Call for Workshop Proposal

We invite proposals for Workshops to be held at the ACM Multimedia 2017 Conference. Accepted workshops will take place during the main conference, which is scheduled for 23-27 October, 2017 at Mountain View, California, USA.

We solicit proposals for two different kinds of workshops: regular workshops and data challenge workshops. The SIG Multimedia community expects that the proposed workshops nurture and grow new and emerging research areas.

Regular Workshops

The regular workshops should offer a forum for discussions of broad range of emerging and specialized topics of interest to the SIG Multimedia community. There are a number of important issues to be considered when generating a workshop proposal:

  1. The topic of the proposed workshop should offer a perspective distinct from and complementary to the research themes of the main conference. We therefore strongly advise to carefully review the themes of the main conference when generating a proposal.
  2. The SIG Multimedia community expects the workshop program to be part of the program to nurture and to grow the workshop research theme towards becoming mainstream in the multimedia research field and one of the themes of the main conference in the future.
  3. Interdisciplinary theme workshops are strongly encouraged.
  4. Workshops should offer a discussion forum of a different type than that of the main conference. In particular, they should avoid becoming “mini-conferences” with accompanying keynote presentations and best paper awards. While formal presentation of ideas through regular oral sessions are allowed, we strongly encourage organizers to propose alternate ways to allow participants to discuss open issues, key methods and important research topics related to the workshop theme. Examples are panels, group brainstorming sessions, mini-tutorials around key ideas and proof of concept demonstration sessions.
Data Challenge Workshops

We are also seeking organizers to propose Challenge-Based Workshops. Both academic and corporate organizers are welcome.

Data Challenge workshops are solicited from both academic and corporate organizers. The organizers should provide a dataset that is exemplar of the complexities of current and future multimodal/multimedia problems, and one or more multimodal/ multimedia tasks whose performance can be objectively measured. Participants in the challenge will evaluate their methods against the challenge data in order to identify areas of strengths and weakness. Best performing participating methods will be presented in the form of papers and oral/poster presentations at the workshop.

Proposal Submission Requirements

Workshop proposals for ACM Multimedia should include the following in one pdf document:

  1. Title.
  2. Specific topics to be addressed and specific goals.
  3. Relevance and significance of this workshop to the main conference.
  4. The distinctive characteristics of the workshop, including workshop theme, how the workshop shall be run.
  5. A history of the workshop, if not being offered for the first time.
  6. Estimated paper submission volume and paper acceptance rate.
  7. Expected attendance.
  8. Length – Full day or half day.
  9. Indication if a journal special issue arrangement for the published workshop papers is in process.
  10. A draft workshop call for papers with:
    • Names, affiliations, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of the workshop organizers, who should be experts in the related topics and preferably from multiple institutions.
    • The paper selection process.
    • A list of potential Program Committee members and their affiliations.
    • Important dates.
  11. Data challenge workshops will be evaluated based the significance and relevance of the problem and quality of proposed dataset(s). A workshop with dataset(s) that has had pilot results to ensure that the data is representative and valid will be given preference for acceptance — if this is the case, pilot results must be attached (1 page).

Workshop proposals should not exceed five single spaced pages and should be submitted at Submissions will be acknowledged via email a few days past the proposal deadline.

Evaluation rubric

  1. Longevity: Per existing standing guidelines developed by SIG Multimedia for workshops: “A workshop should normally not be allowed to run for more than three consecutive years, and there should be no permanent “standing” workshops.”
  2. Novelty: Does the proposed workshop theme distinguish itself from the themes of the main conference? Is the topic an emerging area? Is it high-risk with a possibility of high reward if successful?
  3. Viability: If the proposed workshop is accepted, is there enough interest in terms of submissions to run the proposed workshop? Evidence such as commitments of interest from likely participants, with potential paper titles is preferred. A workshop proposal where there are 10 commitments from participants would be considered strong.
  4. Track record of the organizers: We shall examine the experience and track record of the organizers in organizing prior workshops. Dates of past workshops including conference location; number of attendees in past workshops, strength of the program committee will be used to evaluate the past track record of the organizers.
  5. Workshop format: How does the format of the workshop promote discussion around the topic, beyond straightforward paper presentation at a conference? What are the other activities proposed to stimulate discussion and development of new research directions?

Based on current SIG Multimedia workshop guidelines, workshops will be selected from competitive proposals with an acceptance rate of 50% or less. We will accept up to ten workshops.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: February 6, 2017 March 3, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: February 25, 2017 March 24, 2017

For important dates on workshop papers, please see

For accepted workshops:

Note that each accepted workshop should be responsible for deciding their own submission and review timeline, publicizing the workshop and compile the program, but notification camera-ready deadline are enforced by the publisher and cannot be changed.


For any questions regarding submissions, please email at .

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.