PASCAL2 IASD challenge: Deadline extension

Interactive Annotation of Sequential Data (IASD)
PASCAL2 challenge
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*** New First Phase Deadline: March 25 ***

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce an extension of the Interactive Annotation
of Sequential Data (IASD) PASCAL2 challenge deadlines. 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 (extended):

Feb 12, 2013 – First challenge phase starts.
Mar 25, 2013 – First phase ends: selection of the 3 best systems.
Mar 26, 2013 – Second phase starts (for the 3 best systems only).
Apr 5, 2013 – Second phase ends: winners annouced and ranked.
Apr 6, 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 (