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CFP : Bird challenge 2015 : 1000 species

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Subject: CFP : Bird challenge 2015 : 1000 species
From: Herve Glotin <>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 18:33:31 +0100
[Apologies for cross-postings / Please send to interested colleagues]

LifeCLEF 2015: Call for participation
The lab of CLEF dedicated to the recognition of living species.


Building accurate knowledge of the identity, the geographic
distribution and the evolution of living species is essential for a
sustainable development of humanity as well as for biodiversity
conservation. In this context, using multimedia identification tools
is considered as one of the most promising solution to help bridging
the taxonomic gap. With the recent advances in digital
devices/equipment, network bandwidth and information storage
capacities, the production of multimedia data has indeed become an
easy task. In parallel, the emergence of citizen sciences and social
networking tools has fostered the creation of large and structured
communities of nature observers (e.g. e-bird, Xeno-canto, Tela
Botanica, etc.) who started to produce outstanding collections of
multimedia records. Unfortunately, the performance of the
state-of-the-art multimedia analysis techniques on such data is still
not well understood and far from reaching the real world's
requirements in terms of identification tools. The LifeCLEF lab
proposes to evaluate these challenges around 3 tasks related to
fine-grained classification problems in three living worlds. Each task
is based on large and real-world data and the measured challenges are
defined in collaboration with biologists and environmental
stakeholders in order to reflect realistic usage scenarios.

- BirdCLEF: an audio record-based bird identification task
         data collected by Xeno-canto social network
        1000 bird species from South America
        around 33k audio records

- PlantCLEF: an image-based plant identification task
        data collected by Tela Botanica &  social networks
        1000 plant species from West Europe
        around 113k images

- FishCLEF: a fish video monitoring task Underwater cameras 15 fish
species living in coral reefs, around 9000 fish instances localized in
20 videos + 20,000 sample images


12.11.2014: registration opens for all LifeCLEF tasks (until 30.04.2015)
15.01.2015: training data release starts (depends on the task)
15.03.2015: test data release starts (depends on the task)
01.05.2015: deadline for submission of runs by the participants
08-15.05.2015: release of processed results by the task organizers
31.05.2015: deadline for submission of working notes papers by the participants
30.06.2015: notification of acceptance of the working notes papers
15.07.2015: camera ready working notes papers
08-11.09.2014: CLEF 2015, Toulouse, France

Additional Information

Herve'   Glotin,   Pr.
Institut Univ. de France (IUF) & Univ. Toulon (UTLN)
Head of information DYNamics & Integration (DYNI @ UMR CNRS LSIS)        

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