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SIGMAP is organized by INSTICC - Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication and technically co-sponsored by IEEE and in-cooperation with ACM-SIGMM.

SCOPE

The purpose of the International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications (SIGMAP) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested on information systems and applications in the context of Signal Processing, including theory and practice in the field of telecommunications, image, video, audio, biometrics, etc., and Multimedia Applications related to representation, storage, authentication and communication of multimedia information.

The signal processing field, when combined with multimedia information encompasses a large number of research topics and emerging applications. A list of relevant topics is provided below, though many other topics could be listed.

Ideas on how to analyse and apply signal processing techniques to solve problems involving multimedia information and technology, either in the scope of R&D projects, engineering or business applications, are welcome. Papers describing new methods or technologies, advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques and general survey papers indicating future directions are also encouraged.

Papers describing original work are invited in any of the areas listed below. Accepted papers, presented at the conference by one of the authors, will be published in the Proceedings of SIGMAP, with an ISBN. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. Both full research reports and work-in-progress reports are welcome. There will be both oral and poster sessions.

The best papers will be selected to appear either in an international journal or in a book to be published by Springer.

Special sessions, case-studies and tutorials dedicated to technical/scientific topics related to the main conference are also envisaged: researchers interested in organizing a special session, companies interested in presenting their products/technology or researchers interested in holding a tutorial are invited to contact the conference secretariat. Additional information can be found at http://www.sigmap.org.

TOPIC AREAS / CONFERENCE TRACKS

Each of these topic areas is expanded below but the sub-topics list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed sub-topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the following main topic areas:

Multimedia Communications

Multimedia Signal Processing

Multimedia Systems and Applications

 

Area 1: Multimedia Communications

  • Digital Audio and Video Broadcasting
  • Multimedia Streaming (IPv4 / IPv6)
  • Mobile Multimedia
  • MPEG Standards and related issues
  • Universal Multimedia Adaptation
  • Layered Coding and Transcoding
  • Multiple Description Coding
  • Traffic modeling for Multimedia
  • Joint source/channel coding
  • Error Control and Concealment

Area 2 : Multimedia Signal Processing

  • Image and Video Processing
  • Speech, Audio and Music Processing
  • 3D and Stereo Imaging
  • Signal Processing Education
  • Distributed Source Coding
  • Multidimensional Signal Processing
  • Biometrics and Pattern Recognition
  • Multimodal Signal Processing
  • Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
  • Perceptual/Human Audiovisual System Modelling
  • Remote Sensing

Area 3 : Multimedia Systems and Applications

  • IPTV, VoIP, Web Conferencing
  • Interactive Digital Television
  • Audio and Video Quality Assessment
  • Video surveillance
  • Internet QoS for Multimedia Applications
  • Distributed Multimedia Systems
  • Multimedia Databases, Indexing, Recognition and Retrieval
  • Authentication and Watermarking
  • Entertainment and games
  • Human-Machine Interface
  • E-Learning, E-Commerce and E-Society Applications
  • Design and Implementation of Signal Processing Systems

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

- Fernando Pereira, Instituto Superior Técnico - Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
- Anisse Taleb, Ericsson AB, Sweden

TUTORIALS

SIGMAP 2006 may include one or more tutorials, depending on the submitted proposals, to be lectured the day before the conference opening. If you would like to propose a tutorial for SIGMAP 2006, please contact the secretariat as soon as possible. Proposals should specify the topic and scope of the tutorial, the background knowledge expected of the participants, and a short CV of the instructor(s).

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Authors should submit a complete paper in English of up to 8 A4 pages, using the submission procedure indicated below. The program committee will review all papers and the contact author of each paper will be notified of the result, by email. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. Authors must also indicate the conference track to which the paper is submitted. The paper must be carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling.

Paper submission procedure

1. A "blind" paper evaluation method will be used. To facilitate that, the authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the full paper, WITHOUT any reference to the authors. The manuscript must contain, in its first page, the paper title, an abstract and a list of keywords but NO NAMES OR CONTACT DETAILS WHATSOEVER are to be included in any part of this file.

2. The contact author will then use the SIGMAP web-based submission facility available at the conference web site, http://www.sigmap.org/ to enter the contact information of all paper authors plus the file indicated in point 1, above. The facility will automatically send a submission acknowledgement, by email, to the author indicated as "contact author". Please contact the secretariat if no acknowledgement is received.

If the author is unable to use the web-based procedure then he/she can send the paper by e-mail to the secretariat attaching an additional file containing: the title, author(s), affiliation(s), contact details, a list of keywords and an abstract. Authors must also indicate the conference area (including the topics), to which the paper is submitted.

The camera-ready format will be enforced only for accepted papers, but authors are encouraged to use it also for paper submissions, in order to reduce extra work later. Two templates are provided at the conference web site: one for Latex and another for MS Word.
Due to space limitations in the Proceedings, the camera-ready version will be limited to 8 (eight) pages for full papers, 6 (six) for short papers (progress reports) and 4 (four) for poster presentations. If absolutely needed, the number of pages may be increased up to a maximum of 12 (long presentations), 8 (short presentations) and 6 (poster presentations). However, for each page in excess of the maximum allowed, the author will have to pay an additional fee.

PUBLICATIONS

SIGMAP 2006 papers will be indexed by DBLP.
All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, in paper and in CD-ROM support.
A book including a selection of the best conference papers will be edited and published by Springer.
The publication of extended versions of outstanding conference papers is also a possibility being discussed with several scientific journals.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Full Paper Submission: deadline expired
Author Notification: deadline expired
Final Paper Submission and Registration: 16th June 2006 (deadline extended)
Conference Date: 7-10 August 2006

SECRETARIAT

SIGMAP Secretariat
Av. D.Manuel I, 27A 2ºesq, 2910-595 Setúbal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 185
Fax: +351 265 520 186
E-mail:
Web: http://www.sigmap.org

VENUE

The conference will be held in the campus of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal. With five Schools, the Institute has excellent conditions for holding conferences, including several 100-seat lecture theatres and one fully equipped 350-seat auditorium.
Setúbal, a city with about 75,000 inhabitants, sits by the Atlantic Ocean and on the right edge of the Sado River, in front of Tróia, approximately 50 km to the south of the Portuguese capital - Lisboa - where the nearest airport is located. Setúbal offers its visitors an unforgettable environment: Dauphins and other ocean life, monuments and flaring landscapes are conjugated with an important industrial implantation. The visitor can find anything from ancient historical areas, in Palmela, to pleasurable beaches and modern golf courses, in Troia. It is also possible to make a break after the conference, in Algarve, less than two hours away from the conference site by car.

PROGRAM CHAIR

Pedro Assunção (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal)
Sérgio Faria
(Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Karim Abed-Meraim, Telecom Paris, France
Driss Aboutajdine, Mohammed V-Agdal University, Japan
Patrice Abry, CNRS - ENS Lyon, France
Ralf Ackermann, TU Darmstadt, KOM, Germany
Abbes Amira, Brunel University, West London, U.K
Alessandro Amoroso, Universita di Bologna, Italy
João Ascenso, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Jaakko Astola, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Samir Attallah, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Noboru Babaguchi, Osaka University, Japan
Azeddine Beghdadi, Université Paris 13, France
Adel Belouchrani, Ecole Nationale Polytechnique, Algeria
Amel Benazza-Benyahia, (URISA), Tunisia
Mohammed Bennamoun, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Younès Bennani, University of Paris, France
Shuvra Bhattacharyya, University of Maryland, U.S.A
Marina Bosi, MPEG LA, LLC, U.S.A
Abdesselam Bouzerdoum, University of Wollongong, Australia
Jianfei Cai, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lap-Pui Chau, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Liang-Gee Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Naveen Chilamkurti, La Trobe University, Australia
Ryszard S. Choras, University of Technology & Agriculture, Poland
Paulo Correia, Instituto Superior Técnico - Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Li Deng, Microsoft Research, U.S.A
Petar M. Djuric, Stony Brook University, U.S.A
Chitra Dorai, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, U.S.A
Rob Evans, National ICT Australia University of Melbourne, Australia
Anibal Ferreira, University of Porto, Portugal
Pascal Frossard, EPFL, Switzerland
Marco Furini, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Mathew George, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Fary Z Ghassemlooy, Northumbria University, U.K
Lorenzo Granai, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
William Grosky, University of Michigan, U.S.A
Peter Händel, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Xian-Sheng Hua, Microsoft Research Asia, China
Jenq-Neng Hwang, University of Washington, U.S.A
Jiri Jan, University of Technology Brno, Czech Republic
Philippe Joly, IRIT - UPS, France
Chehdi Kacem, University of Rennes 1, France
Mohan Kankanhalli, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Walter Kellermann, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Hyoung-Joong Kim, Kangwon National University, Korea
Paris Kitsos, Hellenic Open University, Greece
Stefanos Kollias, NTUA, Greece
Hamid Krim, NCSU, NC, U.S.A
Murat Kunt, EPFL, Switzerland
Pascal Larzabal, Ecole Normale Supérieure SATIE, France
Fernando Lopes, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra and Instituto de Telecomunicações - Pólo de Coimbra, Portugal
Wing-Kin Ma, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Kai-Kuang Ma, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Antonio De Maio, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
Manuel Perez Malumbres, Miguel Hernandez University, Spain
Hong Man, Stevens Institute of Technology, United States of America
Andreas Maras, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Gloria Menegaz, University of Siena, Italy
Ajmal Mian, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Majid Mirmehdi, University of Bristol, U.K
Robin Morris, RIACS - NASA Ames, U.S.A
Antonio Navarro, Aveiro University, Portugal
Haldun M. Ozaktas, Bilkent University, Turkey
Raffaele Parisi, INFOCOM Dpt - University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Luigi Paura, Università di Napoli, Federico II, Italy
Andrew Perkis, NTNU, Norway
Béatrice Pesquet-Popescu, ENST Paris, France
Athina P. Petropulu, Drexel University, U.S.A
Ioannis Pitas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Thomas Plagemann, University of Oslo, Norway
Viktor Prasanna, University of Southern California, U.S.A
Maria Paula Queluz, Instituto Superior Técnico - Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Anthony Quinn, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Rudolf Rabenstein, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Matthias Rauterberg, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Giuseppe Ricci, University of Lecce, Italy
Dimitris Rigas, Univeristy of Bradford, U.K
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, University of Ottawa, Canada
Lauri Savioja, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Raimondo Schettini, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
Timothy K. Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Eduardo da Silva, COPPE/UFRJ, Brazil
Wladyslaw Skarbek, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
John Sorensen, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ljubisa Stankovic, University of Montenegro, Montenegro
Yutaka Takahashi, Kyoto University, Japan
Chintha Tellambura, University of Alberta, Canada
Qi Tian, The University of Texas at San Antonio, U.S.A
Abdellatif Benjelloun Touimi, France Telecom Research and Development, France
Vesa Valimaki, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Kainam Thomas Wong, University of Waterloo, Canada
Habib Zaidi, Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland

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