Call For Papers

The DMS conference is an international conference series, which covers a wide spectrum of paper presentations, technical discussions and demonstrations in the fields of distributed multimedia computing. Started in 1994, the series of conference has been held at Hawaii, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Taipei, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, San Francisco, Miami and Canada. This time, the conference will be held at the Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, San Francisco Bay, USA.

The main themes of the DMS2009 conference are: network and systems, emergency management and security, situated computing, multimedia software engineering, and multimedia information retrieval, mining and fusion. The conference organizers seek contributions of high quality papers, panels or tutorials, addressing various aspects of distributed multimedia systems and applications, for presentation at the conference and publication in the proceedings. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Distributed Multimedia Technology

Distributed Multimedia Models and Systems Applications of Distributed Multimedia Systems Both research papers and system papers describing developments and experiences accompanied by demonstrations of prototypes are solicited.

Workshops and Special Sessions

This year, DMS'2009 will be held in conjunction with workshops and special sessions. Papers submitted to workshops or special sessions are invited by the program committee chairs of the workshops/special sessions. This joint organization aims to collect research results from different perspectives. The following workshops are being planned:

International Workshop on Distance Education Technology (DET)

(The main themes of the DET2009 workshop are: distance learning tools and environment, distance learning and culture, and distance learning and the arts)

- Special Sessions in DET 2009

Maresca and Bitonto, Eclipse and Jazz Technologies for E-learning (Call for Papers)
Paolo Maresca; e-mail: and Pierpaolo Bitonto; e-mail:

Roselli and Rossano, Learning Objects: Methodologies, Technologies and Experiences (Call for Papers)
Teresa Roselli; e-mail: and Veronica Rossano; e-mail:

Su, E-learning and The Arts
Y. H. Su; e-mail:

Yana, E-learning
Kazuo Yana; e-mail:

International Workshop on Visual Languages and Computing (VLC) (PDF version click here)

(The main themes of the VLC2009 workshop are: visual languages and culture, visual languages and the arts, visual computing for emergency management, visual computing for situated computing, and visualization)

- Special Session in VLC 2009

Costagliola and Plimmer, Sketch Computing (Call for Papers)
Gennaro Costagliola; e-mail: and Beryl Plimmer; email:

Vitiello and Sebillo, Visual Analytics (Call for Papers)
Giuliana Vitiello; e-mail: and Monica Sebillo; email:

Laurini, Visual Semantics (Call for Papers)
Robert Laurini; e-mail:

Cooper and Dascalu, Visual Languages and Environments for Software Engineering (Call for Papers)
Kendra Cooper; e-mail: and Sergiu Dascalu; e-mail:

Special Sessions in DMS 2009

Goebel and Plenk, Multimedia Representation of Source Code and Software Model (Call for Papers)
Richard Goebel; e-mail: and Valentin Plenk;

Alagar and Wan, Trust & Privacy for Distributed Multimedia Systems (Call for Papers)
Vasu Alagar; e-mail: and KaiYu Wan; e-mail:

Nesi, Distributed Multimedia Computing (Call for Papers)
Paolo Nesi; e-mail:

Jungert and Hallberg, Emergency Management and Security (Call for Papers)
Erland Jungert; e-mail: and Niklas Hallberg; e-mail:

Chu, Multimedia Software Engineering and Development (Call for Papers)
C. P. Chu; e-mail:

Vuong and Li, Networks and Systems (Call for Papers)
Son Vuong; e-mail: and Juan Li; e-mail:

Yang, Digital Home and HealthCare (Call for Papers)
C. L. Yang; e-mail:

Polese, Technologies for Digital Television (Call for Papers)
Giuseppe Polese; e-mail:

Please contact the conference program co-chairs if you are interested in organizing a workshop or a special session. A one-page proposal with the following items is required:

  Title of the workshop/special session
  Name of the organizer(s)
  A list of program committee members (reviewers)
  E-mail address of the lead organizer
  A brief description of the theme

Each special session should include at least 5 invited (or accepted) papers. Each workshop should include at least 2 special sessions (10 papers). Paper review process of the workshop/special session will be arranged by the workshop/special session organizer(s). It is the responsibility of the organizer(s) to ensure the quality of papers in the workshop/special sessions. The schedule of workshops/special sessions will be the same as the main conference (See Important Dates below). Each workshop/special session can set up the web site of the workshop/special session. However papers will be printed in the same volume as the main conference.

Special issue of Journals

The DMS conference is closely coordinated with the International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing and the International Journal of Distance Education Technologies. Usually the best ranked papers from the conference, after rigorous reviews, extensive revisions and further enhancements, will appear in one or more special issues of the above journals. Papers suggested for the special issue(s) will be reviewed by external reviewers following the standard procedure of review stipulated by the respective journal.

Conference Hotel

The DMS2009 Conference will be held at the Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, San Francisco Bay, USA. The hotel has made available for these limited dates (9/10/2009 - 9/13/2009) to DMS2009 attendees a discount rate of $89 US dollars for single/double, not including sales tax.

Information for Authors

Papers must be written in English. An electronic version (Postscript, PDF, or MS Word format) of the full paper should be submitted using the following URL: Manuscript must include a 200-word abstract and no more than 6 pages of IEEE double column text (include figures and references).

Research papers must not be published or under consideration for publication in a journal or in a conference with proceedings. Research papers will be evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness and clarify of exposition.

System papers should report on existing research prototypes by clearly identifying the original contributions and ideas demonstrated, and will be evaluated based on technical soundness, feasibility and applicability.

System papers must be accompanied by a separate demo description specifying the equipment and the type of installation that will be used. Authors of system papers must bring their own equipment for demo.

Depending upon the results of evaluation a paper may be accepted as regular paper (6 pages), short paper (4 pages) or poster (poster presentation only). In addition to paper presentation, system papers will also be included in demo sessions.

Information for Reviewers

Papers submitted to DMS'09 will be reviewed electronically. The users (webmaster, program chair, reviewers...) can login using the following URL: If you have any questions or run into problems, please send e-mail to:
DMS'2009 Conference Secretariat
Knowledge Systems Institute
3420 Main Street
Skokie, IL 60076 USA
Tel: 847-679-3135
Fax: 847-679-3166
If you cannot submit electronically, please send four copies of the complete manuscript to the above postal address.

Important Dates

Paper submission due: April 30, 2009 (Firm)
Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2009
Camera-ready copy: June 30, 2009
Early conference registration due: June 30, 2009

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