Call for competition: Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation 2019

Francesco Potortì Potorti at
Mon Aug 12 17:42:28 CEST 2019

Deadline 30 August


			     Sixth IPIN Competition
		    on-site and off-site Indoor Localization

		       28-29 September 2019, Pisa, Italy



IPIN is pleased to announce the sixth IPIN 2019 Indoor Localization Competition,
in conjunction with the IPIN 2019 Conference in Pisa (Italy). 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 generally accepted standards exist yet.

IPIN  2019  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

The competition builds  on the experience of previous competitions  and is based
on  the  EvAAL  framework,  ensuring experience,  solidity  and  a  well-founded
scientific method. In 2019 the competition hosts five different tracks:

    Track 1: Smartphone-based
    Track 2: Video-based
    Track 3: Smartphone-based (off-site)
    Track 4: Foot-mounted IMU based (off-site)
    Track 5: xDR in industrial scenarios (off-site)

The winner of each track will be awarded a prize of 1500 €.


The competition will take  place in the CNR Area of Pisa  (IT). An actor carries
the competing system by walking  in and between multi-floor buildings.  Position
estimates are provided in real time. Data processing is local, without using any
external  aid. Survey  of the  area and  system calibration  is restricted  to a
single day.

Track  1 -  Smartphone-based:  The actor  carries a  smartphone  which runs  the
competing system, using the sensors available on the smartphones to identify the
user's position.

Track 2 -  Video based: The actor  carries video equipment on the  upper part of
the body  (no Depth, no Lidar),  processing is done using  smartphone, tablet or
laptop carried by the actor.


Competitors calibrate their algorithms in advance using a ground truth reference
database, and compete using new unreferenced data.

Track 3 -  Smartphone based: A pedestrian walking under  realistic conditions in
multi-floor buildings using data provided by a conventional smartphone.

Track  4  -  Foot-mounted  IMU-based: A  pedestrian  carries  PERSY  (PEdestrian
Reference SYstem)  a state-of-the-art  Inertial Navigation System  producing IMU
data, MAG data & GNSS data. Maps are not provided.

Track 5 -  xDR in industrial scenarios: Practical performance  of xDR methods in
industrial  scenarios:  sensor data  are  measured  in  actual operations  in  a
restaurant and a factory by Android devices.


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 at <>.
Announcements and possible  refinements of the annexes, also  based on candidate
competitors' comments, will be timely  distributed on the competition discussion
mailing list contest at and will appear on the IPIN web 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.


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. Only one team  from the same organisation
(laboratory) is allowed to compete.

Competitors apply for  admission to the competition tracks by  providing a short
(2 to 4  pages) technical description of their localization  system (in PDF, see
template at, which  includes a  description of
the algorithms  and protocols used.  The technical  description must be  sent by
e-mail to the chairs  of the intended track, which is  indicated in the relative
annex. 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 (allotted  time,
support and space) and the submission  of one paper describing the system. Note:
subscriptions related  to competion allow  for a  single paper to  be submitted,
rather than the two papers mentioned in the instructions for authors.

Competitors who are authors of an accepted paper will be allowed some time after
the conference for updating it before publication.

Competitors who wish to test their system, but do not want to be included in the
public rankings  and compared with other  competitors, may ask for  that special
condition in  advance to  the chairs of  the relevant track,  who can  accept or
refuse the application depending on their organisational constraints.

Competitors who wish to test their on-site  system which does not fit any of the
on-site tracks may ask chairs of Track 1 to be admitted off-track, which will be
granted depending on organisational contraints.

Subscribe  to the  contest  mailing  list to  get  updated  on the  competition:

	Technical description:			30 August
	Notification of admission:		1 week after
	Result submission (off-site tracks):	14 September
	Survey and setup (on-site tracks):	28 September
	Competition (on-site tracks):		29 September


Competition chairs	Francesco Potortì - ISTI-CNR (IT)
	    		Sangjoon Park - ETRI (KR)

Track 1			Antonino Crivello - ISTI-CNR (IT)
      			Filippo Palumbo - ISTI-CNR (IT)
Track 2			Soyeon Lee - ETRI (KR)
Track 3			Joaquín Torres-Sospedra - University Jaume I (ES)
      			Antonio R. Jiménez Ruiz - CSIC (ES)
Track 4			Miguel Ortiz - GEOLOC Team, IFSTTAR (FR)
      			Johan Perul - GEOLOC Team, IFSTTAR (FR)
Track 5			Ryosuke Ichikari - AIST and University of Tsukuba (JP)
      			Ryo Shimomura - AIST and University of Tsukuba (JP)
Software		Michele Girolami - ISTI-CNR (IT)

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