We are very happy to announce the winners of the Multimedia Grand Challenge 2009.
The challenge presentation took place last week in Beijing, during ACM Multimedia 2009. The session was a plenary session (read: no other presentations were going on at the same time), which meant a large crowd that, as far as I can tell, enjoyed the show. All the participants did a fantastic job, delivering engaging and interesting 3-minute presentations about their Grand Challenge responses, and Ayman Shamma masterfully hosted the event, entertaining and informing as needed.
But a number of presentations rose above the others. Here are the prizes awarded by our judges to the different presentations:
- Grand Challenge Winner: Gerald Friedland, Luke Gottlieb, Adam Janin. Joke-o-mat: Browsing Sitcoms Punchline by Punchline (response to the Yahoo! video challenge — see video below).
- Most Practical: Julien Law-To, Gregory Grefenstette, Jean-Luc Gauvain. VoxaleadNews: Robust Automatic Segmentation of Video into Browsable Content (response to the Yahoo! video challenge).
- Best Presentation: Christoph Kofler, Mathias Lux. Dynamic presentation adaptation based on user intent classification (response to the Yahoo! image challenge).
- Most Entertaining: Jongeun Cha, Mohamad Eid, Ahmad Barghout, Abu Saleh Md. Mahfujur Tahman, Abdulmotaleb Ei Saddik. HugMe: Synchronous Haptic Teleconferencing (response to the Radvision Video Conferencing Experience challenge).
- HP Honorable Mention: Tewson Seeoun, Choochart Haruechaiyasek, Toshiaki Kondo. Identifying Auxiliary Web Images Using Combination of Analyses (response to the HP challenge).
Congratulations to all the winners! For your pleasure, a video version of the winning presentation is embedded below. Soon on these pages: pictures and more videos from the event, and details of the MMGC 2010 - see you in Florence!
[Updated: spelling correction.]