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* +++++ CALL FOR PAPERS +++++ PLEASE SHARE +++++ *

* Special Issue on Multimedia Alternate Realities: enabling technologies,
mediated interactions and experiences *

Springer, Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTAP)
international journal

Important Dates
Expression of interest (abstract
max 400 words): Feb 15, 2020
Submission: Mar 31, 2020

Manuscripts submitted before the deadline will enter the review process
straightaway. If accepted, your article will proceed to be published online
first and will be fully citable before issue publication.

Scope, Dimensions and Topics
Novel multimedia technologies enable us to experience other realities, to
live other people's stories, or to interact in remote scenarios. Different
spaces, times, situations or contexts can be entered thanks to multimedia
contents and systems, which coexist with our current reality, and are
sometimes so vivid and engaging that we feel we are immersed in them. These
experiences may feel like an alternate reality.

Recent advancements in multimedia and related technologies together with
increased computational capabilities facilitate the creation of hypermedia
content with higher quality using multiple sensory channels, including
audio, visual, haptic, olfactory, and taste.

Following three inspiring editions of the Multimedia Alternate Realities
workshop at the ACM Multimedia conference, this MTAP Special Issue brings
new opportunities to share ideas and results. Research contributions may
explore how the synergy between multimedia technologies and its
perceptual/cognitive effects can foster the creation of alternate realities
and make their access an enriching and valuable experience. This call is
open for everyone working on the broader theme of Alternate Multimedia
realities, including previous workshop participants as well as new
contributors. In line with this conceptual theme, we seek contributions
that present multimedia technologies, methods and evaluation approaches
from the perspective of "enabling other realities". In particular, one or
more of the following **dimensions** must be addressed in the contributions
by prospective authors, when characterizing the type of multimedia
alternate realities that they are aiming for:

+ Alternate - refers to what is alternate about it: different space, time,
situation, and so on;
+ Virtual/Augmented - how far or close to the actual reality content can be
experienced, ranging from totally virtual to augmented reality (VR/AR);
+ Real/Fictional - how real or fictional the content is;
+ Interactive - the level of interactivity as a means of engagement and
+ Immersive - level in perceptual, cognitive and emotional terms, the sense
of presence and belonging, the quality of the content and the experience,
imagination and engagement;
+ Multisensorial - the media involved and how much mulsemedia it is, also
going beyond audiovisual content to include the five senses;
+ Personal - adaptation to individual preferences and contexts;
+ Social - individualized vs shared experiences and communication.

We invite contributions with the goals and the perspective of enabling
alternate realities experiences as characterized above, through multimedia
technologies, design and evaluation methods for its creation and
consumption. This involves the use of different types of media content
(audiovisual, haptics, smell, and taste), increased immersion (e.g., 3D,
holographic, UHD, panoramic and 360-degree visual media, and spatial
audio), new interaction devices, environments, modalities, and formats.

**Topics** include but are not limited to:

# Creation and Consumption of Alternate Realities

- Capturing and sensing;
- Content production and authoring, interactive storytelling, digital
narratives, cinema and TV;
- Crowdsourcing and co-creation;
- Delivery, rendering, and consumption paradigms, co-experience and
- Personalization, post-processing, enhancement and real-time adaptation.

# Design and Evaluation of Alternate Realities Experience

- Engagement, immersion, flow assessment and prediction;
- Experience (QoE) evaluation through the analysis of quantitative (e.g.,
physiological data, self-reports, logging data) and qualitative data (e.g.,
interviews, observations);
- Quality of alternate reality experience measurements and metrics;
- Field trial reports and user studies.

# Alternate Realities Applications

- From more traditional to innovative applications, e.g. based on
multi-device and multisensory shared content consumption, in asynchronous
or live scenarios, as in telepresence;
- In domains like personal media, culture, tourism, art, education,
entertainment, manufacturing, training, health and wellbeing, etc.

Guest Editors
- Teresa Chambel - LASIGE, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa,
- Francesca De Simone - Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the
- Rene Kaiser - Know-Center - Research Center for Data-Driven Business &
Big Data Analytics, Austria
- Nimesha Ranasinghe - School of Computing and Information Science,
University of Maine, ME, USA
- Wendy Van den Broeck - imec-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
- Omar Aziz Niamut - TNO, the Netherlands

Submission Guidelines
Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Instructions for
Authors available from the Multimedia Tools and Applications website.
Authors should submit through the online submission site and select "1161 -
Multimedia Alternate Realities" when they reach the "Article Type" step in
the submission process. Submitted papers should present original,
unpublished work, relevant to one of the topics of the Special Issue. All
submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, significance
of contribution, technical quality, scholarship, and quality of
presentation, by at least three independent reviewers. It is the policy of
the journal that no submission, or substantially overlapping submission, be
published or be under review at another journal or conference at any time
during the review process.

Expression of Interest: by email to [log in to unmask], subject: "AltMM SI
– Expression of Interest".

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