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MAED 2013 - 2nd ACM International Workshop on Multimedia Analysis for
Ecological Data

Held in conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2013, Oct. 21 - 25, Barcelona, Spain


With the recent progress in digital cameras and sensors, as well as in
network bandwidth and information storage capacities, the production
of multimedia data has become an easy task, resulting in a huge amount
of multimedia available on the web, in broadcast data streams, or in
personal and professional databases. This explosion of multimedia data
has created the urgent need for efficient organisation, browsing and
retrieval tools. It has also generated new possibilities for
exploiting multimedia data in diverse and specialized applications
that can significantly gain from the analysis and understanding of
such data.

Whilst a large number of multimedia analysis and understanding
techniques have been developed specifically for investigating events
and behaviors in human-centered applications, such as sports and
surveillance, relatively little attention has been paid to the
understanding of ecology-related multimedia content.

Such content is created at an accelerating pace; for instance, the
EcoGrid project ( ) has collected many
Terabytes of data (videos, images and audio recordings) of monitoring
forest animals as well as fish by the coral reefs in Taiwan. The wide
range of “nest cams” continuously capturing bird’s nests, but also
variants filming wolves, badgers, foxes etc. are other important
examples. Similarly, multimedia data for pollution monitoring or for
documenting and studying adverse weather phenomena and natural
disasters are continuously collected.

The automated analysis of such multimedia data presents new
challenges, and the results of such analyses are of great interest to
investigators such as biologists in their strive towards analyzing the
natural environment, promoting its preservation, and understanding the
behavior and interactions of the living organisms (insects, animals,
etc.) that are part of it.

Topics of interest

Research topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to:

·       Ecological Multimedia Content Analysis and Processing
·       Ecological Multimedia Indexing and Retrieval
·       Computer Vision for Ecological Video/Image Processing
·       Animals and Insects Behavior and Event Understanding
·       Video and Signal Based Surveillance of Ecological Sites
·       Multimedia Processing for Pollution Monitoring
·       Multimedia Analysis for Weather Phenomena and Natural
Disasters Understanding
·       Participatory and Social Environmental Media Analysis
·       Multimedia Systems and Middleware for Ecological Data
·       Summarisation, Browsing and Organization of Ecological Content
·       Interfaces, Presentation, Integration and Visualization tools
for Ecological Data
·       Semantic Web Approaches for Ecological Data Sharing and Representation

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: June 05, 2013 .
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2013
Camera Ready Paper and Registration: July 29, 2013


Submissions to MAED 2013 workshop must include new, unpublished,
original research.
Papers must be original and have not been published or submitted elsewhere.
All papers must be written in English.
The submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind procedure by at least three
members of the Program Committee. The papers must contain no
information identifying
the author(s) or their organization(s). Papers should be submitted
using the easyChair paper submission system

The papers must be prepared following the ACM proceedings style
( and should not
exceed the
length of 6 pages.

Extended and peer-reviewed versions of selected papers will be published in a
Special Issue of a Top Ranked Multimedia Journal.

Workshop Organizers

Dr. Concetto Spampinato, University of Catania, Italy
Dr. Vasileios Mezaris, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
(CERTH-ITI), Greece
Dr. Jacco van Ossenbruggen, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), The

Program committee

Bas Boom (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Carmelo Pino (University of Catania,Italy)
Francesco De Natale (University of Trento, Italy)
Fadi Dornaika (University of San Sebastián, Spain)
Gabriella Sanniti di Baia (CNR, Italy)
Gaya Nadarajan (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Guillaume Gravier (IRISA,France)
Harald Bosch (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Jenny Benois‐Pineau (University of Bordeaux, France)
Jessica Chen Burgher (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Kostas Karatzas (Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Leo Wanner (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Lynda Hartman (CWI –Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Nikolaos Gkalelis (CERTH‐ITI, Greece & Imperial College London, UK)
Pietro Hiram Guzzi (University of Calabria, Italy)
Sebastiano Battiato (University of Catania, Italy)
Simone Palazzo (University of Catania, Italy)
Stefanos Vrochidis (CERTH‐ITI, Greece & Queen Mary University, UK)
Yiannis Kompatsiaris (CERTH‐ITI, Greece)


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