MediaEval 2013

MediaEval 2013 Workshop
The MediaEval benchmarking season culminates with a workshop that brings together researchers who participated in benchmark tasks to report on their findings, discuss their approaches and learn from each other. The MediaEval 2013 Workshop included posters presentations by MediaEval participants and invited talks. The workshop took place in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, on Friday-Saturday 18-19 October 2013.


Example of how to cite a paper from the proceedings:

Zeppelzauer, M., Zaharieva, M., Del Fabro, M. Unsupervised Clustering of Social Events. Working Notes Proceedings of the MediaEval 2013 Workshop, Barcelona, Spain, October 18-19, 2013,, ISSN 1613-0073,

MediaEval 2013 Organizers
  • For the complete list of task organizers the formed the over all organization of the MediaEval 2013 benchmark, please see "Who are we?" and also the individual task pages.
  • For a list of the people whose organizational effort made the workshop possible, please see below.

Tasks in MediaEval 2013

In 2013, MediaEval offered six classic tasks and six Brave New Tasks. The tasks are listed below with links to the individual task pages where you will find more detailed description of the task definition, target group, data set and evaluation metric.

We would like to thank our sponsors including Quaero, COMMIT, Technicolor and Friends of SIGIR for their support of the MediaEval 2013 workshop.

Tasks offered in 2013:

Social Event Detection for Social Multimedia This task requires participants to discover social events and organize the related media items in event-specific clusters, within a collection of Web multimedia. Social events are events that are planned by people, attended by people and for which the social multimedia are also captured by people. Read more...

Search and Hyperlinking of Television Content This task requires participants to find relevant video segments to an information need and to provide a list of useful hyperlinks for each of these segments. This year we focus on television data provided by the BBC and real information needs from home users. Read more...

Placing: Geo-coordinate Prediction for Social Multimedia The Placing Task requires participants to estimate the geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) of images, as well as predicting how “placeable” a media item actually is. The Placing Task integrates all aspects of multimedia: textual meta-data, audio, image, video, location, time, users and context. Read more...

Violent Scenes Detection in Film (Affect Task) This task requires participants to automatically detect portions of movies depicting violence. Participants are encouraged to deploy multimodal approaches (audio, visual, text) to solve the task. Read more...

Visual Privacy: Preserving Privacy in Surveillance Videos For this task, participants will need to propose methods for protection of privacy sensitive elements (i.e., obscuring identifying elements on people) in videos so that they are rendered unrecognizable in a manner that is suitable for computer vision tools and is perceived as appropriate to human viewers of the footage. Read more...

Spoken Web Search: Spoken Term Detection for Low Resource Languages The task involves searching FOR audio content WITHIN audio content USING an audio content query. This task is particularly interesting for speech researchers in the area of spoken term detection or low-resource speech processing. Read more...

(New!) Question Answering for the Spoken Web The problem that we wish to explore in this task is how best to build an information retrieval system in which both the queries and the content are spoken. The task challenges the research community’s ability to build ranked retrieval systems for matching spoken questions with spoken answers based on topical matching. Read more...

(New!) Soundtrack Selection for Commercials (MusiClef Task) Given a TV commercial, participants are required to predict the most suitable music soundtrack from a list of candidate songs. A multimodal dataset will be provided involving both context- and content-based information, such as audio features, visual features, web pages, social tags and microblog information, related to brands, products, artists and songs. Read more...

(New!) Similar Segments of Social Speech This task involves searching in social multimedia, specifically conversations between students in a university department. This task is the first exploration of social search in multimedia, and the first social spoken dialog retrieval task not assuming term-based search. Read more...

(New!) Retrieving Diverse Social Images This task requires participants to automatically refine a ranked list of Internet photos using provided visual and textual information. The objective is to select only a set of photos that are equally representative matches but also diverse representations of the query. Read more...

(New!) Emotion in Music (also an Affect Task) This task is a new task on emotional characterization of music. Given a set of songs, participants are asked to automatically generate emotional representations. Read more...

(New!) Crowdsourcing for Social Multimedia This task requires participants to create ground truth from raw labels that have been generated by workers on a commercial crowdsourcing platform. Read more...

MediaEval 2013 Workshop Organizing Committee

Poster Session Chairs:
Michele Trevisiol, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Bart Thomee, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain

Proceedings and Production Chairs:
Sebastian Schmiedeke, Technische Universität Berlin
Pascal Kelm, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Michael Riegler, University of Klagenfurt, Austria and Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Mohammad Soleymani, Imperial College London, UK

Interaction Chairs:
Maria Eskevich, Dublin City University, Ireland
Olivier van Laere, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain

Filmmaker: Adam Rae, Brandcrumb, Spain

Logistics Chair: Saskia Peters, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Logistics Support:
Anca-Livia Radu, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Xinchao Li, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Babak Loni, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Shu Chen, Dublin City University, Ireland

General Chair: Martha Larson, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Actualization Chair: Xavier Anguera, Telefonica, Spain

Guy with the Hat: John N.A. Brown, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Sponsorship and Distinctive Mentions Committee:
Guillaume Gravier, IRISA, France
Mohammad Soleymani, Imperial College London, UK
Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland
Bogdan Ionescu, Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Martha Larson, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

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