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Activity in Extended Videos Prize Challenge (closed)

National Institute of Standards and Technology
This challenge has closed.
Owner: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Fields of Research: Computer Software, Computation Theory and Mathematics
Tags: Automation, Localisation algorithms, Real time, NIST, IARPA
Audience: Students, Researchers, Start-Ups, Businesses, Subject Matter Experts, Other
Anticipated Funding: US$25,000
Submissions close: February 28, 2019
Last Updated: April 1, 2019 12:13 AM
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The Challenge

The Activity in Extended Videos Prize Challenge (ActEV-PC) seeks to encourage the development of robust automatic activity detection algorithms for an extended video. ActEV-PC is operated by NIST and sponsored by IARPA. Challenge participants will develop activity detection and temporal localization algorithms for 18 activities that are to be found in extended videos. These videos contain significant spans without any activities and intervals with potentially multiple concurrent activities. Activities must be detected and localized temporally. ActEV-PC will contain two phases – an open leaderboard evaluation (Phase 1) and an independent ActEV prize evaluation (Phase 2).

Open leaderboard evaluation (Phase 1)
For open leaderboard evaluation, the challenge participants should run their software on their systems and configurations and submit the system output defined by the Evaluation Plan to the NIST Scoring Server. This phase will serve as a qualifying stage where the top 8 participants will proceed to phase 2.

Independent ActEV prize evaluation (Phase 2)
For independent ActEV prize evaluation, the challenge participants should submit their runnable system to NIST using the forthcoming Evaluation Container Submission Instructions. NIST will evaluate system performance on sequestered data using NIST hardware--see the details in Appendix C for the hardware infrastructure.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to win a prize under this competition, an individual or entity 

  1. Must have completed and submitted a registration form on
  2. Must meet any other account creation or registration requirements, such as creating an account on, etc.;
  3. Must have complied with all the requirements stated in these Rules and Terms/Conditions;
  4. Must agree to abide by the decisions of ODNI, NIST, and/or the individual judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects;
  5. Must agree to follow all applicable local, state, federal and country of residence laws and regulations.
  6. Must be (1) an individual or team of individuals each of whom are 18 years of age and over, or (2) a for-profit or non-profit entity organized or incorporated under law;
  7. May not be a federal entity or federal employee acting within the scope of their employment;
  8. Shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition on an equitable basis;
  9. In the case of federal grantees may not use federal funds to develop challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award;
  10. In the case of federal contractors, may not use federal funds from a contract to develop challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a challenge submission;
  11. May not be employees of NIST or ODNI and/or any other individual or entity associated with the development, evaluation, or administration of the competition, as well as members of such persons’ immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the competition;
  12. May not be prime contractors or subcontractors and their employees of the IARPA DIVA program, due to its similarity to the ActEV prize challenge (however, they may still register under the “forgoing prizes” option, in order to compete and have their solutions posted on the leaderboard without the possibility of a cash prize); and
  13. Must not be currently on the Excluded Parties List (https://

Terms and conditions

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