Brave New Ideas

ACM Multimedia is the premier international conference in the area of multimedia within the field of computer science. Multimedia research focuses on technologies that enable the use and exchange of content integrating the multiple perspectives of different digital modalities, including images, text, video, audio, speech, music, and sensor data.

The Brave New Ideas Track of ACM Multimedia 2019 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.

In 2019, ACM Multimedia focuses on four themes, and also puts a special emphasis on scientific inclusiveness. More information is available on the homepage The special emphasis on scientific inclusiveness means that we especially encourage the submission of interdisciplinary work.

We understand “brave” to mean that the paper (or the area of research introduced by the paper) has clear potential for high 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, to supporting new perspectives, or to providing services that directly affect people’s lives.

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 “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.

Note that is not necessary that papers in this track have large-scale experimental results or comparisons to the state-of-the-art, since it is expected that large, publicly available datasets may not be available, and there may be no existing approaches to which the proposed approach in the paper can be compared.

Submissions must be 6-8 pages in length. For more details on the format, please see the submission instructions in the main conference call for papers

Submissions 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 innovative in the sense described above.

Please submit your paper to the submission system:

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 the published work.

Important dates

Submission deadline: May 20, 2019
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2019
Camera ready deadline: August 5 2019


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

  • Yiannis Kompatsiaris, CERTH, Greece
  • Grace Ngai, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong