December 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the December’14 edition of the IEEE-TCMC (Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing) monthly mailing.


This month’s topics include:


Deadline Extension of BigMM’15 (extended to Dec. 19)

ACM TOMM Special Issue CFP



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Due to many requests, the submission deadline has been

extended to Dec. 19, 2014 (11:59pm PST).


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Call for Papers


First IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Big Data

IEEE BigMM2015

April 20-22, 2015, Beijing, China


Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society


Multimedia is increasingly becoming the “biggest big data” as the most

important and valuable source for insights and information. It covers

from everyone’s experiences to everything happening in the world.

As such, multimedia big data is spurring on tremendous amount of

research and development of related technologies and applications.


The IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Big Data (BigMM),

jointly sponsored by the IEEE-TCMC (Technical Committee on Multimedia

Computing) and IEEE-TCSEM (Technical Committee on Semantic Computing),

is a world’s premier forum of leading scholars in the highly active

multimedia big data research, development and applications. The first

BigMM conference, with the theme “Multimedia: The Biggest Big Data”,

will be held in Beijing, China, from April 20 to 22, 2015,

hosted by Peking University.


Please refer to the conference website for further information:


The conference solicits high-quality original research papers in

any aspect of multimedia big data. Topics include, but are not limited to:


– New theory and models for multimedia big data computing

– Ultra-high efficiency compression, coding and transmission for multimedia big data

– Content analysis and mining for multimedia big data

– Semantic retrieval of multimedia big data

– Deep learning and cloud computing for multimedia big data

– Green computing for multimedia big data (e.g., high efficiency storage)

– Security and privacy in multimedia big data

– Interaction, access, visualization of multimedia big data

– Multimedia big data systems

– Novel and incentive applications of multimedia big data in various fields (e.g., search,

healthcare, transportation, and retail)



Regular Papers and Industry Papers.

Authors are invited to submit a regular paper (two-column 8 pages maximum)

or an industry paper (two-column 6 pages maximum) according to the

guidelines available on the BigMM 2015 website.


Demonstration Papers.

Authors are invited to submit a demonstration paper (two-column 2 pages

maximum) according to the guidelines available on the BigMM 2015 website.


BigMM Challenge.

Each year, the organizing committee will organize an algorithmic

competition to address one grand challenge in the field of

multimedia big data which is open to all tool vendors, academics

and corporations. The topic of the BigMM 2015 Challenge is

large-scale object tracking over a network of multiple cameras.

More information is available on the BigMM 2015 website.


Workshops Proposals.

The organizing committee invites proposals for workshops to be

held in conjunction with the conference. These will focus on specific

topics of the main conference. More information is available on the

BigMM 2015 website.


All papers in this conference will be included in the IEEExplore

and indexed by EI. Authors of high quality papers will be invited

to submit an extended version to the special issues on

“Multimedia: The Biggest Big Data” of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.





Regular Paper Submission: 11:59pm PST, Dec. 19, 2014 (extended)

Demo Paper & Poster Paper Submission: 11:59pm PST, Dec. 19, 2014 (extended)

Industry Paper Submission: 11:59pm PST, Dec. 19, 2014 (extended)

Workshop Proposals: 11:59pm PST, Nov. 28, 2014

Notification of paper acceptance: Jan. 31, 2015

Camera-ready of accepted papers: Feb. 14, 2015

BigMM Challenge: Sept. 2014 – Jan. 2015

Conference: Apr. 20-22, 2015



[Call for Papers]

ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications

(TOMM, formerly known as TOMCCAP)


Special Issues on Smartphone-based Interactive Technologies,

Systems and Applications




Paper Submission: Dec. 18, 2014

1st Decision: Feb. 18, 2015

2nd Decision: May 18, 2015

Notification of Acceptance: Jun. 18, 2015

Camera-ready Paper: Jul. 1, 2015

Publication Date: Oct 1, 2015




Smartphones (or smart mobile devices) have now truly become a ubiquitous

computing device, a computer that the late Mark Weiser envisioned in his

ubiquitous computing manifesto. Many applications that could only have

been dreamed of, have now become a reality due to the improving computing,

sensing, display and networking capabilities of smartphones. With

applications ranging from productivity, entertainment, enterprise,

social networking, communications and mixed reality, the smartphone

is the ‘swiss army knife’ of it all. However, there are still many

untapped elements and unlimited possibilities that smartphones can

provide next-generation interactive systems with more intuitive and

intelligent functions and applications that have not been explored

much in detail, especially through the use of computing, sensing and

mobile capabilities of the smartphones.


Making uses of cyber and physical data accessible by smartphones,

new cyber-physical interactive technologies and systems can be designed

and integrated to create novel functionalities, methods and

intelligences to interact with humans for better social experiences,

and more intelligent services and creative applications, such as

recommender systems, advertising platforms, gaming applications that

are interactive to the user smartphones on the spot in a physical

environment and situation.


This special issue of ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing,

Communications and Applications provides an opportunity to attract

and bring together mobile computing, cyber-physical systems, ubiquitous

computing, social computing, wireless networking and multimedia

communications researchers along with user interface designers

and practitioners with diverse backgrounds to contribute papers

on theoretical, practical, and methodological issues on

next-generation interactive technologies, systems and

applications using smartphones.




Topics may include (but are not limited to):

– Cyber-physical interactions with smartphones

– Social computing with smartphones for interactive media

– Cloud computing on smartphones for multimedia

– Cyber-physical interactive media systems using smartphones

– Augmented-reality interactive media on smartphones

– Ubiquitous media networking with smartphones and environments

– Cyber-physical sensing with media applications in smartphones

– Mining cyber-physical world for interactive media using smartphones

– Integrating social context and social media through smartphones

– Case studies of novel interactive media applications and services using smartphones




Manuscripts should be submitted through ManuscriptCentral

(at by selecting the Manuscript

Type “Smartphone-based Interactive Technologies, Systems and Applications”.

Submissions should contain original material that has not been

previously published and is not currently under review by another

journal. Published conference papers must be technically extended

with the requirements specified in TOMM. For details about the formats,

re-submission and other requirements, please refer to the authors

guide at the journal website at

After you submit your paper, the system will assign a manuscript

number to your submission, please email this number to together with the title of your paper.




James She, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, H.K.

Jon Crowcroft, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Alvin Chin, Microsoft, China

Feng Xia, Dalian University of Technology, China









Call for Contributions


ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR 2015)

June 23-26, 2015, Shanghai, China




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 annual conference, which puts together the long-lasting

experiences of the former ACM CIVR and ACM MIR series, was set up

in 2011 to illuminate the state of the arts in multimedia

(text, image, video and audio) retrieval. In the past four years,

ICMR were held in Trento, Italy (2011), Hong Kong, China (2012),

Dallas, USA (2013), and Glasgow, UK (2014).



Calls for Contributions and important dates (in chronological order):



– Workshop Proposals. Deadline: December 15, 2014


– Full Papers. Deadline: January 15, 2015


– Short Papers. Deadline: January 15, 2015


– Brave New Ideas Papers. Deadline: January 15, 2015


– Tutorial Proposals. Deadline: January 16, 2015




ICMR’s Topics of Interest include but are not limited to:



– Content and context based indexing, search and retrieval of multimedia data

– Multimodal content analysis and retrieval

– Deep learning for multimedia retrieval

– Advanced descriptors and similarity metrics for audio, image, video and 3D data

– Complex multimedia event detection and recounting

– Learning and relevance feedback in multimedia retrieval

– Query models, paradigms, and languages for multimedia retrieval

– Hashing and indexing algorithms for large-scale retrieval

– Cross-media retrieval

– Fine-grained visual search

– Human perception based multimedia retrieval

– Studies of information-seeking behavior among image/video users

– Affective/emotional interaction or interfaces for image/video retrieval

– HCI issues in multimedia retrieval

– Crowdsourcing in multimedia retrieval

– Community-based multimedia content management

– Internet of multimedia things

– Image/video summarization and visualization

– Mobile visual search

– Applications of multimedia retrieval

– Evaluation of multimedia retrieval systems



Further information:


Author instructions and information about the host city and venue

are available at






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