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Organising Committee
Nikos Sarris
Athens Technology Center S.A.
http://www.atc.gr  

Scientific Programme
Yiannis Kompatsiaris
Informatics and Telematics Institute
http://mklab.iti.gr

Ebroul Izquierdo
Queen Mary University of London
http://www.elec.qmul.ac.uk/mmv

Noel ‘O Connor
Dublin City University
http://www.cdvp.dcu.ie

Gael Richard
ENST
http://www.tsi.enst.fr

Professional Programme
Wilfried Runde,
Jochen Spangenberg,
Martin Pinkerneil
Deutsche Welle
http://www.dw-world.de

Paulo Villegas
Telefonica I+D
http://www.tid.es

Antonis Karatzias
DIAS publishing
http://www.dias.com.cy

Local Arrangements
Mary Saltou, Garifalia Sebou
Athens Technology Center S.A.
http://www.atc.gr

Important links
SSMS 2008 venue
SSMS 2007
SSMS 2006
Scope
Understanding and thereby manipulating multimedia content at the semantic level is the only way towards realizing the full potential of emerging digital media technologies aimed at the delivery of compelling multimedia solutions. The integration of knowledge, semantics and low-level multimedia processing for the purpose of automatic semantics extraction from multimedia content is still the subject of active research in academia and industry. The purpose of this event was to bring the relevant academic and media professional societies closer to the latest research and commercial developments providing the opportunity to gain deeper insight into the related research challenges and the ever increasing number of new applications.

Programme for researchers
  • Multimedia Signal Processing
         Prof Noel O'Connor
  • Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition, Cross-modal analysis and fusion, ,
         Dr Alexander Hauptmann
  • Semantic Web and Multimedia
         
    Prof Steffen Staab
  • Multimedia Ontologies for Reasoning and Analysis
         
    Prof Ralf Moeller
  • Multimedia Information Indexing and Retrieval
         
    Prof Alan Smeaton
  • Flexible Interfaces for Semantically Annotated Multimedia
         
    Prof Lynda Hardman
  • Semantics and 3D media,
         Dr Michela Spagnuolo
  • Social Networks and Multimedia Semantics, ,    
         Dr Peter Mika

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    Programme for professionals
    "360 Degree Journalism"
    Networked Media Production & Consumption in a Convergent World
  • Calais - the media and the semantic web,
         Barak Pridor, CEO, ClearForest, a division of Thomson Reuters
  • Towards Seamless Multimedia Production and Multi-Platform Delivery - Cutting Edge Research and Applications for Media Professionals and Users  
         A News Agency in Transition
         Meinolf Ellers, Managing Director dpa-infocom GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
         Mobile Services and Mobile Devices
         Paola Hobson, Motorola UK Research Lab, Basingstoke
         Newsgaming
         
    Julian Kuecklich, Press Association, London
         A newspaper goes multimedia
         Robert Freeman, Head of video, Guardian, UK
         Content Management, Data Mining, CRM
         Frank Poerschmann, IBM Global Business Services, Lead Media & Entertainment GB, Lead CRM Strategy, IBM Deutschland GmbH
  • Concerns on Privacy and Innovation in ICT and Media Industries 
         Rainer Boehme, Faculty of Computer Science, TU Dresden
  • Talking about Networked Journalism, Search, Privacy, Filtering, Personalisation 
         Clancy Childs, Sales Engineer, Partner Services, Google, London, UK
         Willi Ruetten, Director European Journalism Centre, Maastricht
         Robert Freeman, Head of video, Guardian, UK
         Andreas Neus, IBM Germany / Karlsruhe Service Research Institute, Karlsruhe University

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    Video recordings of most lectures are available at videolectures.net


    SSMS 2008 was attended by 74 students and 30 media professionals. Download the full list of people who participated in SSMS 2008. You can also visit the 'Summer School on Multimedia Semantics 2008' group in Facebook

    SSMS has been held on two previous occasions and SSMS2008 built upon the success of these events. A notable novel aspect of this year's programme was the objective to connect multimedia semantics researchers with the professional media sector. To this end, two groups of attendees were catered for: postgraduate students and researchers attending a 5-day programme centred around state-of-the-art technologies and research issues; and professionals attending a 3-day programme explaining the application of semantic technologies to their day-to-day activities. A common day allowed interaction between the two groups for a creative exchange of views.

    Venue
    SSMS 2008 was hosted by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, situated on the beautiful island of Crete, in the south of Greece.

    Event dates
    1 - 5 September 2008: SSMS for researchers
    3 - 5 September 2008: SSMS for professionals

    Requests for specific information can be directed to the SSMS helpdesk