Three members of KMi attended the 4th International Conference on Semantic and Digital Media Technologies (SAMT) in Graz in Dec 2009. SAMT 2009 targetted narrowing the so-called semantic gap, that is, the large disparity between the low-level descriptors that can be computed automatically from multimedia content and the high-level semantic meaning of the multimedia that users target in their queries and interactions.
KMi participation covered all possible aspects of the conference from attending the Christmas market and poster session covered by Ainhoa Llorente, followed by a full paper presented by Neil Benn (on behalf of Stefan Dietze) and the keynote talk "More than a thousand words" by Stefan Rueger that closed the conference with an in-depth analysis of the state of the art in image and video retrieval.
Rueger’s talk covered the research of KMi’s Multimedia and Information Systems team on automated annotating images from pixels and ideas how to incorporate external world knowledge. The second part of Rueger’s talk demonsrated how users can be roped into the resource discovery process by providing a browsing infrastructure that makes a multimedia repository a "small world" in which any two images are reachable – on average – by 3 to 4 navigation clicks in the network.
- Stefan Dietze, Neil Benn, John Domingue, Alex Conconi and Fabio Cattaneo: Interoperable Multimedia Metadata through Similarity-Based Semantic Web Service Discovery.
- Ainhoa Llorente, Enrico Motta and Stefan Rueger: Image Annotation Refinement Using Web-Based Keyword Correlation.
Next year’s conference is going to be held in Saarbr&uul;cken, Germany, and no prizes for predicting KMi’s active involvement there!