Conceptual and Dynamical Aspects of Multimedia Content Description
IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology
Special Issue on Conceptual and Dynamical Aspects of Multimedia Content Description
Objectives Topics Papers Dates Guest Editors


Multimedia content description spans a wide range of abstraction levels: At one end, it can be used to describe the low level (perceptual) features of the content. These include features such as color, texture, shape and motion. At the other end (e.g., high level of abstraction), it can be used to provide conceptual information of the real-world being captured by the content. In between, intermediate levels of description can provide models that link low-level features with semantic concepts. In addition, because of the importance of the temporal nature of multimedia and sensitivity of multimedia concepts to context, dynamic aspects of content description need to be considered.

This special issue is dedicated toward the conceptual as well as dynamical aspects of content description. Its major goal is to publish state of the art research results for multimedia content description, including automated reasoning, processing, and updating distributed content descriptions. It is very timely with the recent developments in the context of the upcoming standards, MPEG-7 and MPEG-21 as well as recent Semantic Web initiative.

Topics of Interest includes, but not limited to:

Recent developments in semantic description of content in MPEG-7
Recent developments in semantic web and DAML
Semantic interoperability
Multimedia semantic classification
Dynamic update and context sensitivity
Distributed intelligent agents
Pervasive media computing
Knowledge representation
Semantic applications
Semantic annotation


To submit a paper to this special issue, authors should follow the instructions in the Information for Authors on the back cover of a recent issue of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (CSVT). Prospective authors should submit the pdf file electronically along with six (6) copies of the complete manuscript, according to the following schedule to any of the Guest Editors listed below



Deadline for Manuscript Submission: January 15, 2002
Notification of Acceptance: July 31, 2002
Final Accepted Manuscripts Due: September 1, 2002
Publication Date: December 2002

Guest Editors


Ali Tabatabai
Sony US Research Laboratories, 3300 Zanker Rd., MD SJ2C4, San Jose, CA 95134, USA
Phone: (408) 955-6267, Fax: (408) 955-5724, Email:

Sethuraman Panchanathan
Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, Goldwater Bldg Rm. 206, Tyler Mall, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-5406, USA
Phone: (480) 965-3699, Fax: (480) 965-2751, Email:

Siegfried Handschuh
AIFB Institute, University of Karlsruhe, D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 608-7363, Fax: +49-721-608-6580, Email:

John R. Smith
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, 30 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY 10532, USA
Phone: (914) 784-7320, Fax: (914) 784-7455, Email:

Hiroshi Yasuda
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153, JAPAN
Phone: +81 (3) 3481 4501, Fax: +81 (3) 3481 4503, Email:

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