Video Browser Showdown

Jan 17, 2016: Congratulations again to the team from HTW-Berlin (Prof. Kai Uwe Barthel), who won the VBS 2016 competition!
Dec 27, 2015: The detailed program for the VBS session at MMM 2016 is available here.

Importante note: At VBS 2016, screen recording/capturing for visual (and textual) tasks is not allowed anymore, since it is more of a query-by-example approach instead of real interactive video search, which we want to push with the VBS.

The Video Browser Showdown (VBS) is an annual live video search competition, where international researchers evaluate and demonstrate the efficiency of their interactive video search tools in front of the audience. It is organized as a special session at the International Conference on MultiMedia Modeling (MMM) since 2012. In this special session the participating teams start with presenting the details of their video search systems and then perform several interactive video search tasks in a moderately large video collection (currently 250 hours of video content).

The aim of the Video Browser Showdown is to evaluate video browsing tools for their efficiency at “Known Item Search” (KIS) tasks with a well-defined data set in direct comparison with other tools. For each KIS task the searchers need to interactively find a short video clip (20 secs) in the video collection within a specific time limit. While the video data is distributed before the event, the tasks are presented on-site via a projector (either as a video clip itself, or as a textual description). The video below shows some impressions from previous events.

The next Video Browser Showdown (VBS2016) will be held at MMM 2016 on January 4-6, 2016 in Miami, Florida, USA.


The Video Browser Showdown is supported by the TOSCA-MP project by contributing to the organisation and providing data sets.TOSCA-MP Logo