February 2014 Newsletter

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

This month's topics include:

1. The 2nd BAMMF forum call for particiaption (registraiton DL: Feb. 4th)
2. IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing SI CFP

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The 2nd BAMMF forum call for particiaption (registraiton DL: Feb. 4th)

Encouraged and sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia, the IEEE Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing, the IEEE Technical Committee on Semantic Computing, and FX Palo Alto Laboratory, we are starting a Bay Area Multimedia Forum (BAMMF) series. This is a free tech forum open to general public. Experts from both academia and industry are invited to exchange ideas and information through talks, tutorials, panel discussions and networking sessions. Topics of the forum will include emerging areas in multimedia, advancement in algorithms and development, demonstration of new inventions, productization of technologies, business opportunities, etc. If you are interested in giving a talk at the forum, please contact the organizers. If you have a problem that you want help from other experts, please don't hesitate to let us know. If you only want to listen to other people's talks or meet friends, you are also very welcome.

We would like to invite you to our 2nd forum in the afternoon on February 4th, 2013. In this forum, four experts would like to share their thoughts with us. Here is the agenda for this event.

1:00pm-1:30pm Attendee Networking
1:30pm-2:30pm Images Shared in Social Media: A Window into User Sentiment and Emotion by Shih-Fu Chang, Columbia University
2:30pm-3:00pm Google StreetView Image Segmentation and Beyond by Mei Han, Google Inc.
3:00pm-3:30pm Break
3:30pm-4:30pm Social-sensed Multimedia Computing by Wenwu Zhu, Tsinghua University
4:30pm-5:00pm Personalized Television News by Peter Vajda, Stanford University

Because of room capacity, many people couldn't get a reserved seat for the first BAMMF. We discussed this with PARC management. If we have more RSVPs than we can hold at the FXPAL conference room, we can move the event to PARC auditorium. So, please RSVP through the website www.bammf.org

If you RSVP through the website, we can update you when we change the event location. It can also help us to prepare your badges and enough refreshments for the event. PARC auditorium has about 400 seats, so please help us to spread the word to your organizations and friends. If you or your colleagues want to share thoughts in our future forums, please contact us.

Location: FXPAL KUMO Conference Room, 3174 Porter Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Parking is available around the building.

For directions, speaker recommendations, and feedbacks:

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You may also join us through the following Social Networks:

Linkedin Group BAMMF: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/BAMMF-6519090?home=&gid=6519090&trk=anet_ug_hm
FaceBook Group MultimediaBAMMF: https://www.facebook.com/groups/594087513959782/
Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/multimediabammf/
More details of this event may be found at the BAMMF webpage www.bammf.org


CALL FOR PAPERS Advances in Semantic Computing

IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing
Special Issue/Section
First Issue of 2015

IEEE Transaction on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC) seeks original manuscripts for a Special Issue/Section on Advances in

Semantic Computing scheduled to appear in the first issue of 2015 . Semantic Computing (SC) is an emerging field that addresses computing technologies which allow users to search, create and manipulate computational resources (including data, documents, tools, people, devices, etc.) based on semantics ("meaning", "intention").

Semantic Computing includes the computing technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, natural language, software engineering, data and knowledge engineering, computer systems, signal processing, etc.), and their interactions, that may be used to extract or process computational content and descriptions. While some areas of Semantic Computing have appeared as isolated pieces in individual disciplines, Semantic Computing glues these pieces together into an integrated theme with synergetic interactions. It addresses not only the analysis and transformation of signals (e.g., pixels, words) into useful information, but also how such information can be accessed and used to synthesize new signals.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Semantic Analysis: computational linguistics, natural language processing and understanding, image and video analysis, audio and speech analysis, big data, social media, data and web mining

- Semantic Integration: metadata and other description languages, ontology integration, interoperability and service integration

- Semantic Applications: Semantic programming languages and software engineering, semantic system design and synthesis, search engines and question answering, semantic web services, content-based multimedia retrieval and editing, context-aware networks of sensors, semantic design of devices and applications, semantic communication networks, semantic trusted computing, semantic GIS systems, semantic OS, semantic biomedical informatics, semantic computing and education, semantic computing and finance industry, semantic business intelligence

- Semantic Interfaces: Natural language interfaces, multimodal interfaces

Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently submitted for journal publication elsewhere. As an author, you are responsible for understanding and adhering to our submission guidelines. You can access them at the IEEE Computer Society web site, www.computer.org . Please thoroughly read these before submitting your manuscript. TETC is the newest Transactions of the IEEE Computer Society with Open Access only.

Please submit your paper to Manuscript Central at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tetc-cs

Please note the following important dates.

• Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014

• Reviews Completed: May 1, 2014

• Major Revisions Due (if Needed): May 31, 2014

• Reviews of Revisions Completed (if Needed): June 15, 2014

• Minor Revisions Due (if Needed): June 30, 2014

• Notification of Final Acceptance: July 15, 2014

• Publication Materials for Final Manuscripts Due: August 15, 2014

• Publication date: First Issue of 2015

Please address all other correspondence regarding this special Section to Lead Guest Editor Phillip Sheu

Guest Editors:
Phillip Sheu

Department of EECS
University of California,
Irvine Irvine, CA 92697

Arif Ghafoor
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907