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Michael Vernick <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 23 May 2000 12:12:10 -0400
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We are pleased to announce four workshops that will be held in
conjunction with the ACM Multimedia 2000 conference.  The workshops
will take place in Los Angeles, on October 31, 2000, preceding
the Multimedia 2000 conference. We cordially invite you to
participate in what promises to be a strong and diverse
workshop track.

The four workshops are as follows:

-Bridging the Gap: Bringing Together New Media Artists and Multimedia
Technologists (

-Standards, Interoperability and Practice

-Multimedia and Security (

-Multimedia Information Retrieval (

Accepted papers in the ACM Multimedia Workshops will be published in
hardcopy in a separate proceedings, in the on-line conference
proceedings, and in the ACM digital library. The papers are limited
to four pages and must be formatted according to the ACM conference
proceedings guidelines. Please see the individual workshop web pages
for submission dates and details.

Below, you will find a brief description of each workshop and its list
of organizers. For more detailed information please visit the
workshop's web page.


Bridging the Gap: Bringing Together New Media Artists and Multimedia

Are you an artist who uses multimedia technology in your work? Are you
a technologist who builds multimedia systems or applications?  Or do
you straddle the line between art and technology?  Too often, the
builders of multimedia technology do not have an opportunity to meet
the users of their technology and media artists do not have an
opportunity to meet the builders of the technology they utilize.  The
goal of this workshop is to bring together these two diverse groups of
people, with a focus on new media artists and designers of multimedia
technologies.  Presenters will be drawn from a variety of backgrounds,
including academia, arts, industry, and research.  The workshop will
provide an opportunity for potential collaborators in the field of
multimedia applications to present their work, network, and begin a
dialogue around the underlying creative and technical synergies.
Another goal of the workshop is to explore further the connections
between industry, research and art and how they can be enhanced.

Organizers: Marah Rosenberg, Michael Vernick, Lucent Bell Labs
James Mahoney, Toonedin, Inc.

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Standards, Interoperability and Practice

The result of the ubiquitous World Wide Web together with high-speed
networks is that multimedia is rapidly moving into real-world
applications such as eBusiness, training, education and
communications. The convergence of television, computers and the
Internet brings out media delivery scenarios that were not feasible
before.  Hence, today's service /content providers will need to
embrace new business models in order to attract and sustain
consumers. Multimedia standards aim to define open specifications of
various types of multimedia information.  MPEG-7, TV-Anytime, and Open
Cable are examples of different multimedia standardization
efforts. Such open standards facilitate fast and efficient retrieval,
and promote interoperability among applications.  While that is the
Holy Grail, development of media applications in a distributed
environment with competing emerging standards offers its share of
challenges. In this workshop, we want to bring together researchers
and practitioners who want to share a vision of "Media Standards and
Practice on the Internet and/or the Intranet".  That is, from
discussions of how media standards promote interoperability to the
pragmatic aspects of software engineering multimedia applications
either due to the standards, or in-spite of them!

Organizers: Dulce Ponceleon, Savitha Srinivasan, IBM Almaden Research

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Multimedia and Security

The workshop analyses specific security problems of multimedia systems
and multimedia material in the digital environment. Based on our
discussion during the workshop at the ACM MM 1998 in Bristol and at
the ACM MM 1999 in Orlando, we want to continue with the state of
the art evaluation and discuss future needs for the design of MM
Security and legal aspects. We understand that the interest and
importance of security was reflected in the great number of
participants from all over the world in the last two workshops.  Based
on these excellent experiences, the objective of the workshop is to
see the advantages in the field of multimedia and security. The
intention of the workshop is to bring together experienced
researchers, developers, and practitioners from academia and industry
for a state of the art evaluation and discussions of topics and
problems for multimedia security environments for our new century.
The workshop reflects the strength and weaknesses of what the
multimedia community has to offer to meet the needs of secure
multimedia environments. The participants will get an excellent
overview about what the community has to offer, where are the
improvements, the progress, and the problems.

Organizers: Jana Dittmann, GMD-IPSI
Klara Nahrstedt, Univ. Illinois
Petra Wohlmacher, Univ. Klagenfurt

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Multimedia Information Retrieval (MIR2000)

New applications in training, simulating, marketing or electronic
commerce now require the development of intelligent multimedia systems
combining strengths of intelligent systems with multimedia. Such
systems offer integrated tools for modeling, understanding,
visualizing, retrieving and accessing large distributed multimedia
databases. This leads to the development of novel techniques for image
and video analysis, similarity retrieval or intelligent query
management. The purpose of the International Workshop on Multimedia
Information Retrieval (MIR) is to bring together researchers,
developers and practitioners from academia and industry.  The workshop
will serve as a forum for discussion, presentation, and exploration of
techniques, approaches and experiences in the field of multimedia
information retrieval.

Organizers: Brigitte Kerherv, UQAM, Canada
Vicent Oria, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Shin'ichi Satoh, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

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