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EIC's Message: Creativity at the Fusion of Disciplines

Sethuraman , Arizona State University

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There has been significant intradisciplinary research and development over the past 30 to 40 years. Our community was one of the pioneers in bridging various disciplines such as signal processing, computer vision, graphics, speech analysis and processing, text mining, natural language processing, and databases. This provided the opportunity for a number of creative multimedia solutions and products, and the emergence of new research themes over the past decade.

Once again, we now see our community making rapid strides in advancing transdisciplinary collaborations by fusing multimedia with other disciplines. It's especially interesting to see a number of research and education programs emerging at the intersection of arts and media.

The domain of biomedical and health informatics is also garnering the attention of multimedia researchers. Novel applications of multimedia in assistive and rehabilitative technologies demonstrate the importance and potential of multimedia in the area of human-centered computing.

Special issue proposals

Our community has much to contribute and benefit from the vantage point of information technology for today's society. Keeping this spirit, we will be embarking on special issues focused on health and biomedicine, as well as assistive and rehabilitative technologies in the near future.

We invite you to submit special issue proposals centered on themes that you believe exemplify this spirit. As always, please keep your innovative ideas flowing by submitting papers (to and focused articles to the departments (each department editor's contact information is listed at the end of their respective department).

New multimedia video blog

Speaking of innovative ideas, we're working on starting up a video blog on the IEEE MultiMedia Web site ( This is a work in progress (many thanks to Associate Editor in Chief Frank Nack for championing this effort), and we encourage you to take a look at initial video blog entries from Ramesh Jain, Nevenka Dimitrova, Dick Bulterman, and Forouzan Golshani.

We expect to add more videos in the near future. Please keep checking our site for new videos and feel free to submit your own videos. Potential submissions could include your thoughts and ideas about the future of multimedia, feedback on other entries, or demonstrations of your research. Please email these to We have a great opportunity to use this blog not only for disseminating ideas, but also for cultivating a sense of community.

Overseeing the departments

In other news, one of our long-standing board members, Dorée Duncan Seligmann of Avaya Labs, has agreed to take on the new role of Associate Editor in Chief overseeing the departments. Dorée has always done an outstanding job of overseeing MultiMedia's Artful Media department, gathering lively, unique contributions to showcase the potential of multimedia in new and aesthetic ways. As you will see in her biographical paragraph, her ability to fuse ideas from multiple disciplines (be it art, academic research, or industry) will now be an even greater asset to the magazine.

About the Authors

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Dorée Duncan Seligmann is the Director of Collaborative Applications Research at Avaya Labs, where she works in the areas of social software, context-aware applications, presence-based technologies, and mobile communication solutions. Under the broad rubric of providing a rich user experience, her work involves issues ranging from aesthetic considerations to mechanisms for increased ease-of-use and a user's control over her complex communications environments. Seligmann received her PhD at Columbia University.
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