Multimodal Emotion Recognition on Comics scenes (EmoRecCom)

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Warm Up
Dec. 16, 2020, midnight UTC


Public data
Jan. 10, 2021, midnight UTC


Private Test
March 24, 2021, midnight UTC

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Important dates

  • 01 Dec 2020: Registration of competition
  • 15 Dec 2020: Warm-up data and evaluation tools will be available
  • 10 Jan 2020: Public phase: training data testing data will be available
  • 30 Jan 2020: Registration deadline
  • 24 Mar 2021: Private test phase
  • 31 Mar 2021: Submission deadline
  • 08 Apr 2021: Result notification
  • 01 May 2021: Technical description deadline
  • 05 Sep, 2021: Result publication at ICDAR conference
  • 5-10 Sep, 2021: Conference days

In this competition, we would like to tackle a problem of comic scene analysis: the emotion recognition of comic scenes. The competition task aims at extracting the emotions of comic characters in comic scenes (panels). The emotions of comic characters are described by the Visual information, the Text in speech Balloons or Captions and the Onomatopoeia (Comic drawings of words that phonetically imitates, resembles, or suggests the sound that it describes). The task hence is a multi-modal analysis task which can take advantages from both fields: computer vision and natural language processing.


1]. Mohit Iyyer and Varun Manjunatha and Anupam Guha and Yogarshi Vyas and Jordan Boyd-Graber and Hal Daume III and Larry Davis: "The Amazing Mysteries of the Gutter: Drawing Inferences Between Panels in Comic Book Narratives". CVPR, 2017.

Result submission 

There are 8 emotion classes including: 0=Angry, 1=Disgust, 2=Fear, 3=Happy, 4=Sad, 5=Surprise, 6=Neutral, 7=Others.

Participants must submit the result in the same order as the testing set, with the score (probability) indicating the presence of each emotion as the following format: 

  • id1, label1_score, label2_score, label3_score, label4_score, label5_score, label6_score, label7_score, label8_score

  • id2, label1_score, label2_score, label3_score, label4_score, label5_score, label6_score, label7_score, label8_score

The results file should be named as results.csv and compressed as before submitting. We provide a sample for submission here 

Evaluation Metric

The submissions will be evaluated based on the ROC-AUC score. In other words, the score is the average of the individual AUCs of each predicted emotion. The description of the ROC-AUC score can be found HERE.

General rules

  • Right to cancel, modify, or disqualify. The Competition Organizer reserves the right at its sole discretion to terminate, modify, or suspend the competition.

  • By submitting results to this competition, you consent to the public release of your scores at the Competition workshop and in the associated proceedings, at the task organizers' discretion. Scores may include but are not limited to, automatic and manual quantitative judgments, qualitative judgments, and such other metrics as the task organizers see fit. You accept that the ultimate decision of metric choice and score value is that of the task organizers.

  • By joining the competition, you affirm and acknowledge that you agree to comply with applicable laws and regulations, and you may not infringe upon any copyrights, intellectual property, or patent of another party for the software you develop in the course of the competition, and will not breach of any applicable laws and regulations related to export control and data privacy and protection

  • Prizes are subject to the Competition Organizer’s review and verification of the entrant’s eligibility and compliance with these rules as well as the compliance of the winning submissions with the submission requirements.

  • Participants grant to the Competition Organizer the right to use your winning submissions and the source code and data created for and used to generate the submission for any purpose whatsoever and without further approval.


  • Each participant must create a CodaLab account to submit their solution for the competition. Only one account per user is allowed.

  • The competition is public, but the Competition Organizer may elect to disallow participation according to its own considerations.

  • The Competition Organizer reserves the right to disqualify any entrant from the competition if, in the Competition Organizer’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the competition through cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices.


  • Participants are allowed to form teams. The maximum of the number of participants on the team is up to 5. 

  • You may not participate in more than one team. Each team member must be a single individual operating a separate CodaLab account. 

  • Team mergers are allowed and can be performed by the team leader. Team merger requests will not be permitted after the "Team merger deadline".  

  • In order to merge, the combined team must have a total submission count less than or equal to the maximum allowed for a single team as of the merge date. The maximum allowed is the number of submissions per day per phase multiplied by the number of days the competition has been running. 

  • The organizers don’t provide any assistance regarding team mergers.



  • Maximum number of submissions in each phase:

    • Phase 1 - Warm Up: 10 submissions / day / team
    • Phase 2 - Public Test: 10 submissions / day / team
    • Phase 3 - Private Test: 5 submissions / day / team
  • Submissions are void if they are in whole or part illegible, incomplete, damaged, altered, counterfeit, obtained through fraudulent means, or late. The Competition Organizer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant who makes a submission that does not adhere to all requirements.


By downloading or by accessing the data (images+labels) provided by the Competition Organizer in any manner you agree to the following terms:

  • The images are provided by, pls check the license for images in this repository.

  • You will not distribute the labels data except for the purpose of non-commercial and academic-research.

  • You will not distribute, copy, reproduce, disclose, assign, sublicense, embed, host, transfer, sell, trade, or resell the labels of the images provided by the Competition Organizer to any third party for any purpose.

  • The labels must not be used for providing surveillance, analyses or research that isolates a group of individuals or any single individual for any unlawful or discriminatory purpose.

  • You accept full responsibility for your use of the labels and shall defend and indemnify the Competition Organizer, against any and all claims arising from your use of the labels.

Warm Up

Start: Dec. 16, 2020, midnight

Public data

Start: Jan. 10, 2021, midnight

Private Test

Start: March 24, 2021, midnight

Competition Ends

March 31, 2021, midnight

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