September 16-20 2018



The 2018 MICCAI conference will be held in Granada, Spain. The conference will host a variety of workshops, challenges, and tutorials. Challenges have become an integral part of MICCAI conferences in the past years. Their aim is to provide a fair and direct comparison of different methodological solutions to a common problem. Challenges should address a well-defined open problem relevant to MICCAI, provide high quality data for testing/training algorithms and define a clear assessment procedure. Examples of topics from previous challenges include: segmentation, registration, computer aided diagnosis, endoscopic vision, and brain connectivity.

The sessions may be designed as oral/poster presentations of the results each participant achieved prior to the conference and/or hands-on competitions during the event. MICCAI supports open data, hence, we encourage the organizers to use open source data licenses and/or keep the challenge open to submissions beyond the conference, providing a sustained platform for benchmarking.

Challenges will take place on September 16 and 20, 2018. All events will be located at the main conference venue. Each challenge may be organized as a half-day (8:00am-12:30pm, or 1:30pm- 5:00pm) or a full-day (8:00am-5:00pm) meeting. The reserved rooms that are available will be listed on the MICCAI 2018 website (www.miccai2018.org)

Submission Details

Recent research based on all biomedical image analysis challenges that have been conducted to date has shown that reproducibility, adequate interpretation, and comparability of challenge results are often not possible as only a fraction of relevant information is reported. This year, we address the problem with an online platform for structured description of challenge proposals. The system is based on an ontology for structured reporting of validation studies and challenges currently developed in collaboration between multiple institutions worldwide.

The framework will ensure completeness of information for a high-quality challenge review, as well as structured access to challenge information in the future. It may also help authors improve the design of their challenge. The information requested is summarized in this document.

The submission site:


will open on December 15, 2017, with submissions due by January 15, 2018.


Selection Criteria

To maintain high quality and relevance to the conference participants and due to the limited number of rooms available, a selection will be performed within the submitted challenges. The specific selection criteria include:

  • Expected interest of the topic for MICCAI audience.
  • Quality of the challenge design.

Proposals will be reviewed by at least two reviewers, who will evaluate the proposal, provide feedback, and assist organizers in making a final decision. These reviewers will be chosen based on their expertise in the area, with at least one of the reviewers having appropriate clinical expertise in the topic, where relevant.

To ensure a rich and diverse program, we reserve the right to ask proposals with substantial overlap to merge or alter their scope.


Authors will assign to the MICCAI Society the right to distribute the challenge material to MICCAI members and to challenge and conference attendees, independently of the copyright ownership planned by the challenge organizers. It is up to the challenge organizers to obtain corresponding agreement of the participants and, if necessary, consent from providers of data used in the challenge.


MICCAI 2018 will not pay for travel arrangements or stipends for the organizers of satellite events nor provide concessions on registration fees.

The MICCAI 2018 satellite events committee has limited funds for waiving the registration fees for a number of speakers, including those from outside the MICCAI community. Organizers should send a request to challenges@miccai2018.org with justification for their request. Organizers and speakers who plan only to attend the satellite event they are involved in are expected to register for the event unless registration fee waivers have been requested and granted.

Important Dates

15 January 2018 Proposals are due
22 January 2018 First round of feedback
19 March 2018 Final notification of acceptance
1 April 2018 Individual websites are up and running