Basser Seminar Series

More than a thousand words

Speaker: Professor Stefan Rueger
Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University

Time: Friday 27 February 2009, 4:00-5:00pm
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Web search engines have raised our expectation to be able to search for documents in large repositories with just about any query word. This talk will examine the corresponding challenges and opportunities of Multimedia Search, ie, finding multimedia by fragments, examples and excerpts. Rather than asking for a music piece by artist and title, can we hum its tune to find it? Can doctors submit queries consisting of medical scans in order to identify medically similar images of diagnosed cases? Can your mobile phone take a picture of a statue and tell you about its artist and significance? We will also look into the significance of geography for local context of queries.

Speaker's biography

Stefan Rueger read Theoretical Physics at Free University Berlin, gained a PhD in Computer Science at Technical University Berlin in 1996 and carved out his academic career at Imperial College London from PostDoc to a Readership in Multimedia and Information Systems. In 2006 he joined The Open University's Knowledge Media Institute as Professor of Knowledge Media.

Multimedia and Information Systems, Knowledge Media Institute