WMS 2006

Fourth Special Workshop on

Multimedia Semantics

June 19-21, 2006, Chania, Crete, Greece


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You are invited to send a paper and/or a thought-provoking one-page position statement, which should provide a clear statement concerning where the deficits are in current multimedia semantics research, where multimedia semantics research should go, and some multimedia semantics research visions. These position papers will be used to stimulate discussions throughout the entire workshop.

Based on everyone’s positions statements on the first day of the workshop, we will form working groups, each of which will discuss a particular cluster of topics in more detail. Each group will then bring their results back to everyone, where we can discuss them all and formulate some research directions for multimedia semantics in the next few years. All of the statements and reports, including a general workshop will be printed after the workshop.

The workshop will be hosted in Chania, Greece. This is the westernmost of the four prefectures of Crete. In the beautiful town of Chania, modern, Venetian, Turkish and traditional architecture are blended together in a perfect harmony, creating unique and attractive pictures. Various archaeological sites, villages, churches, caves, gorges, and wonderful beaches embellish the attractive and charming prefecture of Chania.

Workshop organizers

The workshop is organized by:
- Technical University of Crete, Greece,
- Kettering University, USA,
- Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgaria.


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 29th in a series of conferences, “Information and Communication Technologies and Programming” (ICT&P) (http://www.math.bas.bg/infres/ictp/), held annually since 1976.
The third was held in Pisa, Italy ( http://www.kettering.edu/~pstanche/wms05homepage/wms05.html).


Program Committee

Ali Hesham, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
Andres Frederic, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan
Catarci Tiziana, University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy
Christodoulakis Stavros, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Dimitrov Vassil, University of Calgary, Canada
Djeraba Chabane, Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
Fotouhi Farshad, Wayne State University, USA
Golshani Forouzan, Wright State University, USA
Grosky William, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
Ishikawa Hiroshi, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Kasabov Nik, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Laurini Robert, INSA-Lyon, France
Park Youngchoon, Johnson Control, USA
Pichappan Pit., Annamalai University, India
Rabitti Fausto, Information Science and Technology Institute, CNR, Italy
Stanchev Peter, Kettering University, USA
Veltkamp Remco, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Villanueva Juan, Computer vision center, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain


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 libraries
- User interfaces
- Modeling and recognition of visual objects and actions
- Multisensory data integration and fusion for decision making
- Semantic web in Bioinformatics and gene ontology

Submission Information

Please submit papers, not exceeding 8 pages and/or position statements to wgrosky@umich.edu by April 5, 2006 using the templates at http://www.dirf.org/jdim/. Authors will be notified by April 25, 2006. For accepted papers, camera-ready versions must be submitted electronically, with copyright permission forms, by May 5, 2006. 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 proceeding and in the Journal of Information Management (JDIM) or in the International Journal of Information Theories and Application (IJ ITA).

Important dates

April 5, 2006

Full paper submission

April 5, 2006

One-page position statement

April 25, 2006 Notification to the authors

May 5, 2006

Camera-ready papers due

June 19-21, 2006


Conference fee

The conference fee is 350 euros or 425 USD.


The workshop will take place outside Chania in Hotel Porto Veneziano. Special room rates for the period 18 - 22 June: 63 euros per day (single room) - breakfast included, 88 euros per day (double room)- breakfast included

Tentative excursions

June 18, 2006 - Afternoon – Venizelos Graves

June 20, 2006 – Whole day - Knossos Palace, Heraklion, Rethymn

There will be a reservation on a limited number of hotel rooms in Athens from June 22-24, 2006.


Additional Information

For any questions please send e-mail to Peter Stanchev at pstanche@kettering.edu

Best regards

Dr. Peter L. Stanchev
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Department of Science and Mathematics
TEL (810) 762-7927  • FAX (810) 762-9796
Kettering University
1700 W. Third Avenue,
Flint, Michigan 48504-4898
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