WMS 2005

Third Special Workshop on

Multimedia Semantics

June 22-24, 2005, Pisa, Italy

Workshop home page

Workshop organizers

- The Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI),
- Italian National Research Council (CNR),
- Kettering University, Flint, MI, USA.

Workshop history

The first workshop was held in Varna, Bulgaria, 2002. The second workshop was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, 2003. These workshops were in conjunction with the series of conferences, “Information and Communication Technologies and Programming” (ICT&P) (http://www.math.bas.bg/infres/ictp/), held annually since 1976.

Topics of interest

Multimedia information retrieval is at a crossroads. It is becoming increasingly clear that multimedia information does not have a unique semantics, but exhibits multiple semantics which depend on context and use. Deriving these semantics and using them to answer user queries presents some very difficult problems for researchers. This workshop will concentrate on techniques for doing this task.

The main topics include, but are not limited to:
- Conceptual clustering
- Computational semiotics
- Dimensional reduction
- Emergent semantics
- Intelligent browsing and visualization
- Multimedia semantic web
- Semi-automatic and automatic methods for multimedia annotation
- Spectral methods
- Multimedia ontologies
- Cultural contents
- Education
- 3D&2D annotation
- Human sequence evaluation
- Content-based image/video retrieval, indexing and annotation
- Perception and cognition
- Image Web mining
- Digital library
- User interface
- Modeling and recognition of visual object and actions
- Multisensory data integration and fusion for decision making

There will be a tutorial by Motomu Naito, Knowledge Synergy Inc., Japan on semantics and multimedia topic maps.

Submission information

Please submit papers, not exceeding 8 pages, to wgrosky@umich.edu by March 5, 2005 using the recommendation in http://www.dirf.org/jdim/. Papers will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee, and acceptance will be notified to authors by April 5, 2005. For accepted papers, camera-ready versions must be submitted electronically, with copyright permission forms, by April 25, 2005. As a condition for final acceptance, at least one of the authors is required to register for the workshop and to present the work described in the workshop sessions. The accepted papers will be published in the workshop processing and in the Journal of Information Management (JDIM) (http://www.dirf.org/jdim/) or in the International Journal of Information Theories and Application (www.foibg.com).

Important dates

March 5, 2005 - Full paper submission
April 5, 2005 - Notification to the authors
April 25, 2005 - Camera-ready papers due
June 22-24, 2005 - Workshop

Program committee

Chabane Djeraba, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
Farshad Fotouhi, Wayne State University, USA
Fausto Rabitti, Information Science and Technology Institute, CNR, Italy
Forouzan Golshani, Wright State University, USA
Frederic Andres, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan
George Blanas, TEI of Larissa, Greece
Hiroshi Ishikawa, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Juan J. Villanueva, Computer vision center, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Massimo Tistarelli, Universita degli studi di Sassari, Italy
Motomu Naito, Knowledge Synergy Inc., Japan
Nickolai Petkov, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Peter Stanchev, Kettering University, USA
Paolo Ciaccia, Universuty of Bologna, Italy
Remco Veltkamp, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Robert Laurini, INSA-Lyon, France
Ron Morrison, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Rong Zhao, SUNY Stoneybrook, USA
Shi-Kuo Chang, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Theo Gevers, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tiziana Catarci, University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy
Vassil Dimitrov, University of Calgary, Canada
William I. Grosky, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
Youngchoon Park, Johnson Control, USA

Conference fee

The conference fee is 350 euros.


There will be a reservation on limited number of hotel rooms in Pisa from 21 - 26 June. The prices will be approximately 80 euros for a single room and 100 euros for a double room.

Tentative excursions

There will be a reservation on limited number of hotel rooms in Roma from June 19-21 and June 25-26. The hotel prices will be approximately 80 euros for a single room and 100 euros for a double room.

21th June afternoon. A train trip to Lucca . The price will be the train tickets.

23th June whole day. A train trip to Florence . The price will be the train tickets and the museum tickets.

25th June whole day. A rent-a-car trip or minibus to Siena and San Gimignano . The price will be the rent a car price and the gasoline prize.