Pablo Cesar, CWI
Marco Bertini, University of Florence
Kjell Brunnström, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB & Mid Sweden University
Aaron Duane, DCU
Herman Engelbrecht, Stellenbosch University
Mylene C.Q. Farias, University of Brasilia (UnB)
Carsten Griwodz, Simula Research Laboratory
Jesús Gutiérrez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Steven Hicks, SimulaMet
Tobias Hoßfeld, University of Würzburg Jochen Huber, Synaptics
Jochen Huber, Synaptics
Ichiro Ide, Nagoya University
Martha Larson, Radboud University
Cynthia C. S. Liem, Delft University of Technology
Matthias Lux, Klagenfurt University
Mario Montagud, University of Valencia & I2CAT Foundation (Spain)
Niall Murray, Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)
Antonio Pinheiro, University Beira Interior
Miriam Redi, Wikimedia Foundation
Michael Riegler, Simula Research Laboratory
Silvia Rossi, University College London (UCL)
Bart Thomee, Google/YouTube
Christian Timmerer, Klagenfurt University
Yoko Yamakata, University of Tokyo


  Dr. Pablo Cesar leads the Distributed and Interactive Systems group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in the Netherlands. Pablo’s research focuses on modeling and controlling complex collections of media objects (including real-time media and sensor data) that are distributed in time and space. His fundamental interest is in understanding how different customizations of such collections affect the user experience. Pablo is the PI of Public Private Partnership projects with Xinhuanet and ByBorre, and very successful EU-funded projects like 2-IMMERSE, REVERIE and Vconect. He has (co)-authored over 100 articles. He is member of the editorial board of, among others, ACM Transactions on Multimedia (TOMM). Pablo has given tutorials about multimedia systems in prestigious conferences such as ACM Multimedia, CHI, and the WWW conference. He acted as an invited expert at the European Commission’s Future Media Internet Architecture Think Tank and participates in standardisation activities at MPEG (point-cloud compression) and ITU (QoE for multi-party tele-meetings). Webpage:
  Dr. Marco Bertini received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence in 1999, and Ph.D. in 2004. He is working at the Media Integration and Communication Center of the University of Florence and is Associate Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Florence. His interests are focused on digital libraries, multimedia databases and social media. On these subjects he has addressed semantic analysis, content indexing and annotation, semantic retrieval and transcoding. He is author of 22 journal papers and more than 100 peer-reviewed conference papers, with h-index: 23 (according to Google Scholar). He is associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.
Prof. Kjell Brunnström is a Senior Scientist at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB and Adjunct Professor at Mid Sweden University. He is an expert in image processing, computer vision, visual perception and video quality assessment having worked in the area for more than 30 years, including work in Sweden, Japan and UK. Currently, he is leading standardisation activities for video quality measurements as Co-chair of the Video Quality Experts Group (VQEG). His research interests are in QoE for visual media in particular video quality assessment for 2D,3D and immersive media, as well as display quality related to TCO Certified. He is associate editor of the journal of Signal Processing: Image Communication and has written many articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference papers (> 100).
  Dr. Aaron Duane is a postdoctoral researcher in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in Dublin City University, Ireland, where his focus is on human-computer interaction in the context of large-scale data analytics. He finished his PhD in 2019 which was focused on visual access to human sensor data in virtual environments. Prior to this, Aaron worked on numerous commercialisation projects for Enterprise Ireland (EI) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) where he led the design and development of application prototypes that addressed a broad range of target domains, such as reminiscence therapy, sentiment analysis, image recognition in fashion and chronic illness.
  Dr. Herman Engelbrecht is one of the directors at the MIH Electronic Media Laboratory at Stellenbosch University. He is a lecturer in Signal Processing at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His responsibilities in the Electronic Media Laboratory are the following: Managing the immediate objectives and research activities of the Laboratory; regularly meeting with postgraduate researchers and their supervisors to assist in steering their research efforts towards the overall research goals of the Laboratory; ensuring that the Laboratory infrastructure is developed and maintained; managing interaction with external contractors and service providers; managing the capital expenditure of the Laboratory; and managing the University’s relationship with the post­graduate researchers – See more at:
mylene2 Mylene C.Q. Farias received her B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil, in 1995 and her M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, in 1998. She received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA, in 2004 for work in no-reference video quality metrics. Dr. Farias has worked as a research engineer at CPqD (Brazil) in video quality assessment and validation of video quality metrics. She has also worked as an intern for Philips Research Laboratories (The Netherlands) in video quality assessment of sharpness algorithms and for Intel Corporation (Phoenix, USA) developing no-reference video quality metrics. Currently, she is an Associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Brasilia (UnB), where she is a member of the Graduate Program in Informatics and of the Graduate Program on Electronic Systems and Automation Engineering (PGEA). Dr. Farias is a researcher of the GPDS and her current interests include video quality metrics, video processing, multimedia signal processing, watermarking, and visual attention. Dr. Farias is a member of IEEE, the IEEE Signal Processing Society, ACM, and SPIE.
Carsten Griwodz Dr. Carsten Griwodz is Chief Research Scientist at the Media Department of theNorwegian research company Simula Research Laboratory AS, Norway, and professor at the University of Oslo. He is also co-founder of ForzaSys AS, a social media startup for sports. He is steering committee member of ACM MMSys and ACM/IEEE NetGames. He is associate editor of the IEEE MMTC R-Letter and was previously editor-in-chief of the ACM SIGMM Records and editor of ACM TOMM.
Jesús Gutiérrez is an experienced researcher (Juan de la Cierva fellow) at the Image Processing Group (GTI) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain. He received the Telecommunication Engineering degree (five-year engineering program) from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) in 2008, the master’s degree in Communications Technologies and Systems (two-year M.S. program) in 2011, and the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication in 2016, both from the UPM. From 2016 to 2019 he was a post-doctoral researcher (firstly, Marie Curie Fellow within the PROVISION ITN, and then, Marie Curie PRESTIGE Fellow) at the Image, Perception and Interaction (IPI) group of the Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes (LS2N) of the Université de Nantes (France). His research interests are in the area of image and video processing, evaluation of user quality of experience, immersive media technologies, and visual attention and human perception. Currently, he is the chair of Immersive Media Group (IMG) of the Video Quality Experts Group (VQEG).
Steven Hicks is a Ph.D. student at SimulaMet in Oslo, Norway. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Oslo in 2018, where he studied the use of explainable machine learning for medical use-cases. His research interests include machine learning, explainable AI, computer vision, and medical multimedia. He is currently focusing on finishing his Ph.D., which is about explainable AI in different fields of medicine. Besides his Ph.D. work, he is also organizing multiple tasks within medical multimedia analysis, such as the BioMedia Grand Challenge which is held at ACM MultiMedia.
Hossfeld_Tobias Tobias Hoßfeld is full professor at the Chair of Communication Networks at the University of Würzburg, Germany, since 2018. He finished his PhD in 2009 and his professorial thesis (habilitation) “Modeling and Analysis of Internet Applications and Services” in 2013 at the University of Würzburg. From 2014 to 2018, he was head of the Chair “Modeling of Adaptive Systems” at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He has published more than 100 research papers in major conferences and journals and received the Fred W. Ellersick Prize 2013 (IEEE Communications Society) for one of his articles on QoE. Among others, he is member of the advisory board of the ITC (International Teletraffic Congress), the editorial board of IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials and of Springer Quality and User Experience.
jochen_huber Dr. Jochen Huber is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Synaptics. Previously, he was an SUTD-MIT postdoctoral fellow in the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT Media Lab and the Augmented Human Lab at Singapore University of Technology and Design. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and degrees in both Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.) and Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform.), all from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. Jochen’s work is situated at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Human Augmentation. He designs, implements and studies novel input technology in the areas of mobile, tangible & non-visual interaction, automotive UX and assistive augmentation. He has co-authored over 60 academic publications and regularly serves as program committee member in premier HCI and multimedia conferences. He was program co-chair of ACM TVX 2016 and Augmented Human 2015 and chaired tracks of ACM Multimedia, ACM Creativity and Cognition and ACM International Conference on Interface Surfaces and Spaces, as well as numerous workshops at ACM CHI and IUI. Further information can be found on his personal homepage:
ide-22x28 Dr. Ichiro Ide received his BEng, MEng, and PhD from The University of Tokyo in 1994, 1996, and 2000, respectively. He became an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Informatics, Japan in 2000. Since 2004, he has been an Associate Professor at Nagoya University. He was also a Visiting Associate Professor at National Institute of Informatics from 2004 to 2010, an Invited Professor at Institut de Recherche en Informartique et Systèmes Aléatoires (IRISA), France in 2005, 2006, and 2007, a Senior Visiting Researcher at ISLA, Instituut voor Informatica, Universiteit van Amsterdam from 2010 to 2011. His research interest ranges from the analysis and indexing to re-targeting of multimedia contents, especially in large-scale broadcast video archives, mostly on news, cooking, and sports contents. He is a senior member of IEICE and IPS Japan, and a member of IEEE, ACM, and JSAI.
Square Martha Larson is professor in the area of multimedia information technology at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Previously, she researched and lectured in the area of audio-visual retrieval Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany, and at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Larson is co-founder of the MediaEval international benchmarking initiative for Multimedia Evaluation. She has contributed to the organization of various other challenges, including CLEF NewsREEL 2015-2017, ACM RecSys Challenge 2016, and TRECVid Video Hyperlinking 2016. She has served on the program committees of numerous conferences in the area of information retrieval, multimedia, recommender systems, and speech technology. Other forms of service have included: Area Chair at ACM Multimedia 2013, 2014, 2017, and TPC Chair at ACM ICMR 2017. Currently, she is an Associated Editor for IEEE Transactions of Multimedia. She is a founding member of the ISCA Special Interest Group on Speech and Language in Multimedia and serves on the IAPR Technical Committee 12 Multimedia and Visual Information Systems. Together with Hayley Hung she developed and currently teaches an undergraduate course in Multimedia Analysis at Delft University of Technology, where she maintains a part-time membership in the Multimedia Computing Group.
Cynthia_Liem_2017 Dr. Cynthia C. S. Liem is an Assistant Professor in the Multimedia Computing Group of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and pianist of the Magma Duo. She initiated and co-coordinated the European research project PHENICX (2013-2016), focusing on technological enrichment of symphonic concert recordings with partners such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Her research interests consider music and multimedia search and recommendation, and increasingly shift towards making people discover new interests and content which would not trivially be retrieved. Beyond her academic activities, Cynthia gained industrial experience at Bell Labs Netherlands, Philips Research and Google. She was a recipient of the Lucent Global Science and Google Anita Borg Europe Memorial scholarships, the Google European Doctoral Fellowship 2010 in Multimedia, and a finalist of the New Scientist Science Talent Award 2016 for young scientists committed to public outreach.
  Dr. Mathias Lux is Associate Professor at the Institute for Information Technology (ITEC) at Klagenfurt University. He is working on user intentions in multimedia retrieval and production and emergent semantics in social multimedia computing. In his scientific career he has (co-) authored more than 80 scientific publications, has served in multiple program committees and as reviewer of international conferences, journals and magazines, and has organized multiple scientific events. Mathias Lux is also well known for the development of the award winning and popular open source tools Caliph & Emir and LIRe ( for multimedia information retrieval. Dr. Mathias Lux received his M.S. in Mathematics 2004, his Ph.D. in Telematics 2006 from Graz University of Technology, both with distinction, and his Habilitation (venia docendi) from Klagenfurt University in 2013. He worked in industry on web-based applications, then as a junior researcher at a research center for knowledge-based applications. He was research and teaching assistant at the Knowledge Management Institute (KMI) of Graz University of Technology and in 2006 he started working in a post doc position at Klagenfurt University, at the Institute for Information Technology.
photo_mario_montagud Dr. Mario Montagud (@mario_montagud) was born in Montitxelvo (Spain). He is a Senior Researcher at i2CAT Foundation (Barcelona, Spain) and a part-time Professor at the University of Valencia (Spain). He received a BsC in Telecommunications Engineering in 2011, an MsC degree in “Telecommunication Technologies, Systems and Networks” in 2012 and a PhD degree in Telecommunications (Cum Laude Distinction) in 2015, all of them at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). During his PhD degree and after completing it, he did 3 research stays (accumulating 18 months) at CWI (The National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands). He also has experience as a postdoc researcher at UPV. His topics of interest include Computer Networks, Interactive and Immersive Media, Synchronization and QoE (Quality of Experience). Mario is (co-) author of over 70 scientific and teaching publications, and has contributed to standardization within the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). He is member of the Technical Committee of several international conferences (e.g., ACM MM, MMSYS and TVX), co-organizer of the international MediaSync Workshop series, and member of the Editorial Board of international journals. He is also lead editor of “MediaSync: Handbook on Multimedia Synchronization” (Springer, 2018) and Communication Ambassador of ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction). Webpage:
photo_nial_murray Dr. Niall Murray ( is a lecturer and researcher with the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and the Software Research Institute in the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Ireland. He received his BE (Electronic and Computer Engineering) from National University of Ireland, Galway (2003), MEng (Computer and Communication Systems) from the University of Limerick (2004) and PhD in 2014. Since 2004, he has worked in R&D roles across a number of industries: telecommunications, finance, health and education. In 2014 he founded the Truly Immersive and Interactive Multimedia Experiences lab (TIIMEx). His research interests include immersive multimedia communication, multimedia synchronization, multisensory multimedia, quality of experience (QoE) and wearable sensor systems. In this context, TIIMEx builds and evaluates from a user perceived quality perspective, end-to-end communication systems and novel immersive and interactive applications.
antonio Dr. Antonio Pinheiro received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from the I.S.T. University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1988, and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from University of Essex in 2002. Since 1988 he is a lecture at University da Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal. His current research interests are on image processing and computer vision domains, including Multimedia Standardisation, Quality and Privacy, and also on Image Classification and Medical Image Analysis.  He is the Communication chair and a Portuguese committee member of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 1 (JPEG). He has been Portuguese representative of the European COST Actions 292 and IC1003 -€“ Qualinet, and currently he is Portuguese representative of IC1206, DE-ID – De-identification for privacy protection in multimedia content and BM1304, MYO-MRI – Applications of MR imaging and spectroscopy techniques in neuromuscular disease.
Mariam Redi Dr. Miriam Redi is a research scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation, in the Research team. Her research focuses on content-based social multimedia understanding and culture analytics. In particular, Miriam explores ways to automatically assess visual aesthetics, sentiment, and creativity and exploit the power of computer vision in the context of web, social media, and online communities. Previously, she was a research scientist in the Social Dynamics team at Bell Labs Cambridge, a postdoc in the Social Media group at Yahoo Labs Barcelona and a research scientist at Yahoo London. Miriam holds a PhD from the Multimedia group in EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis.
  Michael Alexander Riegler Michael is a scientific researcher at Simula Research Laboratory. He received his Master’s degree from Klagenfurt University with distinction and finished his PhD at the University of Oslo in two and a half years. His PhD thesis topic was efficient processing of medical multimedia workloads. His research interests are medical multimedia data analysis and understanding, image processing, image retrieval, parallel processing, gamification and serious games, crowdsourcing, social computing and user intentions. Furthermore, he is involved in several initiatives like the MediaEval Benchmarking initiative for Multimedia Evaluation, which runs this year the Medico task (automatic analysis of colonoscopy videos)footnote{}.
Silvia Rossi is a PhD student at UCL, London (UK). She received her BSc and MSc degrees, both in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Bologna – Cesena (Italy) in 2013 and 2016, respectively. During 2015/2016, she was a visiting student at WMN (Wireless Multimedia Networking) laboratory in Kingston University (KU), London. In May 2017, after a five moths internship, she started her PhD on “Learning optimal streaming strategies for virtual reality applications”. Truly passionate about multimedia and technology, her research interests are at the crossroad between multimedia processing, data processing and analysis, machine learning, and communication systems.
bart Dr. Bart Thomee is a Software Engineer at Google/YouTube in San Bruno, CA, USA, where he focuses on web-scale real-time streaming and batch techniques to fight abuse, spam, and fraud. He was previously a Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs and Flickr, where his research centered on the visual and spatiotemporal dimensions of media, in order to better understand how people experience and explore the world, and how to better assist them with doing so. He led the development of the YFCC100M dataset released in 2014, and previously was part of the efforts leading to the creation of both MIRFLICKR datasets. He has furthermore been part of the organization of the ImageCLEF photo annotation tasks 2012–2013, the MediaEval placing tasks 2013–2016, and the ACM MM Yahoo-Flickr Grand Challenges 2015–2016. In addition, he has served on the program committees of, amongst others, ACM MM, ICMR, SIGIR, ICWSM and ECIR. He was part of the Steering Committee of the Multimedia COMMONS 2015 workshop at ACM MM and co-chaired the workshop in 2016; he also co-organized the TAIA workshop at SIGIR 2015.
  Dr. Christian Timmerer received his M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing.) in January 2003 and his Ph.D. (Dr.techn.) in June 2006 (for research on the adaptation of scalable multimedia content in streaming and constraint environments), and Habilitation in June 2014 (for adaptive media streaming over HTTP and quality of sensory experience) from the Alpen-Adria-Universität (AAU) Klagenfurt. He joined the AAU in 1999 (as a system administrator) and is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Information Technology (ITEC) within the Multimedia Communication Group. His research interests include immersive multimedia communication, streaming, adaptation, Quality of Experience, and Sensory Experience. He was the general chair of WIAMIS 2008, QoMEX 2013, and MMSys 2016 and has participated in several EC-funded projects, notably DANAE, ENTHRONE, P2P-Next, ALICANTE, SocialSensor, COST IC1003 QUALINET, and ICoSOLE. He also participated in ISO/MPEG work for several years, notably in the area of MPEG-21, MPEG-M, MPEG-V, and MPEG-DASH where he also served as standard editor. In 2012 he cofounded Bitmovin ( to provide professional services around MPEG-DASH where he holds the position of the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO). Follow him on and subscribe to his blog
Dr. Yamakata received her Ph.D. degree in Informatics from Kyoto University, Japan in 2006. She was an expert researcher of NICT, Japan from 2007, a lecturer and an associate professor of Kyoto University from 2010, a JSPS research fellow at the University of Tokyo from 2015, an international visiting researcher of the University of Sussex, UK between 2016-2017 and currently an associate professor of the University of Tokyo, Japan. Her research interests include multimedia processing especially regarding cooking and eating activities. She has served as Organizing Chair for CEA2009-2014, and Program Chair for CEA2015-2020 and Program Committee Members for MADiMa2016-2019.
Former EiC
Carsten Griwodz, Simula Research Laboratory
Former editors
Pablo Cesar, CWI; Viktor Wendel, Darmstadt University of Technology; Stephan Kopf, University of Mannheim; Mohammad Anwar Hossain, King Saud University; Lei Zhang, Microsoft Research Asia; Sheng-Wei (Kuan-Ta) Chen, Academica Sinica; Pradeep Atrey, University of Winnipeg; Touradj Ebrahimi, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne; Lexing Xie, The Australian National University; Xavier Giro-i-Nieto, UPC; Pia Helén Smedsrud, Simula Research Laboratory; Xavier Alameda-Pineda, INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes.

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