Call for challenges

For the first time, MIDL invites the community to propose challenges involving both medical imaging and machine learning topics. Challenges oriented towards segmentation, classification, registration, diagnostics, localization, tractography, signal restoration, image reconstruction, privacy protection, adversarial attacks on medical data, to name a few, are welcome.

Submission details

According to a recent study on common practice in biomedical image analysis (Maier-Hein et al., 2018), reproduction and adequate interpretation of challenge results are often not possible, because only a fraction of relevant information is typically reported. To address this issue, like MICCAI 2020, we use an online platform for challenge proposal submissions with structured descriptions of challenge protocols. This platform will ensure the completeness of the information for a high-quality challenge review as well as structured access to the challenge information in the future. Additionally, It may help organizers improve the design of their challenge.

Proposal submissions closed on January 13 2020. Feedback and further instructions will be sent by January 28 2020.

Details on the challenge registration/submission procedure as well as the selection criteria are available on the submission site:

Challenge proposal website


Challenge organizers will assign to the MIDL organizers the right to distribute challenge materials (such as the agenda and the challenge design document) to the MIDL organizing committee and to the attendees, independently of the copyright ownership planned by the challenge organizers.

Important dates

  • Challenge submission open 1 December 2019
  • Challenge proposal deadline 13 January 2020
  • Reviews available 28 January 2020
  • Revised proposal deadline 14 February 2020
  • Notification of acceptance 21 February 2020
  • Conference dates 6-8 July 2020