Call for Competitions

We invite competition proposals for the IEEE 9th International Conference On Biometrics: Theory, Applications, and Systems (BTAS) 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA. The main goal of the competitions is to benchmark state-of-the art algorithms, to consolidate research and identify open biometrics-related problems.

We solicit competition proposals on any topic of interest to the broader biometric community and strongly encourage proposals focusing on new emerging fields and open research questions that are able to attract a significant number of participants. Competition organizers having a strong track record in the field are especially welcome.

The deadline for submitting competition proposals is February 26, 2018. Decisions will be circulated by March 5, 2018.

Competition Proposal Submission

Competition proposals should be sent to the BTAS 2018 competition chairs, Stephanie Schuckers ( with the email subject “BTAS 2018 Competition Proposal: [title of your competition].” The proposal should include the following information to facilitate the decision process:

  • Title of the competition
  • Names, affiliations, contact information, and a brief CV of the competition organizers.
  • A list of three most relevant publications related to the competition for each organizer.
  • Justification:
    • Motivation for the competition, expected outcomes and anticipated impact.
    • Relevance to BTAS 2018.
    • Relationship to previous competitions, if any.
    • Description of the novelty of the competition.
  • Execution:
    • Description of the dataset(s) used for the competition and the available annotations.
    • Details on the experimental protocol and result generation/submission procedure.
    • Information on platform used (for data sharing, submission, verification of results), if any.
    • Description of the evaluation criteria (performance metrics) and available baseline implementations/code (e.g., a starter kit).
  • Organization:
    • Expected minimum number of external participants (separate from the organizers).
    • Plan for promoting the competition and attracting participants.
    • Description of the planned coordination activities.
    • A detailed timeline for the competition.‚Äč
  • Other relevant information


The competitions should preferably start in early March 2018 and be completed by the summary-paper submission deadline on May 30th, 2018. Competition organizers will also be requested to prepare a web page for the competition, which will be linked from the conference web site. The web-site should be online before the start of the competition.

Proceedings and Presentation

Competition organizers will be invited to submit a summary paper discussing organization, datasets, and results by May 30th, 2018. The summary papers will be considered for inclusion in the BTAS 2018 conference program and should follow the same formatting and presentation rules as regular papers. The submissions will undergo the same review process as regular papers. The presentation format (if accepted) will be determined based on the quality of the submission and reviewer feedback received. Accepted summary papers will be included in the proceedings of BTAS 2018 and send for inclusion in IEEE Xplore.

Important Dates

Deadline for submitting proposals: February 26, 2018

Decision notification: March 5, 2018

For any additional information please contact the BTAS 2018 Competition Chairs: Stephanie Schuckers (