Passing the Baton to New SIGMM Volunteer Leaders

    Dear Multimedia Colleagues,
    We are writing to welcome the new SIGMM leaders assuming their posts on
    July 1st. The new team includes Alan Smeaton as the Chair, Nicu Sebe as
    the Vice Chair, and Gerald Friedland as the Conference Director. Each of
    them is a pioneer researcher in the multimedia field and has been
    actively contributing to the community. We are confident they will be
    able to lead the SIGMM community to further success.
    Looking back, we have made many exciting accomplishments. We have
    organized new workshops and an award to recognize rising stars,

Call for Nominations on SIGMM in 2017

* SIGMM Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017
* SIGMM Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis in Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017
* SIGMM Rising Star Award
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017

Call For Papers IEEE Transactions on Multimedia

Special Issue on Video Analytics: Challenges, Algorithms, and Applications 

Important Dates
Second-round review completed: November 1, 2017 
Paper submission due: April 15, 2017
First-round review completed: July 1, 2017 
Revision Due: August 15, 2017
Final manuscript due: December 1, 2017
Publication date: Early-2018 
Video analytics, also known as video content analysis, refers to the capability of automatically analyzing video to extract knowledge/information and detect and determine temporal and spatial events...

SIGMM Statement on Open Participation

SIGMM is ACM¹s Special Interest Group on Multimedia supporting the
international community of researchers, practitioners, and students
dedicated to research and development of next-generation technologies
and applications of multimedia. We support the core principle of
inclusion in and open access to international scientific interaction,
and thus endorse the statements issued by ACM regarding Open Conference.
ACM Open Conference Statement
ACM Expresses Concern About New Executive Order Suspending Visas

SIGMM Election and Call for Nominations for Student Conference Scholarship

Dear SIGMMers,
Let us take this chance to wish everyone a healthy and productive new 
year in 2017. We also want to provide update on two important upcoming 
1. The term of the current volunteer leadership team (including Chair 
Shih-Fu Chang, Vice Chair Rainer Lienhart, and Conference Director Nicu 
Sebe) will expire this June. ACM office is in the process of preparing 
the ballots for election which will take place in early Spring. We'd 
like to remind everyone to keep your SIGMM membership active so that you 
can contribute to this important process.
2. ACM will celebrate 50 years of the ACM...

SIGMM Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis in Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications 2016

ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) is pleased to present the 2016 SIGMM Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award to Dr. Christoph Kofler. The award committee considers Dr. Kofler’s dissertation entitled “User Intent in Online Video Search” worthy of the recognition as the thesis is the first to innovatively consider a user’s intent in multimedia search yielding significantly improved results in satisfying the information need of the user. The work has high originality and is expected to have significant impact, especially in boosting the search performance for multimedia data.


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

The 2016 winner of the prestigious ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications is Prof. Dr. Alberto del Bimbo. The award is given in recognition of his outstanding, pioneering and continued research contributions in the areas of multimedia processing, multimedia content analysis, and multimedia applications, his leadership in multimedia education, and his outstanding and continued service to the community.

Prof. del Bimbo was among the very few who pioneered the research in image and video content-based retrieval in the late 80’s....

Announcement of ACM SIGMM Rising Star Award 2016

The ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) is pleased to present this year’s Rising Star Award in multimedia computing, communications and applications to Dr. Bart Thomee for his significant contributions in the areas of geo-multimedia computing, media evaluation, and open research datasets.

The ACM SIGMM Rising Star Award recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of multimedia computing, communication and applications during the early part of his or her career.

Dr. Bart Thomee received his Ph.D. from Leiden...

YFCC100M on CACM Cover Page

Dear Multimedia Researchers,
If you have not seen the cover page article that just appeared in the
Communications of ACM (CACM), I will urge you to take a look.
Thomee, Bart, Benjamin Elizalde, David A. Shamma, Karl Ni, Gerald
Friedland, Douglas Poland, Damian Borth, and Li-Jia Li. "YFCC100M: The
new data in multimedia research." Communications of the ACM 59, no. 2
(2016): 64-73.
We are extremely happy to see efforts in developing this dataset have
been led by active researchers in our multimedia...

Chair's message

Welcome to ACM SIGMM!

SIGMM is ACM’s Special Interest Group on Multimedia – the community of researchers and practitioners dedicated to building next-generation technologies and applications around multimedia. We host several vibrant premiere conferences including ACM Multimedia (currently in its 21st anniversary with 600+ participants annually), ICMR on multimedia retrieval, and MMSys on multimedia systems. The community also takes pride in its publications including the flagship journal ACM TOMCCAP and the affiliated Springer Multimedia Systems Journal (MMSJ). 

What do we mean by Multimedia? The conventional definition is handy but limited - the use of a variety of communicative media, including text, audio (...

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