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CfP: ACM MMSys 2014 Dataset Track

The ACM Multimedia Systems conference (http://www.mmsys.org) provides a forum for researchers, engineers, and scientists to present and share their latest research findings in multimedia systems. While research about specific aspects of multimedia systems is regularly published in the various proceedings and transactions of the networking, operating system, real-time system, and database communities, MMSys aims to cut across these domains in the context of multimedia data types. This provides a unique opportunity to view the intersections and interplay of the various approaches and solutions developed across these domains to deal with multimedia data types. Furthermore, MMSys provides an avenue for communicating research that addresses multimedia systems holistically.

As an integral part of the conference since 2011 2012, the Dataset Track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to make their work available (and citable) to the multimedia community. MMSys encourages and recognizes dataset sharing, and seeks contributions in all areas of multimedia (not limited to MM systems). Authors publishing datasets will benefit by increasing the public awareness of their effort in collecting the datasets.

In particular, authors of datasets accepted for publication will receive:

  • Dataset hosting from MMSys for at least 5 years
  • Citable publication of the dataset description in the proceedings published by ACM
  • 15 minutes oral presentation time at the MMSys 2014 Dataset Track

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the technical program committee of the MMSys 2014. Datasets will be evaluated by the committee on the basis of the collection methodology and the value of the dataset as a resource for the research community.

Submission Guidelines 

Authors interested in submitting a dataset should

(A) Make their data available by providing a public URL for download

(B) Write a short paper describing:

  1. motivation for data collection and intended use of the data set,
  2. the format of the data collected, 
  3. the methodology used to collect the dataset, and 
  4. basic characterizing statistics from the dataset.

Papers should be at most 6 pages long (in PDF format) prepared in the ACM style and written in English.

Important dates

  • Data set paper submission deadline: November 11, 2013
  • Notification: December 20, 2013
  • MMSys conference : March 19 – 21, 2014

MMsys Datasets

Previous accepted datasets can be accessed at


For further queries and extra information, please contact us at mlux@itec.uni-klu.ac.at. Most recent information can be found on http://www.mmsys.org

2013-07-07 (ml): Updated URLs and “2011″

CBMI 2013 — Deadline extended to March 11, 2013

The 11th International Content Based Multimedia Indexing Workshop is to bring together the various communities involved in all aspects of content-based multimedia indexing, retrieval, browsing and presentation. Following the ten successful previous events of CBMI (Toulouse 1999, Brescia 2001, Rennes 2003, Riga 2005, Bordeaux 2007, London 2008, Chania 2009, Grenoble 2010, Madrid 2011, and Annecy 2012), the University of Pannonia, Hungary organizes the 11th Context Based Multimedia Indexing Workshop on June 17-19 2013 in the historical town of Veszprém, Hungary, near the spectacular Lake Balaton. The workshop will host invited keynote talks and regular, special and demo sessions with contributed research papers.

For more information see http://cbmi2013.mik.uni-pannon.hu/

ACM Multimedia 2013 – Call for papers

October 21–25, 2013 Barcelona, Spain.

Since the founding of ACM SIGMM in 1993, ACM Multimedia has been the worldwide premier conference and a key world event to display scientific achievements and innovative industrial products in the multimedia field. At ACM Multimedia 2013, we will celebrate its twenty-first iteration with an extensive program consisting of technical sessions covering all aspects of the multimedia field in forms of oral and poster presentations, tutorials, panels, exhibits, demonstrations and workshops, bringing into focus the principal subjects of investigation, competitions of research teams on challenging problems, and also an interactive art program stimulating artists and computer scientists to meet and discover together the frontiers of artistic communication

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Abstracts for Papers Due: March 1, 2013
  • Full/short Papers Due: March 8, 2013, see here
  • Workshop Proposals Due: January 9, 2013, see here
  • Tutorials Due: January 15, 2013, see here

More information at http://www.acmmm13.org

Why did you record this video? – An Exploratory Study on User Intentions for Video Production.

Why do people record videos and share them? While the question seems to be simple, user intentions have not yet been investigated for video production and sharing. A general taxonomy would lead to adapted information systems and multimedia interfaces tailored to the users’ intentions. We contribute (1) an exploratory user study with 20 participants, examining the various facets of user intentions for video production and sharing in detail and (2) a novel set of user intention clusters for video production, grounded empirically in our study results. We further reflect existing work in specialized domains (i.e. video blogging and mobile phone cameras) and show that prevailing models used in other multimedia fields (e.g. photography) cannot be used as-is to reason about video recording and sharing intentions.

This paper has been published and presented at WIAMIS 2012.

Authors: Mathias Lux & Jochen Huber


Two new research papers published

Two research contributions of me and my colleagues finally made their way online. The paper Adaptive Visual Information Retrieval by Changing Visual Vocabulary Sizes in Context of User Intentions by Marian Kogler, Oge Marques and me investigates how the size and generation process of visual word vocabularies influences retrieval for different degrees of intentionality, being a clear search intent, a surfing intent and a browsing intent. The paper Which Video Do You Want to Watch Now? Development of a Prototypical Intention-based Interface for Video Retrieval by Christoph Lagger, Oge Marques and me presents selected results of a large scale study on the motivations of video consumption on the internet.

Social Media, Tagging and Images Semantics

Social Media LandscapeRecently there was quite a buzz around the whole social media topic. Many researchers saw indications that the willingness or people to share and annotate content might lead to new ways of indexing, searching and consuming multimedia. The biggest problems with the buzz is … that it’s BIG :) Many research groups produced even more papers and with the rising number of papers the scientific impact got smaller and smaller. However Neela Sawant, Jia Li and James Z. Wang took a close look at more than 200 papers and provide a survey on part of the topic with the journal article “Automatic image semantic interpretation using social action and tagging data” in the Multimedia Tools and Applications journal.


CfP Special Session on User Intentions @ WIAMIS 2011

Special Session at the WIAMIS 12th International Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services, April 13-15, 2011, Delft, The Netherlands

User Intentions in Image Production, Sharing, and Retrieval

The lifecycle of images and other types of visual information contains numerous actions that are triggered by user intentions and goals. Every little action, from content production to retrieval of previously stored visual information, takes the user a step forward towards a state where a user assumes that a goal has been achieved. Examples of such intentions are “learn how to tie a tie”, “be entertained” or “show video of a holiday to relatives”.

With the advent of social systems and its social multimedia networks, the actions of a user have become more and more transparent. Comments, ratings, recommendations, search queries and history, upload activity logs, and communication records can be analyzed to infer a user’s goal. This goal can then be used to leverage retrieval of multimedia content and to better adapt multimedia systems to users’ needs. Moreover, the goals of content producers and providers can be analyzed and matched with the goals of the content consumers.

Content-based analysis, indexing and search of visual information often does not take the user’s intentions into account. Research activity on the user roles in multimedia systems has, so far, focused on specific topics (e.g., “personalized multimedia delivery” or “adaptive multimedia systems”). Investigating the actual intentions or goals of a user throughout the lifecycle of image production, sharing, and retrieval is a fairly young research topic that has just recently started to attract attention from the multimedia research community.

In this special session we want to bring together researchers and practitioners from the visual information retrieval, image analysis and multimedia systems research. We aim to discuss recent scientific advances and also first results of greenhouse work on user intentions in multimedia.


Submission deadline is Dec 10, 2011. Additional information is available at http://www.wiamis2011.org/

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to)

  • User intentions in visual content production
  • User intentions in visual content sharing
  • User intentions in visual information retrieval
  • User intentions and image sharing in social networks
  • Models and taxonomies for user intentions in multimedia in narrow domains (e.g., medical imaging, video surveillance, how-to videos, etc.)
  • Multimedia metadata for user intentions
  • Analysis and mining of user goals and intentions
  • Studies on user goals, motivations and intentions in multimedia  systems
  • Methods to leverage user intentions in multimedia applications


  • Mathias Lux, Klagenfurt University, Austria (mlux [at] itec [dot] uni-klu [dot] ac [dot] at)
  • Oge Marques, Florida Atlantic University, USA (omarques [at] fau [dot] edu)

ACM Multimedia Call for Volunteers out …

ACM Multimedia – taking place in Firenze, Italy, last week of Oct. – still is in need for student volunteers. I personally think this is a great opportunity to learn about big conferences and the community. If you are interested ensure to send your bid until Oct. 7th 2010. Find the call here.


SOMA World Games event – you’re invited!

Playing Rockband in the MLAB @ FAUIn the course of the SOMA project we invite *you* on April 22nd, 2010 to the „SOMA World Games“ event. On four different stages four different games will be played:

  • Rockband,
  • Singstar,
  • Wii Sports Ressort &
  • Tony Hawk Ride.

Be there and join our games!

Why? We want to investigate how multimedia content is created in such a social event, and how this content can be used for our self-organizational approach of detecting and presenting “situations of interest” (as, e.g., “crowd formation”).

This means that you will become photographed and filmed. But do not worry, the gathered content is just used for our research purposes and will not be published elsewhere.

When? Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, from 17.00 to 23.00

Where? Lakeside Labs GmbH, Lakeside B04b, 1st floor, 9020 Klagenfurt

Please register for this social event in our doodle poll under http://www.doodle.com/vnw6sy5t7zgkae2i if you like to participate. There will be also plenty to eat and drink. We are looking forward to seeing you!

The SOMA Team