Call for Papers: Sentient Multimedia Systems and Visual Intelligence [1230]

Sentient Multimedia Systems are distributed systems capable of interacting with the environment by gathering, processing, interpreting, storing, and retrieving multimedia information originated from sensors, robots, actuators, and other information sources. These systems can exploit Visual Languages to improve communication with people in real-life scenarios, such as smart cities and healthcare. Such languages, combined with intelligent, experience-based, multimedia systems, fall in the area of Visual Intelligence, empowering people to understand how machines process the data from multimedia systems. Moreover, Visual Intelligence comprises all the processes enabling machines to analyze and interpret multimedia data. The combination of sentient multimedia systems and Visual Intelligence has given rise to exciting new applications in fields as diverse as healthcare, education, marketing, games, and automotive. For example, instead of relying only on textual data to create a self-driving car, customers can provide data about the routes they take in a day along with images or videos. Thus, people can help intelligent systems to be trained on a variety of new multimedia sources. This Special Issue is inspired by but not limited to the 28th International DMS Conference on Visualization and Visual Languages (DMSVIVA2022), which will be virtually held from June 29-30, 2022, and will include extended versions of a selection of the best papers presented at the conference. We also expect high-quality contributions from authors who did not attend the conference, and in particular, papers addressing novel aspects of visual languages and multimedia systems that significantly benefit from the creative use of space, technologies, and multimedia data (e.g., visual, audio, pen, voice, image, etc.).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Visual Intelligence and Multimedia Systems with Applications

  • languages for distributed multimedia
  • ambient information interaction
  • visualization of computational processes
  • multimedia visualization
  • automated generation and layout of visualizations
  • parallel/distributed/neural computing and representations for visual information
  • biomedical imagery
  • visual and spatial/temporal reasoning
  • visual computing
  • computer-assisted visual art and design
  • aesthetic computing
  • digital modeling and fabrication
  • additive manufacturing
  • gestural computing
  • human-machine interface design
  • human vision systems and models
  • applications of AI in multimedia
  • machine learning and deep learning for multimedia
  • visual language processing
  • visual analytics for Explainable AI

Sentient Multimedia Models and Systems

  • multimedia affective computing
  • multimedia software engineering issues
  • semantic computing and processing
  • media grid computing, cloud and virtualization
  • web services and multi-agent systems
  • multimedia databases and information systems
  • multimedia indexing and retrieval systems
  • multimedia and cross media authoring
  • multimedia systems and models for smart cities

Applications of Distributed and Sentient Multimedia Services

  • collaborative and social multimedia systems and solutions
  • humanities and cultural heritage applications, management and fruition
  • multimedia preservation
  • distance and lifelong learning
  • emergency and safety management
  • e-commerce and e-government applications
  • healthcare management and disability assistance
  • intelligent multimedia computing
  • internet multimedia computing
  • virtual, mixed and augmented reality
  • user profiling, reasoning and recommendations

Guest Editors

Bernardo Breve (Lead)
University of Salerno, Italy

Stefano Cirillo
University of Salerno, Italy

Walter Balzano
Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Yang Zou
Hohai University

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 31 July, 2022
Final manuscript due: 14 November, 2022
Tentative publication date: 14 February, 2023

Submission Guidelines

Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Instructions for Authors available from the Multimedia Tools and Applications website. Authors should submit through the online submission site at and select “SI 1230 - Sentient Multimedia Systems and Visual Intelligence” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. Submitted papers should present original, unpublished work, relevant to one of the topics of the special issue. All submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, significance of contribution, technical quality, scholarship, and quality of presentation, by at least three independent reviewers. It is the policy of the journal that no submission, or substantially overlapping submission, be published or be under review at another journal or conference at any time during the review process.

Please note that the authors of selected papers presented at DMSVIVA 2022 are invited to submit an extended version of their contributions by taking into consideration both the reviewers’ comments on their conference paper, and the feedback received during presentation at the conference. It is worth clarifying that the extended version is expected to contain at least 30% original scientific contribution, e.g., in the form of new algorithms, experiments or qualitative/quantitative comparisons, and that neither verbatim transfer of large parts of the conference paper nor reproduction of already published figures will be tolerated. The extended versions of DMSVIVA papers will undergo the ordinary review process and be accepted only if well-suited to the topic of this special issue and meeting the scientific level of the journal.