Robust ReadingCompetition


"Robust Reading" refers to the research area dealing with the interpretation of written communication in unconstrained settings. Typically Robust Reading is linked to the detection and recognition of textual information in scene images, but in the wider sense it refers to techniques and methodologies that have been developed specifically for text containers other than scanned paper documents, and include born-digital images and videos to mention a few.

Robust Reading is at the meeting point between camera based document analysis and scene interpretation, and serves as common ground between the document analysis community and the wider computer vision community.

The ICDAR Robust Reading Competition has been held five times [1-5], in 2003, 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2015. The competition is organized around challenges that represent specific application domains for robust reading. Challenges are selected to cover a wide range of real-world situations. Each challenge is set up around different tasks.

ICDAR 2017 Robust Reading competitions

The ICDAR 2017 Robust Reading competition builds upon the success of the previous editions. The challenges introduced for the 2017 edition are summarized in the following figure:



More information about each challenge is provided in their respective pages:



  1. D. Karatzas, L. Gomez-Bigorda, A. Nicolaou, S. Ghosh, A. Bagdanov, M. Iwamura, J. Matas, L. Neumann, V. Ramaseshan Chandrasekhar, S. Lu, F. Shafait, S. Uchida, E. Valveny, "ICDAR 2015 Competition on Robust Reading", In Proc. 13th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 2015), IEEE, 2015, pp. 1156-1160. [pdf] [presentation]

  2. S.M. Lucas, A. Panaretos, L. Sosa, A. Tang, S. Wong, and R. Young, "ICDAR 2003 robust reading competitions", In Proc. 7th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, IEEE Computer Society, 2003, pp. 682-682.

  3. D. Karatzas, F. Shafait, S. Uchida, M. Iwamura, L. Gomez, S. Robles, J. Mas, D. Fernandez, J. Almazan, L.P. de las Heras , "ICDAR 2013 Robust Reading Competition", In Proc. 12th International Conference of Document Analysis and Recognition, 2013, IEEE CPS, pp. 1115-1124. [pdf] [poster] [presentation]

  4. D. Karatzas, S. Robles Mestre, J. Mas, F. Nourbakhsh, P. Pratim Roy , "ICDAR 2011 Robust Reading Competition - Challenge 1: Reading Text in Born-Digital Images (Web and Email)", In Proc. 11th International Conference of Document Analysis and Recognition, 2011, IEEE CPS, pp. 1485-1490. [pdf] [presentation]

  5. A. Shahab, F. Shafait, A. Dengel, "ICDAR 2011 Robust Reading Competition - Challenge 2: Reading Text in Scene Images",  In Proc. 11th International Conference of Document Analysis and Recognition, 2011, IEEE CPS, pp. 1491-1496. [pdf]


7441registered users
29105evaluated methods (*)
536public methods

(*) overall number of submissions including private and public ones

Important Dates

  • 15 January: Web site online
  • 15 January until 31 March: Registration of interest
  • 5 March: Datasets available
  • 2 April: Submission of results deadline
  • 23-26 August: Results presentation