Join Us in Vilnius for ICT 2013!

ICT 2013, "Digital Agenda for Europe", will be held in the historic city of Vilnius, Lithuania from 6th to 8th November. Comprising a conference, exhibition, networking sessions and investment forum, ICT 2013 will be attended by over 4,000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives and politicians from across Europe, providing a unique opportunity to meet leaders of digital innovation and enterprise, and to help shape future developments in a field of critical importance to European economies.

The central focus of the event will be Horizon 2020, the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.

EMC2 Networking Session

EMC2 will be running a special networking session entitled "Towards More Agile and Responsive Support for Innovation". We will be asking tough but necessary questions about EU support for research and enterprise, and hopefully stimulating new and constructive ideas for improving European technology research cooperation and industry support.

Questions to be addressed include:

• What are the main concerns of industry with regard to EU-funded innovation support?

• How can we reduce bureaucracy, duplication and waste?

• How can we make the EU funding monolith agile and responsive to industry needs?

• Should projects be shorter, smaller and more focused?

If you wish to attend the EMC2 networking session, please register for the event below. This will help us with the planning and organisation.

Eventbrite - Towards More Agile and Responsive Support for Innovation

If you are using Twitter, you may use the dedicated twitter hashtag #ICT2013emc2 for this event.

An Open Invitation

If you are attending ICT 2013 in Vilnius and have a view on any of these (or related) questions, we would be delighted for you to come and give a short (5-10 minute) presentation in the EMC2 networking session, which is scheduled for Friday 8th November, 11:50-12:35. Please contact:

If you're not attending Vilnius but would like to tell us your views on the above, please contact us also.

ICT 2013 will be opened by the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, and Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes.

Photo: Backyard of the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, by Lestat (Jan Mehlich).


Plenoptics 2013: Call for Participation

EU COST Training School on Plenoptic Capture, Processing and Reconstruction

Sundsvall, Sweden , 16-20 June 2013

Plenoptics is a hot topic and there are a number of research disciplines addressing it, ranging from electrical engineering, computer vision and computer graphics to human visual perception, physics and optics. This training school targets the interdisciplinarity of plenoptic research, creating new ties between students and professionals working in the broad area. Continue reading


A Showcase of World-class Research: Join Our Webinar!

• Do you work in media computing or communication?
• Would you like to learn about current research and how it could help your organisation/ business?
• Join us at the FREE EMC2 WEBINAR where we will showcase work by some of Europe's leading technology researchers.
• For a flavour of what's on offer see the Research Showcase front page.


Tuesday 26th March 2013 starting 10am (UK time).


Register for the event here: webinar registration link.

EMC2 at the UK’s Leading Innovation Networking Event

EMC2 is delighted to announce that it will be an exhibitor at the new, multi-sector networking event ‘Innovate UK’. The joint venture from the Technology Strategy Board and UK Trade & Investment unites the highly successful Innovate and TechWorld events and will showcase cutting edge innovation from across the UK.

Handpicked from a pool of the ‘best of the best’ in British creativity and innovation, EMC2 will showcase leading-edge 3D technology research from top-flight European research institutions to an estimated 4,000 UK and international visitors, at Innovate UK. In this way EMC2 aims to forge new research-industry partnerships for development and commercialisation of technology innovations.

As well as showcasing new research the EMC2 exhibit will show visitors some of the innovative work our organisation has been doing in the area of entrepreneurship training for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.

Interested companies will be invited to join the EMC2 network, enabling them to keep in touch with future technology research in the fast-changing field of 3D media computing and communication.

Innovate UK, which takes place on 11-13 March 2013 at the Business Design Centre in London, aims to drive economic growth. By bringing together individuals from UK and international business, government and academia, Innovate UK will help companies identify new investment, international trade, innovation and collaboration opportunities through networking.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board said: “All our exhibitors are specially selected by the Technology Strategy Board and UKTI to feature at the exhibition and can demonstrate truly innovative products, services or technologies that have been developed here in the UK. We’re very pleased EMC2 is taking part in the event and believe it is a great representation of the UK’s strength in innovative technology research.”

Nick Baird, Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment said: "Over the last two years, businesses that attended Innovate and TechWorld collectively generated over £70m worth of UK trade; 65% of them identified new business opportunities and 77% said they learned something that would help them to innovate. By bringing the events together we hope to deliver even more success for UK businesses whether by helping them grow through innovation, international trade and investment or collaborative opportunities.”

Delegates attending Innovate UK can take advantage of one to one meeting opportunities, seminars, workshops, an exhibition and keynote sessions featuring leading business and ministerial representatives. During the three days, participants can share knowledge, access expert advice, showcase innovation and find collaborative partners.

Tickets cost £125 (including VAT). For more information, visit, follow on Twitter @InnovateUK or join the conversation on connect.


ACM Multimedia 2013 Barcelona: Deadlines Approaching!

Submission deadlines are fast approaching for the 21st ACM International Conference on Multimedia in Barcelona, Spain, 21–25 October 2013.

ACM Multimedia is the premier worldwide multimedia conference and the key event for presenting scientific achievements and innovative industrial products. The conference offers scientists and practitioners technical sessions, tutorials, competitions, panels and discussion meetings on relevant and challenging research questions. In addition to a strong technical program, ACM Multimedia 2013 will provide contexts for interaction between artists, research scientists and practitioners with the aim of reflecting on the impact of multimedia technologies on contemporary digital culture.

Call for Papers

ACM Multimedia 2013 calls for full papers presenting interesting recent results or novel ideas in all areas of multimedia and its applications. At the same time, the conference calls for short papers presenting interesting and exciting recent results or novel thought-provoking ideas that are not quite ready, and preferably include a system demonstration.

  • Abstract for full papers: 1 March, 2013
  • Manuscript for full/ short papers: 8 March, 2013

Call for Tutorials

ACM Multimedia 2013 tutorials will address state of the art research and developments in all aspects of multimedia, and will be of interest to everyone from novices to seasoned researchers, from academics to industry professionals.

Proposals are invited for tutorials of either a half day (3 hours plus breaks) or a full day (6 hours plus breaks).

  • Tutorials submission deadline: 8 April, 2013

Call for Brave New Idea Papers

'Brave New Ideas' should address long-term research challenges, point to new research directions, or provide new insights or bold perspectives that pave the way to innovation.

ACM Multimedia 2013 seeks contributions that explore innovative approaches and paradigm shifts in conventional theory and practice of multimedia techniques and applications.

  • Proposal for papers (two-page abstract in ACM format): March 15, 2013

Call for Papers For Doctoral Symposium

The ACM Multimedia 2013 doctoral symposium will provide PhD students working in all areas of multimedia with a unique opportunity to interact with renowned and experienced researchers in the field, and to discuss with them about their research.

PhD students are invited to send a short paper related to their ongoing research.

  • Doctoral symposium submissions deadline: April 5, 2013

Call for Panel Proposals

ACM Multimedia 2013 invites proposals for panel sessions on timely and potentially controversial issues in all areas of multimedia, including content analysis, systems, emerging applications, industry trends, technical breakthroughs, user needs and social aspects.

  • Panel proposals submission deadline: April 8, 2013

Call for Workshop Proposals - Regular Workshops

Regular workshops should focus on current or emerging topics of broad interest to the ACM Multimedia community. They should allow members of the community to compare and discuss approaches, methods and new concepts on research topics pertinent to the main conference.

  • Proposals submission deadline: February 15, 2013

Web3D 2013 Conference in San Sebastian, Spain

The 18th ACM International Web3D Conference will take place in San Sebastian, Spain on 20-22 June 2013. Web3D is a major annual event that brings together researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, artists and content creators to explore new developments in 3D web and multimedia technologies, interactive 3D graphics, information integration and usability in contexts from mobile devices to immersive environments.

Focal areas of Web3D 2013 are: (i) collaborative authoring and delivery of educational, multimedia, industrial, medical, gaming and GIS contents; and (ii) 3D web innovations and applications for e-health, transport, manufacturing and tourism.

Papers are invited on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Modeling, processing, analysis and rendering of complex geometry, structure, and behaviours
  • 3D search, shape matching and indexing
  • Rendering algorithms and standardisation and visualisation of large data sets
  • Interaction methods for online 3D content
  • Interactive 3D graphics for mobile devices
  • Mixed and augmented realities (including standardisation aspects)
  • Agents, animated humanoids, and complex reactive characters
  • Remote rendering and streaming
  • Stereo and multi-view visualisation of 3D graphic interfaces
  • High-performance 3D graphics for distributed environments, tele-presence, tele-operation, and 3D broadcasting
  • Web, multimedia and standards integration and interoperation.

The deadline for submission of papers is 11 March 2013. For further details see the Web3D 2013 conference website.


ChinaSIP 2013 Signal and Information Processing Conference

IEEE Signal Processing Society is pleased to introduce ChinaSIP 2013, the first IEEE China Summit & International Conference on Signal and Information Processing, 6-10 July 2013 at the China National Convention Center (CNCC), Beijing, China.

Sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), ChinaSIP is a new annual summit and international conference held in China for domestic and international scientists, researchers, and practitioners to network and discuss the latest progress in theoretical, technological, and educational aspects of signal and information processing. ChinaSIP is a unique platform developed by IEEE SPS to help colleagues in China engage with the global community, and offer global colleagues opportunities to network and develop international collaborations.

As the inaugural summit and conference, ChinaSIP 2013’s features include:

● Technical tracks and industry forum. Papers and presentations along the regular technical tracks as listed below focus on novel and significant research contributions. An industry forum provides a platform for exchange and networking among SIP industries as well as between academia and industry.

● Invited papers and open-call papers. Special invitations will be extended to major research groups in China to submit their latest contributions. Invited papers will be peer reviewed, and only papers with sufficient quality and significance will be accepted. In parallel, papers are also accepted through an open call from the community at large on a competitive basis.

● Journal poster sessions. Journal poster sessions provide a venue for overview and showcase of recent publications accepted by SPS journals.

● Professional development program. Several professional development activities will be organized, such as townhall meetings with the SPS leadership, trends/ overview sessions, publication (EIC/ AE) panels, and Fellow development sessions.

● Summer schools. The conference will set up summer schools before the regular sessions begin for students, researchers and practitioners to learn state-of-the-art technologies and tools.

The regular technical program tracks and topics include (but are not limited to):

● Signal/ Information Processing Theory and Methods
● Speech, Language, and Audio
● Image, Video, and Multimedia
● Signal Processing for Communications and Networking
● Signal Sensing, Radar, Sonar, and Sensor Networks
● SIP Hardware/ Software Designs and Systems
● Information Forensics and Security
● Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
● Signal/ Info Processing for Bioinformatics & Bio/ Medicine.

Submission of Papers

The official language of the conference is English. Prospective authors are invited to submit up to 4 pages in length (with an optional 5th page containing only references). The conference proceedings will be published at IEEE Xplore, and will be indexed by both IEEE Xplore and EI Compendex. The IEEE Signal Processing Society enforces a “no-show” policy. Any accepted paper included in the final program is expected to have at least one author or qualified proxy attend and present the paper at the conference. Authors of the accepted papers included in the final program who do not attend and present at the conference will be added to a "No-Show List", compiled by the Society. The "no-show" papers will not be published by IEEE on IEEE Xplore or other public access forums, but these papers will be distributed as part of the on-site electronic proceedings and the copyright of these papers will belong to the IEEE.

Important Dates

Submission of regular full papers: January 10, 2013
Submission of special sessions and invited papers: February 1, 2013
Notification of paper acceptance: April 10, 2013
Authors registration deadline: May 10, 2013
Attendees advanced registration deadline: June 1, 2013
Summer school dates: July 6-7, 2013
Summit and conference dates: July 8-10, 2013

View ChinaSIP conference website.


Print a New Nose!

3D printing is a way of manufacturing physical objects directly from 3D computer models. 3D printers work in additive fashion, building an object layer upon layer, typically from resin or photopolymer, which may be pigmented for production of coloured objects. Even intricate forms can be produced quickly by this technology, making it ideal for one-off or short-run production.

3D printing is widely employed in product design, for rapid prototyping of such things as hand-held devices, car parts, jewellery or footwear designs, architectural or engineering components. In future it looks likely to extend into the manufacture of complex multi-part objects.

Amongst the most useful applications of this rapidly developing technology are in medicine, in the production of individually shaped items such as dental crowns and bridges, synthetic bones and joints, or artificial limbs and other prostheses.

Conventionally, prosthetic ears, eyes and noses have had to be individually hand-modelled and painted, a time-consuming process whose results have often been variable and unsatisfactory. For that reason Sheffield-based company Fripp Design and Research, who have extensive experience in 3D printing for industrial design, were keen to try and adapt the technology for prosthetic production. They identified a number of specific challenges:

"Creating fleshlike prostheses, as opposed to porcelain teeth or crowns, posed a unique set of challenges. The material used would have to be strong, flexible and biocompatible (unlikely to trigger a toxic or allergic reaction when inserted into human skin). The colour would have to match the patient's specific skin tone exactly, and the whole prosthesis would need to blend as invisibly as possible into the surrounding face."

In collaboration with researchers at Sheffield University and supported by The Wellcome Trust, Fripp have developed new ways of speeding production and improving the quality of soft-tissue prostheses. Key to the project has been the development of printable materials that are biologically inert, that can be safely worn in contact with human tissue and comply with relevant safety standards. After testing several materials, the research team found a starch powder that fit the bill and which can be combined with water-based resin and inks to produce a suitable printing medium.

The production process begins with 3D scanning of the part of the patient's face/ head to be augmented, along with 2D photos of skin tone and colour. Special CAD software is used to combine these datasets with a model of the new body part and to match the model's contours, tone and texture to the patient's face.

The resulting 3D file is output to the printer to make the prosthesis which, being quite brittle at first, has to be cured with a medical-grade silicone fluid to give it strength and pliability. Curing has a beneficial side effect: as the silicone drains off it forms a fine feathered edge that bonds seamlessly to the face.

The printed prosthesis is lighter in weight than a conventional hand-made one, and much more easily replaced when it wears out or gets damaged, as the stored product file can simply be reprinted.

This method of manufacture reduces the cost to the healthcare provider and delivers higher quality and consistency to the patient. The Sheffield researchers believe that the technology could be easily and inexpensively installed in centres across the developing world, making high-quality soft-tissue protheses widely available there.

(See also project report on Fripp Design website.)


EMC2 is Sponsoring WIA2MIS 2013

EMC2 is supporting its partner project 3DLife in organizing this year's edition of the International Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIAMIS). As a major event in the multimedia community, WIAMIS enables researchers and developers to exchange knowledge and ideas on issues to do with interactive services.

For this 14th workshop, the main emphasis will be on audio analysis and audio-driven multimedia analysis research. The International Workshop on Image and Audio Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIA2MIS 2013) will be held at Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th July 2013.

Important Dates | Workshop Website | Call for Papers

  • Proposal for Special Sessions: 4th January 2013
  • Notification of Special Sessions acceptance: 11th January 2013
  • Paper submission: 8th March 2013
  • Notification of papers acceptance: 3rd May 2013
  • Camera-ready papers: 24th May 2013