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Cees Snoek <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 1 Jul 2010 16:35:52 +0200
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                        CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
                     *Multimedia Grand Challenge*
               http://www.multimediagrandchallenge.com/

                         ACM Multimedia 2010
                 October 25-29th 2010, Firenze, Italy
                        http://www.acmmm10.org
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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!


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*Prize Money*
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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


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*Challenges*
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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.


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*Paper Submission*
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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 http://edas.info/N8591

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.


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


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

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