The aim of this challenge is to provide researchers in the field of acoustic source localization and tracking the opportunity to benchmark their algorithms against competing approaches using a common data corpus that encompasses real multichannel recordings for different scenarios and microphone configurations. The dataset can be obtained from the LOCATA website http://www.locata-challenge.org.
The development dataset is intended to allow participants to familiarize themselves with and adapt their algorithms to the data corpus and evaluation framework. For this purpose, the development dataset contains the ground-truth positional data of all sources. For participation in the LOCATA challenge, participants submit the performance results of their algorithms applied to the evaluation dataset.
The LOCATA challenge outcome will be announced during a satellite workshop to be held at IWAENC 2018. Challenge participants submit to the LOCATA workshop a 4-page paper detailing the algorithmic framework of their submission(s). Papers submitted to the LOCATA challenge will be published on arXiv in the proceedings of the IEEE-AASP LOCATA Challenge. The proceedings aim to provide an overview of the practical aspects of the algorithmic frameworks submitted to LOCATA. Challenge participants are strongly encouraged to submit papers describing novel contributions, such as the proposal of new algorithms, in the form of regular papers to IWAENC in addition to participating in the LOCATA satellite workshop during IWAENC.
The current timetable is as follows:
- February 16, 2018: Release of the development (Dev) data
- April 16, 2018: Release of the evaluation (Eval) data
- April 20, 2018: IWAENC regular paper deadline
- June 1, 2018: LOCATA deadline for evaluation results
- August 1, 2018: LOCATA paper deadline
- September 20, 2018: LOCATA satellite workshop at IWAENC 2018 in Tokyo