Hi SIGMM Members and friends of SIGMM

Here are some recent developments I’d like to share with you.

Firstly, the Executive Committee of SIGMM has had some membership turnover recently.  The three year terms of office of Susanne Boll and John Smith came to an end last month and we thank them for their contributions and service. We welcome Lexing Xie and Qi Tian as the new members-at-large, until June 2022. We also thank Tat-Seng Chua who’s service as Chair of the Steering Committee for the ICMR Conference series ended earlier this year and he has been replaced in that role and on the SIGMM Executive by Kiyoharu Aizawa.

We also added two new positions to the Executive Committee. The first of these is Chair of the Steering Committee for the MM Asia conference series, the first of which will take place in December this year, and that role is filled by Tao Mei. The second new role is SIGMM Director of Diversity and Outreach and that is filled by Susanne Boll, the same Susanne who just completed a term as member-at-large.  The full Executive Committee membership can be found here.

The Committee has been working on a strategy statement entitled “25 in 25” which will be our commitment towards a better gender equality within SIGMM and we will publish this shortly. Details and discussion will be presented at the annual SIGMM Business meeting at the MULTIMEDIA Conference in Nice, France in October.  Also at that meeting we will have more details about SIGMM's first sponsored events in Africa, a Summer School on Multimedia and a Strategic workshop to be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in July 2020.

The final thing is a notification from the US National Science Foundation for a request for public comment and feedback on a draft report on R&D Opportunities in Video and Image Analytics, with details in the email below, so this is your chance to influence and impact the funding agenda in this area.  The draft report has been influenced, in turn, by an NSF workshop report on "Key Challenges for Multimedia Research in the Next Ten Years” just published in the ACM Digital Library and available here.  It makes for very interesting reading.

Hope to see many of you at the MULTIMEDIA Conference in Nice in October.

- Alan

Prof. Alan F. Smeaton  MRIA FIEEE

Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, IRELAND.
Tel: +353-1-7005262 (forwards to mobile)

From: Artificial Intelligence <[log in to unmask]On Behalf Of Kautz, Henry A
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Subject: Request for Information on VIA Task Force Report: R&D Opportunities in Video & Image Analytics - Published
The Video and Image Analytics Task Force of the US government Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) coordinating body has published a Request for Information in the Federal Register:
The Task Force is issuing a report on  R&D Opportunities in Video & Image Analytics and requests public comment on the draft report.  The final report will be read by all federal agencies that support research in this area.
Henry Kautz
National Science Foundation
Division Director, CISE/IIS
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