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Another overview talk at ACM MMSys 2017 will be held by Dr. Niall Murray from the Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland.

Towards Understanding Truly Immersive Multimedia Experiences | Niall Murray | Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland

Abstract: Immersive multimedia experiences have the possibility to engage users perceptually, cognitively and emotionally and there is significant interest due to their applicability across numerous application domains (film, entertainment, health, education, training, tourism, manufacturing). Important findings from psychological and neuroscience research, increased computational power, advances in sensor and display technologies are striving towards making truly immersive multimedia experiences a reality. In the context of various immersive, multimodal and mixed reality applications we have worked on; this talk will present an overview of our research towards understanding factors the make experiences immersive. It will focus on the user as the key stakeholder in the quality evaluation process. The talk will conclude by highlighting potential benefits, some trends and future research directions.

Bio: Dr.niall-murray Niall Murray (www.niallmurray.info) is a permanent Lecturer and researcher with the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics in the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Ireland. He received his BE (Electronic and Computer Engineering) from National University of Ireland, Galway (2003), MEng (Computer and Communication Systems) from the University of Limerick (2004) and PhD from the Software Research Institute (SRI) in the Athlone IT in 2014.

Since 2004, he has worked in R&D roles across a number of industries: Telecommunications, Finance, Health and Education. In 2014 He founded the Truly Immersive and Interactive Multimedia Experiences lab (TIIMEx). His research interests include Immersive Multimedia Communication, Multisensory Multimedia, Quality of Experience and Multimedia Synchronization. In this context, TIIMEx builds and evaluates from a user perceived quality perspective, end-to-end communication systems and novel immersive and interactive applications.

ACM MMSys 2017 will feature a series of overview talks and one of them will be held by Prof. Geraldine Morin from University of Toulouse, France.

Geometric representations of 3D scenes | Geraldine Morin | University of Toulouse, France

Abstract: 3D content is spreading fast as a commonplace media. New technologies like 3D capture devices, head mounted display or 3D printers as well as numerous applications like e-commerce to virtual visits are fostering the use of 3D models. Starting from classical geometric representations limited to dedicated context (CAM-CAD, or game development), adapted models have to be devised in order to meet the constraints imposed by such different application contexts and technologies.

The goal of this talk is to give an overview of the different geometric representations (discrete or continuous, with and without topology) and their advantages and drawbacks. We introduce the existing adaptations of these models for creating, manipulating or sharing these models and their adaptation to specific multimedia applications. In particular, we review 3D compression, 3D model analysis for creation and edition based both on geometry and user interactions, and the different 3D characteristics for indexing 3D models.

Bio:geraldine-morin Géraldine Morin is an Associate Professor at University of Toulouse and a member of the IRIT (Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse), since 2002. She got her Ph.D. in Computer Science (geometric modeling) from Rice University, Houston, USA and she was a postdoc at the Free University in Berlin, Germany. In January 2014, she defended her habilitation on the use of 3D models as multimedia content. In addition to her recognized work in compact and progressive representation and streaming for 3D plant models (best paper ACM MM 2008), Géraldine Morin worked on image based representations. More recently, she worked on identifying similarities in a 3D model and 3D applications indexing. In addition, she participated in work on the analysis of user interactions to adapt 3D content and their interactions. She is currently interested in using skeletons for shape analysis and image based reconstruction. Géraldine Morin served a member of SIAM-Geometric Design Group office, she is an associate member of the French-Singaporean lab IPAL and she is co-head of the French Geometric Modeling Group; she participated in the program committee of several national and international conferences. She published 14 papers in international journals and 36 in international conferences and workshops, and co-advised 7 graduated Ph.D. students and is currently directing two.

Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, is a delightful island.

Located off the southeastern coast of China, Taiwan is about the same size as Belgium and was named Formosa Island by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century due to its stunning natural beauty.

Chinese mainlanders started settling in Taiwan dating back to the 17th century, and the Japanese colonization of the island ended in 1945. Due to its historical mixture of influences, Taiwan has its own distinct culture.

Not many people know just how amazing the country is, which makes it one of the most underrated destinations in Asia.

Here are 23 reasons why you should visit Taiwan immediately:

1. Let's start with the food. Taiwanese people love to eat. The dishes people miss the most when they leave include beef noodle soup, soup dumplings from Din Tai Fung, and the uniquely Taiwanese oyster omelets.

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Famous soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider

 

2. If you've never had Taiwanese breakfast, you're missing out. Fuhang Doujiang in Taipei has a line out the door every morning and the wait for soy milk, egg crepes, and fried dough sticks is worth it.

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Typical breakfast in Taiwan includes either sweet or savory doujiang, or soy milk Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider

 

3. Every major city has at least one night market — and all of them are worth visiting to try local specialty snacks and shop for souvenirs. Taipei alone has several night markets, including Shilin and Raohe. The city of Keelung's night market is arguably the country's largest and most renowned.

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Liuhe night market in Kaohsiung, Taiwan Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider

 

4. Bubble tea was invented here, and tea shops are even more ubiquitous than Starbucks or 7-Eleven.

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Bubble tea with tapioca "pearls" Jirka Matousek/Flickr

To know all the reasons, please click here to see full article and those stunning photos. (Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider)

We are pleased to announce that Adobe has committed to another year of Gold Sponsorship with MMSys.

We are also very happy to welcome NVIDIA as our new Gold Sponsor and HTC as our new Bronze Sponsor.

The generous sponsorship of NVIDIA allows to provide one NVIDIA Tesla M40, The World's Fastest Deep Learning Training Accelerator.

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We greatly appreciate the support of our generous sponsors Adobe, NVIDIA and HTC.

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In conjunction with ACM MMSys 2017, being held in Taipei Taiwan, the DASH Industry Forum is proud to announce the establishment of the

DASH Industry Forum Excellence in DASH Award
(http://dashif.org/excellence-in-dash-award-acm-mmsys-2017/)

This award offers a financial prize for those papers (Research Track only) which best meet the following requirements:

  1. Paper must substantially address MPEG-DASH as the presentation format
  2. Paper must be selected for presentation at ACM MMSys 2017
  3. Preference given to practical enhancements and developments which can sustain future commercial usefulness of DASH
  4. DASH format used should conform to the DASH IF Interoperability Points as defined by http://dashif.org/guidelines/

Three levels of prize are awarded

  1. First place – €1000
  2. Second place – €500
  3. Third place – €250

Terms

  1. Winners are chosen by a DASH Industry Forum appointed committee and results are final.
  2. If papers of sufficient quality are not received, then some or all of the awards may not be granted.
  3. The competition is open to any individual, commercial or academic institution.  No preference is given to DASH IF members and membership is not required in order to participate in the competition.

How to enter

In order for your paper to be considered for the competition, please check the checkbox labelled “Join the DASH-IF Award Competition” on the submission page and your paper will be forwarded to the DASH IF for review.