Accompanying Actions

SOFSEM 2002 logo Workshop on Multimedia Semantics

William Grosky, University of Michigan, Dearborn, US

Thursday Nov 28 -- Friday Nov 29

Feature-based techniques for content-based retrieval have been studied for quite some time. What is now needed is for researchers to develop approaches to extract semantics from multimedia documents so that retrievals using concept-based queries can be tailored to individual users. The semantic gap, or as others put it, the semantic chasm, must be crossed. This workshop will concentrate on techniques to help us do this.

Papers of up to 10 pages in adaptive query techniques, monomedia querying in a multimedia environment, (semi-)automatic methods for multimedia annotation, visual ontologies, dimensional reduction techniques, intelligent multimedia browsing support, emergent semantics, and other similar topics are encouraged.

The best papers from this workshop will appear in a special issue of Multimedia Tools and Applications.

Keynote Talk:

Dr. Forouzan Golshani of Arizona State University, and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Multimedia, will deliver the following keynote talk: Design of a Multi-Ethnic Dance Information Repository.


Please submit papers not exceeding 10 pages to The final version should be a camera-ready version in digital format: doc, pdf, or ps.


Submission, September 20, 2002
Notification of acceptance / rejection, October 4, 2002
Final version, October 11, 2002

Programme Commitee

Frederic Andres, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Imran Ahmad, University of Windsor, Canada
Laure Berti-Equille, IRISA, France
Tiziana Catarci, Universita degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
S.K. Chang, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Alberto del Bimbo, Universita di Firenze, Italy
Chabane Djeraba, University of Nantes, France
Farshad Fotouhi, Wayne State University, USA
Forouzan Golshani, Arizona State University, USA
Yi Lu Murphey, University of Michigan, USA
Daniela Stan, DePaul University, USA
Marcel Worring, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rong Zhao, SUNY-Stonybrook, USA


SOFSEM 2002 logo Third Workshop on Soft Computing

Petr Hajek, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,
Prague, CZ

Thursday Nov 28 -- Friday Nov 29

Soft computing is a new paradigm in computing based on a creative fusion of computing techniques like fuzzy computing, neural and genetic computing and similar, characterized by dealing with uncertainty, vagueness, imprecision and sub-optimality and by inspiration by human problem solving and learning. Its aim is to solve problems for which classical mathematical methods are difficult or impossible to apply due to enormous amount of data or to lack of theoretical background. Foundations include mathematical fuzzy logic, theory of approximation, non-standard models of computation, fuzzy database theory and similar. Data mining is also relevant.

The workshop will be also a meeting of the newly created ERCIM working group on Soft Computing.

Submissions of upto 10 pages are expected. Accepted papers will be published in a special issue of the Neural Network World journal.


Please submit papers not exceeding 10 pages to

Accepted papers will be published in a special issue of the Neural Network World journal.

Final version is required in digital form - as LaTeX (preferably) or MSWord file.


Submission, June 1, 2002
Notification of acceptance / rejection, August 15, 2002
Final version, September 15, 2002


SOFSEM 2002 logo Student Research Forum

Maria Bielikova, Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, SK

Wednesday Nov 27

The main purpose of the SOFSEM Student Researh Forum is to publish and discuss students' projects in the field of theory and practice of informatics. The research forum will offer students the opportunity to publish, discuss and receive feedback on both the original results of their scientific work and the work in progress. The papers will be reviewed and selected by Student Research Forum Program Committee. Papers accepted for presentation will be published in the Proceedings of the Student Research Forum.

Sufficient space for discussion and exchange of experience will be provided during the research forum itself and will continue throughout the SOFSEM 2002 conference. All SOFSEM participants can order the SOFSEM 2002 Student Researh Forum Proceedings of papers, which present students' research(for payment details see the SOFSEM 2002 fees page).


The SOFSEM 2002 Student Research Forum is organized as a 2-hour interactive session (held on Wednesday afternoon). Student participants give short presentations to interested SOFSEM 2002 attendees (including non-students). Each student (active participant) is expected to prepare a poster. Details will be announced later.


To be eligible, all authors of the paper must be students (except possibly their advisors).

Papers describing student's work should be submitted to the electronic paper submission system in pdf or postscript format. The paper length should not exceed 6 pages (in Springer LNCS style). Please, submit a (tentative) title and an abstract of your paper to the electronic paper review system at your earliest convenience (not later than July 9, 2002 - the deadline for paper submission). Earlier abstract submission will help us with organization of the review process.

All submissions will be subject to peer review by the Student Research Forum Program Committee. It is highly recommended to submit papers using the final camera-ready formatting style (LNCS format).

Active participants (students - demonstrators) should register for the Research Forum. Please note, that students can participate at the SOFSEM conference at a reduced conference fee.

For each accepted paper, at least one author who is a full time student, is required to attend the conference (or part of the conference according SOFSEM conference fees breakdown) to present the paper.

Program Committee

(so far the following agreed to served)

Maria Bielikova (Bratislava), chair
Lubos Brim (Brno)
Janos Csirik (Szeged)
Leszek Pacholski (Wroclaw)
Jaroslav Pokorny (Prague)
Branislav Rovan (Bratislava)
Jiri Safarik (Plzen)
Gerard Tel (Utrecht)
Peter Vojtas (Kosice)
Tatjana Welzer (Maribor)


Deadline for paper submission: July 9, 2002
Notification to authors: September 6, 2002
Camera ready version: September 23, 2002

Contact Address

Maria Bielikova
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Slovak University of Technology
Ilkovicova 3, 812 19 Bratislava
fax: +421 2 654 20 587