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Issue No. 04 - Oct.-Dec. (2012 vol. 19)
ISSN: 1070-986X
pp: 6-10
Marcel Worring , University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Paul Sajda , Columbia University
Simone Santini , Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
David A. Shamma , Yahoo! Research
Alan F. Smeaton , Dublin City University, Ireland
Qiang Yang , Huawei Noah's Ark Lab, Hong Kong
What started as a field with an emphasis on optimally serving users' interactive information needs has now become dominated by methods that focus on improving the mean average precision (MAP) of a clearly defined task disconnected from its application. With the pervasiveness of the Internet and all the sensors available to derive contextual user information, it is time to bring the data and the user back together. As a field, we must consider understanding the subjective and descriptive nature of users and understanding data as equally interesting research topics that are both worthy of publication. At the 2012 ACM Second Annual International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR) in Hong Kong, a panel took place with Marcel Worring as the moderator and the other authors of this article as the panelists. This panel discussion explored this intriguing question: Where is the user in multimedia retrieval?
ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR), multimedia, multimedia retrieval, mean average precision (MAP), multimedia information retrieval, user query, TRECVID, Marcel Worring

M. Worring, P. Sajda, S. Santini, D. A. Shamma, A. F. Smeaton and Q. Yang, "Where Is the User in Multimedia Retrieval?," in IEEE MultiMedia, vol. 19, no. , pp. 6-10, 2012.
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