Rules and guidelines


While you are strongly encouraged to participate in all three tasks, you can choose per task if you would like to participate. We aim to have an award per task and one overall award. The results will be presented and the awards announced during our satellite event at MICCAI 2021.  After this event, we will show the results in public leaderboards on this website. There will be a leaderboard per task and one overall leaderboard. Only if you participate in all three tasks will you be eligible for the overall challenge award and the overall challenge leaderboard. 

You will have to submit your algorithm as a docker container that will be run on the test data. More details will follow on the Submission Guidelines page.  

Twice during this challenge you will be able to submit your method to assess the performance of your algorithm on a small disjoint validation set from one center. When submitting your proposed method for your final submission, you will be asked to also upload a pdf of 1 to 2 page describing your method and your initial results. 

You can use all of the provided annotated data to prepare your submission, including data from other tasks. Additionally publicly available data can be used. If you used additional private training data, indicate this during submission. This information will be displayed later on the leaderboard(s), but will not be taken into account for the awards. 

For more information see our challenge design document.

Data usage and acknowledgment

When using this data, we kindly ask to acknowledge the different sources of the dataset in the following way:

  • Please acknowledge the following funding sources: Wellcome Trust (082464/Z/07/Z), British Heart Foundation (SP/07/001/23603, PG/08/103, PG/12/29/29497 and CS/13/1/30327)
  • Please include the following references:
    • Ikram, M.A., van der Lugt, A., Niessen, W.J., Koudstaal, P. J., Krestin, G. P., Hofman, A., Bos, D., Vernooij, M. W. The Rotterdam Scan Study: design update 2016 and main findings. Eur J Epidemiol 30, 1299–1315 (2015).
    • Tillin T, Forouhi NG, McKeigue PM, Chaturvedi N. Southall And Brent REvisited: Cohort profile of SABRE, a UK population- based comparison of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in people of European, Indian Asian and African Caribbean origins. Int J Epidemiol 2012 November 1.
    • Jones S, Tillin T, Park C, Williams S, Rapala A, Al-Saikhan L, Eastwood SV, Richards M, Hughes AD, Chaturvedi N. Cohort profile update: Southall and Brent revisited (SABRE) study: a UK population-based comparison of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in people of European, South Asian and African Caribbean heritage. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2020 Oct 13  Published: 13 October 2020
    • Molinuevo, J. L., Gramunt, N., Gispert, J. D., Fauria, K., Esteller, M., Minguillon, C., ... & Camí, J. (2016). The ALFA project: a research platform to identify early pathophysiological features of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, 2(2), 82-92.
  • When using data from Task 2 -  please add "for the ALFA Study" as corporate author in your publication and indicate the following list of contributors: Müge Akinci, Annabella Beteta, Raffaele Cacciaglia, Alba Cañas, Irene Cumplido, Carme Deulofeu, Ruth Dominguez, Maria Emilio, Carles Falcón, Karine Fauria, Sherezade Fuentes, Juan Domingo Gispert, Oriol Grau-Rivera, José M. González-de-Echávarri, Laura Hernandez, Gema Huesa, Jordi Huguet, Iva Knezevic, Eider M. Arenaza-Urquijo, Eva M Palacios, Paula Marne, Tania Menchón, Marta Milà-Alomà, Carolina Minguillon, José Luis Molinuevo, Grégory Operto, Albina Polo, Gemma Salvadó, Sandra Pradas, Blanca Rodríguez, Aleix Sala-Vila, Gonzalo Sánchez-Benavides, Mahnaz Shekari, Anna Soteras, Marc Suárez-Calvet, Laura Stankeviciute, Marc Vilanova and Natalia Vilor-Tejedor.