Dear Member of the SIGMM Community, welcome to the second issue of the SIGMM Records in 2013. SIGMM has elected a new board, to guide the SIG through the next couple of years and develop it further. The new board, under the chairmanship of Professor Shih-Fu Chang introduces itself in this … Read more

Introducing the new Board of ACM SIG Multimedia

Statement of the new Board As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ACM Multimedia conference, we are thrilled to see the rapidly expanding momentum in developing innovative multimedia technologies in both the commercial and academic worlds. These can be easily seen by the continuously growing attendance size at the … Read more

Open Source Column: OpenIMAJ – Intelligent Multimedia Analysis in Java

Introduction Multimedia analysis is an exciting and fast-moving research area. Unfortunately, historically there has been a lack of software solutions in a common programming language for performing scalable integrated analysis of all modalities of media (images, videos, audio, text, web-pages, etc). For example, in the image analysis world, OpenCV and … Read more

FXPAL hires Dick Bulterman to replace Larry Rowe as President

FX Palo Alto Laboratory announced on July 1, 2013, the hiring of Prof.dr. D.C.A. (Dick) Bulterman to be President and COO.  He will replace Dr. Lawrence A. Rowe on October 1, 2013. Dick is currently a Research Group Head of Distributed and Interactive Systems at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) … Read more

Call for Bids: ACM Multimedia 2016

The ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia is inviting for bids for holding its flagship “ACM International Conference on Multimedia”. The bids are invited for holding the 2016 conference in EUROPE. The details of the two required bid documents, evaluation procedure and deadlines are explained below (find updates and corrections … Read more

MediaEval Multimedia Benchmark: Highlights from the Ongoing 2013 Season

MediaEval is an international multimedia benchmarking initiative that offers tasks to the multimedia community that are related to the human and social aspects of multimedia. The focus is on addressing new challenges in the area of multimedia search and indexing that allow researchers to make full use of multimedia techniques … Read more

MPEG Column: Press release for the 104th MPEG meeting

Multimedia ecosystem event focuses on a broader scope of MPEG standards The 104th MPEG meeting was held in Incheon, Korea, from 22 January to 26 April 2013. MPEG hosts Multimedia Ecosystem 2013 Event During its 104th meeting, MPEG has hosted the MPEG Multimedia Ecosystem event to raise awareness of MPEG’s … Read more

PhD Thesis Summary

Johannes Schels

This thesis presents part-based approaches to object class detection in single 2D images, relying on pre-built CAD models as a source of synthetic training data. Part-based models, representing an object class as a deformable constellation of object parts, have demonstrated state-of-the-art results with respect to object class detection. Typically, the … Read more

PhD Thesis Summary

Tiia Ojanperä

The volume of data transmitted across wireless and mobile networks continues to grow at a rapid rate. Videos already account for most of this data traffic, and their share is expected to grow even bigger in the near future. The thesis presents a novel video service architecture designed to optimise … Read more

PhD Thesis Summary

Tomas Kupka

Video streaming has gone a long way from its early years in the 90’s. Today, the prevailing technique to stream live and video on demand (VoD) content is adaptive HTTP segment streaming as used by the solutions from for example Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe. The reasons are its simple deployment … Read more

PhD Thesis Summary

Ulrich Lampe

Since the early days of computing, a vision has been to provide Information Technology services in the form of a utility, just like water, electricity, or telephony. With the advancement of the cloud computing paradigm since the mid-2000s, this vision has been put into realization. Cloud computing builds on and … Read more