March 2011

Dear Member of the SIGMM Community,

Welcome to the SIGMM Records in 2011!

This exciting issue features an interview again: you can read about commercial game developers' views on various questions of interest for multimedia researchers. Researchers hear about developers' view on serious games, the role of research communities for their work, and contributions that researchers can make to their work.

Then, you can read about MediaEval. A benchmarking initiative dedicated to evaluating new algorithms for multimedia access and retrieval, it was held in Pisa in 2010. With not only talks but many discussions about the results of the 2010 evaluation tasks, the audience discussed the progress in multimodal approaches to multimedia involving. Look at the article and you can see and hear interviews with MediaEval participants.

Furthermore, five PhD thesis summaries are included in this issue of the Records. The SIGMM Education Column features a course by Professor Wu Ja-Ling, who teaches multimedia security at National Taiwan University. You can read the report of ACM Multimedia Conference Review Committee; whether you intend to bid for ACM Multimedia or are just an attendee, you should read it in detail. The issue contains a report from the ACM Multimedia Grand Challenge 2010 and introduces the tasks that of the Grand Challenge 2011.

Last but definitely not least, you should look at the ACM SIGMM Best PhD thesis award. It's deadline has been extended - so you still have a chance to submit the most impressive multimedia-related thesis that was defended in 2010.

The Editors
Stephan Kopf
Viktor Wendel
Lei Zhang
Wei Tsang Ooi
Carsten Griwodz

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