Tag Archives: Research

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.


  • http://www.acmmm10.org/volunteers/

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 But do not worry, the gathered content is just used for our research purposes and will not be published elsewhere.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

CfP: Modeling Social Media

Markus Strohmaier has pointed out the following CfP to me: International Workshop on Modeling Social Media 2010 (MSM’10). It takes place June 13th, 2010, and is co-located with Hypertext 2010, Toronto, Canada. Submission deadline is April 9th, 2010 and topics are

  • new modeling techniques and approaches for social media
  • models of propagation and influence in twitter, blogs and social tagging systems
  • models of expertise and trust in twitter, wikis, newsgroups, question and answering systems
  • modeling of social phenomena and emergent social behavior
  • agent-based models of social media
  • models of emergent social media properties
  • models of user motivation, intent and goals in social media
  • cooperation and collaboration models
  • software-engineering and requirements models for social media
  • adapting and adaptive hypertext models for social media
  • modeling social media users and their motivations and goals
  • architectural and framework models
  • user modeling and behavioural models
  • modeling the evolution and dynamics of social media

More information can be found on the workshop home page.


  • http://kmi.tugraz.at/workshop/MSM10/

WS on Multimedia Metadata (WMM’09) - Proceedings

Just in case someone missed it: the workshop proceedings of our last multimedia community workshop:

  • Case Studies on Context-aware Mobile Multimedia Services -Timo Ojala
  • Content-Based Image Retrieval Systems - Reviewing and Benchmarking -Harald Kosch and Paul Maier
  • Delivery Context Descriptions - A Comparison and Mapping Model -Christian Timmerer, Johannes Jabornig, and Hermann Hellwagner
  • A Novel Tool for Quick Video Summarization using Keyframe Extraction Techniques -Mathias Lux, Klaus Schöffmann, Oge Marques, and Laszlo Böszörmenyi
  • Authoring Interactive Mobile Services Using MPEG-7 and MPEG-4 LASeR -Albert Hofmann, Andreas Kriechbaum, and Werner Bailer
  • An User Study on Rich Media Mobile Guide Applications - Omar Choudary, Benoit Baccot, Romulus Grigoras, Vincent Charvillat
  • What Algorithms for Urban Routing on Mobile Devices? -Tristram Gräbener, Alain Berro, and Yves Duthen
  • Towards the Use of Multimedia Contents to Represent Events in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks - Nicolas Cenerario, Thierry Delot, Sergio Ilarri
  • A Multimedia Service with MPEG-7 Metadata and Context Semantics - Yiwei Cao, Ralf Klamma, and Maziar Khodaei
  • A Standards-Based Generic Approach for Complex Multimedia Management -Anna Carreras, Ruben Tous, Eva Rodríguez, Jaime Delgado, Giovanni Cordara, Gianluca Francini, and Diego Gibellino
  • Contribution to the Modelling of Multimedia Metadata in a Distributed Architecture -Ana-Maria Manzat, Florence Sedes, and Romulus Grigoras
  • Media Center Oriented Linux Operating System -Tudor Miu, Olivia Stanescu, Ana Constantin, Sorin Lacriteanu, Roxana Grigore, Domnina Burca, Tudor Constantinescu, and Alexandru Radovici
  • A Multi-level Access Control Scheme For Multimedia Database - Vanessa El-Khoury

via CEUR-WS.org/Vol-441 - Multimedia Metadata (WMM’09).

Self Organizing Multimedia Architecture (SOMA) - The Project

Currently we are working a lot on a research project funded by a Carinthian agency. The project goes on for 3 years (2.5 years left) and has enough funds to pay 4 PhDs and 1 post doc researcher. Here is the description and the link to the blog:

The project Self-organizing Multimedia Architecture (SOMA) aims to capture the whole life-cycle of multimedia content in a single architecture for large distributed multimedia information systems. In SOMA we focus on scenarios where events, which we understand as “limited time periods of special importance”, are a central concept. Examples for such scenarios are sports events stretching over time, where start, finish or critical parts of a race are possible events, or traffic monitoring, where events like traffic jams or accidents have to be reported and investigated.

via Project Description | Self Organizing Multimedia Architecture.

WIAMIS 2008 talk: Video summarization through acceleration

With the contribution “Redundancy Removing by Adaptive Acceleration and Event Clustering for Video Summarization” Bernard Mérialdo presented a very interesting approach to video summarization. Beside other methods the video is accelerated. Based on the overall motion the actual amount of acceleration is adapted. Furthermore they apply hierarchical clustering on fixed size segments to select most important parts. Therefore the video is faster when not very much motion is going on and slower if fast motion is characteristics for a video segment. Nice added value was hat he described the RUSHES track of TRECVID and the evaluation process. Experts evaluate the accuracy of the summaries and weight them with extraction time and size of the summary.

Some thoughts on the WIAMIS keynote of H. Bischof

In the morning I was listenting to the talk of Horst Bischof on robust people detection in surveillance scenarios. In my opinion he gave a great talk: He manages to show the nature and results of their research and motivate the usefulness and significance of results based on context and related work. He points out what the achievements are and what hasn’t been touched by his research group and why. He also visualized his results using videos which was appreciated by the audience. If I findout where the videos can be found I’ll blog the link.

WIAMIS 2008 starts today …

The 9th International Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIAMIS) takes place for the next three days in Klagenfurt, Austria. As we (the Multimedia Metadata Community) organized a special session there we will gather on Thursday latest and discuss current and upcoming research topics.

While I still have some things to prepare for tomorrow I will visit Horst Bischof’s keynote talk on “Robust Person Detection for Surveillance using Online Learning” and I hope I will find some time to blog about the conference.

Related Links

  • WIAMIS Program

Deadline Extension: I-Media Special Session on Multimedia Metadata

The paper submission deadline has been extended to April 28, 2008.

Original CfP: 

Studies show that sales of digital capture devices like video camera, digital photo cameras, or mobile phones with digital cameras are still rising. Therefore it can be expected that the number of created digital multimedia content will rise dramatically in future. Multimedia metadata is currently the only way to cope with problems like semantics based retrieval or organization of content and provides means to specify adaptation and delivery constraints and rules. Within this special session the importance of metadata for media technologies is discussed. We encourage the submission of high quality scientific work as well as application papers. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Multimedia technologies and metadata in the social web
  • Multimedia semantics
  • Annotation of multimedia content
  • Metadata in pervasive multimedia computing
  • Metadata for new media
  • Studies and surveys in context of multimedia metadata and new media

We encourage the submission of high quality scientific work as well as application papers.

More Information …