Report by Yiannis Kompatsiaris and Stephane Marchand-Maillet, on behalf of the organising committee.
Date: 8-10 July 2009
Location: Island of Santorini, Greece
Conference Chairs: Yiannis Kompatsiaris, Stephane Marchand-Maillet
Program Chairs: Yannis Avrithis, Noel O Connor, Daniel Gatica-Perez, Tat-Seng Chua
Practitioner Chairs: Edward Chang, Sebastien Marcel, Roelof van Zwol
In cooperation with ACM SIGMM.
CIVR is one of the most important and influential conferences in the area of image and video analysis and retrieval and gathers many important researchers and practitioners from academia and industry. Following this tradition, CIVR 2009 has been a very successful event. This year 138 submissions from 29 countries were received and, after being reviewed by the Program Committee members, 45 were accepted for presentation (18 orals and 27 posters). Additionally, the program included two excellent invited presentations given by Prof. Luis von Ahn from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and Prof. Luc van Gool, from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the University of Leuven (Belgium).
The potential of academic results is best communicated through demos. We have therefore included a rich demo session in the program. We also continued the tradition of VideOlympics initiated 2 years ago. VideOlympics is an informal competition in which several state-of-the-art systems are competing simultaneously on a video retrieval task. VideoOlympics event was very successful this year with 8 search engines participating and for the first time there were also runs from non-expert users making the event even more exiting.
A unique feature of the conference is the high level of participation from practitioners such as content owners, producers, creators, archivists, service providers, and policy makers. CIVR2009 practitioner chairs have gathered an impressive list of speakers representing the key players in the Multimedia Management and Retrieval industry.