Emotion challenge

Organized by icv - Current server time: Jan. 18, 2021, 8:40 a.m. UTC

First phase

Nov. 5, 2019, midnight UTC


Competition Ends
March 10, 2020, midnight UTC

Short summary:

The main challenge of this new dataset is automatic recognition of these multi-emotions from facial expressions and handling analysis of micro emotions. For this challenge the data will be divided into 3 sets: 70 people for initial training, 30 for validation round and 25 for final tests.

Goal of the challenge:

The goal of this challenge is to achieve good automatic emotion recognition results. The final results will be measured on the testing set.


For measuring the goodness of a submission the error will be the percentage of misclassified images. For each phase please submit a zipped txt where on each row is a prediciton of one image from given dataset (in the same way as the provided training data). Prediction should be in the form of complementary_dominant:

1 - angry
2 - contempt
3 - disgust
4 - fear
5 - happy
6 - sad
7 - surprise
N - neutral

For example sngrily surprised is 1_7. However neutral can only be considered as both complementary and dominant emotion, thus N_N is possible. However otherwise just happy is considered to be 5_5.

Important dates

  • 5th November, 2019: Beginning of the quantitative competition, release of development and data, and final evaluation data (encrypted).
  • 10th Feb, 2020: Deadline for code submission. Release of final evaluation data encryption key. Participants start predicting results on the final evaluation data.
  • 23rd Feb, 2020: Contest paper submission deadline.
  • 26th Feb, 2020: Notification of paper acceptance.
  • 28th Feb, 2020: Camera ready of contest and workshop papers.
  • 4th March, 2020: End of the quantitative competition. Deadline for submitting the predictions over the final evaluation data. The organizers start the code verification by running it on the final evaluation data.
  • 9th March, 2020: Deadline for submitting the fact sheets. Release of the verification results to the participants for reviewing. 
  • 18-22 May, 2020: FG 2020 Joint Challenge on Compound Emotion recognition and Multimodal (Audio, Facial and Gesture) based Emotion Recognition (CER & MMER) results and presentations.

Common terms used in these rules:

These are the official rules that govern how the Joint Challenge on Dominant and Complementary Emotion Recognition Using Micro Emotion Features and Head-Pose Estimation contest promotion will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “contest” or the “challenge” throughout the rest of these rules.

In these rules, “organizers”, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to iCV; "participant”, “you,” and “yourself” refer to an eligible contest participant.

Contest description:

This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of the winner(s). The goal of one track of the contest is estimating complementary and dominant emotions from the given dataset. The goal of the other track is headpose estimation based on depth data also provided within the competition.



  • You are eligible to enter this contest if you meet the following requirements:
  • You are an individual or a team of people desiring to contribute to the tasks of the challenge and accepting to follow its rules; you are employed by a research laboratory, startup or other legal entity having a scientific research department or activity ; and
  • You are not an member of iCV or affiliated with the research group in a close way (immediate family).
  • You are not involved in any part of the administration and execution of this contest; and
  • This contest is void within the geographic area identified above and wherever else prohibited by law.
  • If you choose to submit an entry, but are not qualified to enter the contest, this entry is voluntary, and any entry you submit is governed by the remainder of these contest rules; iCV reserves the right to evaluate it for scientific purposes. If you are not qualified to submit a contest entry and still choose to submit one, under no circumstances will such entries qualify for sponsored prizes.



  • To be eligible for judging, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:
  • Entry contents: The participants are required to submit prediction results and code. To be eligible for prizes, the top ranking participants are required to publicly release their code under a license of their choice, taken among popular OSI-approved licenses (http://opensource.org/licenses) and make their code accessible on-line for a period of not less than three years following the end of the challenge (only required for top three ranked participants of the competition). Participants will be asked to fill out a survey (fact sheet) briefly describing their method. Participants are also invited to submit a maximum 6-page paper for the proceedings of the FG2020. To be eligible for prizes, top ranked participants score must improve the baseline performance provided by the challenge organizers.
  • Pre-requisite: There is no pre-requisite to participate, including no requirement to have participated in previous challenges.


Use of data provided

 All data provided by iCV are freely available to the participants from the website of the challenge under license terms provided with the data. The data are available only for open research and educational purposes, within the scope of the challenge. iCV and the organizers make no warranties regarding the database, including but not limited to warranties of non-infringement or fitness for a particular purpose. The copyright of the videos remains in property of their respective owners. By downloading and making use of the data, you accept full responsibility for using the data. You shall defend and indemnify iCV and the organizers, including their employees, Trustees, officers and agents, against any and all claims arising from your use of the data. You agree not to redistribute the data without this notice.


Test data:

  • The organizers will use test data to perform the final evaluation, hence the participants’ final entry will be based on test data.
  • Training and validation data:
  • The contest organizers will make available to the participants a training dataset with truth labels, and a validation set with no truth labels. The validation data will be used by the participants for practice purposes to validate their systems. It will be similar in composition to the test set (validation labels will be provided in the final test stage of the challenge).


Post-challenge analyses:

The organizers may also perform additional post-challenge analyses using extra data, but the results will not affect the ranking of the challenge performed with the test data.


  • The entries of the participants will be submitted on-line via the Codalab web platform. During the development period, the participants will receive immediate feed-back on validation data released for practice purpose. For the final evaluation, the results will be computed automatically on test data submissions. The performances on test data will not be released until the challenge is over.
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Submission of entries

  • Follow the instructions on the Codalab website to submit entries.
  • The participants will be registered as mutually exclusive teams. Each team may submit only one single final entry. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not functioning properly.
  • The participants must follow the instructions. We will automatically disqualify incomplete or invalid entries.


Judging the entries:

The organizing iCV will select a panel of judges to judge the entries; all judges will be forbidden to enter the contest and will be experts in causality, statistics, machine learning, computer vision, or a related field, or experts in challenge organization. A list of the judges will be made available upon request. The judges will review all eligible entries received and select three winners for each of the competition tracks based upon the prediction score on test data. The judges will verify that the winners complied with the rules, including that they documented their method by filling out a fact sheet.

The decisions of these judges are final and binding. The distribution of prizes according to the decisions made by the judges will be made within three (3) months after completion of the last round of the contest. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion based on the above criteria, not award any or all of the contest prizes below. In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, the tie will be broken by giving preference to the earliest submission, using the time stamp of the submission platform.


Prizes and Awards

  • Top ranked participants will be granted with travel awards (based on availability) and winner certificate, and invited to join as author a paper together with the organizers to a top high impact factor journal.
  • You may not exchange your prize for cash; you may not exchange any prize for other merchandise or services.
  • You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner.
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  • If there is any change to data, schedule, instructions of participation, or these rules, the registered participants will be notified at the email they provided with the registration.
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On-line notification

We will post changes in the rules or changes in the data as well as the names of confirmed winners (after contest decisions are made by the judges) online on http://icv.tuit.ut.ee/fc2017. This list will remain posted for one year or will be made available upon request by sending email to fg2017@icv.tuit.ut.ee.



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  • To abide by these official rules;
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Unforeseen events:

If an unforeseen or unexpected event (including, but not limited to: someone cheating; a virus, bug, or catastrophic event corrupting data or the submission platform; someone discovering a flaw in the data or modalities of the challenge) that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this contest, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this contest. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the contest, we reserve the right to select winners based on the criteria specified above from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the contest.

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During the development phase of the contest and when they submit their final entries, contest participants do not need to disclose their real identity, but must provide a valid email address where we can be deliver notifications to them regarding the contest. To be eligible for prizes, however, contest participants will need to disclose their real identity to contest organizers, informing them by email of their name, professional affiliation, and address. To enter the contest, the participants will need to become users of the Codalab platform. Any profile information stored on this platform can be viewed and edited by the users. After the contest, the participants may cancel their account with the Codalab and cease to be users of that platform. All personal information will then be destroyed. The Codalab privacy policy will apply to contest information submitted by participants on the Codalab.


Start: Nov. 5, 2019, midnight

Final Evaluation

Start: Feb. 22, 2020, midnight

Competition Ends

March 10, 2020, midnight

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