Workgoup Kick-off Meeting, July 21, 2009 - Colmar, France
17:45 - 19:45

Attendance: 43


One Expert panel:

  • Thinking of a Picture and Finding it: Evolving MMedia Computer Interfaces

in addition to two general special events presented at NexComm 2009:

One Tutorial: Multimedia Standards
Prof. Dr. Peter Stanchev
Kettering University, USA // Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

One Keynote Speech: Multimedia, Quo vadis?
Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Laszlo Böszörmenyi
Klagenfurt University, Austria

See the MMEDIA 2009 Program:


  • There were discussions on enlarging the dissemination of MMEDIA CfP for 2010
  • Help is expected from all the committee members for a careful dissemination, avoiding spamming
  • The promotion of young researchers was appreciated; more work to be done offline with volunteers
  • It was an open call to suggest regular refresh to the topics under the Call on MMEDIA (Laszlo focused on managing the enormous amount of mmedia content)
  • There were logistics discussions on:
    • There was a suggestion to organize ‘lunch together’ (we started to experiment it on site); as expected, there were lagging attendees. Next time it will be better handled, but the experience was enjoyable.
    • the idea of “dinner-together” is more feasible and it will be implemented from the next events. Enrollment will be daily, and local attendees might help to identity the best places.

Please have a look at MMEDIA 2010

Suggestions are welcome at

The procedure of invitation-only for extended versions of selected papers among those presented for on-line IARIA journals, with no additional fees, was appreciated.

There were discussions (with a few attendees) to have these journals rather twice a year, not quarterly, as they are now, with the declared purpose of offering more time to the authors for preparing an extended version of a paper.


  • Clearly, the technical program committee must be tuned to reflect new topics and assure a fair peer-to-peer review process.  


  • The option to publish in an open digital library was discussed; this will allow having all the proceedings of the co-located events on the same CD Proceedings, and full free access to any publication. Apparently there is a consensus that publishing in an archived form is more beneficial than publishing in a privately owned portal, including IEEE Xplore or ACM Portal. On the other side, university administration might have different rules for evaluation.
  • Referring to classification rules:
    • The attempts to classify scientific events have no an accurate basis
    • Different countries are listening to different rules
    • Apparently, the most important is to have the events indexed (ISI, EI, etc.)
  • The only caveat is that the computer scientists’ community is not yet used to it, as the scientists in physics or mathematics.
  • This issue will be carried further on to the IARIA Board for careful attention.

Next steps:

  • Develop the new topics via off-line exchanges
  • Extend invitations for MMEDIA 2010 committee membership
  • Identify particular lists for candidate contributors. 

MMEDIA 2010:


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