The 2013 workshop of the Ercim working group on Multimedia Understanding through Semantics, Computation, and Learning (MUSCLE), was held in Antalya, Turkey, on October 3rd and 4th. The meeting was attended by 28 scientists, and featured 22 contributed presentations and three invited talks: “Medical Image Analysis: Visual Decomposition and Modeling”, by Prof. Metin Gurcan of Ohio State University, USA, “2D and 3D object registration without point correspondences”, by Prof. Zoltan Kato of University of Szeged, Hungary, and “Intelligent user interfaces: practical considerations in design and implementation,” by Prof. Metin Sezgin of Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey.
The event, titled "International Workshop on Computational Intelligence for Multimedia Understanding", was chaired by A. Enis Cetin of Bilkent University, Turkey, and Emanuele Salerno of CNR, Italy, and was also organised by the EU Marie-Curie MIRACLE group (Microscopic Image Processing, Analysis, Classification and Modelling Environment, FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IRSES), and co-sponsored by the IEEE Turkey Chapter. As usual, the presentations dealt with all aspects of media understanding, from segmentation, classification and feature extraction to high-level reasoning for advanced data analysis and understanding, and a broad range of applications, including medical diagnosis, document image analysis, infomobility, security, and forensics. The apparent commonalities in concerns and approaches between the two organising groups contributed to the good success of the initiative, as also confirmed by the high interest of the entire audience in all the workshop sessions. The contributed papers will appear in IEEE Xplore in 2014.
The MUSCLE group, which closed the workshop with a plenary meeting, includes 22 research groups from 15 countries, with expertise ranging from machine learning and artificial intelligence to statistics, signal processing and multimedia database management.