1st ACM International Workshop on
Events in Multimedia (EiMM09)

held in conjunction with

ACM Multimedia, October 19-24, 2009, Beijing, China


November, 2009: CfP Special Issue of Multimedia Tools and Applications Journal on Events in Multimedia

November, 2009: Proceedings online

September 15, 2009: Workshop Programme online

July 20, 2009: Notifications sent out. Camera ready papers due on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

June 23, 2009: *** DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 5th ***

May 30, 2009: Submission site now open!

Workshop Description

Humans think in terms of events and entities. Events provide a natural abstraction of happenings in the real world. The concept of events has a long history in foundational sciences such as philosophy and linguistics. After first developing objects-based and entity-based approaches, computer science research is now addressing the concept of events and building many applications that consider events at least as important as objects. Consequently, we find many different solutions and approaches for modeling, detecting, and processing events. In addition, we find different applications that are based on events and make use of events.

Conferences and workshops on events in computer science typically deal with the capturing, processing, and management of low-level events such as publish/subscribe-approaches, middleware-based architectures, complex event processing, and event stream processing. Although this work is very essential for an efficient execution of the applications build on top of such approaches, the understanding of the concept of events is disconnected from the domain-level of events that the actual users of such applications have to deal with. However, considering multimedia data, its semantics is naturally closely tied to the event(s) it documents.

The workshop focuses on how to detect, model, and process domain-level events and applications that make use of domain-level events in the context of multimedia data. We aim at bringing together researchers from the different fields that are interested in understanding the concept of events on domain-level. We invite original work in the areas of domain event modeling, detection of events from multimedia data, processing of events, organization of multimedia data using events as unifying mechanism, and applications of these techniques. The submissions should explicitly explain how they deal with the events of the considered domain and what kind of benefit is provided to the users by using events. Example application areas for events are multimedia-based experience sharing, lifelogs, emergency response, cultural heritage, news, surveillance, and others.

The participants of the workshop will gain an insight into the current state-of-the-art of computer science research on domain-level events. They will get concrete examples of how events can be leveraged for human-centered research and how it can be detected, processed, modeled, and used for creating human-centered applications. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their approach with other researchers from the multimedia community in the hands-on part of the workshop.



Research topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to:


Important Dates

*** Submission of papers: July 5th, 2009 (Deadline Extended)***

Notification of acceptance: July 20th, 2009 --- Notifications sent out

Camera ready papers: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Workshop at ACM Multimedia: October 23rd, 2009


Paper Submission, Review, and Publication

Submissions for the workshop must follow the standard style guidelines of the ACM Multimedia conference. They shall be submitted in PDF format and not be longer than 8 pages. Papers will be submitted using the EDAS system of ACM Multimedia. In submitting a manuscript to this workshop, the authors acknowledge that no paper substantially similar in content has been submitted to another workshop, conference, or journal.

All submitted papers will undergo a double-blind peer review process. At least three reviewers from the PC members and external reviewers will evaluate the originality, significance, clarity, soundness, relevance, and technical contents of the submitted manuscripts.

Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings together with the proceedings of the ACM Multimedia 2009 conference. Based on the quality of the manuscripts, selected papers will be invited to submit to a special issue of a top journal in the multimedia area (tbd).


Workshop Program

09:00-09:15 Introduction

09:15-10:15 Keynote Talk

Coffee break

All paper presentations: 15 min presentation + 5 min discussion

10:30-11:50 Event detection from multimedia content

11:50-12:30 Event-based applications

Lunch break

14:00-14:20 Event-based applications (continued)

14:20-15:20 Event models

15:20-16:00 Open discussion

Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Open discussion (continued)


Program Committee

Pradeep Atrey, University of Winnipeg, Canada
Yannis Avrithis, National Technical University, Athens, Greece
Susanne Boll, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Pablo Cesar, CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Krishna Chandramouli, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Ivan Damnjanovic, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Thomas Franz, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Daniel Gatica-Perez, IDIAP Research Institute, Martigny
Andreas Girgensohn, FX Palo Alto Laboratory, CA, USA
Marcin Grzegorzek, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Lynda Hardman, CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Niels Henze, OFFIS Research Institute, Oldenburg, Germany
Aisling Kelliher, ASU - Tempe, USA
Vita Lanfranchi, University of Sheffield, UK
Artur Lugmayer, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Phivos Mylonas, National Technical University, Athens, Greece
Frank Nack, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Klara Nahrstedt, University at Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
Carsten Saathoff, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Philipp Sandhaus, OFFIS Research Institute, Oldenburg, Germany
Svetha Venkatesh , Curtin Univ. of Tech., Perth, Australia
Utz Westermann, mercatis, Ulm, Germany
Weiqi Yan, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Toni Zgaljic, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Qianni Zhang, Queen Mary, University of London, UK



Ansgar Scherp, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Ramesh Jain, University of California at Irvine (UCI), USA
Mohan S. Kankanhalli, National University of Singapore, Singapore

For questions and inquiries please contact: scherp {a t] uni-koblenz.de.