QoMEX 2013: Call for Papers

Fifth International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience
QoMEX 2013
3-5 July 2013
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
http://www.qomex2013.org
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The fifth international workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience
(QoMEX)
will bring together leading professionals and scientists
interested in evaluating multimedia quality and user experience. QoMEX
is the flagship workshop of the European COST action Qualinet, which
serves as its technical and financial sponsor. After San Diego (2009),
Trondheim (2010), Mechelen (2011), and Yarra Valley (2012), QoMEX 2013
will be held in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria.
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Master Theses and SW-Internship

SELab is offering a number of Master Theses and an SW-Internship. In the following an overview of the different offers is given.

Interested students should contact us for additional information via selab [at] itec [dot] uni-klu [dot] ac [dot] at

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Meet us at ACM Multimedia 2012

We are happy to announce that we are going to attend this year’s ACM Multimedia 2012 (ACMMM’12), Nara, Japan (29. Oct.-2. Nov).

At the ACMMM 2012, we will present our open-source software at the Open-Source Software Competition (OSSC). The title and the abstract of the OSSC paper are:

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QoMEX2012 Presentations

Special thank to the organizers of QoMEX2012 which was a wonderful event. We attended with two papers as announced previously. With this post we’d like to provide our presentations given during the workshop.

The first presentation presents our joint work with RMIT and UoW on the impact of sensory effects on QoE and emotional response in Web videos.

The second presentation provides our dataset and test setups which we’ve used for our previous subjective quality assessments in this domain.

Finally, the 5th Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience 2013 will be hosted in Klagenfurt, Austria. More details to come soon, stay tuned…

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SEVino 2.0

We are happy to announce that the Sensory Effect Video Annotation (SEVino) tool has reached version 2.0. You can find the new version under Software and Services.
This is new in this version:

  • The Sensory Effect Simulator (SESim) is now integrated in SEVino;
  • start and end time of an effect can be set via mouse resizing;
  • design of SEVino has changed and is now theme based using NimROD L&F;
  • SEVino now supports foreign namespaces for effects;
  • and many bugfixes.

Note that the simulator can still be used as stand-alone version out of SEVino.  Furthermore, the separate development of SESim as its own application will be ceased.

Feel free to provide us feedback, report any bugs you can detect, and/or indicate some features you would like to have. You are also invited to extend SEVino on your own and provide us your extensions.

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Meet us at QoMEX 2012

We are happy to announce that we are going to attend this year’s QoMEX 2012, Yarra, Melbourne (5.-7. July).

At the QoMEX we will present the following two papers:

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Ambient Library and Web browser plug-in now Open Source

We are proud to announce that the Ambient Library and the Web browser plug-in are now open source under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) v3 or later.

The open source version comes with the Web browser plug-in and the AmbientLib inclusive a simulation device drivers. Please note that due to licensing reasons the source code of the device driver responsible for rendering sensory effects on the amBX hardware is not included. The amBx device driver can be separately downloaded. Nevertheless, a sample device driver is included which shows how device drivers can be developed.

Links and downloads can be found here.

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MPEG-V Validator released

We are happy to announce our MPEG-V Validator which is available here.

The validator offers the possibility to validate descriptions for MPEG-V Part 2 (CIM), 3 (SEM), 4 (VWOC), and 5 (IIM). This can either be done via file upload, URL or direct input of the description. Furthermore, the validator checks not only schema compliance but also semantic compliance of a description as specified in the corresponding parts of the standard.

Feel free to test the MPEG-V validator (examples are provided) and provide us with your feedback.

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SEMP Now Open Source

We are happy to announce that our Sensory Effect Media Player (SEMP) is now open source under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) v3 or later.

The open soure variant of the multimedia player provides simple features of a multimedia player but it also offers the possibility to add additional sensory effects to multimedia content. Note that for licensing reasons the source code of SEMP only can be used as a simple multimedia player but with the libraries and headers from the supported devices (see INSTALL) everyone can have an enhanced viewing experience.

Beside the release of SEMP as open source we moved our open source software, i.e., SEMP, SEVino and SESim, to SourceForge. So feel free to download and extend our programs and do not hesitate to provide us feedback and suggestions.

Links and downloads can be found here.

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Demonstration at the MMM 2012

Markus Waltl, Benjamin Rainer, Christian Timmerer and Hermann Hellwagner submitted a demonstration paper with the title: ‘Enhancing the User Experience with the Sensory Effect Media Player and AmbientLib’ to the MMM 2012, Jan. 4-6 2012, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Abstract: Multimedia content is increasingly used in every area of our life. Still, each type of content only stimulates the visual and/or the hearing system. Thus, the user experience depends only on those two stimuli. In this paper we introduce a standard which offers the possibility to add additional effects to multimedia content. Furthermore, we present a multimedia player and a Web browser plug-in which uses this standard to stimulate further senses by using additional sensory effects (i.e., wind, vibration, and light) to enhance the user experience resulting in a unique, worthwhile sensory experience.

Here are some fotos of the demonstration given at the MMM 2012:

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