Keynotes & Plenary Talks

Multimedia Computing - How Computers and Humans Can Learn from Each Other

Dr. Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis


In the past decades, multimedia computing invloved the creation, processing, storage and distribution of audio and visual content. Advances in wireless network technologies and increasing capabilities of mobile devices enabled us to make multimedia computing mobile. The most recent trend to be observed is the digitalization of all types of media, involving and addressing all human senses, e.g. haptic / tactile input and output modalities, enhancing multimedia experience with olfactoric stimuli or even directly connecting computers to human brain activity. In the first part of this talk, we are going to reflect on the impact of this new notion of multimedia in many application domains. We will argue towards the need for rich media interaction, i.e. going beyond the classical multimedia formats of audio and video. We will highlight the importance of considering QoS in service development and deployment leading to a high level of user satisfaction. In the second part of this talk, we will critically reflect potential downsides of those trends, ranging from well known concerns about security and privacy to problems of information overload and the risk of prefering digital instead of human communication. We will illustrate how multisensory/multimedia computing can help humans in extending their perceptional capabilites, i.e. how humans can learn and benefit from computers, but also what is needed so that computers better understand and learn from humans. The talk should end in a discussion on what we as the scientific community in computer science, can and should do to ensure beneficial and sustainable advances in technology.


Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis is holding a full professor position in computer science at Johannes Kepler Universitšt Linz. She is chairing the Department of Telecooperation with a research focus in mobile computing, multimedia and hypermedia systems as well as cooperative and collaborative systems. Research in those areas includes the investigation of methods, techniques and tools for system development as well as evaluation and analysis with focus on performance evaluation. The Department is participating in numerous national and international projects, including CRUISE, a European network of excellence in sensor networks, EuroFGI, a network of excellence on Future Generation Internet, the AustrianGrid project, or ModelCVS a project on semantics in SW and system modelling, and actively involved in the organisation of international conferences, including for example iiWAS and MoMM. Prof. Anderst-Kotsis is author of numerous publications in international conferences and journals and is co-editor of several books. She is currently Member at large of ACM.