MMM16: aftermath

Like last year, the iMotion team participated in the Video Browser Showdown co-located with the MMM 2016.

This year we had not only the IMOTION system, an improved version of our previous contestant, but also a second system called iAutoMotion. The latter is a first stab at fully autonomous video retrieval since it has almost no user interaction but collects all information required for querying from a webcam. The only thing for the user to do is tell it when to start and stop recording. Both systems used the same back-end for retrieval which handled the 250 hours of video which were segmented into roughly 320’000 shots. We completed the competition with a greatly increased room for improvement compared to last year, meaning some things did not quite work as planned. While the systems performed mostly as they were designed, some of the design choices, while looking good during initial testing turned out not to be beneficial in a competitive setting…

Other contributions we had during the conference were more successful. The entry in the special poster session on processing ambiguous multi-modal queries was overall well received and our demo on Cineast  – which is the retrieval logic of the IMOTION system stack – won the Best Demo Award. All of our contributions can be found in the Publications section.