Participation Guidelines

iDPP CLEF 2023

Tasks

iDPP CLEF 2023 offers two evaluation tasks focused on predicting the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and one position papers task on impact of exposition to pollutants on predicting the progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Task 1 - Predicting Risk of Disease Worsening (Multiple Sclerosis)

It focuses on ranking subjects based on the risk of worsening, setting the problem as a survival analysis task. More specifically the risk of worsening predicted by the algorithm should reflect how early a patient experience the event "worsening". Worsening is defined based on the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), accordingly to clinical standards.

Task 2 - Predicting Probability of Worsening (Multiple Sclerosis)

It refines Task 1 by asking participants to explicitly assign a probability of worsening at different time windows.

Task 3 - Position Papers on Impact of Exposition to Pollutants (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

We will evaluate proposals of different approaches to assess if exposure to different pollutants is a useful variable to predict time to Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG), Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) and death in ALS patients.

Position papers follow the same schedule for submission, peer revision, and camera ready as the papers of the participants in the challenge. See the section on Important Dates below for details.
Accepted position papers will be published in the CLEF 2023 Working Notes at CEUR-WS, indexed in DBLP and Scopus.

Position papers use the same template as participants papers, available here.
Authors are strongly encouraged to use LaTeX. However, it is possible to also use Word and a basic template is provided as well.

Position papers are expected to be 5-10 pages in length, excluding references.

Position papers can be submitted via Easychair at the following link https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=clef2023 by choosing the Intelligent Disease Progression Prediction (iDPP) track.

Participating

To participate in iDPP CLEF 2023, groups need to register at the following link:

Register

Important Dates

Participant Repository

Participants are provided with a single repository for all the tasks they take part in. The repository contains the runs, resources, and possibly the code produced by each participant in order to promote reproducibility and open science.

The repository is organised as follows:

The submission and score folders are organized into sub-folders for each task as follows:

Participants which do not take part in a given task can simply delete the corresponding sub-folders.

Here, you can find a sample participant repository to get a better idea of its layout.

The goal of iDPP CLEF 2023 is to speed up the creation of systems and resources for MS and ALS progression prediction as well as openly share these systems and resources as much as possible. Therefore, participants are more than encouraged to share their code and any additional resources they have used or created.

All the contents of these repositories are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Participant Papers

Participants are expected to write a report describing their participation in iDPP CLEF 2022, their proposed solution, what features have been used for prediction, the analysis of the experimental results and insights derived from them.

Participant reports will be peer-reviewed and accepted reports will be published in the CLEF 2022 Working Notes at CEUR-WS, indexed in DBLP and Scopus.

A template for the report is contained in the report folder of each participant repository. The template does not only define the layout of the report but it also provides a suggested structure for it and illustrates the kind of expected contents.
Participants are strongly encouraged to use LaTeX, whose template provides all the details about the report. However, it is possible to also use Word and a basic template is provided as well.

Participant papers are expected to be 10-20 pages in length, excluding references.

The schedule for submission, revision, and camera ready of the participant report is detailed above in the Important Dates section.

Participant papers can be submitted via Easychair at the following link https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=clef2023 by choosing the Intelligent Disease Progression Prediction (iDPP) track.

Get in Contact

If you need any additional information, please get in contact with us writing to Nicola Ferro, ferrodei.unipd.it.

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