Transportation is one of the largest segments that can benefit from actionable insights derived from data captured by sensors. Between traffic , signaling systems, transportation systems, infrastructure, and transit, the opportunity for insights from these sensors to make transportation systems smarter is immense. Unfortunately, there are several reasons why these potential benefits have not yet materialized. Poor data quality, the lack of labels for the data, and the lack of high-quality models that can convert the data into actionable insights are some of the biggest impediments to unlocking the value of the data. There is also need for platforms that allow for appropriate analysis from edge to cloud, which will accelerate the development and deployment of these models. The AI City Workshop at CVPR 2020 will specifically focus on ITS problems such as:

  • Turn-counts used by DOTs for signal timing planning
  • City-scale multi-camera vehicle re-identification w. real and synthetic training data
  • City-scale multi-camera vehicle tracking
  • Anomaly detection – detecting anomalies such as lane violation, wrong-direction driving, etc.

We solicit original contributions in these and related areas where computer vision and specifically deep learning have shown promise in achieving large-scale practical deployment that will help make cities smarter.

To accelerate the research and development of techniques, the 4th edition of this Challenge will push the research and development in two new ways, First, the challenge will introduce a track that not only measures effectiveness on tasks that are relevant to DOTs but also measures the efficiency of completing these tasks and the ability of systems to operate in real-time. To our knowledge, this will be the first such challenge that combines effectiveness and efficiency evaluation of tasks needs by DOTs for operational deployments of these systems. The second change in this edition will be the introduction of augmented synthetic data for the purpose of substantially increasing the training set for the task of re-identification.

Important Dates

  • Challenge kick off: Tuesday, Jan 7
  • Data sets shared with participants: Friday, Jan 10
  • Evaluation server open to submissions: Saturday, March 7
  • Challenge track submissions due: Thursday, April 9 (11:59 PM, Pacific Time)
    Evaluation submission is closed and rankings are finalized.
  • Workshop papers due: Monday, April 13 (09:00 AM, Pacific Time)
    Since our review is not double-blind, papers should be submitted in final/camera-ready form.
  • Final decisions to authors: Saturday, April 18
    All authors are notified in CMT. There are about 24 hours to prepare for the final version of accepted papers.
  • Final papers due: Sunday, April 19 (11:59 PM, Pacific Time)
    All camera ready paper should be uploaded to CMT to be published by CVPR 2020. The accepted workshop papers will be accessible online at IEEE Xplore Digital Library and CVF Open Access.
  • Open source on GitHub (training code + testing code + additional annotation) due: Sunday, May 31 (11:59 PM, Pacific Time)
    All the competitors/candidates for awards MUST release their code for validation before decision of awardees. The performance on the leaderboard has to be reproducible without the use of external data.
  • Presentation of papers and announcement of awards: Monday, June 15


  • 2020/03/20
  • The instructions for workshop paper submission is now available. For more details please refer to Paper Submission page.
  • We have added a supplementary file to the Track 1 package. For more details please refer to Track1-download page.
  • We have updated the evaluation kit in the Track 3 package. For more details please refer to Track3-download page.
  • 2020/03/07
    • The evaluation server is now open for submission. For more details please refer to Evaluation System page.
    • There is an update on the track 1 dataset. For more details please refer to Track1-download page.
    • There is an update on the track 3 dataset. For more details please refer to Track3-download page.


CVPR 2020 at The Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA

09:00 – 09:15

Workshop Kickoff and Opening Comments

09:15 – 09:45

First Keynote Speech

09:45 – 10:00

Coffee Break

10:00 – 12:00

Six Oral presentations (20 minutes each)

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 13:30

Second Keynote Speech

13:30 – 15:30

Six Oral presentations (20 minutes each)

15:30 – 16:00


16:00 – 16:30

Announcement of Challenge Winners and Awards Ceremony

16:30 – 17:30



Milind Naphade

NVIDIA Corporation

Rama Chellappa

University of Maryland, College Park

David Anastasiu

San Jose State University

Anuj Sharma

Iowa State University

Ming-Ching Chang

University at Albany – SUNY

Xiaodong Yang


Shuo Wang

NVIDIA Corporation

Zheng Tang


Liang Zheng

Australian National University