======== CALL FOR PARTICIPATION Fourth International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX 2012) 5 - 7 July 2012, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia www.qomex2012.org Venue: The Sebel Heritage Yarra Valley http://www.mirvachotels.com/sebel-heritage-yarra-valley Deadline for early-bird registrations: May 30 2012 ======== Leading professionals, researchers and scientists interested in evaluating multimedia quality and user experience are invited to participate in QoMEX 2012. Conveniently to be held a few days prior to ICME 2012 with the workshop venue located close to Melbourne, QoMEX is the flagship workshop of the European COST action Qualinet which serves as its technical and financial sponsor. The 2012 workshop is the first of the series to be held in the Asia Pacific, at The Sebel Heritage Yarra Valley, a luxury 4.5 star golf and spa resort. The Yarra Valley is one of the premier food and wine regions of Australia, home to the Yarra Ranges and over 100 local wineries. Multimedia is a ubiquitous part of modern life; content is delivered on a wide variety of devices both fixed and mobile, the consumption environment can vary dramatically and increasingly users demand fulfilling interaction with their media. Evaluation, both objectively and subjectively of separate audio, video or image content is well known, but there are substantial challenges in evaluating users' complete experiences of mixed content. This is exacerbated by the diversity of devices, interfaces, consumption environments and content prevalent in today's market. Increasingly, evaluation approaches must include psychological, perceptual and contextual dimensions to truly represent and measure users’ experiences. Understanding how users react and perceive content and applications will inform and improve new applications and lead to improved user experiences. The QoMEX 2012 venue and format has been specifically chosen to increase opportunities for expert interaction and discussion, providing attendees with various opportunities to discuss the latest progress and trends in multimedia user experience. The technical program features: - Three keynote speeches --- 'The Trouble with MOS': Stefan Winkler (ADSC, Singapore) --- 'Gamification and Physical Exertion Games': Floyd Mueller (RMIT University, Australia) --- 'Digital News Experiences': George Wright (Fairfax Media, Australia) - Tutorial on 'Waiting Times and QoE', hosted by Sebastian Egger (FTW, Austria), Tobias Hossfeld (University of Wuerzburg, Germany), Raimund Schatz (FTW, Austria) and Markus Fiedler (BTH, Sweden) - Three expert discussion panels on Video QoE, Audio QoE and QoMEX Applications, chaired by Andrew Perkis (NTNU, Norway) and Bastiaan Kleijn (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) Oral paper presentations and poster sessions at QoMEX 2012 will include research topics such as: - Visual User Experience (Image/Video/Graphics): Objective and subjective quality evaluation, psychovisual modelling, quality-centered processing, compression and transmission, QoE evaluation in HD and beyond. - Auditory User Experience (Speech/Audio): Psychoacoustic modelling, quality assessment of interactive speech and audio applications/interfaces, models and metrics for evaluation of spatial audio. - Sensory User Experiences: Novel sensory interfaces, methods for sensory user feedback, quality metrics and assessment methods for evaluation of ambient and sensory experiences. - QoE for Mobile Devices: Device-dependent, adaptive user interfaces, evaluating interactive experiences on mobile devices, objective/subjective evaluation on iPhone/Android multimedia applications - QoE for 3D Multimedia: QoE metrics and evaluation methods for 3D audio and 3D video, virtual, augmented and mixed realities, haptic interaction, other immersive modalities and interactive interfaces. - Standardization Activities in Multimedia Quality Evaluation: Benchmarking efforts, multimedia databases/datasets of various modalities (speech, audio, video, sensory, etc.) and fidelities (quality, bitrate, etc.), testing conditions and methods, new objective metrics/models for upcoming standards. - Applications and Services: Evaluating QoE in multimedia applications e.g., games/gamification, biomedical/telemedicine, teleconferencing/telepresence, etc. ======== IMPORTANT INFORMATION QoMEX website: www.qomex2012.org Registration: http://www.qomex2012.org/index.php?p=reg Early-bird registration deadline: May 30 2012 ========