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International Journal of Computer Vision - Call for Papers: Special Issue on Computer Vision Approaches for Animal Tracking and Modeling 2024

Guest editors

  • Anna Zamansky, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Helge Rhodin, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Silvia Zuffi, IMATI, Italy
  • Hyun Soo Park, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Sara Beery, MIT, USA
  • Angjoo Kanazawa, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Shohei Nobuhara, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Urs Waldmann, Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Shangzhe Wu, Stanford University, USA
  • Gengshan Yang,  Meta, USA

Many biological organisms have evolved to exhibit diverse behaviors, and understanding these behaviors is a fundamental goal of multiple disciplines including neuroscience, biology, animal husbandry, ecology, and animal conservation. These analyses require objective, repeatable, and scalable measurements of animal behaviors that are not possible with existing methodologies that leverage manual encoding from animal experts and specialists. Computer vision is having an impact across multiple disciplines by providing new tools for the detection, tracking, and analysis of animal behavior. The fourth edition of CV4Animals workshop has brought together this year experts across fields to stimulate this new field of computer-vision-based animal behavioral understanding.

This special issue will feature invited extended papers presented at the third edition of the CV4Animals workshop in Seattle, Washington, USA in June 2024. We also extend the invitation for other exciting non-archival papers on topics of Computer Vision for Animals. Appropriate submissions include, but are not limited to the following forms or a combination thereof:

  • Method paper: An advancement of or extension to an existing computer vision algorithm that has been tailored for animals, showing clear improvements on existing/strong baselines (e.g., the current state-of-the-art algorithm applied to humans if there is no or only little comparable methods for animals yet)
  • System paper: A clever combination of existing methods that solves a problem of interest to CV4Animals, rigorously evaluated on two or more datasets and showing that the choice of model components is non-trivial, each component is essential, and that the proposed method compares favorable to the current state-of-the-art.
  • Dataset paper: A new dataset that brings about a new aspect (e.g., new species, annotation type, larger scale), comes with a well-define evaluation protocol (train/val/test split and metrics), and provides scores for strong baselines (state-of-the-art on a related task/domain, typically more than one). 
  • Other forms are of course possible too, e.g., a state-of-the-art report. The examples just serve as a reference for the most common article types.

This special issue is tied to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land, aiming to protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of ecosystems and combat animal species extinction. For more information, see: 


  • Final submission deadline: 11:59 pm, August 31, 2024 (Pacific Time)
  • First review decision: 1 December 2024
  • Revised paper due: 15 January 2025
  • Final review decision: 15 March 2025
  • Final manuscript decision: 15 April 2025

Submission Guidelines

Papers (selected papers from Track 1 by invitation only) should be submitted via IJCV Editorial Manager:

Choose SI: CV4Animals 2024 from the Article Type dropdown.

Submitted papers should present original, unpublished work, relevant to one of the topics of the Special Issue. All submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, significance of contribution, technical quality, scholarship, and quality of presentation, by at least two independent reviewers. It is the policy of the journal that no submission, or substantially overlapping submission, be published or be under review at another journal or conference at any time during the review process. Manuscripts will be subject to a peer reviewing process and must conform to the author guide lines available on the IJCV website at:

Author Resources
Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by other journals.  Springer provides a host of information about publishing in a Springer Journal on our Journal Author Resources page, including  FAQs,  Tutorials along with Help and Support.

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