Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Multimedia Grand Challenge - Call for Participation

ACM Multimedia 2010
October 25-29th 2010, Firenze, Italy
What problems do Google, Yahoo!, HP, Radvision, CeWe, Nokia and other companies see driving the future of multimedia? The Multimedia Grand Challenge is a set of problems and issues from these industry leaders, geared to engage the Multimedia research community towards solving relevant, interesting and challenging questions in the multimedia industry‚s 2-5 year horizon. The Grand Challenge was first presented as part of ACM Multimedia 2009. and it will be presented again in slightly modified form at ACM Multimedia 2010. Researchers are encouraged to submit working systems in response to these challenges to win the grand Challenge competition!

CeWe Photo Set Theme Identification
Google Personal Diaries
Google Video Genre Classification
HP Visual Communication
Nokia Photo Location & Orientation
Radvision Content Adaptation
Radvision VideoConf Experience
Yahoo! Novel Image Understanding
Yahoo! Video Segmentation
We encourage you to consider the challenges and submit your contribution to the ACM Multimedia 2010 Grand Challenge track. The top submissions will be presented in a special event during the ACM Multimedia 2010 conference in Florence Italy. Based on these oral presentations in Florence, winners will be selected for Grand Challenge awards worth 1500 USD.

*Paper Submission*
New in 2010: _any_ long, short or demo paper submitted to the regular ACM Multimedia conference can be considered for the Grand Challenge. Regular papers that want to be considered should submit a 1-page additional statement indicating why this work addresses a certain challenge best. In addition, papers, demonstrations and ideas that do not fit the normal scientific style may be submitted to the Grand Challenge by submitting a separate 4-page paper to the Grand Challenge only. (We are afraid that we will NOT consider papers in this path that have been rejected for the scientific program.)
A 1-page statement to accompany an _accepted_ paper or a new 4-page grand challenge paper should be prepared in double-column ACM proceedings style and submitted via http://edas.info/N8591
The submissions must:
o Significantly address one of the industry challenges posted on the Grand Challenge web site.
o Depict working, presentable systems or demos.
o Describe why the system presents a novel and interesting solution.
A number of solutions (perhaps 10-20) will be selected as finalists and invited to describe their work, demonstrate their solution and argue for the paper's success in the Grand Challenge Session in Florence. Each finalist will have several minutes to present their case. Final winner(s) will be chosen by industry scientists, engineers and business luminaries.

*Key Dates*
August 1, 2010 Submission deadline
September 1, 2010 Acceptance notification
October 25, 2010 Conference starts

Malcolm Slaney, Yahoo! Research, USA (malcolm@ieee.org)
Cees Snoek, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (cgmsnoek@uva.nl)

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