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  • 04.08.2012 Results for the medical image-based and case-base retrieval task have been released.
  • 30.07.2012 Results for the photo web task have been released.
  • 15.07.2012 Results for the personal photo retrieval task have been released.
  • 13.07.2012 Results for the medical modality classification task have been released.
  • 30.06.2012 Submission system is close.
  • 22.06.2012 Results for the robot vision task have been released.
  • 21.05.2012 Test data for the robot vision tasks has been released.
  • 15.05.2012 Test data for the photo annotation tasks has been released.
  • 17.04.2012 Training data for the medical modality classification task has been released.
  • 19.04.2012 Data for the photo annotation tasks has been released.
  • 26.03.2012 Data for the plant task has been released.
  • 20.03.2012 Data for the medical task has been released.
  • 11.03.2012 You can follow us on twitter @imageclef.
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    ">this questionnaire by CHORUS+ on current practices related to the evaluation of multimedia retrieval technologies.

  • 05.12.2011 ImageCLEF has been selected as one of the CLEF 2012 labs.
  • 30.11.2011 The ImageCLEF Wikipedia image retrieval 2011 dataset is publicly available here
  • 30.09.2011 Links to the slides of the oral presentations and to the demos at the ImageCLEF sessions of CLEF 2011 are available here
  • 10.9.2010 The ImageCLEF book is now available to buy at Springer. More information can be found here.


ImageCLEF aims to provide an evaluation forum for the cross–language annotation and retrieval of images. Motivated by the need to support multilingual users from a global community accessing the ever growing body of visual information, the main goal of ImageCLEF is to support the advancement of the field of visual media analysis, indexing, classification, and retrieval, by developing the necessary infrastructure for the evaluation of visual information retrieval systems operating in both monolingual, cross–language and language-independent contexts. ImageCLEF aims at providing reusable resources for such benchmarking purposes.

ImageCLEF launched in 2003 as part of the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) with the goal is to provide support for the evaluation of 1) language-independent methods for the automatic annotation of images with concepts, 2) multimodal information retrieval methods based on the combination of visual and textual features, and 3) multilingual image retrieval methods, so as to compare the effect of retrieval of image annotations and query formulations in several languages.

ImageCLEF has already seen participation from both academic and industry research groups worldwide from various communities including: (visual) information retrieval, cross–lingual information retrieval, computer vision and pattern recognition, medical informatics, human-computer interaction, etc.

More information on past and current ImageCLEF campaigns can be found here:

ImageCLEF organisers

ImageCLEF was originally proposed by Mark Sanderson and Paul Clough from the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield. However, today ImageCLEF is organised and ran (mostly voluntarily) by a much larger number of individuals and research groups.

Overall coordination

Image retrieval from medical collections

Image annotation

Plant identification

Robot Vision

Technical suport


All publications related to ImageCLEF are available here.


Many organisations and individuals have supported ImageCLEF, but in particular we thank:

  • Dr. Carol Peters (co-ordinator of CLEF) for continual support and help in the organisation of ImageCLEF.
  • Dr. Thomas Deselaers for his help in past ImageCLEF editions (2004-2008) and for support of the ImageCLEF web pages.
  • The Khresmoi, Chorus+ and Promise projects for their support.
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