Call For Papers

ICMLA 2011 StreetView Recognition Challenge


Ground truth labels available!

The image level object/business labels are available to download. The subsets of training and testing data are identified. All submissions should report the results on the testing dataset. For all of you who have requested the datasets, the instructions to download the labels will be sent to you in the week of Oct 3rd. New requests for the data and labels should be sent to

Extended deadline:

Paper submission due           November 20, 2011    

Notification of acceptance     November 27, 2011

Camera-ready papers           December 1, 2011

The accepted papers will be included in a workshop proceeding published by IEEE.



Recognition is a fundamental problem in machine learning and computer vision. In this challenge, we introduce a few datasets from Google StreetView which include street scenes of urban areas.

We propose two tasks:

  1. Business recognition
  2. Object recognition

For the first task we recommend to recognize businesses including: bank, gas station, parking garage, hotel, restaurant. For the second task we recommend object categories of stop sign, ATM machine, bus stop, street sign, fire hydrant. Participants are encouraged to submit their results for just one of the tasks or for the two of them, and for one or multiple categories, or for new categories defined for street scenes. Methods trained on other datasets are allowed, but results on the given StreetView datasets are required in the submission.< /p>


The datasets contain Google StreetView images from Pittsburgh and San Francisco. Please email your name, affiliation and address to to download the datasets.


A short paper (4 pages) describing the proposed algorithms and results on the provided datasets should be submitted through the main conference submission website. These papers will be reviewed mainly based on:

  1. Originality and technical soundness of the employed algorithms
  2. Performance in either or both of the recognition tasks


Accepted papers will be published in the ICMLA’11 conference proceedings.


Paper submission due                                       September 25, 2011    

Notification of acceptance                                 September 28, 2011

Camera-ready papers & pre-registration          October 1, 2011

ICMLA'11 conference                                       December 18-21, 2011

The authors should submit their papers through the main conference submission website. Papers must correspond to the requirements detailed in the instructions to authors. Accepted papers must be presented by one of the authors in order to be published in the conference proceeding. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to direct your questions to the organizers.

All challenge submissions will be handled electronically. Detailed instructions for submitting a paper are provided on the conference home page at:

ICMLA’11 Challenge Session Chair

Mei Han, Google Research, Mountain View, USA