Background
The big data competition has been jointly organized by the International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology under the auspices of UNESCO (IKCEST), the China Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology (CKCEST), Baidu and Xi’an Jiaotong University. The Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Ministry of Education, and the University Alliance of the Silk Road are also involved. The aim is to identify top talents in the global big data and artificial intelligence sector, particularly talented individuals from the BRI countries, in an effort to help the government, industry and higher education institutions jointly drive the research, application and development of the big data industry, and cultivate innovative AI talent.
Topic: Mutual Translation Between French, Russian, Thai, Arabic and Chinese, Major Languages of the Belt and Road Initiative

Machine translation systems are often focus on sentence-aligned parallel corpora, which allows the translation model to learn the mapping relationships and connections between languages, thus enabling translation. This translation competition will focus on translation between Chinese and other major languages of the Belt and Road Countries including French, Russian, Thai, and Arabic; The competition offers four sets of parallel sentence pairs (Chinese-French, Chinese-Russian, Chinese-Thai and Chinese-Arabic), and participating teams are encouraged to use other open bilingual and monolingual datasets to construct their training data. The test set involves eight directions: from Chinese to French, French to Chinese, Chinese to Russian, Russian to Chinese, Chinese to Thai, Thai to Chinese, Chinese to Arabic and Arabic to Chinese.

Translation models can be divided into one-to-one models (translating from one language to another), many-to-one models (translating from multiple languages to one language), one-to-many models (translating from one language to multiple languages) and many-to-many models (translating from multiple languages to multiple languages). No limit is set on the translation model that the participants may use in the competition, which encourages participants to carry out technological exploration, focusing on the aspects of data, model structure and training methods, and aims at promoting technology development.

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  • September 30th, 2022 Preliminary Round Closing date

    Preliminary Round Final date

  • November 15th, 2022 Semi-Final Round Closing date

    Semi-Final Round Final date

  • November 2022 See the notice for details

    Final Round and Award Ceremony

  • Number of participants
Schedule settings
The contest is divided into three stages: preliminary, semi-final and final. (Registration time: August 10th, 2022-September 30th, 2022)
Preliminary Round (August 10th, 2022 -September 30th, 2022)

1)August 10th – The data and baseline will be available for download and the competition will be officially launched.

2)June 10 th–The baseline is available for download, the competition will be officially launched.

3)September 30th – The end of the preliminary round. The top 100 ranking teams in the preliminary round will enter the semi-final round (This number will increase or decrease based on the actual situation. The list of semi-finalists shall be determined by the organizers as soon as possible)

4) Free high-performance GPU computing power support
The PaddlePaddle Open Source Deep Learning Platform will be available in the preliminary round. Contestants can log into Baidu Brain AI studio to activate a 100-hour Tesla V100 GPU computing power card (worth 1,000 RMB) for free provided by the Organizational Committee.
Application address for the computing power code:
https://aistudio.baidu.com/aistudio/questionnaire?activityid=844

Semi-Final Round (October 10th, 2022 - November 15th, 2022)

1)October 10th – The data will be available for download.

2)October 13t – TThe online evaluation opens. Each team is allowed 2 evaluation opportunities per day and the rankings are updated daily in real time.

3)November 15th – End of the semi-final round. The semi-finalists shall submit their files and codes in the required time

4)November 25th– The finalists will be announced. The top 16 ranking teams from the semi-final round will enter the final round (May increase or decrease based on the actual situation. The list of finalists will be determined by the organizers as soon as possible).

Final Round and Award Ceremony (November 2022 See the notice for details.)

The final round will be held in the form of an on-site defense session, and its location will be determined at a later date.

Registration and Evaluation
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Qualified Participants

1、Qualified Contestants: The contest is open to all institutions of higher learning, scientific research organizations, businesses, teams of creators and individuals around the world. Each team must have 1-5 members including at least one current student. Please register and form a team on the official website of the contest.

2、Instructing Teacher: Instructing Teachers: Each team can be instructed by 0-2 teachers. Please register the identity as "teacher" when forming a team.
Note: Individuals affiliated with the Baidu Contest Proposition Team are not allowed to participate in the contest. The Organizing Committee reserves the final right of interpretation.

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Application

1、Application Time: August 10th – September 30th, 2022.

2、Official Contest Website: http://www.ikcest.org/bigdata2022 The registration and application of contestants and instructing teachers should be completed before the registration deadline. After the deadline, no teams will be formed or merged.

3、TThe official contest communication channel: Contest Communication Channel: Please join in the Contest Communication Group after application, QQ number: 713923520 (Please indicate the name of your team for evaluation and approval by the administrator).

4、Please create your own team name and ensure it contains no indecent or misleading words, such as "Baseline", "official", the names of a famous enterprise, etc. Please fill in your team name carefully.

5、To ensure the fairness of the contest, each contestant can only join one team, and each team can only be assigned one instructor.

6、The information filled out on the application must be accurate and valid, otherwise the team's qualification or any awards granted will be withdrawn.

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Evaluation Process

1、Time: The rating system will be up and running from August 25th. Each team is allowed 5 evaluation opportunities per day and the ranking list will be updated in real time;

2、Evaluation method: All submissions are automatically rated by the system with judges verifying the results;

3、Semi-final and final scores account for 90% and 10% of the total score respectively.

Prize setting

Prizes (Before-Tax) Prize money amounts to RMB200,000

International Grand Award

1 team

RMB 100,000

and a prize certificate

International First Prize

2 teams

RMB 30,000 each

and a prize certificate

International Second Prize

3 teams

RMB 10,000 each

and a prize certificate

International Third Prize

10 teams

RMB 1,000 each

and a prize certificate

International Excellence Prize

The top 90% of ranking teams from the semi-finals will earn a prize certificate showing their international ranking

Excellent Award for Excellent Instructor Prize

Instructing teachers of the top 90% teams from the semi-finals will be awarded an “Excellent Instructor” certificate

The Green Channel of Baidu's Campus Recruitment

Contestants (graduate-to-be only) will gain access to the interviews for Baidu's campus recruitment (without a written examination). Teams entering the semi-final (not graduate-to-be) will gain access to Baidu's green channel for intern recommendations for up to two years

Latest Ranking
Members of Organizing Committee
Advisory Committee
  • Raj Reddy (Turing Award winner, foreign academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, professor of Carnegie Mellon University)

  • Pan Yunhe (Academician from the Chinese Academy of Engineering)

  • Otthein Herzog (Academician of German National Academy of Engineering Sciences (acatech))

  • Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan (Academician of the Indian National Science Academy)

    Zheng Nanning (Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering)

    Jan Eloff (Professor of the University of Pretoria, The Republic of South Africa)

    Wang Haifeng (Chief technology officer at Baidu, Inc.)

    Zheng Qinghua (Executive Vice-president of Xi'an Jiaotong University)

Organizational Committee
  • Liu Chang (Chinese Academy of Engineering, IKCEST Secretariat)

  • Li Xuanya (Director of the Baidu Campus Brand Department)

  • Suo Zhihai (Director of the Network Information Center, Xi’an Jiaotong University)

  • Ji Xiangting (Secretary General, Deputy Director of the Baidu Campus Brand Department)

  • Liu Jun (Deputy Secretary General, Xi’an Jiaotong University)

    Yu Siwen (Deputy Secretary General, Baidu, Inc.)

    Fang Ying (Deputy Secretary General, IKCEST Secretariat)