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ACM Multimedia 2010 Publicity <[log in to unmask]>
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                        CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
                     *Multimedia Grand Challenge*

                         ACM Multimedia 2010
                 October 25-29th 2010, Firenze, Italy

What problems do Google, Yahoo!, HP, Radvision, CeWe, Nokia and other companies 
see driving the future of multimedia? The Multimedia Grand Challenge is a set of 
problems and issues from these industry leaders, geared to engage the Multimedia 
research community towards solving relevant, interesting and challenging 
questions in the multimedia industry’s 2-5 year horizon. The Grand Challenge was 
first presented as part of ACM Multimedia 2009. and it will be presented again 
in slightly modified form at ACM Multimedia 2010. Researchers are encouraged to 
submit working systems in response to these challenges to win the grand 
Challenge competition!

*Prize Money*
We are happy to inform you that this year's Grand Challenge will award three prizes:

Gold medal       1500 USD
Silver medal     1000 USD
Bronze medal      500 USD

3DLife     Sport Camera Networks
CeWe       Photo Set Theme Identification
Google     Personal Diaries
Google     Video Genre Classification
HP         Visual Communication
Nokia      Photo Location & Orientation
Radvision  Content Adaptation
Radvision  VideoConf Experience
Yahoo!     Novel Image Understanding
Yahoo!     Video Segmentation

We encourage you to consider the challenges and submit your contribution to the 
ACM Multimedia 2010 Grand Challenge track. The top submissions will be presented 
in a special event during the ACM Multimedia 2010 conference in Florence Italy. 
Based on these oral presentations in Florence, winners will be selected for 
Grand Challenge awards worth 1500 USD.

*Paper Submission*
New in 2010: _any_ long, short or demo paper submitted to the regular ACM 
Multimedia conference can be considered for the Grand Challenge. Regular papers 
that want to be considered should submit a 1-page additional statement 
indicating why this work addresses a certain challenge best. In addition, 
papers, demonstrations and ideas that do not fit the normal scientific style may 
be submitted to the Grand Challenge by submitting a separate 4-page paper to the 
Grand Challenge only. (We are afraid that we will NOT consider papers in this 
path that have been rejected for the scientific program.)

A 1-page statement to accompany an _accepted_ paper or a new 4-page grand 
challenge paper should be prepared in double-column ACM proceedings style and 
submitted via

The submissions must:
o Significantly address one of the industry challenges posted on the Grand 
Challenge web site.
o Depict working, presentable systems or demos.
o Describe why the system presents a novel and interesting solution.

A number of solutions (perhaps 10-20) will be selected as finalists and invited 
to describe their work, demonstrate their solution and argue for the paper's 
success in the Grand Challenge Session in Florence.  Each finalist will have 
several minutes to present their case.  Final winners will be chosen by industry 
scientists, engineers and business luminaries.

*Key Dates*
August 1, 2010 Submission deadline
September 1, 2010 Acceptance notification
October 25, 2010 Conference starts

Malcolm Slaney, Yahoo! Research, USA ([log in to unmask])
Cees Snoek, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands ([log in to unmask])