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Prof. T. Ebrahimi and Dr. F. Dufaux talk about how multimedia emotional tags can be generated with BCI, and in farther future how multimedia content in all its senses and boyond can be injected directly inside the brain

In the framework of the Brain Week (Semaine du Cerveau), at the Swiss Radio (in French).

Listen to the program at the following url:



Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 17:11
MMSPG hosting the IMTC at EPFL

The MultiMedia Signal Processing Group at EPFL has hosted a meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC - http://www.imtc.org/). The meeting was held at EPFL on March 3 and 4, 2010.

IMTC is a global consortium of companies dedicated to the advancement of open standards and multimedia communications through Activity Group initiatives and annual events that include interoperability forums and workshops. During the meeting, IMTC honored the leadership and lifetime achievements of two eminent multimedia pioneers and their contributions to the IP Video Telephony industry. IMTC presented its Leadership Award to Pierre-André Probst, former Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 16, and an IMTC Fellowship award to Jim Polizotto, former IMTC Secretary and Vice President of Global Inventures.

Posted by Lionel Rhyn at 11:18
Hot 3D - International Workshop on Hot Topics in 3D


International Workshop on Hot Topics in 3D

(in conjunction with ICME 2010)

Singapore, July 23, 2010

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 systems 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, providing an environment for lively discussion of early-stage, potentially disruptive research.


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 Thursday, July 23, and is co-located with ICME, the flagship multimedia conference sponsored by four IEEE societies. The work-shop will be a unique opportunity to interact with other researchers working on 3D Multimedia. With an environment designed to facilitate discussion and feedback in ear-ly stage research, as well as forge new collaboration, this is an event not to be missed.


  • Submit Regular Paper (up to 6 pages) by: March 22, 2010
  • Notification of Regular Paper Acceptance: April 7, 2010
  • Camera-Ready Paper Due: April 15, 2010
  • Position Paper (up to 2 pages) Submission: ASAP, up to May 15, 2010
  • Notification of Position Paper Accept.: April 7, 2010 (for papers submitted March /20)


Uptodate information on hot3d.org

You can download a PDF version of this Call for Paper by clicking on the link below

Posted by Lionel Rhyn at 17:19
Prof. Ebrahimi and Dr. Dufaux at Swiss Radio ESPACE 2 explaining some of the activities of MMSPG in the field of Brain Computer Interface

Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi and Dr. Frederic Dufaux explain to Sarah Dirren the Swiss Radio ESPACE 2 journalist about some of MMSPG activities in brain computer interface.

See more about these activities at: http://bci.epfl.ch

More about the radio program Babylone at (in French):


You can hear the complete program at the following url (in French):






Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 18:02
VCIDS'10: Call for Papers


Workshop on Visual Content Identification and Search (VCIDS’10)

Singapore, July 23, 2010, in conjunction with ICME 2010


Sponsored by the Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing of IEEE Computer Society

Research and development in visual content identification and search have reached a watershed that large-scale commercial applications start to emerge. In the last few years, major Hollywood movie studios and TV networks have adopted video fingerprinting and content identification technologies to track and manage their content at the Internet scale. In the meantime, major Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft Bing have added content-based visual similarity search to supplement traditional keyword-based queries. While the wave of commercialization is underway, many technical challenges remain and significant progress is made continuously in research and development.

It is recognized that despite unique requirements for diverse applications, visual content identification and search, specifically for image and video content, share some fundamental technologies such as visual features and descriptors, and indexing and search techniques and strategies. This Workshop focuses on algorithms, systems, applications and standards for visual content identification and search. It aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in both industry and academia to discuss the latest advances and exchange views and ideas in related technologies and applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to


Visual Content Identification and Search Algorithms and Techniques

  • Visual features and descriptors for image and video content
  • Indexing, matching, and search in large database
  • Content clustering and classification by visual similarity
  • Machine learning and data mining for visual content discovery
  • Modeling and evaluation of content-based identification and search

Visual Content Identification and Search Systems and Standards

  • Visual content identification (copy/duplicate/near-duplicate detection systems
  • Visual search engines
  • Visual search in mobile devices
  • Emerging standards related to visual content identification and search

Applications of Visual Content Identification and Search

  • Content filtering, tracking, and protection
  • Content recommendation and contextual ad targeting
  • Content-based ID in media asset management
  • Visual content search in online shopping
  • Landmark identification and augmented reality


The Workshop will contain both invited presentations and those accepted from open submissions. Additionally, the Workshop will feature a keynote and a panel discussion by leading researchers and industry experts.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit full-length papers following the same guidelines and requirements for the regular ICME papers by the deadline below. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and must contain original, previously unpublished research or engineering work.


Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: March 1, 2010
Notification of Acceptance: April 1, 2010
Final camera-ready paper due: April 15, 2010


Jian Lu Xian-Sheng Hua Dong Xu
Vobile, Inc. Microsoft Research Asia Nanyang Technological University
jian@computer.org xshua@microsoft.com dongxu@ntu.edu.sg
Posted by Lionel Rhyn at 11:35
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi delivers an invited talk at Multimedia at your fingertips 2.0

Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi delivers an invited talk at "Multimedia at your fingertips 2.0", which took place in Delft, on December 1st, 2009.

More details available at: http://www.petamedia.eu/mmedec1home.html


Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 13:45
MMSPG hosts the Plenary and Working Groups meetings of COST Action IC0604 - EURO-TELEPATH from Dec 3rd to Dec 4th, 2009

MMSPG is organizing COST IC0604 MC and WG meeting in Lausanne, at EPFL, on Dec 3-4, 2009.

More information available at: http://www.conganat.org/eurotelepath/


Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 11:39
1st Spring School on Social Media Retrieval (S3MR)

On behalf of the 1st Spring School on Social Media Retrieval (S3MR) organizing committee, we are delighted to invite you to this interesting event. S3MR will be held during  February 22-25, 2010 in beautiful city of Interlaken, Switzerland.

DEADLINE: November 17, 2009.

Multimedia content has become ubiquitous on the web, creating new challenges for indexing, access, search and retrieval. At the same time, much of this content is made available on content sharing websites like YouTube or Flickr, or shared on social networks like Facebook. In such environments, the content is usually accompanied with metadata, tags, ratings, comments, information about the uploader and their social network, etc.

Analysis of these "social media" shows a great potential in improving the performance of traditional multimedia information analysis/retrieval approaches by bridging the semantic gap between the "objective" multimedia content analysis and "subjective" users' needs and impressions. The integration of these aspects however is non-trivial and has created a vibrant, interdisciplinary field of research.

The Spring School on Social Media Retrieval aims at bringing together young researchers from neighboring disciplines, offering

(1) lectures delivered by experts from academy and industry providing a clear and in-depth summary of state-of-the-art research in social media retrieval,

(2) collaborative projects in small groups providing hands-on experience on integrative work on selected problems from the field.


   * Content distribution over social/peer-to-peer networks
   * Multimedia content analysis
   * Automatic multimedia annotation/tagging
   * Multimedia indexing/search/retrieval
   * Implicit media tagging
   * Social data analysis
   * Collaborative tagging

Confirmed lecturers:
-Susanne Boll    http://medien.informatik.uni-oldenburg.de/personen/susanne_boll/
-Roelof van Zwol  http://research.yahoo.com/Roelof_van_Zwol
-Ciro Cattuto   http://isiosf.isi.it/~cattuto/

for more information and also for subscription please visit our webpage:

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 12:46
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi is the keynote speaker of ACM Multimedia 2009 in Beijing.

Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi delivers a keynote speech at the next ACM Multimedia Conference talking place in Beijing, China from October 19-24, 2009.

More information available at:


Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 18:09
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi is an invited speaker at ICSCCW 2009

Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi will deliver an invited talk on JPEG XR and AIC at ICSCCW 2009 (http://www.ee.emu.edu.tr/icsccw2009/) which takes place September 2-4, 2009, in Cyprus.

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 18:06
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