Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2011 (ISSN 1947-4598)



Welcome to the second issue of the SIGMM Records in 2011!
Learn about five newly concluded PhD theses in the multimedia area, about the past MMSys 2011 and future MediaEval 2011, read the Educational column, or prepare for the Bid for ACM Multimedia 2014, and many more news from the multimedia community.

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MediaEval 2011

MediaEval is a benchmarking initiative that offers tasks promoting research and innovation on multimodal approaches to multimedia annotation and retrieval. Its focus is on speech, language, context and social aspects of multimedia, in addition to visual content. The MediaEval 2011 benchmarking season culminates with the MediaEval 2011 workshop. For several tasks, participants receive a task definition, task data and accompanying resources (dependent on task) such as shot boundaries, keyframes, visual features, speech transcripts and social metadata. Read on for the tasks that participants are tackling in 2011.

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SIGMM Education Column

In this issue's SIGMM Education Column, we highlight a new textbook on multimedia computing, written by two active members of the SIGMM community, Ramesh Jain and Gerald Friedland. The textbook, titled ``Introduction to Multimedia Computing,'' is targeted at senior undergraduate and beginning graduate students. It is scheduled to appear in 2011 and is published by Cambridge University Press.

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Call for Bids: ACM Multimedia 2014

The ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia is inviting for bids for holding its flagship "ACM International Conference on Multimedia". The bids are invited for holding the 2014 conference in North America and they are due on October 1, 2011. To find out about the details of the two required bid documents, evaluation procedure and deadlines, read on.

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MPEG Internet Video Coding

The new MPEG column of the SIGMM Records keeps the multimedia community up to date on developments in MPEG. At its 96th meeting, MPEG issued two document in the area of Internet video coding which are publicly available, a Draft Call for Proposals (CfP) for Internet Video Coding Technologies, and a document concerning Requirements for Internet Video Coding Technologies.

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ACM Multimedia Systems Conference 2011

The second MMSys conference was held in San Jose, CA, in February on the Cisco campus. This instance of MMSys was already seeing many more submissions and attendees than the first conference. In addition, Cisco's WebEx and Cisco TV provided live feeds from MMSys to remote participants. Co-chair Christian Timmerer connected MMSys to the MPEG community by organizing a special session called "Multimedia Transport: DASH", and MMSys offered a dataset track that allows researchers to share the often-ignored work of collecting data and get credit for it.

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Call for Contributions

We await your contributions by 15. September 2011. Please take a closer look at the information that is required for a particular submission to the newsletter.



Table of Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. MediaEval 2011
  3. SIGMM Education Column
  4. Call for Bids: ACM Multimedia 2014
  5. MPEG Internet Video Coding
  6. Event Reports
  7. Awards for SIGMM members
  8. PhD thesis abstracts
  9. Calls for Papers
  10. Freely available source code, traces and test content
  11. Job Opportunities
  12. Impressum

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