The Institute of Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence (IARAI) GmbH, registered at Landstraßer Hauptstraße 5, 1030 Vienna, Austria (“Organizer”) organizes several online discussion forums, a range of data analysis competitions, and related physical meetings with the main purpose of scientific education and exchange.

In order to participate in the skills based Science4Cast competitions, if any (“Competition”), you must first accept these Terms and Conditions (“Terms”). If after reading these Terms, you decide not to accept them, please do not confirm acceptance. If you accept these Terms, you will declare that you have read and understood these Terms and agreed to them.

1. Initial Provisions

1. These Terms specify the rules and process for conducting the Competitions organized by the Organizer.

2. For each competition, the Organizer might organize a symposium in order to present the winning solutions of the Competition (“Symposium”) in which case the winners will be notified accordingly; the costs related to the Symposium will be borne by the Organizer at its discretion.

2. Conditions of Participation

1. The Competitions are intended for natural persons who, at the time of registering for participation in the Competition, meet the following criteria:

a) are at least thirteen (13) years of age or if they are under thirteen (13) years of age, or at least thirteen (13) years of age but are considered a minor where they live, they have their parent or legal guardian accept their registration on their behalf; anyone completing the registration must be legally competent
  b) have created a user account with the Organizer; and
  c) have read the content of these Terms, accepted their provisions and agreed to participate in a Competition as described on the website https://www.iarai.ac.at/science4cast (“Organizer’s Website”).

Competitions are open to residents of all countries, except for residents of Iran, Crimea, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba and any other countries which are subject to EU and/or US sanctions not allowing participation in the Competitions.

2. The Organizer’s employees who are directly involved in the work related to the Competitions and members of their families are prohibited from participating in the Competitions. Family members shall mean ascendants, descendants, siblings, spouse’s siblings, spouse’s parents, relatives in the sideline to the first degree and persons in the adoption or marriage ratio.

3. Participation in the Competitions is free and voluntary.

3. Protection of Personal Data

1. The personal data of participants to the Competitions (“Participants”) is collected by the Organizer, in order to process the registration, to organize and manage the Competitions and provide information about related events or events organized by the Organizer in the future.

2. With the acceptance of these Terms, the Participants consent to and expressly authorize the Organizer to use their personal data for the above purposes and transfer their data to partners or sponsors of the Organizer for the purpose of the Competition.

3. Participants accept that their identity can be published on leader boards displayed on the Organizer’s Website and, should a prize be won, it can also be published on the Organizer’s Website to announce the recipient of the respective prize.

4. Participants can exercise their rights of access, rectification, cancellation and opposition by sending a certified letter or email to the Organizer, clearly indicating the right exercised.

4. Competition Rules

1. In order to participate in a Competition, applicants must register by accepting these Terms as described on the Organizer’s Website.

2. During a Competition, Participants can work individually or in teams (hereinafter “Team”), unless Competition specific rules specify otherwise.

3. The Organizer reserves the right to limit the number of entries submitted to the Competitions.

4. During the Competitions, Participants will work on any of the challenges described in detail on the Organizer’s Website (“Competition Challenges”).

5. For each Competition, the prizes or distinctions specified in the Terms will be awarded to the Participants who, in accordance with these Terms, will present the best competition entries in the jury’s opinion.

6. Participants who participate in the Symposium (if organized) will present their solutions to the public.  

7. Ideas or contributions whose presentation, execution or development is susceptible to infringe the law and/or violate the rights of third parties will not be admitted. Contributions that promote violence or discrimination based on sex, age, beliefs, ideology or any other reason will not be accepted either.

8. In the event a Participant or a Team violates the provisions of the Terms and/or applicable law, the Organizer will have the right to disqualify the Participant or the respective Team.

Specific Rules for ‘Science4Cast Competition 2021’

9. Competition Challenges, announced on the Organizer’s Website, consists of one task. The challenge is to predict the future states of the semantic network of AI, as outlined in detail on the Organizer’s Website.

10. The active phase of the Competition will commence at on August 24, 2021 and will last until (AoE, 23:59 UTC-12) November 3, 2021 (hereafter referred to as “Submission Deadline”). From August 24, 2021 until the Submission Deadline, Participants can provide their predictions for each challenges to be compared with a withheld data set that will be scored, to be used for updating the leader-boards published on the Organizer’s Website at a frequency and level of service provision announced by the Organizer on the Organizer’s Website.

11. Participants are tasked with creating a solution for the challenge during the Competition. All proposed solutions and case studies should be built solely based on the semantic network data provided by the Data Provider (“Data Sets”), plus optionally any other data the Organizer makes available for Competition Challenges via the Organizer’s Website to all Participants, plus optionally any other open data that was publicly available by December 31, 2017 and that is free to be used by all Participants for this Competition. Any closed data sources or data that only became available at or after January 1, 2018 is not allowed.

12. IARAI is the “Data Provider” for this Competition. There is no liability for the accuracy of our data.

13. The Competition will be conducted according to the following schedule:

(i) Data Release: 24. August 2021

(ii) Competition ends (submission deadline): 3. November 2021

(iii) Abstract submission deadline: 17. November 2021

(iv) Announcement of the winners: 2. November 2021

(v) IEEE BigData 2021: 15.-18. December 2021 

5. Awards

1. Competition entries will be evaluated by the jury composed of the Organizer’s organization committee as stated on the Organizer’s Website. The core Competition Challenge will be solely evaluated on the provided metric (Area under the Curve (AUC) of the ROC curve) as described on the Organizer’s Website), but other challenges, if they are not based on purely numerical decision making, will be judged by the jury at its sole discretion.

2. Competition entries for challenges that are not subject to a clear numerical metric will be evaluated according to the following criteria: a) Innovation and attractiveness of the solution, b) Generalizability of the approach and c) Elegance.

3. A jury will nominate a selection of Participants/Teams on merit to the Symposium (if organized).

4. The Organizer provides prizes to the winners of each core or extended Competition Challenge as follows:
  a) 1st place voucher or cash prize worth 8,000€ to the Participant/Team;
  b) 2nd place a voucher or cash prize worth 6,000€ to the Participant/Team;
  c) 3rd place a voucher or cash prize worth 2,000€ to the Participant/Team.

5. The Organizer may award additional prizes to the Participants/Teams.

6. The decisions of the jury are final and cannot be appealed. The jury can recommend to split a prize between similarly performing teams.

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