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News of the MMSPG

Prof. Ebrahimi is a General Chair at the upcoming ICME2014

Please consider the following calls:

2014 International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME)
July 14-18, 2014 – Chengdu, China
* Workshop Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2013
* Abstract Submission Deadline: December 3, 2013
* Regular Paper Abstract Submission Deadline: December 9, 2013
* Tutorial Proposal Deadline: January 31, 2014

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CALL FOR PAPERS

IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2014 Conference theme: Embracing Social Multimedia July 14-18, 2014 CHENGDU, China – Home of Panda


With around 1000 submissions and 500 participants each year, the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME) has been the flagship multimedia conference sponsored by four IEEE societies since 2000. It serves as a forum to promote the exchange of the latest advances in multimedia technologies, systems, and applications from both the research and development perspectives of the circuits and systems, communications, computer, and signal processing communities. Multimedia data generally refer to audio, image, video, 3D, newer sensor data (e.g. depth) and related multi-modality data. In 2014, an Exposition of multimedia products, prototypes and animations will be held in conjunction with the conference.

Authors are invited to submit a full paper (two-column format, 6 pages maximum) according to the guidelines available on the conference website at http://www.icme2014.org<http://www.icme2014.org/> . Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

o Multimedia content analysis
o Multimedia activity and event understanding
o Multimedia search and retrieval
o Mobile, location-based and other context-based multimedia
o Social, user-generated, and cloud-based multimedia
o 3D immersion and virtual reality
o Multimedia security and forensics
o Human computer interaction based on multimedia
o Multimedia networking and communication
o Multimedia coding and compression
o Multimedia signal processing and enhancement
o Multimedia systems, applications, services and implementations

ICME 2014 aims to have high quality oral and poster presentations. Several awards sponsored by industry and institutions will be given out. The conference will provide student author travel grants. Accepted papers should be presented, or else they will not be included in the IEEE Xplore Library.

A number of workshops will be organized by the sponsoring societies. To further foster new emerging topics, ICME 2014 also welcomes researchers, developers and practitioners to organize regular workshops. Industrial exhibitions are held in parallel with the main conference. Proposals for special sessions, tutorials, panels, and demos are also invited. Please visit the ICME 2014 website for submission details.

o Regular paper abstract submission deadline, December 3, 2013
o Regular paper submission deadline,December 9, 2013
o Review to authors, February 21, 2014
o Rebuttal period, February 22-28, 2014
o Notification of regular paper acceptance, March 16, 2014
o Camera ready deadline, April 16, 2014

Conference website: http://www.icme2014.org, contact email: icme14@gmail.com<mailto:icme14@gmail.com>

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CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS


IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo
Call for Workshop Proposals

July 14-18, 2014, Chengdu, China

Workshop proposals are solicited for ICME 2014. The workshops should be
clearly focused and facilitating active discussions and constructive
interactions on current or emerging topics of interest. They should
allow members of the community to compare and discuss approaches,
methods, and new concepts on research topics pertinent to the main
conference. These topics often offer emerging interests to the
multimedia research community or bridge the community with other areas.

Workshop proposals for ICME 2014 should include:
o The title, goals, and duration of the workshop (half-day or full-day,
which will be held on July 14 or 18);
o The specific topics that will be addressed by the workshop;
o The relevance and significance of this workshop to the main conference;
o The history of the workshop if it is not the first version;
o A draft workshop call for papers with:
- the names, affiliations, email addresses, and short bios of the
  workshop organizers, who should be experts in the related topics and
  preferably from multiple institutions;
- the paper selection process;
- a list of potential Program Committee members and their affiliations.

Workshop proposals should not exceed four pages and should be submitted
to the Workshop Co-Chairs, Tao Mei (tmei [AT] microsoft.com<http://microsoft.com/>), Rainer
Stiefelhagen (rainer.stiefelhagen [AT] kit.edu<http://kit.edu/>), and Qi Tian (qitian [AT]
cs.utsa.edu<http://cs.utsa.edu/>). Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on various
criteria including the quality and level of details of the proposal, the
theme of the workshop, its relevance to the main conference, and the
overall balance of the conference workshop program.

Important Dates:
o Workshop proposal submission:      December 1, 2013
o Proposal acceptance:               December 22, 2013
o Workshop paper submission:        March 23, 2014
o Workshop paper acceptance:         April 9, 2014
o Workshop camera ready:             April 16, 2014

Workshop Co-chairs:
o Tao Mei (tmei [AT] microsoft.com<http://microsoft.com/>), Microsoft Research Asia, China
o Rainer Stiefelhagen (rainer.stiefelhagen [AT] kit.edu<http://kit.edu/>), Karlsruhe
Institute of Technology, Germany
o Qi Tian (qitian [AT] cs.utsa.edu<http://cs.utsa.edu/>), University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Main conference email: icme14@gmail.com<mailto:icme14@gmail.com>.
Main conference website: http://www.icme2014.org/

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CALL FOR TUTORIAL PROPOSALS


IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo
Call for Tutorial Proposals

The IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME) has been the flagship multimedia conference sponsored by four IEEE societies since 2000. It serves as a forum to promote the exchange of the latest advances in multimedia technologies, systems, and applications from both the research and development perspectives of the circuits and systems, communications, computer, and signal processing communities. ICME 2014 will be held in Chengdu, China, from July 14-18, 2014.

The ICME 2014 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials to be held on the first day of the conference Monday July 14, 2014. We seek half-day tutorials on established or emerging research topics within the field of multimedia and related topics, such as:

o Multimedia computing systems and human-machine interaction
o Cross-media analysis and mining
o Big data architectures for multimedia systems
o Interactive media and immersive environments
o 3D visualization, animation, gaming, and virtual reality
o 3D imaging and 3DTV
o Speech, audio, image, video, and text processing
o Signal processing for media integration
o Multimedia content analysis and search
o Multimedia databases and digital libraries
o Multimedia signal processing
o Multimedia security and privacy
o Multimedia analysis and social media
o Multimedia communications and networking
o Multimedia compression and standards
o Multimedia applications and technologies
o Hardware and software for multimedia systems
o Multimedia quality assessment

Proposals prepared in a single-column PDF file, should include the following information:

1.- Title of the tutorial
2.- Area of the tutorial (refer to the above list of topics)
3.- 300 word abstract (for inclusion in registration materials)
4.- Keywords
5.- Target audience and prerequisite knowledge of audience
6.- Up to 4 pages full description of the tutorial, including learning objectives, table of contents, and teaching modules in details (review, in-depth content, etc…)
7.- Instructor(s) and their credentials (4-page CV for each instructor, including selected relevant publications in the proposed area of the tutorial)

Important Deadlines:

o Tutorial Proposal Submissions Due: January 31, 2014
o Notification of Tutorial Proposal Acceptance: February 28, 2014
o Tutorial Outline/Slides Due: April 30, 2014


How to Submit Proposals:

Please submit Tutorial Proposals by email to all the Tutorial Co-Chairs:

Alex Jaimes, Yahoo! Research, Spain, ajaimes@caa.columbia.edu<mailto:ajaimes@caa.columbia.edu>
Zhongfei (Mark) Zhang, SUNY Binghamton, USA, zhongfei@cs.binghamton.edu<mailto:zhongfei@cs.binghamton.edu>

Information:

Questions about Tutorial Proposals should be directed to Dr. Alex Jaimes ajaimes@caa.columbia.edu<mailto:ajaimes@caa.columbia.edu>
and Dr. Mark Zhang zhongfei@cs.binghamton.edu<mailto:zhongfei@cs.binghamton.edu>

 

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 11:55
EPFL and Ecma International host the 2nd International Workshop on Standards and Technologies in Multimedia Archives and Records (STAR 2013)

Second International Workshop on Standards and Technologies in Multimedia Archives and Records (STAR)

18-19 January 2013 at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland

GENEVA & LAUSANNE, Switzerland--()--The ability to effectively manage and protect digital multimedia content in creation, collection, preservation, and dissemination is increasingly crucial as digital technology continues to produce vast amounts of valuable and irreplaceable knowledge and information. The amount of such digital multimedia information is already huge, but as we speak it is still growing at unbelievable speed and to gigantic amount of such information.

“We are very glad to have the STAR Workshop again and hope that one of the outcomes will be to know better what is still needed for the standardization of long-term multimedia archives that are expected to last for many decades and even for centuries.”

Can data generated yesterday be searchable and displayable by hardware and software today and in future? Will digital content created today be accessible and presentable throughout its lifecycle (i.e. also tomorrow)? How to deal with the large number and quite different incompatible multimedia archives? How to ensure some level of interoperability among them? What are the requirements for multimedia long term archival in general? What do we cover today in standards and what and where are the gaps?

To address these questions a first edition of STAR workshop was organized in 2010 and brought together archive professionals with technical experts working in the research, development and standardization in order to assist the alignment of user needs with the availability of technical solutions. The second edition of the workshop in 2013 aims at continuation of this effort. As in its first edition, the program of the workshop includes invited presentations as well as selected submitted contributions. A discussion panel on key challenges and trends in multimedia archives is an integral part of the workshop.

Invited presentations highlights

  • Special Session on Montreux Jazz Festival Digital Archives
  • Special Session on JPEG 20th Anniversary
  • Special Session on JPEG Extensions for Preservations
  • Advanced Preservation of Digitalized Frescos
  • Archival and Preservation Standards
  • High Dynamic Range Image and Video Formats and Applications
  • Privacy Protection of Digital Archives

More information is available at: http://star.epfl.ch.

Attendance at STAR workshop is free of charge, however all participants are kindly asked to register online at http://star.epfl.ch.

Professor Touradj Ebrahimi head of Multimedia Signal Processing Group at EPFL said: ”Efficient archival of digital media is an interdisciplinary effort. It spans from hardware and software issues, all the way to interoperability and standardization considerations. STAR provides the right environment for exchange of knowledge, know-how, best practices, and information on current and emerging tools, activities and projects on archival and preservation of digital content.“

Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International, added: “We are very glad to have the STAR Workshop again and hope that one of the outcomes will be to know better what is still needed for the standardization of long-term multimedia archives that are expected to last for many decades and even for centuries.”

About Ecma International

Since its inception in 1961, Ecma International (Ecma) has developed standards for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Consumer Electronics (CE). Ecma is a non-profit industry association of technology developers, vendors and users. Experts from industry and other organizations work together at Ecma to develop standards. Ecma collaborates with, and contributes to the technical work of, ISO, IEC, ISO/IEC JTC 1 and ETSI; Ecma makes significant use of the fast-track process to elevate its specifications to the status of International or European Standards through the standardization process in these organizations. Ecma publications can be downloaded free of charge from the Ecma International website www.ecma-international.org.

About EPFL

The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the two Federal Institutes of Technology in Switzerland with the main emphasis on teaching and research in Engineering Sciences and Technologies. Multimedia Signal Processing Group (MMSPG) of EPFL is headed by Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi and is active in research and teaching in the field of multimedia signal processing. The research topics focus on three highly interconnected disciplines of multimedia, namely, compression, processing, and security. Further details available from MMSPG website: http://mmspg.epfl.ch

 

Contacts

Ecma International
Dr. Istvan Sebestyen
Secretary General
Email: istvan@ecma-international.org
Tel: +41 22 849 6000
or
EPFL
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi
Email: touradj.ebrahimi@epfl.ch
Tel:+41 79 331 99 93

 

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 23:06
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION JPEG INNOVATIONS WORKSHOP TOKYO, JAPAN, February 23rd (Wed.), 2011

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
JPEG INNOVATIONS WORKSHOP

TOKYO, JAPAN, February 23rd (Wed.), 2011
Kikai Shinkoh Kaikan Bldg. (6F) Room #6D-1,2,3
3-5-8, Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan  105-0011

Over a trillion pictures have been created in JPEG format and this trend continues. Millions of images are shared every day among friends and family in e-mails, photo-hosting Web sites and the enormously popular social networking sites, like Facebook and Flickr, where users can even instantly upload photos taken with their mobile phone cameras. Digital photos are also widely printed at homes or through commercial printing services.

Digital technology has given photographers creative tools and many new modes of distribution. It has also contributed to the progress of e-commerce, where digital images offer new opportunities in form of products and services. One enabler of this phenomenon has been the availability of powerful and inexpensive digital cameras. An enabler of this digital imaging ecosystem has been the existence of standard image coding formats produced by the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), a joint committee between the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union's Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T).

The nature of digital photography is changing. In addition to increasing resolution, the dynamic range of sensors in digital cameras has been increasing enabling more vivid, higher contrast and life-like color images. More recently, 3D cameras allow for creation of stereo imagery. New standards may be required to accelerate adoption of such products and services by the market, as it was the case with the original JPEG standard.

The JPEG committee has created an activity called JPEG Innovations with the goal of promoting its existing standards and specifications to potential users, as well as exploring new opportunities for adoption of specifications that respond to the needs of new applications and products. JPEG Innovations workshop held in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday 23rd February 2011, is organized to explore such opportunities in new trends in digital photography. On one hand, the workshop will allow its participants to find out about the latest JPEG specifications that could be potentially used for emerging applications. On the other industry experts have been invited to report trends in their products and applications and to identify needs for new digital imaging standards.

JPEG committee invites you to attend this workshop to find out about visions and plans for next generation digital photography products and services, as well as plans by JPEG on timely establishment of international standards that will help accelerate adoption of new products and services by the market, benefiting industry and consumers. Solutions for extensions of existing JPEG formats allowing backward compatibility with legacy systems will be among important issues that will be addressed and discussed during the workshop.

The language of the workshop is English. Participation to the workshop is free of charge, prior registration is however required. Please visit   http://inform.epfl.ch/?form=JPEG_Innovations

For more information and question about the workshop, including registration procedure and confirmation, please contact:Touradj.Ebrahimi@epfl.ch
 

JPEG INNOVATIONS WORKSHOP PROGRAM
February 23rd (Wed.), 2011

13:00 Registrations/Welcome

Chairperson: Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi (EPFL)
13:15 Welcome speech : Dr. Daniel T. Lee (SC29/WG1 Convenor)
13:45 Future Technologies and Applications for SC29/WG1 : Prof. Hiroshi Yasuda (Tokyo DENKI University)
14:15 FUJI FILM 3D Visual System : Mr. Mikio Watanabe (FUJI FILM)

14:45 coffee break

15:00 Autostereoscopic 3D Displays for Mobile Devices : Dr. Simon Sungho Cho (Master 3D Images)
15:30 3D Broadcast Applications: Mr. Walt Husak (Dolby Labs)
16:00 HDR Professional Applications : Mr. Ajit Ninan (Dolby Labs)

16:30 Panel discussion
Moderator: Daniel T. Lee
Panelists: Touradj Ebrahimi, Simon Sungho Cho, Walt Husak, Ajit Ninan, Prof. David Taubman

17:30 End of the Workshop

 

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 7:11
2nd International Workshop on Hot Topics in 3D - Hot3D, Barcelona, July 15th, 2011

 

(in conjunction with ICME 2011)

2nd International Work‐

shop on Hot Topics in 3D

‐ Hot 3D

Barcelona, July 15, 2011

Organizing Committee:

Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL, Switzerland

Aljoscha Smolic,

Disney Research, Switzerland

Eckehard Steinbach,

TUM, Germany

Steering Committee: Dinei Florencio, USA Murat Tekalp, Turkey Anthony Vetro, USA

Cha Zhang. USA

Program Committee:

Ghassan Alregib, USA Marc Antonini, France John Apostolopoulos, USA Homer Chen, Taiwan

Gene Cheung, Japan Philip A. Chou, USA Minh Do, USA

Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, Canada

Peter Eisert, Germany Dinei Florencio, USA Yo‐Sung Ho, Korea Ebroul Izquierdo, UK

Marcus Magnor, Germany Enrico Masala, Italy Antonio Ortega, USA Marius Preda, France Murat Tekalp, Turkey Anthony Vetro, USA

Cha Zhang, USA

Zhengyou Zhang, USA Mårten Sjöström, Sweden Atanas Gotchev, Finland Thomas Sikora, Germany Francisco Morán Burgos, Spain Marc Pollefeys, Switzerland Margrit Gelautz, Austria

Aydin Alatan, Turkey Alexis Tourapis, USA Frederic Dufaux, France Lina Karam, USA

Peter Schelkens, Belgium

Karsten Müller, Germany

The 3D research community is at a potentially revolutionary point. From one side, 3D display technology is at the verge of becoming widespread and reasonably priced, and that includes autostereoscopic displays. From another direction, increases in computational power – including powerful GPUs – has allowed an ever-increasing realism in 3D scene generation. 3D audio in now often tightly integrated with 3D envi- ronments, including 5.1 (and higher) and even 3D soundfield reproduction. Haptic sys- tems are also being tightly integrated within 3D systems. Quality evaluation of 3D sys- tems itself is of great importance, and is also showing fast progress. Finally, new depth cameras, coupled with new 3D analysis and synthesis algorithms is close to enable commercial-quality 3D rendering of real scenes, instead of being restricted to synthetic scenes as in the past.
All these factors together create the “perfect storm”: an environment prone for an explosion of related technology and applications, with a speed of development that will not fit in the (slower) cycle of traditional conferences and journals. In other words, while appropriate venues for presenting research at advanced stages is plentiful, the 3D Multimedia community lacks an appropriate venue for receiving feedback during early or initial stages of the development of radical or potentially disruptive technology.
This is exactly the void that Hot3D tries to fill. After the enormous success of the first Hot3D workshop in Singapore, July 2010, Hot3D is already a premier venue, pro- viding an environment for lively discussion of early-stage, potentially disruptive re- search.

SCOPE AND FORMAT

Papers in all areas of Multimedia 3D are solicited. Early stage or preliminary re- sults from potentially disruptive technology is particularly encouraged. Full papers (up to 6 pages) will be published in the ICME proceedings.
Additionally, and maybe most importantly, position papers are solicited for short presentation and discussion of preliminary work or ideas. Submit a proposal of up to 2 pages, with a decision expected up to 3 weeks after submission.
The 1-day workshop will be held on Friday, July 15, and is co-located with ICME, the flagship multimedia conference sponsored by four IEEE societies. The workshop will be a unique opportunity to interact with other researchers working on 3D Multimedia. With an environment designed to facilitate discussion and feedback in early stage re- search, as well as forge new collaboration, this is an event not to be missed.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submit Regular Paper (up to 6 pages) by: February 20, 2011
Notification of Regular Paper Acceptance: April 10, 2011
Camera‐Ready Paper Due: April 20, 2011

Position Paper (up to 2 pages) Submission: ASAP, up to May 15, 2011

Notification of Position Paper Accept.: within 4 weeks after submission

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

www.hot3D.org

 

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 22:37
1st International Workshop on Standards and Technologies in Multimedia Archives and Records (STAR)

1st International Workshop on Standards and Technologies in Multimedia Archives and Records (STAR)

26th - 27th April 2010, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

 


Overview

The ability to effectively manage and protect digital multimedia content in creation, collection, preservation, and dissemination is increasingly crucial as digital technology continues to produce vast amounts of valuable and irreplaceable knowledge and information. The amount of such digital multimedia information is already huge, but as we speak it is still growing at unbelievable speed and to gigantic amount of such information.

The big questions are:  Can data generated yesterday be searchable and displayable by hardware and software today and in future? Will digital content created today be accessible and presentable throughout its lifecycle (i.e. also tomorrow)? How to deal with the large number and quite different incompatible multimedia archives? How to ensure some level of interoperability among them? What are the requirements for multimedia long term archival in general? What do we cover today in standards and what and where are the gaps?


To answer these questions (or at least some of them) the workshop aims to bring together archive professionals with technical experts working in the research, development and standardization in order to assist the alignment of user needs with the availability of technical solutions. The workshop will address with invited talks and panel discussions the following key topics:


  • End user requirements on preservation methods and formats
  • Digital archival projects - user expectations and experiences
  • Technical frameworks and architectures for multimedia archives
  • Trends in data modelling
  • Progress in digital preservation methods and archival formats
  • Interoperability issues and standardization efforts
  • Ingest and access methods for cooperation of archives

Hosts

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL

Institute of Electrical Engineering IEL

Multimedia Signal Processing Group MMSPG

CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Ecma International

Rue du Rhone 114

CH-1204 Geneva, Switzerland

Practical information

Workshop fee 100 CHF
Meeting location EPFL - Salle polyvalente, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Map: CLICK HERE
Contact Isabelle Walch, Ecma International
Phone: ++41 (22) 849 6000, Fax: ++41 (22) 849 6001
E-mail: isabelle@ecma-international.org
Travel and accommodation Travel and accommodation are to be organized by participants
Detailed information on travel and accommodation here

Registration

Who should register Please note that only participants are asked to register; speakers do not have to.
Deadline
April 22, 2010
How to register CLICK HERE in order to register and pay the registration fee on line or via bank transfer

Final Agenda


Click here to download the final agenda as PDF file


Day One – Monday, April 26th, 2010


08:15h Registration & Coffee
09:00h Welcome & Introduction by Touradj Ebrahimi and Istvan Sebestyen



Session 1: Digital Archival Projects - Part 1

Chairperson: Touradj Ebrahimi, Head of Multimedia Signal Processing Group, EPFL, SWITZERLAND







09:30h Use of JPEG2000 in preservation
Richard Clark, ELYSIUM Ltd., UK
10:00h Million Books Digital Library Project - From books to multimedia
Tiejun Huang, Deputy director Institute of Digital Multimedia Technology, Peking University, P. R. CHINA
10:30h Montreux Jazz Festival digital archives project
Frederic Dufaux, EPFL, SWITZERLAND
11:00h Coffee & Refreshments
11:30h Efficient film digitization and restoration
Jean-Pierre Gehrig, CEO, Cinetis SA, SWITZERLAND
12:00h Searching in video sequences- core technologies in THESEUS
Thomas Riegel, Project Manager, Corporate Technologies, Siemens AG, GERMANY
12:30h Lunch break
  Social Program
Visit of Gruyères
14:00h Bus pick-up at EPFL () for Gruyères
15:30h Guided visit of Château de Gruyères
16:45h Multimedia show
17:15h Free visit of the city
19:30h Dinner at Café-Restaurant des Remparts
21:30h Bus pick-up for return to Lausanne
22:40h Arrival in Lausanne


Day Two – Tuesday, April, 27th, 2010



08:15h Registration & Coffee



Session 2: Technical frameworks & Architectures for Multimedia Archives

Chairperson: Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General, Ecma International, SWITZERLAND





09:00h Long term preservation of digital content in analog supports
Lukas Rosenthaler, University of Basel, SWITZERLAND
09:30h Magnetic tape storage and the growth of archival data
Jens Jelitto, IBM, SWITZERLAND
10:00h New hardware and software system for long term preservation DVDs - write once read forever
Douglas P. Hansen, Millenniata,USA
10:30h Coffee & Refreshments



Session 3: Progress in Digital Preservation Methods and Formats

Chairperson: Pierre-Andre Probst, Founder, Probst ICT Consulting, SWITZERLAND







11:00h JPEG 2000 archive profile
Siegfried Foessel, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, GERMANY
11:30h Professional Archive Application Format at ISO/IEC MPEG
Noboru Harada, Senior Research Scientist, NTT Communication Science Laboratories, JAPAN
12:00h Status of ITU-T standardization in the field of multimedia
Simao Campos-Neto, ITU-T, SWITZERLAND
12:30h Lunch Break
14:00h Long term preservation formats and processes
Roger Cummings, Technical Director, Symantec Corperation, USA
14:30h Requirements on TV Archives
European Broadcasting Union (EBU), SWITZERLAND
15:00h Coffee & Refreshments



Session 4: Quo vadis digital archiving of multi-media content?

Moderator: Touradj Ebrahimi, Head of Multimedia Signal Processing Group, EPFL, SWITZERLAND





15:30h Panel Discussion with stakeholders from the user's group, industry and public organizations.
Potential topics are:

  • What are the breakthroughs in preservation technology?
  • Content-based access to multimedia archives - user's dream or reality soon?
  • What do we need to preserve - bits, applications, context,...?
  • Which methods are best for long term physical preservation - digital/analog, electronic/ optical?
  • What kind of open standards are needed for preservation of multimedia content?
  • Copyrights and other IPR in archives - don't care or a serious issue?
17:00 Close of the workshop
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 12:55
Quality of Experience for Multimedia Content Sharing at EuroITV2010

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE FOR MULTIMEDIA CONTENT SHARING

Quality of Experience for Multimedia Content Sharing at EuroITV2010
Place: Tampere, Finland
Time: 9th June 2010

Workshop web site: http://dcti.iscte.pt/events/qoemcs/

IMPORTANT DATES:


- 1st March 2010: Workshop paper submission
- 19th March 2010: Notification of acceptance
- 5th April 2010: Camera-ready submission
- 9th June 2010: Workshop at EuroITV 2010


In recent years, it has been realized that the success of multimedia services or applications not only depends on Quality of Service (QoS) parameters but also relies on the analysis of the entire user experience (UX).
The relevance of this paradigm ranges from IPTV or video-on-demand systems for distributing and sharing professional TV to user-generated content over the web. To obtain a pleasurable user experience far more aspects than QoS have to be taken into account. Major challenges in this context include the identification of relevant UX factors and the quantification of their influence on Quality of Experience (QoE). In particular, context awareness and assessment of users' expectations play an essential role. This is further justified by the emergence of new multimedia enhancement techniques, notably 3DTV and Free Viewpoint.
Future Internet architectures under current research are also promising on the possibility to accommodate protocols and policies that take QoE issues into consideration. Consequently, acquired knowledge on the context and on identified parameters affecting users' experience could be used to improve media delivery.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES

The objective of this workshop consists in collecting and developing knowledge on the following three main topics defining the session structure of the workshop:
- Context awareness for multimedia applications (video on demand on the web, content sharing, user-generated & professional content, IPTV, social aspects, sensors, energy efficiency)
- Content and context aware quality measurements (user-generated & professional content, live & on demand)
- Content and context aware interplay between media service/applications and network strategies. Namely, QoE support in the future internet architectures.


RESEARCH TOPICS

The central research question consists in determining key elements (including content and context information) for QoE assessment and evaluation of "web.sharing.tv.content" and to use this information to shape the future internet.
- Context awareness
- QoE for content sharing over the web and for IPTV
- Subj./Obj. quality evaluation in the context of use, context-aware solutions (situation specicity, interactivity, user-generated & professional content)
- Media Transmission over the Future Internet
- 3D Multimedia and Free ViewPoint
- Interactive multimedia QoE support


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

- Shelley Buchinger, University of Vienna (AUT)
- Rui Jorge Lopes, Instituto de Telecomunicações and ISCTE-IUL (POR)
- Satu Jumisko-Pyykkö, Tampere University of Technology (FIN)
- Hans-Jürgen Zepernick, Blekinge Institute of Technology (SWE)


TECHNICAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE

- Sergio Becker, Orange Labs, (FR)
- Manora Caldera, Curtin University of Technology (AUS)
- Touradj Ebrahimi, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH)
- Markus Fiedler, Blekinge Institute of Technology (SWE)
- Helmut Hlavacs, University of Vienna (AUT)
- Maulana Kusuma, Gunadarma University (ID)
- Hendrik Knoche, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH)
- Patrick Le Callet, Université de Nantes (FR)
- Andreas Mauthe, Lancaster University (UK)
- Maria Paula Queluz, Instituto de Telecomunicações and IST (POR)
- Bijan Rohani, Phybit, (SG)
- Burkhard Stiller, Universität Zürich (CH)
 
 

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 1:55
Acivs 2009 : Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems

                            Acivs 2009

                       Advanced Concepts for
                    Intelligent Vision Systems
            
                Organised by the SEE

                  September 28 - October 2, 2009

            Mercure Chateau Chartrons, Bordeaux, France

                   http://acivs.org/acivs2009/

                          Call for Papers

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  Acivs 2009 is a conference focusing on techniques for building adaptive,
  intelligent, safe and secure imaging systems. Acivs 2009 consists of four
  days of lecture sessions, both regular (25 mns) and invited presentations,
  poster sessions and a special session on performance assessment of
  vision systems. The proceedings of Acivs 2009 will be published by
  Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and are
  listed in the ISI conference proceedings citation index.

  Acivs 2009 will feature a conference dinner, and other social
  activities. The social activities are detailed below.

  The conference fee includes the social program (conference dinner, opening
  reception, and cultural activities), coffee breaks, daily lunches and a
  hard-copy of the proceedings. Students, IEEE and SEE members can register
  at a reduced fee .

Invited speakers

  Acivs 2009 will feature the following invited speakers:
   * Patrick S.P. Wang (Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
     and East China Normal University, Shanghai, China).
   * Steve Sangwine (University of Essex, UK).
     Colour image processing by linear vector methods using projective
     geometric transformations.
   * Jordi Inglada (CNES, France).
     Multi-modal similarity measures for change detection and image
     registration. Theory overview and perspectives for high and very
     high resolution remote sensing data.

Topics include (but are not limited to)

    * Vision systems, including multi-camera systems
    * Image and Video Processing (linear/non-linear filtering and
      enhancement, restoration, segmentation, wavelets and multiresolution,
      Markovian techniques, color processing, modeling, analysis,
      interpolation and spatial transforms, motion, fractals and
      multifractals, structure from motion)
    * Pattern Analysis (shape analysis, data and image fusion, pattern
      matching, neural nets, learning, grammatical techniques) and
      Content-Based Image Retrieval
    * Remote Sensing (techniques for filtering, enhancing, compressing,
      displaying and analyzing optical, infrared, radar, multi- and
      hyperspectral airborne and spaceborne images)
    * Still Image and Video Coding and Transmission (still image/video
      coding, model-based coding, synthetic/natural hybrid coding, quality
      metrics, image watermarking, image and video databases, image search
      and sorting, video indexing, multimedia applications)
    * System Architecture and Performance Evaluation (implementation of
      algorithms, benchmarking, evaluation criteria, algorithmic evaluation)

  Both classical research papers and application papers are welcome.

Techno-Vision special session: performance assessment of vision systems

  The objective of this special session is to provide a forum for
  researchers, industry, and users of vision systems to present and
  discuss the state-of-the-art in performance assessment of machine
  vision and image processing systems. 

  Prospective authors are invited to submit papers addressing issues
  such as (but not limited to): database construction, task
  decomposition, metrics selection and/or design, protocols, workflow
  automation, scientific, technical and organizational conclusions
  provided by the experiments conducted in the evaluation campaigns,
  etc.

  The papers should be submitted in the same way as regular papers,
  but authors should indicate their preference for the special
  session during the electronic paper submission process.

Venue

  The conference will take place in the Mercure Chateau Chartrons, Bordeaux,
  France on September 28 - October 2, 2009. Bordeaux is 12 km from the
  Merignac International Airport (http://www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/).
  Bordeaux can also be reached by train from Paris (average travel time: 3
  hours).

Paper submission and review process

  Prospective authors should prepare a full paper and submit it
  electronically. The paper should consist of 8-12 pages in A4 format and
  should conform to the style guidelines outlined on the Acivs 2009
  website.

  Papers should be submitted in LaTeX format or MsWord format. However the
  use of MSWord is strongly discouraged since MSWord documents, especially
  those containing equations, often suffer from poor typesetting.

  LaTeX style sheets, MSWord templates and more detailed information on
  the submission process can be found on the Acivs 2009 website
  (http://acivs.org/acivs2009/). It is absolutely essential that
  submitted papers are based on the provided templates. Accepted papers
  which do not satisfy the requirements or which cannot be processed without
  changes will be returned to the authors and may not be published.
  All submissions will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the Program
  Committee; additional reviewers will be consulted if needed. The papers
  should provide sufficient background information and should clearly
  indicate the original contribution. They should state and discuss the main
  results and provide adequate references. Paper submission implies that one
  of the authors will present the paper if it is accepted.

Conference proceedings

  The proceedings of Acivs 2009 will be published by Springer Verlag in the
  Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. LNCS is published, in
  parallel to the printed books, in full-text electronic form via Springer
  Verlags internet platform (http://www.springerlink.com).

Important deadlines

             April 15, 2009  Full paper submission
              June 15, 2009  Notification of acceptance
               July 1, 2009  Camera-ready papers due
              July 12, 2009  Registration deadline for authors of
                             accepted papers
            August 31, 2009  Early registration deadline
  September 28 - October 2,  Acivs 2009
                       2009

Steering Committee

    Jacques Blanc-Talon, DGA/MRIS, Bagneux, France.
    Wilfried Philips, Ghent University, Belgium.
    Dan Popescu, CSIRO, Sydney, Australia.
    Paul Scheunders, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Organising Committee

    Alain Appriou, ONERA, Châtillon, France.
    Frederic Barbaresco, THALES, Limours, France.
    Jacques Blanc-Talon, DGA, Bagneux, France.
    Pierre Melchior, ENSEIRB, Talence, France.
    Beatrice Valdayron, SEE, Paris, France.

Program committee

    Hamid Aghajan, Stanford University, Stanford, USA.
    Marc Antonini, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France.
    Kenneth Barner, University of Delaware, Newark, USA.
    Ismail Ben Ayed, GE Healthcare, London, Canada.
    Jenny Benois-Pineau, LaBRI, Talence, France.
    Laure Blanc-Feraud, INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France.
    Philippe Bolon, University of Savoie, Annecy, France.
    Don Bone, Canon Information Systems Research Australia, Sydney,
    Australia.
    Salah Bourennane, Ecole Centrale de Marseille, Marseille, France.
    Marco Cagnazzo, ENST, Paris, France.
    Umberto Castellani, Università degli Studi di Verona, Verona, Italy.
    Jocelyn Chanussot, INPG, Grenoble, France.
    Pamela Cosman, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, USA.
    Yves D'Asseler, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
    Jennifer Davidson, Iowa State University, Ames, USA.
    Arturo de la Escalera Hueso, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganes,
    Spain.
    Touradj Ebrahimi, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne,
    Switzerland.
    Don Fraser, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia.
    Edouard Geoffrois, DGA, Arcueil, France.
    Jerome Gilles, DGA/CEP, Arcueil, France.
    Georgy Gimel'farb, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Markku Hauta-Kasari, InFotonics Center Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland.
    Mark Holden, Canon Information Systems Research Australia, Sydney,
    Australia.
    Dimitris Iakovidis, University of Athens, Athens, Greece.
    Frédéric Jurie, CNRS - INRIA, Saint Ismier, France.
    Arto Kaarna, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta,
    Finland.
    Konstantinos Karantzalos, National Technical University of Athens,
    Athens, Greece.
    Andrzej Kasinski, Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland.
    Soo-Kyun Kim, Paichai University, Korea.
    Ron Kimmel, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
    Richard Kleihorst, VITO, Belgium.
    Nikos Komodakis, University of Crete, Crete.
    Murat Kunt, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
    Hideo Kuroda, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan.
    Olivier Laligant, IUT Le Creusot, Le Creusot, France.
    Kenneth Lam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.
    Patrick Lambert, POLYTECH SAVOIE, Annecy le vieux, France.
    Peter Lambert, Ghent University, Ledeberg-Ghent, Belgium.
    Yue Li, CSIRO ICT Centre, Sydney, Australia.
    Xavier Maldague, Université de Laval, Québec, Canada.
    Joseph Mariani, Université Paris VI, Paris XI, Orsay, France.
    Gérard Medioni, USC/IRIS, Los Angeles, USA.
    Alfred Mertins, Universität zu Lübeck, Luebeck, Germany.
    Amar Mitiche, INRS, Montréal, Canada.
    Rafael Molina, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain.
    Adrian Munteanu, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.
    Henri Nicolas, LaBRI, Talence, France.
    Frank Nielsen, Ecole Polytechnique - Sony CSL, Palaiseau, France.
    Michel Paindavoine, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.
    Sankar Pal, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India.
    Nikos Paragios, Ecole Centrale de Paris, Chatenay-Malabry, France.
    Jussi Parkkinen, University of Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland.
    Fernando Pereira, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal.
    Stuart Perry, Canon Information Systems Research Australia, Sydney,
    Australia.
    Aleksandra Pizurica, Ghent University - IBBT, Ghent, Belgium.
    Gianni Ramponi, Trieste University, Trieste, Italy.
    Paolo Remagnino, Faculty of Technology, Kingston University, Surrey, UK.
    Luis Salgado Alvarez de Sotomayor, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid,
    Madrid, Spain.
    Guna Seetharaman, AFRL, Rome, USA.
    Hugues Talbot, ESIEE, Noisy-le-Grand, France.
    Frederic Truchetet, Universite de Bourgogne, Le Creusot, France.
    Ewout Vansteenkiste, Ghent University - IBBT, Ghent, Belgium.
    Peter Veelaert, University College Ghent, Ghent, Belgium.
    Gerald Zauner, Fakultät für Technik und Umweltwissenschaften, Wels,
    Austria.
    Djemel Ziou, Sherbrooke University, Sherbrooke, Canada.
 

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The First IEEE International Workshop on IP Multimedia Communications (IPMC)
The First IEEE International Workshop on IP Multimedia Communications (IPMC)
August 4 - 7, 2008
St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands

In conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Network (ICCCN) 2008

The rapidly growing momentum behind worldwide broadband deployment and the emerging convergence of voice, video and data services offer the base for various modern multimedia applications such as movie on demand, video streaming, video conferencing, IPTV, and gaming over IP networks. The technology advances in a variety of aspects of the multimedia communications chain, ranging from multimedia coding, network infrastructure, content distribution protocols, quality of service (QoS) management to post-processing, have been driving those applications to move forward. For example, peer-to-peer (P2P) technology has been widely embraced by Internet users, due to its capability to provide scalability, inherent robustness and fault tolerance to the best effort-based Internet. On the other hand, IPTV, built on managed IP network, is growing rapidly, targeting at providing high quality video viewing experience that is at least as good as what is offered by today's cable/satellite TV. At the same time, advances in wireless network technologies and video delivery mechanisms such as IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) and the 3G and 4G cellular systems provide alternatives to their wired peers, allowing users to access and produce video at any time from anywhere.

The greatest challenge that those applications face for them to be successfully deployed is the state of the transport network, which has limited bandwidth that can hardly meet the high QoS requirement for video content. Novel video source and channel coding techniques such as multiple description codes, transcoding, and network coding specially designed for P2P systems can certainly improve the efficiency of video transmission over the Internet. Since P2P traffic including voice and video will likely dominate the Internet in the near future, the key for the successful deployment of IPTV, which shares the same IP network with unmanaged traffic such as P2P traffic, will be advanced traffic measurement, classification, prioritizing and shaping architectures. These architectures ought to be able to enable fair use of network resources among different types of traffics while still achieving efficient and robust content delivery. Besides, better video viewing experience always calls for better compression algorithm, data rate adaptation, adaptive error control, and error concealment technologies. Adaptations are especially important for multimedia transmission over more hostile wireless channels compared to its wired link counterparts, especially when transmitting video to heterogeneous terminals with a wide range of computational and display capabilities, access bandwidth, and user preferences.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together industry and academic researchers to provide an up-to-date picture of the state-of-the-art research in the field of IP multimedia communications. It is also intended to provide a forum to exchange varying beliefs and understandings in terms of how multimedia, especially video, should be delivered to end-users over IP networks. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Multimedia transmission networks, systems, and applications
* QoS management
* Content-aware multimedia distribution
* P2P multimedia networks
* Video coding for P2P systems
* Joint source-channel video coding
* Distributed video coding
* Multiple description video coding
* Video transcoding
* IPTV standards
* Network security for P2P and IPTV services
* Internet traffic classification and management algorithm and architecture for IPTV
* P2P mobile video and mobile IPTV services
* Video over 802.11 WLAN/802.11n and 3G/4G cellular networks
* Error control and concealment
* Video quality assessment

PLENARY TALK:"Video Quality and Video Databases"
Prof. Al Bovik (IEEE Fellow, OSA Fellow, SPIE Fellow), The University of Texas at Austin, USA

SPECIAL SESSIONS:

* IPTV architectures and standards
* P2P video streaming
* Video coding and quality assessment

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers limited to 6 pages. Please see the Author Information page for the details of paper format in the ICCCN 2008 website. Authors can submit papers through either

1) the IPMC Workshop submission URL (http://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=6304&) directly, or

2) the general ICCCN submission link (http://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=6067&), drop down and find the IPMC workshop "IPMC 2008 Workshop at ICCCN 2008" and click the corresponding Submit icon.

and login using your EDAS email address and password (If you are not registered yet, please create one).

The proceedings of the workshops program will be published, as the ICCCN 2008 main conference, by IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Digital Library, and indexed by EI.



IMPORTANT DATES:

Paper submission due: April 15, 2008 (Extended)
Notification of acceptance: May 12, 2008
Camera-ready paper due: May 22, 2008

Co-Chairs:
Rajarathnam Chandramouli, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Fan Zhai, Texas Instruments, USA
Steven Wright, AT&T, USA

TPC (List incomplete):
Minghua Chen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL, Switzerland
Khaled El-Maleh, Qualcomm, USA
Aggelos Katsaggelos, Northwestern University, USA
Lisimachos Kondi, University of Ioannina, Greece
Shiguo Lian, France Telecom R&D Beijing, China
Marco Mellia, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Truong Nguyen, University of California, San Diego, USA
Luca Salgarelli, University di Brescia, Italy
Thomas Stockhammer, Nomor Research, Bergen, Germany
Wai-tian Tan, HP Labs, USA
Jo-Yew Tham, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Ye-Kui Wang, Nokia Research Center, Finland
Wenjun Zeng, University of Missouri, USA
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 11:24
Sixth International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing, CBMI 2008, London, United Kingdom, June 18-10 June, 2008
Sixth International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing, CBMI 2008, London, United Kingdom, June 18-10 June, 2008
http://cbmi08.qmul.net/
Posted by David Marimon Sanjuan at 10:03
IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo, June 23-26, 2008, Hannover, Germany
IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo, June 23-26, 2008, Hannover, Germany
http://www.icme2008.org/
Posted by David Marimon Sanjuan at 10:00
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