International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications
SIGMAP 2009 – International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications: July 7-10, Milan, Italy
July 7-10     Milan, Italy
Call for Papers

SIGMAP is organized by INSTICC – Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication
The purpose of SIGMAP 2009, 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.
Conference Areas
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 Modelling for Multimedia
  • › Joint Source/Channel Coding
  • › Error Control and Concealment
  • › Performance Measurement and Evaluation
  • › Architecture and Protocols
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
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 Conference Proceedings Citation Index, INSPEC and DBLP.
EI already agreed to index the proceedings of SIGMAP 2006 and 2007. Proceedings of SIGMAP 2008 are under evaluation and the proceedings of SIGMAP 2009 will be evaluated by EI after their publication.
Milan (Milano), situated on the flat plains of the Po Valley, is the capital of Lombardy and thoroughly enjoys its hard earned role as Italy's richest and second largest city. Wealthy and cosmopolitan, the Milanesi enjoy a reputation as successful businesspeople, equally at home overseas and in Italy. Embracing tradition, sophistication and ambition in equal measure, they are just as likely to follow opera at La Scala as their shares on the city's stock market or AC or Inter at the San Siro Stadium.
Three times in its history, the city had to rebuild after being conquered. Founded in the seventh century BC by Celts, the city, then known as Mediolanum ('mid-plain'), was first sacked by the Goths in the 600s (AD), then by Barbarossa in 1157 and finally by the Allies in World War II, when over a quarter of the city was flattened. Milan successively reinvented herself under French, Spanish and then Austrian rulers from 1499 until the reunification of Italy in 1870. It is a miracle that so many historic treasures still exist, including Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, which survived a direct hit in World War II. The Milanesi's appreciation of tradition includes a singular respect for religion; they even pay a special tax towards the Cathedral maintenance. It is therefore fitting that the city's enduring symbol is the gilded statue of the Virgin, on top of the Cathedral (Il Duomo).
Milan is founded around a historic nucleus radiating from the Cathedral, with a star-shaped axis of arteries spreading through modern suburbs to the ring road. The modern civic center lies to the northwest, around Mussolini's central station, and is dominated by the Pirelli skyscraper, which dates from 1956. The trade and fashion fairs take place in the Fiera district, west of the nucleus around the Porta Genova station. Milan's economic success was founded at the end of the 19th century, when the metal factories and the rubber industries moved in, replacing agriculture and mercantile trading as the city's main sources of income. Milan's position at the heart of a network of canals, which provided the irrigation for the Lombard plains and the important trade links between the north and south, became less important as industry took over - and the waterways were filled. A few canals remain in the Navigli district near the Bocconi University, a fashionable area in which to drink and listen to live music.
Since the 1970s, Milan has remained the capital of Italy's automobile industry and its financial markets, but the limelight is dominated by the fashion houses, who, in turn, have drawn media and advertising agencies to the city. Milan remains the marketplace for Italian fashion - fashion aficionados, supermodels and international paparazzi descend upon the city twice a year for its spring and autumn fairs. Valentino, Versace and Armani may design and manufacture their clothes elsewhere but Milan, which has carefully guarded its reputation for flair, drama and creativity, is Italy's natural stage.
Conference Co-chairs
Joaquim Filipe (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal / INSTICC, Portugal)
Mohammad S. Obaidat (Monmouth University, United States)
Program Co-chairs
Pedro Assunção (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal)
Sérgio Faria (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal)
Program Committee
Gwo Giun (Chris) Lee, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, Taiwan
Karim Abed-meraim, Telecom Paris, France
Driss Aboutajdine, Gscm_lrit, Japan
Burak Acar, Bogazici University, Turkey
Ralf Ackermann, Sap Research, Germany
Harry Agius, Brunel University, United Kingdom
Omar Ait Hellal, Long Island University, United States
João Ascenso, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Portugal
Oscar Au, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Eduard Babulak DSc PhD FBCS, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Canada
Adel Belouchrani, Electric Engineering Department, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique, Algeria
Amel Benazza-benyahia, Ecole Supérieure Des Communications De Tunis (sup'com), Tunisia
Abdellatif Benjelloun Touimi, France Telecom R&D UK Ltd, United Kingdom
Shuvra Bhattacharyya, University of Maryland, United States
Adrian Bors, University of York, United Kingdom
Abdesselam Bouzerdoum, University of Wollongong, Australia
Jonathan C. L. Liu, University of Florida, United States
Jun Cai, University of Manitoba, Canada
Wai-kuen Cham, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Surendar Chandra, University of Notre Dame, United States
Chin-Chen Chang, Feng Chia University, Taiwan
Lap-pui Chau, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Liang-gee Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Shu-ching Chen, Florida International University, United States
Ryszard S. Choras, University of Technology & Life Sciences, Poland
José Alfredo Ferreira Costa, Rio Grande do Norte Federal University, Brazil
Michel CRUCIANU, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, France
Aysegul Cuhadar, Carleton University, Canada
Kevin Curran, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
David Dagan Feng, The University of Sydney, Australia
Antonio De Maio, Università Degli Studi Di Napoli "Federico II", Italy
Petar M. Djuric, Stony Brook University, United States
Chitra Dorai, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, United States
Noel E.O'Connor, Dublin City University, Ireland
Rob Evans, University of Melbourne, Australia
Wu-chi Feng, Portland State University, United States
Yun Fu, BBN Technologies, United States
Minoru Fukumi, University of Tokushima, Japan
Marco Furini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Moncef Gabbouj, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Mathew George, LSI Corporation, United States
Theo Gevers, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Zabih Ghassemlooy, Northumbria University, United Kingdom
Lorenzo Granai, Amino Communications Limited, United Kingdom
Christos Grecos, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom
Mislav Grgic, University of Zagreb, Faculty of EE & Comp, Croatia
Patrick Gros, INRIA, France
William Grosky, University of Michigan - Dearborn, United States
Malka Halgamuge, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Khaled Harfoush, North Carolina State University, United States
Hermann Hellwagner, Klagenfurt University, Austria
Enrique Herrera-Viedma, University of Granada, Spain
Richang Hong, National University of Singapore, Singapore
ChingYao Huang, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Kaiqi Huang, Institute of Automation of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Guo Huaqun, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*Star, Singapore
Jong Hyuk Park, Kyungnam University, Korea
Jiri Jan, University of Technology Brno (cz), Czech Republic
Joemon Jose, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Pradeep K. Atrey, The University of Winnipeg, Canada
Arvind K. Bansal, Kent State University, United States
Chehdi Kacem, University of Rennes 1, France
Hari Kalva, Florida Atlantic University, United States
Mohan Kankanhalli, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Sokratis Katsikas, University of Piraeus, Greece
Michael Kipp, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany
Sukumal Kitisin, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Constantine Kotropoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
C.-c. Jay Kuo, University of Southern California, United States
Jeongkyu Lee, University of Bridgeport, United States
Jiann-Shu Lee, National University of Tainan, Taiwan
Tayeb Lemlouma, IRISA / Iut of Lannion (University of Rennes 1), France
Clement Leung, Victoria University, Australia
Jing Li, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Xuelong Li, University of London, United Kingdom
Paulo Lobato Correia, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Yan Lu, Microsoft Research Asia, China
Rastislav Lukac, Epson, Canada
Hong Man, Stevens Institute of Technology, United States
Andreas Maras, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Tao Mei, Microsoft Research Asia, China
Majid Mirmehdi, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Klaus Moessner, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Robin Morris, Universities Space Research Association, United States
Alejandro Murua, University of Montreal, Canada
Antonio Navarro, Aveiro University, Telecommunications Institute, Portugal
Marimuthu Palaniswami, The Univerisity of Melbourne, Australia
Sethuraman Panchanathan, Center For Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing, Arizona State University, United States
Montse Pardas, Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya, Spain
Raffaele Parisi, University of Rome "la Sapienza", Italy
Manuel Perez Malumbres, Miguel Hernandez University, Spain
Andrew Perkis, Ntnu, Norway
Béatrice Pesquet-Popescu, Telecom ParisTech, France
Ashok Popat, Google, Inc., United States
Viktor Prasanna, University of Southern California, United States
Andrea Prati, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
Xiaojun Qi, Utah State University, United States
Gang Qian, Arizona State University, United States
Tao Qin, Microsoft Research Aisa, China
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
Matthias Rehm, University of Augsburg, Germany
Iain Richardson, The Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom
Dimitris Rigas, University of Bradford, United Kingdom
Stefan Robila, Montclair State University, United States
Nuno Rodrigues, Inst. Telecomunicações / Escola Superior De Tecnologia E Gestão De Leiria, Portugal
Brunilde Sanso, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
Shin'ichi Satoh, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Gerald Schaefer, Aston University, United Kingdom
Xiaowei Shao, University of Tokyo, Japan
Jialie Shen, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Timothy K. Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Mingli Song, Zhejiang University, China
John Aa. Sorensen, Copenhagen University College of Engineering, Denmark
John Aa. Sorensen, Engineering College of Copenhagen, Denmark
Seyed M.M. (Saied) Tahaghoghi, Microsoft Corporation, United States
Yutaka Takahashi, Kyoto University, Japan
Jinhui Tang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Dacheng Tao, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Daniel Thalmann, Vrlab Epfl, Switzerland
Steve Uhlig, TU Berlin/ T-labs, Germany
Ovidiu Valentin Drugan, University of Oslo, Norway
Meng Wang, Microsoft Research Asia, China
Zhiyong Wang, University of Sydney, Australia
Toyohide Watanabe, Nagoya University, Japan
Michael Weber, University of Ulm, Germany
Kim-hui Yap, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Hujun Yin, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Yuan Yuan, Aston University, United Kingdom
Habib Zaidi, Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland
Cha Zhang, Microsoft Research, United States
Tianhao Zhang, University of Pennsylvania, United States
Zhi-Li Zhang, University of Minnesota, United States
Huiyu Zhou, Brunel University, United Kingdom
Ce Zhu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore