Call for Papers

Acknowledging the pressure placed on us all due to the pandemic, we are extending the paper submission date until the 28 February.  This is the absolute, final submission date.

Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, PCS 2021 is moving to a virtual event. This was a difficult decision, but the safety and well-being of our participants is our utmost priority.

The Picture Coding Symposium (PCS) is an international forum devoted to advances in visual data coding. Established in 1969, it has the longest history of any conference in this area. The 35th event in the series, PCS 2021, will convene in Bristol, UK. Bristol is a vibrant city known internationally as a hub for the Creative Industry. It is the home of many well-known artists and organisations such as Banksy, David Prowse (Darth Vader), Aardman Animations and the BBC Natural History Unit.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Opens 7 December 2020
Paper Submission Closes 28 February 2021
14 February 2021
Notification of Paper Acceptance 15 April 2021
Submission of Camera-Ready Papers
Authors will be emailed instructions on how to submit using the IEEE eXpress Conference Publishing platform. 
28 April 2021
Submission of Video Presentations / Posters
Authors should follow the Presentation Guidelines to prepare and submit their video presentation and posters
14 June 2021

Deadline times are 11:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)



PCS 2021 invites you to submit work which pushes the boundaries of image and video coding. The following list contains some examples, but it is not an exhaustive list:

  • Coding of still and moving pictures
  • Model-based and synthetic coding
  • Multimodal coding and processing
  • Machine-learning for image/video analysis and compression
  • Compression of virtual, augmented and mixed reality
  • 360-degree and multi-view video processing and coding
  • Representation, analysis and coding of 3D scenes
  • Emerging standards for visual data coding
  • Perceptually optimized objective quality metrics
  • Subjective quality assessment
  • Datasets for training and testing
  • Transcoding and adaptive streaming
  • Error robustness, resilience and concealment
  • Low complexity video compression
  • Network-, edge- and cloud-based coding
  • Energy management in compression
  • Hardware architectures
  • Protection and integrity of visual data
  • Optimized streaming methods
  • Real-time video communication; both peer-to-peer and multi-party video conferencing
  • Coding of screen content and desktop sharing

How to Submit a Paper

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for the Symposium, in English, using the IEEE conference manuscript template, with a font size of 10 pt and maximum length of five (5) pages including all results, figures and references. Submissions will be accepted only in PDF format.  We will be submitting the proceedings for publication to IEEEXplore, and plan to share them on Scopus and EI indexed.  The submissions all undergo peer review coordinated by the Technical Program Committee.

Submission of Camera-Ready Papers

Authors will be emailed instructions on how to submit using the IEEE eXpress Conference Publishing platform.

Submission of Video Presentations

Guidelines for preparing and submitting video presentation will be published in May.

How to Use the CMT Paper Submission System

We are using the Microsoft CMT (Conference Management Toolkit) to process the submissions.  See the ‘Important Dates’ section above for details of when the submissions system will open and close.

  1. PCS2021 on CMT:
  2. For help with account creation please visit: CMT Account Creation
  3. For help with author submissions please visit: CMT Author Submissions
  4. Previous users have experienced problems creating accounts or logging in with the EDGE browser.  If you experience any issues please try an alternative browser, e.g. Chrome.

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