Call for participation: PASCAL2 IASD challenge

Interactive Annotation of Sequential Data (IASD)
PASCAL2 challenge =================================================================
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Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Interactive Annotation of Sequential Data (IASD) PASCAL2 challenge. The aim of the IASD challenge is to explore innovative, cost-effective solutions for
generating accurate transcriptions for video lectures from
VideoLectures.NET, and, at a more general level, speech-like
sequential data. The focus is not on developing advanced speech recognition techniques, so much as on the study of techniques for interacting intelligently with users. These techniques should seek to optimise the trade-off between user effort and accuracy, in such a way that the winning approaches are those reaching the top-3 accuracy with minimum feedback.

Important Dates:

Feb 12, 2013 – First challenge phase starts.
Mar 12, 2013 – First phase ends: selection of the 3 best systems.
Mar 13, 2013 – Second phase starts (for the 3 best systems only).
Mar 25, 2013 – Second phase ends: winners annouced and ranked.
Apr 2, 2013 – Reports deadline for the winners.

Presentation and awards:

The winners will be invited to present their systems at the joint EUCOGIII/PASCAL meeting in Palma de Mallorca on April 11, 2013, with travel costs covered by the meeting organisation. Winners attending the meeting will be awarded with the following net prizes (after

1st prize: €1000
2nd prize: €600
3rd prize: €300

You will find a detailed description of the challenge, data and evaluation methodology at:

Challenge Organizers:

Nicolas Serrano, Jesus Andres, Alfons Juan (UPV) John Shawe-Taylor, Davor Orlic (K4A) Mitja Jermol (JSI)

Challenge sponsors:

PASCAL2 Network ( EUCOGIII Network ( transLectures project ( Universitat Politecnica de Valencia ( Knowledge for all ( Jožef Stefan Institute (