Call for Workshop Proposals

Workshop Chairs: Olga Russakovsky and Olga Veksler
Proposal Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021 AOE
Notification: Mon, April 12, 2021




We are soliciting proposals for workshops to be held together with the 2021 International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV 2021). The workshops will take place on Monday, October 11, Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 at the same venue as the main conference. The purpose of the workshops is to provide a comprehensive forum on topics that will not be fully explored during the main conference and to encourage in-depth discussion of technical, application, and community issues. We also strongly encourage workshops aiming to create and strengthen communities. To this end, it will be possible to submit proposals for affinity workshops (such as Women in Computer Vision or Good Citizens of CVPR) that will be judged separately. 

In the past few years, the number of workshop proposals has been increasing rapidly. Due to space and time limitations, as well as to encourage diversity of topic coverage, we will only be able to retain a limited number of high-quality proposals. Therefore, we encourage the workshop organizers to submit proposals that are specific and detailed in justifying relevance and viability. In the case of very similar workshop proposals, we might ask the organizers to merge into a single workshop.

Important information:

1. Proposals will be submitted via CMT3 (

  • Organizers will be asked to fill out an extensive questionnaire during the submission process: make sure to read the questions ahead of time as you plan your proposal. 
  • There is the option to upload additional information in pdf format if desired (figures, dataset details, etc.), but this is not required.

2. In the event that ICCV 2021 is held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, workshops will be held virtually as well. Workshop organizers should be prepared to run their workshops both in-person and virtually. 

3. We expect most workshops to be half-day events. Additional justification needs to be provided in the CMT form to request a full-day workshop. Affinity workshops are exempt and are welcome to propose workshops of any length.

4. When preparing the proposal, please note that ICCV 2021 author notification is on July 22, 2021.

5. If you intend to peer-review and publish accepted papers in conjunction with ICCV 2021 proceedings: note that the final camera-ready deadline for workshop papers to be included in the proceedings is on August 17, 2021 (11:59PM Pacific Time). 

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Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Their order below does not reflect their importance.

1. Excitement and Relevance

  • How well a workshop complements the main conference
  • The community’s interest in the topic
  • How the workshop will generate new discussion or momentum on the topic
  • The relevance of the invited speakers to the topic
  • We encourage workshop proposals aimed at creating or improving community
  • We encourage interdisciplinary workshops

2. Diversity and inclusion 

  • This includes diversity in the organization teams and invited speakers (e.g., gender, race, affiliations, seniority, etc.), and diversity of opinions represented during the workshop.
  • Proposals should specify how diversity and inclusion is being addressed. The ICCV 2021 Workshop Chairs are available via to help if needed.

3. Diversity of topics and formats in the set of accepted workshops

  • We will strive for a diversity of topics. Workshops with overlapping topics might be asked to merge. While merging is optional, at most one of the workshops proposed to be merged will be accepted.
  • We strive for different workshop formats, such as invited speakers, challenges, community building, etc.
  • The complementary nature of invited speakers with respect to other workshops. This will also be used as a criterion to identify similar workshops.

4. Social impact and ethical consideration 

  • Computer vision may be useful both in positive and negative ways, so we expect workshop organizers to articulate the potential impact of their topics in the proposal and to incorporate those considerations into the workshop itself
  • We encourage workshops focusing on social impact of computer vision

5. Organization

  • Experience of the organizing team and dedication of the main organizers
  • Method for having an engaging workshop either in-person or (partially) remotely



Proposals should be submitted via CMT ( by February 26, 2021 AOE. Proposals failing to comply with the guidelines will be desk rejected.  



  • The ICCV 2021 organizers will collect workshop registrations, provide facilities, and distribute electronic copies of the workshop proceedings.
  • Workshops will be required to prepare their own websites, separate from the ICCV 2021 webpage. These pages will include workshop details, organizers, dates, submission instructions, and, once finalized, the workshop program.
  • Workshop organizers are expected to respond in a timely manner to requests from the ICCV 2021 organizers (e.g., by providing the workshop program to be included in the main distribution materials). 



For questions, please contact the workshop chairs via