Call for Brave New Ideas

Theme: The Societal Impact of Multimedia Research

The Brave New Ideas Track of ACM Multimedia 2016 is calling for innovative papers that open up new vistas for multimedia research. Submissions should be scientifically rigorous and also introduce fresh perspectives. We expect a BNI paper to stimulate activity towards addressing new, long term challenges of interest to the multimedia research community. We welcome submissions of multi-disciplinary papers.

The theme for this year’s Brave New Ideas Track: “The Societal Impact of Multimedia Research”. The way we define “brave” and “new” are closely tied to this year’s theme.

We understand “brave” to mean that the paper (or the area of research introduced by the paper) has clear potential for high societal impact. For the proposed algorithm, technology or application to be understood as high impact, the authors should be able to argue that their proposal is important to solving problems or to providing services that directly affect people’s lives. Arguments can include:

  • the number of people potentially positively impacted by the proposed idea,
  • the projected readiness of people to use it, pay for it, or recommend it to others,
  • the fact that the people benefiting from the idea are conventionally under-served,
  • estimates of the economic loss that can be expected to occur if the problem addressed by the idea remains unsolved.

We expect the paper to make an argument for high societal impact in the introductory section.

We understand “new” to mean an idea that has not yet been proposed. The component techniques and technologies may exist, but their integration must be novel. The paper should enable the reader to easily see how multimedia technology engenders societal impact in a new way.

The “Brave New Idea” of the paper can be backed up in one (or a combination of) three ways:

  • by an extensive meta-review of existing work that will show that this idea can be productively pursued by the community.
  • by an extensive review of existing work that reveals a systematic shortcoming in the way that the research community has been addressing specific challenges. The BNI paper could thus propose a contrarian view.
  • experimental validation of the paper’s BNI thesis.

Authors are encouraged to submit an optional 500 word abstract of their papers. The abstract should include argumentation for the proposed idea to be Brave and New. Please submit the abstract to the BNI chairs by email with the subject line “ACMMM 2016 BNI Abstract” between March 1st and May 1st 2016.

BNI full paper submissions (10 pages) will be reviewed by a set of three independent reviewers, and the decisions will be made on the basis of their feedback. Review criteria are: scientific impact, intellectual rigor, and a compelling case for the paper to be both “brave” and “new” as described above.

Please submit your paper via the ACM MM 2016 submission site.

We expect BNI papers to be submitted directly to the BNI track. However, at the discretion of the Program Chairs, submissions to regular full paper track may be recommended to the “Brave New Ideas” Program Committee for consideration.

Important note for the authors: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Important dates

  • Submission Deadline: Monday 23 May 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: Friday 8 July 2016
  • Camera-ready Submission: Wednesday 27 July 2016


For any questions regarding submissions, please email the Brave New Ideas Chairs at

  • Martha Larson (Delft University of Technology / Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Hari Sundaram (University of Illinois)