June 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to the June edition of the IEEE-TCMC (Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing) monthly mailing.

TCMC membership is officially determined by signing up with the IEEE Computer Society either with your membership or later through:


TCMC home: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/tcmc

This month’s topics include:

TCMC meeting call for participation, ISM-MIPR CFP, and Special Issue CFP of IEEE Trans. on Multimedia.

The next TCMC meeting is planned to take place in conjunction with 2011 IEEE Intl. Conf. on Multimedia and Expo, July 11-15, Barcelona, Spain.


Date/Time: July 12, 2011 (Tuesday) 12:30 – 14:30
Location: LaSalle conference venue


The TC meeting is open to all parties interested in promoting the area of multimedia computing.


The Seventh IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Information Processing and Retrieval IEEE-MIPR 2011 in conjunction with IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2011 http://ism.eecs.uci.edu/).

California, USA | December 05-07, 2011

Call for Papers

Huge amounts of multimedia data are increasingly available and the knowledge of spatial and/or temporal phenomena becomes critical for many applications, which requires techniques for the processing, analysis, search, mining, and management of multimedia data. The Seventh IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Information Processing and Retrieval (IEEE-MIPR 2011) will take place in California, USA on December 05-07, 2011, in conjunction with IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2011). The workshop will provide a forum for original research contributions and practical system design, implementation, and applications of multimedia information processing and retrieval. The target audiences will be university researchers, scientists, industry professionals, software engineers and graduate students who need to become acquainted with new theories and technologies in multimedia information processing and retrieval.

Selected submissions will be chosen to be submitted as full papers for a special issue for the International Journal of Multimedia Data Engineering and Management (IJMDEM).

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

* content-based retrieval (image, video, audio, etc.)
* multimodal data analysis
* relevance feedback
* multimedia databases
* image/video/audio databases
* multimedia data mining
* multimedia data modeling
* multimedia data indexing
* multimedia data storage
* new standards
* network support for multimedia data
* distributed multimedia systems
* applications

Instructions for authors:

Papers reporting original and unpublished research results on the above and related topics are solicited. All submitted papers will be refereed for quality, originality and relevance by the Program Committee. The acceptance/rejection of the papers will be based on the review results.All questions should be addressed to the PC chair.

An electronic version (PDF format) of the full paper should be submitted by the paper submission deadline to the workshop website (http://mipr11.cs.fiu.edu/). Papers must be prepared in such a way that ensures they will print anywhere. Thus, you should avoid using special fonts. Manuscripts must be in English and should not exceed 5,000 words (approximately 6 double-column pages). Submissions should include the title, author(s), author’s affiliation, e-mail address, tel/fax numbers, abstract, and postal address on the first page.

Important Dates:

Full Paper Submission Deadline: July 20, 2011
Notification of Results: August 20, 2011
Camera Ready Copies: September 7, 2011

Program Co-Chairs:

Shu-Ching Chen Florida International University, USA
Mei-Ling Shyu University of Miami, USA


Call For Papers
Special Issue on “smart, social and converged TV”


The move to web-based television has challenged the traditional television value chain by allowing any IP-based network, wired and wireless, to deliver high quality television content. In this new paradigm for content consumption, TV-related services are expected to play a decisive role for fixed, nomadic and mobile devices over heterogeneous networks.

Consequently, the rapid adoption of web-based TV applications is fueled by user demands for social and user-generated multimedia content, in addition to the traditional linear and on-demand offerings. As well, the new television is social, allowing exchange of ratings and comments between viewers; connected, with content available on many devices and via many networks; and smart, thanks to application stores and personalized offerings. As a result, TV convergence, as a significant problem for next generation networks and devices, is becoming a popular topic for network, device, content and user experience research. Significant challenges need to be addressed from heterogeneous bandwidth management, content protection and distribution architectures to visual perception and quality of experience.


This special issue is focused on recent disruptions in IP-based and Web-based TV. According to this framework, it wants to provide avenues for future research in the emerging areas of social, connected and smart TV. The targeted audience combines researchers in the many aspects of the end to end delivery of converged TV services but also practitioners and strategic business managers who need to know “what is next” in terms of video and television services, applications and the overall value chain. The editors of this special issue solicit original and innovative technical papers that include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

* Next generation converged TV architecture and performance – especially those combining heterogeneous networks and platforms

* Quality of experience in social TV systems and applications over mobile and converged networks

* Performance of novel approaches to TV network design including wireless Internet TV

* Analysis and simulation of TV services over heterogeneous networks

* Analysis and simulation of content distribution and transmission technologies

* Performance of novel content protection especially for Peer-to-Peer and community TV viewing

* End-to-End TV quality of experience including monitoring, measuring and user behavior

* Content modeling and metadata for next generation converged TV


Prospective authors should submit high quality, original manuscripts that have not appeared, nor are under consideration, in any other journals. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online IEEE manuscript submission system at (http://tmmieee.manuscriptcentral.com/). All papers will be reviewed by at least three independent reviewers. Papers should be formatted according to the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia guidelines for authors (please visit: http://www.ieee.org/organizations/society/tmm/author_info.html).


* Submission deadline: 25-Sep-2011
* First notification: 30-Jan-2012
* Revised manuscript (for 2nd review) due: 15-Mar-2012
* Notification of acceptance: 05-May-2012
* Final manuscript due: 31-May-2012
* Tentative publication date: Last quarter of 2012 (TBD)


Oscar M Bonastre, PhD
(Lead Guest Editor)
Operations Research Centre,
Miguel Hernandez University, Spain
Email: ombonastre@ieee.org

Marie-Jose Montpetit, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT), USA
Email: mariejo@mit.edu

Pablo Cesar, PhD
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, (CWI),
Email: P.S.Cesar@cwi.nl

Zhu Liu, PhD
AT&T Labs – Research, USA
Email: zliu@research.att.com

Jon Crowcroft, PhD
Cambridge University, UK
Email: jon.crowcroft@cl.cam.ac.uk

Maja Matijaševi?, PhD
University of Zagreb, Croatia
Email: maja.matijasevic@fer.hr

Please address all correspondences regarding this special issue to the Guest Editors.