Keynote Speakers


We are excited to announce three prominent researchers in the multimedia domain and related fields as invited keynote speakers of MMM 2019. The speakers are:

  • Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez, IDIAP Research Institute and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Prof. Martha Larson, Radboud University Nijmegen and Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Prof. Andreas Symeonidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Details about each talk and speaker are given below.

Talk title: New views on multimedia data: Privacy and other reasons for research on data minimization.

Bio: Martha Larson works in the area of multimedia retrieval and recommender systems. She is a professor at Radboud University in the area of Multimedia Information Technology and is also affiliated with the Multimedia Computing Group at Delft University of Technology. Previously, she researched and lectured in the area of audio-visual retrieval at Fraunhofer IAIS and at the University of Amsterdam. Larson is co-founder of the MediaEval Benchmarking Initiative for Multimedia Evaluation. She is currently leading the “Pixel Privacy” project, a small grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research focused on laying groundwork for new research in multimedia privacy online. From 2013-2016, she was scientific coordinator of CrowdRec, a European project on combining crowdsourcing and recommender systems. She has just completed a term of service as Associated Editor for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. Recently, she has been Area Chair at ACM Multimedia, TPC Chair at ACM ICMR, and Workshop Chair at ACM RecSys. In 2012, she was an Innovation Chair at IEEE ICME and organized a “Time Machine” session on the ongoing impact of early innovations. In 2016, she was a chair for Brave New Ideas at ACM Multimedia, with the theme “Societal Impact of Multimedia Research”.

Talk title: Upon assessing the software quality of open source multimedia tools.

Bio: Dr. Andreas L. Symeonidis is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and the Chief Research Officer at His research interests include Software engineering processes, Model-driven engineering, Software quality and Software analytics, Middleware Robotics and Knowledge extraction from big data repositories. Dr. Symeonidis’ work has been published in over 100 papers, book chapters, and conference publications. He is co-author of the books “Agent Intelligence through Data Mining” (Springer publishing) and “Practical Machine Learning in R” (Leanpub publishing). He has been Project Coordinator of S-CASE (FP7-ICT-610717) and RAPP (FP7-ICT-610947) and Technical lead in H2020 projects SEAF (H2020-696023) and Mobile Age (H2020-693319). He is currently coordinating more than 10 contract R&D projects. More at: