Call for Special Sessions Proposals


We invite special sessions proposals for the 2021 IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2021: Accepted special sessions will be organized as part of the main conference.

For Special Sessions, we particularly encourage proposals that highlight emerging new fields, application domains and challenges related to face and gesture as well as interdisciplinary topics that bring new perspectives to the FG community. These Special Sessions will emphasize “Frontiers in FG” in the face and gesture recognition research field. It is possible to propose panels in this category. Proposers should have a strong record in the proposed field.

The special session paper submission with be handled as part of the second round of submissions to the FG2021, see For accepted special session, proposers will act as area chairs and supervise the reviewing process of the papers marked for the special session in the second round of submissions.The deadline for all workshop proposals is May 10, 2021. Decisions will be announced by May 24, 2021.


Important Dates

Special Session proposals due: May 10, 2021
Special Session proposal notification: May 24, 2021
Special Session papers due: second round paper submission deadline, currently August 1, 2021


Special Session Proposal Submission

Special session proposals must be sent in PDF format to the FG 2021 Workshop and SpecialSession Co-chairs, Zakia Hammal ( and Jonathon Phillips ( with email subject “FG 2021 Special Session Proposal: [title of your special session]”. A proposal should include the following information to facilitate the decision process:

  • The title of the proposed Special Session or Panel.
  • A brief description of the topic, including how it stands apart from the regular FG topics/sessions.
  • Contact information and short bio of the organizers.
  • For a Special Session: a list of proposed contributions to the special session (including authors, title, and short abstract).
  • For a Panel: a list of proposed panelists and their expected perspectives/contributions. Paper preparation and review details.

Special Session papers will be part of the conference proceedings and will be reviewed along with the regular conference submissions. Papers submitted to a Special Session should describe original work and should follow the general FG submission guidelines.

For your reference, below is a list of special sessions held in conjunction with FG 2020: