Welcome to the
5th Annual Smoky Mountains Computational Sciences Data Challenge (SMCDC22)

SMC Data Challenge 2022 provides an opportunity to tackle scientific data challenges that come from eminent datasets related to ORNL, industry, and academina . These datasets come from scientific simulations and instruments in physical and chemical sciences, electron microscopy, bioinformatics, engineering, materials science, neutron sources, urban development, and other areas, and will have open research questions and tasks for participants to solve. These datasets will be used for the SMC Data Challenge (SMCDC2022) competition. Selected solutions to these challenges will be published in the SMC2022 proceedings in a CCIS Springer volume. Learn more about the SMCDC22 on this site. 

Updates SMCDC 2022

Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases and other related concerns, we have decided to turn SMC 2022 into an entirely virtual conference. The date of the Data Challenge session will be September 21, 2022.  We will still hold our full conference program with a keynote and four sessions with presentations from peer-reviewed papers, which will be published in our SMC2022 conference proceedings. We will also include our virtual SMC2022 Data Challenge finals and a poster session. All talks will be recorded and posted on our virtual conference site so that people in non-U.S. time zones can view them more easily. The website will be updated with the new agenda soon, and the Zoom link for the conference will be e-mailed to you before the conference.


Important Dates

Solution Submission Timeline

CurrentWebsite Live
04/11/2022Data Challenge Open
04/11/2022Challenge Registration Opens/Call for Papers
05/10/2022SMC Data Challenge Kick-off zoom meeting
06/23/2022Challenge Registration Closes
07/14/2022Solution Submission Draft Due
08/2/2022Solution Acceptance Notifications Due
08/24/2022SMC Conference Day 1
09/21/2022Data Challenge Posters/Lightning Talks day
09/21/2022Data Challenge Awards Time


Springer (pending acceptance) CCIS Submission Timeline

Note: The data sponsors will review the solutions from participants and the accepted solutions will be invited to submit their work to CCIS Springer journal for peer-review process.

08/08/2022Journal Paper Submission Due
09/02/2022Acceptance Notifications Due
09/16/2022Camera-Ready Papers due

Publish with Springer (pending acceptance)

The Data Challenge participants are encouraged to submit their solutions for technical publication. All submitted papers will go through a peer-reviewing process and the accepted papers will be published in the SMC2022 proceedings in a CCIS Springer volume (pending approval). Please refer to the Springer proceedings from last year.

Formatting Requirements:

  • We encourage the authors to submit full or short papers. We will accept full papers of 12 pages and short papers of 6-8 pages.
  • Papers need to be formatted according to Springer’s single column style. Please use the paper templates available for LaTeX and Word.
    See Springer proceedings guidelines for more information.
  • The copyright will need to be transferred to Springer. A copyright form will be provided, which allows users to self-archive.