analysis, using standardized datasets, evaluation metrics, and multi-institutional collaborations.
Each challenge proposal needs an organizer who will be responsible for providing training and testing datasets, defining the tasks, specifying the performance metrics, managing and evaluating entries (through appropriate software environments), and organizing on-site presentations in the challenge workshop. The organizers are ultimately responsible for the success of the challenge. ISBI will assist in advertising the challenges.
The organization of a challenge and the agenda for each workshop will be determined by the challenge organizers. The challenge organizers should not rely solely on the on-site evaluation. We encourage scientific presentations at the workshop by the challenge participants. Multi-institutional collaborations are encouraged to ensure the wider applicability of the solutions. New challenge topics as well as topics that were addressed during previous challenges are acceptable. New challenge topics could introduce new imaging devices, new biomedical applications, or existing applications that would benefit from focused attention from the biomedical imaging research community. Challenges that address previous challenge topics could feature, for example, repeating a challenge to track how the field has advanced, addressing bottlenecks in existing processing pipelines, processing larger and more heterogeneous datasets or analyzing specific sub-populations. . For both new and previous challenge topics, we encourage organizers to consider computational cost (both training and at test time) and access to high-end computing resources as factors in challenge design and evaluation of methods. We also encourage the investigation of alternative formats for hosting grand challenges.
Prospective challenge organizers are encouraged to discuss their plans with the challenge co-chairs at an early stage before the acceptance of the proposal. Challenge organizers will have the opportunity to present the summaries of their challenges during the main conference.
Challenge proposals must be submitted via email to the challenge chairs as a single PDF file. Proposals should not exceed four A4-sized pages excluding references and biosketches as per the guidelines below
University of Pensylvania
Maria A. Zuluaga