February 2012 Newsletter

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This month's topics include:

VLDB workshop on Multimeida Databases and Data Engineering (MDDE)
IEEE 2012 Intl. Conf. on Information Integration and Reuse (IRI)
IEEE ICME workshop on Social Multimedia Computing (SMC)


The First International Workshop on Multimedia Databases and Data Engineering (MDDE'12)


Held in conjunction with VLDB'12
Istanbul, Turkey
August 31, 2012

Call for Papers

The First International Workshop on Multimedia Databases and Data Engineering (MDDE'12) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey on August 27–31, 2012, in conjunction with The 38th International Conference on Very Large Databases (VLDB 2012). MDDE'12 aims to provide a forum for researchers from all fields of multimedia databases and data engineering, including experts in multimedia indexing, multimedia data mining, in-depth media content processing, multimedia searching, analysis, management, and retrieval. Recent advances in computing, networking, storage, and information technology have enabled the collection and distribution of vast amounts of multimedia data in a variety of applications such as entertainment, education, environmental protection, e-commerce, public safety, digital government, homeland security, and manufacturing. However, big data and large scale analytics is a fundamental problem within multimedia data processing and understanding, and several important questions remain to be answered. For examples, what are suitable indexing structures that can facilitate multimedia search and management? What are the system requirements for a multimedia database that can manage various types of media data, including images, videos, audios, multimedia presentations, and media-enriched texts? How to enable and incorporate multimedia data mining and knowledge discovery into existing multimedia database architectures? How can cloud computing facilitate ubiquitous multimedia computing? How to integrate human-computer interaction with data mining to help users understand and interact with big multimedia data corpus?

Specific topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Multimedia indexing and retrieval
- Multimedia database query languages
- Multimedia data and metadata models
- Multimedia data definition languages
- Multimedia presentations
- Multimedia data mining
- Multimedia data storage
- Security support for multimedia databases
- New multimedia standards
- In-depth content analysis and search
- Optimization and processing of semantic multimedia queries
- Mobile multimedia databases
- Cloud computing-based multimedia databases
- Mapping and integration of multimedia metadata and ontologies into databases
- Semantic understanding of multimedia data using web-scale social media data
- Multimedia systems and novel applications

Dr. Shu-Ching Chen, Florida International University
Dr. Mei-Ling Shyu, University of Miami
Dr. Chengcui Zhang, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Tansel Ozyer, TOBB Economics and Technology University

Submission deadline: May 7, 2012
Notification of acceptance: June 4, 2012
Camera Ready: June 19, 2012

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers (English only) presenting original research. Submissions should be no more than 7 VLDB proceedings pages. Only electronic submission (PDF only) is accepted. The Preparation and Formatting Guidelines can be found on


Please submit your paper (PDF only) to

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mdde2012 .

Proceedings will be distributed to all participants at the workshop. Selected submissions will be invited to submit extended papers for the International Journal of Multimedia Data Engineering and Management (IJMDEM).


The 13th IEEE Intl. Conf. on Information Integration and Reuse (IRI) Las Vegas, USA, August 8-10, 2012

Given the emerging global Information-centric IT landscape that has tremendous social and economic implications, effectively processing and integrating humungous volumes of information from diverse sources to enable effective decision making and knowledge generation have become one of the most significant challenges of current times. Information Reuse and Integration (IRI) seeks to maximize the reuse of information by creating simple, rich, and reusable knowledge representations and consequently explores strategies for integrating this knowledge into systems and applications. IRI plays a pivotal role in the capture, representation, maintenance, integration, validation, and extrapolation of information; and applies both information and knowledge for enhancing decision-making in various application domains.

This conference explores three major tracks: information reuse, information integration, and reusable systems. Information reuse explores theory and practice of optimizing representation; information integration focuses on innovative strategies and algorithms for applying integration approaches in novel domains; and reusable systems focus on developing and deploying models and corresponding processes that enable Information Reuse and Integration to play a pivotal role in enhancing decision-making processes in various application domains.

The IEEE IRI conference serves as a forum for researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government to present, discuss, and exchange ideas that address real-world problems with real-world solutions. Theoretical and applied papers are both included. The conference program will include special sessions, open forum workshops, panels and keynote speeches.

The conference includes, but is not limited to, the areas listed below:

Large Scale Data and System Integration
Component-Based Design and Reuse
Unifying Data Models (UML, XML, etc.) and Ontologies
Database Integration
Structured/Semi-structured Data
Middleware & Web Services
Reuse in Software Engineering
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
Sensory and Information Fusion
Reuse in Modeling & Simulation
Automation, Integration and Reuse across Various Applications
Information Security & Privacy
Survivable Systems & Infrastructures
AI & Decision Support Systems
Heuristic Optimization and Search
Knowledge Acquisition and Management
Fuzzy and Neural Systems
Soft Computing
Evolutionary Computing
Case-Based Reasoning
Natural Language Understanding
Knowledge Management and E-Government
Command & Control Systems (C4ISR)
Human-Machine Information Systems
Space and Robotic Systems
Biomedical & Healthcare Systems
Homeland Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection
Manufacturing Systems & Business Process Engineering
Multimedia Systems
Service-Oriented Architecture
Autonomous Agents in Web-based Systems
Information Integration in Grid Computing Environments
Information Integration in Mobile Computing Environments
Information Integration in Ubiquitous Computing Environments
Systems of Systems
Semantic Web and Emerging Applications
Information Reuse, Integration and Sharing in Collaborative Environments

Best Paper Award: IEEE IRI will be presenting a Best Paper award. The best paper will be selected by separate committee and will be the one that reports the most novel and promising research work that has a high potential impact in the real world.


The 1st Intl. Workshop on Social Multimedia Computing (SMC)

Held in conjunction with ICME'12


Melbourne, Australia, July 9, 2012

Papers are solicited in the above workshop theme, including (but not limited to) the following topics, covering the general scope of social multimedia computing:

* Theoretical underpinnings and computational infrastructure of social multimedia computing;
* Multimedia social network analysis, in particular on large-scale datasets;
* Social multimedia search, especially the search and ranking algorithms from collaboratively tagged images, and online user-generated videos;
* Social multimedia mining and learning from user data (e.g., users' behaviors, preferences, or interests), social context (e.g., social network, structure and relationships) and socially collected data (e.g., metadata from social activity, collaboratively tagged data, and vlogs); multimedia communication and networking by utilizing multimedia social network analysis;
* The design and development of new multimedia social interaction tools;
* Privacy and copyright issues over social multimedia data;
* Distributed/parallel algorithms and paradigms for large-scale social multimedia computing;
* Novel and challenging applications of social multimedia (e.g., interactive services and entertainment, social services and security applications).

Authors are invited to submit a full paper (two column format, 6 pages) according to the guidelines available on the main conference website. The review will be double blind and at least three reviewers are required. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Accepted papers must be registered and presented; otherwise they will not be included in the IEEE Xplore Library. For more information, please see the main conference website: http://www.icme2012.org/

Important Dates:
Full paper (6 pages) submission: 11:59pm (Pacific Time) 12th March, 2012 Notification of acceptance: 26th April, 2012 Camera-ready papers submission: 9th April, 2012 Workshop date: 9th July, 2012