Dear Member of the SIGMM Community, welcome to the third issue of the SIGMM Records in 2012. As you can see, the format of the Records as changed dramatically with this issue, and the migration is going to be completed in the coming months. The new system is meant to make … Read more

GameDays & Edutainment 2012

On behalf of the conference co-chairs, we wish to provide a report of the eight GameDays, which have been held from September 18th to 20th at Technische Universität Darmstadt and in the premises of Fraunhofer IGD. The GameDays are initiated and mainly organized by Dr. Stefan Göbel, the head of … Read more


Enjoy! TU Darmstadt spin-off „foodQuest“ is developing an iPhone app for personalized restaurant recommendations What do a student, a top-manager, a loving couple and a family have in common? Indeed, they all are hungry! And: They always want to discover great restaurants. The requirements, however, vary a lot: Low price, … Read more

SIGMM Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications

The 2012 winner of the prestigious Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications is Dr. HongJiang Zhang. He is currently Chief Executive Officer at Kingsoft. He also holds guest professorships at Tsinghua University and Harbin … Read more

Outstanding PhD Thesis in Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications

The SIGMM Ph.D. Award Committee is pleased to recommend this year’s award for the outstanding Ph.D. thesis in multimedia computing, communications and applications to Dr. Wanmin Wu. Wu’s dissertation documents fundamental work in the area of unifying systems  and user-centric approaches to managing information flows for supporting 3D tele-immersive environments. … Read more

ACM TOMCCAP will accept survey papers

Dear members of the ACM Multimedia community, we are glad to let you know that the Editorial Board of ACM TOMCCAP has decided to accept survey papers. If you have such a paper or are planning to write one, please consider submitting it to our premier journal first.

Ambulant – a multimedia playback platform

Distributed multimedia is a field that depends on many technologies, including networking, coding and decoding, scheduling, rendering and user interaction. Often, this leads to multimedia researchers in one of those fields expending a lot of implementation effort to build a complete media environment when they actually only want to demonstrate … Read more

ACM TOMCCAP Nicolas D. Georganas Best Paper Award

In its initial year the ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (TOMCCAP) Nicolas D. Georganas Best Paper Award goes to the paper Video Quality for Face Detection, Recognition and Tracking (TOMCCAP vol 7. no.3) by Pavel Korshunov and Wei Tsang Ooi. The winning paper is pioneering because it … Read more

MPEG Column: 101st MPEG Meeting

MPEG news: a report from the 101st meeting, Stockholm, Sweden The 101st MPEG meeting was held in Stockholm, Sweden, July 16-20, 2012. The official press release can be found here and I would like to highlight the following topics: MPEG Media Transport (MMT) reaches Committee Draft (CD) High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) reaches … Read more

PhD Thesis Summary

Mukesh Saini

Video surveillance is a very effective means of monitoring activities over a large area with cameras as extended eyes. However, this additional security comes at the cost of privacy loss of the citizens not involved in any illicit activities. Because an adversary can use prior knowledge to infer the identities … Read more

PhD Thesis Summary

Robert Kuschnig

Internet video streaming is a hot topic in multimedia systems. This thesis introduces a new approach to video streaming based on multiple request-response streams. The novelty of this system is that it is able to make use of multiple HTTP-based request-response streams while still providing TCP-friendliness. The results indicate that … Read more