Dear Member of the SIGMM Community,

Welcome to the second issue of the SIGMM Records in 2011!

Learn about five newly concluded PhD theses in the multimedia area. Summaries of the work of five young researchers are included in this issue of the Records to raise your interest, and to point you to the right to look for further information.

You can stay up to date with the MediaEval, the benchmarking initiative by PetaMedia, which has published new tasks that will be answered in September 2011.
MMSys 2011, on the other hand, has already been held in February. You can read about the experience in this issue of the records, and follow the direct links to papers in the ACM digital library. You can of course also find links for the latest issues of TOMCCAP and MMSJ.

The Educational Column presents you a new and exciting book that is meant as an introductory textbook into multimedia computing.

You find a summary of the last MPEG meeting, which is meant as an introduction to our new column on the developments in MPEG, which will feature in future issues of the Records.

If you intend to host ACM Multimedia in North America in 2014, you should take note of the call for bids. The requirements and links to the relevant documents are presented in this issue.

We can also report that one of our colleagues has been granted an IEEE I&M Technical Award, and you can learn about several other opportunities for your research or career.

The Editors

Stephan Kopf
Viktor Wendel
Lei Zhang
Wei Tsang Ooi
Carsten Griwodz

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