Multidisciplinary column: the importance of talking to a 12-year old

In 2018, while on a research visit to Bordeaux, I felt it would be good to connect more closely to the local community. As a consequence, colleagues convinced me to join the Femmes & Sciences movement, in which women researchers in STEM proactively did local outreach. My French was conversational, … Read more

Report from ACM IMX 2021 by Lingyuan Li

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has forced international researchers and practitioners to share their research at virtual conferences, ACM Interactive Media Experiences (IMX) 2021 clearly invested significant time and effort to provide all attendees with an accessible, interactive, and vibrant online academic feast. Serving on the Organizing Committee of IMX 2021 … Read more

MPEG Visual Quality Assessment Advisory Group: Overview and Perspectives

Introduction The perceived visual quality is of utmost importance in the context of visual media compression, such as 2D, 3D, immersive video, and point clouds. The trade-off between compression efficiency and computational/implementation complexity has a crucial impact on the success of a compression scheme. This specifically holds for the development … Read more

Dataset Column: Overview, Scope and Call for Contributions

Overview and Scope The Dataset Column ( of ACM SIGMM Records provides timely updates on the developments in the domain of publicly available multimedia datasets as enabling tools for reproducible research in numerous related areas. It is intended as a platform for further dissemination of useful information on multimedia datasets … Read more

MPEG Column: 135th MPEG Meeting (virtual/online)

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 135th MPEG meeting was once again held as an online meeting, and the official press release can be found here and comprises the following items: MPEG … Read more

JPEG Column: 92nd JPEG Meeting

JPEG Committee explores NFT standardisation needs The 92nd JPEG meeting was held online from 7 to 13 July 2021. This meeting has consolidated JPEG’s exploration on standardisation needs related to Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). Recently, there has been a growing interest in the use of NFTs in many applications, notably in … Read more

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COCO Annotator – Web-based Image Segmentation Tool for Object Detection, Localization, and Keypoints

Introduction COCO Annotator is an image annotation tool that allows the labelling of images to create training data for object detection and localization. It provides many features, including the ability to label an image segment by drawing, label objects with disconnected visible parts, efficiently store and export annotations in the … Read more