The Workshop on "Multimedia Authoring: Challenges in Document Engineering" will be held as a morning session on September 4th 2012, during ACM DocEng '12. The main conference will take place on the campus of Telecom ParisTech (Paris, France) during September 4-7, 2012. In particular, this workshop aims to discuss future directions and challenges in the intersection between document engineering and multimedia authoring.

The increasing popularity of multimedia applications places new demands for agile authoring methods and tools. While traditional authoring systems focus on functional correctness, they neglect the fact that multimedia documents might have real-time requirements and execute with timing constraints. Multimedia authoring also places requirements on issues related to the document structure, the media synchronization and user interaction, the roles of authors and end-users, as well as issues concerning the level of automation, versioning, reuse and digital rights. Similarly to traditional applications, multimedia documents are developed in an iterative manner: developers design and implement an initial version of a document, which is tested, and if it does not meet the requirements, it is reworked. Unfortunately, it is difficult to test and debug multimedia documents using current tools. After a successful edition in ACM DocEng 2010, this workshop aims to reassemble the research community to discuss future directions in this area. The workshop will be organized in the form of a discussion forum in which not only the organizers but also the attendees will be stimulated to present their research work and tools. The demonstrations will be geared towards solutions that enable and facilitate the authoring process of structured multimedia documents. We will consider issues such as debugging, simulation, instrumentation and performance. As an outcome of this workshop, we plan to formulate a list of recommendations for future research in this area

Researchers and professionals attending the main conference are invited to collaborate in the preparation of a final agenda, which will include their contributions.

Topics of interest

Topics of interest of this workshop include (but are not limited to):
  • IPTV
  • Interactive digital TV
  • Non-linear video
  • Dynamic video mashups
  • Multimedia on the Web
  • etc.

You can also join our discussion page to make suggestions, and coordinate the discussion pre-workshop.