SIGMAP is organized by INSTICC - Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication

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The purpose of SIGMAP 2008 the International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications 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

- Ingemar Cox, University College London, United Kingdom

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 versions of accepted papers will be limited to 8 (eight) pages for long oral presentations, 6 (six) for short oral presentations (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), 10 (short presentations) and 8 (poster presentations). However, for each page in excess of the maximum allowed, the author will have to pay an additional fee.

PUBLICATIONS

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-Verlag.
The proceedings will be indexed by ISI Proceedings, INSPEC and DBLP.
EI already agreed to index the proceedings of SIGMAP 2006. Proceedings of SIGMAP 2007 are under evaluation and the proceedings of SIGMAP 2008 will be evaluated by EI after their publication.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Full Paper Submission: (deadline expired)
Position Paper Submission: (deadline expired)
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Final Paper Submission and Registration: (deadline expired)
Conference Date: 26-29 July 2008

SECRETARIAT

SIGMAP Secretariat
Av. D.Manuel I, 27A 2ºesq, 2910-595 Setúbal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 185
Fax: +44 203 014 5432
E-mail: secretariat@sigmap.org
Web: http://www.sigmap.org

VENUE

Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities, It was born and developed from the northern bank of this river during the Middle Ages. One of the most significant aspects of Porto and its historical centre is its landscape, combining harmony with the urban structure and presenting a frame of rare beauty. The city was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996. When discovering Porto, you will find many surprises. Besides its welcoming and conservative environment, Porto is also contemporary and artistic. This is shown not only in the streets, architecture, monuments and museums but also in the terraces, restaurants and leisure and shopping areas.

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

Joaquim Filipe (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal / INSTICC, Portugal)
Mohammad S. Obaidat (Monmouth University, U.S.A.)

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS

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

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Driss Aboutajdine, Mohammed V-Agdal University, Morocco
Burak Acar, Bogazici University, Turkey
Ralf Ackermann, SAP Research, Germany
Harry Agius, Brunel University, United Kingdom
Abbes Amira, Brunel University, United Kingdom
João Ascenso, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Jaakko Astola, Tampere University of Teahhchnology, Finland
Samir Attallah, SIM University (UNISIM), Singapore
Oscar Au, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Azeddine Beghdadi, Université Paris 13, France
Amel Benazza-Benyahia, (URISA), Tunisia
Mohammed Bennamoun, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Shuvra Bhattacharyya, University of Maryland, United States
Abdesselam Bouzerdoum, University of Wollongong, Australia
Marina Bosi, Stanford University, United States
Jianfei Cai, Nanyang Technological Univesity, Singapore
Shu-Ching Chen, Florida International University, United States
Naveen Chilamkurti, La Trobe University, Australia
Ryszard S. Choras, University of Technology & Agriculture, Poland
Paulo Correia, Instituto Superior Técnico - Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Aysegul Cuhadar, Carleton University, Canada
Petar M. Djuric, Stony Brook University, United States
José Alfredo Ferreira Costa, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Michel Crucianu, CNAM, France
Chitra Dorai, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, United States
Wu-chi Feng, Portland State University, United States
Anibal Ferreira, University of Porto, Portugal
Marco Furini, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Mathew George, LSI Corporation, United States
Panayiotis Georgiou, University of Southern California, United States
Theo Gevers, Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Z. Ghassemlooy, Northumbria University, United Kingdom
Christos Grecos, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom
Patrick Gros, IRISA and INRIA Rennes, France
William Grosky, University of Michigan, United States
Mislav Grgic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Thomas Haenselmann, University of Mannheim, Germany
Saman Halgamuge, University of Melbourne, Australia
Pål Halvorsen, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Aboul Ella Hassanien, Cairo Univesrity, Egypt
Benoit Huet, EURECOM, France
Jiri Jan, University of Technology Brno, Czech Republic
Philippe Joly, IRIT-UPS, France
Joemon Jose, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Chehdi Kacem, University of Rennes 1, France
Hari Kalva, Florida Atlantic University, United States
Hyoung-Joong Kim, Korea University, Korea
Stefanos Kollias, NTUA, Greece
Yiannis Kompatsiaris, ITI-CERTH, Greece
Constantine Kotropoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
C.-C. Jay Kuo, University of Southern California, United States
Pascal Larzabal, Ecole Normale Supérieure SATIE, France
Jeongkyu Lee, University of Bridgeport, United States
Tayeb Lemlouma, IRISA, Rennes 1 University (IUT of Lannion), France
Clement Leung, Victoria University, Australia
Xuelong Li, Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom
Fernando Lopes, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra and Instituto de Telecomunicações - Pólo de Coimbra, Portugal
Yan Lu, Microsoft Research Asia, China
Rastislav Lukac, Epson Canada Ltd., Canada
Kai-Kuang Ma, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Antonio De Maio, University of Naples, Italy
Manuel Perez Malumbres, Miguel Hernandez University, Spain
Hong Man, Stevens Institute of Technology, United States
Tao Mei, Microsoft Research Asia, China
Robin Morris, USRA-RIACS, United States
Antonio Navarro, Aveiro University, Portugal
Haldun M. Ozaktas, Bilkent University, Turkey
Montse Pardas, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Raffaele Parisi, INFOCOM Dpt - University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Luigi Paura, Università di Napoli, Federico II, Italy
Béatrice Pesquet-Popescu, ENST Paris, France
Ioannis Pitas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Ashok Popat, Google, Inc., United States
Maria Paula Queluz, Instituto Superior Técnico - Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Matthias Rauterberg, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Giuseppe Ricci, University of Salento, Italy
Dimitris Rigas, Univeristy of Bradford, United Kingdom
Roberto Rinaldo, University of Udine, Italy
Nuno Rodrigues, Inst Telecomunicações/ESTG IPLeiria, Portugal
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, University of Ottawa, Canada
Srinivas Sampalli, Dalhousie University, Canada
Gerald Schaefer, Aston University, United Kingdom
Raimondo Schettini, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
Timothy K. Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Wladyslaw Skarbek, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
John Sorensen, Engineering College of Copenhagen, Denmark
Tania Stathaki, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Stephan Steglich, Fraunhofer FOKUS / TU Berlin, Germany
Seyed Tahaghoghi, Microsoft Corporation, United States
Dacheng Tao, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Qi Tian, The University of Texas at San Antonio, United States
Jan Turan, TUKE Kosice, Slovakia
Jun Wei, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Medical School, United States
Abdellatif Benjelloun Touimi, France Telecom Research and Development, France
Marcel Worring, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rong Yan, IBM Research, United States
Kim-Hui Yap, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Habib Zaidi, Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland
Cha Zhang, Microsoft Research, United States
Zhengyou Zhang, Microsoft Research, United States
Ce Zhu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore