Multi-disciplinary, interview and viewpoint postings

 

 

Introduction articles

Opinion Column: Review Process of ACM Multimedia

  This quarter, our Community column is dedicated to the review process of ACM Multimedia (MM). We report the summary of discussions arisen at various points in time, after the first round of reviews were returned to authors. The core part of the discussion focused on how to improve review … Read more

Opinion Column: Privacy and Multimedia

  The discussion: multimedia data is affected by new forms of privacy threats, let’s learn, protect, and engage our users. For this edition of the SIGMM Opinion Column, we carefully selected the discussion’s main topic, looking for an appealing and urgent problem arising for our community. Given the recent Cambridge … Read more

Opinion Column: Tracks, Reviews and Preliminary Works

In a nutshell, the community agreed that: we need more transparent communication and homogeneous rules across thematic areas; we need more useful rebuttals; there is no need for conflict of interest tracks; large conferences must protect preliminary and emergent research works. Solutions were suggested to improve these points. Welcome to … Read more

Interview Column – Introduction

The interviews in the SIGMM records aim to provide the community with the insights, visions, and views from outstanding researchers in multimedia. With the interviews we particularly try to find out what makes these researchers outstanding and also to a certain extend what is going on in their mind, what … Read more

Introduction to the Opinion Column

Welcome to the SIGMM Community Discussion Column! In this very first edition we would like to introduce the column to the community, its objectives and main operative characteristics. Given the exponential amount of multimedia data shared online and offline everyday, research in Multimedia is of unprecedented importance. We might be … Read more

 

Interviews

An interview with Assoc. Prof. Ragnhild Eg

Please describe your journey into research from your youth up to the present. What foundational lessons did you learn from this journey? Why were you initially attracted to multimedia? In high school, I really had no idea what I wanted to study in university. I liked writing, so I first … Read more

Interview with Dr. Magda Ek Zarki and Dr. De-Yu Chen: winners of the Best MMsys’18 Workshop paper award

The ACM Multimedia Systems conference (MMSys’18) was recently held in Amsterdam from 9-15 June 2018. The conferences brings together researchers in multimedia systems. Four workshops were co-located with MMSys, namely PV’18, NOSSDAV’18, MMVE’18, and NetGames’18. In this post we interview Magda El Zarki and De-Yu Chen, the authors of the best workshop paper entitled “Improving the Quality of 3D Immersive Interactive Cloud-Based Services Over Unreliable Network” that was presented at MMVE’18. Read more

An interview with Miriam Redi

Describe your journey into computing from your youth up to the present. What foundational lessons did you learn from this journey? Why were you initially attracted to multimedia? I literally grew up with computers all around me. I was born in a little town raised around the headquarters of Olivetti, … Read more

An interview with Prof. Alan Smeaton

Please describe your journey into computing from your youth up to the present. What foundational lessons did you learn from this journey? Why were you initially attracted to multimedia? I started a University course in Physics and Mathematics and in order to make up my credits I needed to add … Read more

An interview with Prof. Ramesh Jain

Please describe your journey into computing from your youth up to the present. What foundational lessons did you learn from this journey? Why you were initially attracted to multimedia? I am luckier than most people in that I have been able to experience really diverse situations in my life. Computing … Read more

An interview with David Ayman Shamma

  Describe your journey into computing from your youth up to the present. What foundational lessons did you learn from this journey? Why were you initially attracted to multimedia? I’ve always been curious about solving problems.  Not so much the answer but actually I like to know how a problem … Read more

An interview with Judith Redi

Describe your journey into computing from your youth up to the present. What foundational lessons did you learn from this journey? Why were you initially attracted to multimedia? My path to multimedia was, let’s say, non-linear. I grew up in the Italian educational system, which up until university, is somewhat … Read more

An interview with Klara Nahrstedt

Michael Riegler (MR): Describe your journey into computing from your youth up to the present. What foundational lessons did you learn from this journey? Why were you initially attracted to multimedia? Klara Nahrstedt (KN): From my youth I have been attracted and interested in mathematics, physics and other sciences. However, … Read more

An interview with Wallapak Tavanapong

MR: Describe your journey into computing from your youth up to the present. Pak: I started learning about computing quite late. I did not know what a computer was until I joined a B.S. degree program in Computer Science at Thammasat University, Thailand, and learned the foundation there. After finishing the … Read more

An Interview with Cynthia Liem: The PHENICX Project

The PHENICX project is supported by the European Commission, FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme, STREP project, ICT-2011.8.2 ICT for access to cultural resources, grant agreement No 601166). The project is running for a year now and Cynthia Liem is involved since the initial planning and proposal writing. Currently, she is a … Read more

An interview with Aljosa Smolic

Dr. Aljosa Smolic joined Disney Research Zürich, Switzerland in 2009, as Senior Research Scientist and Head of the “Advanced Video Technology” group. Before he was Scientific Project Manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI), Berlin, also heading a research group. He has been involved in several national and international research projects, … Read more

An Interview with Video Quality Experts

For multimedia researchers, improvement of users’ quality-of-experience is a more valuable goal that an easily measurable quality-of-service. Consequently, researchers use video quality evaluation metrics to assess whether they can increase or maintain it. In this issue, we publish an interview with renowned video quality experts.

 

Multi-disciplinary Articles

Multidisciplinary Column: An Interview with Andrew Quitmeyer

  Could you tell us a bit about your background, and what the road to your current position was? In general, a lot of my background has been motivated by personal independence and trying to find ways to sustain myself. I was a first-generation grad student (which may explain a … Read more

Multidisciplinary Community Spotlight: Assistive Augmentation

  Emphasizing the importance of neighboring communities for our work in the field of multimedia was one of the primary objectives we set out with when we started this column about a year ago. In past issues, we gave related communities a voice through interviews and personal accounts. For instance, … Read more

Multidisciplinary Column: An Interview with Emilia Gómez

Could you tell us a bit about your background, and what the road to your current position was? I have a technical background in engineering (telecommunication engineer specialized in signal processing, PhD in Computer Science), but I also followed formal musical studies at the conservatory since I was a child. … Read more

Multidisciplinary Column: Inclusion at conferences, my ISMIR experiences

In 2009, I attended my very first international conference. At that time, I recently had graduated for my Master’s degree in Computer Science, and just was starting the road towards a PhD; in parallel, I had also started pursuing my Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the conservatoire. As a … Read more

Multidisciplinary Column: An Interview with Suranga Nanayakkara

    Could you tell us a bit about your background, and what the road to your current position was? I was born and raised in Sri Lanka and my mother being an electrical engineer by profession, it always fascinated me to watch her tinkering around with the TV or … Read more