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8th International Conference on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX 2016)
6-8 June, 2016, Lisbon, Portugal, www.qomex2016.org<http://www.qomex2016.org>

Call for papers - Special Session on "User Factors in Multimedia Experiences".

Delivering an excellent experience to the user is the holy grail for many researchers in multimedia technology. This implies producing, retrieving, transmitting, delivering and finally visualizing the right media material in the right way, i.e., a way that fulfils (or better, exceeds) the user expectations. Certainly, the characteristics of the multimedia system that delivers the experience, and the context in which the experience is delivered impact on its appreciation and endurability. But multimedia experiences are also individual, and user factors such as personal preferences and interest, cultural and social background, personality, gender, age, as well as physiological characteristics are crucial in determining one's appreciation for the multimedia system or service. Traditionally, multimedia experiences have been optimized for the "average user", and their quality measured through Mean Opinion Scores. User factors have been partially neglected, due to the inherent difficulty in dealing with individual differences and in measuring (unobtrusively) individual characteristics. Modern technologies like wearable sensors and social media offer now system designers the opportunity to know more about their users and their characteristics. This opens the door to many possibilities to improve the quality of multimedia experiences, and eventually to target personalized multimedia optimization and delivery. To achieve this, studies are necessary to (1) better understand the impact of user factors on multimedia experience appreciation, (2) investigate techniques for collecting data (e.g. through wearable and social sensing) about a specific user preferences and characteristics, and (3) deploy methods for integrating user information (e.g. via user modeling) in multimedia system optimization.
The special session on User Factors in Multimedia Experiences at QoMEX 2016 will aim at soliciting and collecting these efforts, towards designing a roadmap for future investigations on user factors in multimedia experiences. It will target contributions (and attendees) from the Quality of Multimedia Experiences community, but also from neighboring fields such as Media Psychology, Human Computer Interaction and User Modeling, with which we aim at building strong bridges for future collaboration.

The session will aim at understanding and capturing individual differences in multimedia experience preferences. Relevant accepted papers will aim at answering questions such as "which impact do user characteristics have on Quality of Experience?" and "How can these characteristics be captured, and their influence on (quality of) multimedia experiences modeled?". Subjective studies, field trials, as well as theoretical models of users and experience appreciation will be welcomed as contributions. Specifically, we will call for papers addressing the following topics:


·        Influence of individual traits (personality, gender, culture, socioeconomical background ), personal preferences and interests on multimedia experiences.

·        Media psychology.

·        Integration of user information in QoE objective metrics.

·        Optimization of (quality of) multimedia experiences in a personalized way.

·        Gendered innovation approaches to multimedia experiences.

·        User modeling for personalization of multimedia experiences.

·        Wearable sensing for personal multimedia experience assessment.

·        Personalized storytelling in media.

·        Demographics of multimedia consumers.

·        Ethnographic studies on multimedia experiences.

·        Relationship between affective states and multimedia perception and experiences.

Special Session Organizers:

  *   Judith Redi<mailto:[log in to unmask]>, Intelligent Systems, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
  *   Weisi Lin<mailto:[log in to unmask]>, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  *   George Ghinea<mailto:[log in to unmask]>, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University Uxbridge, United Kingdom.


Further information on these special sessions can be found on http://qomex2016.lx.it.pt/index.php/special-sessions/
The purpose of these special sessions is to complement the regular program with specific technical and scientific advances in QoE-related topics of particular interest to the community.
The submission deadlines and review process for special sessions papers are the same as for regular papers. To submit your contribution to a special session, follow the submission process for regular papers, select the special session title and send an email to the special session co-chairs (C.-C. Jay Kuo, Martín Varela and Antonio Pinheiro).

Important dates:
Full paper submission: March 4, 2016
Full paper notification: April 15, 2016
Short paper submission: April 22, 2016
Short paper notification: May 9, 2016
Camera-ready submission: May 13, 2016

Prospective authors are invited to electronically submit their full or short papers in English, not exceeding six (6) or two (2) pages, respectively, including figures, tables and references. Papers should describe original and unpublished work on the topics of the Conference. Submitted papers will undergo a double-blind review process. At least one of the authors should register and present the paper at the Conference.
All papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings and full papers will be included in IEEE Xplore.


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Dr. Judith Alice Redi
Assistant Professor
Department Intelligent Systems - Multimedia Computing
Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Delft University of Technology
Mekelweg 4, HB 11.050
2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 15 2788543<tel:%2B31%2015%202788543>
Website: judithredi.wordpress.com


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