Pablo Cesar, CWI
Xavier Almeda-Pineda, INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes
Marco Bertini, University of Florence
Herman Engelbrecht, Stellenbosch University
Xavier Giro-i-Nieto, UPC
Carsten Griwodz, Simula Research Laboratory
Jochen Huber, Synaptics
Cynthia C. S. Liem MMus, Delft University of Technology
Matthias Lux, Klagenfurt University
Mario Montagud, UPV (Spain)
Niall Murray, Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)
Antonio Pinheiro, University Beira Interior
Miriam Redi, Nokia
Michael Riegler, Simula Research Laboratory
Bart Thomee, Google/YouTube
Christian Timmerer, Klagenfurt University


  Dr. Pablo Cesar leads the Distributed and Interactive Systems group at CWI (The National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands). He obtained his PhD from the Helsinki University of Technology, in Finland, in 2005. Pablo’s research focuses on modeling and controlling complex collections of media objects (including real-time media and sensor data) that are distributed in time and space. His fundamental interest is in understanding how different customizations of such collections affect the user experience. Pablo has participated and lead very successful EU-funded project like REVERIE, Vconect, TA2, iNEM4U, and SPICE. He has (co)-authored over 70 articles about multimedia systems and infrastructures, social media sharing, interactive media, multimedia content modelling, and user interaction. Several of his publications have won the best paper award at a number of high-quality events such as WebMedia Conference (2013), ACM MMsys (2013), the International Workshop on Interactive Content Consumption (2013), ACM HT (2011), EuroITV (2008) and ACM MM (2008). He is member of the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications and Springer Multimedia Tools and Applications. He has given tutorials about multimedia systems in prestigious conferences such as ACM Multimedia, CHI, and the WWW conference.
Xavier Almeda-Pineda
Dr. Xavier Alameda-Pineda (Xavi) is a Mathematician and Telecommunications Engineer from BarcelonaTech, MSc in Computer Science from Grenoble INP and PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Grenoble. He was a post-doctoral researcher at CNRS/GIPSA-Lab and later on at the University of Trento, in the deep relational learning group. He currently holds a position of research scientist at INRIA. His research interests are signal processing, computer vision and machine learning for scene and behavior understanding using multimodal data. He is the winner of the best paper award of ACM MM 2015, the best student paper award at IEEE WASPAA 2015 and the best scientific paper award at IAPR ICPR 2016.
  Dr. Marco Bertini received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence in 1999, and Ph.D. in 2004. He is working at the Media Integration and Communication Center of the University of Florence and is Associate Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Florence. His interests are focused on digital libraries, multimedia databases and social media. On these subjects he has addressed semantic analysis, content indexing and annotation, semantic retrieval and transcoding. He is author of 22 journal papers and more than 100 peer-reviewed conference papers, with h-index: 23 (according to Google Scholar). He is associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.
  Dr. Herman Engelbrecht is one of the directors at the MIH Electronic Media Laboratory at Stellenbosch University. He is a lecturer in Signal Processing at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His responsibilities in the Electronic Media Laboratory are the following: Managing the immediate objectives and research activities of the Laboratory; regularly meeting with postgraduate researchers and their supervisors to assist in steering their research efforts towards the overall research goals of the Laboratory; ensuring that the Laboratory infrastructure is developed and maintained; managing interaction with external contractors and service providers; managing the capital expenditure of the Laboratory; and managing the University’s relationship with the post­graduate researchers – See more at:
xavier-giró Xavier Giro-i-Nieto is an associate professor at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC). He graduated in Telecommuncations Engineering studies at ETSETB (UPC) in 2000, after completing his master thesis on image compression at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels (VUB). He obtained his Phd on image retrieval in 2012, under the supervision by Professor Ferran Marqués from UPC and Professor Shih-Fu Chang from Columbia University. He was a visiting scholar during Summers 2008 to 2014 at the Digital Video and MultiMedia laboratory at Columbia University, in New York. He has served as area chair in ACM Multimedia 2016 and is currently a member of the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. His current research interests are focus on applying deep learning to multimodal applications, such as video analytics, eye gaze prediction and lifelogging.
Carsten Griwodz
Dr. Carsten Griwodz is Chief Research Scientist at the Media Department of theNorwegian research company Simula Research Laboratory AS, Norway, and professor at the University of Oslo. He is also co-founder of ForzaSys AS, a social media startup for sports. He is steering committee member of ACM MMSys and ACM/IEEE NetGames. He is associate editor of the IEEE MMTC R-Letter and was previously editor-in-chief of the ACM SIGMM Records and editor of ACM TOMM.
jochen_huber Dr. Jochen Huber is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Synaptics. Previously, he was an SUTD-MIT postdoctoral fellow in the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT Media Lab and the Augmented Human Lab at Singapore University of Technology and Design. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and degrees in both Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.) and Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform.), all from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. Jochen’s work is situated at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Human Augmentation. He designs, implements and studies novel input technology in the areas of mobile, tangible & non-visual interaction, automotive UX and assistive augmentation. He has co-authored over 60 academic publications and regularly serves as program committee member in premier HCI and multimedia conferences. He was program co-chair of ACM TVX 2016 and Augmented Human 2015 and chaired tracks of ACM Multimedia, ACM Creativity and Cognition and ACM International Conference on Interface Surfaces and Spaces, as well as numerous workshops at ACM CHI and IUI. Further information can be found on his personal homepage:
Cynthia_Liem_2017 Dr. Cynthia C. S. Liem MMus is an Assistant Professor in the Multimedia Computing Group of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and pianist of the Magma Duo. She initiated and co-coordinated the European research project PHENICX (2013-2016), focusing on technological enrichment of symphonic concert recordings with partners such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Her research interests consider music and multimedia search and recommendation, and increasingly shift towards making people discover new interests and content which would not trivially be retrieved. Beyond her academic activities, Cynthia gained industrial experience at Bell Labs Netherlands, Philips Research and Google. She was a recipient of the Lucent Global Science and Google Anita Borg Europe Memorial scholarships, the Google European Doctoral Fellowship 2010 in Multimedia, and a finalist of the New Scientist Science Talent Award 2016 for young scientists committed to public outreach.
  Dr. Mathias Lux is Associate Professor at the Institute for Information Technology (ITEC) at Klagenfurt University. He is working on user intentions in multimedia retrieval and production and emergent semantics in social multimedia computing. In his scientific career he has (co-) authored more than 80 scientific publications, has served in multiple program committees and as reviewer of international conferences, journals and magazines, and has organized multiple scientific events. Mathias Lux is also well known for the development of the award winning and popular open source tools Caliph & Emir and LIRe ( for multimedia information retrieval. Dr. Mathias Lux received his M.S. in Mathematics 2004, his Ph.D. in Telematics 2006 from Graz University of Technology, both with distinction, and his Habilitation (venia docendi) from Klagenfurt University in 2013. He worked in industry on web-based applications, then as a junior researcher at a research center for knowledge-based applications. He was research and teaching assistant at the Knowledge Management Institute (KMI) of Graz University of Technology and in 2006 he started working in a post doc position at Klagenfurt University, at the Institute for Information Technology.
photo_mario_montagud Dr. Mario Montagud (@mario_montagud) was born in Montitxelvo (Spain). He received a BsC in Telecommunications Engineering in 2011, an MsC degree in “Telecommunication Technologies, Systems and Networks” in 2012 and a PhD degree in Telecommunications (Cum Laude Distinction) in 2015, all of them at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). During his PhD degree and after completing it, he did 3 research stays (accumulating 18 months) at CWI (The National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands). He also has experience as a postdoc researcher at UPV. His topics of interest include Computer Networks, Interactive and Immersive Media, Synchronization and QoE (Quality of Experience). Mario is (co-) author of over 40 scientific and teaching publications, and has contributed to standardization within the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). He is member of the Technical Committee of several international conferences (e.g., ACM MM, MMSYS and TVX), co-organizer of the international MediaSync Workshop series, and member of the Editorial Board of international journals. He is also lead editor of “MediaSync: Handbook on Multimedia Synchronization” (Springer, to be published in 2017) and Communication Embassador of ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction). Webpage:
photo_nial_murray Dr. Niall Murray ( is a lecturer and researcher with the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and the Software Research Institute in the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Ireland. He received his BE (Electronic and Computer Engineering) from National University of Ireland, Galway (2003), MEng (Computer and Communication Systems) from the University of Limerick (2004) and PhD in 2014. Since 2004, he has worked in R&D roles across a number of industries: telecommunications, finance, health and education. In 2014 he founded the Truly Immersive and Interactive Multimedia Experiences lab (TIIMEx). His research interests include immersive multimedia communication, multimedia synchronization, multisensory multimedia, quality of experience (QoE) and wearable sensor systems. In this context, TIIMEx builds and evaluates from a user perceived quality perspective, end-to-end communication systems and novel immersive and interactive applications.
antonio  Dr. Antonio Pinheiro received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from the I.S.T. University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1988, and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from University of Essex in 2002. Since 1988 he is a lecture at University da Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal. His current research interests are on image processing and computer vision domains, including Multimedia Standardisation, Quality and Privacy, and also on Image Classification and Medical Image Analysis.  He is the Communication chair and a Portuguese committee member of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 1 (JPEG). He has been Portuguese representative of the European COST Actions 292 and IC1003 -€“ Qualinet, and currently he is Portuguese representative of IC1206, DE-ID – De-identification for privacy protection in multimedia content and BM1304, MYO-MRI – Applications of MR imaging and spectroscopy techniques in neuromuscular disease.
Mariam Redi  Dr. Miriam Redi is a research scientist in the Social Dynamics team at Bell Labs Cambridge. Her research focuses on content-based social multimedia understanding and culture analytics. In particular, Miriam explores ways to automatically assess visual aesthetics, sentiment, and creativity and exploit the power of computer vision in the context of web, social media, and online communities. Previously, she was a postdoc in the Social Media group at Yahoo Labs Barcelona and a research scientist at Yahoo London. Miriam holds a PhD from the Multimedia group in EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis.
  Michael Alexander Riegler is a PhD student at Simula Research Laboratory. He received his master degree from the Klagenfurt University with distinction. His master thesis was about large scale content based image retrieval. He wrote it at the Technical University of Delft under the supervision of Martha Larson. He is a part of the EONS project at the Media Performance Group. His research interests are endoscopic video analysis and understanding, image processing, image retrieval, parallel processing, gamification and serious games, crowdsourcing, social computing and user intentions. Furthermore, he is involved in several initiatives like the MediaEval Benchmarking initiative for Multimedia Evaluation.
bart  Dr. Bart Thomee is a Software Engineer at Google/YouTube in San Bruno, CA, USA, where he focuses on web-scale real-time streaming and batch techniques to fight abuse, spam, and fraud. He was previously a Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs and Flickr, where his research centered on the visual and spatiotemporal dimensions of media, in order to better understand how people experience and explore the world, and how to better assist them with doing so. He led the development of the YFCC100M dataset released in 2014, and previously was part of the efforts leading to the creation of both MIRFLICKR datasets. He has furthermore been part of the organization of the ImageCLEF photo annotation tasks 2012–2013, the MediaEval placing tasks 2013–2016, and the ACM MM Yahoo-Flickr Grand Challenges 2015–2016. In addition, he has served on the program committees of, amongst others, ACM MM, ICMR, SIGIR, ICWSM and ECIR. He was part of the Steering Committee of the Multimedia COMMONS 2015 workshop at ACM MM and co-chaired the workshop in 2016; he also co-organized the TAIA workshop at SIGIR 2015.
  Dr. Christian Timmerer received his M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing.) in January 2003 and his Ph.D. (Dr.techn.) in June 2006 (for research on the adaptation of scalable multimedia content in streaming and constraint environments), and Habilitation in June 2014 (for adaptive media streaming over HTTP and quality of sensory experience) from the Alpen-Adria-Universität (AAU) Klagenfurt. He joined the AAU in 1999 (as a system administrator) and is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Information Technology (ITEC) within the Multimedia Communication Group. His research interests include immersive multimedia communication, streaming, adaptation, Quality of Experience, and Sensory Experience. He was the general chair of WIAMIS 2008, QoMEX 2013, and MMSys 2016 and has participated in several EC-funded projects, notably DANAE, ENTHRONE, P2P-Next, ALICANTE, SocialSensor, COST IC1003 QUALINET, and ICoSOLE. He also participated in ISO/MPEG work for several years, notably in the area of MPEG-21, MPEG-M, MPEG-V, and MPEG-DASH where he also served as standard editor. In 2012 he cofounded Bitmovin ( to provide professional services around MPEG-DASH where he holds the position of the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO). Follow him on and subscribe to his blog
Former EiC
Carsten Griwodz, Simula Research Laboratory
Former editors
Pablo Cesar, CWI; Viktor Wendel, Darmstadt University of Technology; Stephan Kopf, University of Mannheim; Mohammad Anwar Hossain, King Saud University; Lei Zhang, Microsoft Research Asia; Sheng-Wei (Kuan-Ta) Chen, Academica Sinica; Pradeep Atrey, University of Winnipeg; Touradj Ebrahimi, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

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