Multimedia Retrieval

Retrieval of multimedia data is different from retrieval of structured data. A key problem in multimedia databases is search, and the proposed solutions to the problem of multimedia information retrieval span a rather wide spectrum of topics outside the t

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Series Editors M.J. Carey S. Ceri Editorial Board P. Bernstein U. Dayal C. Faloutsos J.C. Freytag G. Gardarin W. Jonker V. Krishnamurthy M.-A. Neimat P. Valduriez G. Weikum K.-Y. Whang J. Widom

Henk M. Blanken · Arjen P. de Vries Henk Ernst Blok · Ling Feng (Eds.)

Multimedia Retrieval With 152 Figures and 11 Tables


Editors Henk M. Blanken Henk Ernst Blok Ling Feng Database group Faculty of EWI University of Twente P.O. Box 217 7500 AE Enschede The Netherlands {h.m.blanken,h.e.blok,l.feng}

Arjen P. de Vries Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica Kruislaan 413 1098 SJ Amsterdam The Netherlands [email protected]

Library of Congress Control Number: 2007929550

ACM Computing Classification (1998): H.3, H.5, I.4 ISBN 978-3-540-72894-8 Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York This work is subject to copyright. All rights are reserved, whether the whole or part of the material is concerned, specifically the rights of translation, reprinting, reuse of illustrations, recitation, broadcasting, reproduction on microfilm or in any other way, and storage in data banks. Duplication of this publication or parts thereof is permitted only under the provisions of the German Copyright Law of September 9, 1965, in its current version, and permission for use must always be obtained from Springer. Violations are liable for prosecution under the German Copyright Law. Springer is a part of Springer Science+Business Media © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007 The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use. Cover Design: KünkelLopka, Heidelberg Typesetting: by the Editors Production: LE-TEX Jelonek, Schmidt & Vöckler GbR, Leipzig Printed on acid-free paper




Motivation for the Book Traditionally, the database group at the University of Twente researched problems of data retrieval, where there is no uncertainty about the relationship between the query and the results. In the 1990s, the group started to look into non-traditional database applications, with a focus on multimedia databases. A notable event from that time is the 1995 Multimedia Advanced Course, held in a very nice hotel in Boekelo, a village close to the university. This summer course, with famous lecturers like Christos Faloutsos, Karl Aberer and Wolfgang Klas, resulted in the book Multimedia Databases in Perspective (1997). This edited volume was however targeted at fellow researchers, and not very well suited for the average Master of Science program in computer science. We quickly realized that one of the key problems in multimedia databases is search, and that the proposed solutions to the problem of multimedia information retrieval span a rather wide spectrum of topics outside the database area, ranging from information retrieval and human computer interaction to computer vision and pattern recognition.