September 2011 Newsletter

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

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This month’s topics include:

One new TCMC Special Interest Group formed; IEEE Multimedia Magazine Special Issue; ICME’12 CFP


One new TCMC Special Interest Group:

SIGVA (Special Interest Group on Video Analytics)


Dr. Balakrishnan Prabhakaran
Department of Computer Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX 75080-3021, USA


IEEE MultiMedia Special Issue: Call for Papers

Large-Scale Multimedia Data Collections

Submissions due: 1 October 2011

Pivotal to many tasks in relation to multimedia research and development is the availability of a sufficiently large data set and its corresponding ground truth. Currently, most available data sets for multimedia research are either too small, such as the Corel or Pascal data sets; too specific, such as the Text Retrieval Conference Video (Trecvid) data set; or without ground truth, such as the recent efforts by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Microsoft Research Asia that gathered millions of Web images for testing. While it’s relatively easy to crawl and store a huge amount of data, the creation of ground truth necessary to systematically train, test, evaluate, and compare the performance of various algorithms and systems is a major problem. For this reason, more and more research groups are individually putting efforts into the creation of such corpus to carry out research on large-scale data sets. There is a need to unify these individual efforts into the creation of a unified Web-scale repository that would benefit the entire multimedia research community. The purpose of this special issue is to present and report on the construction and analysis of large-scale multimedia data sets and resources, and to provide a strong reference for multimedia researchers interested in large-scale multimedia data sets. The issue will specifically address the construction of data sets; the creation of ground truths; the sharing and extending of such resources in terms results and analysis related to ground truth, features, algorithms, and tools.

The IEEE MultiMedia special issue on large-scale multimedia data collections solicits original papers that will be of interest for IEEE MultiMedia readers. The list of possible topics includes, but is not limited to:

* Construction, unification, and evolution of corpus: the state of use, the lessons learned, and their impact, scalability of results, and range of applications.

* Framework for sharing of data sets, ground truths, features, algorithms, and tools, as well as comparison and analysis of results.

* Large-scale corpus analysis techniques: knowledge mining from large-scale multimedia corpus, optimization techniques on large-scale multimedia data for efficiency, and techniques for large-scale, content-based multimedia retrieval.

Performance evaluation methodologies and standards.


Submission Procedures and Deadlines

Submit your paper at When uploading your paper, please select the appropriate special issue title under the category “Manuscript Type.” If you have any questions regarding the submission system, please contact Andy Morton at All submissions will undergo a blind peer review by at least two expert reviewers to ensure a high standard of quality. Referees will consider  originality, significance, technical soundness, clarity of exposition, and relevance to the special issue topics. All submissions must contain original, previously unpublished research or engineering work. Papers must stay within the following limits: 6,500 words maximum, 12 total combined figures and tables with each figure counting as 200 words toward the total word count, and 18 references.

To submit a paper to the July–September 2012 special issue, please observe the following deadlines:

1 October 2011: Full paper must be submitted using our online manuscript submission service and prepared according to the instructions for authors (please see the Author Resources page at

15 January 2012: Authors notified of acceptance, rejection, or needed revisions.

5 April 2012: Final versions due.


Direct any correspondence before submission to the guest editors:

Benoit Huet, EURECOM,

Alexander Hauptmann, Carnegie Mellon University,

Tat-Seng Chua, National University of Singapore,



Call for paper — IEEE International Conference on Multimedia

and Expo (ICME) 2012


  1. Call for main conference paper


  1. Call for workshop proposals


  1. Call for Tutorial proposals


  1. Call for Special Session Proposals


9th-13thJuly, 2012 • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA


Main conference website:


Main conference email:


The IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME) has been the flagship multimedia conference sponsored by four IEEE societies since 2000. It serves as a forum to promote the exchange of the latest advances in multimedia technologies, systems and applications from both the research and development perspectives of the circuits and systems, communications, computer, and signal processing communities.


ICME 2012 will be held in Melbourne, Australia from the 9th to 13th July, The conference venue is the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre , a 6 Star Green Energy rated Convention and Exhibition Centre in central Melbourne capable of hosting the whole conference in one venue. There are abundant accommodation options available, from student dorms to deluxe hotels within walking distance of the Conference venue, and many of Melbourne’s famous attractions.

Authors are invited to submit a full paper (two-column format, 6 pages) according to the guidelines available on the conference website at . The review will be double blind. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Multimedia computing systems and human-machine interaction
  • Interactive media and immersive environments
  • Animation, virtual reality and 3D imaging
  • Multimedia content analysis and search
  • Multimedia databases and digital libraries
  • Multimedia signal processing
  • Signal processing for media integration
  • Multimedia security and privacy
  • Multimedia analysis and social media
  • Multimedia communications and networking
  • Multimedia compression and standards
  • Multimedia applications and technology
  • Hardware and software for multimedia systems
  • Multimedia quality assessment

ICME 2012 will showcase high quality oral and poster presentations as well as demonstration sessions. It will target an overall acceptance rate of 30%. Best papers and demonstrations will be awarded at the conference. Authors of high quality papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for potential publication in a special issue/section of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. Accepted papers must be registered and presented; otherwise they will not be included in the IEEE Xplore Library.

ICME 2012 will feature IEEE society’s sponsored workshops, and individual proposals for workshops are also invited. We encourage researchers, developers and practitioners to organise workshops on various new emerging topics. Industry exhibitions will be held in conjunction with the main conference. Keynote speeches and panel discussions will also be a conference highlight. Proposals for Tutorials are also invited. Please visit the ICME 2012 website for submission details.

Important Dates:

  • Full paper (6 pages) submission due: 28 th November. 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: 27 th February, 2012
  • Workshop and tutorial proposal submission due: 15 th October, 2011
  • Proposal acceptance for workshop: 15 th November 2011
  • Proposal acceptance for tutorial: 15th December, 2011
  • Workshop paper submission due: 5 th March 2012
  • Tutorial materials Due: 15th March, 2012
  • Workshop paper acceptance: 26 th March 2012
  • Camera-ready paper (main conference and workshop) due: 9 th April 2012


General Chairs:

Jian Zhang, University of Technology, Sydney and National ICT Australia, Australia

Dan Schonfeld, University of Illinois, USA

David Dagan Feng, the University of Sydney, Australia


Program Chairs

Alan Hanjalic, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Jianfei Cai, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Enrico Magli, Politecnicodi Torino ,Italy

Mark Pickering, the University of New South Wales, Australia

Gerald Friedland, International Computer Science Institute, USA

Xian-Sheng Hua, Microsoft, USA


Call for Workshop Proposals

Workshop proposals are solicited for ICME 2012 . The workshops should be clearly focused and facilitating active discussions and constructive interactions on current or emerging topics of interest. They should allow members of the community to compare and discuss approaches, methods, and new concepts on research topics pertinent to the main conference. These topics often offer emerging interests to the multimedia research community or bridge the community with other areas.

Workshop proposals for ICME 2012 should include:

  • The title, goals, and duration of the workshop (half-day or full-day, which will be held either on 9 th or 13 th July 2012)
  • The specific topics that will be addressed by the workshop;
  • The relevance and significance of this workshop to the main conference;
  • The history of the workshop if it is not the first version;
  • A draft workshop call for papers with:

– the names, affiliations, email addresses, and short bios of the workshop organizers, who should be experts in the related topics and preferably from multiple institutions;

– the paper selection process;

– a list of potential Program Committee members and their affiliations.

Workshop proposals should not exceed four pages and should be submitted to the Workshop Chairs, Jorge E. Caviedes ( ) and Tao Mei (tmei [AT] ). Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on various criteria including the quality and level of details of the proposal, the theme of the workshop, its relevance to the main conference, and the overall balance of the conference workshop program.

Workshop co-chairs:

Jorge E. Caviedes jorge.e.caviedes [AT] , Intel Corporation, USA

Tao Mei tmei [AT] , Microsoft Research Asia, China


Call for Tutorial Proposals

The ICME 2012 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials. ICME 2012 will take place in Melbourne, Australia from 9th to 13th July, 2012. The tutorials will be held on the first or last day of the ICME 2012, either on 9th or 13th July.

We seek proposals for half-day and full-day tutorials. We are interested in tutorials on established or emerging research topics within the field itself, but we also welcome tutorials from related research fields or application areas. The ideal tutorial should attract a wide audience, be broad enough to provide a gentle introduction to the chosen research area, and should also cover the most important contributions in depth. Proposals that exclusively focus on the presenter’s own work or commercial presentations are not eligible.

Topics are referred to ICME 2012 main conference (CfP)

Proposal Submission

Tutorial proposals must be in PDF format and submitted via emails to Tutorial co-chairs Yen-Kuang Chen (y.k.chen [at] ) and Shuicheng Yan (eleyans [at] ).


All tutorial proposals may first receive peer review. Then, from the pool of proposal deemed of the highest quality, the chairs will make the final selection of tutorials to present the greatest variety to conference attendees and to fit the conference schedule.

Upon Acceptance

Speakers for all accepted tutorials will be required to sign a commitment to present at the conference within 30 days of notification. Speakers also need to provide a 300-word abstract (for inclusion in registration materials). Materials for the conference DVD must be delivered by 15th March, 2012.

Proposal Format

Proposals, prepared in an one column PDF file (no more than 3 pages), should include the following information:

  • Title of the tutorial
  • Keywords
  • Format of the tutorial (1/2 day or 1 day)
  • Description of the tutorial

– Motivation—Why is this topic important?

– Objectives—Why should one attend this tutorial?

– Key takeaway messages—What can the attendees learn from

this tutorial?

– Target audience and prerequisite knowledge of audience—Who should

attend this tutorial?

– Outline—What does the speaker plan to give in the tutorial?

– Speakers credentials, e.g., a short BIO, whether the speaker has

offered tutorials before—Why should ICME choose this speaker to

teach this tutorial?

  • Materials: A description (one or two paragraphs) of materials tobe provided to attendees on the conference DVD course slides, annotated bibliography, code snippets etc. NOTE: the materialsthemselves do not need to be provided in the proposal.


Tutorial co-chairs:

Yen-Kuang Chen (y.k.chen [at] ), Intel Corporation, USA

Shuicheng Yan (eleyans [at] ), National University of Singapore, Singapore


Call for Special Session Proposals

Special sessions supplement the regular program for ICME 2012. They are intended to cover new and emerging topics in the fields of multimedia. Each special session should provide an overview of the state-of-the-art and highlight important research directions in a field of special interest to ICME participants. It should be a focused effort rather than defined broadly.


Each special session should consist of at least 5 oral papers. It is encouraged that the session begins with an overview paper on the topic being addressed and that the remaining papers follow up with technical contributions on the topic.

The following information should be included in the proposal:

  • Title of the proposed special session;
  • Names/affiliations of the organizers (including brief bios and contact info);
  • Session abstract;
  • List of authors committed to submit paper (including a tentative title and a 300-word abstract for each paper).

The session abstract should answer the following three questions:

  • Motivation: why is this topic important for organizing a special session in ICME 2012?
  • Objective: who will be interested to submit papers?
  • Target audience and key message: what can the attendees learn from this special session?

This is a competitive call. Proposals will be evaluated based on the timeliness of the topic and relevance to ICME, as well as the qualification of the organizers and quality of papers in the proposed session. Please note that all papers in the proposed session will go through a review process similar to regular papers, to ensure that the contributions are of the highest quality. Once the proposal has been approved, the organizers as well as the special session chairs will coordinate the review process.

Important Dates:

Special Session Proposal Due:
October 15, 2011

Notification of Proposal Acceptance :
October 28, 2011

Special Session Paper Submission:
November 28, 2011

Notification of Paper Acceptance:
February 27, 2012

Camera-Ready Paper Due:
April 9, 2012

To submit special session proposals or for additional information regarding the special sessions, please contact one of the Special Session Chairs: Dr. Zhen Wen ( ) or Prof. Pascal Frossard ( ).