Monday, March 26, 2012

The International Journal of Multimedia Technology

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The International Journal of Multimedia Technology (IJMT) is a scholarly peer-reviewed international scientific journal, focusing on theories, methods, algorithms, and applications in multimedia. It provides a forum for academic researchers, industrial professionals, engineers, consultants, managers, educators and policy makers working in the field to contribute and disseminate innovative new work on multimedia technology.

IJMT covers the breadth of research in multimedia technology. IJMT invites original, previously unpublished, research, survey and tutorial papers, plus case studies and short research notes, on both applied and theoretical aspects of multimedia technology.

Objectives:
IJMT is an international journal dedicated to the latest advancement of multimedia technology. The goal of this journal is to provide a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments in different areas of multimedia technology.

http://www.ijmt.org/Index.aspx

Scholarship available for Postgraduate Diploma

There is a scholarship available for Postgraduate Diploma in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering of Technical University of Crete, Greece at the Laboratory of Distributed Multimedia Information Systems and Applications (http://www.music.tuc.gr/) in the broader field of Graphics and Virtual Environments.

This research is related to fidelity measures on simulation of light in three dimensional
graphics systems in collaboration with neuroscience. This graduate program will be done in a collaboration with the Medical Faculty of the University of Sussex in Great Britain and includes a visit to England. For more information, contact directly with the scientific program manager,
Assist. Professor Katerina Mania.

http://www.music.tuc.gr/kmania

The scholarship can be given for doctoral studies too.
(12000€ for a year and a half + 3000€ travel budget to Great Britain)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

How to see around corners

This video shows how scientists at the MIT Media Lab (www.media.mit.edu/) reconstruct a hidden object using scattered laser light. Future applications may include seeing in dangerous or inaccessible locations, such as inside machinery with moving parts, or in highly contaminated areas.

Read the original research:http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v3/n3/full/ncomms1747.html
Check out the researchers' project URL: http://cornar.info
And first author's web page http://web.mit.edu/~velten/www/

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ACRI 2012

Submission Deadline Extended to April 7, 2012

imageCellular automata (CA) present a very powerful approach to the study of spatio-temporal systems where complex phenomena build up out of many simple local interactions. They account often for real phenomena or solutions of problems, whose high complexity could unlikely be formalised in different contexts.

Furthermore parallelism and locality features of CA allow a straightforward and extremely easy parallelisation, therefore an immediate implementation on parallel computing resources. These characteristics of the CA research resulted in the formation of interdisciplinary research teams. These teams produce remarkable research results and attract scientists from different fields.

The main goal of the 10th edition of ACRI 2012 Conference (Cellular Automata for Research and Industry) is to offer both scientists and engineers in academies and industries an opportunity to express and discuss their views on current trends, challenges, and state-of-the art solutions to various problems in the fields of arts, biology, chemistry, communication, cultural heritage, ecology, economy, geology, engineering, medicine, physics, sociology, traffic control, etc.

Topics of either theoretical or applied interest about CA and CA-based models and systems include but are not limited to:

  • Algebraic properties and generalization
  • Complex systems
  • Computational complexity
  • Dynamical systems
  • Hardware circuits, architectures, systems and applications
  • Modeling of biological systems
  • Modeling of physical or chemical systems
  • Modeling of ecological and environmental systems
  • Image Processing and pattern recognition
  • Natural Computing Quantum Cellular Automata
  • Parallelism

This edition of the ACRI conference also hosts workshops on recent and important research topics on theory and applications of Cellular Automata like the following: Crowds and Cellular Automata (4th edition), Asynchronous Cellular Automata (2nd edition), Traffic and Cellular Automata (2nd edition), andCellular Automata Models of Cancer Growth and Invasion (1st Edition).

http://acri2012.duth.gr/

Lecture of Prof. Kowalski

Watch online the latest lecture from Professor Robert Kowalski (Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Computing, Imperial College, London, UK) (March 8th, 2012 at 12:00-14:00, Auditorium III, AUTH Research Committee )

Details

Video of the Lecture http://video.auth.gr/kedea_kowalski_2012

Slides of the Lecture in PDF

 

ABSTRACT
Research in AI has built upon the tools and techniques of many different disciplines, including formal logic, probability theory, decision theory, management science, linguistics and philosophy. However, the application of these disciplines in AI has necessitated the development of many enhancements and extensions. Among the most powerful of these are the methods of computational logic. I will argue that computational logic, embedded in an agent cycle, combines and improves upon both traditional logic and classical decision theory. I will also argue that many of its methods can be used, not only in AI, but also in ordinary life, to help people improve their own human intelligence without the assistance of computers

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

ICPR2012 is the twenty-first conference of the International Association for Pattern Recognition

ICPR2012 is the twenty-first conference of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), which will be held during November 11-15, 2012.

ICPR 2012 will be an international forum for discussions on recent advances in the fields of Computer Vision; Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning; Signal, Speech, Image and Video Processing; Biometrics and Human Computer Interaction; Multimedia and Document Analysis, Processing and Retrieval; Bioinformatics and Biomedical Applications.

[Paper Submission]

Authors will be requested to submit their papers electronically through the conference website before March 31st, 2012.

http://www.icpr2012.org

Details on paper format for manuscript submission will be available at the conference web site.

[Workshops]

The workshops must be full-day and will be held on November 11th, 2012, immediately before the start of the main conference.

[Tutorials]

ICPR2012 invites interested researchers to send proposals for the Tutorial Program.The tutorials must be half (or full)-day and will be held on November 11th, 2012.

[Important Dates]

Deadline for paper submission March 31, 2012 Deadline for workshop proposal January 6, 2012 Deadline for tutorial proposal April 30, 2012 Notification of paper acceptance June 15, 2012 Camera ready papers and author registration July 15, 2012

[Conference Location]

ICPR2012 will be held at the Tsukuba International Congress Center, Tsukuba, Japan.

http://www.epochal.or.jp/eng/index.html

Tsukuba Science City is about 50 km northeast of Tokyo and 40 km northwest of the Narita International Airport. The Haneda International Airport is 10 km south of Tokyo.

The Tsukuba Express Line connects Tsukuba/Akihabara in 45 min.

[Contact]

secretary@icpr2012.org <mailto:secretary@icpr2012.org>

General Co-Chairs:

Jan-Olof Eklundh (Sweden), Yuichi Ohta (Japan), Steven Tanimoto (USA)

Program-Co-Chairs:

Alberto Del Bimbo (Italy), Kim L. Boyer (USA), Katsushi Ikeuchi (Japan)

Why God never received a PHD

Monday, March 12, 2012

MPEG-V Validator released

Article from Sensory Experience Lab

We are happy to announce our MPEG-V Validator which is available here.

The validator offers the possibility to validate descriptions for MPEG-V Part 2 (CIM), 3 (SEM), 4 (VWOC), and 5 (IIM). This can either be done via file upload, URL or direct input of the description. Furthermore, the validator checks not only schema compliance but also semantic compliance of a description as specified in the corresponding parts of the standard.

Feel free to test the MPEG-V validator (examples are provided) and provide us with your feedback.

Article from Sensory Experience Lab

Friday, March 9, 2012

Invisible Mercedes

When Mercedes wanted to promote its new fuel cell vehicle, instead of placing it squarely in front of everyone in the world, the company decided to make the car invisible.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Microsoft Seeks Patent For "Search By Sketch"

Article from slashdot

"So, how does one search for images that aren't tagged with keywords? Google does offer its sometimes-spotty search by image, but what if you don't have an image handy that looks like what you're searching for? Microsoft, reports GeekWire, offers a solution that's 'a little like playing Pictionary with a search engine — drawing a sketch and seeing if the algorithm can return pictures that match it.' That's the concept behind Microsoft Research's patent-pending 'MindFinder' project, which has already been incorporated into a Windows Phone app called Sketch Match. A patent application made public Thursday notes that touch computing makes sketching easier than ever, making one wonder if we'll be 'giving Bing the finger' with Windows 8!"

Article from slashdot

Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate









In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar studies the control and coordination of multi-robot formations.

http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html

Saturday, March 3, 2012

NAO Next Gen : the new robot of Aldebaran Robotics

NAO Next Gen: Aldebaran Robotics launches a new generation of its humanoid robot
Aldebaran Robotics, the world leader in humanoid robotics, has released its latest version of the NAO robot — NAO Next Gen. The power of NAO Next Gen, the new fully programmable humanoid robot that has the most extensive worldwide use, is opening up new perspectives and fields of application for its users.

Compact Composite Descriptors for Content Based Image Retrieval. Basics, Concepts, Tools

Today I was tempted to check the sales of my book and I noticed that according to Amazon best sellers rank, my book is listed in the top 131,143 books. Thank you!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Time!Sphere

Do you have many recorded photos and videos in your camera roll? Do you want to efficiently browse your recordings grouped by time and with a spellbinding 3D interface? Then this iPhone/iPad app is right for you!

Time!Sphere presents a 3D timeline of your recordings!

You can browse the most recent 2000 photos and videos in your camera roll by recording time (grouped by day, week, month, or year). Your entries are arranged in a 3D cross interface that can be rotated through wipe gestures. Photos of the same time group are arranged vertically (e.g., all photos of a specific week) while photos of different time groups are arranged horizontally (e.g., different weeks).

  • Organize your photos by recording time and speed-up your browsing/searching tasks!
  • Impress your friends with a stylish 3D photo browser!
  • See at what time a specific photo has been recorded!
  • See how many photos you have recorded on a specific day, week, month, or year!
  • Browse photos by days, weeks, months and years!
  • Switch between time grouping modes while always keeping the currently centered photo in context!
  • See the details of your photos in high-res full screen mode with zooming and switching!
  • Email or tweet your pics!

Interaction is as simple as can be:

  • Vertical wipe to browse photos of a particular day/week/month/year.
  • Horizontal wipe to switch to another day/week/month/year.
  • Use lower button to choose time grouping mode.
  • Tap thumbnail to switch to full screen mode (tap again to close it).
  • Tap on edge or wipe in full screen mode to switch photo.
  • Double tap or pinch in full screen mode to zoom.

Time!Sphere is available on AppStore for 0.99 USD (for iPhone and iPad).

http://vidotouch.com/timesphere

LireDemo 0.9.1 released

LireDemo 0.9.1 was released. Changes include several bug fixes, whereas the most critical was the one that prevented the indexing process from indexing a whole directory. Also the an SVN version of Lire has been compiled and added.

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Links:

ACRI 2012

Cellular automata (CA) present a very powerful approach to the study of spatio-temporal systems where complex phenomena build up out of many simple local interactions. They account often for real phenomena or solutions of problems, whose high complexity could unlikely be formalised in different contexts.

Furthermore parallelism and locality features of CA allow a straightforward and extremely easy parallelisation, therefore an immediate implementation on parallel computing resources. These characteristics of the CA research resulted in the formation of interdisciplinary research teams. These teams produce remarkable research results and attract scientists from different fields.

The main goal of the 10th edition of ACRI 2012 Conference (Cellular Automata for Research and Industry) is to offer both scientists and engineers in academies and industries an opportunity to express and discuss their views on current trends, challenges, and state-of-the art solutions to various problems in the fields of arts, biology, chemistry, communication, cultural heritage, ecology, economy, geology, engineering, medicine, physics, sociology, traffic control, etc.

Topics of either theoretical or applied interest about CA and CA-based models and systems include but are not limited to:

  • Algebraic properties and generalization
  • Complex systems
  • Computational complexity
  • Dynamical systems
  • Hardware circuits, architectures, systems and applications
  • Modeling of biological systems
  • Modeling of physical or chemical systems
  • Modeling of ecological and environmental systems
  • Image Processing and pattern recognition
  • Natural Computing Quantum Cellular Automata
  • Parallelism

Authors are invited to submit papers presenting their original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 10 pages and should be formatted according to the usual LNCS article style. Formatting style files and further guidelines for formatting can be found at Springer as well as at ACRI 2012submission page. The submission system is now open and early submissions are welcome. Please prepare your submission in accordance with the rules described above and submit a pdf file via Easychair system.


PUBLICATION:
A volume of proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and will be available by the time of the conference. After the conference, refereed volumes of selected proceedings containing extended papers will be organized as special issues of ISI international journals like Journal of Cellular Automata.


IMPORTANT DATES:
Paper submission: March 19, 2012
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: April 15, 2012
Final version of the paper for the proceedings: May 14, 2012
Conference: September 24-27, 2012


WORKSHOPS:
This edition of the ACRI conference also hosts workshops on recent and important research topics on theory and applications of Cellular Automata like the following: Crowds and Cellular Automata (3rd edition), Asynchronous Cellular Automata (2nd edition), Traffic and Cellular Automata (2nd edition), and Cellular Automata Models of Cancer Growth and Invasion (1st Edition). More information regarding the aforementioned workshops, the corresponding important dates and special issues can be found at Workshops page.

http://acri2012.duth.gr/news.html

Call for Participation: ImageCLEF 2012

ImageCLEF provides an evaluation forum for the cross language annotation and retrieval of images.

Motivated by the need to support multilingual users from a global community accessing the ever growing body of visual information, the main goal of ImageCLEF is to support the advancement of the field of visual media analysis, indexing, classification, and retrieval. To this end, ImageCLEF develops the necessary infrastructure for the evaluation of visual information retrieval systems operating in both monolingual, cross-language and language-independent contexts and provides reusable resources for such benchmarking purposes.

ImageCLEF 2012 is part of CLEF 2012 (http://clef2012.org/) and organizes four main tasks:

- Medical Image Classification and Retrieval

- Photo Annotation and Retrieval

- Plant identification

- Robot Vision

There will also be an additional pilot task on Personal Photo Retrieval.

Registration is now open! Information on the registration process and this year's tasks can be found at: http://imageclef.org/2012