============================================================================ CALL FOR DEMO PAPERS Video Browser Showdown (VBS2013) In conjunction with The 19th International MultiMedia Modeling Conference (MMM2013) January 7-9, 2013 Huangshan, China. ============================================================================ The Video Browser Showdown (held as a separate session of MMM 2013) is a live video browsing competition where international researchers, working in the field of interactive video search and retrieval, evaluate and demonstrate the efficiency of their tools in presence of the audience. The aim of the competition is to evaluate video browsing tools for their efficiency at "Known Item Search" (KIS) tasks with a well-defined data set in direct comparison to other tools. For each KIS task the searchers need to interactively find a short video clip in a one-hour video file within a specific time limit. PROCEDURE: The VBS2013 will be a moderated "special demo session" of MMM2013. The procedure will be similar to that of VBS2012 (see http://mmm2012.org/vbshowdown/): 16 KIS tasks (2x8, see below) need to be solved. For each task the moderator presents the target clip on a shared screen that is visible to all participants. The participants use their systems to perform an interactive search in the corresponding video file that will be specified by the moderator. The performance of participating tools will be evaluated in terms of average search time and successful answers. The decision for the best-performing tool is based on two runs: - Expert run: the participants (developers of the tools) themselves act as searchers - Novice run: volunteers from the audience act as searchers (after a short training phase) The overall best-performing tool will be awarded with the "Best Video Browser" certificate. This draft procedure is published at http://tosca-mp.eu/news/vbs2013, where potential participants and/or participants of VBS2012 can post comments and suggestions until June 15. Shortly after that date, the final description of the procedure will be published. INTERACTIVE SEARCH: The videos to be used for the Video Browser Showdown will be provided without any metadata. However, participants are allowed to perform any content analysis that supports interactive browsing in the video (e.g., through novel content visualization, content clustering, or advanced seeker-bars etc.). The search process must be interactive, i.e., no text-queries are allowed. PARTICIPATION: Anyone with a video browsing tool that allows for interactive browsing, exploration, or navigation in a single video file (search shouldn't be based on automatic queries) may participate. Examples of tools of interest are: a video shot browser (e.g., temporal-based or concept-based), a video player with extended navigation/interaction means, a video content exploration tool, or tools using advanced visualizations for improved navigation/interaction (video surrogates), etc. Tools developed for interactive video search on mobile devices are of special interest. DATA SET AND SEARCH TASKS: The data set will consist of about 30 video files (average duration of 1 hour) and will be made available to accepted participants several weeks before the competition. These video files will have the following characteristics: .mp4 file format, MPEG-4 video codec (H.264/AVC), AAC-LC audio codec, standard-definition resolution (except a few files with CIF resolution). The KIS search tasks will be presented on-site. The goal of each KIS task is to find a preselected segment of interest (typically with a duration of 20 seconds) in a one-hour video file within a specified time limit (e.g., within 2 minutes) by interactive search. The segment of interest doesn't necessarily start and stop at shot boundaries. SUBMISSION: To apply for participation please submit a scientific paper (2-3 pages in Springer LNCS format) to one of the organizers via email until July 18, 2012. The submission should include a detailed description of the video browsing tool and how it supports interactive search in video. Submissions will be peer-reviewed to ensure maximum quality. Accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings of MMM 2013. IMPORTANT DATES: Comments on procedure: June 15, 2012 Paper submission: July 18, 2012 Notification of acceptance: September 17, 2012 Camera-ready papers due: October 10, 2012 Author registration: October 11, 2012 NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Due to organizational reasons the number of participants in the Video Browser Showdown is limited to 16 active participants but should have at least 6 active participants (otherwise it will be canceled). ORGANIZERS: Klaus Schoeffmann, Klagenfurt University, Austria, ks@itec.aau.at Werner Bailer, JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Austria, werner.bailer@joanneum.at Bo Li, LIG, Université Joseph Fourier, France, bo.li@imag.fr