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Springer Multimedia Systems Journal


Special Issue on Social Recommendation and Delivery Systems for Video and TV


Guest Editors: George Lekakos, Teresa Chambel, Hendrik Knoche



Interactive Video and TV content has become available in many settings which
include the web, mobile devices, and desktop applications, as well as smart
TVs. Although multimedia developments (e.g., Web-based TV, IPTV, and
broadcast TV) have followed parallel or even competing paths, there is a set
of underlying common themes that regard the users as creators, distributors,
and viewers of content. In the past, broadcast developments have been in
competition with video streaming approaches and the TV as device has been in
conflict with the PC.

Nevertheless, the convergence of network and rendering platforms has made
such distinctions somewhat superficial. In particular, there are significant
research issues that regard the social and the personal preferences of the
user. Thus, the recommendation and delivery of multimedia content requires
attention to challenges such as semantics, pragmatics, and user preferences.
The main goals of this special issue is to assess current approaches,
systems, and applications, to evaluate how they treat the main issues of
recommending and delivering video and TV content, as well as to propose
novel designs for future multimedia systems.


Besides the established hierarchical content delivery (e.g., broadcast),
there is growing interest in multimedia systems that support video delivery
over an IP-network, which has empowered user terminals to act as nodes in
content recommendation and delivery.

Since video players and TV devices have become a node in a network, the
delivery of content flows through a rather complex ecosystem that consists
of diverse networks (e.g., wired, wireless, mobile, fixed, ad-hoc),
alternative devices (TV, mobile, PC, Web), and varying user preferences. As
a matter of fact, video and TV researchers have become aware that the viewer
is not the end in the video delivery chain. In contrast, the viewer has been
regarded as just another node in the production-distribution-consumption
value chain of multimedia content.

That is, a node that can play the role of a recommendation engine and
delivery channel of video and TV content. In this framework, there are
several emerging research topics that regard social and user-generated
multimedia content, in addition to the established linear and on-demand
offerings. For example, users exchange ratings and comments about video and
TV content, they are always connected with many devices and through many


In this technological ecosystem, the enhancement of content semantics with
pragmatics of actual use is now becoming feasible due to multimedia systems
that facilitate the uninterrupted flow of both content and user activity
between user terminals and content providers. In traditional TV
distribution, one measure of success, besides actual program liking, has
been how much a TV show has been talked about between viewers. Schedule
managers at TV channels have to predict and to measure with approximate and
intrusive techniques (e.g., panels, interviews, questionnaires) the impact
of each program on viewers, in order to make informed decisions about
time-slots, reruns, and media content acquisition. Networked television
enhances this established practice by making this particular role (measuring
what has talk value) of the TV channel more efficient. On the other hand,
online video distributors have been enabled to set-up dynamic push content
in accordance to the user activity generated around their multi-channel
content offerings. Overall, networked television has leveraged the
established viewer practices, such as recording, browsing (e.g., pause,
repeat, skip), sharing with others, and talking about content to become
significant determinants in the value chain of content delivery on any TV


This special issue is focused on recent developments in Web-based video and
TV content. It aims to provide directions for further research in the
emerging areas of social recommendation and delivery of TV and video
content. The target audience concerns researchers in the many areas of
multimedia and TV systems, as well as practitioners.

This special issue will accept original research papers that report the
latest results and advances in the field of social recommendation and
delivery of interactive video and TV content. The papers will be peer
reviewed and will be selected on the basis of their quality and relevance to
the theme of this special issue.






Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):


- Automatic content annotation

- Content-based and user-based recommendation

- Micro-blogging and video

- Ubiquitous and mobile devices

- Broadcast, Web, and converged delivery

- Personalization, filtering, search, adaptation

- Group recommendation

- Intelligent user interfaces

- Crowd-sourcing on Web video

- Semantics and pragmatics

- Distributed services

- Architectures and platforms

- Applications in entertainment, e-learning, e-commerce



 Important Dates



Full manuscript due: [NEW DEADLINE] Feb. 29, 2012

Notification of the first review process: May 15, 2012

Final acceptance notification: July 30, 2012

Final manuscript due: Sept. 15, 2012

Publication date: Autumn 2012 (Tentative)



 Paper Submission



Submitting authors should follow the Author Guidelines available from and submit their manuscripts through
the journal's Editorial Management System at the above URL (please select
SI: EuroiTV 2011, when submitting the paper).


In addition to topical submissions, selected highly ranked papers in the
field of interactive video and TV from EuroITV 2011 (The 9th European
Conference on Interactive Video and TV, can be
extended for this special issue. The extended versions must have at least
30% difference from their original papers and will go through the standard
peer review.



 Guest Editors



George Lekakos, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
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Teresa Chambel, University of Lisbon, Portugal, ([log in to unmask])


Hendrik Knoche, EPFL, Switzerland, ([log in to unmask])



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