Welcome to the
5th Annual Smoky Mountains Computational Sciences Data Challenge (SMCDC21)


October 18-20, 2021

SMC Data Challenge 2021 provides an opportunity to tackle scientific data challenges that come from eminent datasets at ORNL. These datasets come from scientific simulations and instruments in physical and chemical sciences, electron microscopy, bioinformatics, 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 (SMCDC2021) competition. Learn more about the SMCDC21 on this site. Join us on SMCDC Slack for any latest updates and announcements. 

The SMC Data Challenge 2021 Participant Registration is now open. 


Important Dates

Solution Submission Timeline

Monday, April 12, 2021Website Live
Monday, May 10, 2021Data Challenge is now open!
Monday, May 10, 2021Challenge Registration Opens/Call for Papers
Tuesday, May 25, 2021SMC Data Challenge Kick-off webinar
Friday, July 9, 2021Challenge Registration Closes
Friday, August 13, 2021Solution Submission Draft Due
Friday, September 3, 2021Solution Acceptance Notifications Due
Monday, October 18, 2021Conference Day 1
Tuesday, October 19, 2021Posters/Lightening Talks day
Wednesday, October 20, 2021Awards Night


Springer 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.

Friday, September 17, 2021Journal Paper Submission Due
Monday, October 24, 2021Acceptance Notifications Due
Monday, November 1, 2021 Camera Ready Papers due

Publish with Springer 

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 SMC2021 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.