RUN RUN SHAW
CREATIVE
MEDIA CENTRE
GRAND
OPENING
FESTIVAL
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28/10/2011-
30/4/2012
Symposium on Intelligent Computing for Creative Media
Date : 26/3/2012
Time : 9:00am – 2:30pm
Venue : Lecture Theatre 1 (M3017), Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong, Cornwall Road, Kowloon (See Map and Venue transportation)
Conducted in English. By invitation only.

Enquiries : intelligentmedia@cs.cityu.edu.hk
Organizers

Department of Computer Science
Centre For Innovative Applications of Internet and Multimedia Technologies (AIMtech Centre)
City University of Hong Kong


Supporting organizations




The symposium on “Intelligent Computing for Creative Media” aims to bring together experts from academia and industry to share their visions on the development and applications of intelligent and interactive media technologies for the creative industry through a series of keynote talks, and to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration among diverse communities through a panel discussion, and to introduce the current research works related to intelligent multimedia at CityU Department of Computer Science to a broad audience through laboratory visits and project demonstrations. Scholars from overseas and mainland universities, as well as professionals and entrepreneurs from industries, are invited to participate in this symposium.

Four prominent international experts in the field of interactive and social media will give keynote speeches and participate in the panel discussion.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Edward Chang (Google Research Director, China)

Title: From Machine Learning to Human Innovation
A walk from mathematical principles to art and literature innovations




Abstract:
Innovation requires a prepared mind, which is a balance between ideal and necessity, between exploration and exploiting, and several other axes. In this talk, I will use machine learning theories to illustrate effective human learning principles, and use learning to contrast innovation. A few example algorithms of machine learning are used to explain how human can learn more effectively, and a few examples in science, art and literature are used to illustrate human innovation. Furthermore, the talk will discuss how paradigm shift is achieved and why ethics is a necessary element of long-lasting, impactful innovations. The talk will close with my own experiences of innovation in scientific research and poetry writing.

Biodata of Speaker:

Edward Chang heads Google Research in China since March 2006. He joined the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1999 after receiving his PhD from Stanford University. Ed was promoted to full professor of Electrical Engineering in 2006. His recent research activities are in the areas of distributed data mining and their applications to rich-media data management and social-network collaborative filtering. His big-data research group (which consists of members from Google, UC, MIT, Tsinghua, PKU, and Zheda) recently parallelized SVMs (NIPS 07), PLSA (KDD 08), Association Mining (ACM RS 08), Spectral Clustering (PAMI 10), and LDA (WWW 09) (see MMDS/CIVR/EMMDS/MM/AAIM/ADMA/CIKM keynotes and tutorials for details) to run on parallel machines for mining large-scale datasets. His team at Google have developed and launched Google Confucius (a Q&A system, VLDB 10) at 68 countries including China, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, 17 Arabic, and 40 Africa nations. Ed also directs Google Mobile 2014 research focused program, which develops novel mobile technologies (see SIGIR/ICADL keynotes). Ed is a recipient of the USA National Science Foundation Career Award.


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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Yong Rui (Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group, China)

Title: Digital Media Riding on New Computing Trends



Abstract:

In this talk, we will first review the relationship between technologies/computing and media. Then we look into the current and future computing trends, especially in Web computing, cloud computing and NUI. Finally, we will suggest interesting directions where computing and media can together make an impact.

Biodata of Speaker:

Yong Rui serves as Senior Director, Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D (ARD) Group, in charge of China Innovation. In this capacity, he and his team passionately drive local innovation and diligently make global impact in online, Windows, healthcare, digital entertainment and mobile spaces.

An IEEE Fellow, an SPIE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Scientist, Rui is recognized as a pioneer and a world-class expert in Web multimedia search. He holds 40+ US and international patents. He has published 16 books and book chapters, and 100+ referred journal and conference papers. Rui’s publications are among the most cited -- his top 10 papers have been cited 5,000 times. From 2008 to 2010, Rui was Director of Microsoft Education R&D Group in China. The team developed Linked Note Taking – one of the top features for Office OneNote 2010 and Interactive Classroom – a key enabler for effective learning. From 2006 to 2008, Rui was Director of Strategy, working with ARD Chairman to envision and establish the 5 key R&D pillars in mobile, web, servers and tools, digital entertainment and emerging market.

Rui joined Microsoft in 1999 and led the Multimedia Collaboration group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA. He and his team contributed several key technologies to Microsoft MovieMaker, Live Meeting, Office Communicator, and Media Server. He is one of the founding members of Microsoft Office RoundTable, an innovative distribute meeting system released in 2007. Rui also serves for academia, industry, government and international standards. He is a Guest Professor of Peking University, Zhejiang University and Southeast University. Rui served on the review panels for both the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Chinese National Science Foundation (CNSF). He is a member of review committee of China’s National 1000-People Talent Program, the highest oversea talent attraction program. Dr. Rui received his BS from Southeast University, his MS from Tsinghua University, and his PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also holds a Microsoft Leadership Training Certificate from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.


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Keynote Speaker

Professor Tat-Seng Chua (National University of Singapore)

Title: Learning the Social Pulses of a City from User-Generated Contents



Abstract:

The emergence of social networking sites has given rise to a huge amount of user-generated contents (UGCs). Through these social sites, users share (multimedia) contents, pose comments, ask questions, provide answers, broadcast their whereabouts, and tweet about their recent pursuits. The contents accumulated have evolved into a huge unstructured source of timely knowledge. The ability to organize this knowledge will help us to unlock the rich user-generated contents and enables us to study the various aspects of social habits and preferences of users. This talk describes our research on the analysis of UGCs towards the generation of social graph of a city. In particular, we will describe our work towards mining the collective interests and concerns of users, their social activities, and various types of popular locations, trails and shared media contents. In addition, we will describe our latest work on the analysis of online images and videos shared by users to uncover the local dressing habits and fashion trends The talk also outlines a large-scale 5-year collaborative effort between Tsinghua and NUS to mine and structure UGCs in Singapore and Beijing.

Biodata of Speaker:

Tat-Seng Chua is the KITHCT Chair Professor at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore (NUS). He was the Acting and Founding Dean of the School of Computing in 1998-2000. He joined NUS in 1983, and spent three years as a research staff member at the Institute of Systems Science (now I2R) in the late 1980s. His main research interests are in multimedia information retrieval, multimedia question-answering, and the analysis and structuring of user-generated contents. He is the co-Director of a large-scale research center between NUS and Tsinghua University focusing on research in extreme search. Dr Chua serves in the editorial boards of: ACM Transactions of Information Systems (ACM), Foundation and Trends in Information Retrieval (NOW), The Visual Computer (Springer Verlag), and Multimedia Tools and Applications (Kluwer).


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Panel Session Speaker

Prof. Shiqiang Yang
(Tsinghua University)



Biodata of Speaker:

Prof. Shiqiang Yang graduated from the Department of Computer Science and Technology of Tsinghua University. Currently, he is a professor and director of Multimedia and Network Lab. Meanwhile, He was the Co-chair of the department from 2003-2010.  

His research interesting include multimedia technology and systems, social network and social media systems, video compression and streaming, content-based retrieval for multimedia information, embedded technology and system. He has published more than 100 papers and organized many conferences served as Program Chair or TPC member, including ACM Multimedia, SIGKDD, MMM,ICME, MMSP, PCM etc. He got the best paper award of IEEE Trans. On CSVT 2010.  

He is the Chair of Multimedia Technical Committee of China Computer Federation, the Chair of Multimedia Technical Committee of China Graphics and Imaging Society, and a senior member of the IEEE.


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Panel Session Speaker

Professor Horace H S Ip (City University of Hong Kong)



Biodata of Speaker:

Prof. Horace H. S. Ip is the Chair Professor of Computer Science and the founding director of the Image Computing Group and AIMtech Centre (Centre for Innovative Applications of Internet and Multimedia Technologies) at City University of Hong Kong. Prof. Ip was the Head of the Department of Computer Science from 1997 to 2003. He has also served as the Interim Dean of the School of Creative Media from 2008 to 2009, the Interim Dean of the School of Graduate Studies from 2009 to 2011, and the Interim Vice-President (Research & Technology) from 2009 to 2011. His research interests include image analysis, interactive multimedia, pattern recognition, virtual environment and e-Learning technologies. His applied research and innovations in these areas have won him numerous regional and international awards from the Information Technology as well as the Media Arts communities. These include a Gold Medal from the Geneva Salon International Des Inventions; Austria Prix Ars Electronica; a Gold Award from the 16th National Exhibition of Inventions, PRC; the Hong Kong ICT Awards, the Hong Kong Awards for Industry, and the Asia-Pacific Information and Communications Technology Award (APICTA). In 2007, Professor Ip was recognized as one of world’s distinguished innovators by the TIME magazine and has pioneered innovative applications of interactive media technology in visual art, psychotherapy of children, Chinese calligraphy, and e-learning.

Prof. Ip received his PhD from University College London, UK in 1983 and is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the United Kingdom, a Fellow of the British Computer Society. Prof Ip was awarded in 2004 the prestigious Fellow of International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) for contributions to the field of Pattern Recognition.


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