Overview - RoadText Competition on Video Text Detection, Tracking and Recognition
The RoadText challenge is a competition that aims to advance the current state of the art in scene text detection, recognition, and tracking in videos. This is a particularly challenging task due to the unique characteristics of text in driving videos. Unlike text in other types of videos, the text in these videos is often incidental and widely dispersed across the scene. Additionally, the camera movement in these videos can introduce distortions such as motion blur, which can make the text difficult to recognize.
To evaluate and improve methods for this task, the RoadText challenge will be based on the RoadText-1K dataset, which contains 1000 dash cam videos. Each video is 10 seconds long and has 30 frames per second. In these videos, the text object lifetimes are typically quite short, which means that models need to be able to handle occlusions and deal with tiny, distorted text instances that are frequently influenced by motion blur and significant perspective distortions. In many cases, text instances may not be fully readable in any single frame, requiring the combination of detections from multiple frames to successfully transcribe them.
Overall, the RoadText challenge focuses on detecting, tracking, and recognizing text instances in videos, with an emphasis on developing models that are able to handle the unique challenges presented by text in driving videos. By addressing these challenges, the competition hopes to contribute to the development of technology that can assist with a variety of tasks, including automatic translation of road signs, improved navigation for self-driving vehicles, and more.
 Sangeeth Reddy, Minesh Mathew, Lluis Gomez, Marcal Rusinol, Dimosthenis Karatzas., and C. V. Jawahar. Roadtext-1k: Text detection & recognition dataset for driving videos, 2020.
24th -31st December 2022: Initial website launch
24th -31st December 2022: Initial training data release
15 February 2023: Full training data along with test data release
1st March 2023: Submission site open
20 March 2023: Deadline for competition submissions
27 March 2023: Extended deadline for competition submissions
1 May 2023: Initial submission of competition report
21 - 26 August 2023: Result announcement and presentation
All deadlines are in the AoE time zone