Multidisciplinary Column: Conferences as Career and Community Catalysts

A little over 10 years ago, I chose to pursue a PhD. This meant I chose a professional life in which research publications and their uptake would be seen as major evidence of achievement. For those working in computer science, the major dissemination platforms for such publications are conferences. Given … Read more

An interview with Professor Roger Zimmermann

Please describe your journey into research from your youth up to the present. What foundational lessons did you learn from this journey? Why were you initially attracted to multimedia? I have had an interest in technology early on, though my path to becoming an academic has not been very direct. … Read more

An interview with Associate Professor Hugo L. Hammer

Describe your journey into research from your youth up to the present. What foundational lessons did you learn from this journey? Why were you initially attracted to multimedia? From an early age, I had the ability to focus and work individually and loved to develop new systems for all sorts … Read more

Reports from ACM Multimedia 2019

Introduction The annual ACM Multimedia Conference was held in Nice, France during October 21st to 25th, 2019. Being the 27th of its series, it attracted approximately 800 participants from all over the World. Among them were the student volunteers who supported the smooth organization of the Conference. In this article, … Read more

Report from ACM SIG Heritage Workshop

“What does history mean to computer scientists?” – that was the first question that popped up in my mind when I was to attend the ACM Heritage Workshop at Minneapolis few months back. And needless to say, the follow up question was “what does history mean for a multimedia systems researcher?” As … Read more

JPEG Column: 85th JPEG Meeting in San Jose, California, U.S.A.

The 85th JPEG meeting was held in San Jose, CA, USA. The meeting was distinguished by the Prime Time Engineering Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) for the longevity of the first JPEG standard. Furthermore, a very successful workshop on JPEG emerging technologies was held … Read more

MPEG Column: 128th MPEG Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland

The original blog post can be found at the Bitmovin Techblog and has been modified/updated here to focus on and highlight research aspects. The 128th MPEG meeting concluded on October 11, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland with the following topics: Low Complexity Enhancement Video Coding (LCEVC) Promoted to Committee Draft 2nd Edition of … Read more

Can the Multimedia Research Community via Quality of Experience contribute to a better Quality of Life?

Can the multimedia community contribute to a better Quality of Life? Delivering a higher resolution and distortion-free media stream so you can enjoy the latest movie on Netflix or YouTube may provide instantaneous satisfaction, but does it make your long term life better? Whilst the QoMEX conference series has traditionally … Read more

PhD Thesis Summary

Title: A Conceptual Architecture and a Framework for Dealing with Variability in Mulsemedia Systems

The increasing interest in digital immersive experiences has drawn the attention of researchers into understanding human perception whilst adding sensory effects to multimedia systems such as VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) applications, multimedia players, and games. These so-called mulsemedia—multiple sensorial media—systems are capable of delivering wind, smell, vibration, … Read more

Free or Open Source Item

OpenVSLAM: A Versatile Visual SLAM Framework

Visual simultaneous localization and mapping (VSLAM) systems are essential for augmented reality devices, autonomous control of robots and drones, etc. However, conventional open-source visual SLAM frameworks are not designed to be called as libraries from third-party programs. To overcome this situation, we have developed OpenVSLAM [1-3], a novel visual SLAM … Read more