The first Workshop on Computer Vision for Global Challenges will be held in conjunction with the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), in Long Beach, California on June 16th 2019. It will be a full-day event and will feature invited speakers, poster and spotlight presentations, a panel discussion and a mentoring/networking dinner.
Computer vision technology, a sub-class of Artificial Intelligence technologies, has recently made rapid progress in several subareas (e.g., object segmentation, video classification), achieving a level of performance that was unexpected just a few years ago. This technology has opened possibilities in many real world domains including transportation (self-driving cars, drones), entertainment (shopping, phones), safety (security systems), which are used on a daily basis to make our lives more efficient and safer. While these applications give meaning and value to our technology, their focus and presence in certain geographical regions or markets injects biases in the datasets, tasks, and ultimately direction of the advancement of the field.
However, increased global expansion of Internet and mobile devices (network connected computing devices) offers a unique opportunity for the computer vision community to both expand target markets and geographically diverse applications and input and training biases.
Thus, widening the scope of computer vision applications to address global problems could lead to a win for both the computer vision community and the organizations and individuals working to address global challenges: vision could positively impact the lives of 6 billion people in the Global South by developing applications for remote extension services for farming communities, digital health care delivery, or disaster readiness and mapping of informal settlements for example - and these populations could help reveal some of the blind spots and biases in the current computer vision datasets, tasks, and practices.
Why has this opportunity not been seized before? We argue that one of the main obstacles is the disconnection between domain experts: those who are close to the problems on the ground, and those who have knowledge about technical solutions. This disconnect might be driven by geographical divide, differences in language and taxonomy, or might come from the lack of a accessible forum to find each other. We propose this initiative as a first step to bridge the gap between these two communities. In particular our goals are:
Workshop Program coming soon!
Confirmed speakers and panelists:
We want to thank all 90+ people that have already signed up to volunteer! This overwhelming response fills us with hope and determination to try our best to have the best workshop possible! We hope to see you all there on Sunday June 16th!
If you don’t have a concrete idea or results, but you’d like to get involved, here are some amazing volunteer opportunities:
Recipients of accepted proposals may receive full travel grants (transportation, accommodation, registration and meals) to attend the CVPR conference, tutorials and workshops. The review process is single-blind and immigration letters will be provided.
Researchers or practitioners based in developing regions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Travel grants and US Visa: Keeping in mind how time-consuming the Visa processes can be, we expect to announce decisions for applicants that do not have a US Visa around mid-April. This will hopefully allow enough time for the visa process to finish on time.
The submission deadline for the Call for Challenges has now passed (was March 25th, 2019). We received 105 applications in total!
Please note that, while there’s a wider range of work under the social good umbrella, we are particularly interested in works applied to and challenges coming from developing regions.
Submissions will be handled via CMT: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/CV4GC2019
The paper submission deadline is
March 31st April 2nd (midnight PST), 2019.
Deadline to apply is April 29.
Taking a global perspective on computer vision, also means widening participation. We will bring people who come to CVPR for the first time, which can be overwhelming (you probably still remember your first CVPR). We want these people to make the most of it, be prepared to showcase their material etc. We are therefore accepting volunteers from the CV community, that would act as "vision ambassadors" for each newcomer that needs help.
If accepted, you will be the mentor of a CVPR newcomer, and you are expected to connect with them before the conference, answer questions via email or video conferencing, assist them with their presentation and poster printing in needed. During the conference, you will help the newcomer orient, socialize and connect to the right people. We require that you have attended at least 2 top-tier Computer Vision conferences (CVPR/ICCV/ECCV) during the last couple of years to qualify.
If you are interested in being a computer vision ambassador please fill out the volunteer form.