ICML 2004 workshop The Physiological Data Modeling Contest (PDMC) A Machine Learning Challenge
July 8th, 2004 Banff, Alberta, Canada http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/sherstov/pdmc <http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/sherstov/pdmc> Physiological data offers many challenges to the machine learning community including dealing with large amounts of data, sequential data, issues of sensor fusion, and a rich domain complete with noise, hidden variables, and significant effects of context. The Physiological Data Modeling Contest (PDMC) will challenge participants to exhibit machine learning algorithms for classification and regression on data taken using BodyMedia (www.bodymedia.com <www.bodymedia.com> ) wearable body monitors. These devices collect and store continuous data from multiple sensors packaged in an unobtrusive armband. To enable this contest, BodyMedia is providing a rich dataset comprising several months of data from more than two dozen subjects. Features include raw data such as skin temperature, heat flux, galvanic skin response, and vital statistics of the user. The tasks include detecting classes of activity being engaged in by the user (e.g. walking, sleeping, watching TV, etc.) based on the values of these features. The training data is available now; the test data will be released approximately four weeks before the workshop; and the competitors will submit entries consisting of predictions for this test data shortly before ICML 2004. At the workshop, the performance of each entrant will be announced and the various techniques discussed and analyzed in detail. A small prize will be awarded to the winning competitors. Entrants will be invited to contribute papers describing their approaches to a special issue of a technical journal or magazine. The intended audience is machine learning researchers and professors currently teaching machine learning classes. Complete details are available on the contest website: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/sherstov/pdmc <http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/sherstov/pdmc> Important dates (tentative) =============== NOW: Send your expression of interest to the organizers 2 April: Notice of intent to participate due 1 June : Test data set released and announced 18 June : Entry submission deadline 8 July : Workshop/results Organizers ========== David Andre, [EMAIL PROTECTED], BodyMedia, Inc. (co-chair) Peter Stone, [EMAIL PROTECTED], UT Austin (co-chair) Alexander Sherstov, [EMAIL PROTECTED], UT Austin Maxence Crossley, [EMAIL PROTECTED], BodyMedia, Inc.