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                               Workshop on Multimodal Audio-based Multimedia 
                                       Content Analysis (MAMCA-2011)
                                      website: http://www.mamca2011.com

                               In Conjunction with the IEEE International Conference 
                                        on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 
                                      Barcelona, Spain, July 11-15, 2011

                                             Call for Papers


By definition, multimedia content is composed of multiple forms, including 
audio, video, text/ subtitles, and others. Traditionally, applications and 
algorithms that work with such content have considered only a single modality, 
allowing for example searching of textual tags, thereby ignoring any information 
available from others modalities. The limitations of this approach are obvious, 
and there is a recent trend towards multimodal processing, in which different 
content modalities complement each other, or are used for bootstrapping analysis 
of new modalities.

Audio is a prominent part of multimedia content, which is backed up by extensive 
research by the speech and music communities, although usually performed on 
audio-only systems. Utility of audio-only systems is often limited by the quality 
of the acoustic environment or the information contained therein, so they can 
benefit from a multimodal analysis of multimedia data, to enhance the resulting 
performance, robustness, and efficiency.

The main goal of the workshop is to explore ways in which audio processing can 
be enhanced, bootstrapped, or facilitated by other available information modalities. 
We are interested not only in applications that show successful combinations of 
audio and other sources of information, but also on algorithms that effectively 
integrate them and leverage complementary information from each modality to obtain 
an enhanced result, in terms of degree of detail, coverage of the corpus, or other 
enabling factors.

The workshop will provide a forum for publication of high-quality, novel research 
on multimedia applications and multimodal processing, with a special focus on the 
audio modality. 

Paper submission

MAMCA 2011 solicits regular technical papers of up to 6 pages following the ICME 
author guidelines. The proceedings of the workshop will be published as part of 
the IEEE ICME 2011 main conference proceedings and will be indexed by IEEE Xplore. 
Papers must be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other conference 
or journal. Papers can be submitted through the ICME submission website.

Papers submitted to the workshop will be peer-reviewed by members of the community 
with extensive experience both in audio processing as well as other relevant 
modalities considered. The review will be semi-blind and assignment will be 
performed manually in order to generally produce three best practice reviews of 
each of the submitted papers.

Papers can be submitted through the ICME submissions website at http://www.icme2011.org/submission.php

Topics of interest 

including, but not limited to:
- Effective fusion of audio with other modalities
- Multimodal input applications, where one input is audio
- Multimodal databases
- Bootstrapping of multimodal systems
- Co-training for labeling new data
- User-in-the loop calculations to detect preferences
- Games with a purpose to label new data
- Improving robustness through multimodality
- Prediction of modality preference
- Applications that utilize multimodality

Important dates

- Paper submission deadline: February 20th 2011
- Paper acceptance notification: April 10th 2011
- Camera-ready paper: April 20th 2011
- Workshop day: tentative date July 11th or 15th 2011

Organizing committee

Xavier Anguera (Telefonica Research)
Gerald Friedland (ICSI)
Florian Metze (CMU)