Digital Video Retrieval at NIST

TREC Video Retrieval Evaluation: TRECVID

The TREC conference series is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with additional support from other U.S. government agencies. The goal of the conference series is to encourage research in information retrieval by providing a large test collection, uniform scoring procedures, and a forum for organizations interested in comparing their results. In 2001 and 2002 the TREC series sponsored a video "track" devoted to research in automatic segmentation, indexing, and content-based retrieval of digital video. Beginning in 2003, this track became an independent evaluation (TRECVID) with a workshop taking place just before TREC.

George Awad is the TRECVID Project Leader at NIST.

Alan Smeaton (Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Dublin City University) and Wessel Kraaij (TNO and Leiden University) serve as general external coordinators.


o The application period for TRECVID 2016 is now closed.

All past TRECVID participants will be notified of the call for participation in TRECVID 2017. If you are not a past participant and would like to be put on a mailing list to be notified of the call for participation in TRECVID 2017, please let the TRECVID Project Leader know. The call is expected to go out around 1. Feb 2017.

o 2016 Guidelines

To cite TRECVID in publications:


Past data:

Tools and resources:

TRECVID Statement on Product Testing and Advertising:

Guidelines for earlier TRECVID workshops:

Other forums for related work:

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Date created: Tuesday, 21-Nov-00
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