June 2014 Newsletter

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

This month’s topics include:

Conference CFP: ISM’14, BigMM’15
Journal Special Issues: ACM Trans. on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications; Multimedia Tools and Applications

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Call for Paper
ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications
(TOMM, formerly known as TOMCCAP)
Special Issues on
Smartphone-based Interactive Technologies, Systems and Applications
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
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
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
Important Dates
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
Guest Editors
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
Submission Details
Manuscripts should be submitted through ManuscriptCentral
(at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tomm) 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 http://tomm.acm.org/guide.html. After you submit
your paper, the system will assign a manuscript number to your submission, please
email this number to guesteditors2015@kom.tu-darmstadt.de together with the
title of your paper.


IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2014)
Taichung, Taiwan
December 10-12, 2014
Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society
The IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2014) is an
international forum for researchers to exchange information
regarding advances in the state of the art and practice of
multimedia computing, as well as to identify the emerging
research topics and define the future of multimedia computing.
The technical program of ISM2014 will consist of invited talks,
paper presentations, and panel discussions. Submissions are
solicited for full papers, short papers, workshop papers,
technical demos, and panels.
Topics for submission include but are not limited to:
Multimedia Systems and Architectures
Mobile multimedia systems and services
Pervasive and interactive multimedia systems including mobile
    systems, pervasive gaming, and digital TV
Multimedia in the Cloud
GPU-based architectures and systems
Software development using multimedia techniques
Multimedia Communications and Streaming
Multimedia networking and QoS
Mobile audio/video streaming
Wireless broadcasting and streaming
Scalable streaming
Peer-to-peer multimedia systems and streaming
Multimedia sensor networks
Internet telephony technologies and systems
Video teleconferencing
Multimedia Interfaces
Multimedia information visualization and interactive systems
Multimodal user interfaces: design, engineering,
     modality-abstractions, etc.
Multimedia tools for authoring, analyzing, editing, browsing,
     and navigation
Intelligent agents for multimedia content creation,
     distribution, and analysis
Novel interfaces for multimedia: touch, tangible, wearable,
     virtual, 3D, etc.
Multimedia user interfaces for mobile devices
Multimedia Coding, Processing, and Quality Measurement
Multimedia signal processing including audio, video, image
     processing, and coding
Multimedia Coding Standards
Scalable and Multi-view coding
Multi-resolution or super-resolution algorithms
Maintenance of perceptual quality with further compression
Developing novel quality measures
Multimedia Security
Multimedia security including digital watermark and encryption
Copyright issues for multimedia data
Multimedia for surveillance and monitoring
Face detection and recognition algorithms
Human behavior analysis
Multimedia forensics
Trust and privacy issues in multimedia systems
Multimedia Content Understanding, Modeling, Management, and Retrieval
Multimedia meta-modeling techniques
Multimedia storage systems, databases, and retrieval
Multimedia data segmentation
Image, audio, video, genre clustering & classification
Video summarization and story generation
Speaker identification, recognition, and location
Object, event, emotion, text detection and recognition
Mosaic, video panorama and background generation
Multimedia semantics, ontologies, annotation, concept detection
    and learning
Personalization and user preferences
3D and depth information
Multimedia Applications
Multimedia big data
3D multimedia: graphics, displays, sound, broadcasting,
Multimedia composition and production: capture, authoring,
    digital art, animations, etc.
Multimedia gaming
Virtual and augmented reality
Multimedia interfaces for the Web
Multimedia in social network analysis
Rich media enabled E-commerce and E-shopping
Multimedia systems for handicapped
Multimedia Applications: Bioinformatics, Robotics, Transportation
    systems, Mobile systems, Wild-life monitoring and analysis,
    Collaborative systems, etc.
Authors are invited to submit Regular Papers (8-page technical
paper), Short Papers (4-page technical paper), Demonstration
Papers and Posters (2 page technical paper), PhD Workshop
Papers (2 pages), and Workshop Proposals as well as Industry
Track Papers (4-page technical paper) which will be included
in the proceedings. Submissions of high quality papers
describing mature results or on-going work are invited.
A main goal of this program is to present research work that
exposes the academic and research communities to challenges
and issues important for the industry. More information is
available on the ISM2014 web page. The Conference Proceedings
will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press.
Distinguished quality papers presented at the conference
will be selected for publication in internationally renowned
There will be a Best Paper Award and a Best Student Paper Award
competition. Award winners will be announced at the conference
April 18, 2014       Workshop Proposal Submission
May 2, 2014          Workshop Notification
June 18, 2014        Panel Proposal Submission
August 22, 2014      Panel Notification
July 18, 2014        Regular/Short/Poster Paper Submission
July 18, 2014        Demo and Industry Paper Submission
September 5, 2014    Paper Notification
September 26, 2014   Camera-Ready Paper Submission


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
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.
BigMM 2015 will showcase high quality oral and poster presentations as well as
demonstration sessions. The review will be double blind and at least three reviewers
are required. 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 internationally renowned journals.
Workshop Proposals: Oct. 15, 2014
Regular Paper Submission: Nov. 14, 2014
Demo Paper & Poster Paper Submission: Nov. 14, 2014
Industry Paper Submission: Nov. 14, 2014
Notification of paper acceptance: Jan. 15, 2015
Camera-ready of accepted papers: Jan. 30, 2015
Conference: Apr 20-22, 2015


Multimedia Tools and Applications Journal
Special Issue: Environmental Multimedia Retrieval
The rapid advancements of digital technologies, as well as the progress and wide
availability of digital cameras and sensors have resulted in a great increase of
multimedia data production worldwide that describe the state of the environment.
These include huge amounts of data streams from model systems, dedicated stations
and amateur sensors, as well as visual environmental information, such as heatmaps
and forest satellite images. In parallel, the success of citizen sciences and social
networking tools has fostered the emergence of large and structured communities
of nature observers, who started to produce outstanding collections of biodiversity
multimedia records. Citizens have become increasingly aware of the important role
that environmental data (e.g. weather forecast, air quality, life species distributions)
play on health issues (e.g. allergies), as well as to a variety of other human activities
(e.g. agriculture, trip planning). In addition, such data are very important for
environmental issues and phenomena, such as the greenhouse effect, the global
warming and the climate change.
This special issue invites works focusing on analysis, processing, indexing, retrieval
and semantic interpretation of environmental data encoded in multimedia, as well as
on personalised services, summarization, visualisation and decision support
applications for environmental multimedia.
Research topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:
– Analysis and Processing of Environmental Multimedia
– Environmental Multimedia Indexing and Retrieval
– Computer Vision for Environmental Video and Image Processing
– Plant and Animals Identification
– Multimedia Processing for Pollution Monitoring
– Multimedia Analysis for Weather Phenomena and Natural Disasters Understanding
– Participatory and Social Environmental Media Analysis
– Discovery of Environmental Multimedia Information in the web
– Content Extraction from Environmental Multimedia Data
– Personalised Services based on Environmental Information.
– Fusion of Multimedia Environmental Information
– Summarization of Environmental Information
– Interfaces, Presentation and Visualization tools for Environmental Data
– Semantic Web Approaches for Environmental Data
– Decision support services and reasoning of Multimedia Environmental Data
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
http://mtap.editorialmanager.com, no later than July 15, 2014. Under submission
details, the authors should select “SI: Environmental Multimedia Retrieval”. All the
papers will be peer-reviewed following the MTAP reviewing procedures.
Submission of papers: July 15, 2014
First-round acceptance notification: September 15, 2014
Revision: October 15, 2014
Final decision: December 1, 2014
Stefanos Vrochidis (Corresp. Editor), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Information Technologies Institute, stefanos@iti.gr
Kostas Karatzas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, kkara@eng.auth.gr
Ari Karppinen, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Ari.Karppinen@fmi.fi
Alexis Joly, INRIA, alexis.joly@inria.fr