ICMR 2014 is pleased to announce 4 workshops this year. These workshops are as follows:
1. Environmental Multimedia Retrieval (EMR)
The rapid advancements of digital technologies, as well as the progress and wide availability of digital cameras and sensors have resulted in a great increase of multimedia data production worldwide. This is also the case for multimedia data that describe the state of the environment, which include huge amounts of data streams from model systems, dedicated stations and amateur sensors, as well as visual environmental information, such as heatmaps and forest satellite images. In parallel, the success of citizen sciences and social networking tools has fostered the emergence of large and structured communities of nature observers (e.g. e-bird, xeno-canto, Tela Botanica, etc.), who started to produce outstanding collections of biodiversity multimedia records. Citizens have become increasingly aware of the important role that environmental data (e.g. weather forecast, air quality, life species distributions) play on health issues (e.g. allergies), as well as to a variety of other human activities (e.g. agriculture, trip planning). In addition, such data are very important for environmental issues and phenomena, such as the greenhouse effect, the global warming and the climate change.
2. Social Events in Web Multimedia
The modeling, detection and processing of events is an area that has started to receive considerable attention by the multimedia community. This Workshop aims to attract and present the latest developments and results on the discovery of social events from web multimedia content, and on techniques for the detection and retrieval of media items that are related to such social events. By social events, we refer to events that are planned by people, are attended by people, and are represented by multimedia and in general social media content that is captured by people.
3. Social Multimedia and Storytelling
The increasing availability of social multimedia content around real-world objects and activities holds great potential for deriving richer representations of the depicted places, experiences and events. This is not only due to the abundance of diverse multimedia content, but also due to the availability of a large variety of contextual information, such as location and textual metadata, and online interactions (e.g. comments/likes on shared videos). Therefore, leveraging such content and its surrounding context holds the potential for better capturing and representing the real world and for building novel engaging applications. However, the nature of social multimedia raises a number of research challenges that call for new multimedia retrieval approaches. To this end, the workshop seeks research contributions that address different stages of the lifecycle of social multimedia content, from the moment an event is captured in media, through its online sharing, collection, and processing to its remixing, repurposing, retrieval, and presentation. Of particular importance are submissions that cross-cut different research topics of the workshop in creative ways, and that propose new engaging applications with strong multimedia and social networking elements.