PETS2021 Int'l Workshop on Performance Evaluation of Tracking and Surveillance Call for Papers

CFP: PETS2021 Int'l Workshop on Performance Evaluation of Tracking and Surveillance
In Cooperation with AVSS2021 
(17th IEEE Int'l Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-based Surveillance)
November 16-19, 2021
The 2021 International Workshop on Performance Evaluation of Tracking
and Surveillance (PETS'21) continues the series of highly successful
PETS workshops held for over twenty years (AVSS'12, WVM'13, AVSS'14,
AVSS'15, CVPR'16, CVPR'17, to name some of the most recent). The goal
of the PETS workshop has been to foster the emergence of methodology
for performance evaluation of tracking and surveillance.  This
includes development of performance evaluation metrics as well as a
quantitative evaluation of tracking and surveillance results based on
a common dataset. PETS 2021 is sponsored by the EU Project FOLDOUT.

PETS 2021 introduces a new and exciting surveillance challenge,
through-foliage detection and tracking. Such an application is
important for (green) border surveillance. The specific tasks
addressed are (1) through-foliage detection and fragmented occlusion,
and (2) long-term tracking in natural environments, both of which have
been received relatively limited attention in the computer vision
community. Solutions to solve these tasks are currently
unavailable. The aim of this challenge is to raise awareness to these
tasks in the vision community and to foster appropriate solutions. The
overall border surveillance challenge has significant impact for
border authorities worldwide for enhancing border security
operations. A corresponding dataset is provided for this challenge
which covers the two tasks described above.

Ultimately, the workshop challenge comes down first, to accurately
detecting and/or tracking person(s) present in the surveillance
scene. To this end, a range of methods could be applied from change
detectors to object detectors to trackers. Understanding of the
temporal history of the movement of the person(s) may help in accurate
localisation and tracking, especially in partially or heavily occluded
scenes. Secondly, the challenge recognises that simple bounding boxes
may not always be appropriate for annotating the visual extent of the
detected object (person). Hence this challenge also considers
alternate object representational schemes.
Important Dates
August 31, 2021 Deadline for submission of results and methods' description
September 10, 2021 Notification of acceptance
November 2021 (TBC: between 16-19)
Challenge event (online)
Organising Committee
James Ferryman (University of Reading) 
Roman Pflugfelder (Austrian Institute of Technology)
Georg Melzer-Venturi (EUTEMA)
Technical Committee
Luis Patino (University of Reading)
Julian Pegoraro (Austrian Institute of Technology)
David Scheiber (Austrian Institute of Technology)
Submission Information
The workshop invites submissions which:

Process (i.e. apply one or more change/object detectors and/or
trackers) on one or more of the provided video sequences and report
results in a standardised format. The submission should include a
short description of the methodology used and results submitted in XML
Please visit the workshop webpage at and click on the
Authors Instructions to know the detailed description of the
challenges set in PETS 2021 and click on the Datasets link to see a
detailed description of the datasets and how to download them.