Tuesday, May 12, 2009

3rd Workshop on Many Faces of Multimedia Semantics

The 3rd Workshop on Many Faces of Multimedia Semantics will be a one-day workshop to be held during the IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM’09). It will take place in Dec. 2009 in San Diego, USA.


Information is increasingly becoming ubiquitous and all-pervasive, with the World-Wide Web as its primary repository. The rapid growth of information on the Web creates new challenges for information retrieval. Recently, there has been a growing interest in the investigation and development of the next generation web – the Semantic Web.

Multimedia information has always been part of the Semantic Web paradigm, but, in general, has been discussed very simplistically by the Semantic Web community. We believe that, rather than trying to discover a media object’s hidden meaning, one should formulate ways of managing media objects so as to help people make more intelligent use of them. The relationship between users and media objects should be studied. Media objects should be interpreted relative to the particular goal or point-of-view of a particular user at a particular time.

Content-based descriptors are necessary to this process. At the same time, such descriptions are definitely not sufficient. Context is also important, and should be managed. The area of emergent multimedia semantics has been initiated to study the measured interactions between users and media objects, with the ultimate goal of trying to satisfy the user community by providing them with the media objects they require, based on their individual previous media interactions.

The arrival of Web 2.0 has added new paradigms to the media mix. Such concepts as folksonomies, a form of emergent semantics, introduce a collaborative, dynamic approach to the generation of ontologies and media object semantics. That such an approach results in a stable semantics, though surprising, has been recently demonstrated.

As one can see, the field of multimedia semantics is in great flux at the present time. Approaches which seek to unify these disparate disciplines are especially necessary.

This will be a one-day workshop to be held during ISM’09. Besides the standard research contributions, there will also be a poster session and a session devoted to the presentation of results from current Ph.D. students, as well as a keynote talk. Based on last year’s workshop, the keynote will include discussions of necessary research agendas which will bring together important subsets of the research communities working on multimedia semantics, the Semantic Web, and Web 2.0. Best papers of this workshop will be published in IEEE Multimedia.

List of Topics

We welcome all papers relevant to topics in multimedia semantics, including those at the confluence of multimedia information management, the Semantic Web, and Web 2.0, such as,

  • Computational semiotics
  • Conceptual clustering
  • Emergent semantics in the social web
  • Event representation and detection
  • Folksonomies in social media sharing
  • Genre detection
  • Industrial use-cases and applications
  • Intelligent browsing and visualization
  • Media ontology learning
  • Media mining in the social web
  • Modeling and recognition of visual objects and actions
  • Multimedia management and consumption in communities
  • Multimedia extraction and social annotation
  • Multimedia ontologies for the social web
  • Multisensory data integration and fusion for decision making
  • Perception and cognition in the context of Web 2.0
  • Semantic metadata for mobile applications
  • Semantics enabled multimedia applications (including search, browsing, retrieval, visualization) for the social web
  • Social networking
  • Spectral methods
  • Standards for the social web
  • User interfaces

Important Dates

  • 11:59 PM EST, July 20, 2009 — Submissions due
  • August 20, 2009 — Acceptance notification
  • September 25, 2009 — Camera-ready papers due


For further information or questions please contact the workshop organizers:

  • Farshad Fotouhi, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA (fotouhi@wayne.edu)
  • William Grosky, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA (wgrosky@umich.edu)
  • Mathias Lux, Klagenfurt University, Austria (mlux@itec.uni-klu.ac.at)
  • Peter Stanchev, Kettering University, Flint, USA (pstanche@kettering.edu)
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