The International Conference on Multi-Media Modeling

November 14-17, 1995 Singapore



Please contact:
Ms Veronica Ho, MMM'95 Secretariat
Department of Information Systems and Computer Science
National University of Singapore
Kent Ridge, Singapore 0511
Tel: +(65)-772-2730,
Fax: +(65)-779-4580,

Department of Information Systems & Computer Science,
National University of Singapore, Singapore
IEEE Singapore Section, Computer Chapter
Computer Graphics Society (CGS), Geneva, Switzerland

Association of Computing Machinery
IEEE Computer Society
Information Processing Society of Japan
Inst. of Electronics, Information & Comm. Engineers of Japan
Korean Information Science Society
Singapore Computer Society

Chartered Electronic Industries (S) Pte Ltd
CISCO Systems Ltd
Hewlett-Packard Singapore Pte Ltd
Silicon Graphics Pte Ltd

Simon & Schuster (Asia) Pte Ltd

Introduction and Summary of Programme

MMM'95 provides a forum to discuss the efficient representation, processing, interaction, integration and retrieval of multimediainformation. The theme of the conference is modeling. In particular, MMM'95 will concentrate on common modeling frameworks for integrating the diverse fields of visual information (graphics, image and video) and audio information (speech, music and sound effects). MMM'95 will be held November 14-17, 1995. Future MMM conferences are planned for France (November 1996) and Singapore (November 1997).

Distinguished invited speakers and other selected speakers will present key topics at the leading edge of multimedia modeling. Four tutorials will cover important subjects of interests. In addition, there will be an exhibition comprising the latest developments in the market place.

Audience: The conference should be of interests to researchers, software and application developers, and information technologists.


                        AM            PM               Evening
   14 Nov (Tue)     Tutorial A     Tutorial B             -
   15 Nov (Wed)     Tutorial C     Tutorial D     Welcome Reception
   16 Nov (Thu)         Technical Sessions        Conference Dinner
   17 Nov (Fri)         Technical Sessions                -

PRODUCT EXHIBITION (Nov 14-17, 1995)

An exhibition of the latest multimedia products will be held in conjunction with the conference. We have already received numerous requests for exhibition space. Potential exhibitors and corporate sponsors are invited to contact the MMM'95 Exhibition Chair, Dr Pung Hung-Keng (Tel: 772-2808, Fax: 779-4580), for further information.

Pre-Conference Tutorials

Venue: NUS S16 (DISCS Building), Level 3, LT31
All tutorials are half-a-day in duration.

Tutorial A:
Tuesday November 14 (0900-1230)
Instructor: Dr Lek-Heng Ngoh (Institute of Systems Science, Singapore)
Title: Video On Demand Services

This course discusses the related technologies in providing video-on-demand (VOD) services. In particular it looks in detail at the technology trends in designing video storage servers, databases and high-speed networking - and demonstrates how these technologies can be integrated to provide different levels of VOD services. The tutorial outlines the various research challenges in the above areas, and discusses approaches to meet these challenges. A brief overview of the current VOD trials worldwide will be presented. This will be followed by a video demonstration of an ATM-based VOD research project being carried out at the Institute of Systems Science, Singapore.

Tutorial B:
Tuesday November 14 (1400-1730)
Instructor: Prof Steven L. Tanimoto (University of Washington, USA)
Title: Parallel Algorithms in Image Processing

The growing importance of images in numerous application domains and networked information systems is creating demand for high-speed processing techniques. Parallel processing is the key technology in meeting this demand. This tutorial provides an introduction to the theory and practice of parallel image processing. It will cover parallel computer architectures, cellular logic techniques, parallel communication and reduction primitives, and parallel algorithms for image processing and analysis, including fast filtering, segmentation, shape analysis, line finding, convex hulls, and global statistics. Parallel image processing techniques for the World-Wide Web and electronic libraries will also be discussed.

Tutorial C:
Wednesday November 15 (0900-1230)
Instructor: Prof Michel Diaz and Prof Patrick Senac (LAAS du CNRS / ENSICA,Toulouse, France)
Title: Modeling Multimedia Objects and Protocols in Distributed Systems

This tutorial is divided into two parts. The first part introduces a unified formalism based on Petri nets for specifying synchronization constraints within weakly synchronous distributed multimedia and hypermedia systems. The new model, called Hierarchical Time Stream Petri Nets (HTSPN), extends Time Petri Net with both hierarchical design capabilities and new synchronization semantics. The capabilities of HTSPN for simulating the dynamic behaviour of multimedia and hypermedia systems, and verifying and analyzing their temporal and logical properties will be evoked. The second part of the tutorial deals with the design of high speed protocols, dedicated to transferring remote multimedia objects, using the Petri net based model introduced previously. The ways in which the formal model can be used to define multimedia services and protocols are given. Some illustrative examples are also presented.

Tutorial D:
Wednesday November 15 (1400-1730)
Instructor: Prof Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann and Prof Daniel Thalmann (Geneva Univ/ Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology)
Title: Virtual Life and Multimedia

Creating artificial life in virtual environments requires many facilities and research topics to be linked together - models for autonomous growing plants; autonomous behavioral animals and humans; defining virtual environment and their interactions, etc. But we need more. We need to listen, to see and to touch in the virtual space. In this tutorial, we will present latest techniques of simulating vision-based virtual humans; direct interactions between a real user and a virtual actor through speech; and emotion recognition and synthesis. Case studies and actual experiences will also be shown and discussed.

Technical Programme - Nov 16-17, 1995

Venue: NUS S16 (DISCS Building), Level 3, LT31


Modeling multimedia objects and protocols in distributed systems - M. Diaz (LAAS du CNRS, France)

Modeling issues in computer vision and multimedia - S.L. Tanimoto (Univ. of Washington, USA)

Next Generation multimedia systems: the ideal and reality - T.L. Kunii (Univ. of Aizu, Japan)

Virtual life and multimedia - N. Magnenat-Thalmann & D. Thalmann (Univ. of Geneva / EPFL, Switzerland)

Video on demand service - Dr L.H. Ngoh (Institute of Systems Science, Singapore)


3D Geometric Modeling

Feature based sculpting of functionally defined 3D geometric objects - V.V. Savchenko, A.A. Pasko, T.L. Kunii and A.V. Savchenko (Univ. of Aizu, Japan)

Interactive 3D modeling system with range data - T. Hara, J. Sone and H. Chiyokura (Keio Univ./ Toshiba Corp., Japan)

Image and Video Retrieval

Automatic shape indexing and rapid multimedia retrieval using intelligent STIRS signatures - R. Irrgang (CSIRO, Australia)

Image indexing and retrieval based on colour histograms - Y. Gong, H.C.Chua and X. Guo (NTU, Singapore)

Using a conceptual graph framework for image retrieval - M. Mechkour, C. Berrut and Y. Chiaramella (IMAG, France)

Interactive Multimedia

Elements for interactive environment modeling based on a distributed and real-time architecture - G. Pinot, G. Metzger and B. Thirion (Univ. of Mulhouse, France)

On making a better interactive multimedia presentation - T.K. Shih (Tamkang Univ., Taiwan)

Managing complex object information for interactive movie systems - F. Tanemo, T. Yoshida and R. Kataoka (NTT, Japan)

Multimedia Synchronization

A toolkit for the modeling of multimedia synchronization scenarios - F. Fabre, P. Senac and M. Diaz (ENSICA/ LAAS du CNRS, France)

Fidelity and distortion in multimedia synchronization modeling - J. Ma, R. Huang and T.L. Kunii (Univ. of Aizu, Japan)

Networked Multimedia

Performance comparison of a new traffic shaper and leaky bucket for bursty real-time traffic - S. Radhakrishnan, S.V. Raghavan and A.K. Agrawala (Indian Inst. of Technology, India/ Univ. of Maryland, USA)

A survey of multicasting protocols for multimedia communication - H.Y. Li, H.K. Pung and L.K. Ngoh (NUS/ISS, Singapore)

Multimedia over narrowband and broadband networks - F. Van Reeth, K. Coninx and E. Flerackers (Limburgs Univ., Belgium)

Towards a formal basis for continuous-media performances with QoS - M. Tanabe and R. Nakajima (Univ. of Kyoto, Japan)

Music Analysis and Performance System

Looking while listening: a multimedia vision of music analysis - S.W. Smoliar (ISS, Singapore)

Musical performance system using 3D acceleration sensor - H. Sawada, S. Ohkura and S. Hashimoto (Waseda Univ., Japan)

JPEG and Model-Based Image Coding

Applications of JPEG progressive coding mode in distributed multimedia systems - G.J. Lu and H.J. Lu (Deakin Uni, Australia/ NUS, Singapore)

Application of generalized active contour model for model-based image coding - C.W. Ngo, C. Syin and K.F. Lai (NTU, Singapore)

Modeling Multimedia Presentation, Standard and Object Behaviors

On conceptual modeling for interactive multimedia presentations - E. Megalou and T. Hadzilacos (Computer Technology Inst., Greece)

Modeling techniques for HyTime - L. Rutledge, J.F. Buford and J.L. Rutledge (Univ. of Massachusetts, USA)

Trace calculus and the specification of object behaviors - L. Yang (ISS, Singapore)

Multimedia Authoring and Application

Using multimedia in learning process: a simulation-based authoring system for multimedia demonstration building - R. Nkambou, L. Quirion, C. Frasson and M. Kaltenbach (Univ. of Montreal, Canada)

TeleKaraoke: a multimedia communication karaoke system - Y.J. Song, M.W. Lee, B.K. Yoo and Y.W. Kim (Korea Telecom, Korea)

Adminstration Information

Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS),
National University of Singapore,
Lower Kent Ridge Road,
Singapore 0511. (Block S16, Level 3, LT31)

To avoid disappointment, advance registrations are encouraged. On site registration will be available at the conference venue from November 14-16, 1995 between 8 am - 12 noon.

Conference Fees
The registration fees for conference and tutorial are:
Early Registration: for registration received on or before 14 Oct 1995

                                  Member*  Non-Member  Student+
    Conference                      S$350    S$450       S$150
    Tutorial (per half-day session)   100      120          50
    Conference cum Tutorials          600      750         250
Late Registration: for registration received after 14 Oct 1995

                                   Member*  Non-Member  Student+
    Conference                      S$450     S$550       S$200
    Tutorial (per half-day session)   120       140          70
    Conference cum Tutorials          750       900         300
* Members of CGS, ACM, IEEE, SCS, KISS, IPSJ, IEICEJ, staff of NUS and NTU, and members of DISCS Alumni.
+ Student registrations do not include conference dinner.
Note: Conference registration includes daily lunches, teas, welcome reception, conference dinner, and conference proceedings. GST will be absorbed by the conference.

Before October 20, 1995 - Full Refund. There will be no refund after this date.

Hotel Accommodation
The Amara Hotel is the conference hotel. We have secured a limited number of rooms at discounted daily rates of S$125 net (Single) and S$140 net (Twin) for MMM'95 participants. The rates include daily breakfast. Participants are advised to book by 6 November using the attached Hotel Registration Form to secure the rooms.

We will provide free two-way transfer for participants staying at the Amara Hotel to and from the conference site. Kindly check the schedule at the hotel and conference venue lobbies. Transport from the airport to the hotel is the responsibility of individual participants. Efficient taxi service is available from the airport to the hotel at an approximate fee of S$15-00, inclusive of an airport surcharge of S$3.00.

Welcome Reception
Participants are invited to a welcome reception on Wednesday, November 15, at 6:30 pm at the conference hotel.

Conference Dinner
The conference dinner will be held on Thursday, 16 November, at 7:00 pm at the Night Safari in Singapore Zoological Gardens. Transportation from the conference site to the Night Safari will be provided. The programme includes a buffet dinner and a night safari tour. Guests of conference participants are invited to attend the dinner at the cost of S$60-00 per person. Please indicate on the registration form the number of additional tickets required.

Tours to local places of interests can be booked through the conference hotel.

Secretariat Services
Internet access will be provided throughout the conference. Telephone and Fax messages may be directed through the Secretariat at Tel: +(65)-773-1929, Fax: +(65)-779-4580.

The organizer reserves the right to alter the program as may be necessary.

International Program Committee

Chua, Tat-Seng (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Pung, Hung-Keng (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Bulterman, Dick (CWI, The Netherlands)
Coulson, Geoff (Lancaster Univ., UK)
Diaz, Michel (LAAS, France)
Fry, Mike (UTS, Australia)
Gibbs, Simon (Univ. of Geneva, Switzerland)
Gu, Jun-Zhong (East China Normal Univ., China)
Hashimoto, Shuji (Waseda Univ., Japan)
Jansen, Bob (CSIRO, Australia)
Kaeppner, Thomas (IBM, Germany)
Kunii, Tosiyasu L. (Aizu Univ., Japan)
Lee, Myeong-Won (Telecom, Korea)
Little, Thomas (Boston Univ., USA)
Magnenat-Thalmann, Nadia (Univ. of Geneva, Switzerland)
Masunaga, Yoshifumi (Univ. of Library & Information Sc., Japan)
Noma, Tsukasa (Kyushu Inst. of Tech, Japan)
Ooi, Beng-Chin (NUS, Singapore)
Oren, Tim (Compuserve, USA)
Raghavan, Raghu (ISS, NUS)
Schloss, Gary (SUNY at Stony Brook, USA)
Shimojo, Shinji (Osaka Univ., Japan)
Shinagawa, Yoshihisa (Tokyo Univ., Japan)
Smoliar, Stephen (ISS, Singapore)
Suenaga, Yasuhito (NTT, Japan)
Tanimoto, Steven L. (Univ. of Washington, USA)
Thalmann, Daniel (EPFL, Switzerland)
Whang, Kyu-Yong (KAIST, Korea)
Wu, Jian-Kang (ISS, NUS)

Organizing Committee

Conference Co-Chair:
Kunii, Tosiyasu L.(University of Aizu, Japan)
Chua, Tat-Seng (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Tutorial and Audio Visual Chair:
McCallum, John C. (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Finance Chair:
Toh, Sew-Kiok (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Local Arrangements Chair:
Chionh, Eng-Wee (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Chin, Wei-Ngan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Publicity Chair:
Teh, Hung-Chuan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Goh, Wooi-Boon (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Exhibition Chair:
Pung, Hung-Keng (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Conference Secretary:
Ho, Veronica (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Profiles of Invited and Tutorial Speakers

Michel Diaz is Directeur de Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and leads the Research Group "Communications Softwares and Tools" at the Laboratoire d'Automatique et d'Analyse des Systemes du C.N.R.S., Toulouse. He has been working on the development of formal methodologies, techniques and tools for designing distributed systems during the last ten years. He has served as chairman of many IFIP and European conferences in the areas of formal modeling techniques. He is the Technical Editor for the journals "Reseaux et Informatique Repartie", "Annales des Telecommunications" and "Communications Magazine". He has written one book and more than 100 technical publications. From 1984 to 1988, he managed the SEDOS project (Software Environments for the Design of Open distributed Systems) within the ESPRIT programme.

Tosiyasu L. Kunii is currently President and Professor of the University of Aizu, Japan. His research interests include computer graphics, multimedia, database systems, and software engineering. He authored and edited more than 32 computer science books, and published more than 160 refereed academic/technical papers in computer science and applications areas. Dr Kunii is the Founder of the Computer Graphics Society, Editor-in-Chief of The Visual Computer: An International Journal of Computer Graphics (Springer-Verlag), Associate Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Visualization and Computer Animation (John Wiley & Sons), and on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, VLDB Journal, and IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. He is on the IFIP Modeling and Simulation Working Group, the IFIP Data Base Working Group and the IFIP Computer Graphics Working Group. Dr Kunii received the BSc, MSc, and DSc degrees in chemistry from the University of Tokyo in 1962, 1964, and 1967 respectively. He is a fellow of IEEE and member of ACM, BCS, IPSJ and IEICE.

Lek-Heng Ngoh received his Ph D (Comp Sc) in 1989 from Manchester, UK. He joined the Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories in UK from 1990 to 1992 as a Member of the Technical Staff working on Intelligent Integrated Network Management System. He joined the Broadband Networking group at ISS in 1992 and is currently a project leader of the multimedia-on-demand project. His current interests include ATM networks, broadband multimedia communications, digital video services, network protocols and network management.

Patrick Senac is the professor of Computer Sciences at Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Ingenieurs de Constructions Aeronautiques (ENSICA) in Toulouse. He has been working for the last two years on modeling synchronization constraints in distributed multimedia/ hypermedia systems. He is managing the design of an integrated environment for the automatic generation of standard hypermedia documents from fully validated formal high level specifications. His research interests are on multimedia/hypermedia distributed systems and on their formal design.

Steven L. Tanimoto received the bachelors degree from Harvard University in 1971 and the PhD in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1975. He is currently the Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, having joined the faculty in 1977. His research has been concentrated on pyramidal data structures and the languages, parallel architectures, and algorithms that work with them. His other projects have been concerned with the use of pictures and diagrams to program and use computers, and with the use of image processing in mathematics education. Dr Tanimoto served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence from 1983 to 1986, and as Editor-in-Chief from 1986-1990. He has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Parallel and Distributing Computing, CVGIP: Image Understanding, and Pattern Recognition. He is the author of a textbook, The Elements of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction Using LISP.

Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann is currently the full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and Adjunct Professor at HEC Montreal, Canada. She has served on a variety of government advisory boards and program committees in Canada. She has received several awards, including the 1985 Communications Award from the Government of Quebec. In May 1987, she was nominated woman of the year in sciences by the Montreal community. Dr Magnenat Thalmann received her BS in psychology, MS in biochemistry, and PhD in quantum chemistry and computer graphics from the University of Geneva. She has written and edited several books and research papers in image synthesis and computer animation and was the co-director of many successful computer-generated films. She served as chairperson of Graphics Interface' 85, CGI' 88, 95, and the Computer Animation conference series. She is the President of the Computer Graphics Society.

Daniel Thalmann is currently full Professor, Director of the Computer Graphics Laboratory and Head of the Computer Science Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is also the adjunct Professor at the University of Montreal, Canada. He received his diploma in nuclear physics and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Geneva. He is co- editor-in-chief of the Journal of Visualization and Computer Animation, member of the editorial board of the Visual Computer and the CADDM Journal and, co-chairs the EuroGraphics Working Group on Computer Simulation and Animation. Dr Thalmann's research interests include 3D computer animation, image synthesis, virtual reality and scientific visualization. He has published more than 100 papers, co- author of several books , and co-directed several computer-generated films.