The Future of Multimedia Retrieval Research : The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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These are the slides I presented at the CBMI 2008 (content based multimedia indexing conference), at a panel organized to discuss the future of multimedia search and retrieval.

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The Future of Multimedia Retrieval Research : The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

  1. 1. The Future of Multimedia Retrieval Research The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly <ul><li>Touradj Ebrahimi </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Signal Processing Group </li></ul><ul><li>EPFL </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Content Based Multimedia Indexing 18 th -20 th June, 2008, London, UK
  2. 2. A two decade old dream … <ul><li>Search, and retrieve multimedia content as easily as for text </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Good
  4. 4. The Good <ul><li>Text (keyword) based multimedia search works to some extent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching based on text around images on the Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social tagging </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Good <ul><li>Tremendous progress in the performance of multimedia content analysis during the past decade </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TRECVID </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Huge financial incentives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video surveillance for security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business models around search and retrieval on the web </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Good <ul><li>Increasing efforts in standardization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JPSearch in JPEG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CB-Search in MPEG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MPEG-7 Query Format </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Bad
  8. 8. The Bad <ul><li>The semantic gap is still here and won’t close any soon </li></ul><ul><li>Virtually all big success stories in multimedia search and retrieval are based on text (keyword) </li></ul><ul><li>Performance of even low level multimedia content analysis is still immature for prime time applications </li></ul>
  9. 9. The bad <ul><li>No serious and successful application based on MPEG-7 after eight years since its standardization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has MPEG-7 failed because it standardized too little, too deep, too early ? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Major search and retrieval companies are uninterested in standardization of multimedia retrieval solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To avoid competition? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Ugly
  11. 11. The ugly <ul><li>Privacy issues in multimedia search and retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>Content rights issues in multimedia search and retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>Will the major search companies redefine and steer the future of culture and information in society? </li></ul><ul><li>No or too little research in technologies to counter these side effects </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thank you for your attention And looking forward to a fruitful discussion

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