VBS Winners 2016

Congratulations again to Kai Uwe Barthel, Nico Hezel, and Radek Mackowiak (and Florian Barthel), from HTW Berlin, Germany, for winning the Video Browser Showdown 2016 competition with their interactive video search system described in Navigating a graph of scenes for exploring large video collections!

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CFP: Content-Based Image and Multimedia Analysis and Indexing for Healthcare @ CBMI 2016

Multimedia information indexing and retrieval nowadays is more and more penetrating an important domain for society: healthcare. Feature-based classification approaches which are being developed for medical image classification for computer-aided diagnosis borrow the approaches from classical CBIR in feature engineering and cascaded classification. Deep learning classifiers which are being extensively studied and applied for concept recognition in multimedia data, image and video understanding are being applied for prediction of patients categories on the basis of physiological parameters such as gaze fixations. Information fusion approaches which are necessary for understanding and content – based indexing of highly dimensional multimedia data are applied for fusion of different modalities in medical image recognition. Video analysis and summarization approaches are being developed for automatic visual reporting in surgery. Similarly, video content analysis and retrieval in archived video data collected from surgeries becomes more and more important and provides the basis for later usage of these valuable data for scenarios such as case comparisons/similarity search, teaching of new operation techniques, as well as quality control/error inspection. Finally, the multimedia nowadays is more and more multimodal – not only image, video, textual and sound modalities supply the information, but also and specifically in medical and healthcare applications, a large variety of different sensors either measuring the context or physiological parameters are deployed. Future multimedia becomes multimodal and this happens in the healthcare domain in priority.

We are now looking for papers (6 pages, IEEE style) for this exciting special session (deadline: February 1, 2016).
More information can be found here.

CFP: Mobile Multimedia Computing Workshop 2016

MMC 2016

The intimate presence of mobile devices in our daily life, such as smartphones and various wearable gadgets like smart watches, has dramatically changed the way we connect with the world around us. Users rely on mobile devices to maintain an always-on relation to information, personal and social networks, etc. With a growing number of powerful embedded mobile sensors like camera, microphone, GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, and proximity sensor, there is a variety of data available and hence enables new sensing applications across diverse research domains comprising mobile media analysis, mobile information retrieval, mobile computer vision, mobile social networks, mobile human-computer interaction, mobile entertainment, mobile gaming, mobile healthcare, mobile learning, and mobile advertising.

Regardless of the application fields, many issues and challenges brought by the emerging technologies for mobile multimedia still lie ahead and many research questions remain to be answered. For example, seamless user experience has been identified as one key factor in designing mobile multimedia applications for multiple form factors. Yet, its provision is challenging and requires effective integration of rich mobile sensors and multidisciplinary research, such as multimedia content adaptation and user behavior analysis. Also, the effective and efficient use of multimedia data on mobile devices, including convenient interaction and appropriate visualization, is still not fully solved. Small screen sizes, integrated cameras and microphones, but also the new gesture and haptic sensors, pose new challenges but at the same time provide new opportunities and innovative ways for multimedia interaction. In addition, for power saving purpose, application-driven energy management is an important technical consideration in mobile multimedia computing (e.g., how to offload computation-intense tasks to the cloud servers to save energy and extend battery lifetimes for mobile users?).

The workshop on Mobile Multimedia Computing (MMC 2016) aims to bring together researchers and professionals from worldwide academia and industry for showcasing, discussing, and reviewing the whole spectrum of technological opportunities, challenges, solutions, and emerging applications in mobile multimedia.

 

See the call for papers!

 

HealthWear’16 Call for Tutorials

HealthWear’16 will bring together researchers, developers, and industry professionals from both Healthcare and Quantified Self communities to discuss key issues, opportunities and obstacles for personal health data research. These include challenges of capturing, summarizing, presenting and retrieving relevant information from heterogeneous sources to support a new vision of pervasive personal healthcare.

The conference now calls for tutorials focusing on practical topics related to wearables and healthcare. Current topics of interest as found in the HealthWear’16 CFP are:

  • Personal Health Informatics
  • Quantified Self for Healthcare
  • Activity Monitors and Devices
  • Self-Tracking
  • Healthcare Knowledge Representation & Reasoning
  • Health Data acquisition, analysis and mining
  • Healthcare Information Systems
  • Validity, reliability, usability, and effectiveness of Self-Tracking devices
  • Experiment Design
  • Social and Psychological investigation into Self-Tracking practices
  • Health Monitoring in clinical and lifestyle environments
  • Sensors and actuators for Wellness, Fitness and Rehabilitation
  • Innovative Algorithms for assessment of long-term physiological and behavioural data
  • Models for interpreting medical sensor data
  • Lifelogging, lifecaching, lifestreaming
  • Biometric data
  • Medical Self-diagnostics

HealthWear’16 solicits proposals for half-day tutorials that present fundamentals about a frontier topic as well as recent advances in fields mentioned above. It should be interesting for both students and senior researchers. Of particular interest are topics focusing on the practical challenges of the Quantified Seld (QS), such as visualization of QS data, search in this special kind of multi modal data, etc.

 

More information can be found here.

Tutorial on Interactive Video Search (ACM Multimedia 2015)

The slides of the tutorial on Interactive Video Search, presented yesterday at the ACM International Conference on Multimedia 2015 (ACM MM’15) in Brisbane, Australia, can be found here:

Survey on Video Interaction Tools

Video Interaction Tools
Our survey paper on video interaction tools is now available for download at the ACM portal website. It reviews a large number of tools and approaches for video content interaction, proposed by colleagues over the last few years.

Klaus Schoeffmann, Marco A. Hudelist, Jochen Huber, “Video Interaction Tools: A Survey of Recent Work“. ACM Computing Surveys, Vol. 48, No. 1, ACM, September 2015, pp. 14:1-14:34,

Endoscopic Video Retrieval with Feature Signatures

Endoscopic Video Retrieval
We are happy to announce that our joint paper on “Endoscopic Video Retrieval: A Signature-based Approach for Linking Endoscopic Images with Video Segments” (authored together with Christian Beecks, Mathias Lux, Merih Seran Uysal, and Thomas Seidl) has been accepted to the IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia 2015 (ISM 2015), to be held in Miami, Florida, USA, in December 2015. Attached you can find a preprint of the paper.

Endoscopic Video Processing

Over the last three years our team at the Institute of Information Technology (ITEC) at Klagenfurt University has put much effort in research on endoscopic video processing. Among other topics we focused on compression quality, content segmentation, keyframe detection, and relevance detection. Here are a few papers that focus on these topics. More information can be found at EndoViP.com and CODEMM.org.


EndoQualitySegmentationCircle1EndoSegmentationCircle2EndoSegmentationVideo
EndoKeyframesEndoInstrumentEndoRelevance

CFP: Mobile Multimedia Computing Workshop 2015

MMC 2015 @ ICME 2015

The intimate presence of mobile devices in our daily life, such as smartphones and various wearable gadgets like smart watches, has dramatically changed the way we connect with the world around us. Users rely on mobile devices to maintain an always-on relation to information, personal and social networks, etc. With a growing number of powerful embedded mobile sensors like camera, microphone, GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, and proximity sensor, there is a variety of data recorded and hence enables new sensing applications across diverse research domains comprising mobile media analysis, mobile information retrieval, mobile computer vision, mobile social networks, mobile human-computer interaction, mobile entertainment, mobile gaming, mobile healthcare, mobile learning, and mobile advertising.

Regardless of the application fields, many issues and challenges brought by the emerging technologies for mobile multimedia still lie ahead and many research questions remain to be answered. For example, seamless user experience has been identified as one key factor in designing mobile multimedia applications for multiple form factors, but its provision is challenging and requires effective integration of rich mobile sensors and multidisciplinary research, such as multimedia content adaptation and user behavior analysis. In addition, for power saving purpose, application-driven energy management is an important technical consideration in mobile multimedia computing (e.g., how to offload computation-intense tasks to the cloud servers to save energy and extend battery lifetimes for mobile users?).

The workshop on Mobile Multimedia Computing, MMC 2015, aims to bring together researchers and professionals from worldwide academia and industry for showcasing, discussing, and reviewing the whole spectrum of technological opportunities, challenges, solutions, and emerging applications in mobile multimedia.

More information here.

Video Browser Showdown 2012-2014

An article Foto3summarizing the idea and the progress of the Video Browser Showdown competition (also known as Video Search Showcase) has now been published by IEEE in the IEEE Multimedia magazine. Please find the article here.

The next Video Browser Showdown competition will be held in conjunction with the 21st International Conference on MultiMedia Modelling (MMM 2015), in Sydney on January 5, 2015. In this fourth iteration of the event 9 teams will compete against each other. More information – including the program – can be found here.