QoMEX 2009

Welcome Note

The field of multimedia is maturing and one of the positive results of this fact is the increase in the quality of offered products and services. Nowadays, there is no longer only a question of which features are included in a multimedia product or service, but also how well such features are addressed, and even more importantly, which impact they have on end-users. The era of user-centric multimedia has already begun, where quality plays a center role. But what is meant by quality in multimedia services and products, how to measure it, and once measured, how to improve it?

The International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX) has been created as a forum to address these important issues, and to bring together leading professionals and scientists active in disciplines relevant to multimedia quality and user experience.

The first edition of QoMEX takes place in San Diego, California, from July 29th to 31st, 2009. QoMEX 2009 is not only the first workshop built around the notion of Quality of Experience in Multimedia, but also features several first time organizational innovations, that hopefully will inspire other workshops and conferences in future.

A workshop dealing with quality cannot neglect the quality of its content, and dissemination. To secure the quality of accepted papers to QoMEX 2009, six to eight reviewers were assigned to each submitted contribution. This has resulted in nearly 45 accepted papers to QoMEX, which correspond to around 60% as acceptance rate. To guarantee the quality of dissemination, high visibility, and ease of access to its content, all accepted papers in QoMEX 2009 will be part of the IEEE Xplore digital library. Furthermore, among accepted papers in QoMEX 2009, 14 contributions have been identified as candidates for best paper, and best student paper awards (seven candidates in each category). The winners will be announced at the workshop venue, when our Awards Committee completes its work. Finally, it is our pleasure to inform you that the top candidates for best paper awards will be invited to submit a full version of their submission as a journal paper to a special issue, which has been set up to further disseminate the highest quality contributions to QoMEX 2009.

A workshop/conference, as opposed to a journal, is not only a means to inform others of one’s latest achievements in research and development, but also a forum to meet, and to interact, with other researchers and professionals sharing same interests. To further enhance this aspect of things, QoMEX 2009 has created a number of social networks accessible from its website at http://www.qomex.com, where everybody, including those who cannot attend the workshop, will be able to introduce themselves, present their interests, their ideas, results of their research in various multimedia forms, give their opinion and impressions, exchange all sorts of relevant information, ask questions, provide answers, and in short, become active members of the growing community of Quality of Multimedia Experience.

In addition to the above efforts aimed at building a community of interest in quality of multimedia experience, QoMEX 2009 features several oral and poster sessions, an exhibit session, a panel session, and four plenary speeches. Please refer to the program of the workshop to find out more about them, and make sure you will take full advantage of these sessions as they each bring a different and complementary information that will allow you to find out about what is going on today, what are the trends, what has been achieved in academia and industry, and what are the challenges ahead, in different disciplines relevant to quality of multimedia experience.

QoMEX 2009 could have not happened, if it was not thanks to a committed team of individuals. We would like to especially express our appreciations to QoMEX 2009 Technical Program Co-Chairs, Exhibitions and Demo Co- Chairs, Finance Co-Chairs, Publicity Co-Chairs, members of QoMEX 2009 Advisory Committee, members of our Technical Committee, Plenary Speakers, Panel Chair, Panelists, Awards Chair, members of Awards Committee, as well as our reviewers. A list of these individuals is available on the QoMEX 2009 website, mentioned earlier, to acknowledge their appreciated efforts.

We are grateful to our Sponsors Dolby, DCA Inc., and NTNU, and our Gold Sponsors Qualcomm and EPFL, whose financial support allowed us to maintain the registration fee to QoMEX 2009 low enough, while providing a quality venue and infrastructure at the disposition of participants. Especial thanks also go to our Gold Sponsors Qualcomm and EPFL for supporting the best paper and best student paper awards. Our appreciations finally go to our Technical Sponsors, IEEE and Petamedia, whose various logistic help and other assistance were instrumental in the success of QoMEX 2009.

Last but not least, we acknowledge the efforts of all submitters, contributors, and participants to QoMEX 2009, without whom, this workshop could have not existed. We wish you all a great time in San Diego and a fruitful workshop, and hope that QoMEX 2009 will be remembered as the start of new series of workshops in a key area of multimedia, in the years to come.

QoMEX 2009 General Co-Chairs

Prof. Dr. Touradj Ebrahimi
Dr. Khaled El-Maleh

Organizing Committee

General Co-Chairs

Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL, NTNU
Khaled El-Maleh, Qualcomm

Technical Program Co-Chairs

Gokce Dane, Qualcomm
Lina Karam, ASU

Panel Chair

Fernando Pereira, IST

Awards Chair

Vittorio Baroncini, FUB

Exhibitions and Demo

Haohong Wang, Marvel Semiconductor
Heather Yu, Huawei Technologies


Michael Ansorge, EIA-FR, EPFL
Ziad Asghar, Texas Instruments


Baoxin Li, ASU
Ulrich Reiter, NTNU

Local Arrangements

Yen-Chi Lee, Qualcomm
Truong Nguyen, UCSD

Advisory Committee

Loretta Anania, European Commission
Vittorio Baroncini, FUB
Alan C. Bovik, U Texas
Jerry D. Gibson, UCSB
Joyce Farrell, Stanford U
Bastiaan Kleijn, KTH
Andrew Perkis, NTNU

Conference Management

Billene Mercer, Conference Management Services, Inc.

Technical Program Committee

Technical Program Co-Chairs

Gokce Dane, Qualcomm
Lina Karam, ASU

Technical Program Committee

  • Ghassan AlRegib, Gatech
  • Madhukar Budagavi, TI
  • Jorge Caviedes, Intel
  • Philip Corriveau, Intel
  • Pamela Cosman, UCSD
  • Sujit Dey, UCSD
  • Frederic Dufaux, EPFL
  • Hans W. Gierlich, GmbH
  • Alan Hanjalic, TUD
  • Hidenobu Harasaki, NEC
  • Yuuko Horita, University of Toyama
  • Hau Hwang, Qualcomm
  • Ebroul Izquierdo, QMUL
  • Inald Lagendijk, TUD
  • Patrick Le Callet, Polytech Nantes
  • Weisi Lin, NTU
  • Alessandro Neri, University of Rome
  • Fernando Pereira, Technical University of Lisbon
  • Alexander Raake, Deutsche Telekom Lab
  • Amy Reibman, ATT
  • Bulent Sankur, Bogazici University
  • Thomas Sikora, TUB
  • Nitin Suresh, VQLink
  • Stephen Voran, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
  • Zhou Wang, University of Waterloo
  • Stefan Winkler, Symmetricom
  • Henry Wu, RMIT
  • Buyue Zhang, TI


  • Ghassan Al Regib, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Loretta Anania, European Commission, DG information Society
  • Michael Ansorge, College of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (EIA-FR)
  • Vittorio Baroncini, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni
  • Alan C. Bovik, The University of Texas
  • Madhukar Budagavi, Texas Instruments Inc.
  • Philip Corriveau, Intel Corporation
  • Pamela Cosman, University of California, San Diego
  • Gokce Dane, Qualcomm
  • Sujit Dey, UCSD/Ortiva Wireless
  • Frederic Dufaux, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Touradj Ebrahimi, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Khaled El-Maleh, Qualcomm
  • Zheng Fang , Qualcomm Inc.
  • Joyce Farrell, Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering
  • Jerry D. Gibson, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Hans W. Gierlich, HEAD acoustics GmbH
  • Alan Hanjalic, Delft University of Technology
  • Hidenobu Harasaki, NEC Corporation
  • Shay Har-Noy, University of California, San Diego
  • Yuukou Horita, University of Toyama
  • Jeff Huang, Qualcomm
  • Hau Hwang, Qualcomm
  • Ebroul Izquierdo, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Lina Karam, Arizona State University
  • Moinul Khan, Qualcomm
  • Thomas Kim, Qualcomm
  • Bastiaan Kleijn, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology
  • Aleksandra Krstic, Qualcomm Reginald Lagendijk, Delft University of Technology
  • Patrick Le Callet, Université de Nantes- IRCCyN
  • Weisi Lin, Assoc Professor
  • Xiaoan Lu, Thomson, Inc.
  • Jiancong Luo, Thomson, Inc.
  • Zhan Ma, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Alessandro Neri, University of Roma TRE
  • Truong Nguyen, UCSD
  • Seyfullah Halit Oguz, Qualcomm
  • Fernando Pereira, Instituto Superior Técnico – Instituto de Telecomunicações
  • Andrew Perkis, Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU
  • Alexander Raake, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, TU Berlin
  • Vikas Ramachandra , University of California, San Diego
  • Amy Reibman, AT&T Labs – Research
  • Ulrich Reiter, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Sang Ryu, Qualcomm
  • Bulent Sankur, Bogazici University
  • Daniel Sinder, Qualcomm
  • Nitin Suresh, VQLink Inc.
  • Maric Svetislav, Qualcomm
  • Stephen Voran, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
  • Haohong Wang, Marvell Semiconductors
  • Zhou Wang, University of Waterloo
  • Stefan Winkler, Symmetricom
  • Buyue Zhang, Texas Instruments