In order to realize the full potential of emerging digital media technologies aimed at the production of standards and the delivery of compelling multimedia solutions, the interlinking of knowledge, semantics and low-level multimedia processing is urgently needed. Indeed, technologies integrating different aspects of knowledge, semantics and low-level multimedia processing are currently the subject of active research in industry and academia across the world. This reflects the commercial importance of such convergent trends and evidences the fact that several underlying problems, though currently unsolved, are being tackled in a concerted effort by the research community. The objective of integrative research on knowledge, semantics and low-level multimedia processing is twofold: to blur the edges between personalised and mass produced content by enabling considerably more advanced forms of digital media creation and delivery; and to reduce the large disparity between the low-level features or content descriptors that can be computed automatically from the digital content (CBIR systems), and the richness and subjectivity of semantics in user queries and high-level human interpretations of audiovisual media -the Semantic Gap in multimedia processing-.
This workshop addresses integrative research targeting the engineering of new knowledge-based forms of digital media systems. It intends to bring together those forums, projects, institutions and individuals engaged in research aimed at the integration of knowledge, semantics and low-level multimedia processing, and link them with industrial research and development engineers who could exploit the underlying emerging technology.
The event is sponsored by the EU commission IST programme, the COST292 Action on semantic multimodal analysis of digital media, Motorola, the IST IP aceMedia, the media service research center, the Multimedia and Vision Lab, QMUL, ITI, and the IEE.