August 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the August’15 edition of the IEEE-TCMC (Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing) monthly mailing.
This month’s topics include:
CFP: MTAP SI on “Content Based Multimedia Indexing”
CFP: ACM SAC Multimedia and Visualization track
MMTC R-Letter for a special review on ICME 2015 best papers
IEEE Multimedia July Issue ToC
Openings: Faculty opening at University of Alabama at Birmingham
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CFP: MTAP Special Issue on “Content Based Multimedia Indexing”
due: Sept. 30, 2015
Call for Papers
Multimedia Tools and Applications, Journal, Springer
2014 Impact Factor 1.346
Special Issue on “Content Based Multimedia Indexing”
Submission deadline: September 30, 2015
Aim of the special issue
Multimedia indexing systems aim at providing easy, fast and accurate
access to large multimedia repositories. Research in Content-Based Multimedia
Indexing covers a wide spectrum of topics in content analysis, content
description, content adaptation and content retrieval. Various tools
and techniques from different fields such as Data Indexing, Machine
Learning, Pattern Recognition, and Human Computer Interaction have
contributed to the success of multimedia systems. Although, there has
been a significant progress in the field, we still face situations when
the system shows limits in accuracy, generality and scalability. Hence,
the goal of this special issue is to bring forward the recent advancements
in content-based multimedia indexing.
Topics of interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Visual indexing (image, video, graphics);
– Social media analysis;
– Visual content extraction;
– Identification and tracking of semantic regions;
– Identification of semantic events;
– Audio (audio, speech, music) content extraction;
– Metadata generation, coding and transformation;
– Multi-modal and cross-modal indexing;
– Multimedia information retrieval (image, audio, video, text);
– Content-based search;
– Multimedia data mining;
– Multimedia recommendation;
– Mobile media retrieval;
– Event-based media processing and retrieval;
– Affective/emotional interaction or interfaces for multimedia retrieval;
– Large scale multimedia database management;
– Deep learning for multimedia indexing;
– Summarization, browsing and organization of multimedia content;
– Personalization and content adaptation;
– User interaction and relevance feedback;
– Multimedia interfaces, presentation and visualization tools;
– Evaluation and benchmarking of multimedia retrieval systems;
– Applications of multimedia retrieval: medicine, lifelogs, satellite
imagery, video surveillance, etc.
Submission details
All the papers should be full journal length versions and follow the
guidelines set out by Multimedia Tools and Applications:
Manuscripts should be submitted online at
choosing “CBMI 2015” as article type. When uploading your paper,
please ensure that your manuscript is marked as being for this special issue.
Information about the manuscript (title, full list of authors,
corresponding author’s contact, abstract, and keywords) should be also
sent to the corresponding editors (see information below).
All the papers will be peer-reviewed following the MTAP regular paper
reviewing procedures and ensuring the journal high standards.
Important dates
Manuscript Due: September 30, 2015;
First Round Decisions: November 30, 2015;
Revisions Due: January 31, 2016;
Final Round Decisions: March 31, 2016;
Publication: Second quarter 2016.
Guest Editors
Marco Bertini, University of Florence, Italy (;
Bogdan Ionescu, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania (
MMV Track Call for papers
Multimedia and Visualization (MMV)
The themes Multimedia and Visualization are concerned with principles,
tools and processes that improve our ability to understand, create,
manage, visualize and maintain multimedia in general and interactive
media in particular. The aim of this track is to bring together
researchers from academia and industry who are actively engaged both
in theoretical and practical aspects of these multidisciplinary themes,
including those interested in discussing issues relative to Human-Computer
Interaction and Human-Media Interaction.
Authors are invited to submit papers which will be evaluated in terms of:
originality, technical content, accuracy, significance of the work,
appropriateness for the ACM SAC MMV track and presentation (organization,
style and clarity).
SAC has grown to be a large and very competitive conference. For instance,
in the past 4 years the MMV track had an acceptance rate smaller than 30%,
as the other tracks in the symposium.
Authors should follow the ACM SIG format (Latex and MS Word templates
available at:
Submissions should not exceed six (6) double-column pages (with the option,
at additional expense of USD 80 per page, to add two more pages). Accepted
papers will be published in the ACM SAC proceedings and widely available
through the ACM Digital Library.
Submit your paper electronically in PDF. The submission system can be
found at the SAC 2015 website:
Authors are invited to check the papers presented at previous editions of
the ACM SAC symposium at:
Please, note that paper registration is required for allowing the
inclusion of the paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author
or a proxy attending ACM SAC MUST present the paper. This is a requirement
for all accepted papers and posters to be included in the ACM digital
library. No-show of scheduled papers and posters will result in excluding
them from the ACM digital library.
Multimedia and Visualization (MMV) Topics
As in the previous editions of the MMV topics and technologies relevant
to this track include (but are not limited to):
– adaptive multimedia
– automatically generated media and multimedia
– computer supported collaborative work
– interaction workflow and cooperation
– interaction acessibility
– interaction usability
– interactive video
– interactive multimedia
– interacting with mobile devices
– interacting with sensors and other devices
– interaction and media-related markup languages
– interactive TV
– multimedia standards, models
– multimedia supported collaborative work
– multimodal interaction languages and APIs
– multimedia authoring tools and systems
– multimedia presentation
– multimedia synchronization & temporal aspects
– multimedia structure and content analysis
– multimedia categorization, classification, mining
– multimedia storage, indexing, and retrieval
– multimedia high dimensional index structures
– multimedia-related metadata and ontologies
– performance of multimedia systems
– structured interactive multimedia
– video services
– visualization via browsing, navigation, querying
– visualization from modeling, analysis, mining and knowledge discovery
– visualization with augmented and virtual reality
– visualizing multi-dimensional data, textual data, multimedia data
– visualization infrastructures, services and applications for specific domains
Student Research Competition
The Student Research Competition (SRC) program, sponsored by Microsoft Research,
is a newly added program to the ACM SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC).
Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts (minimum of 2-page
and maximum of 4-page) to the Student Research Competition (SRC), following the
instructions published at SAC 2015 website. Authors of selected abstracts will
have the opportunity to give poster presentations of their work and compete for
three top-winning places. The winners will receive cash awards and SIGAPP
recognition certificates during the conference banquet. Authors of selected
abstracts are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award program for
Note: there are two different submission systems – one for regular tracks
(including MMV) and other one for SRC. Please visist SAC 2015 website.
MMV Track Site:
ACM SAC 2015 Website:
MMV Track co-chairs
Maria da Graça Pimentel (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Rudinei Goularte (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Takayuki Itoh (Ochanomizu University, Japan)
Important due dates
October 10, 2014
Paper submission (Deadline Extended)
November 30, 2014
Author notification
December 15, 2014
Camera-Ready Copy
April 13-17, 2015
ACM SAC 2015, Salamanca, Spain
MMTC R-Letter for a special review on ICME 2015 best papers
Full Text:
An overview of all R-Letters is provided in the following:
The first paper, published in the Proceedings of IEEE ICME’15 as best
paper and edited by Frank Hartung, evaluates music recommendations
in a real-world setting focusing on data splitting and evaluation metrics.
The second paper, published in the Proceedings of IEEE ICME’15 as
best paper runner-up and edited by Bruno Macchiavello, describes means
for a characteristic Number Regression for Facial Feature Extraction.
The third paper is edited by Lifeng Sun and has been published within
the Proceedings of IEEE ICME’15 as best student paper. It provides an
annotated dataset and model for salient object detection in complex scenes.
The forth paper, published in the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and
edited by Carl James Debone, provides a parallel in-loop filtering
hardware implementation for HEVC decoders.
Finally, the fifth paper, published in the IEEE Journal of Selected
Topics in Signal Processing and edited by Gwendal Simon, is about understanding
an exciting new feature in HEVC, i.e., tiles!
We would like to thank all the authors, nominators, reviewers,
editors, and others who contribute to the release of this issue.
IEEE ComSoc MMTC R-Letter Director:
Christian Timmerer
Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Co-Director: Weiyi Zhang
AT&T Research, USA
Co-Director: Yan Zhang
Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
IEEE MultiMedia, July–September 2015
vol. 22, no. 3
Social Multimedia and Storytelling
10 Guest Editors’ Introduction: Social Multimedia and Storytelling
Symeon Papadopoulos, Pablo Cesar, David A. Shamma, Aisling Kelliher, and
Ramesh Jain
14 Cross-Platform Social Event Detection
Maia Zaharieva, Manfred Del Fabro, and Matthias Zeppelzauer
26 Syncing Shared Multimedia through Audiovisual Bimodal Segmentation
Charalampos A. Dimoulas and Andreas L. Symeonidis
44 CitySensing: Fusing City Data for Visual Storytelling
Marco Balduini, Emanuele Della Valle, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Matteo Azzi,
Roberto Larcher, and Fabrizio Antonelli
54 “Let’s Share a Story”: Socially Enhanced Multimedia Storytelling
Mu Mu, Steven Simpson, Nicholas Race, Omar Niamut, Gijs Koot, Rianne Kaptein,
Jacco Taal, and Luigi Mori
Feature Articles
73 Manipulating Ultra-High Definition Video Traffic
Yan Ye, Yuwen He, and Xiaoyu Xiu
82 Data-Driven Scene Understanding with Adaptively Retrieved Exemplars
Xionghao Liu, Wei Yang, Liang Lin, Qing Wang, Zhaoquan Cai, and Jianhuang Lai
2 EIC’s Message
Yong Rui
Establishing Best Papers for IEEE MultiMedia
4 Artful Media
Doug Williams, Pablo Cesar, Marian Ursu, Ian Kegel, Jack Jansen, and Erik Geelhoed
Experiments with Distributed Theatre
66 Spotlight
Ramesh Jain
Let’s Weave the Visual Web
93 Scientific Conferences
Yonghong Tian, Shu-Ching Chen, Mei-Ling Shyu, Tiejun Huang, Phillip Sheu,
and Alberto Del Bimbo
Multimedia Big Data
96 Visions and Views
Wenwu Zhu, Peng Cui, Zhi Wang, and Gang Hua
Multimedia Big Data Computing
Faculty Employment Opportunities
Open Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor position
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) at the University
of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is seeking candidates for a
tenure-track/tenure-earning/tenured faculty position at the
Assistant/Associate/Full-Professor rank beginning Fall 2016. For
additional information about the Department, please visit:
Candidates with expertise in all core CIS topics are sought, with
preference given to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining,
Software Engineering, High Performance Computing, Networking, and
Human-Computer Interaction. UAB has made a significant commitment to both
research and teaching in Computer Science. Candidates must consequently
have strong research and teaching credentials. Experience and success in
funded research is desirable for junior-level candidates, and required
for senior-level candidates. UAB is a Carnegie Research Intensive University.
The CIS Department at UAB offers PhD, MS and BS programs. The Department
has a strong research focus, and a strong commitment to teaching, service
and outreach. The PhD, MS and BS enrollments are on the rise, with the
goal of growing these programs significantly over the next several years.
Research funding is expanding significantly, and the Department has a
leadership role in the Center for Information Assurance, Security and
Computer Forensics. Collaborations with UAB’s medical enterprise are
strong and growing, with many opportunities for faculty to participate
in interdisciplinary work.
A Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field is required.
Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications
and scholarly achievements, a statement of future research plans, a
statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and at least three
references. Applications and all other materials should be submitted
in PDF format via email to, or via regular mail to:
Search Committee
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
CH 115
1720 2nd Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
Review of candidates will begin October 15, 2015, and the search will
continue until the position is filled.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to
fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in
which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance
irrespective of ethnicity, gender, faith, gender identity and expression
as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from
individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background
investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.