The Fourth ACM International Multimedia Conference and Exhibition


18-22 November 1996
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Co-located with SPIE's Symposium on Voice, Video and Data Communication, and Broadband Network Engineering program and overlapping with CSCW, to be held in nearby Cambridge.
  • Welcome to ACM Multimedia '96
  • Special Events
  • Conference-at-a-Glance
  • Ongoing Events
  • Courses
  • Technical Papers
  • Panels
  • Registration
  • Course Selections
  • Hotels
  • Conference Organization

  • Welcome to ACM Multimedia '96

    In what seems in retrospect to have been an astonishingly short time, multimedia has progressed from a technically-challenging curiosity to an essential feature of most computer systems -- both professional and consumer. Accordingly, leading-edge research in multimedia no longer is confined to dealing with processing or information-access bottlenecks, but addresses the ever-broadening ways in which the technology is changing and improving interpersonal communication, professional practice, entertainment, the arts, education, and community life.

    This year's program emphasizes this trend: off-the-shelf building blocks are now available to construct useful and appealing applications which are highlighted in the Demonstration and Art venues. In addition to the full complement of panels, courses, and workshops, the conference program features a distinguished set of technical papers. Keynotes will be provided by Glenn Hall, the Technical Director of Aardman Animations whose work includes Wallace and Gromit; and Professor Bill Buxton of the University of Toronto and Alias | Wavefront Inc.

    We invite you to join many of multimedia's top researchers, educators, system implementors, content creators, artists, and others as they together explore where the technology and the content are headed.

    Your trip to Boston can be even more worthwhile if you take part in other events scheduled the same week. ACM Multimedia '96 immediately follows the ACM Computer-Supported Cooperative Work conference (for information,, and is co-located with SPIE's International Symposium on Voice, Video, and Data Communications (; we have arranged registration discounts for MM '96 registrants who wish to attend these conferences as well.

    Philippe Aigrain and V. Michael Bove, Jr.
    General Chairs

    Wendy Hall and Tom Little
    Program Chairs

    Special Events

    Wednesday, November 20
    Opening Session
    With keynote speaker Glen Hall, Technical Director of Aardman Animations.

    Aardman Animations has a long history of adopting multimedia techniques. All the twenty six 35mm Mitchell cameras in the Bristol, England, studios are equipped with digital video and disc based replay. The studio, under the technical leadership of Glenn Hall, has become a world leader in model animation, gaining three Academy Awards (Oscars) for Creature Comforts and for two Wallace and Gromit films. Multimedia is used in the development and transmission of studio work and also for actual multimedia products on CD ROM. Known in the USA for its coast to coast campaign, Chevron with Tekron, for the Chevron oil company, the company is currently developing its first feature film. Glenn Hall has been with Aardman Animations over 10 years, after an early career in film and TV lighting. He leads the technical team responsible for the technology the studio uses, develops, and supplies to other studios.

    He is currently on a part time secondment to the University of the West of England, Bristol, where as Director of the MediaLab, he is developing UWE's interests in digital media research. He has built his career in being where art and technology meet, a rare combination of technical knowhow with artistic interest. He is active in community led economic regeneration projects, and is a case study in the UK governments' Information Society Initiative.

    Thursday, November 21
    SIG Multimedia Membership Meeting

    The annual SIGMultimedia business meeting is open to all conference participants. We will discuss ongoing and future SIG activities, including conferences, workshops, arts and education events, and electronic publications. Please attend.

    Thursday, November 21

    The ACM MultiMedia '96 Committee cordially invites you to a reception on Thursday, November 11, 1996, 7:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M. at Top of the Hub Restaurant and Skywalk in the Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire city 50 floors above Boston. The Skywalk gives you a 360 degree view from the Back Bay to Fenway Park, The Charles river and Cambridge, all the way to South Boston and beyond! Come meet and greet your colleagues and catch up on the latest news from industry enthusiasts. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Friday, November 22
    Closing Session
    With keynote speaker Bill Buxton from University of Toronto and Alias/Wavefront.

    Bill Buxton is head of User Interface Research at Alias/Wavefront, Inc., of Toronto, a leading company specializing in computer graphics tools for the creation of digital content in the design and entertainment industries. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he is Scientific Director of the Telepresence Project and of the Input Research Group.

    Buxton is active in studying new methods of input and interaction, applications of new media, and the social, technological and business aspects of the so-called "information super highway". He is a scientist who, in addition to the University of Toronto, has had a long relationship with Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC). He is a designer, teacher and critic who has written and spoken extensively on how human-centred design can be applied to best capture the full potential and avoid the pitfalls of emerging technologies.

    In 1995, Buxton became the third recipient of the Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society Award for contributions to research in computer graphics and human-computer interaction.

    Friday, November 22
    Art and Multimedia Showroom
    Closing art session with Timothy Druckrey & Monika Fleischmann

    This session will draw together the concerns raised during the panels and in the "showroom" in terms of the relationship between practical and critical approaches to narrative. It will also attempt to elicit a dialogue with the audience and panellists.

    Timothy Druckrey is an independent curator, critic and writer concerned with issues of photographic history, representation, and technology. He lectures internationally about the social impact of digital media and the transformation of representation and communication in interactive and networked environments. He co-organized the international symposium Ideologies of Technology at the Dia Center of the Arts (an co edited the book available from Bay Press: Culture on the Brink: Ideologies of Technology) and co-curated the exhibition Iterations: The New Image at the International Center of Photography and edited the book published by MIT Press. As a theorist of contemporary media, he has curated exhibitions and has contributed extensively to numerous publications, including San Francisco Camerawork, Afterimage and Views. He is American Editor of Ten.8 and Perspektief, a founding member of MergedMedia (a collective for new media), and a correspondend for several on-line journals concerned with the politics and history of media technology. He is currently writing a study of the relationships between technology and photography called Photography, Technology and Representation (forthcoming from Manchester University Press), editing Electronic Culture: Technology and Visual Representation (due in Oct. 1996) collecting essays on the social impact of digital technology.

    Monika Fleischmann is not only a research artist, but since 1992 she is also Head of Computer Art activities at GMD's Institute for Media Communication. She is responsible for the 'Cyberstar' competition on interactive concepts for TV which she initiated together with WDR (German TV) and German TELEKOM. She works on (networked) communication concepts, real and virtual environments and interactive installations and performance. She had teaching positions at the HdK, Berlin and the Kunsthochschule fuer Medien in Cologne. In 1988 she was co-founder, artistic director and chair of the board of Art+Com in Berlin, a research institute which is well known today for its innovative work in art, technology and science. Fleischmanns work has been exhibited widely throughout the world in festivals and exhibitions of new media art like for example the Venice Bienale, the Centre Pompidou in Paris or the Museum fuer Gestaltung in Zuerich. She was awarded in 1992 at Ars Electronica in Linz with the Golden Nica, nominated for the Unesco Award 1993, exhibited and specially honored at Siggraph's Machine Culture 1993 and at the Interactive Media Festival in Los Angeles '94.


    Monday, November 18, 1996

    9:00-5:30 9:00-5:30 9:00-12:30 9:00-12:30 2:00-5:30 2:00-5:30
    Course MAP1 Course MAP2 Course MA1 Course MA2 Course MP1 Course MP2
    Multimedia and Enabling Technologies and Applications Systematic Design of Hypermedia Applications Design Principles for Multimedia File Systems Building and Applying Digital Libraries I: Introduction The DAVIC Model for Interactive Television Systems Building and Applying Digital Libraries II: Research

    Tuesday, November 19, 1996

    9:00-5:30 9:00-5:30 9:00-12:30 9:00-12:30 9:00-5:30 9:00-5:30
    Course TAP1 Course TAP2 Course TA1 Course TP1 Workshop Workshop
    Graphic Design for Multimedia Multimedia Networking Image and Video Databases Large Scale Hypermedia Information Management Courseware, Training and Curriculum in Multimedia Multimedia Processors & Embedded Systems

    Wednesday, November 20, 1996

    The Art and Multimedia Showroom operates Wed. to Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm and Friday 9:00am-1:30 pm.

    9:00-10:30 Opening session with keynote speaker Glen Hall from Aardman Animations
    10-30-11:00 Coffee break
    11-12:30 11-12:30 11-12:30
    Papers 1A: MM Analysis Papers 1B: Authoring I Panel 1: Selling Multimedia Goods and Services Over Broadband Networks
    12:30-2:00 Lunch break
    2-3:30 2-3:30 2-3:30
    Papers 2A: Image Parsing Papers 2B: Systems Building Panel 2: Principled Design of Multimedia in Education and Training
    3:30-4:00 Coffee break
    4-5:00 4-5:00 4-5:30
    Papers 3A(short): QoS/Synch Papers 3B(short): Applications Panel 3: Getting Control of Media: Multimedia Scripting Languages
    5:00-6:30 Demonstrations
    6:30-8:00 Joint panel with SPIE

    Thursday November 21, 1996

    The Art and Multimedia Showroom operates Wed. to Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm and Friday 9:00am-1:30 pm.

    9:00-10:30 9:00-10:30 9:00-10:30 9:00-4:00
    Papers 4A: Groupware Papers 4B: Coding Panel P4: Storytelling after Cinema I Workshop 3: Interactive Narrative
    10-30-11:00 Coffee break
    11:00-12:30 11:00-12:30
    Demonstrations Panel 5: New art venues
    12:30-2:00 12:30-2:00
    Lunch break SIG Multimedia Membership Meeting
    2:00-3:30 2:00-3:30 2:00-3:30
    Papers 5A: UI Papers 5B: Servers Panel 6: Virtual Environment Research and Appl.
    3:30-4:00 Coffee break
    4:00-5:00 Award papers
    6:00 on Reception

    Friday, November 22, 1996

    The Art and Multimedia Showroom operates Wed. to Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm and Friday 9:00am-1:30 pm.

    9:00-10:30 9:00-10:30 9:00-10:30 9:00-10:30 9:00-5:30 9:00-5:30
    Papers 6A: Authoring Paper 6B: Networks Panel 7: Storytelling After Cinema II Panel 8: Architecture Time and Fragmented Space Workshop: Digital Video Libraries and Interoperab'y Workshop: Using Multimedia Assessment Tools
    10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00-12:30 Closing session with keynote speaker Bill Buxton from University of Toronto and Alias/Wavefront
    1:30-3:30 Closing art and MM session with Timothy Druckrey and Monika Fleischmann

    Ongoing Events


    Arding Hsu
    Siemens Corporate Research
    Princeton, NJ, USA
    Demonstrations Chair

    We will be offering demonstrations representative of new technologies, unique applications, and interesting media content in the areas outlined below:

    Wednesday, November 20

    Thursday, November 21

    Art & Multimedia Showroom
    'Storytelling After Cinema'

    Monika Fleischmann
    Institute for Media Communication (IMK) - GMD
    Sankt Augustin, Germany
    Art Chair

    Art Program Committee:

    Monika Fleischmann, GMD-IMK, Sankt Augustin, Germany
    Timothy Druckrey, Curator, Critic, Writer, New York
    Wolfgang Strauss, GMD-IMK & HBK Saar, Saarbruecken
    Timothy Garrand, New England College, Londonderry, NH
    Regina Cornwell, Curator, Critic, Writer, New York
    Dieta Sixt, Goethe Institute, Washington
    Wayne Wolf, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University
    Arding Hsu, Siemens Corporate Research, Princetion, NJ
    Bob Allen, Bellcore, Morristown, NJ
    V. Michael Bove, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
    Philippe Aigrain, IRIT, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
    Allan Kuchinsky, Hewlett-Packard Labs, Palo Alto, CA

    Art Showroom Committee:

    Timothy Druckrey, Curator, Critic, Writer, New York
    Monika Fleischmann, Artistic Director, GMD-IMK, Sankt Augustin, Germany
    Wolfgang Strauss, Architect, GMD-IMK, Sankt Augustin, Germany
    Gerhard Eckel, Composer, GMD-IMK, Sankt Augustin, Germany
    Petra Unnuetzer, Art Theory,GMD-IMK & Videonale Bonn, Germany

    The complexities of organizing a forum/workshop (not an exhibition) on the issues of story-telling and interactive narratives obviously implicates projects from all areas of electronic media. Though we are certainly aware of a number of important installation, performance, and immersive works, we are restricted by the requirements of space and time, a support structure (particularly equipment and staff), and the kind of budget necessary to bring large scale works to the forum for such a short period and a limited audience.

    For these reasons, we have chosen to limit the works selected to CD-ROM and WWW sites. This does not preclude the inclusion of larger scale works in the discussions utilizing documentary materials (slides, tapes, or sound).

    "Click-Art" and "WebArt - ArtWeb" will present works of artists like William Forsythe, Jim Gasparini & Tennessee Dixon, Ken Feingold, Lewis Baltz, Tony Oursler & Constance DeJong, George Legrady, David Blair, Brad Miller, KP Ludwig John & Die Veteranen, Eric Lanz, Jean-Louis Boissier, Luc Courchesne, George Legrady, Bill Seaman, Miroslav Rogala, Tamas Waliczky, Perry Hoberman, Jeffrey Shaw, and others.

    Wednesday and Thursday, November 20 and 21

    Friday, November 22

    Closing art session with Timothy Druckrey & Monika Fleischmann
    Friday, November 22
    (Please refer to Special Events listing for details.)


    amongst others

    Art Mediation

    Interactive Art Magazine

    ZKM Karlsruhe: artintact 1: Artist's interactive CD-ROMagazine ZKM Karlsruhe: artintact 2 - Artist's interactive CD-ROMagazine ZKM Karlsruhe: artintact 3 - Artist's interactive CD-ROMagazine

    Design Mediation:

    Monika Fleischmann,
    Timothy Druckrey,
    Gerhard Eckel,


    ACM Multimedia'96 is proud to offer an exciting selection of courses by a team of international experts. Learn the current state of the art and future trends in multimedia communication and networking, design of multimedia applications, digital library, multimedia information management, and more.

    The course schedule is designed to allow attendees to learn various aspects of of a topic at introductory, as well as advanced level. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get the most out of ACM Multimedia'96 by attending at least one course.

    Rajiv Mehrotra
    Kodak Imaging Research & Advanced Development
    Courses Chair


    Monday, November 18
    Multimedia Enabling Technologies and Applications
    Course Level: Basic
    This course is for beginners in multimedia and its objective is to teach the fundamentals of multimedia enabling technologies and demonstrate some applications. It will cover the following topics, with computer animations and video clips of international developments: Organizer and Lecturer:

    Dr Nicolas D. Georganas, Fellow IEEE, is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory (MCRLab), University of Ottawa, Canada. He has led several multimedia application development projects , since 1984. He is a member of the Executive of the IEEE CS Technical Committee on Multimedia and Chair of its Enabling Technologies sub-committee. He is the General Chair of the IEEE Multimedia Systems'97 Conference in Ottawa. He has served as Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, issues on "Multimedia Communications" (April 1990) and on "Synchronization Issues in Multimedia Communications" (1996) and as Technical Program Chair of IEEE MULTIMEDIA'89 (Montebello, Canada, April 1989) and of the ICCC Multimedia Communications'93 Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada. He is in the Editorial Boards of the Journals Performance Evaluation, Computer Networks and ISDN Systems, Computer Communications and Multimedia Tools and Applications, and was an editor of the IEEE Multimedia Magazine. He was elected Fellow of IEEE for "leadership in university-industry research in, and performance evaluation of, multimedia communication networks and systems".


    Monday, November 18
    Systematic Design of Hypermedia Applications
    Course Level: Intermediate

    The objective of the course is to improve the ability of expressing the requirements and designing Hypermedia applications, disregarding the delivery medium (CD-ROM or WWW), the development environment and the development tools. Intended audience of this course are publishers, users, multimedia designers and developers, project managers and researchers. The participants will learn a set of conceptual primitives that can be used to describe and to design hypermedia applications in a precise and systematic way, covering structural, dynamic and presentation aspects. In addition the course will address some crucial issues concerning multimedia application development: the need of modularization, the relevance of the notion of reuse ( i.e., of using multimedia contents, objects and operations in different contexts and for different purposes), the appropriate way of using development tools and environments. A final subject will be how the evaluate the quality and usability of hypermedia applications.

    More specifically, the course covers the following topics: conceptual primitives for hypermedia design, modularization, reuse of hypermedia objects, specific problems for WWW applications, design phases, life-cycle of hypermedia development, evaluation and usability test of hypermedia applications.

    Limited exposure of the participants to modern hypermedia applications (CD-ROM's or WWW) is useful, but not required. A larger number of demonstrations (around 10) will be used in order to exemplify the conceptual aspects of the presentation.

    Organizers and Lecturers:

    Franca Garzotto is Research Associate at the Department of Electronics and Information, Politecnico di Milano. She has aDegree in Mathematics from the University of Padova (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Politecnico di Milano. She has been active in the following research fields: data base systems, conceptual modelling of documents, hypertext and hypermedia modelling, hypermedia authoring systems, multimedia development tools, multimedia evaluation. She served as Program Chair of the International Workshop on "Hypermedia Design", held in Montpellier - France in June 1995). She served as Co-Chair of the International Workshop on "Evaluation and Quality Criteria for Multimedia Applications", held at MM'95. She has published several papers on the subject of hypermedia design and has cooperated in the development of advanced models (HDM) for the design and implementation of Hypermedia applications.

    Paolo Paolini has received a degree in Physics from the University of Milan, master and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA. He has been active researcher in the areas of Data Base (design and modelling), Office Automation, Hypermedia Design and Modelling, Hypermedia tools and implementation. He has conducted several research projects in the area of hypermedia, and also coordinated the implementation of several hypermedia applications, in the area of corporate training, education, cultural information points, tourism. He has cooperated in the development of advanced models (HDM) for the design and implementation of Hypermedia applications, and published a large number of papers on Hypermedia design. He has been general chairman of the ACM hypertext conference held in Milan (ECHT'92) and he is currently Associate Editor of the ACM journal Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS).


    Monday, November 18
    Design Principles for Multimedia File Systems
    Course Level: Intermediate

    Since images, audio, and video differ significantly from textual and numeric data (with respect to their real-time characteristics, data rate, etc), conventional file systems are proving to be inadequate for supporting multimedia applications. On the other hand, video-on-demand servers, which are optimized for storing audio and video data, do not support textual and numeric data, and hence, cannot be used in general purpose computing environments. These shortcomings have spurred research efforts in designing and implementing integrated multimedia file systems that provide storage, retrieval, and editing facilities for various data types.

    This course will provide a comprehensive overview of various issues involved in the design of such multimedia file systems. Specifically, we will examine placement and retrieval techniques for multimedia data over disk-arrays, buffer management policies, and design techniques for fault-tolerant and scalable multimedia file servers. We will discuss the insights gained from our implementation of a prototype multimedia file system. Since we will present both fundamental design principles as well as a detailed case study, the course will be of interest to casual participants as well as experienced practitioners. A copy of the slides, a collection of papers in the area as well as an extensive bibliography on these topics will be distributed to each participant.


    Harrick M. Vin is currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences, and the Director of the Distributed Multimedia Computing Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in the areas of multimedia systems, high-speed networking, mobile computing, and large-scale distributed systems. Over the past 5 years, he has co-authored more than 55 papers in leading journals and conferences in the area of multimedia systems.


    Pawan Goyal and Prashant J. Shenoy
    Department of Computer Sciences
    Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX


    Monday, November 18
    Building and Applying Digital Libraries I: Introduction
    Course Level: Basic

    This is part of a full-day course on digital libraries, at the end of which attendees should become able to participate in design, development, evaluation, and standardization efforts related to the global movement toward digital libraries. This session, Part I, will focus on concepts and technology from the multimedia, information retrieval, hypertext, and electronic publishing fields that relate to digital libraries (DLs) - using real case studies and examples to provide a suitable context. Projects included relate to CS (ACM literature, technical reports, courseware), material science (TULIP), and graduate education (electronic theses and dissertations), as well as the NSF/ARPA/NASA Digital Library Initiative.

    Our "perspective" approach will deal with DLs regarding: user and social needs; interfaces and user interaction; architectures, components, protocols; content, publishing, and capture; and systems, engines, and operations. Issues of scalability and sustainability will be explored.

    This course also can serve as a stand alone course on the underlying technology for digital libraries, especially information retrieval, hypertext and electronic publishing.


    Dr. Edward A. Fox holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a B.S. from M.I.T. Since 1983 he has been at Virginia Tech (VPI&SU), where he serves as Associate Director for Research at the Computing Center, and Professor of Computer Science. Current research projects include "Interactive Learning with a Digital Library in Computer Science" as well as several building a digital library of theses and dissertations. Formerly editor-in-chief of ACM Press Database Products, chair of ACM SIGIR, and Program Chair for ACM Digital Libraries'96, he edited the "Sourcebook on Digital Libraries" in 1993, three special issues of CACM, and has written widely in the information retrieval, electronic publishing, multimedia, and digital library fields. He has given 27 courses or short courses since 1988.


    Robert M. Akscyn
    President Knowledge Systems
    Export, PA


    Monday, November 18
    The DAVIC Model for Interactive Television Systems
    Course Level: Intermediate

    DAVIC (Digital Audio Visual Council) is an international consortium formed by more than 200 companies for the purpose of developing interoperability specifications for digital audio-visual services such as interactive television. This course reviews the end-to-end DAVIC architecture, and provides a discussion of MHEG-5 and MPEG DSM-CC which are being adopted as part of the DAVIC 1.0 specification.

    The DAVIC 1.0 specification consists of twelve parts, including an end-to-end reference model, service provider reference model, and delivery system reference model. Important components of the DAVIC architecture are MHEG-5 content model and MPEG-2 DSM-CC client-server protocol for session management and service access. The course will provide an overview of DAVIC, and will highlight MHEG-5 and DSM-CC. It will also compare these technologies with Internet and Web activities.

    Organizer and Lecturer:

    Dr. John F. Buford is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Distributed Multimedia Systems Lab at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has more than thirty-five publications including the book Multimedia Systems (ACM Press & Addison-Wesley, 1994). Dr. Buford has been active in international standards committees since 1991. He has presented courses on multimedia computing and systems to audiences in the US, Europe, Japan, and Australia.


    Monday, November 18
    Building and Applying Digital Libraries II: Research
    Course Level: Intermediate

    This is part of a full-day course on digital libraries, at the end of which attendees should become able to participate in design, development, evaluation, and standardization efforts related to the global movement toward digital libraries. This session, Part II, will focus on research and development, including principles and guidelines for design of scalable, sustainable DLs.

    Our "source" approach will review collections of information about DLs (e.g., publications, workshops, D-Lib Magazine, other WWW sites), and survey important DL projects, worldwide, so attendees become able to gauge such efforts in terms of capabilities for: publishing, capturing, naming, describing metadata, indexing, cataloging, archiving, authenticating, managing intellectual property rights, searching, browsing, retrieving, converting, (re-)using, linking, and organizing.

    The final hour will engage attendees in group efforts (with instructor supervision) for specifying requirements and developing alternative designs for: a networked digital library of theses and dissertations (that will include text, multimedia and hypertext structures) or other student-chosen applications. Extensive online WWW pages will provide reference material during and after the courses.


    Dr. Edward A. Fox holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a B.S. from M.I.T. Since 1983 he has been at Virginia Tech (VPI&SU), where he serves as Associate Director for Research at the Computing Center, and Professor of Computer Science. Current research projects include "Interactive Learning with a Digital Library in Computer Science" as well as several building a digital library of theses and dissertations. Formerly editor-in-chief of ACM Press Database Products, chair of ACM SIGIR, and Program Chair for ACM Digital Libraries'96, he edited the "Sourcebook on Digital Libraries" in 1993, three special issues of CACM, and has written widely in the information retrieval, electronic publishing, multimedia, and digital library fields. He has given 27 courses or short courses since 1988.


    Robert M. Akscyn
    President Knowledge Systems
    Export, PA


    Tuesday, November 19
    Graphic Design for Multimedia User Interfaces
    Course Level: Intermediate

    This course will provide proven concepts and techniques for effective, information-oriented design of user interfaces. Many visual examples, including detailed case studies, will provide concrete examples and practical guidelines of use of color, symbolism, layout, organization of content, metaphorical references, navigational strategies, and information visualization. The following items will be addressed: What is a user interface? Metaphors, Mental model, Navigation, Appearance, Interaction, Data visualization. Designing for multiple cultures, ages, genders, nationalities, User interface design process. Issue will be discussed in terms of the following case studies: American Airlines SABRE Online Travel Information Network, American Airlines Wayfinder Training Game, Oracle Online Mentor: Designing Effective GUI Applications CBT, DTIC: Golden Gate Online Tutorial for Database Searching, Oracle Online Mentor: CBT GUI Design Standards, Prodigy Corporate GUI Design Standards, and Random House New Media CD-ROM Titles.

    Organizer and Lecturer:

    Aaron Marcus is a leading designer of user interfaces, multimedia, and online services. His career in computer graphics and graphic design spans 25 years, and his firm Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc. (AM+A) in Emeryville, California, has helped design award-winning products for 13 years. Mr. Marcus has written or co-written four books, including Graphic Design for Electronic Documents and User Interfaces, and the Cross-GUI Handbook. He has presented courses around the world at major conferences and corporate sites since 1990.


    Tuesday, November 19
    9:00am-5:30 pm
    Multimedia Networking: Principles and Protocols
    Course Level: Intermediate

    In this short course we will study the current trends in high-speed multimedia networking technologies. First, we will examine how multimedia traffic can be supported over a local area network with a simple ring or bus topology. Then, we will examine the design challenges for supporting real-time traffic and bursty data traffic over global networks, such as, ATM and the Internet, with arbitrary topology. We will study various possible routing and traffic management techniques for integrating both types of traffic sources on such networks. In addition we will discuss higher layer protocols for real-time traffic in ATM and the Internet, such as, SRTS, NTP, RTP, RTCP and RSVP.

    In particular, we will study traffic management methods for: