Call for papers

With the proliferation of multimedia data on the web, surveillance cameras in cities, and mobile phones in everyday life we see an enormous growth in multimedia data that needs to be analyzed by forensic investigators. The sheer volume of such datasets makes manual inspection of all data impossible so tools are needed to support the investigator in their quest for relevant clues and evidence and in their strive towards preventing crime. Such tools should support the management, processing, interpretation, and visualization of multimedia data in the different steps of the investigation process.

In recent years the multimedia community has developed new exciting solutions for management of large collections of video footage, images, audio and other multimedia content, knowledge extraction and categorization, pattern recognition, indexing and retrieval, searching, browsing and visualization, and modeling and simulation in various domains. Due to the inherent uncertainty and complexity of forensic data, applying those techniques to forensic data is not straightforward. The time is ripe, however, to tailor these results for forensics.

This workshop aims at addressing the multimedia toolbox supporting the forensic process from the prevention of crime, capturing and annotation of the crime scene, the investigation of the data in the lab, up to the presentation of the results in court. It is a first attempt in bringing multimedia tools in to this exciting application field. Target audience are researchers working on innovative technology, representatives from companies developing tools, and forensic investigators in various disciplines.


The workshop topics will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Video Analytics
  • Forensic investigation
  • Multimodal analysis
  • Ontologies
  • Visual analytics

Crime scene
  • Modeling and reconstruction
  • Semantic annotation

  • Searching for illicit content in multimedia data
  • Image and video linking
  • Multimedia copyright violation detection
  • Multimedia interfaces
  • Detection of stenography
  • Speaker recognition
  • Authenticity of multimedia data
  • Identity detection and biometry

Presentation in court
  • Multimedia presentation of evidence
  • Use of 3D models

Papers should be 6 pages. Accepted papers for oral and poster presentations at the workshop will be included in the workshop's proceedings, which will be published together with the proceedings of the ACM Multimedia Conference 2009. In addition, we plan to realize a special issue or an edited volume by asking the authors of the best papers to submit a substantially extended version of their workshop papers.

Important dates

  • Full Paper Submission : June 23, 2009
  • Decision :July 10, 2009
  • Camera ready: July 24, 2009


  • Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam (NL)
  • ImageLab - DII, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (I)
  • CRIS Inter-departmental research center in security, Modena (I)

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