Call for Papers: Special Issue on Robust Vision

Guest Editors
Oliver Zendel, Austrian Institute of Technology
Adam Kortylewski, Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Torsten Sattler, Czech Technical University

Deep learning has shifted much of the scientific focus in computer vision from algorithmic design towards data design. These changes have led to impressive advances. However, academic advancements are often not translating to equivalent advances for real-world usage. Solutions which perform well in benchmarks and experiments fail to work when applied to the field. This is partially due to the gamification brought in from comparing results on specific datasets. The progress mimics solving of the dataset itself rather than solving the actual underlying task at hand.

In addition to this, the average dataset used during training or evaluation focuses on the average (“easy”) cases to support a strong baseline functionality. Our community has been highly successful in the last years at solving hard computer vision problems for these average cases. Improving the robustness for border cases on the fringe of the system’s requirements is still a mostly unsolved problem. Performance and robustness of systems at rare out-of-distribution (OOD) cases is important for safety and can allow more insights into existing shortcomings. While humans have a broad general basic knowledge to cope with extraordinary situations, most learned solutions will fail to even detect such cases let alone react correctly or safely. 

The creation of the “Robust Vision Challenge” workshop and challenge series has been motivated by this gap of usefulness where much perceived progress does not translate into equivalent value for our society. 

This “Robust Vision” IJCV special issue shall serve as a catalyst and publication venue for improving our understanding of the underlying problems (dataset bias, generalization, OOD) and also provide a place to discuss approaches to apply and refine  academic results to achieve working real-world solutions. Participants of the workshop and scientists only interested in this journal are both invited to submit their papers.

Aims & Scope

Track 1: Robust Vision 

  • Robustness of Computer Vision Solutions
    • General concepts to improve robustness of computer vision solutions
    • Real-world applicability vs. academic progress
    • Identifying and handling data gaps between training time and application
  • Dataset bias
    • Impact of dataset bias on training and fair evaluation
    • Methods to measure or estimate dataset bias
    • Potential bias introduced by validation dataset
  • Out-of-Distribution handling
    • Detection and management of OOD cases
    • Meaningful confidence measures
    • Comparison of OOD performance vs. in-distribution cases
  • Dataset Design and Combining Datasets
    • Design principles for datasets with robustness in mind
    • Efficient combination of multiple datasets
    • Unification of label policies
  • Fair Evaluation Methods
    • Approaches to estimate metrics without dataset bias
    • Metrics which measure performance at border cases and OOD
    • Fair combination and extrapolation of metrics
  • Generalization
    • Ways to future-proof learned solutions and extend applicability of systems outside their initial specifications
    • Solving problems at the end of the long-tail distribution
    • Methods to extend usefulness beyond the original scope of a dataset

Track 2: Invite only- Robust Vision Challenge 2022

  • Invite-only for the winners of the Robust Vision Challenge 2022 from the ECCV 2022 RVC Workshop at the end of October 2022. See for participation. The top three entries for each computer vision task can submit a paper for Track 2 describing their approach and associated topics from Track 1. While track 1 focuses on innovative methods, the entries in track 2 are allowed to contain more technical implementation details and combinations of existing techniques which lead to the winning entries.

Important Dates

  • Full paper submission deadline: December 1st, 2022
  • Review deadline: January 31st, 2023
  • Author response deadline: February 21st, 2023
  • Final notification: March 21st, 2023
  • Final manuscript submission: April 21st, 2023

Submission guidelines

Submitted papers should present original, unpublished work, relevant to one of the topics of the Special Issue. All submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, significance of contribution, technical quality, scholarship, and quality of presentation, by at least three independent reviewers. It is the policy of the journal that no submission, or substantially overlapping submission, be published or be under review at another journal or conference at any time during the review process. Manuscripts will be subject to a peer reviewing process and must conform to the author guide lines available on the IJCV website at: 

For Track 1 please select "S.I.: Track 1: Robust Vision" at the beginning of the submission process.
For Track 2 please select "S.I.: Track 2: Invite only- Robust Vision Challenge 2022 

Author Resources
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