December 2011 Newsletter

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This month’s topics include:

ICME 2012 Workshop CFPs
Pattern Recognition Letter Special Issue
IEEE Trans. on Multimedia Special Issue


ICME 2012 Workshop Call for Papers

Workshop paper submission:
5th March, 2012

Workshop paper acceptance:
26th March, 2012


Sixth International Workshop on Video Processing and Quality Metrics for Consumer Electronics VPQM-2012

Human-Focused Communications in the 3D Continuum (HFC3d)

International Workshop on Emerging Multimedia Systems and Applications

The International Workshop on Advances in Large-Scale Multimedia Data Collection, Mining and Retrieval

Workshop on Hot Topics in 3D Multimedia – Hot3D

The 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Advances in Automated Multimedia Surveillance for Public Safety Website:

Workshop On Hot Topics in Mobile Multimedia (HotMM) Website:

Integrating User Generated 3D Contents Into Large-scale Digital Maps

The First International Workshop on Social Multimedia Computing (SMC2012) Website:

The Second International Workshop on Interactive Ambient Intelligence Multimedia Environments

1st workshop on (re)creating lively cities through ambient technologies: arts, culture, and gasteronomic experiences Website:

Cloud-Centric Media System (CCMS 2012)


ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval Hong Kong, Jun. 5 – 8, 2012

Call for Papers

Effectively and efficiently retrieving information based on user needs is one of the most exciting areas in multimedia research. The Annual ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR) offers a great opportunity for exchanging leading-edge multimedia retrieval ideas among researchers, practitioners and other potential users of multimedia retrieval systems. This conference, puts together the long-lasting experience of former ACM CIVR and ACM MIR series, is set up to illuminate the state of the arts in multimedia (text, image, video and audio) retrieval.

ACM ICMR 2012 is soliciting original high quality papers addressing challenging issues in the broad field of multimedia retrieval.

Topics of Interest (not limited to)

* Content/semantic/affective based indexing and retrieval
* Large-scale and web-scale multimedia processing
* Integration of content, meta data and social network
* Scalable and distributed search
* User behavior and HCI issues in multimedia retrieval
* Advanced descriptors and similarity metrics
* Multimedia fusion
* High performance indexing algorithms
* Machine learning for multimedia retrieval
* Ontology for annotation and search
* 3D video and model processing
* Large-scale summarization and visualization
* Performance evaluation
* Very large scale multimedia corpus
* Navigation and browsing on the Web
* Retrieval from multimodal lifelogs
* Database architectures for storage and retrieval
* Novel multimedia data management systems and applications
* Applications in forensic, biomedical image and video collections

Important Dates

Paper Submission: January 15, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: March 15, 2012
Camera-Ready Papers Due: April 5, 2012
Conference Date: June 5 – 8, 2012


Pattern Recognition Letter
Special Issue on
Smart Approaches for Human Action Recognition


Pattern Recognition Letters ( is an official publication of the International Association for Pattern Recognition. The goal of this Special Issue on Smart Approaches for Human Action Recognition (SAHAR) is to bring the state-of-the-art from researchers and practitioners working in the area of computer vision, image processing, robotics, artificial intelligence, etc., who are concentrating various approaches on human action/motion recognition. This Special Issue is soliciting original contributions, which addresses a wide range of theoretical and practical challenging problems related to human action/motion recognition. Human action recognition has various dimensions and this area is still in its infancy even though researchers are engaging their efforts to solve various problems for more than a decade. This Special Issue will cover the state-of-the-art approaches for the following key areas.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
? Recognizing human action/activities
? Recognizing social interactions
? New approaches for pattern recognition
? Recognition in Robotics
? Human behavior analysis
? Abnormal action recognition in cluttered environment
? Introduction of new action datasets
? Behavior recognition based on bodily & facial expressions
? Pedestrian recognition
? Applications and future trends

Submission deadline: March 30, 2012 Submission of manuscripts: Submission period: The Elsevier Editorial System ( will be set in due time to allow authors to upload their contributions to the special issue in the period –February 28, 2012 ~ March 30, 2012. Select the acronym “SAHAR” of this special issue, while submitting as the “Article Type” step in the submission process. All submissions will be peerreviewed as per the standard PRL process.

Guide for authors:

Guest Editor

Md. Atiqur Rahman Ahad
Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT)
Faculty of Engineering & Technology, University of Dhaka (DU)
E-mail: atiqahad [ATmark]
atiqahad [ATmark]
Phone: +81-90-2850-3338


Call For Papers
Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia
Cloud-Based Mobile Media: Infrastructure, Services and Applications

Recent advances in smart phone technologies have fueled a new wave of user demands for rich mobile experience. Today’s mobile users not only expect broadband connection wherever they go and interaction with each other via social network on the road, but also seek ubiquitous access to a wealth of media-based contents and services. Since mobile devices are inherently resourcelimited, cloud computing is emerging as a promising technology to provide additional resources for many media-rich mobile applications. However, the synthesis between mobile media and cloud computing should be well orchestrated to address many technical challenges arising in this exciting space. The fundamental tension between resource-hungry multimedia streams and power-limited mobile devices has yet to be resolved, and is complicated by novel ways of operating mobile devices as both media clients and content providers. Efforts for providing a universal rich-media experience across any screen is typically hindered by the heterogeneity amongst ever-evolving mobile devices, as manifested in their different physical form factors, middleware platforms, and interactive features. This challenge is further aggravated by business concerns from different service providers (e.g., Telcos, MSOs and ISPs), as well as security concerns from users and content providers. These daunting challenges are better tackled by an interdisciplinary approach. In this special issue, we invite original research and review articles that study the interactions among advanced multimedia technology, cloud computing, mobility, and social networking.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
* Enhanced QoS for mobile media
* Mobile multimedia content delivery
* Multimedia search on mobile devices
* Distributed caching of media data
* Cloud-based multimedia processing
* Media cloud resource management
* Cloud-assisted media content recommendation
* User-centric media adaptation in the cloud
* Interactive media rendering
* Service-oriented media management
* Cloud-based mobile media system
* Mobile media security and privacy

Authors are encouraged to contact guest editors for the appropriateness of their topics. Before submission, authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript to the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia online manuscript system, Manuscript Central, via

according to the following timetable:

Manuscript Due: February 15, 2012
First Round of Editorial Decision: June 1, 2012
Final Editorial Decision: August 1, 2012
Camera Ready Paper Due: October 1, 2012
Publication Date: February 2013

Guest Editors:
Chang Wen Chen,
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo, USA

Xiaoqing Zhu,
Advanced Architecture & Research, Cisco Systems Inc., USA

Yonggang Wen,
School of Computing Engineering,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Joel Rodrigues,
Institute of Telecommunications, University of Beira Interior, Portugal