[Elsnet-list] MediaEval 2013: Call for Participation
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Call for Participation
MediaEval 2013 Multimedia Benchmark Evaluation
Regular registration deadline: 1 May 2013
MediaEval is a multimedia benchmark evaluation that offers tasks
promoting research and innovation in areas related to human and social
aspects of multimedia. MediaEval 2013 focuses on aspects of multimedia
including and going beyond visual content, such as language, speech,
music, and social factors. Participants carry out one or more of the
tasks offered and submit runs to be evaluated. They then write up their
results and present them at the MediaEval 2013 workshop.
For each task, participants receive a task definition, task data and
accompanying resources (dependent on task) such as shot boundaries,
keyframes, visual features, speech transcripts and social metadata. In
order to encourage participants to develop techniques that push forward
the state-of-the-art, a "required reading" list of papers will be
provided for each task. Participation is open to all interested research
groups. Please sign up via http://www.multimediaeval.org (Regular
registration will remain open until 1 May.)
The following tasks are available to participants at MediaEval 2013:
*Social Event Detection for Social Multimedia*
This task requires participants to discover social events and organize
the related media items in event-specific clusters, within a collection
of Web multimedia. Social events are events that are planned by people,
attended by people and for which the social multimedia are also captured
*Search and Hyperlinking of Television Content*
This task requires participants to find video segments relevant to an
information need and to provide a list of useful hyperlinks for each of
these segments. This year we focus on television data provided by the
BBC and real information needs from home users.
*Placing: Geo-coordinate Prediction for Social Multimedia*
This task requires participants to estimate the geographical coordinates
(latitude and longitude) of media items (images and videos), as well as
predicting how “placeable” a media item actually is. The Placing Task
integrates all aspects of multimedia: textual meta-data, audio, image,
video, location, time, users and context.
*Violent Scenes Detection in Film (Affect Task)*
This task requires participants to automatically detect portions of
movies depicting violence. Participants are encouraged to deploy
multimodal approaches (audio, visual, text) to solve the task.
*Visual Privacy: Preserving Privacy in Surveillance Videos*
For this task, participants will need to propose methods for obscuring
identifying elements on people in videos so that they are rendered
unrecognizable in a manner that is perceived as appropriate to human
viewers of the footage.
*Spoken Web Search: Spoken Term Detection for Low Resource Languages*
The task involves searching FOR audio content WITHIN audio content USING
an audio content query. This task is particularly interesting for speech
researchers in the area of spoken term detection or low-resource speech
*(New!) Question Answering for the Spoken Web*
The problem that we wish to explore in this task is how best to build an
information retrieval system in which both the queries and the content
are spoken. The task challenges the research community’s ability to
build ranked retrieval systems for matching spoken questions with spoken
answers based on topical matching.
*(New!) Soundtrack Selection for Commercials (MusiClef Task)*
Given a TV commercial, participants are required to predict the most
suitable music soundtrack from a list of candidate songs. A multimodal
dataset will be provided involving both context- and content-based
information, such as audio features, visual features, web pages, social
tags and microblog information, related to brands, products, artists and
*(New!) Similar Segments of Social Speech*
This task involves searching in social multimedia, specifically
conversations between students in one academic department. This task is
the first exploration of social search in multimedia, and the first
social spoken dialog retrieval task not assuming term-based search.
*(New!) Retrieving Diverse Social Images*
This task requires participants to automatically refine a ranked list of
Internet photos using provided visual and textual information. The
objective is to select only a compact sub-set of photos that are equally
representative matches but also diverse representations of the query.
*(New!) Emotion in Music (also an Affect Task)*
This task is a new task on emotional characterization of music. Given a
set of songs, participants are asked to automatically generate emotional
*(New!) Crowdsourcing for Social Multimedia*
This task requires participants to create ground truth from raw labels
that have been generated by workers on a commercial crowdsourcing platform.
Tasks marked "New!" are the 2013 Brave New Tasks. If you sign up for
these tasks, please be aware that you will be asked to keep in close
touch with the task organizers concerning the details of the task over
the course of the benchmarking cycle. We ask for extra-tight
communication in order to ensure that these tasks have the flexibility
they need to reach their goals.
MediaEval 2013 Timeline
(dates vary slightly from task to task, see the individual task pages
for the individual deadlines: http://www.multimediaeval.org/mediaeval2013)
March-May: Registration and return usage agreements.
May-June: Release of development/training data.
June-July: Release of test data.
Mid-Sept.: Participants submit their completed runs.
Mid-Sept.-End-Sept.: Evaluation of submitted runs. Participants write
their 2-page working notes papers.
18-19 October: MediaEval 2013 Workshop, Barcelona, Spain
Please note: The workshop is timed so that it is possible to attend both
ACM Multimedia 2013 (http://acmmm13.org/) and the MediaEval 2013
workshop in the same trip.
For questions or additional information please contact Martha Larson
m.a.larson at tudelft.nl or visit visit http://www.multimediaeval.org
MediaEval 2013 Organization Committee:
Martha Larson at Delft University of Technology and Gareth Jones at
Dublin City University act as the overall coordinators of MediaEval.
Individual tasks are coordinated by a group of task organizers, who form
the MediaEval Organizing Committee. It is collective efforts of this
group of people that makes MediaEval possible. The complete list of
MediaEval organizers is at:
A large number of projects make a contribution to MediaEval
organization, including (alphabetically): AXES
(http://www.axes-project.eu), Chorus+ (http://www.ist-chorus.org),
CUbRIK (http://www.cubrikproject.eu/), CNGL (http://www.cngl.ie), Glocal
(http://www.glocal-project.eu), LinkedTV (http://www.linkedtv.eu), Media
Mixer (http://mediamixer.eu), Mucke
(http://www.promise-noe.eu), Quaero (http://www.quaero.org), Sealinc
Media (http://www.commit-nl.nl), SocialSensor
(http://www.socialsensor.org), and VideoSense (http://www.videosense.eu).
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