Making sense of meaning: Leveraging social processes to understand media semantics

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Abstract

In this position paper, we propose the idea that emergent and evolutionary aspects of semantics, which are complementary to the problem of semantic detection, are foundational to multimedia computing. We show that media rich social networks reveal certain implicit assumptions in concept learning about semantics, including semantic stability, emergence, and stability of context. We study the problem of semantic evolution in the context of media rich networks - (a) since meaning is an emergent artifact of human activity, it is crucial to study how human beings interact with, consume and share media data. (b) The ready availability of large scale social interaction datasets of blogs including sites such as Flickr and YouTube, allows us to instrument the relationship between media and human activity at a scale not available to earlier researchers. We have identified three initial problem areas critical to evolutionary aspects of semantics - community discovery, information flow and semantic diversity. We shall present examples of research problems addressed in each of the three areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2009 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, ICME 2009
Pages1648-1651
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 20 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, ICME 2009 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Jun 28 2009Jul 3 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2009 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, ICME 2009

Other

Other2009 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, ICME 2009
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period6/28/097/3/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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