The ICFHR2022 organizing committee invites proposals for competitions that aim at evaluating the performance of algorithms and methods related to the field of handwriting recognition.

You are cordially invited to submit a proposal that should contain the following information:

  • A brief description of the competition, including what the particular task under evaluation is and why this competition is of interest to the ICFHR community.
  • A draft of the outline of the competition describing the competition schedule, the expected number of participants and its rationale, which data is planned to be used, how the submitted methods will be evaluated, and which performance evaluation measures will be used.
  • The names, contact information, and brief CVs of the competition organizers, outlining previous experience in performance evaluation and/or organizing competitions.
  • The competition may be related to (but not limited to) the following areas:
    • Few-shot/zero-shot handwritten manuscript layout analysis/text recognition
    • Open set/open-world handwritten manuscript layout analysis/text recognition
    • Multilingual handwritten manuscript layout analysis/text recognition
    • Small size models for handwritten manuscript layout analysis/text recognition
    • Domain adaptation from printed to handwritten manuscript transcription
    • Transfer learning in handwritten manuscripts from one language to another
    • Degraded/low-quality handwritten manuscripts text recognition
    • Manuscript classification
    • Handwritten document image binarization
    • Historical scientific manuscript recognition
    • Image retrieval and text spotting for historical handwritten manuscripts
    • Detection, recognition and/or spotting of handwritten mathematical formula
    • Handwriting style analysis
    • Multi-script writer identification and retrieval
    • Online signature recognition and verification

The following rules shall apply to the accepted competitions:

  • Name of the competition must be standardized by starting with “ICFHR2022” (e.g. “ICFHR2022 Competition on …” or “ICFHR2022 … Competition.”).
  • Datasets used in the competitions must be made available through the TC10/TC11, online resources website after the end of the competitions (or equivalent arrangement by approval of the competition chairs).
  • Evaluation methodologies and metrics used must be described in detail so that results can be replicated later.
  • Participants should be encouraged to share their algorithms and code using one of the open-source licenses.
  • Competitions must have a sufficient number of participants (about 5, depending on the originality of the topic) to be able to draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Reports (full papers) on each competition will be reviewed and, if accepted (the competition runs according to plan and is appropriately described), will be published in the ICFHR2022 conference proceedings.
  • Competition results will be announced during a dedicated session of the ICFHR2022 conference.
  • Each competition has to be presented with a poster at a prominent place at the conference venue, selected competitions will get the chance to be presented orally in the dedicated session mentioned above.
  • Based on the analysis of the received proposals, the competition chairs will first synchronize with the competition organizers, and then submit a proposal to the program committee, in order to finalize the organization of the competitions.

Submission Guidelines:
All proposals should be submitted by electronic mail to the competition chairs (Rohit Saluja and Maroua Mehri) via: ,

Important Dates

  • Proposal due: July 03, 2022
  • Acceptance notification: July 10, 2022
  • Suggested deadline for competition participants: July 24, 2022
  • Initial submission of competition reports deadline: September 18, 2022
  • Camera-ready papers due: September 25, 2022

For any inquiries you may have regarding the competitions, please contact the ICFHR2022 competition Chairs (Rohit Saluja and Maroua Mehri) via: ,