Call For Competition

September 18-21, Sapporo, Japan


IPIN is pleased to announce the IPIN 2017 Indoor Localization Competition, to be held during the IPIN 2017 Conference in Sapporo (Japan). The competition is aimed at bringing together the academic and industrial research communities for evaluating different approaches and envisioning new research opportunities for the indoor localization area, where no accepted standards exist yet. 

IPIN 2017 Indoor Localization Competition is based on the EvAAL framework, similarly to previous versions of the IPIN competition, ensuring experience and a well-founded scientific method (

IPIN 2017 Indoor Localization Competition will consist of several tracks, including on-site and off-site contests. Results will be presented during dedicated sessions of the IPIN conference and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Competition Tracks

The following four tracks will be organized:

IPIN Tracks General Chairs
Track 1: Smartphone-based

Track 2: Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Positioning

Track 3: Smartphone-based (off-site)
Francesco Potortì (CNR-ISTI, Italy)
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Nobuo Kawaguchi (Nagoya unversity, Japan)
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Sangjoon Park (ETRI, South Korea)
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Track 1 "Smartphone-based": A pedestrian walking in multi-floor buildings carries a smartphone which runs the competing system, without any external aid, using the sensors available on the smartphones to identify the user's position in real time

Track 2 "Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Positioning": The competing system uses MEMS sensors (inertial, compass and altimeter pressure sensors) mounted on the body to localize a pedestrian walking in multi-floor buildings; control and monitoring devices such as a notebook are carried by the user.

Track 3 "Smartphone-based (off-site)": The goal is to localize a pedestrian walking under realistic conditions in multi-floor buildings using data provided by a conventional smartphone (WiFi, inertial, magnetic, GPS, pressure, light, ...).  Competitors calibrate their algorithms in advance using a ground truth reference database, and compete using new unreferenced data.

Technical Competition Details

The evaluation criteria for the competition, restrictions on the accepted technologies, technical rules to follow and a description of the benchmarks are detailed in the technical annexes to this call, which will be published by the end of March. Announcements and possible refinements of the annexes, also based on candidate competitors' comments, will be timely distributed on the competition discussion mailing list < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >.

Maps of the competition area and all the relative information will be provided by the end of March on the EvAAL site.

All the data gathered by the competition committee during the competition, including data produced by competing systems, will be published after the competition for the purpose of research and comparison. Winners of the competition will be announced during the conference.

Competitor's Admission Process

A "competitor" can be any individual or group of individuals working as a single team, associated to a single or a number of organizations, who wants to participate in one or several tracks.

Competitors apply for admission to the competition tracks by providing a short (2 to 4 pages) "technical description" of their localization system, including a description of the algorithms and protocols used. The technical description must be sent by e-mail to the chairs of the intended track.  Track chairs will accept or refuse the application in a short time, based on technical feasibility and logistic constraints.

After acceptance of the competitor's technical description, one member of the competing team is required to register to the IPIN conference, specifying that the registration is linked to a competition track. Full registration to the conference covers participation in the competition process (allocated time, support and space) and the submission of a paper describing the system.

Competitors are required to make an oral presentation of their system during a dedicated session at the IPIN conference.  Additionally, competitor teams are invited, but not required, to submit a paper to the conference. The paper will follow the same peer review and publishing process as all the other papers submitted to IPIN, but with relaxed deadlines as specified below.

Competitors wishing to test their system, but do not want to be included in the public rankings and compared with other competitors, can ask for that special condition in advance to the chairs of the relevant track.

Important dates


Deadlines for presenting the "technical description", for competitor paper submission and for the competition itself, will be announced by the end of March on the IPIN web site <>, on the EvAAL site <> and on the competition discussion mailing list < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >.
Open request for admission to competition: TBA
Notification of admission: TBA
Submission of regular papers or work-in-progress and registration to IPIN 2016 TBA
Off-site submission of competitors' results (track 3) TBA
On-site tests and competitions (tracks 1, 2 and 4) TBA


All issues related with general diffusion, local organization, program, funding, etc., will be coordinated by general IPIN 2017 Committees.

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