FutureTV-2011: Making Television Personal & Social

2nd Internation Workshop on Future of Television
June 29, 2011 at EuroITV 2011, Lisbon, Portugal

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This workshop follows up the successful 1st Workshop on Future Television, held at EuroITV 2010, Tampere, Finland. At that time we focused on how Web-TV integration could make much more possible that simply pasting Web content over the TV program, or giving the TV viewer a hard-to-use Web browser on their screen.

The growing amount of data available on the social and semantic Webs, APIs to access and manipulate that data, and trends towards common identifiers and metadata schema allow future television new opportunities to link TV viewing with both the viewer’s personal Web profiles on social networks, and with social activities across the Web also from friends and similar people.

The second edition of this workshop will build on research, services and results from the NoTube project, bringing NoTube experts together with the wider iTV research and enterprise community to explore the new possibilities inherent in social Web, semantic Web, Linked Data and semantic TV to produce future, new, innovative services and platforms for TV which is more personal and more social. This goes beyond the existing state of the art social TV through the introduction of open Web standards, semantic Web technology and Linked Data content.

With this workshop we aim to explore topics related to the current technological state of the art for making social-semantic-Television a reality as well as the missing gaps in schemas, services, and standards, including:

  • how current social TV platforms could be extended;
  • what types of new and innovative services could be built on semantic and social Web data combined with TV;
  • where is the sweet spot between giving viewers a highly personalised experience and a highly social experience;
  • existing and needed specifications and standards;
  • which concrete steps need to be taken to achieve uptake of the new technology in the TV industry.

Target Audience: The workshop would be suitable for researchers, students and practitioners from three communities in which there is only a small overlap at present, despite the clear mutual benefits to be gained for integration of social Web, semantic Web, and television technologies.

There is an emerging wealth of data from the social Web which could be used more valuably, beyond the current social TV state of the art. However, this requires more advanced data analysis and understanding, as well as common data schemas and APIs for data exchange and integration across sources. Semantic technologies can bring the necessary data understanding and integration, once both TV and social Web data is integrated into the semantic Web. Then, as explored by NoTube, TV can become more personal and more social, both better adapted to the viewer’s individual interests and wishes, as well as better enabled to make TV viewing more social via shared experiences, discussions and pulling TV viewing up into the social Web as well as the social Web down into TV viewing.

This opens new innovation and exploitation potential for data owners, providers, network operators, television companies, broadcasters, and hardware manufacturers as well as entrepreneurs who can fill the gap as developers and providers of new added-value data-based iTV services. We expect all of these groups will take an interest in the workshop alongside researchers in the fields of social Web, semantic Web and television, particularly those focused on the overlaps between these fields.

Topics: Following topics represent a non-exhaustive list of topics of interest:

  • Re-use of social & semantic Web data for TV program adaptation, recommendation, selection or mash-ups
  • Social & Semantic Web activity data about TV viewing & interaction with TV programs
  • Profiling user’s interests, TV preferences, context, or current mood
  • Integrating broadcast TV infrastructure with the Social & Semantic Web
  • TV programs annotation according to Social & Semantic Web data schemas
  • Applying Semantic & Social Web applications on TV, e.g. development for the set top box, design of appropriate user interfaces and exploration of user interaction patterns
  • Integration of Semantic & Social Web data in TV-based applications

We are pleased to announce a keynote talk by researcher Jan Hess of the University of Siegen on “HCI perspectives on Social TV– sketching new directions to support social use”

Jan Hess, invited speaker to EuroITV 2011 workshop Future Television Jan’s work is focused on Entertainment Computing, Participatory Design and End User Development. He supervised several projects in the field of iTV and currently coordinates the SocialMedia project.

Workshop agenda:

  • 0900-0920: Welcome, participant introduction, background to NoTube project  (Lyndon Nixon)
  • 0920-1000: Keynote: HCI perspectives on Social TV – sketching new directions to support social use (Jan Hess)
  • 1000-1030: Social and Interactive TV: An Outside-In Approach (Venu Vasudevan & Jehan Wickramasuriya)
  • 1030-1100: Break
  • 1100-1130: Analysis of the Information Value of User Connections for Video Recommendations in a Social Network (Toon De Pessemier, Simon Dooms, Joost Roelandts and Luc Martens)
  • 1130-1200: Analyzing Twitter for Social TV: Sentiment Extraction for Sports  (Siqi Zhao, Lin Zhong, Jehan Wickramasuriya)
  • 1200-1230: Social and Interactive TV: the NoTube project (Lora Aroyo)
  • 1230-1400: Lunch
  • 1400-1430: ITV services for socializing in public places (Pedro Almeida, Jorge Abreu and Rui José)
  • 1430-1500: Ubeel: Generating Local Narratives for Public Displays from Tagged and Annotated Video Content (Pia Ojanen, Petri Vuorimaa, Petri Saarikko and Sanna Uotinen)
  • 1500-1530: Hybrid algorithms for recommending new items in personal TV (Fabio Airoldi, Paolo Cremonesi and Roberto Turrin)
  • 1530-1600: Break
  • 1600-1630: Short paper pitches
    • OurTV: Creating Media Contents Communities through Real-World Interactions (Janak Bhimani, Toshihiro Nakakura and Kazunori Sugiura)
    • Employing User-Assigned Tags to Provide Personalized as well as Collaborative TV Recommendations (Andreas Thalhammer, Günther Hölbling and Dieter Fensel)
    • Mining Knowledge TV: A Proposal for Data Integration in the Knowledge TV Environment (José Carlos Almeida Patrício Junior and Natasha Queiroz Lino) 
  • 1630-1640: Short break for poster & demo set-up
  • 1640-1720: Posters and demos by the presenters
  • 1720-1730: Closing

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: April 29, 2011
  • Notifications: May 20, 2011
  • Poster & demo submission deadline: May 30, 2011
  • Camera ready copy: May 30, 2011
  • Poster & demo notification: June 7, 2011
  • Workshop day: June 29, 2011

Submissions: We seek short & long paper submissions as well as poster & demo submissions. Papers should be in PDF format, and follow the ACM style guidelines. Short papers should not exceed 3 pages, full papers are up to 9 pages and demos/posters should be described in up to 2 pages. Short papers are ideal for informing about new research or implementation at an early stage or proposing new ideas about future television. Long papers are ideal for reporting on finished or near-finished research and implementation, including evaluations and lessons learnt.

Demonstrations and posters are meant to propose system demonstrations or rather pragmatic early work. Please send your submissions via Easychair (now closed).

Workshop proceedings are now available at CEUR-WS.

Workshop Organizers

  • Lora Aroyo, VU University Amsterdam, NL
  • Stefan Dietze, Open University, UK
  • Lyndon Nixon, STI International
Programme Committee

  • Armen Aghasaryan (Alcatel-Lucent)
  • Mauro Barbieri (Philips Research, The Netherlands)
  • Santosh Basapur (Motorola, USA)
  • Dan Brickley (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Pablo Cesar (CWI, The Netherlands)
  • Martin Dow (Acuity Unlimited, UK)
  • Marcel Duee (tweek TV, Germany)
  • Tom Heath (Talis, UK)
  • Liam Green Hughes (The Open University, UK)
  • Yiannis Kompartiasis (CERTH-ITI, Greece)
  • Dimitre Kostadinov (Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, France)
  • Jan Korst (Philips Research, The Netherlands)
  • Jonathan Marshall (slipstream.tv, United Kingdom)
  • Thomas Risse (L3S Research Center, Germany)
  • Raphael Troncy (Eurecom, France)
  • Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy (BBC)

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