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

August 23-25, 2022

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.

Registration Instructions  

To register, please click https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=smc20220

  • Before you register, review the challenges linked below and select the on that you want to try. 
  • You will need to create an easychair account to register. If you do not have an account, easychair will give you an opportunity to create one when you click the link.
  • Once you are on the page, please click  “make a submission” and select “Session 5. Smoky Mountain Data-Challenge” to register.
  • In the “Title” session please enter the title of the challenge you select to solve.
  • You will not need to enter your solution  paper when you register even though the form has a place for it. When you have solved your selected challenge, you will enter a draft of the paper there. Solution Paper are not due until July 7. See important dates below for more details. 

SMCDC 2022 Kick-off zoom meeting

We had a great kick-off zoom meeting on May 10th. A speaker from each data challenge gave the audience guidance about their challenge and the solutions they expect. Here is the recorded video SMCDC 2022 kick-off zoom meeting.


 View the 2022 Challenges

We are still adding data to challenge 2-8, but the descriptions of each challenge are given in the links so that you can select a challenge and register. 


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
07/07/2022Solution Submission Draft Due
07/25/2022Solution Acceptance Notifications Due
08/23/2022Conference Day 1
TBDPosters/Lightening Talks day
TBDAwards Night


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
09/16/2022 Camera-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.